Jasmine Robinson '09 Has Leading Role in National BLSA
Not many law students’ resumes include organizing a national convention. However, Jasmine Robinson, Class of 2009, will add this impressive feat to a long list of accomplishments this year as she organizes the National Black Law Students Association Conference. Robinson, a third year student, was selected by the national board to organize the conference after she ably served as the Midwest regional conference coordinator last year. The 2009 national conference is scheduled for March 18-22 in Orange County, California.
The planning began last May and the national conference is set to include 12 workshops, four receptions, a large gala dinner, and more. Robinson’s role is to collaborate with the National Board to find speakers and implement workshops. She spent a significant time at this past year’s regional conference managing the logistics for two mock trial and moot court competitions, various workshops, receptions, and luncheons.
Working Hard Has Its Benefits
Her hard work paid off and impressed the national board so much that they asked her to coordinate the national conference. She meets every two months with the national board in locations around the country to discuss plans. Because this year’s theme is professional development and social action, the event will provide plenty of networking opportunities with legal professionals. It also will include programming for students who may be interested in going to law school.
In addition to studying, attending class, and her usual extracurricular activities, Robinson estimates that she spends hours per week answering email questions. “My name’s on the national website,” she explained with a smile. “So I get plenty of email.” Robinson also spends her time at the law school working on the Freedom Center Journal and reaching out to potential new students as a member of the Student Ambassadors organization. She fondly remembers hosting a student from Mississippi, her home state, and taking her to dinner during a visit last year. “She’s here now!” she noted excitedly.
Hurricane Katrina Almost Interrupts Her Dreams
Originally from Jackson, Mississippi, Robinson received her bachelor’s degree from Xavier University in Louisiana. But it wasn’t without drama. Hurricane Katrina hit in her Fall 2005 semester. “We weren’t in classes from August to December 2005 so we were given the option to take that time off and start again in January or attend another school.” Robinson initially attended another school but found that she could utilize the time off working in Washington, D.C. at the VA Medical Center in the finance department instead. As a result, she attended college from January until August 2006 and rushed to Cincinnati. “I graduated from Xavier the Saturday before orientation at UC Law,” Robinson explained.
Getting Real Life Experience
She was not deterred by her lack of downtime between Xavier and law school. She is the first law student in her family but had been planning to go for awhile. As a result of her passion for law, Robinson has been able to spend two consecutive summers working at the local General Electric affiliate: the first summer in labor and employment and the second in services.
In her free time Robison enjoys watching The Real Housewives of Atlanta on television and going to restaurants. “I do a little shopping too!” she added with a smile.
Story by Amanda Shoemaker, Class of 2009