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Chair's Message



Welcome to the Western Region of the National Black Law Students Association’s website.  My name is Majidah Cochran, and it is my honor to serve as your 2020-2021 Western Regional Chair.  Here, you will be able to find all of the engaging events and programs that are going on in this region.


For 52 years, NBLSA has remained dedicated to its mission -- to increase the number of culturally responsible Black and minority attorneys who excel academically, succeed professionally, and positively impact the community.  As a board, we fully embrace this mission with a Mamba Mentality. 


WRBLSA’s theme for this term is “24/8: Fostering Professional Competence, Academic Excellence, and Social Movement.”  We are only 4 months into 2020 and it has been filled with unprecedented loss and uncertainty.  We acknowledge this and want to assure this region that this board is motivated by the words and legacy of the late Kobe Bryant: “[Y]ou must put everybody on notice that you are here, and you are for real.”  We realize that people may lose a lot in 2020 because of COVID-19 and the natural course of life, but the upshot is, we have a whole lot more to gain on our way to 2021.  We will seize this opportunity to rise and get through this together.  We are the West, and we are the best. 


Our beautiful region is spread across 10 states representing 40 schools and over 350 members.  Our board anticipates exponential growth in member engagement this term, ranging from new pre-law chapters, alumni participation, and convention turnout.  We are planning several events and we are remaining flexible pursuant of achieving our goals.  We encourage you to become a NBLSA member today, participate in our programming and events, and answer the roaring call of leadership by joining our gorgeous regional board! 

In closing, I leave you with these few words – “The mindset isn’t about seeking a result—it’s more about the process of getting to that result. It’s about the journey and the approach. It’s a way of life. I do think that it’s important, in all endeavors, to have that mentality.”
― Kobe Bryant, The Mamba Mentality: How I Play



Majidah M. Cochran

Western Regional Chair

National Black Law Students Association

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