Law students serve as judges in national debate competition of African-American honors programs

Five members of Elon Law's Black Law Students Association (BLSA) served as judges at the 2010 debate tournament of the National Association of African-American Honors Programs (NAAAHP), hosted by North Carolina A & T University, in collaboration with North Carolina Central University and Winston Salem State University, from November 10-13.

Elon Law students Ricky Watson, Kathy Stewart, and Lu Johnson

The tournament was part of the NAAAHP’s 19th Annual Conference, which seeks to develop, enhance, and support honors programs at Historically and Predominantly Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs and PBCUs). In addition to the debate, the conference included panels and workshops featuring honors program directors and faculty, and additional programs for undergraduate honors students including an Academic Quiz Bowl and a Model African Union program.

The debate tournament offered undergraduate honors students from HBCUs and PBCUs the opportunity to debate the following proposition: Resolved: The U.S. federal government should substantially increase social services for persons living in poverty in the United States.

Tiffany Gray, president of BLSA at Elon Law

Elon Law students serving as judges at the tournament were: Tiffany Gray, Lu Johnson, Ashley Smith, Kathy Stewart, and Ricky Watson.

Gray, a member of the Class of 2012 at Elon Law and president of BLSA, said that she and her colleagues enjoyed the experience and hoped to have had a positive impact on the undergraduate honors students they met.

“I feel privileged to have had the opportunity to assist with the NAAAHP’s annual debate competition, which is one of many programs that it facilitates to promote scholarship among African- American students,” Gray said. “I hope that by seeing African-American law students, like myself and others that assisted with the competition, the young men and women in the program will be inspired to further their education through graduate studies.”

Elon Law student Ashley Smith

Dr. Stephen C. Ferguson II, Assistant Professor in University Studies at North Carolina A & T University, coordinated the debate competition.

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