The Harvard Black Law Students Association (Harvard BLSA) is ecstatic to congratulate and welcome the newest members of the Harvard Law School community. As one of the largest chapters of the National Black Law Students Association, 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 2013-2014 school year promises to be one of the most exciting to date. Our Orientation Committee has planned an extraordinary retreat to Martha’s Vineyard in September, and our Membership Engagement Committee is planning an equally exciting ski trip for the winter. Our Spring Conference Committee is coordinating our 31st Annual Spring Conference, which promises to connect our members with an impressive body of alumni and guests. Our Social Committee is planning outings and parties that will relieve the stress of 1L, and our Academic Affairs Committee is organizing our library of casebooks, study resources, and outlines in preparation for your arrival.
These are just five of the fourteen committees that comprise Harvard BLSA. These committees imagine and execute a variety of events, providing our members with opportunities for academic advising, professional networking, community service, and fellowship. I encourage you to discover how each of our committees contributes to our mission here, and to consider your own involvement in one of these.
I hope that you will find Harvard BLSA to be a second family and a force of unity. I also hope that you will join us in using the power of privilege, which we earn from attending Harvard Law School, to raise our voices in the battle against racism, social injustice, and inequality.
I promise, we’ll also have quite a bit of fun while we’re at it.
Everson J. Ladson
2013-2014 Harvard BLSA President