Free National Pre-Law Conference Offers Aspiring Black Lawyers Game-Changing Opportunity to Gain Information, Resources and Connections

By: PRLog
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.
NEW YORK - Oct. 18, 2016 - PRLog -- The National Black Pre-Law Conference, the nation's premier information-sharing and networking empowerment event for aspiring Black lawyers, will take place from Friday, November 11, 2016 to Saturday, November 12, 2016 at the New York University School of Law in New York, New York.  This one-of-a-kind, world-class conference focuses specifically on reaching out to African Americans interested in becoming lawyers in order to provide them with game-changing "insider" information, resources, and connections to increase their chances of success in the challenging journey ahead to lawyerhood. This year marks its twelfth consecutive year with a powerful weekend of motivational keynote sessions, informative panels and workshops, networking opportunities, and other worthwhile educational activities.

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, law graduates, lawyers, law professors, 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 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 (New York, New York), 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), and Karla McKanders, Esq., Associate Professor of Law, University of Tennessee College of Law (Knoxville, Tennessee) and Visiting Clinical 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), Marbre Stahly-Butts, Esq., Policy Advocate, The Center for Popular Democracy (Brooklyn, New York), 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 and National Executive Director, National African American Drug Policy Coalition, Inc. (Washington, DC), Kayla Vinson, President, New York University Black Allied Law Students Association (New York, New York), Destiny Dike, M.Ed., Vice President, 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), Jason Belk, Esq., M.P.P., Dean of Students, New York University School of Law (New York, New York), and Marques Banks, Co-Founder, Black Movement - Law Project (Washington, DC).   These listed speakers do not include the many other highly accomplished 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 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 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 Young Lawyers Division, the Haitian American Lawyers Association of New York, Inc., Ms. JD,, and the American Constitution Society for Law & Policy.  Event sponsors are Baker Botts LLP, Ropes & Gray LLP, White & Case LLP, 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.

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.

Further information on the National Black Pre-Law Conference can be found at the official conference website at or by calling 281-247-4026 or 281-944-LAW4.

Evangeline M. Mitchell, Esq.

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National Black Pre-Law Conference and Law Fair Logo Question and Answer Session Law School Admissions Panel Law School Advice Help Clinic Aspiring Lawyers Pinning Ceremony Law School Recruitment Fair

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