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Florida State Black Law Students Association again named best in region.

For the second year in a row, the Florida State University College of Law's Black Law Students Association (BLSA) has been named a Regional Chapter of the Year by the Southern Region of the National Black Law Students Association.


Florida State's student-led organization received the award January 27.

Florida State's association was one of 11 Southeastern chapters competing for the award. Chapters were evaluated on criteria including: sociopolitical programming, National Black Law Students Association participation, voter rights programming, youth programming, community service events, college student programming, education and career development, and social events.

From August 2011 through January 2012, Florida State's Black Law Students Association held 25 events on topics including election law and African-Americans in the legal profession. Chapter members also participated in community service activities, volunteering at Second Harvest of the Big Bend, collecting food and clothing for local families, and also collecting books for prisoners.

"We are thrilled that our Black Law Students Association was again recognized for its excellence," said Dean Don Weidner. "Congratulations and thanks go to the entire BLSA board and especially president Michael Williams for bringing this honor home to Florida State."

"FSU BLSA is typically around 40 members, much smaller than some of the other

strong chapters, but manages to have a major impact on the community and national BLSA year after year," said Williams.

Winning the regional award qualifies Florida State's BLSA chapter to compete for the National Chapter of the Year award. The national award will be presented in March by the National Black Law Students Association at its convention in Washington, D.C. Florida State previously received the national chapter award in 2006 and 2011.
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Date:Feb 15, 2012
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