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Chair's Message



Welcome to the Western Region of the National Black Law Students Association’s website.  My name is Lajeanne Shelton, and it is my honor to serve as your 2023-2024 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 56 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 region we are committed to upholding this mission and making sure the West Coast stays the Best Coast.  That dedication has not changed even in the face of a global pandemic.


During the global pandemic, we all had to make shifts and sacrafices. Those shifts have caused the Western Region to become disjointed. Now that it has been declared that we are out of the pandemic, the Western Region can begin to start rebuilding. Therefore, this years WRBLSA’s theme is “Rebuilding the Connection.” This year the region is going to be focused on rebuilding the connection with local chapters, rebuilding the connection with our alumni, and rebuilding the connection with the national organization. This years board is committed to engaging and uplifting all of our members. We want to make sure that no matter what, our members know that their region is here to Back Them Up


Our beautiful region is spread across 9 states representing over 30 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:

“We cannot live only for ourselves. A thousand fibers connect us with our fellow men; and among those fibers, as sympathetic threads, our actions run as causes, and they come back to us as effects.” – Herman Melville


LaJeanne H.A Shelton

Western Regional Chair

National Black Law Students Association

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