W&L Law BLSA Members Honored at National Conference

Vincent Smith '16L, Adrienne Williams '17L and Maureen Edobor '17L

Vincent Smith '16L, Adrianne Williams '17L and Maureen Edobor '17L

Washington and Lee law students traveled to the National Black Law Students Association (NBLSA) annual meeting last weekend and returned with several honors.

Maureen Edobor ‘17L was elected NBLSA Attorney General in a general election by representatives of BLSA chapters from around the nation. In this position, Edobor will write an amicus brief to the Supreme Court, as well as a public comment to a regulatory agency.

Additionally, the NBLSA Attorney General plans Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) Weekend with the CBC staff, organizes an advocacy day on Capitol Hill, responds to issues facing communities of color via memos and official statements to the press, and plans national NBLSA advocacy events.

Vincent Smith 16L, former W&L Law BLSA Chapter President, won the NBLSA Oliver Hill Award. The award, named after the civil rights giant, recognizes one NBLSA member for their contributions to the community, specifically in fighting against racial discrimination through their service.

W&L Law also sent a team for the Thurgood Marshall Mock Trial competition. While the W&L team was unable to repeat as national champions, one member of the team, Adrianne Williams ‘17L, was named the third best oral advocate for the competition.

Lastly, Hernandez Stroud, 15L, a past National Champion of the NBLSA Frederick Douglass Moot Court Competition, served as as one of the head judges of the final round of the moot court competition.

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