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Mock trial team wins national championship

Loyola press release - March 23, 2012

The A.P. Tureaud Black Law Student Association’s mock trial team from Loyola University New Orleans College of Law recently took home top honors at the National BLSA Mock Trial Competition in Washington, D.C. In January, the team advanced to the nationals after defeating more than 20 other teams at the Southern Region Black Law Students Association Thurgood Marshall Mock Trial Competition.

Loyola’s team, which went undefeated through the regional and national competition, consists of law students Shari Graham, Germani Hardeman, Thaddeus Johnson and Bonycle Thornton. They were coached by College of Law alumni and former national champions, Dante Butler, J.D. ’11 and Nia Weeks, J.D. ’10. The team placed ahead of the Florida State University College of Law and Michigan State University College of Law. Sixteen teams competed at the national competition, including Washington & Lee, William and Mary, and Louisiana State University’s Paul M. Hebert Law Center.

“Not only is this win in D.C. a major victory for the students in their last year of school, but it also reinforces the reputation of the College of Law as a leader in preparing students for real-life courtroom experience. I couldn’t be more proud of our team,” said María Pabón López, J.D., dean of the College of Law.

BLSA’s A.P. Tureaud Chapter, established in 1969, is geared to maintaining and increasing the enrollment of black students in the College of Law. Academic, community and social activities are offered to help maintain the enrollment level of black students. Additionally, members of the organization assist the law admissions office to recruit black students to the law school. The society, open to all interested law students, maintains contact with related national organizations and other law schools throughout the country that support similar programs.

For more information, contact BLSA faculty advisers K. Michele Allison-Davis at maldavis@loyno.edu or Andrea Armstrong at armstron@loyno.edu.

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