Joint National Black and Hispanic Pre-Law Conference for Aspiring Diverse Lawyers Converges Next Month in New York City
New York City will serve as the host city for the 12th Annual National Black Pre-Law Conference, the 2nd Annual National Hispanic Pre-Law Conference and the Joint National Black and Hispanic Pre-Law Conference at New York University School of Law. These world-class, high-quality pre-professional events were designed to help increase the representation and chances of success of both Black and Latino aspiring lawyers. They are free of charge and everyone is welcome.
According to Attorney Evangeline M. Mitchell, the non-profit founder and executive director, "This pre-law event is special not only because we offer so much in terms of nationally known and prominent speakers as well as exceptional panels and workshops rich in substantive content, but also because we are bringing together an important joint event as well. Attendees will be able to participate in stimulating discussion beyond just what it takes to overcome the many challenges of law school and being a minority in the legal profession. We are also considering innovative ways that both the Black and Hispanic communities can effectively work together to collaborate and coalition build toward the common goal of increasing the representation and success of both Black and Latino law students and lawyers. This is vitally important because our communities share a lot in common and our discussing ways we can work together is critical and timely."
This national diversity pipeline event, unlike anything else being offered in the country to pre-law students, is a difference maker for many attendees and is one solid effort in helping to increase the diversity that the legal profession sorely needs. The same successful model that has resonated with attendees and made the event successful for eleven years will continue to be used this year. The plus factor is that both Black and Latino students can benefit, learn more about the challenges that each others' communities face, and be encouraged to take a leadership role in bringing their communities together around the common goals of diversity and inclusion during the pre-law years and once they become law students and lawyers.
This groundbreaking and intensive educational and inspirational event is jam-packed with everything any aspiring lawyer would need to know before deciding to pursue the difficult and highly competitive path ahead to lawyerhood. There will be thought-provoking panel discussions made up of experienced law school administrators and accomplished law students, law graduates, law professors, lawyers, and judges from across the nation. Key information will be shared about being excellent and competitive in the admissions process, preparing for and making the most of the law school experience, navigating tough diversity issues, the challenges of life as a Black and Latino law student, the different career options available once armed with legal training, and the additional obstacles that Black and Latino lawyers face in entering into and advancing in the legal profession.
There will also be expert workshops conducted discussing financing legal education, writing a compelling personal statement and diversity statement, and success strategies for preparing for the Law School Admission Test (LSAT). Pre-law attendees will be able to get all of their questions answered and speak one-on-one with a knowledgeable law student, lawyer or law school administrator during the Law School Admission and Preparation Advice Help Clinic. They can also bring in admission essays or resumes to be reviewed during the Practical Assistance Session. Further, there will be a Professional Success Coaching Session that will be conducted simultaneously where they can ask individual questions about professionalism, etiquette, dress and soft skills. Even more, registrants will have the opportunity to come a day early to visit several New York City area law schools, and have the option to stay a day later to tour the famous sights of New York City alongside fellow aspiring lawyers. Other perks include complimentary LSAT prep books, e-books, LSAT course discounts and giveaways, and networking opportunities.
The dynamic group of keynote speakers for the National Black Pre-Law Conference include: Kristen Clarke, Esq., President and Executive Director, Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law (Washington, DC), Darrell E. Walker, Esq., Executive Vice President & General Counsel, Black Entertainment Television and BET Holdings LLC (Los Angeles, California), Taa Grays, Esq., Vice President and Associate General Counsel, Information Governance, MetLife (New York, New York), Karla McKanders, Esq., Associate Professor of Law, University of Tennessee College of Law and Visiting Associate Professor of Law, Howard University School of Law (Knoxville, Tennessee and Washington, DC) and Junius Williams, Esq., Musician, Attorney, Educator, Community Activist, Author and Director of the Abbott Leadership Institute, Rutgers University, Newark College of Arts and Sciences University College - Newark (Newark, New Jersey).
The incredible keynote speakers for the National Hispanic Pre-Law Conference include: Juan Cartagena, Esq., President and General Counsel, LatinoJustice PRLDEF (New York, New York), Pedro J. Torres-Diaz, Esq., President, Hispanic National Bar Association and Principal, San Juan Office, Jackson Lewis of Puerto Rico LLC and Principal, Miami Office, Jackson Lewis P.C. (San Juan, Puerto Rico and Miami, Florida), Rosevelie Marquez Morales, Esq., East Coast Diversity Director, Sidley Austin LLP (Merrick, New York), The Honorable Javier E. Vargas, Judge, Family Court of the State of New York, New York State Unified Court System (New York, New York), and Benjamin Sanchez, Esq., President, Sanchez Legal Group (Houston, Texas).
In addition, there will be numerous highly-respected and accomplished special guest speakers, presenters, panelists, moderators and advisors planning to attend for the sole purpose of encouraging and informing aspiring minority lawyers in attendance. Over 100 law schools from around the nation will participate in the Joint Law School Recruitment Fair. After two full, power-packed days of activities, the conference experience will end on a high note with the highly-anticipated and impactful Aspiring Lawyers Pinning Ceremony where each aspiring lawyer will recite the success pledge, receive a symbolic gift and be pinned by a current lawyer in order to instill the seeds of faith, high expectation and confidence into them.
Conference organizational and community partners are the New York City Bar Association Office for Diversity and Inclusion, the New York University Black Allied Law Students Association, the New York University Latino Law Students Association, New York University Law Alumni of Color Association, the Minority Corporate Counsel Association, the National Black Law Students Association, the National Latina/o Law Students Association, the Northeast Region of the National Black Law Students Association, the Metropolitan Black Bar Association, the Latino Lawyers of Queens County, the Dominican Bar Association, the Puerto Rican Bar Association, the Association of Black Women Attorneys, the Amistad Long Island Black Bar Association, the National Bar Association Young Lawyers Division, the Hispanic National Bar Association, the National Bar Association - Region II, the Hispanic National Bar Association - Region II, the Hispanic National Bar Association - Law Student Division, MetroLALSA, the Haitian American Lawyers Association of New York, Inc., Ms. JD, DiscoverLaw.org, Legal Services NYC, the New York State Bar Association's Committee on Diversity and Inclusion, and the American Constitution Society for Law & Policy.
Event sponsors are Baker Botts LLP, Ropes & Gray LLP, White & Case LLP, the Minority Corporate Counsel Association, Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP, Sidley Austin LLP, Steptoe & Johnson LLP, Walmart, Jackson Walker, the United States Navy JAG Corps, Kelley Drye & Warren LLP, and Ballard Spahr LLP. The venue sponsor is New York University School of Law and the media sponsor is Radio One.
All aspiring lawyers, particularly Blacks and Latinos, are encouraged to register and attend. Everyone is welcome regardless of race, ethnicity or cultural group identity. High school students, college students and graduates, working professionals, career changers, multicultural, career and pre-law advisors, as well as supporters and parents are all invited to take advantage of the amazing benefits these conferences offer. Admission is completely free of charge and the event is open to the public. Pre-registration online is strongly encouraged but walk-ins will be welcomed and accommodated on a space-available basis.
Further information on the conferences can be found at the official websites at http://www.BlackPreLawConference.org and http://www.HispanicPreLawConference.org. You may also feel free to call 281-944-LAW4(
Evangeline M. Mitchell, Esq.
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