Greetings NBLSA Family,

By way of introduction, my name is Rachel Barnes. Originally from Atlanta, Georgia, I am a fourth year, J.D./MBA student at the University of Virginia School of Law,. I have been involved with NBLSA since my first year of law school, and as such, am truly honored and humbled to serve another year as your NBLSA National Chair.


Since joining NBLSA, I have served as 1L Representative and later President of my local BLSA chapter, MABLSA Mock Trial Director, as well as National Vice Chair and 2019-2020 National Chair. I am truly passionate about the mission of NBLSA, and am excited to move forward through our 53rd year as an organization.


This year’s theme is "Defining Our Future," and we plan to do just that. NBLSA has a rich history of positively impacting our community and this year we seek to continue not only upholding our commitment to social action and advocacy, but also supporting and encouraging our members as we strive to achieve our mission.

As we strive to combat the abhorrent inequities of our country and make sense of our new reality in a "socially distant" world, please know that NBLSA stands beside you. We work in your service and your well-being is our priority. 

NBLSA recognizes the importance of preparing the future lawyers at all stages of their careers. As such, we are strengthening our pipeline initiatives by increasing representation in our Pre-Law Division, strengthening ties with our alumni network, and establishing connections with new partners committed to investing in our community. Lastly, we are building on our partnership with the National Bar Association to provide mentorship and guidance for our members as they transition from legal education to law practice.


On behalf of the National Board of Directors and Executives, I thank you for your support of NBLSA. With the support and involvement of our members and partners, NBLSA will continue to thrive. If you would like to further connect with NBLSA, please feel free to contact me.


In NBLSA Service,


Rachel E. Barnes


National Black Law Students Association

J.D./MBA Candidate, 2021

University of Virginia School of Law


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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