The nation’s only major pre-law event created especially for HBCU students and alumni interested in going to law school and becoming lawyers
PRIMARY EVENT DAYS: FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 16, 2022 AND SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 17, 2022
LAW SCHOOL RECRUITMENT & RESOURCES FAIR: FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 16, 2022 | 6:30 P.M. – 8:30 P.M.
BONUS OPTIONAL DAYS: THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 15, 2022 (DC LAW SCHOOL TOURS) AND SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 2022 (AFRICAN AMERICAN HISTORY TOUR & SMITHSONIAN NATIONAL MUSEUM OF AFRICAN AMERICAN HISTORY AND CULTURE – CONNECTION OPPORTUNITIES)
WHAT IS THE NATIONAL HBCU PRE-LAW SUMMIT & LAW EXPO? Founded in 2014, The National HBCU Pre-Law Summit is the one and only major national pre-law event created especially for students and alumni of historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs) interested in going to law school and becoming lawyers.
It provides critical information that those aspiring to become lawyers need to know. However, it fills a void by directly addressing the unique issues, concerns, and challenges that HBCU students face. Speeches, workshops, master classes, and panel discussions cover pre-law school preparation, law school admission, law school selection, the law school experience, the bar exam, career success, and much more.
WHAT ABOUT THOSE WHO DIDN’T ATTEND HBCUs FOR UNDERGRAD? Even though this event was created for those who attend and those who have graduated from HBCUs, ALL are welcome!
WHAT ELSE IS UNIQUE ABOUT THIS EVENT? This event will also be of special interest to those with an interest in attending one of the six HBCU law schools including Howard University School of Law, Texas Southern University’s Thurgood Marshall School of Law, Southern University Law Center, the University of the District of Columbia Clarke School of Law, Florida A&M University School of Law and North Carolina Central University School of Law. It will provide them with the opportunity to speak with representatives from those schools and hear directly from their deans during the HBCU Law School Deans Showcase. Participants will gain a better understanding of the histories and missions of those institutions, and their significance and legacies in legal education, in the legal profession, and particularly in the community in providing greatly needed legal services for the underserved who would not have access to lawyers.
THIS YEAR’S EVENT IS HYBRID – BOTH IN-PERSON AND ONLINE/VIRTUAL!
This year’s event will feature the following benefits:
- Pre-Event Orientation on “How to Make the Most of the National HBCU Pre-Law Summit” (On-Demand) by Event Founder Evangeline M. Mitchell
- Conference Strategy Booklet, Summit Notes Booklet, and Official Souvenir Program Guide
- Access to the WHOVA Event App and All of Its Benefits (Mobile and Desktop Versions)
- Complimentary Continental Breakfasts and Receptions
- Complimentary Conference Tote Bag
- Dynamic Keynote Speakers, Special Guest Speakers, Panelists, Moderators, Presenters, Introducers and Facilitators – some are HBCU students or graduates!
- Informative and Insightful Panel Discussions on HBCU Law School Admissions, The Black Law Student Experience: Transitioning from HBCUs to the Real White World (Coping with Culture Shock and Anti-Black Microaggressions), Preparing for Law School Success (Inside and Outside of the Classroom), The Role of the HBCU/Black Lawyer
- Workshops on the Law School Admission Test (LSAT), Financial Aid and Scholarships, and Writing the Law School Personal Statement and Diversity Statement
- Law School Recruitment and Resources Expo – In-Person and Virtual
- SPECIAL BLACK ENTREPRENEURSHIP MASTERCLASS: How to Start Your Own Black-Owned Law Firm
- Aspiring Lawyers Pinning Ceremony – The Aspiring Lawyers Success Pledge and Symbolic Legal Eagle Pin
- In-Person and Virtual Networking Opportunities
- Special Invitation to Join our NEW Exclusive National HBCU Pre-Law Membership Networking Community :0)
- FREE eBOOKS! Creating a Strategic Action Plan for Law School Admission Success Workbook, Profiles & Essays of Successful African American Law School Applicants, The African American Law School Survival Guide, and Lessons from Successful African American Lawyers by HBCU Pre-Law Summit Founder Evangeline M. Mitchell, Esq. (Digital pdf versions)
- Opportunity to Participate in Virtual ASK ME ANYTHING Sessions with Law Students and Lawyers
- One-on-One Pre-Law Advisement Sessions
- Movie Night Featuring the Award-Winning Short Documentary “Becoming Black Lawyers” and Short Documentary”Free To Be Free” and Q&A with Lawyer-Filmmakers Evangeline M. Mitchell, Esq. and Nia Weeks, Esq. FREE Popcorn and some other surprises!
- Complimentary Networking Reception
- Earn a “Certificate of Participation” at the end of the summit (in-person attendees only)
- Opportunity to Participate in Group Visit to the U.S. Supreme Court (if open to the public at that time) and Tours of D.C. Area Law Schools
CONFIRMED KEYNOTE SPEAKERS:
● Deborah Enix-Ross, Esq., President-Elect, American Bar Association; Senior Advisor to the International Dispute Resolution Group, Debevoise & Plimpton LLP (New York, New York)
● Inga Dyer, Esq., Business Executive, Disney Branded Television; Former SVP Business & Legal Affairs, MACRO; Former EVP & General Counsel Business & Legal Affairs, Revolt Media & TV (Los Angeles, California) – HBCU Affiliation: Howard University and Howard University School of Law Graduate
● Daryl Lowe, J.D., Associate Vice President for Student Affairs, Spelman College (Atlanta, Georgia) – HBCU Affiliation: Morehouse College Graduate
● Olajumoke Obayanju, Esq., Director, National Racial Equity Initiative, Congressional Black Caucus Foundation (Washington, DC) – HBCU Affiliation: Howard University Graduate
● Thomas Hudson, Esq., President, Jackson State University (Jackson, Mississippi) – HBCU Affiliation: Jackson State University Graduate
● Lacy Durham, Esq., M.B.A., LL.M., Senior Manager, Deloitte Tax LLC (Dallas, Texas) – HBCU Affiliation: Southern University Law Center Graduate
● Damon Todd Hewitt, Esq., President and Executive Director, Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights (Washington, DC)
● Reganel Reeves, Esq., Managing Partner, Esquire Litigation Group (Jacksonville, Florida)
CONFIRMED SPECIAL GUEST SPEAKERS:
● Dietra Trent, Ph.D., Executive Director, White House Initiative on HBCUs (Washington, DC)
● Angela Winfield Esq., Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer, Law School Admission Council (Newtown, Pennsylvania)
● Nicholas Austin, Esq., Principal Corporate Legal Counsel, Microsoft, Inc. (Washington, DC)
● Sadarie Chambliss Holston, Esq., Government Attorney (Washington, DC)
● Juan Thomas, Esq., Chair, Civil Rights and Social Justice Section, American Bar Association (Chicago, Illinois)
● Nia Weeks, Esq., Founder and Executive Director, Citizen SHE and Citizen SHE United (New Orleans, Louisiana)
● Carmia N. Caesar, Esq., Associate Dean for Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion, The George Washington University Law School (Washington, DC)
CONFIRMED ORGANIZATIONAL LEADERS AND GUEST SPEAKERS:
● Rawle Andrews Jr., Esq., President, The Bar of the District of Columbia (Washington, DC)
● Dionna Maria Lewis, Esq., President-Elect, Washington Bar Association; Trial Lawyer and Managing Attorney, District Legal Group, PLLC (Washington, DC)
● Bayliss Fiddiman, Esq., President-Elect, Greater Washington Association Chapter, Women’s Lawyers Division, National Bar Association (Washington, DC); Director of Educational Equity and Senior Counsel, National Women’s Law Center (Washington, DC)
● Richard Garzola, National Chairperson, National Black Law Students Association (NBLSA); Third-Year Law Student, Georgetown University Law Center (Washington, DC) – HBCU Affiliation: Florida A&M University College of Law
● Tatiana Beaujour, National Director of PreLaw Affairs, National Black Law Students Association (NBLSA); Third-Year Law Student, The Elisabeth Haub School of Law at Pace University (White Plains, New York)
● Jada Wilson, Southern Regional Pre-Law Director, National Black Law Students Association, 2022-2023; Third-Year Law Student, University of South Carolina School of Law (Columbia, South Carolina)
CONFIRMED HBCU LAW SCHOOL DEANS AND HONORED GUESTS:
● Twinette Johnson, Esq., Ph.D., Incoming Acting Dean; Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Professor of Law, University of the District of Columbia David A. Clarke School of Law (Washington, DC)
● Danielle R. Holley, Esq., Dean and Professor of Law, Howard University School of Law (Washington, DC)
● John K. Pierre, Esq., M.S., Chancellor and Professor of Law, Southern University Law Center (Baton Rouge, Louisiana)
● Deirdre Keller, Esq., M.B.A., Dean and Professor of Law, Florida A&M University College of Law (Orlando, Florida)
● Malik Edwards, Esq., Ph.D., Interim Dean and Professor of Law, North Carolina Central University School of Law (Durham, North Carolina)
● Okezie Chukwumerije, Esq., D.Jur., Interim Dean and Professor of Law, Thurgood Marshall School of Law Texas Southern University (Houston, Texas)
MORE SPEAKERS AND PANELISTS WILL CONTINUE TO BE ADDED!
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