3/6/14: A Closer Look: Black Law Students Association
Release Date: 3/6/2014
The Black Law Students Association (BLSA) serves as a catalyst between minority students and members of the legal profession by its continual community service and outreach projects. As an inclusive organization, BLSA coordinates an array of events like The Angel Tree Project, a project in which faculty and students donate gifts for low-income children and Neighborhood Day, a donation drive in which members donate school supplies to children in the community.
“Minority Law Day is my favorite event,” said Janica Austin, third-year student and president. “The glaring disparity in education and wealth of minority students is obvious in today's society.”
During Minority Law Day, BLSA members serve as role models to illustrate the benefits of higher education as local middle-and-high-school students spend a day at Charleston Law to learn what it takes to succeed in law school.
“It truly warms my heart to peak the interest of students at such a young age,” said Austin.
JeRai Green, a first-year student involved in BLSA, experienced Minority Law Day first-hand when she visited the School in 8th grade. “After hearing the speaker talk about what it is like to be a lawyer and then volunteering to be counsel for the mock trial gave me the confirmation and motivation that I knew I wanted to become a lawyer,” said Green.
Among other events, BLSA has hosted a Black Tie Affair with speakers focusing on generational enrichment in the black community, Passionately Pink Breast Cancer Awareness Day, and a College Application Day to help seniors in high school apply to college.
“It is undisputed that poverty has a powerful impact in educational attainment, and as a minority student at a professional level, I feel it is my duty to give back and help those students who need it the most,” said Austin.
The Charleston Law chapter of BLSA is an affiliate of the National Black Law Students Association (NBLSA), the largest student-run organization in the United States. With more than 200 chapters at law schools nationwide, these chapters represent more than 6,000 black law students.
Visit the organization's webpage here.
President: Janica Austin
Secretary: Tammy Adams
Treasurer: Ebony Prioleau
Parliamentarian: Jasmine Wyman
Professor Geiza Vargas-Vargas
Professor Amanda Compton
Written and photographed by: Kat Drerup