Thank you to all who attended the Midwest Black Law Student Association's Annual Regional Convention in Minneapolis, Minnesota! We hope that you found our workshops informative, entertaining, and worthwhile. From the various positive feedbacks from the attendees, we believe our goal was accomplished!
More than 200 law students, sponsors, local practitioners, and alumni bared the freezing temperatures of Minneapolis from January 29-February 2, 2014. Our theme for this year was "Bridging the Gap: Embracing Social Responsibility." There were many topics covered during the workshop and the presenters did an outstanding job of sharing their expertise with you. On Thursday, we held our BLSA Roundtable where multiple chapters discussed best practices and relayed ideas for the upcoming year. Law school professors Dr. Artika Tyner and Prof. Bradley Clary gave an insightful seminar on exam-writing and passing the bar. Friday kicked off with a profound CLE Advocacy session, where practitioners debated whether integration was the goal in black America. Many law firms and law schools were a part of the career fair and pre-law school fair both held simultaneously. Law students and practitioners then joined together to watch Minnesota Supreme Court Justice Wilhelmina Wright give an inspiring speech about embracing the promise to lift others along our climb to the top. Afterwards, many students traveled to The Boys & Girls Club for our community service event where law students taught the kids in the center about various legal concepts. Friday ended with a reception where BLSA alumni and current BLSA members were able to mingle.
Saturday opened with the Regional Board Elections and continued with an insightful panel on Careers in Law with Of Counsel for Dorsey & Whitney Cornell Moore and District Director for U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison, Jamie Long. The final rounds of the Thurgood Marshall Mock Trial and Frederick Douglass Moot Court Competitions also took place on Saturday at the Hennepin County Courthouse. Competitors who made it to the final rounds had the opportunity to argue before distinguished judges and practitioners, many of which were BLSA alumna, and receive valuable feedback on their presentations. Saturday then ended with our annual Awards Gala, where State Senator Kwame Raoul gave a keynote address inspiring students to persist when the path gets bumpy along the way. Congressman Keith Ellison gave a preliminary address encouraging civic responsibility amongst students. Other highlights of the evening included the announcement of the various competition winners, the results of the elections, and the announcement of the Chapter of the Year winners.
2014-2015 Elected Board Members
Chair: Grace Akinlemibola
Chapter of the Year Winners:
Thurgood Marshall Mock Trial Competition Winner:
Frederick Douglass Moot Court Competition Winners:
First Runner up:
Best Respondent Brief:
Best Petitioner Brief: