The 2012 Presidential Election has concluded and NBLSA looks forward to #fourmoreyears with our current President Barack Obama. NBLSA has diligently taken strides to ensure that we continue to enhance the dream by promoting the vote. Read on to see how University of South Carolina, University of Miami, and Thurgood Marshall Law School all rallied support for the 2012 Presidential Election in their communities.
University of Miami BLSA Shakes Hands with the President:
Before the Presidential Debates even began, the University of Miami School of Law BLSA worked actively to promote the vote and enhance the dream. The UM BLSA Chapter worked diligently with the University's Historic Black Church Project to distribute voting rights cards to ensure that all Miami residents knew their rights at the polls. BLSA members distributed these cards to local churches, went door-to-door in the neighborhood, participated in phone-a-thons, and assisted with voting rights info sessions. Notably, the UM BLSA executive board members received front row passes to Univision's historic "Destino 2012 Meet the Candidates" event in Miami, where they had an opportunity to represent the Chapter and shake hands with President Barack Obama.
University of South Carolina BLSA Hosts its Inaugural Political Debate:
On October 24, 2012 USC BLSA, in collaboration with the Student Bar Association and the Law School Democrats, hosted their First Annual Political Debate. The event was designed to give the audience a look at politics through a South Carolina lens. The panel included 3 Democrats and 3 Republicans from their respective state parties. Topics debated included unemployment, immigration, women's rights, public education, federal funding for education, the Affordable Care Act, voter I.D. laws, and corruption/ethical issues in the state of South Carolina. They had a wonderful turn out from the public, law school community, and local news.
Thurgood Marshall Joins Forces with NAACP:
To kick off the local effort to encourage the community to vote, Thurgood Marshall BLSA coordinated with the NAACP where they advocated the importance of voting. The event was a great success and played a tremendous role in helping establish a Pre-Law program at their university. Additionally, in November this chapter encouraged all to join their watch party, regardless of candidate choice, where BLSA members and the nation awaited the election of the President of the United States.