2012 RMBLSA Convention Wrap Up
The 2012 RMBLSA Convention was held in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. RMBLSA would like to express its gratitude to the University of Oklahoma School of Law and all of its sponsors for making the convention a huge success. The convention provided chapters from around the region the opportunity to fellowship, serve, network and learn about valuable professional and academic development strategies.
This year's community service event took place at the Oklahoma Blood Institute where RMBLSA members donated blood and made Valentine's Day cards for patients at the Oklahoma University Children's Hospital. Several of convention attendees signed up to be bone marrow donors as well. RMBLSA members were happy to serve the Oklahoma City community!
Frederick Douglass Moot Court Competition
Thurgood Marshall Mock Trial Competition
Champions: Idris Ashimi, John Houston Tower, Jesse Corona, Dulce Salazar-Valle, Texas Southern University, Thurgood Marshall School of Law
Congratulations to all of our winners!
Chapter of the Year
The University of Texas School of Law won this year's Regional Chapter of the Year Competition. This chapter's programming demonstrated their substantial commitment to community service through a weekly mentoring program at Austin Alternative Learning Center, heavy focus on 1L academic development, as well as zealous attentiveness to ensuring its members had the opportunity to interact with attorneys in various practice areas.
Networking and Workshops
On Wednesday, RMBLSA welcomed convention attendees to Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, also known as "Bricktown." Competitors were briefed on competition rules and procedures and convention attendees were given the opportunity to tour downtown Oklahoma City. On Thursday, Jackie Jemison, a representative from the University of Central Oklahoma Department of Admissions and Financial Aid, discussed financial aid payment strategies with convention attendees. Casey Delaney, the Director of the Office of Professional and Career Development at the University of Oklahoma School of Law, discussed the dangers of social media and how to use social media to protect and promote personal branding.
On Friday, Damario Solomon-Simmons, a successful legal entrepreneur from Tulsa, discussed various entrepreneurship strategies and the tragedy of Black Wall Street. Professor Cheryl Wattley discussed her experience with the Innocence Project and ways our members can get involved. Dean Harroz from the University of Oklahoma spoke at our Dean's Luncheon and proved to be an extremely enlightening and entertaining speaker. Friday evening RMBLSA members enjoyed a night of bowling at the Red Pin in downtown Bricktown.
On Saturday, RMBLSA members discussed regional business and received board reports of 2011-2012 Executive Board. Saturday evening attendees networked with employers and sponsors at the Sunset Cocktail Hour. At the RMBLSA Awards Gala, we recognized our competitions and Chapter of the Year winners. Roger Stong, the president of Crowe and Dunlevy, spoke as our keynote speakers. We are very appreciative of Crowe and Dunlevy's support of the RMBLSA convention!