Members of the Washington and Lee University School of Law Black Law Students Association (BLSA) recently participated in the moot court and mock trial competitions at the organization's regional convention, placing second in both competitions. Those teams willl now move on to the national competition in Washington, D.C. in March.
The team of Kassandra Haynes and Curtis Wilson took second in the Frederick Douglass Moot Court competition, which focuses on appellate advocacy. Teams from the law schools at the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Baltimore also advanced to the national competition.
W&L entered two teams in the Thurgood Marshall Mock Trial competition. After five rounds, the team of Britteny Jenkins, Amber Boyd, Doris Okafor, and Josh Laguerre earned a bid to nationals, finishing second overall. Teams from the law schools at Widener University and William and Mary will join W&L at the national competition.
In addition to the teams' success, mock trial team member Britteny Jenkins won a best advocate award for her work during the competition. W&L also fielded a mock trial team that included Summer's-Grace Green, Maisie Osteen, Dominick Taylor, and Chrishon McManus.
The delegation from W&L's Black Law Students Association at the awards ceremony.
W&L law student Asheigh Greene served as Mid-Atlantic Regional Director for the mock trial competition. This was W&L BLSA's first ever outing to the regional competition.
The moot court and mock trial competition are sponsored by the National Black Law Student Association (NBLSA). NBLSA is a national organization formed to articulate and promote the needs and goals of black law students and effectuate change in the legal community. According to its website, NBLSA is the largest student run organization in the United States with nearly 6,000 members.