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2014 NEBLSA Regional Convention Wrap Up

Greetings NEBLSA!!
NEBLSA's 46th Annual Convention at the Hilton Albany, in Albany, NY brought competitors, delegates and attendees from 6 out of 8 states in the region. In addition to our competitions, this year's convention featured panels, luncheons, an alumni reception, a night out in Albany, community service, a regional lobby day, plenary, and our Annual Gala featuring Rev. Al Sharpton as our keynote speaker.

The Frederick Douglass Moot Court Competition: NEBLSA held a very successful moot court competition this year. Twenty-three (23) teams competed in this rigorous competition.

The 2014 NEBLSA Regional Winners are:
Best Petitioner Brief: Team AI from Columbia Law School
Best Respondent Brief: Team AU from SUNY Buffalo School of Law
Best Oralist: Kevin Opoku-Gyamfi from Columbia Law School
1st Place: Team AR from Columbia Law School
2nd Place: Team AFfrom SUNY Buffalo Law School of Law
3rd Place: Team AX from Columbia Law School
The Thurgood Marshall Mock Trial Competition: NEBLSA held a successful competition this year, with ten (10) teams competing

The 2014 NEBLSA Regional Winners are:
Best Advocate: Allison Britton from Massachusetts School of Law
1st Place: Team KT from Harvard Law School
2nd Place: Team KV from Massachusetts School of Law
3rd Place: Team KA from Massachusetts School of Law

Chapter of the Year: NEBLSA held a successful chapter of the year competition this year, with five (5) teams competing.

The 2014 NEBLSA Regional Winners are:
Small Chapter: Northeastern University School of Law
Medium Chapter: Boston University School of Law
Large Chapter: Harvard Law School

Community Service
Convention attendees participated in a clothing drive, in which members donated gently worn clothes and shoes. Thanks to the advice and assistance of the Family Violence Litigation Clinic at Albany Law School and the Legal Project. All proceeds will go to Equinox, a nonprofit community organization that has provided comprehensive treatment, services, and support to over 5,000 people each year for more than 40 years. Equinox has reached out to people most in need with innovative and effective programs that truly change lives, helping those they serve move forward on their paths to recovery, healing, and independence. Thank you to the numerous students participated in the clothing drive.

Lobby Day
On January 24th, NEBLSA members and the National Advocacy Team will visit Senators and Assemblymen at the New York State legislature in Albany, NY to discuss proposed legislative reform through the Advocacy's White Paper as well as any thoughts of your own. This is a great opportunity to sit down and be heard by some of New York's finest.

Welcome to Albany Alumni Reception

The Welcome to Albany Alumni Reception gave Convention Attendees an opportunity to mingle with students, judges and attorneys. Students enjoyed the sounds of Craig Redmond & his jazz band while they snacked on hors d'oeuvres provided to compliment our wine and beer reception.


NEBLSA had a total five panels at this year's convention. The panel topics covered public interest, government law, personal branding and networking, working in fields outside of the law, and a town hall on Civil Rights in the 21st Century. We extend a special thanks to all the attorneys who volunteered their time to talk to the Convention Attendees

Leadership Luncheon 

Teneka Frost-Amusa, former NEBLSA Regional Chair and Associate Counsel for NY Department of State, gave students tips for a success in law school and professionally. Students learned the benefits of tapping into their networks and seeking mentors to help guide them in their careers.

The Dean's Luncheon
Dean Penelope "Penny" Andrews, the dean at Albany Law School was this year's keynote speaker. Dean Andrews discussed the importance of diversity in the legal profession, and the importance of diversity in the legal profession, starting in law school. In addition to the attorneys and the law students in attendance, we were graced with presence and support of numerous law schools deans from the Northeast Region.

The NEBLSA Awards Gala
On Saturday night, convention participants came together, dressed to impress, to attend the Annual Awards Gala. Clais Daniels-Edwards, Regional Chair served as the evenings mistress of ceremonies. Rev. Sharpton, founder of the National Action Network delivered an arousing and motivated keynote.

Rev. Sharpton provided attendees with words of truth and encouragement, stressing the importance of following the best path for each person. Rev. Sharpton's speech was inspirational and timely, discussing the importance of the modern day civil rights fight. His speech motivated people to reach beyond themselves in discovering their greatness, and to remember to always give back to the community. His words provided a catalyst for students and attendees to leave reenergized, and refocused on success in their legal studies and profession, reigniting the flame of our passion for justice. Rev. Sharpton left attendees with an challenge to embrace the fact that in the fight for equality and civil rights, our role as current and future attorneys may not be to stand on the picket lines, but rather to ensure that those who do, have superior representation and advocates who can come to their aid.

The event concluded with the announcement of our regional scholarship winners, NEBLSA Chapters of the Year and the 2013-2014 Regional Board. This year, NEBLSA awarded two high school Pre-Law members with scholarships towards their books as they start college in the fall. This year, our winners were two students from the New Jersey Legal Education & Empowerment Program, Cliff Imomoh and Rosslin Mesnsah-Boatang.

2014-2015 Regional Executive Board

John-Raphael Pichardo II, Quinnipiac University School of Law

Shanice Bailey, Vermont School of Law

New York Metro Sub-Regional Director:
Donald Cooley, New York University School of Law

Thurgood Marshall Mock Trial Competition Director:
Vanessa Domenichelli, Brooklyn Law School

A Special Thanks to our Sponsors:
• McCarter English LLP- Silver Sponsor, Moot Court Competition Sponsor
• Bingham McCutchen- Supporting Sponsor, Sponsor of Convention Bags
• New York State Bar Association- Supporting Sponsor

NEBLSA Convention Survey!
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For those of you who were at convention, it was great to see all of you and I hope that you had a wonderful time. While it is our goal to make our conventions as great as possible, we continually strive to do better! We hope to see you next year for the 47th Annual Convention at Mystic Mariott Hotel & Spa from January 28-February 1, 2015!
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Congratulations to all of our winners! 
And best of luck to those competing in Milwaukee, WI!

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