New York (February 17, 2017) – For the second year in a row, New York Law School’s (NYLS’s) Chapter of the National Black Law Students Association (NBLSA) has been recognized as a Chapter of the Year for the Northeast Region. The award honors the chapter’s outstanding community service and educational outreach activities during the 2016-17 year.
In addition, Samantha Dunac 3L, President of NYLS BLSA, was named Board Member of the Year for the Northeast Region of the NBLSA.
NYLS BLSA’s activities and outreach include “Black Lawyers Matter” fundraising and social advocacy; alumni mixers; academic workshops (topics include memo writing, outlining, and final exam writing); a mentorship program; a fundraiser for the victims of Hurricane Matthew; and the “Dinner with a Lawyer” networking series.
“The passion, energy, and engagement of New York Law School’s Black Law Students Association is something to be admired,” said Anthony W. Crowell, Dean and President. “BLSA is a key partner and a critical part of student life at NYLS. This well-deserved recognition exemplifies the leadership, vision, and commitment of our students and shows how student organizations make lasting contributions to the lives of individuals and the community. I thank NYLS Chapter President Samantha Dunac for being a role model and congratulate her for being named Regional Board Member of the Year.”
The Northeast BLSA (NEBSLA) is comprised of chapters from Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey (northern), New York, Rhode Island, and Vermont.
The honors were announced at NEBLSA’s 49th Annual Regional Convention in Boston in January 2017.
The National Black Law Students Association (NBLSA) is a national organization formed to articulate and promote the needs and goals of Black law students to effectuate change in the legal community. As one of the largest student-run organizations of its kind in the United States for Black law students, NBLSA has thousands of members across America and is also comprised of more than 200 chapters and affiliates from six countries, including the Bahamas, Nigeria, and South Africa. NBLSA is organized into six regions: the Northeast, Mid-Atlantic, Southern, Midwest, Southwest, and Western regions.
About New York Law School
Founded in 1891, New York Law School (NYLS) is an independent law school located in the heart of New York City’s legal, government, financial, and emerging tech centers. Known as “New York’s law school,” NYLS embraces the city as its classroom by complementing a rigorous legal education with an innovative and diverse set of “uniquely New York” experiential learning opportunities. Since opening its doors, NYLS has produced graduates who have gone on to hold high elected and appointed office in the City, lead large and small firms, and gain broad recognition as captains of business and industry. Its renowned faculty of prolific scholars has built the School’s strength in key areas of the law, including business and finance; government and public interest; and intellectual property, media, technology, and applied sciences. NYLS has more than 18,000 graduates and currently enrolls approximately 900 students in its full-time, part-time, and Two-Year Honors J.D. programs. The School also offers an advanced-degree program in Tax Law.