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FSU Black Law Students Association wins mock trial competition

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Akintonde Seiglie Thorpe Calixte Wilkerson

Florida State University College of Law’s Black Law Students Association’s mock trial team, from the left, David Akintonde, of Chicago; Samantha Seiglie of Sunny Isles Beach; Khamisi Thorpe of Delray Beach; Ndeye ‘Fatou’ Calixte, of Neunkirchen, Germany; and Keiana Wilkerson of Jacksonville.

For the second year in a row, Florida State University College of Law’s Black Law Students Association (BLSA) won first place in the Constance Baker Motley Mock Trial Competition during the Southern Region of the Black Law Students Association’s regional convention.

The 2021 meeting took place virtually January 29-31.

Seven law school teams participated in the regional competition, including teams from Emory University and Wake Forest University. Winning team members were first-year students David Akintonde of Chicago; Samantha Seiglie of Sunny Isles Beach; Khamisi Thorpe of Delray Beach; Keiana Wilkerson of Jacksonville; and alternate Ndeye “Fatou” Calixte of Neunkirchen, Germany. They were coached by Florida State law alumnus Derrick McBurrows, who practices at McBurrows Law in Tallahassee, and second-year law student Destinee Campbell, who was a member of the FSU BLSA team that won the competition in 2020.

“Congratulations to our talented student advocates on winning the regional Constance Baker Motley Mock Trial Competition, which continues an excellent record of success by FSU BLSA in regional and national competitions,” said Dean Erin O’Connor. “We are extremely proud of our students and their dedicated coaches.”

Florida State’s BLSA will compete in the related national competition in March.

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