Baton Rouge – Law students from throughout the Southern and Rocky Mountain Regions gathered at the Coast and Environment building on the LSU campus Thursday, January 14 to kick off the 39th Annual Rocky Mountain and Southern Regions’ Black Law Students Association (SRBLSA) Convention. The students were honored with a welcome reception hosted by LSU Law Chancellor Jack Weiss and the LSU Law BLSA Chapter.
This is the first time that the LSU Law Center hosted the annual convention. The approximately 400 participants had an opportunity to showcase and hone their oral advocacy skills through Mock Trial and Moot Court competitions held throughout the three days. Numerous legal workshops and symposia around the theme, Building Bridges to Tomorrow by Bridging Gaps of Today, addressed the personal, professional, and financial needs of law students, according to convention organizers.
Chancellor Jack Weiss (center) is pictured with (L to R) Jonathan Brown, LSU Law BLSA President; Miesha Beverly, LSU Law BLSA and Southern Region BLSA Programming Director; Mechelle Bumpers, Southern Region BLSA Vice Chair; and Cachavious Q. English, Regional Chair of the Southern Region BLSA.
“The LSU Law Center is delighted to host the convention,” said Chancellor Jack Weiss as he greeted students and guests at the reception. “We’re proud of the leadership shown by our BLSA Chapter; we thank them for their hard work and for the credit that they’ve brought to themselves and the Law Center.”
Student teams from approximately 25 law schools began the Moot Court and Trial Advocacy competitions earlier in the day. The competition will conclude with final rounds on Saturday scheduled at the Law Center’s campus beginning at 8 a.m.
“Jonathan Brown, LSU Law BLSA President, and Miesha Beverly, who is also on the Southern Region BLSA Executive Board, as well as our other officers and members, were instrumental in bringing the convention to the Law Center,” said Weiss.
Teams from the Southern region include law schools in Arkansas, Tennessee, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Florida, Puerto Rico, and Louisiana. The Rocky Mountain region includes schools in Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nebraska, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas, Utah, and Wyoming.
The Black Law Students Association strives to promote and further the academic achievement and professional needs of its members and the minority student population through a variety of special programs and activities.
Additional information is available by contacting Jonathan Brown, President, LSU Law BLSA, at firstname.lastname@example.org.