BLACK LAW STUDENTS ASSOCIATION
Grand Rapids Chapter
GR BLSA HISTORY
The Black Law Students Association Grand Rapids Chapter was chartered in November, 2006 at Thomas M. Cooley Law School. First-year students Latrice Lemon and Ebony Holden led the way under the guidance of associate professor Tracey Brame. With the support of charter members Asya Bynum, Nikkia Fisher, Mykisha Jordan, Christina Pettus, and Chanelle Ridgeway the organization began its journey to success. GR~BLSA quickly began to reach out to the Grand Rapids community by participating in Western Michigan’s campaign against youth and gang-affiliated violence. Through our dedicated and determined members and advisor, the organization continues to be the voice of the underrepresented and underserved in the legal profession.
Relocating to Western Michigan can be a daunting experience. Coupled with the stress of being a first-year law student, the transition can prove to be more difficult than expected. GR~BLSA encourages building a support network of students, who will share in your successes, as well as your struggles. Joining GR~BLSA is an opportunity to begin this process. Our annual Welcome Back reception, offers a unique opportunity to enhance these personal relationships. To promote invaluable professional relationships, we host a Meet-N-Greet event, which gives members a chance to network with local Grand Rapidsattorneys, Black Elected Officials, and other legal professionals. Membership in GR~BLSA provides a lifetime nationwide network of colleagues, friends, and personal cheerleaders through the National Black Students Association (NBLSA).