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Emory's BLSA chapter wins national honor

Emory University School of Law |
National Award Winners
Morgan Tapp 16L and Marcus Sandifer 17L accept the National BLSA Chapter of the Year award.

Emory Law’s Black Law Students Association (BLSA) chapter received highest honors this past weekend when they were named National BLSA Large Chapter of the Year at the NBLSA 48th Annual National Convention.  

The award is given annually to one chapter out of 200 throughout the country. This is the first time Emory has achieved this honor. Emory won the southern region large chapter of the year award in January, a pre-requisite for the national award. 

Morgan Tapp 16L and Marcus Sandifer 17L accepted the award, which was presented based on the various social, professional, academic, and community service events the chapter hosted throughout the 2015-2016 year. These events included: 

  • Preparing and delivery food to the needy with Open Hands Atlanta
  • Blood drives to benefit the American Red Cross
  • A holiday art session with the Atlanta Children’s Hospital
  • The annual lecture series on diversity in the workplace that was sponsored by Smith Gambrell & Russell, State Bar of Georgia, and Bloomberg Law
  • Georgia Association of Black Women Attorneys (GABWA) Youth Summit, where the students assisted The Honorable Glenda Hatchett 77L with informing high school youth about their rights
  • 1L academic sessions with Professors Dorothy Brown and Rich Freer
  • Various silent protests held that shed light on the racial issues affecting the greater African American community

As part of their award submission, the chapter created a scrapbook displaying the various events they held that tied into the “Building Up” theme. Tapp and Sandifer worked diligently on the scrapbook and other various application requirements. During the convention, Sandifer was also elected national director of community service for the 2016-2017 term.

Jewel Quintyne 16L, 2015-2016 BLSA president, said, “It is such an honor to be recognized by fellow law students across the nation for our commitment to improving the academic and professional opportunities for minorities and black law students.”