• 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 2005-2013, the Conference has:

Registered over 2,500 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 230 mock law school classes, clinics, workshops, panels, and other sessions.

Featured 37 keynote speakers, 57 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.

University of Houston

Student Center South

4800 Calhoun Road

Houston, Texas 77042


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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.


  • 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



Keynote Speakers










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
  • angela-dixon
    Angela L. Dixon, MBA, Esq.
  • tiece-dempsey
    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

Our Team

Host Committee

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      The Honorable Mason Barrett
      Administrative Judge
      United States Equal Employment
      Opportunity Commission (EEOC)
    • hc-shirley-jefferson
      Shirley Jefferson, Esq.
      Associate Dean for Student Affairs and Diversity Adjunct Faculty
      Vermont Law School
    • hc-yvonne-cherena-pacheco
      Yvonne Cherena-Pacheco, Esq., LL.M.
      Associate Director of Admissions
      University of Denver Sturm College of Law
    • hc-carla-pratt
      Carla Pratt, Esq.
      Associate Dean for Academic Affairs
      Nancy J. LaMont Faculty Scholar and Professor of Law
      Penn State University The Dickinson School of Law
    • hc-brian-tippens
      Brian Tippens, Esq.
      Chief Diversity Officer
    • hc-walter-sutton
      Dr. Walter L. Sutton, Jr., Esq.
      Associate General Counsel
      Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.
    • hc-paul-adams
      Paul Lancaster Adams, Esq.
      Managing Shareholder
      Ogletree Deakins
    • hc-edward-fernandez
      Edward F. Fernandes, Esq.
      Hunton & Williams LLP
    • hc-demetra-liggins
      Demetra L. Liggins, Esq.
      Thompson & Knight LLP.
    • hc-patricia-rosier
      Patricia Rosier, Esq.
      National Bar Association
      Managing Partner
      Law Offices of Rosier & Associates
    • hc-ronald-green
      Ronald C. Green, Esq., MBA
      City Controller
      City of Houston

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      Robert Collier, Esq.
      General Counsel and Corporate Administrator
      PreCash, Inc.
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      Excetral K. Caldwell, Esq.
      Senior Counsel
      The Williams Companies, Inc.
      Houston, Texas
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      Gloria M. Aldridge, Esq
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      Jamila Brinson, Esq.
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      J. Goodwille Pierre, Esq.


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

Advisory Council

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    Sylvia James, Esq.
    Diversity Counsel
    Baker Botts LLP
  • ac-james-douglas
    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
  • ac-j-goodwill-pierre
    J. Goodwille Pierre, Esq.
    The Pierre Law Firm
  • ac-karen-wishart
    Karen Wishart, Esq., MBA.
    The Kandellen Group, LLC
  • hc-regina-jones
    Regina Bynote Jones, Esq.
    General Counsel, PetroTechnical Services (PTS)
  • ac-ricky-anderson
    Ricky Anderson, Esq.
    Attorney at Law
    Anderson & Smith P.C.
  • ac-reginald-mcgahee
    Reginald McGahee, Esq.
    Assistant Dean and Dean of Admissions
    Howard University School of Law


Board Of Directors


  • f-evangaline-mitchell
    Evangeline M. Mitchell, Esq., Ed.M.
    Founder & Executive Director
    National Black Pre-Law Conference and Law Fair
  • tim-sams
    Timothy E. Sams, PhD
    Vice President of Student Development
    Morehouse College
  • dundra-hollins
    Dundra Hollins
    President and Co-Founder
    Productive Ventures Inc.
  • joe-youngblood
    Joseph Youngblood, J.D., Ph.D.
    Vice Provost and Dean
    John S. Watson School of Public Service and Continuing Studies
    Thomas Edison State College
  • angela-dixon
    Angela L. Dixon, MBA, Esq.
    The Law Office of Angela L. Dixon, PLLC
  • tiece-dempsey
    Tiece Dempsey, Esq., MHA
    Law Clerk
    The Honorable Vicki Miles-LaGrange
    Chief U.S. District Judge for the Western District of Oklahoma
  • oswald-scott
    The Honorable Oswald J. Scott
    Municipal Court Judge
    City of Houston


Pre-Law Advisory Committee (Focus Group)


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    Jasmine S. Banks
    Student, University of Alabama
  • Bettina_Dennis
    Bettina Dennis
  • seth-fowler
    Seth Fowler
    First-Year Law Student, Loyola Law School Los Angeles
  • curtis-harris
    Curtis Harris
    Student, Hampton University
  • 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
  • ac-lakeisha-skinner
    LaKeisha Skinner
    Student, University of Alabama
  • alana-thornton
    Alan’a Thornton
    Graduate, Coastal Carolina University
  • Alex_Garner
    Alex Garner
    Student, Hampton University
  • Chayla_Jackson
    Chayla Jackson
    Third-Year Law Student, Georgetown University Law Center
  • Ashley_Cloud
    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



P.O. Box 631234 Houston, Texas 77263 Phone: 281-247-4026 or 281-944-LAW4 FAX: 281-247-4026

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