Natalia Marte is currently the Northeast Regional Chair of the National Black Law Students Association (NBLSA) whose mission is to increase the number of culturally responsible Black and minority attorneys who excel academically, succeed professionally, and positively impact the community. The Northeast Region of NBLSA is composed of 31 local chapters from New England to Upstate New York and encompasses over 1,000 members. In her position as Northeast Regional Chair, she is responsible, along with the NEBLSA Regional Board, for coordinating programs and initiatives that uphold the mission and purpose of NBLSA.
Prior to being elected the Northeast Regional Chair, she served on the Northeast Regional Board as the Upstate New York Sub-Regional Director, where she supported the BLSA Chapters in the Upstate New York region and also coordinated the Upstate Academic Retreat; a one-day retreat the includes workshops on outlining, final exams, securing summer placements, and how to navigate law school as a Black law student. In addition, Ms. Marte served her local chapter as the Vice President, where she worked with the Executive Board on implementing pre-law chapters, reviving an undergraduate student of color Moot Court Competition, building relationships with local firms, and collaborating with local community organizations to provide members an opportunity to utilize their platform as Black law students to advocate for members in their communities.
Ms. Marte is also a third year law student at the University at Buffalo School of Law and a second year Ph.D student at the University at Buffalo’s Sociology Department. Ms. Marte’s career goals include practicing criminal defense, engaging in movement and radical lawyering, and teaching at a HBCU Law School. Her research interests include policing, specifically the double consciousness of Black police officers, as well as the intersection of criminal laws and how they facilitate the mass incarceration of Black and Latino communities. As a law and graduate student, Ms. Marte has also engaged in community organizing work to advocate for police accountability and community participation in state budgets.
Lastly, Ms. Marte is dedicated towards increasing the number of Black and minorities in law school and the legal profession. Prior to entering law and graduate school, she served as the Assistant Director of the Ronald H. Brown Law School Prep Program at John Jay College of Criminal Justice in Manhattan, New York. She co-organized workshops focused on LSAT Preparation, personal and diversity statements, addendums, and researching law schools. One of her many passions is to mentor Black and minority students as they prepare to apply and enter law schools. Ms. Marte believes that it is imperative for Black and minority law students and professionals to lift as they climb.