Black Law Students Association

Mission: The Black Law Students Association (BLSA) of the University of California, Los Angeles is a component of a nationally incorporated organization. The recruitment and admission of Black students into the law school are two of the foremost concerns of BLSA. BLSA is interested in the admission of persons who demonstrate an active desire to contribute to the Black community.

Meet the Board

  • 2022-2023 BLSA Executive Board

    Sydney Gaskins, Co-Chair

    Rochelle Mulondo, Co-Chair

    Amethyst Phillips, Secretary

    Samarah Jackson, Treasurer

    Joan Komolafe, Alumni Relations Chair

    Kamilah Mims, Co-Academic Chair

    Evan Zepeda, Co-Academic Chair

    Skyla Sykes, Social Media and Social Chair

    David Ceasar, Recruitment Chair


BLSA hosts an array of events throughout the year that provide academic resources, networking opportunities, career insights, and tools to be a voice on campus. Here are just some of the events we have had so far.

  • BLSA 2020-2021 Events

    UCLA BLSA & Cappello Program in Trial Advocacy Present: A Discussion with Black Trial Lawyers (Sept. 4, 2020)

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    A discussion with Bart H. Williams, Commercial Litigator at Proskauer, Mercedes A. Cook, Los Angeles County Deputy Public Defender, and Olu K. Orange, Civil Rights Litigator at Orange Law Offices, about their experiences as Black Trial Lawyers.


  • BLSA Scholarship Fund

    UCLA BLSA has endowed a scholarship for an incoming UCLA School of Law student with financial need, who has demonstrated a commitment to racial justice and continuing those pursuits beyond law school. This student will likely serve a leadership role with BLSA during their time at UCLA Law. Awards from this fund will be made by the UCLA Law Office of Admissions and Financial Aid in consultation with the student leaders of BLSA.

    UCLA BLSA Scholarship Fund

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