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The Black Law Students Association (BLSA) at The George Washington University Law School is a service organization aimed at promoting academic excellence, professional development, community service, and social unity among our members.


GW BLSA is an official chapter of the National Black Law Students Association. We have been at GW Law for several decades, making positive and influential contributions to the law school and Washington, D.C. communities. Also, in an effort to promote and support a diverse student body at GW Law, BLSA members participate in the recruitment of minority students and provide information to the law school community about the contributions of African-Americans to the field of law.


GW BLSA is a very active organization, hosting dozens of academic, professional, service, advocacy, and social events throughout the school year. We invite all GW Law students to join BLSA and participate with us! 

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meet our executive board

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Alyssa Alvarez


Alyssa Alvarez is a third-year law student from Boca Raton, FL. Prior to law school, Alyssa earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics, a minor in Business Law, and a certificate in Hospitality and Tourism Management from Florida Atlantic University. Before becoming BLSA president, Alyssa served as a Research Assistant to the Director of the Small Business and Community Economic Development Clinic and BLSA Secretary. Currently, she also serves as the Editor-in-Chief of GW Law's International Law in Domestic Courts Journal. This summer, Alyssa was a Summer Associate at Crowell & Moring’s DC Office. In her spare time, she enjoys boxing, running, and playing the piano.

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Amaiya Johnson

Vice President

Amaiya Johnson is a rising 2L from Atlanta, Ga. Amaiya received her undergraduate degree from Howard University in Legal Communications. This summer, Amaiya served as a judicial intern for The Honorable Gina L. Simms in United States District Court for the District of Maryland.

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Briana Oates


Briana Oates is a rising 2L from Greenbelt, MD. She received her undergraduate degree from Hampton University in Broadcast Journalism and a Master in Business Administration from the University of Maryland, Global Campus. This summer, she  split her time as a research assistant at GW Law and as a law clerk for Frost & Associates, LLC. Her career interests include business and healthcare law.

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Lauren Pittman


Lauren Pittman is a rising 2L from Bowie, Maryland. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Maryland in College Park in Government and Politics with a Minor in Spanish. Lauren split her summer between her in house positions at Motion Pictures Association and the Record Industry Association of America. As a musician and a creative, Lauren is interested in pursuing entertainment law.

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Shallum Atkinson


Shallum Atkinson is a rising 2L from Brentwood, NY. He received his undergraduate degrees from the University of Georgia in Political Science and Journalism as well as a Masters from American University in Education Policy. This summer, Shallum was a William T. Coleman Fellow at O’Melveny & Myers. Shallum also serves as the Vice President of Student Affairs for the GW Law Student Bar Association. 

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Wan Gikiri

1L Co-Coordinator

Wan Gikiri is a rising 2L from Atlanta, Georgia. Wan received her undergraduate degree from the University of South Carolina in Sports and Entertainment Management. This summer, Wan worked as a legal intern in-house at Oracle.

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Alexis Manning

1L Co-Coordinator

Alexis Manning is a rising 2L from Fayetteville, NC. Alexis received her undergraduate degree from Spelman College in Philosophy. This summer, Alexis worked part time for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development as a Legal Intern and part time at the Equitable Housing Institute as a Legal Intern.

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Jada Romulus

Attorney General

Jada Romulus is a rising 2L from Seattle, WA. Jada received her undergraduate degree in Criminal Justice from The Illustrious Fayetteville State University. This summer, Jada worked as a Summer Associate for Klamp and Associates, P.C

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Raychelle Eddings

Academic Co-Chair

Raychelle Eddings is a rising 3L from Aurora, CO. Raychelle received her undergraduate degree from Colorado State University. This summer, Raychelle worked as a summer associate with Hunton Andrews Kurth. Raychelle will also serve as a Dean’s Fellow this year at GW Law. Her career interests include employment and labor law.

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Britney Martin

Academic Co-Chair

Britney Martin is a rising 2L from Fayetteville, North Carolina. Britney has received her undergraduate and graduate degree from North Carolina A&T State University. This summer, Britney worked as a Summer Associate for Orrick, Herrington, and Sutcliffe, LLP.

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Nana Owusu


Nana Owusu is a rising 3L from Columbia, MD. Nana received his undergraduate degree from New York University in Sociology, and received his Masters of Public Health from the University of Virginia. This summer, Nana worked as a Summer Law Clerk with the National Fair Housing Alliance.

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Charnice Culmer

Employment Co-Chair

Charnice Culmer is a rising 3L from Philadelphia, PA. Charnice received her undergraduate degrees from the Pennsylvania State University's Main Campus in Rehabilitation and Human Services and a second major in Human Development and Family Studies. She also holds a Master's degree in Nonprofit Leadership from the University of Pennsylvania. This summer, Charnice was a litigation summer associate for a big law firm.

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Amber Grant

Employment Co-Chair

Amber Grant is a rising 2L from New Rochelle, NY. Amber received her undergraduate degree from Syracuse University in Political Science and Communication and Rhetorical Studies. This summer, Amber worked as a summer associate at Perkins Coie.

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Jordan Reed

Community Service Chair

Jordan Reed is a rising 2L from Memphis, TN. Jordan received his undergraduate degree from Vanderbilt University in Psychology. This summer, Jordan worked as a federal policy intern for Justice in Motion as well as a judicial intern for The Honorable Dontae Bugg in Fairfax County Circuit Court leading into the fall.

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Bernard Baffoe-Mensah

Social Co-Chair

Bernard Baffoe-Mensah is a rising 2L from Hackensack, NJ who received his undergraduate degree from Cornell University in Government. He is also active in the GW Anti-Corruption and Compliance Association as the incoming Vice President for the 2022-2023 academic year.

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Isiuwa Oghagbon

Social Co-Chair

Isiuwa Oghagbon is a rising 2L from Haymarket, VA. Isiuwa received her undergraduate degree from Coastal Carolina University in Political Science. This summer, Isiuwa worked as a Legal Intern for Mondelez International.

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