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Schedule of Events

The 2nd 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
8:00 A.M. – 4:00 P.M. Registration
The Washington Court Hotel, Atrium Ballroom Foyer
9:00 A.M. – 10:00 A.M. WELCOME AND OPENING KEYNOTE CEREMONY

Keynote Speakers:

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

Arun Alagappan, Esq., President, Advantage Testing, Inc. and Advantage Testing Foundation (New York, New York)

 

Special Guest Speaker:

Derecka Purnell, J.D. Candidate, Harvard Law School and Political Organizer, Ferguson Missouri (Saint Louis, Missouri and Cambridge, Massachusetts)

The Washington Court Hotel, Atrium Ballroom
10:05 A.M. – 11:15 A.M. DIVERSITY PRE-LAW PROGRAMS AND INITIATIVES

 

PANEL 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
11:20 A.M. – 12:30 P.M. DIVERSITY AND LAW SCHOOL ADMISSIONS

 

PANEL DISCUSSION: How Law Schools Consider Diversity Factors in the Law School Admissions Process, and How to Make Your Diversity Work for You

The Washington Court Hotel, Atrium Ballroom
12:30 P.M. – 2:30 P.M. LAW SCHOOL RECRUITMENT FAIR AND DIVERSITY RESOURCES FAIR The Washington Court Hotel, Grand Ballroom and Hermitage
2:30 P.M. – 4:30 P.M. 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/Exhibit

Please Note: The Visitors’ Film plays continuously until 3:45 p.m.  Within our schedule, there are Courtroom Lectures at 2:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m.The Supreme Court closes at 4:30 p.m.

U.S. Supreme Court Building
4:40 P.M. – 5:00 P.M. ***GROUP PHOTO in front of the Supreme Court*** In front of the U.S.Supreme Court Building
5:00 P.M. – 7:00 P.M. COMPLIMENTARY REFRESHMENTS AVAILABLE TBD – Designated Hospitality Suite
5:15 P.M. – 6:15 P.M. THE DIVERSITY STATEMENTWORKSHOP SESSION: The Law School Personal Statement and Diversity Statement: Similarities, Differences, Tips and Techniques The Washington Court Hotel, Atrium Ballroom
6:25 P.M. – 7:35 P.M. THE LAW SCHOOL VALUE PROPOSITION/FINANCING A LAW SCHOOL EDUCATION

 

PANEL DISCUSSION: Weighing the Cost and Value of the Law Degree: The Realities of Paying for Law School, the Legal Job Market, the Marketability of the J.D., the Student Loan Debt Burden and the Long-Term Payoffs

The Washington Court Hotel, Atrium Ballroom
7:40 P.M. – 8:55 P.M. DIVERSITY AND THE LAW SCHOOL EXPERIENCE 

PANEL DISCUSSION: Life as a Diverse Law Student: The Experiences of Diverse Law Students Inside and Outside of the Classroom and Success Strategies for Making the Most of the Entire Law School Experience

The Washington Court Hotel, Atrium Ballroom
9:00 P.M. – 10:30 P.M. DINNER AND NETWORKING Will meet at the same restaurant for meal

Social Networking/Connections Time (Informal)

To Be Determined

Saturday, April 11, 2015

TIME EVENT LOCATION
8:00 A.M. – 1:00 P.M. Registration
9:00 A.M. – 10:00 A.M. OPENING REMARKS AND KEYNOTE SESSION

Keynote Speakers:

Philip Lee, Esq., Assistant Professor of Law, University of the District of Columbia David A. Clarke School of Law (Washington, DC)

 

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

The Washington Court Hotel, Atrium Ballroom
10:05 A.M. – 11:15 A.M. DIVERSITY LEADERSHIP IN LAW SCHOOLS

 

PANEL DISCUSSION:The Challenges and Opportunities of Leading in Diversity & Inclusion in American Law Schools Today

The Washington Court Hotel, Atrium Ballroom
11:20 A.M. – 12:30 P.M. DIVERSITY AND THE LEGAL PROFESSION/ACCESS, SUCCESS AND ADVANCEMENT IN THE LEGAL PROFESSION 

 

WORKSHOP SESSION: Nailing the Interview: Essential Strategies and Skills Necessary to Get Your First Legal Job

The Washington Court Hotel, Atrium Ballroom
12:45 P.M. – 1:45 P.M. PANEL DISCUSSION: The Unwritten Rules: What Diverse Aspiring Lawyers Need to Know for Access and Success in the Legal Profession (Career Advice from Knowledgeable Professionals) The Washington Court Hotel, Atrium Ballroom
1:45 P.M. – 4:00 P.M. Lunch (On Your Own) Several Options Available:
At the hotel, in the U.S. Capitol’s cafeteria, and at several 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
4:00 P.M. – 4:15 P.M. ***GROUP PHOTO in front of the U.S. Capitol*** In front of the U.S. Capitol Building
4:30 P.M. – 5:30 P.M. ***DIVERSITY LEADERSHIP TRAINING*** 

WORKSHOP SESSION:  Cultural Competence: A Must-Have Skill For Communicating, Negotiating, and Advocating Across Difference

The Washington Court Hotel, Atrium Ballroom
5:35 P.M. – 6:35 P.M. 

 

6:40 P.M. – 7:40 P.M.

 

WORKSHOP SESSION:  Leadership Lessons for Law School and Beyond 

WORKSHOP SESSION:  Forging Cross-Cultural Collaborations In Law School: Sharing Visions and Achieving Mutual Goals

The Washington Court Hotel, Atrium Ballroom
7:45 P.M. – 8:15 P.M. CLOSING KEYNOTE SESSION The Washington Court Hotel, Atrium Ballroom
7:30 P.M. – 9:30 P.M. DINNER (On Your Own)Social Networking/Connections Time (Informal) TBD – Will meet at same restaurant for meal