Midway through her first year at NYLS, Maraya Aboly-Brown 1L is already making a name for herself. The Harlem, New York native was recently featured on the website of the National Black Law Students Association (NBLSA) as a “1L Spotlight,” one of just four students featured from local BLSA chapters.
The write-up highlighted Aboly-Brown’s plans to pursue litigation and, ultimately, a career in the judiciary.
“I have seen people incarcerated and deported because a lack of decent representation,” she said in the spotlight. “I have also seen judges stare at people of color in disdain and stop listening before the trial even begins. I was motivated to attend and motivated to finish law school because everyone deserves to be heard.”
Aboly-Brown graduated from Spelman College, where she majored in Political Science and Government. Before attending NYLS, she was a legal assistant to Georgia State Congresswoman Debra Bazemore.
She is a member of NYLS’s award-winning BLSA chapter, which is part of the NBLSA’s Northeast Region. NYLS BLSA plans networking and professional development events with alumni and successful practitioners. It also hosts an annual awards dinner at NYLS each spring. In addition, NYLS has hosted NBLSA’s daylong job fair for the northeast region for the past eight years.
Aboly-Brown has also participated in the Courtroom Advocates Project, a program founded by Sanctuary for Families. Through the program, law students and legal practitioners advocate for victims of domestic violence who seek orders of protection.
Read NBLSA’s spotlight on Aboly-Brown.