Northeastern Law BLSA Celebrates Accomplishments at NBLSA Convention


02.28.23 — Northeastern Law student members of the school’s Black Law Students Association (BLSA) had much to celebrate at the Northeast Region Black Law Students Association (NEBLSA) 55th Regional Convention in February. 

Two moot court teams — Cecile Tchoujan ’24 and Kimberly Wyllie ’24 and Melissa Niles ’24 and Sebastien Philemon ’24 — advanced beyond the first round of the Northeast Regional Thurgood Marshall Moot Court Competition, with the team of Niles and Philemon finishing third overall. They will move on to the national competition in March at the National Black Law Students Association (NBLSA) national convention.

“Having seen many teams argue, I can say with confidence that had our teams not been pitted against each other in a sudden death competition in the second round, I am certain Cecile and Kim would have advanced to further rounds as well. It was a pleasure and an honor to serve as coach — with enormous help from Professor Margaret Hahn-Dupont and numerous volunteer judges — to these talented and hardworking students,” said Professor Dan Danielsen 

On the leadership front, Melissa Niles ’24 and Langie Cadesca ’24 (the current NEBLSA secretary) jointly won the “Chapter President of the Year” award for their inspirational work as Northeastern Law’s BLSA chapter co-chairs. In addition, Niles was elected to join the NEBLSA board of directors and will take the helm as Combined Northern New England Subregional Director for the coming year. 

“It was an amazing day for our law school,” said Danielsen, who noted that “Langie Cadesca had the whole room on its feet with her beautiful rendition of the Black National Anthem at the opening of the awards gala. The Northeastern Law BLSA chapter filled the room with pride, spirit and commitment.”


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