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Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Unprecedented National HBCU Pre-Law Summit & Law Expo to Be Held in Atlanta

— The Second Annual National HBCU Pre-Law Summit will be held on Friday, September 25th and Saturday, September 26th, 2015 in Atlanta, Georgia. This is the only national conference in the country created especially for HBCU students and graduates interested in law school. —

HBCU Pre Law Summit

Law Admissions Panel

Atlanta, GAThe Second Annual National HBCU Pre-Law Summit & Law Expo is scheduled to take place on Friday, September 25, 2015 and Saturday, September 26, 2015 at The Center for Civil and Human Rights in downtown Atlanta, Georgia.  This groundbreaking event is the only event of its kind in the entire country focused on addressing the unique issues, concerns and challenges facing HBCU students and graduates interested in going to law school and becoming lawyers.  Students and graduates from all HBCUs across the country are invited to meet and come together in Atlanta this fall to take part in two intensive and power-packed days (with two more optional days) designed to expose them to game-changing information, resources, and connections designed to help them achieve success in a demanding educational endeavor and field in great need of diversity.

The summit will provide inspirational keynote sessions featuring prominent and dynamic attorney speakers.  Confirmed keynote speakers include Joseph K. West, Esq., President and CEO of the Minority Corporate Counsel Association, Marilyn J. Mosby, Esq., State’s Attorney for Baltimore City and Paulette Brown, Esq., Partner and Chief Diversity Officer at Locke Lord LLP and President of the American Bar Association.  All three keynotes are proud graduates of historically Black universities.

In addition to outstanding keynote speakers, there will also be panel discussions including an unprecedented HBCU Deans Panel featuring the deans of all six HBCU law schools including Katherine S. Broderick, Esq., Dean at The University of the District of Columbia David A. Clarke School of Law (Washington, DC), Phyliss Craig-Taylor, Esq., Dean at North Carolina Central University School of Law (Durham, North Carolina), Dannye Holley, Esq., Dean at Thurgood Marshall School of Law, Texas Southern University (Houston, Texas), Danielle Holley Walker, Esq., Dean at Howard University School of Law (Washington, DC), Darryll K. Jones, Esq., Interim Dean at Florida A&M University College of Law (Orlando, Florida), and John K. Pierre, Esq., Interim Chancellor at Southern University Law Center (New Orleans, Louisiana).

Moreover, the event will feature special guests including John Crump, JD, Historian and Executive Director Emeritus of the National Bar Association, Ricky Anderson, Esq., Managing Partner of Anderson & Smith PC, and L. Chris Stewart, Esq., Managing Partner of Stewart, Seay & Felton Trial Attorneys.  There will also be surprise guests who will provide short remarks and words of encouragement to attendees.

Further, the event will showcase panel discussions on critical topics for aspiring lawyers including law school admission, the law student experience, and what it takes to have a successful legal career.  These panels will include knowledgeable law school administrators, law students and lawyers who will share their own experiences and directly address issues of concern to HBCU students and alumni which are commonly ignored in general law school informational events.  What is particularly special about these sessions is that all of the panelists have an understanding of and genuine interest in the success of students who attend or have attended HBCUs, most having attended HBCUs themselves.  Also planned is a special session dealing with how financial aid packages are determined, negotiating scholarship offers and managing student loan debt, which are all very timely, important and major concerns of those interested in pursuing law school today.

In addition, a law school expo will take place on both major days of the summit where students will have the opportunity to meet with law school representatives from schools across the country to find out about their law programs and get answers to their questions.

Special networking receptions are scheduled to take place where attendees will have the opportunity to enjoy food and drinks as they participate in both structured and informal networking activities designed to help them connect with other aspiring law students, current law students, and lawyers.

There will also be two bonus days open to conference registrants.  The Thursday prior to the summit will provide early attendees with the opportunity to meet with admissions representatives and tour all three Atlanta law schools including Emory University School of Law, Georgia State University School of Law and Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School.  Students will also have the opportunity to sit in on classes and to participate in a special mock law class designed just for them that they must prepare for and be prepared to participle in. The Sunday after the summit is an optional day of leisure and learning where participants will have the opportunity to register for and take part in a historic Black Atlanta history group bus tour to visit many sites of historical significance to African Americans and the American Civil Rights Movement.

Admission to the Summit and Law Expo is completely free of charge, open to the public, and seats are available on a first-come, first-served basis.  Payment is only required for optional activities including the ATL Black History Tour and for passes for access to the exhibits at the Center for Civil and Human Rights.  All aspiring lawyers, their pre-law and career advisors, professors, parents, supporters and others interested in attending are all welcomed to register and attend.  For more information, please go to the summit’s official website at www.hbcuprelawsummit.org.


Evangeline M. Mitchell, Esq.