SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

The 13th Annual National Black Pre-Law Conference 2017
Sponsored by AccessLex Institute

Friday, November 10, 2017

New York University School of Law
New York, New York

Optional Day for New York City Area Law Schools Tour: Thursday, November 9, 2017

Joint National Black and Hispanic Pre-Law Conference and Law Fair: Saturday, November 11, 2017

Optional Day for NYC Tour and Sightseeing: Sunday, November 12, 2017

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

Friday, November 10, 2017

 

TIME EVENT LOCATION/ROOM
8:00 A.M. Registration New York University School of LawVanderbilt Hall

Lobby Area in front of Tishman Auditorium and Greenberg Lounge

8:00 A.M. Optional: Tour of New York University School of Law
9:00 A.M. – 9:45 P.M. Icebreakers/Networking Activities New York University School of Law Vanderbilt Hall

Tishman Auditorium

10:00 A.M. – 11:00 A.M. National Black Pre-Law Conference Welcoming Ceremony

Welcoming Remarks

Special Guest Speakers

Paula T. Edgar, Esq.

President, Metropolitan Black Bar Association

CEO, PGE LLC

New York, New York

Special Guest Speaker

Joseph Drayton, Esq.

President-Elect, National Bar Association

Partner, Cooley LLP

New York, New York

Featured Keynote Speaker

Ricky Anderson, Esq.

Black Entertainment and Sports Lawyers Association (BESLA) Hall of Famer

Managing Partner

Anderson & Smith, P.C.

Houston, Texas

New York University School of Law Vanderbilt Hall

Tishman Auditorium

11:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M. NETWORKING & LUNCH BREAK New York University School of Law
12:00 P.M. – 1:30 P.M. National Black Pre-Law ConferenceAfternoon Keynote Power Session

Featured 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

New York University School of Law Vanderbilt Hall

Tishman Auditorium

1:30 P.M. – 1:45 P.M. Networking Break New York University School of Law Vanderbilt Hall

Tishman Auditorium

1:45 P.M. – 3:00 P.M. FOCUS: RACE, CULTURE AND THE LAW SCHOOL EXPERIENCEPANEL DISCUSSION

The Black Law Students Survival Guide:  Tips on How to Navigate the Additional Challenges of Prejudice and Bias in the Law School Environment – and Not Only Survive, But Thrive

New York University School of Law Vanderbilt Hall

Tishman Auditorium

3:00 P.M. – 3:15 P.M. Networking Break New York University School of Law Vanderbilt Hall

Lobby

3:15 P.M. – 4:30 P.M. FOCUS: LEGAL CAREERS  PANEL DISCUSSION

Inside the Careers of Black Lawyers: What We Do, How We Got to Where We Are and Wisdom for the Challenges Ahead

New York University School of Law Vanderbilt Hall

Tishman Auditorium

4:30 P.M. – 4:45 P.M. Networking Break New York University School of Law Vanderbilt Hall

Lobby

4:45 P.M. – 5:45 P.M. Evening Keynote Power SessionSpecial Guest Speaker

The Honorable Judge J. Machelle Sweeting

Civil Court Judge

10th Municipal Court District

Harlem, New York

Special Guest Speaker

Hawk Newsome, J.D.

President

Black Lives Matter New York

New York, New York

Featured Keynote Speaker

A Fireside Chat

With

Chris-Tia Donaldson, Esq.

Former Corporate Attorney, Oracle

Founder & CEO, Thank God It’s Natural (TGIN) Hair Care Line

Chicago, Illinois

New York University School of Law Vanderbilt Hall

Tishman Auditorium

5:45 P.M. – 6:15 P.M. Group PhotoComplimentary Professional Headshots

(Photos will be available to view and download for free to all participants approximately 2 weeks after the event)

New York University School of Law Vanderbilt Hall

Lobby Area

6:15 P.M. – 7:15 P.M. LSAT Test-Taking Strategies Workshop New York University School of Law Vanderbilt Hall

Tishman Auditorium

 

Saturday, November 11, 2017

 

Joint National Black and Hispanic Pre-Law Conference and Law Fair – Register at http://www.blackandhispanicprelawconference.org

10:00 A.M. – 11:30 A.M.

 

Featuring Keynote Speakers

Danielle Conway, Esq.

Dean and Professor of Law

University of Maine School of Law

Portland, Maine

First African American to serve as Dean of the University of Maine School of Law

 

Maritza Reyes, Esq., LL.M.

Associate Professor of Law

Florida A&M University College of Law

Orlando, Florida

 

Heather L. Hodges, Esq.

Executive Director (Incoming)

Gullah Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor Commission

Former Pro Bono Counsel, Neighborhood Legal Services

COMUNIDAD Consulting

Johns Island, South Carolina

 

2:00 P.M. – 5:00 P.M.

 

Joint Law School Recruitment Fair

 

7:15 P.M. – 8:45 P.M.

 

CLOSING PLENARY SESSION, PURSUIT OF JUSTICE AWARDS PRESENTATIONS AND ASPIRING LAWYERS PINNING CEREMONY

 

Featured Keynote Speaker

 

Gerald Torres, Esq.

Jane M.G. Foster Professor of Law

Cornell Law School

Ithaca, New York

 

National Black Pre-Law Conference – Trail Blazer Honoree

 

Bryonn Bain, M.A., J.D.

Prison Activist, Actor, Author, Hip Hop Theater Innovator, Spoken Word Poetry Champion

Professor, African American Studies Department, University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA)

Los Angeles, California

 

National Black Pre-Law Conference – Legacy Builder Honoree

 

Paulette Brown, Esq.

Partner

Locke Lord LLP

Morristown, New Jersey

First Woman of Color to Serve as President of the American Bar Association

 

Sunday, November 12, 2017 (Optional)

 

New York City Group Tour (Informal)