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  A Word from the Chair

Greetings, Supreme Southwest, 

On behalf of the Regional Board of Directors for the Southwest Region of The National Black Law Students Association, I am incredibly grateful to lead us in our 8th year of service. I am Maydrian A. Strozier-Lowe, the Regional Chair and a second-year law student at Texas Tech University School of Law. Our Region is home to Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Louisiana, and now New Mexico. We currently serve 20 law schools and upward of 1000 black law students. Our programming, initiatives, and mentorship have substantially impacted our members’ lives over the years, and we hope to enhance our legacy this year. I want to extend my deepest gratitude to my predecessor, Jessica Paige, our 7th Regional Chair, for her decisive leadership and vigorous advocacy for our Region that has brought us to where we are today.

            As the newest Region of NBLSA, we know how important it is to begin this term with the end in mind; for that reason, we have adopted our term’s theme: Legacy Building: Lifting as We Climb.

The Southwest Region grew in every aspect over the past year. Specifically, Our Academic Leadership Retreat and Regional Convention had the largest number of registrants in our Region’s history, and active membership at the National Level exceeded 300 members. The goal for the 8th Administration year is to increase that momentum, deepen connections to corporate partnerships and strengthen SWBLSA alumni relationships. My personal goal is to ensure all our Region’s capstone events break attendance records this year. More importantly, I hope every student leaves our programming inspired and ready to tackle the challenges they will face throughout the academic year. Our administration will also tailor our focus on restoring core initiatives of SWBLSA’s call as an association, like our State Capitol advocacy days and more. 

Recently, our Region has seen varying types of harmful legislation, from the immediate trigger laws that restricted women’s rights and bodily autonomy after the fall Roe v. Wade in every state in our Region to constant barriers affecting the right to vote for Black citizens to present calls for bans Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion initiatives.[1]All these laws and efforts are deliberate attempts to hinder the quality and longevity of Black lives in our Region. SWBLSA will fight against these antagonists and harmful legislative measures to ensure that Black law students can exist safely and excel in the legal profession. Furthermore, our administration will continue the work of our past chair, increasing our interaction and connection with chapters at the local level while highlighting and uplifting Black law students across the Region in their pursuit of academic excellence. 

 

SWBLSA has been a bridge for networking, mentorship, community, and academic support for black law students for almost a decade. As your leader, I will work tirelessly to ensure this legacy is maintained and expanded upon. If at any point you need to contact me, please feel free to reach out at southwest@nblsa.org

 

 

 

 

Yours In Service, 

 

 

Maydrian A. Strozier- Lowe 

8th Chair of the Southwest Region

National Black Law Students Association

 

[1] Excluding New Mexico, who did not become a member of SWBLSA until 2023. 

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