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W&L BLSA Moot Court Teams Compete at Regionals, Advance to Nationals

The Moot Court and Mock Trial teams from Washington and Lee University School of Law had another very successful trip to the National Black Law Students Association Mid-Atlantic competition, held recently in Tyson’s Corner, Va.

W&L teams took second in the moot court appellate advocacy competition and third place in the mock trial competition. Both teams will advance to the national competition to be held in March in Portland.

The advancing moot court team includes Richard Zhang ’15L and Ariel Wossene ’16L. The team of Feyi Fasuyi ’16L and Vincent Smith ’16L also competed in the regional competition. 3L Hernandez Stroud served as student coach for the moot court teams.

Ryan Redd ’15L, Emelia Hall-Tuisawau ’16L, Imani Hutty ’15L and Brian Lyew ’16L made up the third place mock trial team that will advance to nationals. In addition, Redd was named “Best Advocate” for the competition.

Another mock trial team, including Yasin Amba ’16L, Laura Iheanachor ’15L, Markus Murden ’16L and Cristina Sacco ’15L advanced to the semifinals of the regional competition. The mock trial teams were coached by Prof. Beth Belmont.

This is only the fourth 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.