In 2015, John Thrasher (’72) served his first year as president of Florida State University. Named to the position in November 2014, Thrasher is the first FSU College of Law alum to serve in that role. In March 2015, in honor of the 50th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, the law school hosted leading legal scholars and political scientists from around the nation for a symposium titled, “The Law of Democracy at a Crossroads.” That spring, we also hosted scholars from around the world for the Fourth Annual Global Conference of the Younger Comparativists Committee of the American Society of Comparative Law. In 2015, the Black Law Students Association (BLSA) won first place in the National Frederick Douglass Moot Court Competition, after winning the regionals in both moot court and in mock trial. BLSA also brought home a National Chapter of the Year Award. In the summer of 2015, the law school completed a 10-month web overhaul and launched the final phases of a brand new website at . In October 2015, the Mock Trial Team won two national competitions in two weeks. First, they won the championship at the National Trial Advocacy Tournament sponsored by the University of Florida. Then, a different team of students won first place in the National Criminal Trial Advocacy Competition sponsored by the California Attorneys for Criminal Justice and University of California Hastings College of the Law. Also in 2015, two much-loved and respected senior faculty members retired. Donna Christie, the Elizabeth C. & Clyde W. Atkinson Professor, and Elwin Griffith, the Tallahassee Alumni Professor, retired after serving at FSU Law for 34 years and 29 years, respectively.