BLSA named regional chapter of the year
By Felicia Holloman
Law student writer
The UF Law Black Law Students Association (BLSA) has been declared the chapter of the year for medium-sized chapters in the southern region of the National Black Law Student Association (NBLSA).
Chapter of the year is the NBLSA’s highest recognition. The distinction is given to the most outstanding chapter in terms of programming, community service, and leadership within the community.
“It really is the biggest honor and award,” said Laselve Harrison (2L), director of communications for BLSA.
The group, led by president Brandon Campbell (2L) and vice president Tabitha Taylor (2L), earned the honor through their tireless activities throughout the year, including canvassing about Florida amendments during election season, restoring civil rights of felons, and mentoring undergraduates.
“During the semester, you are doing these programs and activities, but you are not getting any credit. When it is all put down on paper though, it is a tremendous accomplishment,” said Harrison.
UF Law BLSA competed against 44 other chapters in the southern region of NBLSA. All regional chapters who receive the award go on to compete for the national chapter of the year title at the national convention in March. During the past three years, the national chapter of the year recipient has come from the southern region.
The regional award follows on the heels of BLSA’s participation in the trial advocacy and moot court competitions. The BLSA trial team advanced to the quarterfinals of the regional trial competition. Melanie Rolle (2L) was awarded Best Oral Advocate and received a perfect score during all three rounds of the competition.
For the rest of the semester, BLSA will work to uphold its regional chapter of the year title by competing in negotiations at the national convention, tabling during admitted students day, and hosting a panel on a recent U.S. Supreme Court case involving affirmative action.