#BlackGirlMagic Panel Aims to Empower Women Feb. 9 at VLS

Guests Include Justice Maria Araujo Kahn, Judge Melanie Cradle, Historical Researcher Rayshauna Gray

––The Black Law Students Association (BLSA) at Vermont Law School will present “#BlackGirlMagic: Black, Intelligent, and Educated—Now That’s Power,” a celebration and panel discussion from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, Feb. 9, in Yates Common Room at VLS. The event is free and open to the public and press, and will be streamed live at vermontlaw.edu/live.

The Huffington Post defines #BlackGirlMagic as “a term used to illustrate the universal awesomeness of black women. It’s about celebrating anything we deem particularly dope, inspiring, or mind-blowing about ourselves.” The #BlackGirlMagic event at VLS will celebrate Black History Month with women who lead in law and education, and include a panel discussion, light reception, and recognition and awards to honor achievement.

Guest panelists include Connecticut Supreme Court Justice Maria Araujo Kahn; New Haven, Conn., District Superior Court Judge Melanie Cradle; and Rayshauna Gray, coordinator of the Gender Initiative at Harvard Business School and a historical researcher at the Center for the Study of Race and Democracy at Tufts University.

“The Black Law Students Association is honored to welcome Justice Khan, Judge Cradle, and Ms. Gray to Vermont Law School,” said BLSA President Rasheta Butler JD’19. “Their careers and the paths they have taken are inspiring. We look forward to bringing together the greater Vermont Law School community to learn from these phenomenal women and to celebrate and empower women. All are welcome to join us.”

For more information about the #BlackGirlMagic event at VLS, email BLSA@vermontlaw.edu or RashetaButler@vermontlaw.edu.

The mission of the Black Law Students Association is to articulate and promote the professional goals and needs of minority law students, to encourage and foster professional competence, to focus on 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, and to influence American law schools and 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. BLSA collaborates with other student groups at Vermont Law School to promote diversity and enhance cultural awareness, and to make an impact on the institution, community and region in accordance with the missions of BLSA and the National Black Law Students Association. For more information, visit vermontlaw.edu/blsa and like BLSA on Facebook.


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