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Schedule of Events

National Diversity Pre-Law Conference - Official Logo

The Second Annual National Diversity Pre-Law Conference and Law Fair 2015

Friday, April 10, 2015 to Saturday, April 11, 2015

Washington Court Hotel on Capitol Hill

Washington, DC

 

Friday, April 10, 2015

TIME EVENT LOCATION
8:00AM – 4:00PM Registration
The Washington Court Hotel, Atrium Ballroom Foyer
9:00AM – 11:00AM WELCOMING AND OPENING KEYNOTE CEREMONYKEYNOTE SPEAKERS:
Pamela Edwards, Esq., Professor of Law & Director, Center or Diversity in the Legal Profession , City University of New York (CUNY) School of Law(New York, New York)

Philip Lee, Esq., Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Law, UDC David A. Clarke School of Law (Washington, DC)

Sandra S. Yamate, Esq., Chief Executive Officer, Institute for Inclusion in the Legal Profession (Chicago, Illinois)

SPECIAL GUEST SPEAKER:
Ricky Anderson, Esq., Managing Partner, Anderson & Smith P.C. (Houston, Texas)

Keenan Keller, Esq., Senior Democratic Counsel, Judiciary Committee, U.S. House of Representatives (Washington, DC)

The Washington Court Hotel, Atrium Ballroom Foyer
11:10AM – 12:30PM DIVERSITY AND LAW SCHOOL ADMISSIONS/FINANCING A LEGAL EDUCATIONPANEL DISCUSSIONS:
How Law Schools Consider Diversity Factors in the Law School Admissions Process, and How to Make Your Diversity Work for You/How to Pay for a Law School Education and the Realities of Student Loan Debt
The Washington Court Hotel, Atrium Ballroom
12:30PM – 2:30PM LAW SCHOOL RECRUITMENT FAIR AND DIVERSITY RESOURCES FAIR The Washington Court Hotel, Grand Ballroom and Hermitage
2:30PM – 4:30PM Lunch (On Your Own) Several Options Available
GROUP VISIT TO THE U.S. SUPREME COURT
Visit the Supreme Court – Visitors’ Film, Courtroom Lecture and Tour/ExhibitPlease Note: The Visitors’ Film plays continuously until 3:45PM. Within our schedule, there are Courtroom Lectures at 2:30PM and 3:30PM. The Supreme Court closes at 4:30PM.
U.S. Supreme Court Building
4:40PM – 5:00PM ***GROUP PHOTO in front of the Supreme Court*** In front of the U.S. Supreme Court Building
5:15PM – 6:15PM WORKSHOP SESSION:
The Law School Personal Statement and Diversity Statement: Similarities, Differences, Tips and Techniques
The Washington Court Hotel, Atrium Ballroom
6:25PM – 7:25PM DIVERSITY PRE-LAW PROGRAMS AND INITIATIVESPANEL DISCUSSION:
Applying for and Taking Full Advantage of the Available Pre-Law Preparation and Diversity Initiatives Designed to Increase Access to a Legal Education
The Washington Court Hotel, Atrium Ballroom
7:35PM – 8:55PM DIVERSITY AND THE LAW SCHOOL EXPERIENCEPANEL DISCUSSION:
Life as a Diverse Law Student: Diverse Law Students Share their Experiences and Success Strategies for Making the Most of Law School Inside and Outside of the Classroom
The Washington Court Hotel, Atrium Ballroom
9:00PM – 10:30PM DINNER AND NETWORKING
Will meet at the same restaurant for meal
Social Networking/Connections Time (Informal)
TBD

Saturday, April 11, 2015

TIME EVENT LOCATION
8:00AM – 1:00PM Registration
9:00AM – 10:30 AM WELCOME AND OPENING KEYNOTE CEREMONYKEYNOTE SPEAKERS:
Arun Alagappan, Esq., President, Advantage Testing, Inc. and Founder and President, Advantage Testing Foundation (New York, New York)

Cynthia D. Mares, Esq., President, Hispanic National Bar Association (Littleton, Colorado)

Catherine E. Smith, Esq., Associate Dean of Institutional Diversity and Inclusiveness and Professor of Law, University of Denver Sturm College of Law (Denver, Colorado)

SPECIAL GUEST SPEAKERS:
George Chen, Esq., President, National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (Phoenix, Arizona)

The Washington Court Hotel, Atrium Ballroom
10:35AM – 11:35AM DIVERSITY LEADERSHIP IN LAW SCHOOLSPANEL DISCUSSION:
The Challenges and Opportunities of Leading in Diversity & Inclusion in American Law Schools Today
The Washington Court Hotel, Atrium Ballroom
11:40AM – 12:40PM DIVERSITY AND THE LEGAL PROFESSIONWORKSHOP SESSION:
Nailing the Interview: Essential Strategies and Skills Necessary to Get Your First Legal Job
The Washington Court Hotel, Atrium Ballroom
12:45PM – 1:45PM PANEL DISCUSSION:
The Unwritten Rules of Success in the Legal Profession: What Diverse Aspiring Lawyers Really Need to Know to Set Themselves Up to Succeed
The Washington Court Hotel, Atrium Ballroom
1:45PM – 4:00PM Lunch (On Your Own) Several Options Available: Hotel, U.S. Capitol’s cafeteria, and nearby restaurants
GROUP VISIT TO THE U.S. CAPITOL
Visit the Capitol Visitor Center and Tour of the U.S. Capitol Building. (The last tour begins at 3:20 P.M. The orientation and tour will take about an hour.)
U.S. Capitol Building
4:00PM – 4:15PM ***GROUP PHOTO in front of the U.S. Capitol*** In front of the U.S. Capitol Building
4:30PM – 5:30PM ***DIVERSITY LEADERSHIP TRAINING***WORKSHOP SESSION:
Cultural Competence: A Must-Have Skill For Communicating, Negotiating, and Advocating Across Difference
The Washington Court Hotel, Atrium Ballroom
5:35PM – 6:35PM ***DIVERSITY LEADERSHIP TRAINING***WORKSHOP SESSION:
Leadership Lessons for Law School and Beyond
The Washington Court Hotel, Atrium Ballroom
6:45PM – 7:45PM CLOSING SESSIONSPECIAL GUEST SPEAKERS:
Kendra Brown, J.D., M.Div., LL.M., Policy Director, Congressional Black Caucus (Washington, DC)

John Crump, J.D., Executive Director Emeritus, National Bar Association (Suitland, Maryland)

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

Derecka Purnell, First-Year Law Student, Harvard Law School and Political Organizer, Ferguson, Missouri

The Washington Court Hotel, Atrium Ballroom
8:00PM – 10:00PM DINNER AND NETWORKING
Will meet at the same restaurant for meal Social Networking/Connections Time (Informal)
TBD