Founder Traci A. Gibson was elected Chair of the Rocky Mountain region in 2015 as a 1L. During her term, she quickly realized that the region's geography hindered students' social, economic and political opportunities. Therefore, she embarked on a nationwide campaign to implement a more viable, NBLSA structure that could effectively implement the organization's mission.
In 2016, at the 48th Annual National Convention, Founder Gibson successfully passed an unprecedented constitutional reorganization of NBLSA's regions. This monumental change ordered the distribution of the Rocky Mountain region in which Utah, Colorado and New Mexico were relocated to the Western region and Montana and Wyoming were relocated to the Midwest region. The remaining states of Texas & Oklahoma were then combined with two Southern region states, Arkansas & Louisiana, and the Southwest region of the National Black Law Students Association ("SWBLSA") was formed!
During her final year of law school, Founder Gibson served simultaneously as the inaugural Chair of SWBLSA and the inaugural National Chair of Ms. JD's National Women Law Students Organization. Founder Gibson graduated with her Juris Doctor from the University of Houston Law Center in May 2017 and opened her law firm in February 2018. She now runs a successful solo practice as a Business & Family Law Attorney in Houston, TX. In addition to being a licensed attorney, Founder Gibson is a certified Mediator, Federal EEO Investigator and member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated. She is proud to continue her service to SWBLSA as the Chair of the Advisory Board.