Blocker and Cobb Take First Place in CSRRR’s Griot Race, Law and Justice Oral Competition

Published: March 3rd, 2008

Category: News

Blocker and CobbThe team of Jonathan Blocker and Lorna Cobb (pictured left), both second-year UF law students, captured first place and a check for $2,500 in the Center for the Study of Race and Race Relations’ inaugural Griot Race, Law and Justice Oral Competition Feb. 23 in the Chesterfield Smith Ceremonial Classroom. The team of Gloria Bowens and Johann Smith took second place and $1,500, and Megone Gordon and DeMone Lee were awarded third place and a prize of $1,000 in the competition, which is designed to support the development of legal oratory and research skills in defense of racial equality and justice. Teams presented arguments before a panel of judges, including UF Law Professor Juan Perea, Dean Catherine Emihovich of the UF College of Education and Angelique Nixon, a Ph.D. student in English, in response to a hypothetical involving race-based hate speech at an Alachua County high school. Plans are underway for Griot II. For further announcements, check the center’s website at