Free National Pre-Law Conference Offers Aspiring Black Lawyers Game-Changing Opportunity to Gain Information, Resources and Connections
The National Black Pre-Law Conference will host its 12th annual event at the New York University School of Law in New York City, New York. This power-packed, world-class pre-professional event for aspiring Black lawyers is free of charge and open to all.
This year's schedule is jam-packed with everything any aspiring lawyer would need to know before deciding to pursue this tough and highly competitive path. There will be thought-provoking panel discussions made up of experienced law school administrators and accomplished and knowledgeable law students, lawyers, and judges from across the nation. Key information will be shared about being competitive in the law school admissions process, financing a legal education, preparation for the Law School Admission Test (LSAT), writing a compelling personal statement and diversity statement, making the most of the law school experience, navigating difficult diversity issues, the different career options available, and what it really takes to be successful once one has earned a professional law degree.
Several dynamic, nationally-known and well-respected attorneys will serve as featured keynote speakers, and share powerful words of wisdom, encouragement and stories of their own personal paths to success. This year's extraordinary lineup includes 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 Legal Affairs (New York, New York), Junius W. 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), Marbre Stahly-Butts, Esq., Policy Advocate, The Center for Popular Democracy (Brooklyn, New York), and Karla McKanders, Esq., Associate Professor of Law, University of Tennessee College of Law (Knoxville, Tennessee) and Visiting Associate Professor of Law, Howard University School of Law (Washington, DC).
Special guest speakers, who are all influential and visionary leaders, include: Paula T. Edgar, Esq., President, Metropolitan Black Bar Association (New York, New York), Kaylin L. Whittingham, Esq., President, The Association of Black Women Attorneys (New York, New York), Maxine Broderick, Esq., President, Amistad Long Island Black Bar Association (Garden City, New York), Derick D. Dailey, National Chairperson, National Black Law Students Association (New York, New York), Jean Lee, Esq., President and CEO, Minority Corporate Counsel Association (Washington, DC), Gregory Kimble, Northeast Regional Chair, National Black Law Students Association (Brooklyn, New York), Chanell Autrey, Esq., Vice Chairperson, National Bar Association Young Lawyers Division (Washington, DC), The Honorable Arthur L. Burnett, Sr., Retired Senior Judge, Superior Court of the District of Columbia and National Executive Director, National African American Drug Policy Coalition, Inc. (Washington, DC), Kayla Vinson, Chair, New York University Black Allied Law Students Association (New York, New York), Destiny Dike, M.Ed., Vice Chair, New York University Black Allied Law Students Association (New York, New York), Trevor W. Morrison, Esq., Dean and Eric M. and Laurie B. Roth Professor of Law, New York University School of Law (New York, New York), Sienna Fontaine, Esq., First Vice President, Law Alumni of Color Association, New York University School of Law (New York, New York), Anthony Osei, Northeast Regional Pre-Law Director, National Black Law Students Association (Newark, New Jersey), and Marques Banks, Co-Founder, Black Movement - Law Project (Washington, DC). These listed speakers do not include the many other knowledgeable and successful panelists and presenters that will also selflessly take part to provide insight, perspective and guidance to conference registrants.
Moreover, pre-law attendees will have the opportunity to participate in the signature one-on-one admissions and preparation advice help clinic, get help with resumes and personal statements during the practical assistance session, and receive tips during the professional success coaching session. Law school aspirants can make connections and create the start of accountability partnerships during informal networking icebreakers and social mixers. They will also be able to meet with representatives from well over 100 law schools and organizations at the Law School Recruitment Fair. The conference will end on a high note with the Aspiring Lawyers Pinning Ceremony whereby current lawyers will pin aspiring lawyers with eagle pendants and share token gifts as a sign of support to express the community's faith, high expectations and confidence in them and to stress to them the fact that more Black lawyers are needed and that they have a responsibility to give back and serve. For registrants who come a day early, they will have the opportunity to tour eight different New York City area law schools, and for those who stay a day later, they will have the chance to take in the incredible sights and sounds of New York City, the nation's largest city, with fellow conference attendees.
Conference organizational partners are Access Group, the New York City Bar Association Office for Diversity and Inclusion, the New York City Bar Office for Diversity Pipeline Initiatives, the New York University Black Allied Law Students Association, New York University Law Alumni of Color Association, the Minority Corporate Counsel Association, the National Black Law Students Association, the Northeast Region of the National Black Law Students Association, the Metropolitan Black Bar Association, the Association of Black Women Attorneys, the Amistad Long Island Black Bar Association, the National Bar Association, the National Bar Association - Region II, the National Bar Association Young Lawyers Division, Advantage Testing, the Haitian American Lawyers Association of New York, Inc., Ms. JD, Princeton Review, the Law School Admission Council's DiscoverLaw.org, Legal Services NYC, the New York State Bar Association's Committee on Diversity and Inclusion, Manhattan Prep, 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, Sullivan & Cromwell LLP, the Metropolitan Black Bar Association, Steptoe & Johnson LLP, Walmart, Debevoise & Plimpton LLP, Jackson Walker LLP, 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.
With only 7% of law students and 5% of all lawyers being African American while making up nearly 14% of the population, the need for greater minority representation and meaningful diversity and inclusion in American law schools and in the legal profession remains high. This conference has positively impacted thousands of African American aspiring lawyers from across the country and is poised to make a difference to many more this year and for years to come.
All aspiring lawyers are encouraged to register and attend this intensive, inspirational and impactful conference. 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 this conference offers. Admission is completely free of charge and open to the public. Everyone is welcome. Space is limited, therefore online registration is strongly encouraged. As long as space is available, walk-in registrants will be accommodated.
Further information on the National Black Pre-Law Conference can be found at the official conference website at http://www.BlackPreLawConference.org or by calling 281-944-LAW4.
Evangeline M. Mitchell, Esq.
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