National Diversity Pre-Law Conference Empowers Future Lawyers to Become Diversity Leaders

The National Diversity Pre-Law Conference and Law Fair was recently held in Washington, DC. This event provided pre-law students with information and resources on law school, the legal profession, and diversity leadership.
 
 
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WASHINGTON - April 22, 2016 - PRLog -- The Third Annual National Diversity Pre-Law Conference and Law Fair 2016 was held from Friday, April 1, 2016 to Saturday, April 2, 2016 at the Howard University School of Law in Washington, DC.  This groundbreaking conference encouraged and empowered diverse law school aspirants in attendance to take on the challenges of the law school admissions process, law school and the legal profession, as well as leadership and advocacy roles in diversity and inclusion once they become law students and lawyers.

This year's impressive lineup of dynamic and accomplished keynote speakers included Artika Tyner, Esq., M.P.P., Ed.D.,Assistant Professor of Public Policy and Leadership and Associate Vice President of Diversity and Inclusion, University of St. Thomas (Saint Paul, Minnesota); Ruqaiijah Yearby, Esq., M.P.H., Associate Dean of Institutional Diversity and Inclusiveness and Professor of Law, Case Western Reserve University School of Law (Cleveland, Ohio); Charles Hamilton Houston III, Esq., Assistant General Counsel for Global Compliance and Enterprise Risk Management (International), ABM Industries (Houston, Texas); and Lauren van Schilfgaarde, Esq., Tribal Law Specialist, Tribal Law and Policy Institute and Director, National Native American Bar Association (West Hollywood, California).

Influential special guest speakers included Danielle Holley-Walker, Esq., Dean and Professor of Law, Howard University School of Law; Tina Matsuoka, Esq., Executive Director, National Asian Pacific American Bar Association; Robert T. Maldonado, Esq., National President, Hispanic National Bar Association; Leigh Chapman, Esq., Chair, Young Lawyers Division, National Bar Association; Sonji Patrick, Education Director, LatinoJustice PRLDEF; Raymond A. Ramirez, Esq., President, Region V, Hispanic National Bar Association; and Kevin D. Judd, Esq., President-Elect, National Bar Association.

This power-packed conference offered unparalleled plenary sessions, a mock law school class, and workshop sessions on the personal statement and the diversity statement, Law School Admission Test (LSAT) success strategies, and financing legal education. There were also panel discussions on critical topics including diversity and law school admission, diversity and the law school experience, and diversity and the legal profession. Diversity leadership training was offered through Diversity Pre-Law Talks™, an innovative signature event which featured a series of powerful, short talks given by experienced and rising diversity thought leaders. These talks provided unique and compelling perspectives on diversity issues around law school and the legal profession covering topics such as cultural competence, diversity and inclusion, implicit bias, privilege, leadership, service, social responsibility, and social justice.

Additionally, participants who attended a day earlier had the opportunity to visit Washington, DC area law schools, the United States Capitol building and were able to get a special behind the scenes tour from a Congressional staffer.  There was also an opportunity to visit the United States Supreme Court and participate in a social networking reception hosted by the Washington Bar Association.  Attendees received special perks such as LSAT preparation, law school preparation and leadership book giveaways and special discounts for LSAT courses and law school preparation programs. Moreover, the conference featured a law school recruitment and diversity resources fair so that pre-law students could obtain information on a variety of law schools, legal employers, and organizations that could assist them along their journeys to becoming lawyers.  Finally, some pre-law students took advantage of having their personal statements, diversity statements and resumes reviewed and received one-on-one and small group advisement from current law students and lawyers on both days.  Complimentary continental breakfast and refreshment breaks were provided.  The entire conference was offered completely free of charge.

Partners for this event included the Law School Admission Council's DiscoverLaw.org, the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association, the Hispanic National Bar Association, the National Bar Association's Young Lawyers Division, the National Native American Bar Association, the National Black Law Students Association, the National Latina/o Law Student Association, the National Asian Pacific American Law Students Association, the National Association of Law Students With Disabilities, CLEO, Inc., Advantage Testing Foundation, Ms. JD, American Constitution Society for Law and Policy, Juris Educatio, Charles Hamilton Houston Law School Preparatory Institute, Manhattan Prep, New York State Bar Association Committee on Diversity and Inclusion, New York City Bar Association Office for Diversity and Inclusion, Washington Bar Association, Access Group, among others.

This event was sponsored by Baker Botts LLP, Proskauer Rose LLP, Weil, Gothshal & Manges LLP, Kelley Drye & Warren LLP, Howard University School of Law and the United States Navy Judge Advocate General's Corps.  The conference was hosted and organized by National Pre-Law Diversity Initiatives, Inc., a non-profit educational and charitable organization that organizes diversity pipeline events and initiatives throughout the country with the goal of increasing diversity in American law schools and in the legal profession by providing aspiring lawyers with the information, resources and connections they need to be excellent, strategic, and competitive candidates.

According to the non-profit's executive director and the conference's founder, Evangeline M. Mitchell, "This event is unique because we go further.  We are not only concerned with helping aspiring law students prepare to become successful law students and lawyers for themselves, but also socially conscious, service-minded, diversity advocates and leaders."

The conference was a success with well over 200 attendees. The fourth annual event is tentatively scheduled to take place from Friday, April 7, 2017 to Saturday, April 8, 2017 in Washington, DC.  For more information and updates, please visit the official conference website at http://www.diversityprelawconference.org.

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