UK's BLSA Team Competes at Nationals

LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 7, 2010) The University of Kentucky Black Law Students Association (BLSA), housed in the UK College of Law, recently competed in the national Thurgood Marshall Mock Trial Tournament March 11 at Boston College.

Eighteen teams from across the nation advanced from regional competitions, including UK's team which came in third in the midwest regional, advancing them to the nationals.

During competition, two students served as attorneys and the other two served as witnesses and vice versa. The participating students were Tommy Juanso, Chantell Foley, Sharletta Mahone and Erice Smith.

The coaches for UK's BLSA were 2007 College of Law graduate Anthony Gray of the Commonwealth Attorney's Office in Lexington and 1974 law graduate Robert Houlihan, Jr., a partner with Savage Elliott Houlihan Moore Mullins & Erdmann. Jackie Alexander, a 2008 law graduate with the Fayette County Attorney's Office, assisted the coaches.

In March 2002, the general body of the National Black Law Students Association (NBLSA) voted to create the Thurgood Marshall Mock Trial Competition (TMMTC). The TMMTC has become one of the most respected competitions available to law students. The competition offers its participants an unparalleled experience in which to discover or hone their trial advocacy skills and capabilities.

For more information on UK's BLSA mock trial, contact Anthony Gray at