BLSA mock trial team wins regional mock trial competition
Public Relations - Published: February 8, 2012
Widener Law congratulates members of the Delaware campus Black Law Students Association who recently won the Mid-Atlantic regional round of the Thurgood Marshall Mock Trial Competition.

The team will move on to the national competition to be held March 7-11 in Washington, D.C. Team members include Roderick Thompson, president of BLSA, Jennifer Friend-Kelly, Jahlee Hatchett and Kenny Williams.

The Widener team won all five of the rounds it faced in the regional competition. The students topped teams from Drexel University Earle Mack School of Law, West Virginia University College of Law, the University of Richmond School of Law, University of Virginia School of Law and Washington and Lee University School of Law, in that order.

They tried a fictitious criminal case involving a suspected drug dealer who was accused of fatally stabbing a neighbor. Hatchet and Friend-Kelly argued the prosecution side of the case and Williams and Thompson represented the defense. The final round of the regional competition was held Saturday, Feb. 4 in the Criminal Justice Center in Philadelphia.

“We are proud of these students and commend them for representing Widener so well,” Law Dean Linda L. Ammons said. “I wish them good luck in Washington.”

The team is grateful to 1L Gilberte Pierre for providing logistical support and to Traci Cosby, chair of BLSA’s competition committee, Professor Serena Williams, Multi-Cultural Affairs Officer Troy Riddle and alumnus Ron Graham ‘91 for providing critical feedback as they prepared for the competition.

The National Black Law Student Association serves as the umbrella organization that runs the competition. The Widener team won one of seven regional competitions held to narrow the field of competitors.