7.27.2015

Job fair bidding starts NOW!

Registration for the MABLSA 2015 Job Fair is now open to students. Bidding is open today through August 1. Click here to access the NBLSA Symplicity page. Please make sure your Symplicity profile is current, including your class year, before you bid.

MABLSA is hosting the 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, which include: Ballard Spahr, Hunton and Williams, Pepper Hamilton, Steptoe, USAF JAG Corps, the Department of Justice, Venable, the Senate Office of Legislative Counsel, Project Vote and more. 

Remember, you must be a 2014-15 dues paying member of NBLSA in order to participate in the job fair. It's not too late to pay your dues before Job Fair. Please note the updated student registration dates.

  
If you have any questions, please contact:

Ebone' Dryver
Mid-Atlantic Job Fair Coordinator
mablsa.jobfair@nblsa.org

7.11.2015

The GAO is looking for Summer 2016 interns!


The U.S. Government Accountability Office's General Counsel is hiring second-year law students for our 2016 summer associate program. Below is a letter with more information about the program and how interested students may apply.

The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) is an independent, non-partisan federal
agency in the legislative branch. Often called the “congressional watchdog,” GAO researches
and investigates policy issues touching upon all aspects of the work of the federal government
in order to assist Congress in carrying out its core constitutional responsibilities. Our work leads
to laws and acts that improve government operations, saving the government and taxpayers
billions of dollars. Recently, the Partnership for Public Service (the Partnership) and
Washingtonian magazine included GAO in their 2014 lists of the best places to work. Among
mid-size federal agencies, GAO placed second overall and was rated number one in its support
of diversity by the Partnership in 2014.

Every summer, GAO’s Office of General Counsel (OGC) holds a Summer Associate Legal
Honors Program for second-year law students. The program is a primary hiring tool for building
OGC’s workforce of highly capable attorneys. Summer Associates who perform well may
receive offers of permanent employment. OGC gives its Summer Associates significant
responsibility by assigning them projects that are equivalent in complexity to those given to
entry-level attorneys.

OGC is especially proud of its inclusive workforce and support of diversity. This fall, we will
conduct on-campus interviews with students at 11 law schools and participate in two minority
job fairs: the Hispanic National Bar Association Career Fair and Black Law Student Association
Career Fair. Students who do not attend these schools or fairs may apply through our website.
We recently posted our summer recruiting announcement, and applications will be accepted
from July 13 through August 21. As part of OGC’s ongoing commitment to attract as many
qualified applicants as possible, including applicants with diverse backgrounds, outstanding
credentials, and a dedication to public service, we are seeking your assistance in spreading the
word to your affiliates about OGC and our highly rated work environment.

Visit our website at www.gao.gov/careers/attorneys.html to learn more about career
opportunities in OGC, or contact me at (202) 512-3072 or MotleyL@gao.gov. GAO’s Diversity
and Inclusion Statement, as well as our Equal Employment Opportunity Policy, may be found at
http://www.gao.gov/careers/diversity.html.

Thank you for your time and consideration in this matter.

Sincerely,
Lisa Motley

Assistant General Counsel for Operations

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

Law School Confidential

Are you about to start law school?

The Mid-Atlantic Black Law Student Association presents Law School Confidential, a program catered toward students who have recently been accepted into law school. The event will be held on July 18th at Temple University Beasley School of Law from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Law School Confidential 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