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OU Law 3L Natalie Soas Named SWBLSA Person of the Month

Rising 3L Natalie Soas was recently named the “August Person of the Month” by the Southwest Region of National Black Law Students Association (SWBLSA). Natalie has held a variety of BLSA positions at OU Law including Community Chair, and now Vice President. She has organized a number of community outreach efforts for the chapter and is regularly involved in local and national social justice efforts. 

"As Vice President of OU Law’s Ada Luis Sipuel Fisher Chapter of the Black Law Students Association, it is my pleasure to gain SWBLSA's recognition as "Person of the Month," said Soas.

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OU Law BLSA Named Small Chapter of the Year

Pictured above are OU Law BLSA members Marcelo Pendleton-Moreno, Stan West, and Desiree Singer.

OU Law's Black Law Students Association (BLSA) Chapter won both the Regional and National Small Chapter of the Year Award for the 2015-2016 school year. To be eligible for the Small Chapter Award, a chapter must be less than 20 paid members. 

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OU Law Competition Teams Have Another Great Year!

The BLSA Moot Court team of Jonathan Brewer and Marcus Barahona placed 3rd at the national competition in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.  The team won first place at the regional competition in Austin, Texas.   OU Law alumni Chris Staine and Marcus Bivines coached the team.  A dozen other OU/BLSA alums helped this team, including a practice round at the Judicial Center presided by Judge David Lewis.

Madison Blocker, Jarrad Cormier, and Eric Odom advanced to the Elite 8 in the Widener Vale Corporate Law Moot Court competition in Delaware. 

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Melvin Hall speaks at BLSA’s “Remembering Our History” Program

Melvin Hall speaks at BLSA’s “Remembering Our History” Program
Melvin Hall, a 1981 graduate of OU Law, joined the Black Law Student Association to speak at the group’s “Remembering Our History” Program.  Mr. Hall’s speech focused on the strides the African-American community has made in the legal field and credited Ada Lois Sipuel Fisher for many of those changes.  He told the students of the impact she made in his life and how the students will also have the power to change someone’s life.  “You have to encourage people.  People are going to respect you. 

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Congrats to OU BLSA Chapter on an Outstanding Year

CONGRATULATIONS to BLSA Frederick Douglass Moot Court team members Graham Boone and Courtney Hilliard!  The team won 2nd place at the regional competition in Dallas last weekend.  This qualifies them for the national finals in Atlanta, Georgia in early March.  The team also won Best Petitioner’s Brief.  This was quite a feat considering the difficulties we had submitting the brief the day after Thanksgiving!  

Additionally, our OU BLSA chapter won Chapter of the Year and Best Program of the Year. 

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