Photo Courtesy of Brian Maloney

BLSA President, Taurean Shattuck, said the group hopes to add trophies to this collection after the convention.


February 28, 2017

CSU BLSA to host Midwest Region Convention

From hosting regional conventions, to volunteering in the community, the Black Law Student Association of Cleveland State University embodies diversity and the production of effective and intelligent legal team members, which has had a positive impact on the Cleveland State community.

The Cleveland State chapter will host the Midwest Region BLSA Convention Friday, Feb. 25 and Saturday, Feb. 26 for the first time in four decades. The event typically attracts about 150 to 200 students from BLSA’s 600 members at 52 law schools.

Taurean Shattuck, president of the BLSA, shared the theme of the upcoming regional convention, “Together We Can! Supporting the Lawyers of Tomorrow Today!” is fitting for the times because it shows the importance of the convention as a multi-directional networking opportunity. The gathering allows BLSA members to become familiar with Cleveland as well as with other BLSA chapters throughout the nation.

“It is a great way to hear from different BLSA chapters and learn from some of the projects and activities that they are involved in,” Shattuck said. “Last year the Cleveland-Marshall chapter of BLSA won regional and national midsize chapter of the year. We always look to keep improving and stay in a leadership role in the region and in the law school. Additionally, it is always a sense of pride to be around successful diverse students from across the country.”

“Diverse students from across the region will have the opportunity to interact with other diverse law students from different law schools and participate in networking, community service, and learning about emerging legal topics,” he said.

Shattuck indicated that the convention is a way to expose law students to diversity within their field of study, noting the goal is to gain from diversity rather than be surrounded by like-minded people. The conventions have also seen the emergence of individuals as leaders, he noted, because the competition that comes from the event pushes members to act, setting those who do apart from other participants.

The underlying theme of the convention is one of helping the community, as BLSA frequently does. Shattuck said the Cleveland State University chapter seeks to not only be a leader in the law school, but in the Cleveland community and has volunteered and helped at the Free Clinic, Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital, 3Rs: Rights, Responsibilities & Realities, Legal Aid Society of Cleveland, and Harbor Light Family Shelter. 


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