• Welcome to the Official Website of the 11th Annual National Black Pre-Law Conference and Law Fair 2015

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

  • Friday, November 13, 2015 to Saturday, November 14, 2015

  • University of Houston
    Student Center South
    Houston, Texas


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 2005-2014, the Conference has:

Registered over 2,900 pre-law students representing 36 states, 1 U.S. territory (U.S. Virgin Islands), 1 foreign country (Canada)

Attracted 180 ABA-approved law schools, the majority of U.S. law schools (There are 202 ABA-approved law schools.)

Hosted over 240 mock law school classes, clinics, workshops, panels, and other sessions.

Featured 40 keynote speakers, 65 special guest speakers, 400+ community leaders, law students, lawyers, law schools administrators, and judges who have served as featured panelists, moderators, workshop presenters, and advisors.

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Student Center South
4455 University Drive
Houston, Texas 77204

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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 14, 2015

11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Houston Room * University of Houston Student Center South

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






    Charles Ogletree, Esq.

    Jesse Climenko Professor of Law

    Founder, Charles Hamilton Houston Institute for Race and Justice

    Harvard Law School

    Cambridge, Massachusetts



    Sylvester Turner, Esq.

    Former Texas State Representative, Texas House of Representatives (26 Years)

    Attorney/Principal, Barnes & Turner LLP

    Houston, Texas



    Nicole Lazarre, Esq.

    Senior Vice President and General Counsel

    National Urban League

    New York, New York



    Honorable Demetrius Shelton

    Honorable Demetrius Shelton
    Administrative Law Judge, Department of Social Services
    Past President, National Bar Association
    San Francisco, California




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    Ricky Anderson, Esq.

    Managing Partner

    Anderson & Smith P.C.

    Houston, Texas


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    Robert Sims, Esq.


    Latham & Watkins LLP

    San Francisco, California


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    Elverine “Rena” Jenkins, Esq.

    President, Houston Lawyers Association

    Area Assistant Vice President, Compliance Counsel, Gallagher Benefits Service, Inc.

    Houston, Texas


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    Robert Collier, Esq.

    Chair, African American Lawyers Section, State Bar of Texas

    General Counsel and Corporate Administrator, PreCash Inc.

    Houston, Texas





  • 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.

    Ariell Hardy - J.D., Recent Law School Graduate, University of Houston Law Center

  • 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 - Third-Year Law Student, University of Texas School of Law





Below are our 2014 panelists and presenters. An updated listing of 2015 panelists and presenters is coming soon.


    • Wilbur E. Suggs, Esq.

    • Dr. Aaron N. Taylor, Esq.

    • Njeri Rutledge, Esq.

    • Ivy Banks, Esq.

    • Marlene C. Williams, Esq.

    • Johnny Pryor, Esq.

    • Olaide Banks, Esq.

    • Reginald McGahee, Esq.

    • Troy Riddle, Esq.

    • Tracey West, Esq.

    • Tiffany Simmons, Esq.

    • Tiece Dempsey, Esq.

    • Terea Turner, Esq.

    • Patricia Rosier, Esq.

    • Carla Pratt, Esq.

    • Daryl K. Washington, Esq.

    • Amber Burton, Esq.

    • Audrey Moorehead, Esq.

    • Tiffany Bingham Briscoe, Esq.

    • Collins Byrd, Esq.

    • Michael Murphy, Esq.

    • Willlie Blackmon, Esq.

    • Johnny Alfred III, Esq.

    • Marcus Bivines, Esq.

    • Kendra Brown, Esq.

    • Yvonne Cherena-Pacheco, Esq.

    • Jonathan Cox, Esq.

    • Jermaine Cruz, J.D.

    • Tiece Dempsey, Esq.

    • Erica Edwards-O'Neal, Esq.

    • Jenifer Finney, J.D.

    • Kenneth Ford, Esq.

    • Ronald Green, Esq.

    • Tamecia Glover Harris, Esq.

    • Tracie Jackson, Esq.

    • Creola Johnson, Esq.

    • Shirley A. Jefferson, Esq.

    • Daniella Landers, Esq.

    • Dayna Bowen Matthew, Esq.

    • Reginald McGahee, Esq.

    • Nefyn Meissner, Ed.M.

    • Mike Michel

    • Audrey Moorehead, Esq.

    • Halimah Najieb-Locke,

    • Leslie Oguchi, Esq.

    • Carla D. Pratt, Esq.

    • Johnny D. Pryor, J.D.

    • Troy A. Riddle, Esq.

    • Marsha Ross-Jackson, Esq.

    • Lawrence Jarvis

    • Andrew West

    • Eartha Jean Johnson, Esq., LL.M.

    • Charlotte Taylor, Esq.

    • Kenneth Mitchell

    • Gabe Nwuli, Esq.

    • Nicole C. Barkley, Esq.

    • Cometria C. Cooper, Esq.

    • Arthur Bryan II, Esq.

    • Myriah Downs

    • Marlen Whitley, Esq.

    • Tracy Sanders, Esq.

    • Lorenzo Azar Banks, Esq.

    • Jarvis Sam

    • Jalene Mack, Esq.

    • Dee Dee C. McKee, Esq.

    • Zoe Cadore

    • Samuel Huang




  • Jamila Brinson, Esq.

  • Arthur Bryan, II, Esq.

  • Yvonne Cherena-Pacheco, Esq., LL.M
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    Angela L. Dixon, MBA, Esq.
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    Bianca D. Mack, Esq., MBA

  • LaTasha Mabry Snipes, 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





  • 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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Our Team


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    Evangeline M. Mitchell, Esq., Ed.M.
    Founder & Executive Director
    National Black Pre-Law Conference and Law Fair

Pre-Law Advisory Committee (Focus Group)


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    Bettina Dennis
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    Seth Fowler
    First-Year Law Student, Loyola Law School Los Angeles
  • Maritza-Adonis
    Maritza T. Adonis
    Third-Year Law Student, Charlotte School of Law
  • Sarah_Odion_Esene
    Sarah Odion-Esene
    Graduate, University of Texas at Austin
  • tychanika-kimbrough
    Tychanika J. Kimbrough
    Student, Texas State University, San Marcos
  • Jaylin_D_McClinton
    Jaylin D. McClinton
    Student, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Keosha_Muhammad
    Keosha Muhammad
    Student, Prairie View A&M University
  • Charmika_Placide
    Charmika Placide
    Graduate, Georgia State University
  • derecka-purnell
    Derecka Purnell
    First-Year Law Student, Harvard Law School
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    LaKeisha Skinner
    Student, University of Alabama
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    Chayla Jackson
    Third-Year Law Student, Georgetown University Law Center
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    Ashley Nicole Cloud
    Third-Year Law Student, Howard University School of Law

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, Third-Year Law Student, Georgetown University Law Center



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