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Northeast BLSA Regional Convention
Wednesday, February 21st - Sunday February 25th, 2007
(Competitors to arrive on the 21st, other conference participants may arrive Thursday or Friday)

The Annual Northeast Regional Convention will bring BSLA chapters together from 33 different law schools in the Northeast Region of BLSA, ranging from Maine to New Jersey.  This year, the University of Connecticut hosts the Northeast Region at the Hartford Marriott in Hartford, Connecticut.  There will be a little bit of everything for everyone:

  • Regional Business
  • Election of Regional Officers (Regional Chair, Vice Chair, Treasurer, etc.)
  • The Frederick Douglass Moot Court Competition
  • The Thurgood Marshall Mock Trial Competition
  • Helpful Workshops
  • Inspirational Speakers
  • Lunch and Dinner Provided
  • Professional Networking
  • Evening Socializing & Entertainment


Early Registration - Non Competitor (Nov 24-Dec 15) = $110.00
Regular Registration - Non Competitor (Dec 16-Jan21) = $125.00
Late Registration - Non Competitor (Jan 22 Feb 21) -  = $160.00
Early Registration - Competitors/Coach( follow same dates above) = $95.00
Regular Registration - Competitors/Coach = $110.00
Late Registration - Competitors/Coach = $145.00
Registration may be paid on Acteva using the following link -
Registration info available at

Black Law Students / Jersey Recognizes Same Sex Unions
« on: October 27, 2006, 06:11:39 PM »
This is the latest buzz in the legal world over here.  The opinion just came out Wednesday from the NJ Supreme Court:

TRENTON, New Jersey (AP) -- New Jersey's Supreme Court opened the door to gay marriage Wednesday, ruling that homosexuals are entitled to the same rights as heterosexuals, but leaving it to lawmakers to legalize same-sex unions.

The high court gave lawmakers 180 days to rewrite marriage laws to either include same-sex couples or create a new system of civil unions for them.

The ruling is similar to the 1999 decision in Vermont that led to civil unions there, which offer the benefits of marriage, but not the name. (Opinion -- pdf)

"Although we cannot find that a fundamental right to same-sex marriage exists in this state, the unequal dispensation of rights and benefits to committed same-sex partners can no longer be tolerated under our state Constitution," Justice Barry T. Albin wrote for the 4-3 majority's decision.

Outside the Supreme Court, news of the ruling caused confusion, with many of the roughly 100 gay marriage supporters outside asking each other what it meant. Many started to agree that they needed to push for a state constitutional amendment to institute gay marriage.

Garden State Equality, New Jersey's main gay and lesbian political organization quickly announced Wednesday that three lawmakers would introduce a bill in the Legislature to get full marriage rights to same-sex couples.

Gay couples in New Jersey can already apply for domestic partnerships under a law the Legislature passed in 2004 giving gay couples some benefits of marriage, such as the right to inherit possessions if there is no will and healthcare coverage for state workers.

Democratic Gov. Jon S. Corzine supports domestic partnerships, but not gay marriage.

Supporters pushing for full gay marriage have had a two-year losing streak in state courts including New York, Washington, and in both Nebraska and Georgia, where voter-approved bans on gay marriage were reinstated.

They also have suffered at the ballot boxes in 15 states where constitutions have been amended to ban same-sex unions.

Cases similar to the one ruled on Wednesday, which was filed by seven by gay New Jersey couples, are pending in California, Connecticut, Iowa and Maryland.

"New Jersey is a stepping stone," said Matt Daniels, president of the Virginia-based Alliance for Marriage, a group pushing for an amendment to the federal Constitution to outlaw same-sex marriage. "It's not about New Jersey."

Black Law Students / Northeast BLSA Academic Retreat @ Harvard
« on: October 09, 2006, 11:05:32 AM »
Yes, ladies and gentlemen, the Northeast Region is coming to Harvard.


Northeast Region - Black Law Students Association

Saturday, November 11, 2006
Harvard University School of Law
11am-6pm WORKSHOPS
6:30-9:30 SOCIAL EVENT

BLSA Academic Retreats are typically geared towards 1L's and provide workshops on Blue Booking, Exam Taking, Resume Writing, etc.  This year's will have something for 2L's and 3L's as well by covering summer employment advice and Bar preparation. This year's Retreat will also be featuring a workshop with the author(s) of the acclaimed exam strategy book --GETTING TO MAYBE, and much, much, more!!

Hope to see you there....BLSA love.

BIG UPS!  CONGRATS CONGRATS CONGRATS!!!  That is a huge accomplishment!  You both make us VERY proud.

And before anybody starts, yea yea yea we know its technically called Yale Law Journal, for the record. :P Same thing. :P

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