Southwestern Law School Los Angeles, CA

News Release

Jonathan Evans Elected Attorney General of NBLSA April 08, 2013
Jonathan Evans Elected Attorney General of NBLSA

Southwestern PLEAS student Jonathan Evans has been elected to serve as Attorney General to the National Black Law Students Association (NBLSA) Board for the 2013-2014 academic year. In this position, he will research legal issues facing the African-American community, prepare memoranda to increase awareness for NBLSA members, and prepare amicus curiae briefs to support cases affecting the African American Community. Additionally, he will be responsible for planning NBLSA's participation in the Congressional Black Caucus Annual Conference and planning for Hill Day, each of which will involve coordination with members of Congress to identify germane issues.

Evans currently serves as NBLSA's judicial advocacy specialist, a position that reports to the National AG. He worked on NBLSA's amicus briefs this year in Fisher v. University of Texas and Shelby County v. Holder. He also assisted in the preparation of a white paper on "Stand Your Ground" laws. As NBLSA AG, he plans to continue with advocacy in these key areas: fostering diversity in higher education, protecting voter rights and ending the school-to-prison pipeline. His personal goal is to help increase the number of African-American males in law school through the promotion of positive relationships during early education.

"I am humbled and honored to be selected by my NBLSA peers to be the National Attorney General," Evans said. "I am motivated to do what I can in this position to be the change I want to see in the world. In NBLSA, we are united by service. Working to further NBLSA's legacy invigorates me and I hope to use every day that I have in this position to make a difference in the lives of others."

Southwestern's BLSA chapter has a longstanding and rich tradition of participation and excellence in NBLSA, winning numerous accolades, awards and team competitions at the organization's conventions. Most recently, the NBLSA Negotiation Competition team earned Second Runner Up (out of over 27 schools) at the competition held during the National Convention, and Southwestern's chapter earned three awards at the organization's Western Regional Convention (including the highly-coveted Chapter of the Year award).