• 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 Law Center
    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 school administrators, and judges who have served as featured panelists, moderators, workshop presenters, and advisors.

University of Houston Law Center
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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 T. Ogletree Jr., 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



    Nicolaine M. Lazarre, Esq.

    Senior Vice President and General Counsel

    National Urban League

    New York, New York



    Benjamin L. Crump, Esq.

    President, National Bar Association

    Partner, Parks & Crump, LLC

    Tallahassee, Florida





    Jose G. Rodriguez

    National Latina/o Law Students Association
    Houston, Texas



    James M. Douglas, Esq., J.S.M.

    Distinguished Professor of Law
    Thurgood Marshall School of Law
    Vice-President of Community
    Relations and Governmental Affairs
    Texas Southern University
    Houston, Texas



    Carlos E. Moore, Esq.

    Vice-President, Membership
    National Bar Association
    Moss Point, Mississippi



    Leonard Baynes, Esq.

    Dean and Professor of Law
    University of Houston Law Center
    Houston, Texas



    Olivia Fragoso

    President, Black Law Students Association
    University of Houston Law Center
    Houston, Texas



    Laura Gibson, Esq.

    President, Houston Bar Association
    Houston, Texas



    Traci Gibson

    Chair, Rocky Mountain Region
    National Black Law Students Association
    Houston, Texas



    Donald J. Guter, Esq.

    President and Dean
    South Texas College of Law
    Houston, Texas



    Rod Hickman

    National Director of Pre-Law
    National Black Law Students Association
    University of Mississippi School of Law



    Dannye Holley, Esq.

    Dean and Professor of Law
    Thurgood Marshall School of Law
    Houston, Texas



    Maurice Lamb

    Vice-President, Black Law Students Association
    South Texas College of Law
    Houston, Texas



    Keshia L. Rodriguez, Esq.

    Chairperson, Diversity in the Profession Committee
    State Bar of Texas
    Houston, Texas


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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





    Joseph Hairston, Esq.

    Retired U.S. Army Helicopter Pilot
    IRS Senior Executive Attorney
    Washington, DC



    The Honorable Sheila Jackson Lee

    18th Congressional District
    U.S. House of Representatives
    Houston, Texas/Washington, DC


  • 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




    • 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 & Executive Director
    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



  • Elizabeth A. Campbell, Esq.
    Partner and Chief Diversity Officer
    Andrews Kurth LLP
    Houston, Texas

  • Jamila M. Brinson, Esq.
    Jackson Walker LLP
    Houston, Texas

  • Paul Lancaster Adams, Esq.
    Office Managing Shareholder
    Ogletree Deakins
    Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

  • Veronica Alexander
    Director of Development
    University of California, Irvine School of Law
    Irvine, California

  • Olaide A. Banks, Esq.
    Banks & Associates
    Houston, Texas

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

  • Robert O.I. Brown, Esq.
    Assistant United States Attorney
    Southern District of Florida

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

  • Marcus Cotton
    Assistant Director of Admissions
    The University of Alabama School of Law
    Tuscaloosa, Alabama

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

  • Benjamin Morton, Esq.
    Attorney and Counselor At Law
    The Morton Law Group
    Newark, New Jersey

  • Chris Oliver
    Subsea Safety Engineer
    Shell Oil Company
    Houston, Texas

  • Goodwille Pierre, Esq.
    Corporate Counsel, IP, Business Development, Government Relations, Diversity and Inclusion Management Consultant
    Goodwille Pierre LLC
    Houston, Texas

  • Donna Davis Reddix, J.D.
    Assistant Dean for Career Development
    Case Western Reserve University School of Law
    Cleveland, Ohio

  • Sundria Ridgley, Esq.
    Deputy General Counsel
    Radio One, Inc.
    DeBary, Florida

  • Jannell Lundy Roberts
    Senior Assistant Dean
    Admissions & Enrollment Services
    Loyola Law School
    Los Angeles, California

  • Marlen D. Whitley, Esq.
    Reed Smith LLP
    Houston, Texas

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
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    Maritza T. Adonis
    Third-Year Law Student, Charlotte School of Law
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    Sarah Odion-Esene
    Graduate, University of Texas at Austin
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    Tychanika J. Kimbrough
    Student, Texas State University, San Marcos
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    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
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    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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