Every year, on the third Monday of January, the United States celebrates the life and accomplishments of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The federal holiday created in his honor attempts to acknowledge his nonviolent participation in events like the Montgomery Bus Boycott, the March on Washington and the Birmingham Campaign. In contrast to the violent events of the 1950s and 60s, Dr. King expressed his faith in society by peacefully protesting racial inequality and injustice. Although his thirteen-year civil rights career led to the desegregation of the South, Dr. King’s work has done much more for society in general. Most acknowledge that, in the absence of Dr. King’s efforts, Thurgood Marshall may not have been the first African American Supreme Court Justice and this country may not have had the opportunity to witness Clarence Thomas be the second. Indeed, without Dr. King Colin Powell may not have been Secretary of State and Barack Obama may not have been elected President (twice!). Despite these historic triumphs, what’s most inspiring about Dr. King’s legacy is the fact that it permeated all cultures and all races. Today, campaigns for gay rights and equal pay for women gain headway in part because of Dr. King. Even newly formed movements, like Occupy Wall Street, employ Dr. King’s tactics by conveying the importance of a cause through a series of essays. Clearly, Dr. King is worthy of a day of remembrance not simply because of his Nobel Peace Prize or his achievements as an activist but because of the impact his beliefs still have on America. Although it is guaranteed that we will honor Martin Luther King Jr. on every third Monday of January, it is imperative we learn from Martin Luther King Jr. every other day in between. With issues like those in Fisher v. Texas, Moncrieffe v. Holder and Hollingsworth v. Perry, it seems Dr. King’s dream is still a reality in progress.
UVA BLSA will cover the FULL COST of THREE (3) members trips to the NBLSA Convention held in Atlanta, GA on March 6-10, 2013. Please see the convention schedule HERE for more details. The BLSA members receiving a free trip will serve as UVA BLSA delegates and be selected by random drawing from a hat, which will be held on Friday January 25, 2013 at noon in the BLSA Office. All are welcome to attend the drawing, however attendance is not required in order to win the free trip to the NBLSA Convention. The last day to enter the Raffle is Thursday January 24, 2013.
Once selected you must claim your trip within one (1) day. Once you claim your trip to the NBLSA convention attendance is REQUIRED. Three (3) members will be selected and three (3) additional names will be drawn on January 25, 2013 and placed on a wait list in the order drawn. If any of the original three selected members turn down the trip they will be replaced by the wait listed members in the order that the wait listed members are drawn. Wait listed members will have ONE (1) day to accept the trip or else they will forfeit their trip to the next wait listed member.
*Should all the wait-listed members decline their trip, or not enough people enter the raffle the Vice President will select a BLSA member to attend the convention.
By submitting your name and signing this application you agree to attend every day of the NBLSA convention and fulfill your delegate duties. By signing this application you agree that should you cancel your trip for any reason after notifying UVA BLSA you will attend, you will be REQUIRED to pay: (1) the full price of the NBLSA registration fee ($150); (2) the cost of your lodging ($250); and (3) the cost of your flight and travel expenses ($400) totaling $800.
For this year's International Service Trip the Black Law Students Association is partnering with TiMap for Justice. The trip will be taking place in Sierra Leone from March 11 - March 17, 2013. Aside from providing participants an opportunity to meet members of the BLSA family, this trip is a great way to gain pro bono hours and participate in a legally relevant human rights project. The duties of the participants will include providing assistance to lawyers and paralegals in the area. The trip will be completely funded for everyone selected to participate.
Details of the trip and the selection process are located in the application below. To be selected for the trip candidates must send a completed application to the Community Service Chair by January 25, 2013. Please note that applicants can participate in both the NBLSA Convention and the International Service Trip. If you have any questions contact Andrea Canfield, the Community Service Chair, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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