The Florida State University College of Law’s Black Law Students Association (BLSA) won first place in the Thurgood Marshall Mock Trial Competition for the Southern Region Black Law Students Association, held February 13-16 in Jacksonville.
One of 18 teams competing, Florida State’s team beat a team from the University of Florida in the final round of competition. Other law schools participating in the mock trial competition included Vanderbilt, University of North Carolina, Wake Forest, and Tulane. The competition was part of the annual meeting of the Southern Region Black Law Students Association. The presiding judge for the final round was Timothy J. Corrigan, a United States District judge for the Middle District of Florida.
Winning team members were third-year law students Nesha Drummond from Ft. Lauderdale, Josiah Graham from Ft. Lauderdale, and Kyesha Mapp from Ft. Lauderdale, and first-year law student Louis Jean-Baptiste from Palm Beach. They were coached by Florida State law alumna C. Erica White, who practices law at the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation.
Also at the SRBLSA meeting, Florida State’s Black Law Students Association was named Regional Chapter of the Year. This is the third time in five years that Florida State has won the award. Florida State’s student-led organization received the award on Saturday, February 15.