Victoria Walker Elected National Chair of NBLSA
Mason 3L Victoria Walker has been elected national chair of the National Black Law Students Association (NBLSA) for the academic year 2013–14, after serving for the past year as chair for the organization's Mid-Atlantic Region.
NBLSA is a national organization of African and African-American law students that works to further the professional needs and goals of black law students, to foster and encourage professional competence, and to instill in black attorneys and law students a greater awareness and commitment to the needs of the black community.
“The theme for my term is Road to 50: An Evolving Legacy,” says Walker. “NBLSA will celebrate its 50th anniversary in 2018, and I hope to continue to build up the infrastructure of the organization to support the celebration of such a momentous occasion.” In addition to that goal, Walker adds, “We will also continue to implement our advocacy and networking programs.”
In her role this year as chair of the Mid-Atlantic Region, Walker oversaw the implementation of all regional programs for the academic year, including foundational programs such as the Annual Job Fair, academic retreats, pre-law camps, and the Annual Regional Convention. Regional members were also introduced to some new initiatives, such as Mock Interview Day, a Voter Suppression Series, and a Winter Break Service Trip.
“I have been involved at the local, regional, and national levels of NBLSA because I believe the professional networking opportunities that are presented by this organization are simply unparalleled,” Walker explains. “I’ve had the opportunity to meet and get to know many of the current and future leaders of the legal profession (and other professions). NBLSA does a great job of helping law students get the most out of their law school experiences, and this is why I continue to participate in the organization.”
Mason Law has an active chapter of the Black Law Students Association (BLSA) for which Walker served as the 2011–12 president and the 2012–13 treasurer. The local chapter works to provide a solid academic and social support system for its members and sponsors a number of community service activities. For information, go to org.law.gmu.edu/blsa/.