MACON – Mercer Law School’s Black Law Students Association (BLSA) was named 2021-2022 Medium Chapter of the Year at the 51st Southern Regional Convention of the National Black Law Students Association in February. This is the second consecutive year Mercer Law BLSA has been recognized as Chapter of the Year.

BLSA President Ashley Ferguson accepted the award.

“This year, Mercer BLSA set out to continually raise the bar for both excellence at the law school and outreach in the Macon-Bibb community,” said Ferguson. “We upheld the legacy of greatness and even superseded our expectations. Organizing events and executing them successfully is a great feeling – winning Chapter of the Year is the cherry on top.”

Dedicated to service, BLSA spent a considerable amount of time and effort to raise money for the Middle Georgia community. In the fall, members donated bulk school supplies to benefit students at John R. Lewis Elementary School. BLSA partnered with Georgia Legal Services to host the annual Thanksgiving Turkey Drive, raising $1,200 to help feed 60 families. More than 50 gifts were donated to 15 children at the Methodist Home for Children and Youth.  

“BLSA is an impactful student organization,” said Mercer Law School Interim Dean Karen J. Sneddon. “Mercer Law School is proud that the dedication and success of our BLSA student leaders is recognized. This award reflects BLSA’s commitment to support law students and to serve the Middle Georgia community.”  

The Southern Region of the Black Law Students Association (SRBLSA) is a regional affiliate of the National Black Law Students Association (NBLSA), a student-run, national organization formed to articulate and promote the needs and goals of Black law students. Its mission is to “increase the number of culturally responsible Black and minority attorneys who excel academically, succeed professionally, and positively impact the community.”

Mercer Law’s BLSA chapter was founded in 1978 and is one of the oldest and largest student organizations at the School.