6.23.2015

MABLSA's 2015 Job Fair!





This year, MABLSA is hosting it's 2015 Job Fair on August 22nd in Washington, D.C. at the University of D.C. David A. Clarke School of Law. This gives you the opportunity to meet, impress and gain employment with prospective employers. Remember, you must be a 2014-15 dues paying member of NBLSA in order to participate in the job fair. 


For more information contact mablsa.jobfair@nblsa.org

6.11.2015

Are you about to start law school?
The Mid-Atlantic Black Law Student Association presents Law Day, a program catered toward students who have recently been accepted into law school. Law Day will provide accepted students with an opportunity to receive a jumpstart on their first year of law school by exposing them to the law school experience. 
For more information contact Director of Pre-Law Hermionne Cadet at mablsa.prelaw@nblsa.org.





5.28.2015

35th Annual Conference
October 21-25, 2015 in Montego Bay, Jamaica
Early Bird Registration Due May 31st

Interested in entertainment and sports law? Law students can serve as part of the conference support team and receive free registration. Go here for more information on how to apply. The deadline to apply is August 31st.

5.14.2015

Local Chapters Stand with Baltimore

American University



University of Baltimore





University of DC






University of Maryland




Call to Leadership

If you are interested in one of the following positions please send a resume and letter of intent (250 words or less) to Dominique Moore at mid-atlantic@nblsa.org

Convention Coordinator
Historian
Advocacy Specialist


Review a list of position duties here.

5.13.2015

2016-2018 Equal Justice Works, Skadden, and Soros Fellowships

The Law and Policy Fellowship Program of the ACLU of Northern California is seeking candidates for 2016-2018 Equal Justice Works, Skadden, and Soros fellowships.

About the Organization
The ACLU is a nationwide, non-profit, non-partisan organization dedicated to the defense and expansion of civil liberties and civil rights. The ACLU of Northern California (ACLU-NC) was founded in 1934. It is the largest ACLU affiliate in the nation, with 50,000 members and more than 50 staff, including a legislative office in Sacramento and an office in Fresno.

About the Call for Applications
The ACLU-NC will consider proposals that aim to address the needs faced by communities in California’s Central Valley. Following decades of work with communities in the Central Valley, the ACLU of Northern California significantly increased its outreach and engagement in the Central Valley in 2010, opening its first office in Fresno and hiring its first organizers and staff attorney. Over the last four years, the ACLU has been deeply engaged in the region – from Tulare and Fresno counties to Merced, San Joaquin, and Calaveras counties – across a full range of issues, and seeks to build on that experience to deepen and expand its work in the region.

Specifically, we are interested in project proposals in any of the following areas:

Homelessness
We seek a fellow interested in challenging discrimination against and marginalization of homeless people in Tulare, Fresno, and Merced counties. Possible areas of concentration may include providing legal advice and limited-scope representation to homeless individuals with quality-of-life citations, enforcing the law established in Kincaid v. City of Fresno, local government advocacy to challenge municipalities’ efforts that violate the homeless resident’s constitutional rights, or community advocacy and education.

Debtors’ Prisons
We seek a fellow interested in advocacy and litigation on the unlawful and excessive imposition of fees and fines by courts on low-income Central Valley residents for municipal infractions. Possible areas of concentration may include providing community education on right to an ability to pay hearing, legal advocacy and/or limited scope representation to address barriers to hearings, challenging the use of arrest warrants as a debt collection tool by counties, etc.

Economic Injustice in the Delivery of Municipal Services
We seek a fellow interested in community outreach and education, advocacy, and litigation to address the inequitable provision of or explicit exclusion of access to public services in low-income, immigrant communities across the Central Valley. This fellowship would explore the intersection of environmental justice, housing, and racial justice.

Educational Equity
We seek a fellow interested in improving the educational opportunities for marginalized or vulnerable students in target communities within the Central Valley. Possible areas of concentration may include providing impact litigation, coalition-building and community education on student’s rights, and administrative advocacy to improve policies and practices at target school districts.

Application Details
Candidates are strongly encouraged to highlight their demonstrated interest and enthusiasm to work in the Central Valley and/or on any of the issues above, and to include their own ideas in their application. Compelling projects build on our and your experience and skills, and generally combine impact litigation and/or policy advocacy with community partnerships through activities such as coalition-building, outreach, education, and/or technical assistance to grassroots organizations. We strongly prefer that the fellow be based in our Fresno office, but we will consider placements in our San Francisco office with the expectation of significant travel to and time spent in the Fresno office and in the region.

The ACLU-NC will accept applications through Tuesday, June 23, 2015. Please include a detailed cover letter describing your interest in the organization and in working on any of the above issue areas, as well as your commitment to the Central Valley and/or issues faced by residents living in the region. Please also attached your resume, list of three references, a writing sample, and law school transcript.

Submit applications to via email to legalpolicyinternships@aclunc.org with the subject line “Fellowship Proposal” or via U.S. mail to ACLU of Northern California, ATTN: Legal-Policy Department Fellowships, 39 Drumm Street, San Francisco, CA 94111.

Charges Against Officers Involvded in Freddie Gray's Death

On May 1st, the scales of justice tipped in favor of the Black community. On May 1st, the citizens of Baltimore gained some clarity. On May 1st , Marilyn J. Mosby, State's Attorney for Baltimore City and former Vice Chair of the Northeast Black Law Students Association, formally charged all six officers involved in the arrest of Freddie Gray.

MABLSA applauds Marilyn Mosby's commitment to justice, accountability and creating a fair and equitable justice system. Mrs. Mosby stated, "To the people of Baltimore, and demonstrators across America, I heard your call for no justice, no peace. Your peace is sincerely needed as I work to deliver justice on behalf of Freddie Gray."

Since Freddie Gray's death, citizens and students of Baltimore have protested to demand answers regarding the details surrounding Freddie Gray's arrest and the cause of his injuries. Weeks later, the Black community still had not received answers for the untimely death of Freddie Gray--until today.

As the young Mr. Gray was laid to rest, tensions in Baltimore grew due to all of the unanswered questions. Although MABLSA does not condone or advocate for violence, we understand the communities underlying reasons for expressing their frustrations through violent channels. While the media chose to highlight the apparent destruction of Baltimore, it was not all violence. We cannot overlook the thousands of Baltimore citizens who organized peaceful protests.

Citizens mobilized to ensure that the voice of the black community was heard and to acknowledge that the issue of police brutality is one that continues to be put on the forefront of our nation's matters. Citizens across America joined Baltimore's plight and hosted rallies to ensure the root of the protests was not lost.

As law students and legal professionals, we understand that this is just beginning. As legal professionals, we must pledge our knowledge and resources to building on Mrs. Mosby's efforts today so that we can effectively change policing culture as well as rebuild a relationship between the community and justice system. In closing, Mosby stated, "To the youth of this city, I will seek justice on your behalf. This is a moment, this is your moment. Let's insure that we have peaceful and productive rallies that will develop structural and systemic changes for generations to come. You're at the forefront of this cause and as young people our time is now." MABLSA, we must ensure that the efforts of the legitimate protesters and Mrs. Mosby are not in vain.

MABLSA would like to send our well wishes of safety and guidance to our colleagues at the University of Baltimore and the University of Maryland who stand at the forefront of the events that have occurred in Baltimore.  We commend your chapters and others in the region who have traveled to Baltimore to speak on behalf of the victims of police brutality. As a region, WE ARE ONE, and will continue to support you in your efforts.

For more information on how to help serve Baltimore, please contact:

Steven R. Bryson  
mablsa.ag@nblsa.org
Mid-Atlantic Attorney General 
National Black Law Students Association
University of Baltimore School of Law J.D. Candidate 2017

12.11.2014

Do Black Lives Matter?

Do Black Lives Matter?

A Riot is the language of the unheard. It is a result of those that are fed up and ignored no longer believing in the fairness of the rules of the game that is being played with the lives of their children. America is filled with tears, tension and anger this week as the result of the failure of two separate Grand Juries to hold anyone responsible for the deaths of two unarmed Black Men.

America is filled with tears, tension and anger as its people, both black and white, took to the streets in protest. They protested not just against what many saw as the particular injustice in the cases in question, but also against a system that seems to value the lives of one type of American more than another. 

America is filled with tears, tension and anger as its people, both old and young, were stunned to learn that that being killed on camera in 2014 leads (for the black man) to about the same justice as being lynched in front of City Hall in 1914 led to. #DoBlackLivesMatter some are surprised, some are confused, some are satisfied, some are feed up, but Americans are all filled with tears, tension and anger this week. 

 But at times this country's conscience must be triggered by some inconvenience. Whether that inconvenience is seeing hundreds of people take to the streets on out TV screens or hearing thousands block our roads and sidewalks screaming “I Can’t Breathe” and “Black Lives Matter”. This inconvenience was not only necessary but it was warranted. No matter what your legal position is on the Eric Garner and Mike Brown cases, the truth of the matter is black boys/men are dead, and no one will go on trial for their murders.

Let us not cry empty tears for our lost brothers for two weeks and go on about our daily lives. Let us remember “a system cannot fail those it was never meant to protect”. As Law students we know where our laws come from. We know what the answer to the question “Do Black Lives Matter” was for so long in America. As such we are in a position to, and have the responsibility to, be the change that nation seeks at this time. We have the responsibility to do all we can to make sure Eric, Mike, Trayvon, Oscar, Sean, and all the many others did not die in vain. That is our challenge. That is our calling. That is our way of ensuring that black lives do truly matter. 

 Let us never forget the wisdom of those that came before us, however. For the “Master's Tools Will Never Dismantle the Master's House”. It will do us no good whatsoever to fight the injustices brought against our community, if we are not also willing to fight the injustices brought to our community by those in our community.

We must hold our legislatures accountable for issuing reform on police transparency with conducting their duties in surveying citizens and communities as well as being held responsible for violent encounters that occur while policing. Implementing police review boards would allow for constituents to play a more active role in ensuring the fairness and respect that all lives deserve in some of these more trouble proceedings that take place with law enforcement.

Furthermore, police departments must be compelled to enact sensitivity trainings in how the react to their communities. If anything has been made clear, it is evident that black lives are not afforded equal protection under the law, something cannot be corrected without adequate education. We must be the change we seek. We cannot afford again to let these moments fail to become a movement.  

Do Black Lives Matter? Only if we fight everyday to make them matter……  #ICantBreathe 

9.09.2014

Call to Leadership

Call to Leadership!!!!

There are still opportunities to become part of the MABLSA Exec Board. These positions are still available.    



Director of Thurgood Marshall Mock Trial Competition
WV/PA Sub-Regional Director
Communications Specialist 
Frederick Douglass Moot Court Specialists (2)
Thurgood Marshall Mock Trial Specialists (2) 

Descriptions of the positions are available in the MABLSA Bylaws.  Submit resumes and brief statements (250 words or less) to mid-atlantic@nblsa.org. 

9.08.2014

Academic Retreat: Philly


The Mid-Atlantic Black Law Student Association is hosting their annual Philadelphia Academic Retreat on Saturday, September 13, 2014 at 
Blank Rome LLP - located at 130 North 18th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103. 
Register for an amazing opportunity to build and refine your academic and professional skills while uniting with Black attorneys and fellow MABLSA members. CLICK HERE to Register!