Members of the Washington and Lee University School of Law Black Law Students Association (BLSA) recently participated in the moot court and mock trial competitions at the organization's regional convention, placing second and third in their respective competitions. Those teams will now move on to the national competition in Atlanta in March.
The team of Brian Buckmire '14L and Teressa Campbell '14L took second in the Frederick Douglass Moot Court competition, which focuses on appellate advocacy. The W&L team competed in the final round against a team from Georgetown. In all, there were nine teams in the Moot Court competition in the mid-Atlantic regional.
W&L entered two teams in the Thurgood Marshall Mock Trial competition. After several rounds of competition, the W&L team of Tunde Cadmus '15L, Doris Okafor '13L, Maisie Osteen '14L, and O’Dane Williamson '14L placed third out of 18 mock trial teams. The W&L team of Halima Adenegan '15L, Samantha Brewster-Owens '14L, Josh Laguerre '14L, and Dominik Taylor '14L also competed in the mid-Atlantic regional.
This is only the second year that W&L has fielded teams for the BLSA national moot court and mock trial competitions. W&L teams advanced to the national finals in both competitions last year as well.
More information about the upcoming National BLSA convention is available online.