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BLSA Wins Small Chapter of the Year, Mock Trial Headed to Nationals

The Washington and Lee School of Law Black Law Students Association (BLSA) mock trial team has moved one step closer to repeating as national champions. The team advanced to nationals following a second place finish at the mid-Atlantic Thurgood Marshall Mock Trial Competition, held earlier this month.

In addition, the school’s BLSA chapter was recognized as “small chapter of the year” by the national organization.

W&L fielded two teams for the mock trial competition, and students also competed in the Frederick Douglas Moot Court competition at the regional conference, held in Philadelphia Feb. 3-7.

The advancing mock trial team includes Tejkaran Baines ‘17L, Robinson Hubbard ‘16L, Rennie Laryea ‘17L, and Adrianne Williams ‘17L. Team coach, Prof. Beth Belmont, noted that this was the first mock trial competition for these students.

The team will head to Baltimore in March for the national competition.

This is the fifth 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.