Black Law Students Association (BLSA)
Faculty Advisor: Neil Williams
Meet the Executive Board 2013-2014
President: Jennifer Thomas
Vice President: Jasmine Morton
Treasurer: Magda Derisma
The Loyola chapter of the National Black Law Student Association seeks to increase the number of African-American attorneys and judges in the United States and to address issues of importance to the African-American community. Loyola's chapter conducts programs to increase the number and success of African-American law students at Loyola, and it sponsors activities designed to increase contact between students and African-American legal professionals.
BLSA sponsors numerous events to encourage professional development, networking, and academic success throughout the Loyola community.
BLSA, in conjunction with the Latino American Law Student Association and Asian-American Law Student Association, sponsors the annual Race and the Law Symposium, which brings together distinguished scholars and practitioners to discuss issues regarding race in the context of the legal system.
BLSA sponsors an annual dinner, at which the Donald L. Hollowell Distinguished Service Award is presented to an African-American alumnus/a of Loyola. The award is named after Donald L. Hollowell, a 1951 alumnus of Loyola, who distinguished himself as one of the leading lawyers of the Civil Rights Movement. Mr. Hollowell passed away at the end of 2004. To learn more about Mr. Hollowell's remarkable career, click here.
For more information on the NBLSA or Loyola's chapter, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
BLSA Alumni pictured with keynote speaker, former United States Senator and United States Ambassador to New Zealand, Carol Mosely Braun at the 2011 BLSA Alumni Dinner.
BLSA members pictured with the evening's honorees, Greta Weathersby and James D. Montgomery.
2011 BLSA Race and Law Symposium Planning Committee pictured with the program's surprise guest, Reverend Jesse Jackson.