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NEWS RELEASE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 21, 2012

CONTACT: Kent Love
517/432-6848, kent.love@law.msu.edu

MSU Law Black Law Students Association Members Win Honors

East Lansing, MI — Michigan State University College of Law took third place in the 2012 National Black Law Students Association (NBLSA) Thurgood Marshall Mock Trial National Competition in Washington, D.C., just weeks after representatives earned several honors at the organization's Midwest regional convention.

The team of MSU BLSA members Ariel Lett, 1L, and 3Ls Alyssa Floyd, Jerome Crawford, and Anastasa Williams earned the title of second runner-up in the national Marshall competition after advancing through the regional event. Crawford received the Best Overall Advocate award for his performance at the national competition, while Williams won the honor at the regional level. One of the largest events of its type in the nation, the Marshall competition helps future lawyers practice and refine their advocacy skills through various stages of a trial.

A second team comprised of 3Ls Bryan Concepcion and Courtney Edwards made it to the semi-finals in the regional Frederick Douglass Moot Court Competition, which also was held at the February convention. Established in 1975, the Douglass competition provides an opportunity for NBLSA members to bolster their appellate oral argument and brief writing skills.

"Our students dedicated long hours to prepare for both competitions, and a cadre of MSU Law faculty, staff, and alumni collectively coached these teams," said Professor Nicole Dandridge, who serves as faculty advisor to BLSA. "These are big successes for our students."

Capping off a successful week for MSU Law at the regional meeting, 2L Dorian George won the Regional Board Member of the Year award for his work as a sub-regional director for NBLSA's Midwest Region.

More information about the NBLSA competitions is available at www.nblsa.org/competitions.

The MSU Law Black Law Students Association (BLSA) advocates for the recruitment, retention, and educational development of students of African heritage and other minority law students enrolled at the Law College. BLSA strives to unite students in the common purpose of scholastic achievement through diverse educational, professional, and community service experiences. BLSA provides minority law students with the resources and tools needed to obtain a Juris Doctor degree and pass state bar examinations.

Michigan State University College of Law, a leading institution of legal education with a long history of educating practice-ready attorneys, prepares future lawyers to use ethics, ambition, and intellect to solve the world's problems. As one of only a few private law schools affiliated with a major research university, MSU Law offers comprehensive interdisciplinary opportunities combined with a personalized legal education. After 100 years as a private and independent institution, the affiliation with MSU has put the Law College on an upward trajectory of national and international reputation and reach. MSU Law professors are gifted teachers and distinguished scholars, its curriculum is rigorous and challenging, and its facility is equipped with the latest resources—all affirming MSU Law's commitment to educating 21st-century lawyers.

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From left: Ariel Lett, 1L, and 3Ls Anastasa Williams, Alyssa Floyd, and Jerome Crawford
(left to right) Ariel Lett, 1L, and 3Ls Anastasa Williams, Alyssa Floyd, and Jerome Crawford


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