On January 27, the Northeast Region of the Black Law Students Association (NEBLSA) will celebrate its 50th annual convention and gala in Albany, New York. That evening, the group will honor Aisha Joseph—NYLS’s Director of Academic and Career Advising, Deputy Diversity Officer, and Title IX Coordinator—for her key assistance in organizing NEBLSA’s large annual career fair.
The Black Law Students Association is a national organization with thousands of members divided into seven regions. NYLS’s chapter is part of the northeast region, along with fellow chapters in Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, northern New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island, and Vermont.
For the past six years, NYLS has hosted NEBLSA’s annual career fair. The 2018 fair this August will again be held at NYLS. The full-day event, which draws a wide range of around 60 private and public employers, is open to upper-level students and recent graduates from across the northeast. Joseph works closely with NEBLSA leaders and students from NYLS’s chapter to plan it.
“This is an exceptional award for an exceptional colleague,” said Dean Anthony W. Crowell. “Aisha brings years of experience in the practice of law, along with unparalleled commitment and a love for helping students enter the profession with deep passion and drive to advocate for clients and make a difference.”
Joseph regularly advises students on professional development opportunities, including those geared toward students from traditionally underrepresented groups. She publishes a comprehensive e-newsletter that summarizes jobs, fellowships, internships, and scholarships, and she counsels students one-on-one.
“I’m honored to be given this award, and I’m thankful for the opportunity to advise NYLS’s amazing students,” Joseph says. “Our students and NEBLSA work incredibly hard on the annual career fair. When we hear positive feedback from employers, when we see legal professionals of all walks of life in the same room, and when a student gets a life-changing job offer, the hard work is totally worth it.”
Joseph’s recognition comes on the heels of other regional honors NYLS has received. In 2017 and 2016, NEBLSA named NYLS’s chapter the northeast “Chapter of the Year” for its outstanding advocacy activities and networking events. In 2017, the then-President of NYLS’s chapter, Samantha Dunac ’17, was named “Board Member of the Year” for the northeast.