Free National Diversity Pre-Law Conference Seeks to Empower Aspiring Lawyers to Succeed and Give Back

The Fifth Annual National Diversity Pre-Law Conference, a free, world-class pre-professional success event providing information, resources and connections to diverse law school aspirants, will be held at the American University Washington College of Law in Washington, DC.
By: National Pre-Law Diversity Initiatives, Inc.
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WASHINGTON - April 1, 2018 - PRLog -- Prospective and current law students, college and law school administrators, lawyers, and diversity professionals will all come together this week in Washington, DC for The Fifth Annual National Diversity Pre-Law Conference and Law Fair. This world-class pre-professional educational empowerment event will be held from Friday, April 6th, 2018 to Saturday, April 7th, 2018. It will be hosted at American University Washington College of Law which historically was the first law school in the U.S. to be founded by women, to have a female dean, and to graduate an all-female class. Today, it is well-known as one of the best public interest law schools and for having one of the most comprehensive clinical programs in the country.

This intensive, power-packed conference is designed to connect diverse aspiring lawyers from across the United States with game-changing and impactful information, networking opportunities, diversity leadership training, and law school and diversity resources all in one place. The goal of this event is to help better position law school aspirants to overcome the obstacles they will certainly encounter, as well as the additional challenges that will be presented because of their diverse status. Those coming together to speak to and assist the aspiring lawyers in attendance all have the common focus of helping them increase their chances for success in not only getting into law school, but also succeeding while there, and charting fulfilling career paths. Even more, attendees will be encouraged to embrace a sense of social responsibility and commit to utilizing their law degrees not just for themselves, but in order to serve the community and advocate for social justice in order to make society better for others.

This year's lineup of dynamic keynote speakers includes: Jason G. Downs, Esq., Partner, Downs Collins, P.A. (Baltimore, Maryland and Washington, DC); Danne' Johnson, Esq., Constance Baker Motley Professor of Law, Oklahoma City University School of Law (Oklahoma City, Oklahoma); Ari Joseph, Esq., Director of Equity, Inclusion & Diversity, Brown Rudnick LLP (New York, New York); Dr. Timothy E. Sams, Senior Vice President of Student Development, Morehouse College (Atlanta, Georgia); Juan M. Sempertegui, Esq., Assistant General Counsel & Vice President, Bank of America N.A. (Washington, DC); Natalia Marulanda, Esq., Associate Director of Career Development, University of Miami School of Law (Miami, Florida); and Van Ann Bui, Esq., Director, Law Program, Sponsors for Educational Opportunity (New York, New York).

A special highlight of the event is the law school diversity and inclusion professionals panel featuring Kendra Brown, J.D., M.Div., LL.M., Senior Director for Diversity, Inclusion and Affinity, American University Washington College of Law (Washington, DC); Dr. Judith A. PĂ©rez-Caro, Director, Equity, Community, and Inclusion, Georgetown University Law Center (Washington, DC); Shirley Jefferson, Esq., Associate Dean for Student Affairs and Diversity and Associate Professor of Law, Vermont Law School (South Royalton, Vermont); Rachel W. Patterson, M.S., J.D., Director of Programs for Diversity, Center for Legal Education Excellence, AccessLex Institute (Washington, DC); Troy A. Riddle, Esq., MBA, Assistant Dean for Diversity, Equity & Inclusion and Chief Diversity Officer, The John Marshall Law School (Chicago, Illinois); and Jaya Saxena, Esq., Director of Dean's Diversity & Inclusion Initiative and Assistant Director, Career Center, The George Washington University Law School (Washington, DC). The panel moderators will be Dr. LaMont Jones, Jr., Senior Editor, Diverse: Issues In Higher Education (Fairfax, Virginia) and Isabelle Ramos, Esq., Assistant Director for Diversity Initiatives, Law School Admission Council (Newtown, Pennsylvania).

Attendees' free registration package includes plenary sessions, a group visit to the United States Supreme Court, a personal statement and diversity statement workshop, a cultural competency workshop, a financing legal education workshop, as well as a panel discussion on diversity and law school admission. Moreover, there will be a law school recruitment and diversity resources fair featuring law schools and diverse law student, lawyer and law school preparation organizations. Further, there will be free professional headshots, Law School Admission Test (LSAT) course and book giveaways, a complimentary networking social reception, an aspiring lawyers pinning ceremony, as well as one-on-one pre-law advisement and personal statement, diversity statement and resume reviews conducted by knowledgeable and concerned law students and lawyers. In addition, there will be an optional bonus day before the official start of the conference, on Thursday, April 5th, 2018, where registrants will have the opportunity to connect with other pre-law students and tour the United States Capitol Building, and Washington-DC area law schools including Georgetown University Law Center, The George Washington University Law School, Howard University School of Law, the University of the District of Columbia David A. Clarke School of Law, and The Catholic University of America Columbus School of Law.

According to conference founder Evangeline M. Mitchell, Esq., Ed.M., "The legal profession still stands out as one of the least diverse professions. This critically important outreach effort is one that is working hard to help change that by directly targeting members of diverse groups interested in law school from all over the nation. We are providing them with real role models and needed inspiration, and also empowering them with the critical, practical information, resources and connections they need to help them in the challenging, obstacle-laden path ahead of them to becoming lawyers."

This invaluable pre-law conference weekend experience is offered completely free of charge and is open to anyone interested in law school including high school students, college students, graduates, career changers and their supporters. Very limited seating is available and is first-come, first-serve so those interested in attending are encouraged to register online and arrive early. Walk-ins will be welcomed on a space available basis. Further information can be found at the official conference website at  You may also call 281-944-LAW4 or send an e-mail to with any questions.


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