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2012 WRBLSA Convention Wrap Up

WRBLSA hosted its 2012 Regional Convention in Seattle, Washington. Students from across the region descended upon Seattle from January 11-15 for a convention centered around "Continuing the Dream: Advocating for the Future." Special thanks to Perkins Coie LLP for sponsoring the convention.

Workshops and Networking

Convention attendees were given the opportunity to attend many meaningful workshops and networking receptions. On Thursday, January 12, Stoel Rives hosted a panel on Health Care law, featuring Tony Miles and Chris Alston. The informative panel was followed by a reception attended by Stoel Rives attorneys, and many members of the Langston Hughes Bar Association.

The opportunities for matchless networking continued on Friday, when attendees were privileged to hear from Ambassador Andrew Young at Seattle University. Special thanks to Dean Niles, of Seattle University Law School, who graciously arranged and extended the invitation for WRBLSA students to attend this presentation. Attendees were inspired by Ambassador Young to continue in passionate community service, and were able to do so by making gifts and inspirational cards for children in the hospital. The day continued with a panel on the ways to implement the legal education in ways useful to the black community, featuring Professor William Covington of the University of Washington School of Law and Jamila Johnson. Attendees later had a networking reception with attorneys from across the city, including managing partners from Perkins Coie-Seattle, President of the National Bar Association, Darryl D. Parks, and members of the Langston Hughes Bar Association.

Saturday began with panels on the role of African-Americans in the criminal justice system, featuring defense attorneys and attorneys from the City Attorney's office. The informative sessions continued with a panel on entertainment law and litigation. Attendees then had the opportunity to learn about becoming a partner in a law firm at the luncheon featuring keynote speaker, Felix Gavi.

Awards Gala

The convention culminated with the Gala Awards Dinner. WRBLSA was honored to have remarks brought by Linda Walton of Perkins Coie LLP - Seattle, Dean Niles of Seattle University School of Law, and Dean Testy of University of Washington School of Law. Keynote speaker, Ms. Paula Boggs, challenged students to reach for greatness, seek to impact the community and remember that the dream requires personal sacrifice.

Competitions

Competitors in the Thurgood Marshall Mock Trial Competition and Frederick Douglass Moot Court Competition displayed extraordinary oral advocacy skills. WRBLSA congratulations to the following winners!

Frederick Douglass Moot Court Competition
Champion: UCLA School of Law
First Runner-Up: Trinity Law School
Second Runner-Up: University of San Diego School of Law

Thurgood Marshall Mock Trial Competition
Champion: Thomas Jefferson School of Law
First Runner-Up: Seattle University School of Law
Second Runner-Up: UCLA

These teams will represent the Western region and advance to the national competition in Washington, DC in March.

Chapter of the Year

Congratulations to UCLA, winner of the Regional Chapter of the Year award. The UCLA chapter of NBLSA has performed outstanding community service and demonstrated a commitment to the academic, social, and economic advancement of its student members, and the legal community at whole. UCLA will represent the Western region at the national convention in Washington, DC in March to compete for the title as National Chapter of the Year.

Newly Elected Board

Congratulations to the 2012-2013 executive board members elected at the Regional Convention!
Vice Chair: Trecinna Lankford-Abundis, Humphreys College School of Law
Treasurer: Adrienne Holland, Pepperdine University School of Law
Parliamentarian: Irene Williams, University of California, Davis School of Law
Pacific Northwest Sub-Regional Director: Ashley Ray
Northern California Sub-Regional Director: Temica Smith, Humphreys College School of Law
Pre-Law Director: Alisha Trotter, Seattle University School of Law

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