National Black Pre-Law Conference Empowers Aspiring Lawyers With Game-Changing Inspiration, Information, Resources and Connections
By: National Pre-Law Diversity Initiatives, Inc.
This year's schedule is jam-packed with critical insider information that Black aspiring lawyers would need to know before deciding to pursue this tough and highly competitive path. There will be two dynamic thought-provoking discussions geared to the special issues and concerns unique to prospective Black lawyers. They will include the Black law students panel which discusses how one can make the most of the law school experience, but goes beyond that in giving guidance on how to navigate the additional challenges that Black law students must overcome. In addition, there will be the Black lawyers panel which features a diverse panel of Black lawyers on various career paths who will discuss the different career options available and what it really takes to become successful after law school. They will also frankly address how Black lawyers must intelligently and effectively deal with the added difficulties that they must tackle due to their race.
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 journeys to success. This year's extraordinary lineup includes The Honorable Glenda A. Hatchett, Presiding Judge, Judge Hatchett and The Verdict With Judge Hatchett, and Founder, The Hatchett Firm, P.C. (Atlanta, Georgia), Ricky Anderson, Esq., Black Entertainment and Sports Lawyers Association (BESLA)'s Entertainment Attorney Hall of Fame Honoree and Managing Partner, Anderson & Smith, P.C (Houston, Texas), Joey Jackson, Esq., M.P.A., Legal Analyst, CNN/HLN and Senior Trial Counsel, Koehler & Isaacs LLP (New York, New York), and Chris-Tia Donaldson, Esq., Founder & CEO, Thank God It's Natural (TGIN) Hair Care Line and Former Corporate Attorney, Oracle (Chicago, Illinois).
Special guest speakers, all influential and visionary leaders with a commitment to serving the Black community, include: Joseph Drayton, Esq., President-Elect, National Bar Association and Partner, Cooley LLP (New York, New York), Paula T. Edgar, Esq., President, Metropolitan Black Bar Association and CEO, PGE LLC (New York, New York), Mark A. Dunham, Jr., National Chair, National Black Law Students Association and Fourth-Year Evening Law Student, American University Washington College of Law (Washington, DC), Phanuelle Duchatelier, Director, Pre-Law Division, National Black Law Students Association and Third-Year Law Student, Vermont Law School (South Royalton, Vermont), Hawk Newsome, J.D., President, Black Lives Matter New York (New York, New York), and The Honorable Judge J. Machelle Sweeting, Civil Court Judge, 10th Municipal Court District (Harlem, New York).
Conference organizational partners include the Metropolitan Black Bar Association, the New York City Bar Association's Office for Diversity and Inclusion, the New York City Bar Association's Office for Diversity Pipeline Initiatives, the National Black Law Students Association, the Northeast Region of the National Black Law Students Association, New York Law School's Black Law Students Association, New York University Black Allied Law Students Association, Touro Law Center's Black Law Students Association, Cornell Law School's Black Law Students Association, the Minority Corporate Counsel Association, the Association of Black Women Attorneys, the Law School Admission Council's DiscoverLaw.org, and the American Constitution Society for Law & Policy.
Event sponsors are AccessLex Institute, the United States Air Force Judge Advocate General's Corps, Walmart, and the Metropolitan Black Bar Association. 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 several years to come.
Admission is completely free of charge and open to the public. All aspiring lawyers are encouraged to register and attend this intensive, inspirational, interactive 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. Space is limited and offered on a first-come, first-served basis. 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., Ed.M.