• Welcome to the Official Website of the 12th Annual National Black Pre-Law Conference and Law Fair 2016

  • The nation’s premier information-sharing and networking empowerment event for aspiring Black lawyers!

  • Friday, November 11, 2016 to Saturday, November 12, 2016

  • New York University
    School of Law
    New York, New York


The Conference



THE VISION of the National Black Pre-Law Conference is to provide a powerful forum to help increase the numbers of excellent, strategic and competitive African American law school applicants, students and graduates nationwide.


THE MISSION of The National Black Pre-Law Conference and Law Fair is to provide a high-quality, comprehensive national event designed specifically for aspiring Black lawyers.  Its purpose is to provide them with access to empowering information, resources, and contacts that will assist them in the challenging journey ahead in pursuing admission into law school, success in the law school experience and on the bar exam, and beyond.


THE BOTTOM LINE: Our conference is designed to help them prior to beginning their law school careers so they can have the key “insider” information and encouragement they need to help them to better understand what it really takes to be successful in their quest to become lawyers.

Quick Facts: Between 2005-2015, the Conference has:

Registered over 3,300 pre-law students nationwide

Attracted over 180 ABA-approved law schools, the majority of U.S. law schools

Hosted over 250 mock law school classes, clinics, workshops, panelists, and other sessions

Garnered the support of numerous local, state and national elected officials, and key leaders of influential bar associations

Featured 47 keynote speakers, 99 special guest speakers, and 500+ community leaders, law students, lawyers, law school administrators, and judges who have served as featured panelists, moderators, workshop presenters, and advisors/mentors

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National Black Pre-Law Conference


The National Black Pre-Law Conference and Law Fair offers the following opportunities to participants:



  • Keynote sessions featuring dynamic keynote and special guest speakers
  • Numerous workshops and panel discussions covering everything someone considering law school would need to know.
  • Professional success skills power sessions on networking, relationship building and mentorship, character and reputation, and professional business image and etiquette.
  • Special forums/town hall meetings.
  • Mock law school classes taught by actual law professors
  • Networking/Making Connections socials/mixers
  • Law School Admission Test (LSAT) preparation and test-taking strategies sessions
  • Introduction to the Socratic method and case method
  • Law School Recruitment Fair
  • Law School Admissions & Preparation Help Advice Clinic™
  • Personal Statement, Diversity Statement, Resume, and Addendum Practical Assistance Sessions™
  • Certificates of Participation
  • Aspiring Lawyers Pinning Ceremony
  • Access to potential mentors, accountability partners and role models
  • Diagnostic LSAT administrations
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Law School Recruitment Fair


Saturday, November 12, 2016

11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

New York University School of Law

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Every year over 100 law schools from across the nation participate in the Law Fair.




  • Darrell E. Walker, Esq.

    Executive Vice President and General Counsel
    Black Entertainment Television LLC and BET Holdings, LLC
    Los Angeles, California

  • Taa Grays, Esq.

    Vice President
    Information Governance at MetLife and Immediate Past President of the Metropolitan Black Bar Association, New York, New York

  • Kristen Clarke, Esq.

    President and Executive Director, Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law
    Washington, DC

  • Karla McKanders, Esq.

    Associate Professor of Law, University of Tennessee College of Law
    Visiting Clinical Professor, Howard University School of Law
    Knoxville, Tennessee and Washington, DC

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    Junius Williams, Esq.

    Musician, Attorney, Educator, Community Activist, Author
    Director, Abbott Leadership Institute, Rutgers University, Newark College of Arts and Sciences University College – Newark
    Newark, New Jersey


  • Chanell Autrey, Esq.

    Vice Chair, National Bar Association Young Lawyers Division; Legislative Counsel, Office of Councilmember Kenyan McDuffie (Washington, DC)

  • Derick D. Dailey

    National Chairperson
    National Black Law Students Association (NBLSA)
    Law Student, Fordham University School of Law
    New York, New York

  • Paula Edgar, Esq.

    Metropolitan Black Bar Association (MBBA)
    New York, New York

  • Kaylin L. Whittingham, Esq.

    Managing Attorney at Whittingham Law | President–Association of Black Women Attorneys (ABWA) New York, New York

  • I would encourage aspiring Black law students to also take part in this amazing event as it is a rare opportunity … [to] network with successful black attorneys who are willing to have an open dialogue concerning the issues we as minority students may face.

    Hardy Ojumah, Esq. - Attorney, Percheron, LLP, Conference Alumna 2010

  • A person who does not take advantage of this [conference] is ultimately cheating themselves of resources, networking, advice, mentorship, and strategies to excel in law school.

    Jennipher V. Williams - Attorney at Law

  • I learned a million and one things about the legal education process, and even more priceless, are the connections I made with other like-minded aspiring lawyers from all over the country. This event is truly a treasure for aspiring lawyers who often are challenged with finding information, especially information specific to ethnic minorities.

    Ayomide Shittu, Esq. - Associate Attorney, Thompson & Knight LLP, Conference Alumna 2010 and 2011




    • Hilaire Armstrong

    • Zachariah Y. Oluwabankole

    • Lorenzo Azar Banks, Esq.

    • Shantay Bennett

    • Jenny Branson, Esq., MBA

    • Jamila Brinson, Esq.

    • Arthur Bryan, II, Esq.

    • Collins Byrd, Jr., MBA

    • Elizabeth A. Campbell, Esq.

    • Yvonne Cherena-Pacheco, Esq.

    • Jermaine Cruz, Esq.

    • Nydia Duenez, Esq.

    • Erica Edwards-O'Neal, Esq.

    • Stanley L. Evans, Esq.

    • Aurra Fellows

    • Jonathan Geneus

    • Traci Gibson

    • Amparo Guerra, Esq.

    • Samuel Huang

    • Valerie D. James, Esq.

    • Shirley A. Jefferson, Esq.

    • Kent D. Lollis, Esq.

    • Flor Lopez

    • Bianca D. Mack, Esq.

    • Jalene Mack, Esq.

    • Randy Mathews, Esq., MBA

    • Nefyn Meissner, Ed.M.

    • Pilar Mensah, J.D.

    • Kristen Mercado, J.D.

    • Olga L. Moya, Esq.

    • Danielle Marie Nettles, Esq.

    • Itohan Okogbo

    • Jules Porter

    • Scheril Murray Powell

    • Johnny D. Pryor, Esq.

    • Jino P. Ray, J.D.

    • Jannell Lundy Roberts

    • Lauren Ruston

    • Yolonda Sewell, Esq.

    • Kasey Stricklin, Esq.

    • Tiffany J. Tucker, J.D., M.Ed.

    • Sheena Williams

    • Stacey Burke

    • Luisa F. Calderon, Esq.

    • Eduardo Reyes Chavez

    • Dynette Cordova, Esq.

    • Nelsy C. Gomez, Esq.

    • Patrick A. Joseph, Esq.

    • Ruben R. Perez, Esq.

    • J. Goodwille Pierre, Esq.

    • Mario Varela, Esq., MBA

    • Aisha Nash

    • Anthony Arguijo, Esq.

    • Demetra L. Liggins, Esq.

    • The Honorable Oswald J. Scott

    • Sydney Scott, Esq.

    • Andrew Houlin

    • Analisa del Pozo

    • Angelica G. Alfaro, Esq.

    • Jose G. Rodriguez

    • Jose G. Rodriguez




  • Lorenzo Azar Banks, Esq.
    Director of Diversity Initiatives
    Oklahoma City University School of Law
    Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

  • Jenny Branson, Esq.
    Associate Director of Admissions and Financial Aid
    Baylor Law School
    Waco, Texas

  • Jamila Brinson, Esq.

    Jackson Walker LLP
    Houston, Texas

  • Arthur Bryan, II, Esq.
    Project Legal
    Project Franklin, Bechtel Oil, Gas and Chemicals, Inc.
    Houston, Texas

  • Yvonne Cherena-Pacheco, Esq., LL.M.
    Associate Director of Admission
    University of Denver Sturm College of Law
    Denver, Colorado

  • Jermaine Cruz, Esq.
    Director of Admissions
    University of the Pacific McGeorge School of Law
    Sacramento, California

  • Erica Edwards-O’Neal, Esq.
    Director of Diversity and Inclusion and Senior Director of Career Services
    Touro Law Center
    Central Islip, New York

  • Stanley L. Evans, Esq.
    Colonel, U.S. Army (Retired)
    Assistant Dean, University of Oklahoma College of Law
    Norman, Oklahoma

  • Tiffany Bingham Briscoe, Esq.

  • Sheena R. Brooks, M.Ed.

  • Deshonda Charles Tackett, Esq.

  • Shantay Bennett

  • Cometria C. Cooper, Esq.

  • Nicolaine Lazarre, Esq.

  • Bianca D. Mack, Esq.

  • Scheril Murray Powell

  • Jino P Ray, J.D.

  • Sydney Scott, Esq.

  • Deshonda Charles Tackett, Esq.

  • Kasey Stricklin, Esq.


“Aspiring Black law students need safe spaces that foster ambition, curiosity, and networking to meet our unique needs in this journey. The National Black Pre-Law Conference provides that space every year, coupled with unparalleled resources to support the transition into law school. Black Pre-Law empowers students to become advocates for those spaces beyond the conference.”

Derecka Purnell, First-Year Law Student, Harvard Law School
NBPLC 2010 Alumna







  • Michael Murphy, Esq.
    Senior Associate
    Vinson & Elkins LLP
    Houston, Texas
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  • Lorenzo Banks, Esq.
    Founder and Owner, Minority Report Law PLLC
    Assistant Director of Admissions & Director of Diversity Initiatives, Oklahoma City University School of Law
    Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
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  • Olaide Banks, Esq.
    Business Advisor and Attorney, Banks & Associates
    Houston, Texas
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  • DeMonica D. Gladney, Esq.
    Counsel, Exxon Mobil Corporation
    Houston, Texas
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  • Charles Hamilton Houston III, Esq.
    Assistant General Counsel, ABM Industries, Inc.
    Houston, Texas
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  • Shirley Jefferson, Esq.
    Associate Dean for Student Affairs and Diversity
    Vermont Law School
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  • Eartha Jean Johnson, Esq., LL.M.
    President and CEO, LegalWATCH
    Houston, Texas
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  • John Lewis Jr., Esq.
    Global Chief of Diversity, Coca Cola
    Atlanta, Georgia
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  • Jalene Mack, Esq.
    Founder & Artistic Director, Mack Performing Arts Collective (MPAC)
    Houston, Texas
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  • Pamela Meanes, Esq.
    Immediate Past President, National Bar Association
    Partner, Thomas Coburn LLP
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  • Audrey F. Moorehead, Esq.
    Attorney, Law Offices of Audrey Moorehead,PLLC
    Dallas, Texas
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  • Leslie Oguchi, Esq.
    Corporate Counsel
    Ignite Restaurant Group
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  • Bob Sims, Esq.
    Partner, Latham & Watkins LLP
    San Francisco, California
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  • Robert Collier, Esq.
    General Counsel, Pre-Cash Inc.
    Houston, Texas
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Our Team


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    Evangeline M. Mitchell, Esq., Ed.M.
    Founder/President & CEO
    National Black Pre-Law Conference and Law Fair



  • Angela L. Dixon, Esq., MBA
    The Law Office of Angela L. Dixon, PLLC

  • Dundra Hollins
    President and Co-Founder
    Productive Ventures Inc.

  • Michael Means
    Devon Energy

  • Timothy E. Sams, Ph.D.
    Vice President of Student Development
    Morehouse College

  • The Honorable Oswald J. Scott
    Municipal Court Judge
    City of Houston



  • Eddie Koen, J.D., M.P.A.
    Executive Director
    College Track
    Denver, Colorado

  • Ricky Anderson, Esq.
    Managing Partner
    Anderson & Smith P.C.

  • James Douglas, Esq., J.S.M.
    Distinguished Professor of Law
    Vice President for Government Relations and Community Affairs
    Thurgood Marshall School of Law
    Texas Southern University

  • Paula T. Edgar, Esq.
    PGE LLC, Coaching, Consulting and Public Speaking

  • Sylvia James, Esq.
    Diversity Counsel
    Baker Botts LLP

  • Reginald McGahee, Esq.
    Assistant Dean and Dean of Admissions
    Howard University School of Law

  • Tiffany Simmons, Esq.
    Career Counselor and Diversity Liaison
    American University Washington College of Law

  • Karen Wishart, Esq., MBA
    President & CEO
    Curzon Staffing

  • Joseph Youngblood, J.D., Ph.D.
    Vice Provost and Dean
    John S. Watson School of Public Service
    and Continuing Studies
    Thomas Edison State College



  • Mason D. Barrett, Esq.
    Director, The Bar Examination Academy
    C.E.O., The Lawyer Makers, L.L.C.
    Birmingham, Alabama

  • Donna Davis Reddix, J.D.
    Faculty Diversity Officer
    Office of Inclusion, Diversity & Equal Opportunity
    Case Western Reserve University
    Cleveland, Ohio

  • Jo Saint-George, Esq.
    Founding Member
    FHG Media Enterprises /MinorityCounselorTV.com
    Washington, DC

  • Carlton Mark Waterhouse, Esq., Ph.D.
    Professor of Law and Dean’s Fellow
    Director, Environmental, Energy and Natural Resources Law Program
    Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law
    Indianapolis, Indiana

  • Diana Walker, Esq.
    Senior Associate Director
    Houston, Texas

  • Danielle M. Nettles, Esq.
    Linebarger Goggan Blair & Sampson, LLP
    Beaumont, Texas

  • Akilah Mance, Esq.
    Olson & Olson LLP
    Houston, Texas

  • Hon. Carroll G. Robinson, Esq.
    Trustee, Houston Community College
    Associate Professor, Barbara Jordan – Mickey Leland School of Public Affairs
    Texas Southern University
    Houston, Texas

  • Donise E. Brown, Esq.
    Director, Corporate Counsel
    Starbucks Corporation
    Coral Gables, Florida

  • Richard O. I. Brown, Esq.
    Assistant United States Attorney
    Southern District of Florida
    Fort Lauderdale, Florida

  • Demetra L. Liggins, Esq.
    Thompson & Knight LLP
    Houston, Texas

  • Kimberly D. Tignor, Esq.
    Director of Public Policy
    Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law
    Washington, DC

  • Chanler A. Langham, Esq.
    Susman Godfrey L.L.P.
    Houston, Texas

Pre-Law Advisory Committee (Focus Group)


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    Bettina DennisSecond-Year Law Student
    Georgia State University College of Law
    Atlanta, Georgia
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    Seth Fowler
    Third-Year Law Student
    Loyola Law School Los Angeles
    Los Angeles, California
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    Sarah Odion-Esene
    Graduate, University of Texas at Austin
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    Tychanika J. Kimbrough
    First-Year Law Student
    Baylor Law School
    Waco, Texas
  • Charmika_Placide
    Charmika Placide
    Graduate, Georgia State University
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    Derecka Purnell
    Third-Year Law Student, Harvard Law School
    Cambridge, Massachusetts
  • Chayla_Jackson
    Chayla Jackson, Esq.National Juvenile Defender Center’s Juvenile Post-Disposition Reentry Legal Fellow
    Maryland Office of Public Defender
  • Ashley_Cloud
    Ashley Nicole Cloud, J.D., MBA
    Recent Graduate Howard University School of Law
    Washington, DC

  • Julius Graham
    University of North Carolina at Charlotte
    Charlotte, North Carolina

  • Mitchell Brown
    Third-Year Law Student
    New York University School of Law
    New York, New York

  • Ronald Stubblefield, M.S.
    Third-Year Law Student
    New York University School of Law

  • Jaylin McClintonRecent Graduate, University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, Chicago, Illinois


Being surrounded by so many African American judges, lawyers, and administrators was a breath of fresh air and an assurance that I too could join the ranks of Black lawyers. Had it not been for the conference, I don’t think that I would have walked away with the confidence I needed to navigate the admissions process.

Chayla Jackson, Esq., National Juvenile Defender Center's Juvenile Post-Disposition Reentry Legal Fellow Maryland Office of Public Defender, (Baltimore, Maryland)
Conference Alumna 2010



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