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The 9th Annual National Black Pre-Law Conference
and Law Fair 2013

Friday, November 15, 2013 to Saturday, November 16, 2013

The Westin Houston, Memorial City

Houston, Texas

 

TENTATIVE FULL SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

 

Thursday, November 14, 2013

TIME EVENT
3:00 P.M. – Arrival at Hotel for Out-of-Town Guests

Friday, November 15, 2013

TIME EVENT
8:00 A.M. – 5:00 P.M. Registration
9:00 A.M. – 9:55 A.M. Opening Keynote Ceremony Featuring Honorary Co-Chair:David A. Chaumette, Esq., President, Houston Bar Association and Owner, Chaumette PLLC Attorneys at Law Special Guests:

J. Goodwille Pierre, Esq., Vice President, Sections and Divisions, National Bar Association and General Counsel and Vice President of External Affairs, CBC Construction & Development LLC and 4 City Steel Fabrication, Inc.

Victoria Walker, Esq., Chairperson, National Black Law Students Association and Third-Year Law Student and Master’s of Public Policy Candidate (J.D./MPP) George Mason University

 

Keynote Speakers:

Vernon G. Baker, Esq., Senior Vice President and General Counsel, Meritor, Inc. (Troy, Michigan)

Patricia Rosier, Esq., President, National Bar Association and Managing Partner, Rosier Law Firm (Washington, DC and Largo, Maryland)

10:00 A.M. – 11:00 A.M. FOCUS: THE LAW SCHOOL ADMISSIONS PROCESS PANEL DISCUSSIONMock Law School Admissions Committee: An Inside Look at How Admissions Officers Think
11:10 A.M. – 12:10 P.M. FOCUS: LAW SCHOOL ADMISSIONS ESSAYS WORKSHOP SESSIONThe Personal Statement and the Diversity Statement: Similarities, Differences, Tips and Techniques
12:10 P.M. – 1:00 P.M. LUNCH – On Your Own
1:00 P.M. – 2:00 P.M. FOCUS: LAW SCHOOL SELECTION PANEL DISCUSSIONWhere You Choose to Go to Law School Matters: How to Select the Best Law School for You
2:00 P.M. – 5:00 P.M. *** LAW SCHOOL RECRUITMENT FAIR***
5:30 P.M. – 7:00 P.M. Signature Event: Law School Admission and Preparation Advice Help Clinic™
Signature Event: Personal Statement, Diversity Statement, Resume, and Addendum
Practical Assistance Session™
5:30 P.M. – 7:30 P.M. ATTORNEY CLES
Earn two (2) hours of FREE Continuing Legal Education (CLE) credit
6:30 P.M. – 9:00 P.M. Speed Networking and Making Connections Mixer/Meet and Greet Social
Lobby Level, 024 Lounge
Sponsored by Baker Botts LLP
Complimentary Appetizers. Cash Bar.

Saturday, November 16, 2013

TIME EVENT
8:00 A.M. – 5:00 P.M. Registration
9:00 A.M. – 9:55 A.M. Keynote Ceremony Featuring Honorary Chair:Lisa M. Tatum, Esq., President, State Bar of Texas and Owner, LM Tatum, PLLC (The Tatum Law Practice) 

Special Guests:

Terence Norman, Esq., President, African American Lawyers Section, State Bar of Texas and Owner, The Norman Law Group, P.C.

Jermecia A. Beachem, Esq., President, Houston Lawyers Association and Attorney at Law, The Beachem Law Firm

 

Keynote Speakers:

Donise E. Brown, Esq., Director-Corporate Counsel, Real Estate and Corporate Affairs, Starbucks Coffee Company

Daryl K. Washington, Esq., Founder & Editor, Black Legal Issues and Managing Partner, The Law Offices of Daryl K. Washington, P.C.

10:00 A.M. – 11:00 A.M. FOCUS: THE JOB SEARCH, ENTRY AND CAREER ADVANCEMENT PANEL DISCUSSIONLaw Firms May Be Committed to Diversity and Inclusion, But Why Is That Advantageous to Pre-Law Students?Presented in partnership with The Association of Law Firm Diversity Professionals FOCUS: EARLY OUTREACH AND CAREER EXPLORATION

 

Concurrent Session:

PANEL DISCUSSION

Your Preparation for Law School Starts Today!  What You Can Do Right Now to Get Ready for Law School (A Special Session for High School Students)

11:15 A.M. – 12:30 P.M. FOCUS: THE LAW SCHOOL ADMISSION TEST (LSAT) Concurrent Session: PANEL DISCUSSIONAfrican Americans and the Law School Admission Test: What We Need to Conquer This Very Important, High-Stakes Entrance Exam FOCUS: INTRODUCTION TO THE CASE METHOD AND THE SOCRATIC METHOD OF INSTRUCTION

 

WORKSHOP SESSION

Mock Law School Class

 

12:30 P.M. – 1:30 P.M. LUNCH – On Your Own
1:30 P.M. – 5:30 P.M. Mock LSAT Administration
1:30 P.M. – 2:45 P.M. FOCUS: THE LAW SCHOOL ADMISSION TEST (LSAT) Concurrent Session: PANEL DISCUSSIONAfrican Americans and the Law School Admission Test: What We Need to Conquer This Very Important, High-Stakes Entrance Exam FOCUS: INTRODUCTION TO THE CASE METHOD AND THE SOCRATIC METHOD OF INSTRUCTION

 

WORKSHOP SESSION

Mock Law School Class

3:00 P.M. – 4:15 P.M. FOCUS: PREPARATION FOR LAW SCHOOL AND MAXIMIZING THE LAW SCHOOL EXPERIENCE PANEL DISCUSSIONLaw School Success 101: How to Best Prepare for and Make the Most of the Entire Law School Experience  FOCUS: SOCIAL JUSTICE AND LEGAL EDUCATION 

WORKSHOP SESSION

Mock Law School Class

5:30 P.M. – 6:30 P.M. LSAT Test-Taking Strategies Session
4:30 P.M. – 6:00 P.M. FOCUS: CAREER OPTIONS WITH A LAW DEGREE PANEL DISCUSSIONAfrican American Lawyers: Different Career Paths and Possibilities 
6:30 P.M. – 7:30 P.M. Networking and Red Carpet Photos
7:30 P.M. – 10:30 P.M. Legacy Builders Awards Banquet & Aspiring Lawyers Pinning Ceremony Featuring Keynote Speaker: Dr. Walter L. Sutton, Esq., Associate General Counsel – Legal Administration and External Relations, Wal-Mart Stores Legacy Builder Awards Honorees:

  • James M. Douglas, Esq., Vice President for Government Relations and Community Affairs, Texas Southern University
  • Dr. Ben Hall, Esq., Founder, The Hall Law Firm
  • Kim M. Keenan, Esq., General Counsel, NAACP
  • The Honorable Damon J. Keith, Senior Judge, United States Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit
  • Julieanna Richardson, Esq., Public Historian and Founder, The HistoryMakers

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