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BLSA Moot Court, Mock Trial Teams Advance to National Competition

shahadatakinmolacomp BLSA Moot Court, Mock Trial Teams Advance to National CompetitionNoriya Shahadat ’21L and Tomi Akinmola ’21L

The Washington and Lee School of Law Black Law Students Association (BLSA) moot court and mock trial teams have advanced to nationals following top finishes at the Mid-Atlantic Black Law Students Association (MABLSA) competitions, held virtually in early February.

In the Thurgood Marshall Moot Court competition, the W&L Law team of Noriya Shahadat ‘21L and Tomi Akinmola ‘21 took first place overall. The team also won the award for best brief, and Akinmola was named best oral advocate for the competition. This is the second straight year that a W&L Law team has won the regional competition.

BLSA also fielded several teams for the Constance Baker Motley Mock Trial competition. The team of Kenneth Snavely ‘22L, Charisma Hunter ‘23L, Kobie Crosley ‘23L and Jolene Morris ‘22L won third place and will advance to the national competition.

The national competitions, normally held during the annual conference of the National Black Law Students Association, will be held virtually this year. This is the tenth year teams from W&L have competed in the BLSA moot court and mock trial competitions. W&L teams have advanced to nationals every year.