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ABLS Wins Chapter of the Year Award for Community Service, Career Development, Political Awareness Programming

February 04, 2013 – 

The Association of Black Law Students (ABLS) at Rutgers School of Law–Newark has been selected as Small Chapter of the Year by the Northeast Black Law Students Association (NEBLSA). The award was presented at the organization’s recent 45th Annual Regional Convention. In addition, third-year evening student Chris Ellis, Jr. was elected vice chair of the NEBLSA regional executive board.

ABLS chapter award
Shown with the NEBLSA Chapter of the Year award are (l-r): 3L Patrina Ozuruma, 3LE Rossevelt Donat, 2L Yasmine-Imani McMorrin, who is ABLS president, and 3LE Chris Ellis, Jr.


The chapter award selection is based on programming initiatives in several categories, including socio-political awareness, community service, education and career development, and social activities, as well as the number of people who participated in their events.

Rutgers ABLS activities included a voter registration drive, canned food collections, book bag stuffing in partnership with Big Brothers Big Sisters, a career symposium co-sponsored with the Garden State Bar Association, and the annual Jazz for Justice fundraiser, to be held this year on February 7.

During the spring 2013 semester, ABLS members will sponsor an “I Have a Dream Soiree” to commemorate the vision of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and highlight the accomplishments of several Rutgers Law alumni, serve as speakers and hosts for the school’s Street Law High School Law Day, and partner with Big Brothers Big Sisters to become mentors and tutors at a local high school.

Held in Cambridge, MA, the NEBLSA convention attracted more than 200 registrants. The organization is a part of the National Black Law Students Association (NBLSA), which was established in 1968 to articulate and promote the needs and goals of black law students and to effect change in the legal community. With almost 6,000 members, NBLSA is the largest student-run organization in the country.