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BLSA Members inspire Local High School Students about Law School
Birmingham, Alabama: -- On Wednesday, April 17, 2013, six Cumberland School of Law students from the Black Law Students Association (BLSA) presented a mini-trial version of the United States v. Andre Clark case file to a group of area minority high school students. The event was part of the Minority Pre-Law Conference held at Birmingham Southern College. Marcus Maples with Sirote & Permutt invited the law students to participate in the event.
Steven Miller (third-year) and Justin Mitchell (first-year and 2013–14 BLSA president-elect) advocated on behalf of the government/prosecution, and Leon Hampton (third-year) and Jerrika Jones (second-year) were the advocates for the defendant Andre Clark. Ellise Washington (first-year) played the role of an FBI agent as the government's witness, and Danny Patterson (third-year) served as the forensic science expert witness for the defense.
The goal of the Minority Pre-Law Conference is to educate minority high school students in Jefferson County, Ala., and Birmingham, Ala., City School Systems about opportunities in the legal profession. In addition, the program ensures the young students are well aware of minority professionals in their city to enforce positive role models. Currently, there is large disparity in the ratio of minorities in the Birmingham community and the number of minority professionals representing the community. The members of the Young Lawyers Section of the Alabama State Bar, are working to change this through programs such as the Minority Pre-Law Conference.
Photograph, from left, Danny Patterson, Steven Miller, Ellise Washington, Jerrika Jones, Leon Hampton, and Justin Mitchell.