Blog Entry 36

Posted by Ryan Gutierrez
Ryan Gutierrez
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on Thursday, 20 October 2011
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April 30, 2011 - BLSAs Annual Year End Brunch 

      Each year the Black Law Students Association (BLSA) hosts an end of the year brunch for its members, alum and supporting faculty.  The event was held at a local restaurant and the food was quite tasty.  This year the organization was able to provide 4 students with scholarships.  Students in the organization had the opportunity to participate in one of two writing competitions to be considered for the scholarships.  One of the scholarships was given to two graduating students to assist in their Bar passage preparation courses and the other scholarship was awarded to two students – a first year law student and a second year law student – to assist with their tuition.   

      The brunch also highlighted some of the activities that the organization accomplished throughout the year and recognized supporting faculty.  The brunch was particularly special for me because it marked my last day as Secretary for the organization and, the next day, I'd officially become President of BLSA for UDM. 

      I envision that the coming school year will be the most fulfilling that I've had so far in law school.  Working with BLSA has instilled in me a deep commitment to bettering myself and my fellow law students by remembering that God has a purpose for our lives.  We may not want to be used in a certain capacity, but (as I am learning) we just have to be willing to be used as God sees fit.   

      Law school has a tendency to have its subjects consumed with day to day aspects of school and wondering what life in the profession holds for us.  I think it of utmost importance (and the bigger picture) that we work vigilantly to better our community by using our gifts and talents to help members of the community at large to find their voice and help out wherever we can. 

      I'm glad to be part of an organization that has so many beautiful and talented people willing to make a change.   

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