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Black Law Student Association
The mission of the Black Law Students Association (BLSA) is to increase the number of culturally responsible Black Attorneys and other Attorneys-of-Color, who excel academically, succeed professionally, and influence the community positively.
The objectives of BLSA include fostering solidarity between law students of the African Diaspora, through interaction and networking with students, faculty, and alumni; working cohesively with the student body, the faculty advisor(s), and the administration to promote issues of social importance and instill a sense of purpose to lawyering; and addressing the pressing Civil Rights issue(s) of the day.
The BLSA also seeks to create a greater awareness of community needs through chapter initiatives, and to provide educational and technical opportunities to hone professional competencies and legal skills. This includes initiatives that,
Articulate and promote the professional needs, goals, and development of Black law students;
Foster and encourage academic success and professional competence;
Focus upon the relationship of the Black attorneys to the legal structure of the United States;
Instill in the Black attorney and law student a greater awareness of commitment to the needs of the Black community and the diaspora;
Influence the legal community to bring about meaningful change to meet the needs of the Black community;
Facilitate the professional needs and development of all students of color and allies who wish to join the organization; and
Do all things necessary and lawful to accomplish these purposes.
All in-person events postponed until further notice. We hope you are well. Please email email@example.com if you are experiencing any difficulties.
Current and Upcoming Events
The Office of Diversity & Inclusion at Duquesne University and Duquesne University Counseling Services are offering a weekly virtual support group for African American students.
Dean Barton's Video Message, June 12, 2020
Please view The Prayer Service for Justice and Peace that was held in the Duquesne University Chapel on Monday, June 8, 2020. Fr. Bill Christy, Director of Campus Ministry and University Chaplain, officiated the moving service. He was joined by Dr. Jeff Mallory, Assistant Vice President for Diversity, Inclusion and Student Advancement, and Dr. Anthony Kane, Assistant Director of Residence Life. The service was created from the Archdiocese of New Orleans, Requiem for Black Children of God. During the powerful Reading of Names, we recognize that we must continue to say the names of George Floyd and far too many other victims of racial injustice.
Partnership with Xavier University of Louisiana, the nation's only Catholic school among the Historically Black Colleges and Universities (April 2020)
The inaugural Spilling the Tea on Law School Program on September, 14th, 2019 at the School of Law brought together over 30 diverse high school, college, and graduate students. Young people, law students, legal educators, and lawyers discussed law school and the legal profession as it relates to the diverse needs of the community. View photos from the event and stay tuned for next year's program!