The purpose of BLSA is to articulate and promote the professional goals and needs of minority law students; to encourage and foster professional competence; to focus upon the relationship between minority law students and the law structure; to instill in minority law students a greater awareness of and commitment to the needs of the minority community; to influence American law schools, legal associations to use their expertise and prestige to bring about change within the legal system in order to make it responsive to the needs of the minority community and to do any and all things necessary and lawful for the accomplishment of these purposes.
Furthermore, it is the focus of the Vermont chapter of the NBLSA to collaborate with other fund eligible student organizations to promote diversity, enhance cultural awareness, and to impact on the institution, community and region in accordance with the mission of both BLSA and NBLSA.
Sauti Yetu ("Our Voice” in Swahili)
We invite the Vermont Law School community to take part in several exciting and thought-provoking events during Black History Month. This year’s theme celebrates the importance of open and critical discussion about issues affecting Black and African American communities by giving these issues a VOICE. Details of each event will be forthcoming.
2017 Black History Month Events
- (Kickoff Event) Thursday, February 2nd - Diaspora: The Effects of Imperialism - Yates: 6PM-8PM
This event will feature a documentary composed of members of the VLS community; a panel that examines the long term effects of European colonialism in Africa, Latin America, and the Caribbean; and a community dinner with authentic African food.
- Monday, February 13th - Musical Rebels - BALE (35 S. Windsor Street): 6PM-8PM
Come immerse yourself in the ever-evolving and sometimes controversial world of Hip-Hop, Rap, and the law. We will explore a brief history of Hip-hop in America then pay respects to the rebels who used their platform to defy the status quo and fight for the rights of the people.
- Monday, Tuesday, February 13th-14th - Val-O-Gram Fundraiser - Chase Breezeway
BLSA’s Annual Val-O-Gram Fundraiser starts this week! Pick up something SWEET for all your SPECIAL SOMEONES!
- Thursday, February 16th - Jazz and Poetry Night - Yates: 7PM-9PM
Spend an evening with BLSA as we fuse spoken words with Jazz. We strongly encourage everyone to share any talent they may have. From instruments, to song, dance, poetry. It gets better, beverages and snacks will be served! Stay tuned for more details!
- Thursday, February 28th - Black History Month Dinner (EventBrite) 7PM-9PM
Black History Month will conclude with a dinner where we honor amazing individuals that have made great strides in the Black community.
Live stream of the main event, 9:00-1:30, will be available here:
The Legal Observer event, 1:30 – 3:30, will be available here:
2016-2017 Executive Board
President: Phanuelle Duchatelier
Vice President: Alexis Agredo
Treasurer: Stephen Currie
Secretary: Sherri White
Parliamentarian: Brittmy Martinez
Historian: Valdir Cabral