UF BLSA earns chapter of the year and more at regional conference

Published: February 24th, 2014

Category: Feature

blsaThe UF Law Black Law Students Association claimed the honor of regional chapter of the year for the second year in a row at the Southern Region Black Law Students Association Conference earlier this month in Jacksonville.

UF Law’s moot court and trial teams also did well in the competition and will each have members advancing to the nationals next month in Milwaukee. UF BLSA also won the Certificate of Excellence award for the chapter’s outstanding performance and dedication to community service.

“The regional chapter of the year award is both a credit to the efforts of UF Law administration, past BLSA leadership and the willingness of this year’s chapter members to serve the law school and greater community,” said Monique Wilson (2L), president of UF BLSA.

BLSA sent two UF trial teams to the competition; one team made it to the semi-finals while the other team placed second overall out of 20 teams and will advance to the national competition. The advancing team consists of Tabitha Taylor (3L), Samuel Bryant (3L), Kingsley Nwamah (2L) and Leonard Thompson (1L). The teams were coached by Elizabeth White (1L).

The moot court team placed third and won the award for the Best Respondent’s Brief. The team of Shenele Pettis (2L) and Celeste Thacker (2L), will also advance to the national competition. The moot court team was coached by Blake Neumann (3L).

Neumann said this is the first year UF Law has sent its moot court team to the SRBLSA Competition and they are looking forward to competing in the nationals.

“We are so thankful for the support of our faculty and the entire moot court team,” Neumann said.

Wilson said the moot court and trial team awards highlight the dedication to greatness of UF BLSA’s competitions teams.

“The awards will bring more attention to UF and will encourage a more diverse pool of applicants to apply to the law school,” Wilson said.