FSU BLSA Wins Advocacy Competition

Press Date
March 4, 2022

(L-R) FSU BLSA team members Nyah Tennell, Khamisi Thorpe, Coach Erica White, Kayla Neal,
and Judelande Jeune

For the third year in a row, FSU Law’s Black Law Students Association (FSU BLSA) won first place in the regional Constance Baker Motley Mock Trial Competition during the Southern Region of the Black Law Students Association Convention. The 2022 competition took place February 24-26, in Atlanta. Ten law school teams participated in the regional event. The final round occurred at the Nathan Deal Judicial Center's Court of Appeals of Georgia courtroom, where students argued in front of the Honorable Walter W. Davis. Winning team members were 3L Judelande Jeune, 2L Kayla Neal, 3L Nyah Tennell, and 2L Khamisi Thorpe. They were coached by FSU Law alumna C. Erica White (’01). The team will compete in the related national competition in March.

During the convention, FSU BLSA also won the Best Petitioner’s Brief Award in the regional Thurgood Marshall Moot Court Competition. Due to a scoring error, the team did not advance in the competition as far as they should have, but because of their excellent performance in the rounds they participated in, they will advance to the related national competition. Moot court team members were 3L Nia Anan-Ankomah and 2L Olivia Ingram, and they were coached by alumni Janeia Ingram (’04), Aqueelah Mitchell (’17), and Matletha Bennette (’17). Congratulations to all the talented student advocates!


Published on March 4, 2022