THE BLACK LAWYERS CONSORTIUM
A LEVITATE. INITIATIVE
A lawyer is either a social engineer or a parasite on society.
Dean Charles Hamilton Houston
History and current systems continue to demonstrate that the legal system marginalizes the interests and voices of historically excluded groups. In the legal profession, despite an increase of more diverse students admitted to law school, upon graduation there are still disparately low retention numbers of lawyers from historically excluded groups continues. To be clear, the dysfunction lies within the legal systems and education, and not with the student. In recognition of this fact, distinct from traditional mentoring programs, the Black Lawyers Consortium (BLC), utilizes an informal model commonly used at historically black colleges and universities to assume the inherent excellence of each participant, Applying the Emerge Model.
The BLC supports the professional development and identity formation of prospective and current law students, lawyers, and legal workers. Offered to high school college, law students, paralegals, and formerly incarcerated/ returning citizens, the Consortium provides and reinforces practical skills, advocacy, development, and mentorship. The BLC encourages belonging, cultivation of culture, social justice, and empowerment, including integration of lived experience into practice. While candidates from historically excluded groups are encouraged to apply, all applicants, regardless of background, are welcome to apply. Applications accepted on a rolling basis. Please send a cover letter detailing your commitment to social justice and a resume to firstname.lastname@example.org.
PAULI MURRAY JOSEPH BEAM INITIATIVE
A fellowship aimed at supporting and uplifting LGBTQI+ Black, Indigenous, and Persons of Color (BIPOC) pre-law students and lawyers.
JAILHOUSE LAWYER AND RETURNING CITIZEN INITIATIVE
A fellowship to support the development of current jailhouse lawyers and returning citizens (formerly incarcerated) with the objective of obtaining a paralegal certificate and entry to law school.