Nov
12
1:00pm 1:00pm

Dores McCree Day

On Dores Mcree Day, our membership invites roughly 60 local high school seniors to campus. Both historically and now, the overwhelming majority of our membership had never been to a law school campus or knew any lawyers before matriculating. Here, we attempt to expose teens, especially those from historically underrepresented backgrounds in law and higher education, to law schools. There are seminars, mentoring sessions, and criminal law class.

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Nov
5
12:30pm12:30pm

1L Jobs Talk

The jobs talk is a fall Saturday seminar designed to introduce 1Ls to various legal career paths. Our Academic Chair heads this program. He leads a series of sessions with upperclassmen (public and privately interested), the Office of Career Planning, and writing experts.

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Nov
3
12:00pm12:00pm

Soul Food Lunch Fundraiser

BLSA does not collect dues; all funding comes from outside sources and fundraising. The Soul Food Lunch is BLSA’s signature fundraiser! It is essentially a potluck of homemade, traditionally Black foods made by our membership, and sold to students during lunch.

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Oct
13
6:00pm 6:00pm

Screening: Ava DuVernay's 13th

"Ava DuVernay's new Netflix documentary traces a damning line between slavery and mass incarceration. 13th is a blistering, engaging must-see." -VOX

Screening: Thursday, October 20, 6pm
South Hall 1225
Followed by Discussion with Prof. Martha Jones

Food & snacks will be provided!

Presented by: Criminal Law Society
Cosponsored by: 
Black Law Students Association
Michigan Journal of Race & Law
Racial Justice Coalition
Poverty Law Society

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Oct
5
to Oct 12

Race, Law & Citizenship Seminar with Professor Kathleen Cleaver

The seminar explores issues of rights through the lens of American legal history in the arena of citizenship, race, and democracy. The seminar begins in the 19th century with Crandall v. Connecticut, a case where a progressive state Supreme Court judgment was powerless against the anger of a local mob, and ends in the Civil Rights Movement, and will include a screening of a specially selected film on race and colonialism.  

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Campus-Wide Black Out
Sep
26
12:00am12:00am

Campus-Wide Black Out

Hundreds of students gather in the Winter Garden of the Ross School of Business to show their solidarity.

On Friday, September 16th, 2016, Terence Crutcher was gunned down by a police officer in Tulsa, Oklahoma. His hands were up when he was shot. Four days later, in Charlotte, North Carolina, Keith Lamont Scott was killed by officers who were looking to serve a warrant for someone else. When he was shot, Keith was reportedly sitting in his car, reading a book, waiting for his son to come home. Today, our hearts go out to the Crutcher and Scott families, as well as the communities of Tulsa and Charlotte. 

This past July, the Black Law Students Association (BLSA) and the Racial Justice Coalition (RJC) sent a similar letter regarding the shootings of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile. In that email, we also recognized the five Dallas Police Officers who were killed, and the seven others who were wounded by suspected rogue sniper, Micah Xavier Johnson. The issue of police brutality, and the tension it has created within the African-American and police communities, are prevalent and sensitive issues in our nation. However, we believe these issues must be recognized and addressed when they arise in order to prevent any more senseless killings. 

BLSA and RJC plan to host a number of events that we hope will allow Michigan Law students to come together and discuss this difficult issue. Until then, please take a moment to check-in with yourself, and find ways to process and heal from these emotionally and mentally trying events. Know that you are not alone and that we are here for those struggling to cope with these events. Dr. Reena Sheth (rpssheth@umich.edu), Director Nealy (dnealy@umich.edu), and Dean Baum (dbaum@umich.edu) are available to offer support for students. Additionally, feel free to contact us at BLSA (mblsa-leaders@umich.edu) or RJC (rjc-board@umich.edu).

We ask that everyone, no matter how you identify, take the time to question your thoughts on this matter, reflect, and analyze your views and understand your beliefs. If you have questions or concerns, we again urge you to post anonymously to the MLaw Race Talkwebsite. Please remain professional, and respect other's thoughts and concerns. 

In Solidarity,

Black Law Students Association
Racial Justice Coalition

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