Georgetown Black Law Students Association Named “Chapter of the Year”

March 25, 2014 —

Georgetown University Law Center congratulates the Georgetown Black Law Students Association (BLSA) for its selection as “2013-2014 Large Chapter of the Year” and Ashley Hodges, L’14, Georgetown BLSA’s President, for receiving the “National Specialist of the Year Award.” Both honors were announced at the National Black Law Students Association’s (NBLSA) Convention in Milwaukee earlier this month.

The Chapter of the Year award is given to a BLSA chapter that has made a difference in the community and improved the quality of its law school by enhancing social awareness and communal activism while representing the ideals of the NBLSA. 

The Specialist of the Year award recognizes Hodges’ work as NBLSA’s Legislative Advocacy Specialist. In that role, Hodges organized lobbying days focused on voting rights and educational equality in the California and New York state legislatures and on Capitol Hill.  She also coordinated the “Everyone an Advocate” Congressional Black Caucus Weekend panel hosted at Georgetown Law in September. 

“We are so proud of Ashley and our entire BLSA chapter for their tremendous work,” said Georgetown Law Dean William M. Treanor. “They truly reflect the best of Georgetown Law.” 

In competing for Chapter of the Year, Georgetown BLSA went through a rigorous process that included submitting a 96-page application and two rounds of interviews, among other requirements. 

Additionally, Georgetown BLSA’s moot court team, comprised of members Lee Cumberland, L’15 and Jennifer Grace, L’15 competed in the National Frederick Douglass Moot Court competition during the convention in Milwaukee. The team placed third overall at the Mid-Atlantic Regional Frederick Douglass Moot Court Competition in February, and took home the award for “Best Respondent Brief.” 

Some of Georgetown BLSA’s programming accomplishments for this academic year include an initiative to partner with students, parents and faculty of Anacostia High School for monthly community action talks, an alumni mentorship program, and a Students of Color Outreach Day that brought diverse prospective students from across the country to Georgetown Law to learn about the school and its application process.

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