National HBCU Pre-Law Summit Offers Game-Changing Information, Resources and Connections to Future Lawyers
The National HBCU Pre-Law Summit will be held on Friday, September 25th and Saturday, September 26th, 2015 in Atlanta, Georgia. This free event is the only national pre-law conference in the entire country created especially for HBCU students and graduates interested in law school.
By: National Pre-Law Diversity Initiatives, Inc.
The summit will provide inspirational keynote sessions featuring prominent and dynamic attorney speakers. Confirmed keynote speakers include Joseph K. West, Esq., President and CEO of the Minority Corporate Counsel Association, Marilyn J. Mosby, Esq., State’s Attorney for Baltimore City and Paulette Brown, Esq., Partner and Chief Diversity Officer at Locke Lord LLP and the first Black woman and woman of color President of the American Bar Association. All three keynotes are proud graduates of historically Black universities.
In addition to outstanding keynote speakers, the event will feature special guests including Dr. Ivory A. Toldson, Acting Director of the White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities, John Crump, J.D., CAE, CMP, Historian and Executive Director Emeritus of the National Bar Association, Ricky Anderson, Esq., Managing Partner of Anderson & Smith PC and Chair of the Sports and Entertainment Section of the National Bar Association, James M. Douglas, Esq., J.S.M., Vice President for Governmental Affairs and Community Relations and Distinguished Professor of Law, Texas Southern University, Kendra Brown, J.D., LL.M., M.Div., Policy Director for the Congressional Black Caucus, Dr. Timothy E. Sams, Vice President of Student Development at Morehouse College, and the Honorable Arthur L. Burnett Sr., Retired D.C. Superior Court Judge and the National Executive Director of the National African American Drug Policy Coalition, Inc.
There will also be prominent bar association leaders in attendance to offer words of encouragement and wisdom to attendees including Adwoa Ghartey-Tagoe Seymour, Esq., President of the Georgia Association of Black Women Attorneys, Harold E. Franklin, Jr., Esq., President of the Atlanta Bar Association, Darrick McDuffie, Esq., President of the Gate City Bar Association, Leigh M. Chapman, Esq., Chair of the National Bar Association’
Further, there will be panel discussions including an unprecedented HBCU Deans Panel featuring the deans of all six HBCU law schools including Katherine S. Broderick, Esq., Dean at The University of the District of Columbia David A. Clarke School of Law (Washington, DC), Phyliss Craig-Taylor, Esq., Dean at North Carolina Central University School of Law (Durham, North Carolina), Dannye Holley, Esq., Dean at Thurgood Marshall School of Law, Texas Southern University (Houston, Texas), Danielle Holley-Walker, Esq., Dean at Howard University School of Law (Washington, DC), Darryll K. Jones, Esq., Interim Dean at Florida A&M University College of Law (Orlando, Florida), and John K. Pierre, Esq., Interim Chancellor at Southern University Law Center (Baton Rouge, Louisiana).
Other panel discussions that will be showcased will cover critical topics for prospective law students including law school admission and financial aid, the law student experience, and what it takes to successfully enter into and advance in the legal profession. These panels will include knowledgeable law school administrators, law students and lawyers who will share their own experiences, journeys and directly address issues of interest to HBCU students and alumni which are commonly ignored in general law school informational events. What is particularly special about these sessions is that all of the panelists have an understanding of and genuine interest in the success of students who attend or have attended HBCUs, most having attended HBCUs themselves. Also planned are sessions dealing with what it takes to score high on the Law School Admission Test (LSAT), an ongoing challenge among African American applicants, as well as managing student loan debt, which is a very timely, important and major concern of those interested in pursuing law school today due to the high costs of pursuing a law degree.
Moreover, a law school expo will take place on both major days of the summit where students will have the opportunity to meet with law school representatives from 60 law schools across the country to find out about their law programs and get answers to their questions. There will also be some unexpected surprises.
Special networking receptions are scheduled to take place where attendees will have the opportunity to enjoy food and drinks as they participate in both structured and informal networking activities designed to help them connect with other aspiring law students, current law students, and lawyers. The summit will end with a special can’t miss event – the Future Lawyers Pinning Ceremony - where current lawyers will encourage and pin all future lawyers in attendance. All pre-law attendees will be further empowered by receiving special gifts including complimentary resource books Profiles & Essays of Successful African American Law School Applicants, The African American Law School Survival Guide and Conquering the Bar Exam from Evangeline M. Mitchell, Esq., Ed.M., the event's founder and executive director and also an HBCU alumna.
On top of that, there will be two bonus days open to conference registrants who want to come a day early and leave a day later. The Thursday prior to the summit will provide early attendees with the opportunity to meet with admissions representatives and current students and tour Emory University School of Law and Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School. Students will also have the opportunity to participate in special mock law classes designed just for them that they must prepare for. The Sunday after the summit is an optional day of leisure and learning where participants will have the opportunity to register for and take part in a historic Black Atlanta history and civil rights group bus tour to visit many sites of historical significance to African Americans and the American Civil Rights Movement, enjoy fellowship during lunch, and also tour the Center for Civil and Human Rights.
Admission to the Summit and Law Expo is completely free of charge, open to the public, and seats are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Pre-registration is strongly encouraged and a VIP option is available at a nominal $5 fee to reserve seats. Payment is only required for the ATL Black History Tour and for admission into the Center for Civil and Human Rights. All future lawyers, their pre-law and career advisors, professors, parents, supporters and others interested in attending are all welcomed to register and attend. For more information, please go to the summit’s official website at www.hbcuprelawsummit.org.
Evangeline M. Mitchell, Esq.