BLSA Wins National Chapter of the Year

April 25, 2007

The Law School's Black Law Students Association finished strong this year, hosting a variety of successful projects and events and earning the title of "National Chapter of the Year" at the National BLSA conference in late March.

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BLSA named National Chapter of the Year.

"Winning Chapter of the Year gives us a lot of momentum going in to the next year," said former chapter president Frankie Jones.

Named Mid-Atlantic Region Chapter of the Year earlier this spring, the BLSA competed against five other chapters from around the country, all of which had been named Chapter of the Year in their respective regions. Their competition included BLSA chapters from the University of Southern California, Cumberland, Boston University, University of Houston, and the University of Arkansas law schools. This is the third time the UVA BLSA has been recognized as Chapter of the Year since 2002.

As with the regional conference, each of the competing chapters were judged based on a scrapbook they submitted that documented the chapter's activities over the past year. Wasting no time after the regional competition, Virginia's BLSA coordinated a series of events prior to the national conference, including a Minority Law Day for local high school and undergraduate students, blue-booking sessions for first-year law students, and a lunch with Dean John Jeffries. The BLSA added these events and services to their scrapbook, which contributed to their recognition as Chapter of the Year.

Also at the national conference, second-year law student L. Jared Boyd was elected attorney general of the National BLSA Executive Council and the UVA BLSA participated in the Thurgood Marshall Mock Trial and the Fredrick Douglas Moot Court competitions. The conference, held in Atlanta during March 21-25, hosted BLSA chapters from nearly 150 law schools, with over 900 students in attendance.

The BLSA has since elected a new executive board, and Jones said he expects the new chapter leaders will continue to build upon an already-strong BLSA.

"We have a great slate of new leaders who promise to accomplish even more then we have in the coming year," he said. "Look for the BLSA to achieve great things in the future."

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