On March 11, Fordham’s Black Law Students Association (BLSA) won National Chapter of the Year at the National Black Law Students Association (NBLSA)’s 55th Annual Awards Gala.
The national organization acknowledged the Fordham Law chapter for its execution of more than 55 programs, fundraising efforts, mock interview programs, commitment to professional development, partnership with Vinson & Elkins for an inaugural mentorship program, community service partnership with The Fortune Society, and its reinstatement of the Ruth Whitehead Whaley book scholarship. The chapter was also recognized for its engagement with NBLSA initiatives, including hosting the Northeast Sub-Region of NBLSA’s Leadership Retreat in August, where over 100 BLSA leaders participated, as well as co-coordinating a film screening with CUNY School of Law.
The honor comes on the heels of BLSA being recognized with three awards at the Northeast Black Law Students Association awards gala in February: Northeast Region Chapter of the Year, Northeast Region President of the Year, and 50 years of service.
“This is an amazing honor as the national organization consists of over 270 BLSA chapters,” said BLSA President Afrika Owes ’24. “I’ve thoroughly enjoyed serving as the president of Fordham’s BLSA chapter, and I am beyond proud of our four recognitions. … These awards are a testament to all of our hard work, dedication, and passion for BLSA at Fordham.”
The last time Fordham’s BLSA won the National Chapter of the Year Award was in 2021.