January 25, 2010 10:06 Age: 4 yrs

Emory BLSA Wins Southern Region Chapter of the Year

(from left) Jonielle Turner 11L, Elizabeth Hall 11L, Chantelle Aris 10L, Donnalee Donaldson 12L, Shawn McCullers 11L at the SRBLSA Convention

The Emory Black Law Students Association (BLSA) won Chapter of the Year at the 39th annual Southern Region Black Law Students Association (SRBLSA) Convention on Jan. 13-17 in Baton Rouge, La. The conference was hosted by Louisiana State University Law Center.

Emory competed against the top seven schools of the region for the title. SRBLSA is the largest region under the national association with 2,100 members and more than 100 BLSA chapters.

Emory BLSA is now a finalist for the National Chapter of the Year Award, which will be announced at the National BLSA Convention on March 10-14 in Boston.

ďIt was quite an honor to be chosen among the regionís top competitors to represent the largest region in the national competition,Ē said Emory BLSA President Chantelle Aris 10L.

The regional judging consisted of three components: a written application, a visual presentation of the chapterís activities and an in-person interview during the convention.

The application was judged on seven categories: community service, academic initiatives, 1L support mechanisms, professionalism efforts, social and fundraising activities, regional involvement and college student support. Emory BLSA received the highest score on the in-person interview component and in the chapterís participation at BLSA events.

Vice President Lauren Travis 11L created the visual presentation, which was done in the form of a scrapbook highlighting the organizationís activities and events. Programs such as the first annual Bowl-A-Thon, Saturday Sessions with first-year students and the organizationís volunteer efforts at Clifton Sanctuary Ministries helped contribute to Emoryís win.

Emory BLSA previously won the SRBLSA Chapter of the Year Award in 2008.

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