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CUA Law BLSA Students Chosen for International Service in 2013

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Two members of Catholic University’s Black Law Students Association (BLSA) are among just 20 selected from a nationwide pool of applicants for international service trips to Haiti and Nigeria that will commence the first week of January.

2L Kenneth Watson, the president of BLSA at the Columbus School of Law, will travel to Haiti to spend time working with the Zafen Project, an initiative dedicated to transforming the Haitian economy by creating jobs, expanding small business and empowering citizens by educating them on the economic benefits and legal aspects of entrepreneurship. Trip participants will also learn about Haiti's legal system and how the law has been used to advance economic progress in the years since the earthquake.
2L Omolayo Adebayo’s Nigeria service trip partners with the Women’s Consortium of Nigeria, which addresses issues of human trafficking, illegal child labor, women’s rights and civil education. The group also assists with rescue, rehabilitation, and reintegration efforts of trafficked persons.
Watson and Adebayo were chosen to participate by NBLSA C.A.R.E.S., the international service arm of the National Black Law Students Association. The organization represents nearly 6,000 minority law students from over 200 chapters and affiliates throughout the United States and six countries. 
“I am proud to be a part of an organization that does not just talk about our mission, but lives by it,” said Watson, who notes that BLSA’s motto has always been “students helping students.”
The two CUA Law students speak three languages between them and share diverse backgrounds and top academic credentials. Both have participated in study abroad programs in the past and share a dedication to learning and succeeding on an international level.
Prior to law school, Watson worked at the United States Sentencing Commission. At CUA Law, he has been recognized with the First Lap award, which recognizes first year students for their dedication to the law school community. Watson is a certificate candidate within the Comparative and International Law Institute and was selected to write for the law school’s communications law journal, CommLaw Conspectus.
A native of the Washington DC, metro area, Adebayo current serves as an intern for the Office of General Counsel, Office of Administration, Executive Office of the President of the United States. She has previously interned with Montgomery County Circuit Court Judge Joseph A. Dugan Jr. and Stinson, Morrison, Hecker LLP. In 2011, she volunteered with the Ghana Health and Education Initiative Girls' Empowerment Program, where she planned and led sessions on self-esteem, women's health, leadership, family planning, and business management.
The cost of the service trips for the two students total approximately $2,500. More than $2,900 has been donated by two law firms and CUA Law alumni.


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