How “The Black Men in Law Network” is Inspiring And Supporting Black Men To Enter Law

How “The Black Men in Law Network” is Inspiring And Supporting Black Men To Enter Law

May 20, 2021 0

Black men are severely underrepresented in the law profession, making up a mere 2% of the population of lawyers in the U.S. Systematic barriers, high tuition costs, and minimal support in the workplace are just a few reasons why Black Americans are less likely to go into law professions. The Black Men In Law Network is set on making a difference. 

“For many years, young Black males have felt trapped to only aspire to and emulate the successes of Black male role models in media and entertainment and sports,” said Isaac Eloi, the co-founder of Black Men In Law Network or BML Network. He and co-founder John Oladeji formed the BML Network in 2018 to connect, inspire, and support Black men who work in the legal profession or those who want to enter it. “A key aim for us is to change the narrative and help to demonstrate that the legal profession is yet another career option for young Black males to explore and that there are successful Black men working within it,” stated Eloi. 

The BML Network is comprised of solicitors in private practices and in-house positions, students, barristers, and those in legal compliance roles. Through mentorships, workshops, and collaborations with like-minded law firms and organizations, the collective ran by Eloi and Oladeji has created a lifeline and a safe, supportive space for Black men in law and the next generation of Black lawyers. When the pair first launched The Black Men in Law Network at an inaugural launch in London, they were surprised by how well-received the launch was by attendees. “Initially, we thought it would be a small gathering with a handful of people, yet we ended up having to release additional tickets and move the venue in order to accommodate everyone that expressed interest. Since the launch event, our membership has continued to grow at all levels, and we are able to reach a large audience,” said Oladgeji. 

Since its launch in March 2018, the BML Network has acquired over 100 members and counting. Eloi and Oladeji have expanded their executive team to include Kingsley Boateng, Theon Richards, and Jordan Prince to keep up with the high levels of membership and interest. With a new team on board and increasing interest, it comes as no surprise that the empowering network caught the attention of donors and prominent supporters. Only one year after BML Network’s official launch, they landed a premier sponsor and partner, White & Case, an international law firm. BML Network can offer even more opportunities for both new and experienced Black male lawyers with this essential partnership. 

In a country where Black Americans face alarming incarceration rates, the need for more Black lawyers is overwhelming. The Black Men in Law Network recognizes this need and aims to continue to drive change forward through the organization’s work. Find out more about the work BML Network is doing here

If you are a Black / Mixed Black man student (without a TC/pupillage) wanting to enter law, please sign up to their mailing list here: BML – Student Membership 

If you are a Black / Mixed Black man legal professional, please sign up to your mailing list here: BML – Profesionals 

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