The Black Law Students Association at the University of Virginia School of Law offers a scholarship to both high school and undergraduate student essayists who acknowledge and seek to further the values of civil rights activist, Oliver Hill. Jean-Mary Aubourg (Col '13), this year’s scholarship recipient, has exceeded these expectations. Mr. Aubourg not only wrote a well-written and thoughtful essay but he also demonstrated a strong commitment to public service. Additionally, Aubourg also exhibited an understanding of how impactful Oliver Hill was in the pursuit of equality.
Mr. Aubourg is a rising senior at the University of Virginia and plans to devote his time to rural development in his native homeland, Haiti. Through Aubourg and future recipients, BLSA hopes to expand the reach of equality and other virtues developed by Oliver Hill.
On April 19th, 2012 BLSA held its annual awards banquet to commemorate and celebrate the achievements of students and faculty. We'd like to thank the faculty, staff, and administrators who were in attendance as well as our keynote speaker, Dana Weekes '09.
2012 BLSA Award Winners:
Biggest Gunner (Male) - Aaron Gober-Sims ('14)
Biggest Gunner (Female) - Ogechi Achuko ('13)
Life of the Party (Male) - Andrew Person ('14)
Life of the Party (Female) - Najla Long ('13) & Chelsea Whittler ('13)
Most Stylish (Male)-tie: William Scott Terrell ('13), Tunji Williams ('14)
Most Stylish (Female): Tope Leyimu ('13)
3L Most Likely to be a Millionaire: Daniel Watkins ('12)
3L Most Likely to Save the World: Jessica Lee ('12)
3L Most Likely to Argue in front of SCOTUS: Emerald Greywoode ('12)
Oliver Hill Scholarship: Jean-Mary Aubourg (Col '13)
Outstanding 1L: Amorya Orr ('14)
Outstanding 2L: Ogechi Achuko ('13)
Outstanding 3L: Amanda Gray-Williams ('12)
Community Service Award: Aida Fitzgerald ('13)
Service to BLSA Award: Anne Coughlin
Commitment to Excellence Award: Ogechi Ackuko ('13)
Also a big thank you to the 2011-2012 Policy Council & the Class of 2012!
Thank you to everyone who came out to the Spring 1L Diversity Reception! The event was a huge success as there were over 40 attorneys representing 14 firms and over 50 students in attendance. Earl Baggett of Williams Mullen gave insightful words on the importance of diversity in the legal field and Aaron Gober-Sims did a wonderful job putting the event together.The event would not have been a success without the support of following administrators: Dean Mahoney, Dean Donovan, Dean Hopson, Dean Ballenger, and Patrice Hayden. Thanks to everybody who helped put the event together and please continue to support UVA BLSA!
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