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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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BSLA Holds Panel to Discuss Trayvon Martin Case

On April 5, BSLA held a panel for students to discuss the issues of the Trayvon Martin case, a debate that has been the backbone of the “Hoodie Marches” across the country. This case has raised issues and questions on a national level. Were George Zimmerman’s actions justified? Was it suspicion or was it prejudice?

The panel gave students a chance to dissect the legal aspects of the case by speaking with Kent Borcherding, a warrant officer for the City of Norman Municipal Court, and OU Professor Cheryl Wattley, who teaches criminal law.

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BLSA Team Places 3rd in National Competition

Congratulations to the BLSA International Negotiation Competition team for winning 3rd place in the nation at last weekend’s competition in Washington, D.C.  Team members are Valerie Fleurima and Nazareth Haysbert.

One exciting part of this competition is the time frame for preparation.  While they were given some general information beforehand, the side they were representing and the secret facts for their side were not provided until a few hours before each round. 

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Farewell to Black History Month

As we enter March, having closed out February and with it the celebration of Black History Month, I am moved to write to acknowledge the work and dedication of the University of Oklahoma College of Law students who gave of their free time to practice and perform the play “I’ll Do It.” The play, which commemorates the struggle of Ada Lois Sipuel Fisher’s fight to break down segregation to enter the OU law school, was performed before two audiences.  The play was first performed on Thursday, Feb. 23 at the Oklahoma Judicial Center.  That following Sunday, on Feb.

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