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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 LAW SCHOOLS TOURS: THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 9, 2017
    BLACK PRE-LAW CONFERENCE: FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 10, 2017
    JOINT CONFERENCE & LAW FAIR: SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 11, 2017

  • New York Law School
    185 W. Broadway
    New York, New York 10013

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

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 2005-2015, 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

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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Law School Recruitment Fair

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

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Saturday, November 11, 2017

2:30 p.m. – 5:30 P.M.

New York Law School – Event Center


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

BELOW IS A LIST OF THE 2016 PARTICIPATING LAW SCHOOLS

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.

    Criminal Defense Attorney
    Legal Analyst, CNN and HLN
    New York, New York


  • Chris-Tia Donaldson, Esq.

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


  • Darrell E. Walker, Esq.

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

SPECIAL GUESTS


  • Paula Edgar, Esq.

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


  • The Honorable Arthur L. Burnett, Sr., Esq.

    Retired Judge, Superior Court of the District of Columbia
    National Executive Director, National African American Drug Policy Coalition, Inc.
    Washington, DC


  • Mark Dunham Jr.

    National Chairperson
    National Black Law Students Association (NBLSA)
    Washington, DC

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

  • 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

BLACK LAW STUDENTS PANEL

 

COMING SOON!

 

BLACK LAWYERS PANEL

 

COMING SOON!

 

LAW SCHOOL ADMISSION PANEL

 

COMING SOON!

 

CROSS-CULTURAL COLLABORATION AND COALITION BUILDING PANEL

 


  • Yvonne Cherena-Pacheco, Esq., LL.M.

    Associate Director of Admissions
    University of Denver Sturm College of Law
    Denver, Colorado

  • Erica Edwards-O’Neal, Esq.

    Vice President, Diversity & Inclusion
    New York City Economic Development Corporation
    New York, New York

  • Jino P Ray, J.D.
    Assistant Director for Admissions; Diversity and Inclusion
    The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law
    Columbus, Ohio

  • Troy A. Riddle, Esq., MBA

    Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer
    The John Marshall Law School
    Chicago, Illinois

  • Gabrielle Lyse Brown
    Director of Diversity and Inclusion
    New York City Bar Association
    New York, New York

 

LAW SCHOOL ADMISSIONS TEST – TEST-TAKING STRATEGIES WORKSHOP

 

 

FINANCING LEGAL EDUCATION WORKSHOP PRESENTED BY ACCESSLEX INSTITUTE

 

 

PERSONAL STATEMENT AND DIVERSITY STATEMENT WORKSHOP

 

 

 

ADVISORS (FOR CLINIC AND PRACTICAL ASSISTANCE SESSION)

 


  • 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

  • Scheril Murray Powell

  • Jino P Ray, J.D.

  • Shantonu Basu, Esq.
    Staff Attorney
    Northern Manhattan Improvement Corporation
    Brooklyn, New York

  • Jeanette Cepeda, Esq.
    Staff Attorney
    Legal Services NYC
    New York, New York

  • Jennifer Fernandez, Esq.
    Staff Attorney
    Queens Legal Services
    Jamaica, New York

  • Isabel Heine, Esq.
    Staff Attorney
    Family & Immigration Unit
    Bronx Legal Services
    New York, New York

  • Alexis Lorenzo, Esq.
    Senior Attorney, Foreclosure Prevention Unit
    Bronx Legal Services
    Bronx, New York

  • John Montoute, Esq.
    Staff Attorney
    Housing Unit – Tenants’ Rights Campaign
    Bronx Legal Services
    Bronx, New York

  • Johnny D. Pryor, J.D.
    Assistant Dean for Student Affairs
    Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law
    Indianapolis, Indiana

  • Robert Sanderman, Esq.
    Staff Attorney – Housing Rights Project
    Queens Legal Services
    Queens, New York

  • Lorilei Williams, Esq.
    Director, Immigration Unit
    Staten Island Legal Services
    New York, New York

  • Patria Frias Colon, Esq.

    Executive Board Member
    Dominican Bar Association
    Brooklyn Borough Chief, Family Court Division
    NYC Law Department
    Brooklyn, New York

  • Aisha Elston-Wesley, Esq.

    Staff Attorney
    Manhattan Legal Services
    New York, New York

  • Ayesha Lewis, Esq.

    Staff Attorney
    Queens Legal Services
    Jamaica, New York

  • Yvonne Cherena-Pacheco, Esq., LL.M.

    Associate Director of Admissions
    University of Denver Sturm College of Law
    Denver, Colorado

  • Keyawna Griffith

    National Internal Chief of Staff, National Black Law Students Association
    Law Student, University of Virginia School of Law
    Charlottesville, Virginia

  • Ben Mejia, Esq.

    Staff Attorney
    Third Circuit Staff Attorney’s Office
    New York, New York

  • Yolonda Sewell, J.D

    Operations & Programming Coordinator
    Office of Admissions
    Texas A&M University School of Law
    Fort Worth, Texas

 

“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
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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
    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
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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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ASPIRING LAWYERS (PRE-LAW STUDENTS)

 

Our Team

FOUNDER & EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

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

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

2016 HOST COMMITTEE

 


  • Everett Bellamy, Esq.
    Former Dean and Adjunct Professor of Law
    Georgetown University Law Center
    Washington, DC

  • Shirley A. Jefferson, Esq.
    Associate Dean for Student Affairs and Diversity
    Vermont Law School
    South Royalton, Vermont

  • 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
    alliantgroup
    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.
    Partner
    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.
    Partner
    Susman Godfrey L.L.P.
    Houston, Texas

  • Marredia Rogers, MPA
    Manager, Diversity
    Bracewell LLP
    Houston, Texas

  • Randy Mathews, Esq., MBA
    Associate Dean for Enrollment Services
    Lincoln Memorial University
    John J. Duncan, Jr. School of Law
    Knoxville, Tennessee

  • Jannell Lundy Roberts

    Senior Assistant Dean
    Admissions & Enrollment Services
    Loyola Law School, Los Angeles
    Los Angeles, California

  • Jonathan H. Cox, Esq.

    Founding Partner, The Cox Pradia Law Firm, P.L.L.C.

  • Troy J. Pradia, Esq.

    Founding Partner, The Cox Pradia Law Firm, P.L.L.C.

  • Zinelle October, Esq.

    Vice President of Network Advancement
    American Constitution Society of Law and Policy
    Washington, DC

  • Sundria R. Ridgley, Esq.
    Vice President and Deputy General Counsel
    Chief Litigation and Employment Counsel
    Radio One
    DeLand, Florida

  • Valerie D. James, Esq.
    Assistant Dean of Admissions & Scholarships| Affiliate Faculty
    UNT Dallas College of Law

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

  • The Honorable Arthur L. Burnett, Sr., Esq.
    Retired Judge, Superior Court of the District of Columbia
    National Executive Director, National African American Drug Policy Coalition, Inc.
    Washington, DC

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
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      Derecka Purnell, J.D.
      Harvard Law School Graduate
      Cambridge, Massachusetts
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      Ashley Nicole Cloud, J.D., MBA
      Recent Graduate Howard University School of Law
      Washington, DC

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

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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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