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  • Welcome to the Official Website of the 13th Annual National Black Pre-Law Conference 2017
    Sponsored by AccessLex Institute

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

  • New York University School of Law
    40 Washington Square South
    New York, New York 10012

  • WE PROVIDE GAME-CHANGING INFORMATION, RESOURCES AND CONNECTIONS TO HELP YOU IN THE CHALLENGING PATH AHEAD TO BECOMING A LAWYER.

National Black Pre-Law Conference

Joint Law Fair along with the National Hispanic Pre-Law Conference

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

 

  • Keynote sessions featuring dynamic keynote and special guest speakers
  • workshop sessions and panel discussions covering everything someone considering law school would need to know
  • Mock law school classes taught by actual law professors
  • Networking /Making Connections Icebreakers/Socials
  • Law School Admission Test (LSAT) preparation and test-taking strategies sessions
  • Introduction to the Socratic method and case method
  • Certificates of Participation
  • Aspiring Lawyers Pinning Ceremony
  • Access to potential mentors, accountability partners and role models
  • Diagnostic LSAT administrations

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The Conference

 

 

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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 2005-2016, the Conference has:

Registered over 4,000 pre-law students nationwide

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

Hosted over 260 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

KEYNOTE SPEAKERS & SPECIAL GUESTS

KEYNOTE SPEAKERS


  • Judge Glenda A. Hatchett

    Presiding Judge, Judge Hatchett and The Verdict With Judge Hatchett
    Founder, The Hatchett Firm, P.C.
    Atlanta, Georgia


  • Joey Jackson, Esq., M.P.A.

    Legal Analyst, CNN/HLN
    Senior Trial Counsel, Koehler & Isaacs LLP
    New York, New York


  • Chris-Tia Donaldson, Esq.

    Former Corporate Attorney
    Founder & CEO, Thank God I’m Natural (TGIN)
    Chicago, Illinois


  • Ricky Anderson, Esq.

    Managing Partner
    Anderson & Smith P.C.
    Black Entertainment and Sports Lawyers Association (BESLA) Hall of Famer
    Houston, Texas

SPECIAL GUESTS


  • Joseph Drayton, Esq.

    President-Elect, National Bar Association
    Partner, Cooley LLP
    New York, New York


  • Paula Edgar, Esq.

    President, Metropolitan Black Bar Association
    CEO, PGE LLC
    New York, New York


  • Phanuelle Duchatelier

    Director, Pre-Law Division, National Black Law Students Association
    Third-Year Law Student, Vermont Law School
    South Royalton, Vermont


  • Mark A. Dunham, Jr.

    National Chair, National Black Law Students Association
    Fourth-Year Evening Student, American University Washington College of Law
    Washington, DC


  • The Honorable Judge J. Machelle Sweeting

    Civil Court Judge
    10th Municipal Court District
    Harlem, New York


  • Hawk Newsome, J.D.

    President
    Black Lives Matter New York
    New York, New York

LAW STUDENT ORGANIZATIONAL LEADERS AND GUEST SPEAKERS


  • Gani Afolabi

    Chair, Black Allied Law Students Association
    Second-Year Law Student
    New York University School of Law
    New York, New York


  • Jazmine M. Kendrick

    President, Black Law Students Association President
    Year Law Student
    Touro Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center
    New York, New York

HONOREES


  • Bryonn Bain, J.D.

    Prison, Activist, Author, Hip Hop Theater Innovator, Spoken Word Poetry Champion
    Los Angeles, California


  • Paulette Brown, Esq.

    Partner, Locke Lord LLP
    Former American Bar Association President (First Woman of Color to Serve in that Role)
    Morristown, New Jersey

New York University School of Law

40 Washington Square South

New York, New York 10012

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

FEATURED PANELISTS & PRESENTERS

PANELISTS, MODERATORS AND PRESENTERS

 

BLACK LAW STUDENTS PANEL

 


  • Riley Jones
    first-year student
    New York University School of Law
    New York, New York

  • Ralph Culpepper

    Third-Year Law Student
    University of Pennsylvania School of Law
    Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

  • Whitney Dumeng

    Second-Year Law Student
    President, Association of Black Law Students
    Rutgers Law School
    Newark, New Jersey

  • Mary Jessica Simon

    Third-Year Law Student
    Quinnipiac University School of Law
    Hamden, Connecticut

  • Lawrence Pittman

    Third-Year Law Student
    Lewis & Clark Law School
    Portland, Oregon

  • Samanta Simpson

    Second-Year Law Student
    Columbia Law School
    New York, New York

  • Taliesin Ashleigh Gabriel

    Third-Year Law Student
    The Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law
    Washington, DC

  • Shirley A. Jefferson, Esq.

    MODERATOR
    Associate Dean for Student Affairs and Diversity
    Title IX Coordinator
    Associate Professor
    Vermont Law School
    South Royalton, Vermont

 

BLACK LAWYERS PANEL

 


 

LAW SCHOOL ADMISSIONS TEST – TEST-TAKING STRATEGIES WORKSHOP

 


  • Akil Bello

    Director of Strategic Initiatives
    Princeton Review
    New York, New York

 

Law School Recruitment Fair

110+ Law Schools and Law-Related Organizations Represented!

Hosted at The Joint National Black and Hispanic Pre-Law Conference and Law Fair

REGISTER NOW!

Saturday, November 11, 2017

2:30 p.m. – 5:30 P.M.

New York University School of Law – Event Center


“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.”
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Derecka Purnell, J.D., Recent Graduate, Harvard Law School

TESTIMONIALS & SUPPORT

WHY THIS CONFERENCE IS IMPORTANT


LAW STUDENTS

 


LAWYERS

 


  • 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
    Watch Video

  • John Lewis Jr., Esq.
    Global Chief of Diversity, Coca Cola
    Atlanta, Georgia
    Watch Video

  • Jalene Mack, Esq.
    Founder & Artistic Director, Mack Performing Arts Collective (MPAC)
    Houston, Texas
    Watch Video

  • Pamela Meanes, Esq.
    Immediate Past President, National Bar Association
    Partner, Thomas Coburn LLP
    Watch Video

  • Audrey F. Moorehead, Esq.
    Attorney, Law Offices of Audrey Moorehead,PLLC
    Dallas, Texas
    Watch Video

  • Leslie Oguchi, Esq.
    Corporate Counsel
    Ignite Restaurant Group
    Watch Video

  • 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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ASPIRING LAWYERS (PRE-LAW STUDENTS)

 

Our Team

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FOUNDER & EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

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    Evangeline M. Mitchell, Esq., Ed.M.
    Founder, National Black Pre-Law Conference
    Founder & Executive Director, National Pre-Law Diversity Initiatives, Inc.
    Houston, Texas/Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

 


  • 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

ADVISORY COUNCIL

 


  • 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.
    Principal
    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

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

  • Eduardo Reyes Chavez, J.D.
    Chair, National Latina/o Law Student Association
    Law Clerk, Helsell Fetterman LLP
    Seattle, Washington

AWARD-WINNING EVENT!

Our Founder Has Won the Following Awards for this Conference:

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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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