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MC Law Teams Excel at 2011 BLSA Competition


Two teams of MC Law students competed at the 2011 National Black Law Students Association (NBLSA) Convention.  The convention, held in Raleigh, NC, from January 13-15, included the Frederick Douglass Moot Court Competition and the Thurgood Marshall Mock Trial Competition.  


The MC Law team comprised of third-year student Ka'leya Hardin and second-year student Teresa Birks came in 4th place in the Fredrick Douglas Southeast Regional Competition.  Second-year students Tujuana McGee and Christinia Townsend also finished strong, receiving the Best Overall Respondent Brief for the Southern Region.  Both moot court teams were coached by La’Verne Edney ’96, general counsel for the MS Volunteer Lawyers Project and Marlena Pickering ’07 of Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, PC.


MC Law also had a strong showing in the Thurgood Marshall Mock Trial Competition.  Third-year advocates Cecilia Ndounda, Karen Nazaire, Derek Martin and LaTeysha Napier, advanced to the quarter final round of the competition.  Derek Martin received the award for Best Overall Oralist in the Thurgood Marshall Mock Trial Competition for the Southern region.  The mock trial team was coached by Professor Patricia Bennett ’79, Jamie Travis ’99 of Page, Kruger & Holland PA, Pelicia Hall ’00 of the MS Attorney General’s Office and John C. Hall II, of Morgan and Morgan.    


MC Law is a member of the R. Jess Brown chapter of the NBLSA’s Southern region.  The Southern region is the largest of the NBLSA’s six regions and includes schools from Mississippi, Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Kentucky, and Tennessee.