Hello BLSA!

*BLSA MLK DAY OF SERVICE – Monday, January 18th

Join BC Law BLSA for our Day of Service in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
On Monday, Jan. 18th from 1 to 3:30pm, we will participate in the City of
Boston and BostonCares’ MLK Day of Service. (note: If you are unavailable at
1pm, feel free to sign up for the earlier time slot.) This event is a great
opportunity for those of you who did not have an opportunity to participate in
BLSA’s community service activities last semester.

To register, visit:

Additional event details:

When: Monday, January 18th, 9:30-12:00PM OR 1-3:30PM
Where: Reggie Lewis Center Gymnasium 1350 Tremont St., Roxbury
On the T: Take the Orange line to Roxbury Crossing

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. believed in the strength of community and the
difference a diverse group people can make through service to address the
challenges that impact our neighbors.

On January 18, 2010, join the City of Boston in partnership with Boston Cares
for a day of service to honor the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
The City of Boston/ Boston Cares MLK Service Day will engage volunteers in
portable project stations where volunteers can participate in a variety of
activities ranging from creating “Adopt Me” Bandanas for the MSPCA and the
Animal Rescue League of Boston to making fleece blankets for Room to Grow.

Different stations, different service activities, making a difference for many.
This is a family friendly event with two different service times to make
serving flexible and fun.

*GENERAL BODY MEETING – JANUARY 20th 12:30-1:30pm. Lunch will be served!

Have a great day!
Marisa Prince
BLSA Secretary



BLSA Yearbook Photo

*We are taking the BLSA Yearbook Photo in front of Stuart House on Tuesday,
January 12th at 12 noon. There’s a tight schedule for Student Org pictures, so
please be early!

MLK Day of Service – January 18th

General Body Meeting – Date TBA

BLSA/BAN Meet & Greet at BC Law – Date TBA

NEBLSA Regional Convention in Syracuse – January 27-31st

Black History Month (look out for weekly BLSA events) – February 2009

Diversity Month – March 2009

Annual Heritage Dinner – Saturday, March 27th


Make sure you get us your membership dues by this Wednesday!

Congratulations to Class of 2009 BLSA Members!

We would just like to congratulate our BLSA members who graduated this year.  We were very thankful for your guidance and we hope you have prosperous careers!  Good luck!

Congratulations on new BLSA Leadership for 2009-2010!!!

We’d like to congratulate the following people on being elected to leadership positions:

President: Carla Reeves,

Internal Vice President: Lum Fobi,

External Vice President: Love Obasaju,

Secretary: Marisa Prince,

Treasurer: Carmelia Estriplet,

Regional Representative: Noah Grabisch,

2L Representative: Esther Adetunji,

All of the new elected officials are currently rising 1L’s and will take on the task of building on the success that we’ve enjoyed over the last several years.

Good Luck!!!

BLSA Newsletter

Election Results
The results of last week’s ballots are in and the Vice President position will once again be split into two distinct positions for the next school year. This decision can be modified following another vote during the 2009-2010 school year or an amendment to the BLSA Constitution.
Election Committee

Election News:
To all those nominated for a position on the Executive Board for the 2009-2010 School Year:
Below is a description of the positions that you have been nominated for, however as any of you know nomination is just the first step towards securing an executive board position. In order to be elected next week the Election Committee would like you to include a statement about why you are running for the position that you have chosen which will be sent to the entire organization. The deadline for this statement is 12:00pm the 19th and should be sent to At the election on march 24th, you will also be given time before the ballots are passed out to speak about why you deserve the nominated position. If there are any questions about the process or if you would like change or rescind a nomination please contact me through the email aforementioned.
Keith E. Clayton II

1) President- The President of the Association shall have general supervisory power over the activities of the Association. He or she shall chair the meetings of the Executive Board and the General Body. He or she shall also appoint committee chairmen as the Executive Board deems necessary to carry on the business of the Association.
2) Vice President- The Vice President shall be responsible for the communication of information within the Association. He or she shall assure that the Executive Board is aware of the activities of all committees of the Association. He or she shall also assure that, through the class representatives, the members of the General Body are made aware of the activities of all committees of the Association. In addition, he or she shall preside at meetings of the General Body and the Executive Board whenever the President is unable to preside. He or she shall also preside over and conduct all elections. Due to the results of this year’s election the position of VP will continue to two distinct positions of internal and external.
3) Secretary- The Secretary shall be responsible for maintaining the records and correspondence of the Association. He or she shall be responsible for the maintenance and distribution of minutes and agenda for all meetings of the Executive Board and the General Body. In addition, he or she shall be responsible for managing all property of the Association which is not | managed by the Treasurer.
4) Treasurer- The Treasurer shall have custody of the funds and securities of the Association. He or she shall assure that entries are regularly made in financial records in full and accurate account of all monies received and disbursed by the Association.
5) Regional Representative- The Regional Representative shall be responsible for attending all regional and national meetings of the National Black Law Students Association and the Northeast Black Law Students Association. He or she shall be responsible for assuring that the interests of the Association are adequately regarded by the National and Regional Executive Boards, and that the members of the Association are well informed as to the deliberations of those Executive Boards.
6) Class Representatives- Shall be responsible for assuring that the interests of his or her class are adequately regarded by the Executive Board, and that members of his or her class are well informed as to the deliberations of the Executive Board.


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— Hello from Goodwin Procter LLP!

Our Committee on Racial and Ethnic Diversity (CRED) and our GLBT Initiative members are hosting an event in our Boston office on April 7th and we are hoping you will assist us in distributing this information to your Class of 2011 BLSA student members. The purpose of this event is to introduce Goodwin Procter to your first-year students, and give them the opportunity to mingle with our lawyers and learn about our various practice area groups. Our hope is that this will help them better understand the opportunities at our Firm as they go into the busy (and often-confusing) process of signing up for fall on-campus interviews.

The event will be an informal reception intended to briefly introduce the students to some interesting matters that we are handling, and also have them meet some of our lawyers in a relaxed setting.

The details of the event are shown below (and in the attached pdf) — please circulate this information to all of your first-year (Class of 2011) student members via email and (if possible) also post on group bulletin boards, etc. If they have any questions, please direct them to Christina Ditolla at (Christina will also collect the RSVPs for the event.)

Thank you in advance for your help on this, and please let us know if you have questions. We look forward to meeting the first-years associated with BC BLSA.

Event: Goodwin Procter LLP Diversity Event for Class of 2011 Students
Date: Tuesday, April 7, 2009
Time: 5:30 p.m.
Location: Goodwin Procter Boston Conference Center, Exchange Place (53 State Street), 2nd Floor
Attire: Business Casual
RSVP: To Christina Ditolla at — please RSVP by April 3, 2009

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Joan E. Tagliareni, Esq.
Sr. Legal Recruitment & Law School Relations Manager
Goodwin Procter LLP
Exchange Place
Boston, MA 02109
T: 617-570-8720
F: 617-523-1231
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GENERAL BODY MEETING! TUESDAY, MARCH 10th —(Attendance Imperative)

This is a reminder we have a general body meeting this Tuesday the 10th at noon. This is an important meeting and all BLSA members are strongly encouraged to attend. During this meeting BLSA will be voting for the Heritage Dinner Awards and on possible continuation of the positions of Vice President Internal and Vice President External. This meeting will also serve to start the nomination and candidacy of the executive board for the 2009-2010 school year. The Executive Board strongly encourages attendance at this meeting since only dues paying members are able to vote. W hope to see you there.

Keith E. Clayton II
BLSA Secretary