The University of Baltimore’s Black Law Students Association team topped the University of Maryland to take first place in the Thurgood Marshall mock trial competition at the Mid-Atlantic BLSA Regional Convention this weekend.
It was the first time UB BLSA won the top prize in the annual contest, held this year in Pittsburgh.
UB was pronounced the winner at a gala Saturday night.
“It was amazing,” said Jermaine Haughton, J.D. ’15, who coached the team with Professor Odeana Neal. “Everybody was just so excited.”
The UB team consisted of Emily Cruikshank, Jasmine England, Jordana Forbes, Aneesa Khan and Chanel White. England served as an alternate and was instrumental in preparing the team to win, Haughton said.
Besides Maryland, UB also defeated teams from George Washington University, the University of the District of Columbia, Penn State Dickinson, and Washington and Lee.
The final round, UB versus Maryland, was heard by a sitting judge; earlier rounds were heard by lawyers.
The UB team will head to Houston next month for the national BLSA competition, which takes place from March 8-11. The top three teams from each region participate in the nationals. In the Mid-Atlantic region, the winners, in order, were UB, Maryland and Drexel.
“We’re going to go into overdrive for the finals,” said Haughton, an associate in Miles & Stockbridge’s Product Liability and Mass Torts Practice Group.