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UDC-DCSL BLSA Mock Trial Team Heads To National Tournament

Monday, February 8, 2016   (0 Comments)
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Washington, DCThe University of the District of Columbia David A. Clarke School of Law (UDC-DCSL) congratulates the Black Law Students Association (BLSA) Mock Trial Teams for their outstanding performance at the MABLSA Mock Trial Tournament this weekend.

Team Yellow (Alex Hillmann, Jasmine Hope, Rachel McCoy, and Cedric Lewis) placed third overall in the regional competition and qualified for the national tournament.

Hope, who is also the UDC BLSA chapter President, said the success is product of hard work and determination.

"We've been preparing since October. We've had long practice sometimes six-to-eight hour practices, including Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays," Hope said. "We had six trials in three days. We competed from 9 a.m. until 9 p.m. on Thursday. Our two teams would often scrimmage each other to get better."

The teams are coached by Courtney Dixon and James King, who are both UDC-DCSL alumni and public defenders. Hope said having experienced coaches like King and Dixon was "true experiential learning" and the three Philadelphia judges in the final round of the competition said the UDC-DCSL team "performed just as well, if not better than practicing attorneys."

King, to Hope, coached the team "like a proud dad."

"He was constantly taking pictures of us throughout the competition. He doesn't hold back on his critiques of our performance but also encourages and empowers us like no other. He prepares us like we are actually going to trial," she said.

Mock Trial wasn't the only success BLSA encountered this weekend. It also received the Social Action Award for BLSA's commitment to service, social and political action around various social issues.

"Beyond promoting legal observers training in Baltimore we also organized a moment of silence after the Charleston church shootings in SC, volunteered at local soup kitchens last semester, did a canned food drives, volunteered with Empower DC in Southeast DC, had a three day Law4Black Lives series, volunteered with SBA at a local church to provide Know Your Rights information, joined MABLSA in the Million Man March, supported funding water in Flint Michigan's Water crisis, supported a Sickle Cell Walk  in Baltimore and provided academic support for students," Hope said.

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