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The National Black Law Students Association, for fifty years, has worked to develop culturally responsible Black and minority law students that excel academically, succeed professionally, and positively impact the community. Our members are activists, thought leaders, and strategic thinkers. Our alumni are general counsel, judges, non-profit executives, and business operatives. We connect our members and alumni with unparalleled opportunities to network, seek new professional avenues, and develop life-long friendships.The National Black Law Students Association, for fifty years, has worked to develop culturally responsible Black and minority law students that excel academically, succeed professionally, and positively impact the community. Our members are activists, thought leaders, and strategic thinkers. Our alumni are general counsel, judges, non-profit executives, and business operatives. We connect our members and alumni with unparalleled opportunities to network,
seek new professional avenues, and develop life-long friendships.

MEMBERSHIP GUIDE AND DUES STRUCTURE

MEMBERSHIP TYPE

DUES AMOUNT

PRE-LAW

LAW STUDENT

LLM

ALUMNI

$10

FREE

$35

$35

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NBLSA MEMBER SPOTLIGHT

 

About the NBLSA Member of the Month Program:

NBLSA is committed to honoring and recognizing our outstanding members.  Under the Member of the Month program, NBLSA will select six active members (one from each respective region) to serve as National Member of the Month. This program recognizes members for empowering fellow BLSA members and uplifting their communities. After an extremely competitive process, we select one member to represent the region of the month in serving as NBLSA's Member of the Month. We are so happy to showcase the member of the month referenced below. 

About the 1L Spotlight Program:

As we continue to celebrate our 50th anniversary and strive towards another 50 years of success, we want to remember that our members are the heart of our organization.  This year, NBLSA would like to continue to feature 1L members through our social platforms to highlight why they chose to attend law school and why becoming a NBLSA member is important to them.  We understand that 1L year can be a difficult transition from undergrad, a previous career, or other graduate level education. Our NBLSA Family is here to support our 1L members throughout your law school career and beyond!
 

About the Alumni Spotlight Program:

NBLSA is honored to continue to recognize our trailblazing alumni. Too often we don't not celebrate our alumni's accomplishments and the many ways they give back to NBLSA. As such, we are proud to honor alumni whom have given back of themselves not only to NBLSA, but to the legal community. We are truly proud to honor our notable alumni! 

NBLSA MEMBER SPOTLIGHT

 

About the NBLSA Member of the Month Program:

NBLSA is committed to honoring and recognizing our outstanding members.  Under the Member of the Month program, NBLSA will select six active members (one from each respective region) to serve as National Member of the Month. This program recognizes members for empowering fellow BLSA members and uplifting their communities. After an extremely competitive process, we select one member to represent the region of the month in serving as NBLSA's Member of the Month. We are so happy to showcase the member of the month referenced below. 

About the 1L Spotlight Program:

As we continue to celebrate our 50th anniversary and strive towards another 50 years of success, we want to remember that our members are the heart of our organization.  This year, NBLSA would like to continue to feature 1L members through our social platforms to highlight why they chose to attend law school and why becoming a NBLSA member is important to them.  We understand that 1L year can be a difficult transition from undergrad, a previous career, or other graduate level education. Our NBLSA Family is here to support our 1L members throughout your law school career and beyond!
 

About the Alumni Spotlight Program:

NBLSA is honored to continue to recognize our trailblazing alumni. Too often we don't not celebrate our alumni's accomplishments and the many ways they give back to NBLSA. As such, we are proud to honor alumni whom have given back of themselves not only to NBLSA, but to the legal community. We are truly proud to honor our notable alumni! 

Member Spotlight

Shevon S. Thomas II

Law School: Faulkner University- Thomas Goode Jones School of Law

NBLSA Region: SRBLSA

Shevon is a second year J.D./LL.M candidate at Faulkner University- Thomas Goode Jones School of Law.  He currently serves as Vice President of the Ernestine S. Sapp Chapter of the Black Law Students Association (BLSA) and Secretary of the Military Veterans Law Association (MVLA).  

 

Shevon is also a member of the Jones Public Interest Law Foundation (JPILF) and has earned both pro bono and community service hours with the Clayton County Public Defender’s office, the Montgomery Volunteer Lawyer’s Program (MVLP), and Hands on Atlanta. Additionally, he serves as a junior advocate with the Jones School of Law Board of Advocates trial team where he has competed in the Palmetto State Classic Mock Trial Competition and will compete in the American Association for Justice 2019 Student Trial Advocacy Competition in this spring.  

 

He is also a proud member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. Shevon will be interning with the Federal Defenders in the Middle District of Alabama.  His contribution to the Southern Region includes participating in service events geared towards assisting underprivileged children in the African American communities in both Alabama and Georgia.  

 

When he is not studying law, he enjoys playing basketball, boxing, spending time with his 5-year-old daughter, and binge-watching crime shows on Netflix.  After he passes the bar, Shevon plans to go into business with his father specializing in the areas of criminal defense, family law, and personal injury.

VIEW PREVIOUS MEMBER OF THE MONTH SPOTLIGHTS BY CLICKING HERE

Alumni Spotlight

Anthony T. Pierce

Law School: Georgetown University Law Center
Law School Graduation Year: 1987
Hometown: Washington, D.C. 
NBLSA Region: MABLSA
Current Employer and Position: Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP – Washington, D.C., Partner, Litigation 

What piqued your interest in Litigation? I went to law school at night and worked at the Government Accountability Office while in school. There, I worked on audits and compliance investigations which are not too far from the work I do today in my litigation practice.
 

What do you find most enjoyable about your job? I get to deal with interesting issues, I’m on my feet and in court, and I get to do a range of different work from labor and employment cases to defending a class action. I also have the pleasure of serving as the partner in charge of our Washington, D.C. office, which allows me to do participate in several community activities with leaders of our local business community. 


If you had it to do all over again, what would you do differently? In law school, I would probably go full time to get more out of the participatory aspects of law school it. I also wish I had clerked after law school before joining a firm.  I think clerking is one of the best experiences you can’t get in a law firm by learning the process of decision-making that a judge undertakes.


What does success look like to you? Success is about being balanced: family, friends, fun and God. The constant challenge to do better and exceed that standard also looks like success to me.


What methods helped you succeed during law school? Study groups, time management, and reading/summarizing case briefs instead of full cases to save time. And I always did the practice exams!


Self-care tips to balance work and life: First thing, pay yourself first! Do not forget to continue doing the activities you enjoy doing even though you have a lot of work. Stay active because it will help get rid of the extra stress, and always, always try to give back to your community


Advice to law students: Always to stay active in the community.  If you achieve some level of success, helping others is very important. Personally, serving on numerous boards (such as the Legal Aid Society) and assisting on several other extra-curricular legal and community activities such as the DC Commission on Judicial Disabilities and Tenue) helps me pay back for all the help I received.

VIEW PREVIOUS ALUMNI MEMBER SPOTLIGHTS BY CLICKING HERE

1L Spotlight

Kayla McCoy

Law School: American University Washington College of Law (WCL)

Undergraduate Institution: University of Florida

Hometown: Orlando, FL

NBLSA Region: MABLSA

Kayla McCoy, a native of Orlando, FL, is a first-year law student at American University Washington College of Law (WCL) and is the first in her family to pursue professional legal studies. Kayla came to WCL because of its top-ranked specialization programs, particularly its IP program, as well as its location in Washington, DC.

 

Kayla is a 2016 graduate of the University of Florida where she studied International Business.
Kayla is the 1L representative for the Intellectual Property Law Society. She is also a member of ADVANCE, a mentoring organization for first-year law students who have had no previous exposure to the legal field, as well as a member of the Black Law Student Association. Kayla is also a BARBRI representatives at WCL.

 


Kayla credits a lot of her first-semester success to BLSA. 
Kayla is still at the beginning of her journey in the legal field and is open to many career paths. Currently, Kayla is interested in intellectual property, namely copyright and trademark as it pertains to brand protection for multinational organizations. She also has a background in human resources and is interested in exploring labor and employment law. Collectively, her goal is to encourage people to work hard, foster an entrepreneurial spirit in their community, and to follow their dreams. 


Kayla would like to impact the community by getting involved with educational programs in low-income areas that promote the importance of science, technology, math, and business to students. Kayla is a firm believer in education and the power that it has to help improve one’s life. Many students today are still subject to subpar education, and Kayla believes that if students are provided the opportunity to excel, they will rise to the occasion, and will be able to take the first steps necessary to creating a better life for themselves and their families.

VIEW PREVIOUS 1L SPOTLIGHTS BY CLICKING HERE

NBLSA PRE-LAW STUDENT DIVISION

In addition to our law students and alumni, NBLSA's Pre-Law Student Division exists to create a pipeline between undergraduates/college graduates and law school. The Pre-Law Division conducts programs on the Regional and National level and connects pre-law members with law school admissions offices to provide valuable insight on the application, financial aid, and curricular processes. The Pre-Law Division is critical to our goal to increase the diversity in the law school environment and, in so doing, the number of minority attorneys.

 

If you are interested in finding out more about our NBLSA Pre-Law Student Division please view our informational flyer below or email our National Director of Pre-Law Affairs,       Kekelly Ketemepi at prelaw@nblsa.org

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ABOUT US

Today, National Black Law Student Association (“NBLSA”), is a national organization formed to articulate and promote the needs and goals of Black law students to effectuate change in the legal community. We are proud to be one of the largest student-run organizations in the United States.

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