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Greetings TMLS Family,

This will be an exciting year for the Thurgood Marshall Legal Society (TMLS) at The University of Texas School of Law. Christened in honor of the late, pioneering civil rights lawyer turned Supreme Court Justice of the same name, TMLS serves as the local affiliate of the National Black Law Students Association (NBLSA). Established in 1970 to address the concerns of UT Law's African and African American community, TMLS contributes nearly 50 members to the largest student-run organization in the nation.

Throughout the academic year, TMLS aims to facilitate the academic achievement, foster the professional development, and subsequently increase the employment prospects of our membership. TMLS promotes the academic success of our members through mentorship programs and retreats dedicated to networking, obtaining judicial clerkships, exam preparation, and more. We foster the professional development of our members by inviting speakers to our bi-weekly meetings, by presenting workshops on topics such as resume writing, and by conducting minority career panels. We are also committed to promoting cultural awareness among the student body and fostering positive relationships with other organizations within the law school, in the greater university community and in the greater Austin community. Our members are classroom leaders, top judicial clerks, champion advocates, NBLSA leaders, journal editors and society mentors. We are truly a driving force at UT Law, and our members display excellence and integrity in all that we do.

Every year TMLS co-hosts the Diversity Education Weekend as a way to ease the transition of minority 1Ls into the law school community. TMLS will continue this tradition of excellence by holding our Third Biennial Spring Symposium in February 2014. We will also be attending the Regional and National Black Law Students Association Conventions that will be held in Austin and Milwaukee respectively. Finally, we will be celebrating another magnificent year of service and development at our 33rd Annual Awards Banquet, which will take place on March 21, 2014 this year. We encourage you to get involved in our efforts this year.


Ariel Wiley
President, Thurgood Marshall Legal Society
The University of Texas School of Law


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