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Clayton State grad wins court competition

Clayton State University alumna Hahnah Williams, of Covington, recently won the 2008-09 Southern Region Frederick Douglas Moot Court Competition, along with her partner, to move on to compete for the national title in Irvine, Calif., which takes place during the week of March 18.

"Being named champions and best team is a great feeling. I feel blessed and honored to have been a member of the winning team," Williams said. "My partner and I worked so hard and it is a great feeling to see the fruits of our labor. I am very excited about the opportunity to compete for the national title."

The FDMCC is a program initiated by the National Black Law Students Association. This is an annual event culminating with the national competition taking place at the annual NBLSA convention.

There is a two part component to this competition: a writing portion and an oral argument. After being selected to compete on behalf of Mercer University, Williams and her partner mounted a 30-page legal brief complete with legal citations. The two then spent hours practicing for their oral argument with help from their coach and local attorneys and professors.

"Our team had the highest scores at the end of the final oral argument round," Williams said. "Thus, we won the Southern Region Champion Award and were named the Best Team in the Southern Region."

Her mother's passion for nursing influenced Williams to pursue a degree in nursing. She attended Clayton State and graduated with a B.S.N. degree in 2000. Williams then spent seven years as a critical care nurse developing strong advocacy and interpersonal skills.

Now she is pursing a Juris Doctorate degree at Mercer University's Walter F. George School of Law. She is interested in various fields of law such as federal law, products liability, torts liability, employment discrimination, civil rights law, criminal law, medical malpractice, and health law.

Williams is a mother of an 11-year-old daughter whom she credits as an inspiration to be the best in everything she does.

A unit of the University System of Georgia, Clayton State University is a comprehensive metropolitan university located 15 miles southeast of downtown Atlanta.