As the nation’s largest chapter of the Black Law Students Association (BLSA), Harvard BLSA is proud of our rich heritage on the Harvard Law School campus and in the community. Harvard BLSA is an organization founded on four pillars: to Build, Lead, Serve, and Advocate, for our community and for our people. Decades after our founding, we continue to take pride in this noble mission.
The 2012-2013 school year promises to be one of the most exciting to date. Our Orientation Committee has been working tirelessly all summer to plan an extraordinary trip to Martha’s Vineyard. Our Social Justice Committee has already confirmed events that will remind us the forms of justice – and injustice – that we might not learn about in the classroom. Our brand new Political Action Committee is organizing voter registration efforts and targeting voter ID laws. Our Social Committee is planning parties that might get some young lawyers in trouble. And our Spring Conference Committee is coordinating our 30th Annual Spring Conference, which promises to attract renowned alumni and guest speakers.
These are just five of the fifteen committees that comprise Harvard BLSA. These committees ensure that we, as the Black students of Harvard Law School, have opportunities for academic advising, professional networking, community service, and socializing and fellowship.
It is my hope that you will find Harvard’s Black Law Students Association to be a second family, a force of unity. Together, we can use the power of privilege, that we earn from attending Harvard Law School, to raise our gifted voices, in the battle against racism, social injustice, inequality, and ignorance.
We’ll have some fun while we’re at it.
Patrick Mason Ragen
2012-2013 Harvard BLSA President