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Morehouse Wins the Atchafalaya Classic Moot Court Regional Competition

Morehouse just won the Atchafalaya Classic Moot Court regional competition in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. The team, Golden Daka and Ryan Washington, brought us our first regional win since Rodje and Emanuel in 2015. The team will now advance to the national competition in January.

Additionally, John Chapman, a senior, was named the No. 1 oral advocate in the entire competition. Alphonso Gentry, a sophomore, ranked as the No. 5 oral advocate in the competition. Morehouse sent five teams to compete. All five teams advanced to day two of the competition and four teams finished in the top eight teams. That is an historic performance for Morehouse!

 

Prof. Murray's Constitutional Law Class Visits the Atlanta Detention Center

On Election Night, after a lively discussion on the topic of voting rights including poll taxes and literacy tests, Professor Murray's Constitutional Law class visited the Atlanta Detention Center where the conversation continued and included topics surrounding restorative justice, cruel and unusual punishment, and voter disenfranchisement. Special thanks to Patrick Labat and his excellent staff for allowing the students to have a behind the scenes tour of the detention center. These students now fully understand the importance of voting rights, bail reform, and criminal rehabilitation.

 

The SpelHouse Pre Law Society Visits UGA Law School

The SpelHouse Pre Law Society visited UGA Law School. They attended a Torts class, took a tour and met with the Dean of the Law School Peter ”Bo”  Rutledge Dean of Admissions, Gregory Roseboro and Senior Director of Career Development,  Kenny Tatum ‘95.

 

Dr. Jones' Classes Visit the Fulton Superior Court

Dr. Jones’ National Government and Race and Law courses visited Judge Eric Dunaway ‘93 at the Fulton Superior Court and watched criminal proceedings.

Congratulations to Professor Winfield Murray!

Professor Winfield Murray named the Pre-Law Advisor of the Year at the National HBCU Pre-Law Summit! Professor Murray received this award at the largest pre-law summit in the nation which recognizes lawyers and professors that help pave the way for undergraduate students to embark on a journey towards law school.

 

Morehouse Political Science Hosts Gideon's Promise Training Institute

After more than two years of planning, Professor Winfield Murray along with Ilham Askia, Executive Director of Gideon’s Promise, were able to orchestrate a strategic partnership between two esteemed organizations, Gideon's Promise and Morehouse College. Gideon’s Promise brought more than 300 public defenders from across the country to Morehouse for its annual GP training institute. Here, newly minted attorneys learned the requisite skills to become zealous advocates for their clients.

Additionally, Gideon’s Promise provided 5 Morehouse students with paid internships for the duration of the training program. Those students were Jaylen Sheppard, Ryan Washington, Benjamin Philips, Shawn Swinton, and Golden Daka. They received early exposure to public interest work, trial advocacy, and criminal defense law.  It was especially gratifying to see former Constitutional Law student at Morehouse College and recent Vanderbilt University Law School graduate, Kevin Coker, begin his legal career as a Gideon's Promise Fellow.

 

 

Morehouse Moot Court Wins

Congratulations to the Morehouse Moot Court team! On the weekend of October 22-23 the team emerged with the highest scores at the Moot Court Invitational at the University of Georgia School of Law.

The team followed up their success at the invitational by performing exceptionally well at the Moot Court Regionals held at the University of Central Florida on November 4-6. Four (!) Men of Morehouse came home with Best Orator awards, and they are well positioned to move on to the national competition. Congratulations to all of the students who participated and to Professor Winfield Murray for his direction! 

Student News

  • Not surprisingly, the Political Science department was well represented in the SGA elections in Spring 2016. Johnathan Hill ('17) was elected the 85th SGA President of Morehouse College, and Ryan George ('17) was elected as SGA Vice President.  Congratulations to all of our majors who won office this year.
  • Da'Von Boyd was selected as a 2016 Beinecke Scholar. 

We recognize that there are more excellent students in this department than are represented in this short list. If you know of someone (including yourself) who should be celebrated here, then email that information to matthew.platt@morehouse.edu.

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