Impact Stories

Impact Stories features works and accomplishments of the American University Washington College of Law community of faculty, students, and alumni.

Mark Dunham Jr.

Role as the 48th National Chair of the National Black Law Students Association

Over his time at American University Washington College of Law (AUWCL), fourth-year evening student Mark Dunham Jr. has had the opportunity to be involved in several activities, including the Student Bar Association and the Moot Court Honor Society. However, the experience of being the 48th National Chair of National Black Law Students Association (NBLSA), during its 50th year of service, has been truly humbling and rewarding for Mark.

He has been involved in the Black Law Students Association (BLSA) since his first year at AUWCL and has served as BLSA Chapter President, Chair of the Mid-Atlantic Black Law Students Association (spanning from Virginia to southern New Jersey). And Mark now serves as the national leader of the NBLSA, and the second National Chair from AUWCL since 1978, when the first woman, Theresa Cropper, was elected.

This position in leading a 501(c)(3) organization has been a true hands-on learning experience for Mark. Corporate governance, financial accountability, networking and relationship building, team leadership, and project management. These lessons have been and continue to be invaluable parts of his extracurricular education.

“AUWCL has been immensely supportive of my efforts to promote a more inclusive and diverse legal profession, as well as the opportunity to help Black and minority law students prepare and compete for the best legal institutions in the country.”

Mark Dunham Jr.