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Submitted On: February 9, 2015Assigned To: UnassignedVote: --
Bill sl, "Request for Funding: Black Law Students Association Mock Trial Team and Delegate Travel to Portland, OR," Submitted by melonie1990, Melonie Wright Black Law Students Association President.
Whereas,
the purpose of Emory Black Law Student Association ("BLSA") is to utilize the collective resources of the member chapters to: Articulate and promote the educational, professional, political, and social needs and goals of Black law students; Foster and encourage professional competence; Improve the relationship between Black law students, Black attorneys, and the American legal structure; Instill in the Black attorney and law student a greater awareness and commitment to the needs of the Black community; Influence the legal community by bringing about meaningful legal and political change that addresses the needs and concerns of the Black community; Adopt and implement policies of economic independence; Encourage Black law students to pursue careers in the judiciary; and Do all things necessary and appropriate to accomplish these purposes.; and,
Whereas,
Emory BLSA is committed to helping all Black students who come to Emory fulfill their educational and social expectations while obtaining their J.D.; and,
Whereas,
The purpose of the National Thurgood Marshall Mock Trial Competition is to further enhance the skills of participants by developing strong courtroom skills as they prepare for various components of a trial, including gaining heightened skills by implementing rules of evidence, criminal and civil procedure, teamwork, research, writing, analytical skills and advocacy. ; and,
Whereas,
the Emory BLSA Mock Trial team, consisting of four members and a coach, competed at the Southern Region of BLSA's Moot Court Competition and placed third, thereby qualifying for the National Thurgood Marshall Mock Trial Competition.; and,
Whereas,
the National Thurgood Marshall Mock Trial Competition takes place during the National BLSA Convention in Portland, OR.; and,
Whereas,
the President of Emory BLSA serves as a National Convention Specialist and Emory BLSA Chapter Delegate to the National Convention.; and,
Whereas,
supplies for the competition costs $344.11.; and,
Whereas,
hotel costs total $1,350 for two hotels rooms for five nights.; and,
Whereas,
National Convention registration costs $575 for the Mock Trial members and their coach.; and,
Whereas,
flights to the Portland, Oregon are estimated at $3,000 for the Mock Trial members, their coach, and the Emory BLSA President.; and,
Whereas,
Emory BLSA requested and secured $3,500 from the Student Bar Association;; and,
Whereas,
this is first time in seven years Emory BLSA Mock Trial team has competed at the National Thurgood Marshall Mock Trial Competition. .
Therefore, be it enacted by the 48th Student Legislature of Emory University to fund the remaining associated costs at $2,113.22 for the Emory BLSA Mock Trial Team, their coach, and Emory BLSA's President to attend the National BLSA Convention and Thurgood Marshall Mock Trial Competition in Portland, Oregon..

Appendix

Item

Expected Cost

Description

Supplies

$344.11

·         5 – 10x10 posters of evidence at $27.99/poster

·         3 – 16/20 posters of evidence at $57.99/poster

·         1 easel at $30.19

Travel

$3,000

Flights to Portland, Oregon for 4 team members, 1 coach, and 1 school representative (as of January 26th $448/person)

Hotel/Lodging

$1,350

2 hotel rooms for five nights at the discounted convention rate of $135/room

Convention Registration

$575

Competitor and coach registration for 4 team members and 1 coach at $115/person

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