Morehouse College & Georgia State University College of Law
Atlanta, Georgia
The nation’s one and only pre-law conference created especially to address the
unique issues and concerns of HBCU students and grads!
Game-changing information for HBCU students and grads, and those interested
in attending HBCU law schools
Pre-Summit Kickoff Event - Thursday, September 22, 2016
Friday, September 23, 2016 and Saturday, September 24, 2016
ADMISSION IS FREE OF CHARGE!

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WHAT MAKES THIS EVENT DIFFERENT?

It directly addresses the unique challenges and concerns that HBCU students and graduates have, and the special issues they will face in pre-law preparation and success, law school admission, law school selection, the law school experience, and in their post-law school career job searches.

WHAT ABOUT THOSE WHO DIDN’T ATTEND HBCUs FOR UNDERGRAD?

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 them.  They will gain a better understanding of the histories and missions of those institutions, and the their significance in legal education, in the legal profession, and particularly in the community in providing much need legal services for the underserved who would not have access to lawyers.

WHAT DOES THIS SUMMIT OFFER?

The event offers:

  1. * Keynote Speakers
  2. * Panel Discussions
  3. * Law School & Resources Expo

HOW ARE YOU REACHING OUT TO HBCU STUDENTS WHO CAN BENEFIT?

We are reaching out to all of the HBCU presidents, career services directors, pre-law advisors, student activities directors, student government associations and newspapers/radio stations at all 105 historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs) with the exception of the two medical schools and the theology school.


* Free Food – Continental Breakfast and Refreshment Breaks
* ALL HBCU Law School Deans Speak
* Tours of HBCU Morehouse College and Atlanta Law Schools including Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School, Emory University School of Law and Georgia State University College of Law
* Keynote and Special Guest Speakers
* Law School Admission and Financial Aid Panel
* Personal Statement and Diversity Statement Workshop
* Student Debt Management Workshop
* HBCU Law Student Panel
* HBCU Lawyers Panel
* Law School Admission Test (LSAT) Success Workshop
* Black Law Students and Lawyers as Leaders During the #BlackLivesMatter Movement
* Know Your Rights Workshop
* One-on-One Consulting (On Admissions, Law School Preparation and Career Planning)
* Law School Recruitment Expo
* HBCU Pre-Law Hall of Fame Awards
* Pinning, Seed Planting, and Certificate Presentation Ceremony
* Social Networking Receptions
* Complimentary Resources and Opportunity to Win FREE LSAT Course

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KEYNOTE SPEAKERS

Allegra Lawrence-Hardy, Esq.

Partner
Lawrence & Bundy LLC
Atlanta, Georgia and Washington, DC


Allegra Lawrence-Hardy uses creativity and results-oriented strategic analysis to develop legal solutions that work for her clients. A natural leader, Allegra focuses her practice on Business and Commercial Litigation and Labor and Employment. She works with her clients on complex commercial and labor and employment matters. She has successfully defended Fortune 100 companies throughout the United States and abroad in numerous trials, arbitrations and other forms of alternative dispute resolution.

Allegra is known for her skill in trying cases, negotiating complex settlements and finding creative solutions. Allegra helps develop processes and tools for improving the efficiency and delivery of legal services.

Allegra often shares her deep litigation knowledge as a prolific author and sought-after speaker. While serving as chair of Sutherland’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee, she developed Sutherland Scholars, a summer pre-law school “boot camp” offered at no cost for students from historically black colleges and universities.

Allegra was a law clerk for the Honorable Susan H. Black of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit. Allegra is a fellow in the Litigation Counsel of America, which is an invitation-only trial lawyer honorary society and represents less than one-half of one percent of American lawyers. Fellows are selected based upon excellence and accomplishments in litigation, trial work and superior ethical reputation.

Attorney Lawrence-Hardy earned her bachelor’s degree magna cum laude from Spelman College and her J.D. from Yale Law School.

Ronald S. Sullivan Jr., Esq.

Clinical Professor of Law and Faculty Director, Harvard Criminal Justice Institute
Harvard Law School
Cambridge, Massachusetts


Professor Sullivan is a leading theorist in the areas of criminal law, criminal procedure, trial practice and techniques, legal ethics, and race theory. He is the faculty director of the Harvard Criminal Justice Institute and the Harvard Trial Advocacy Workshop. Professor Sullivan also serves as Master of Winthrop House at Harvard College. He is the first African American ever appointed Master in Harvard’s history. He is a founding member and Senior Fellow of the Jamestown Project.

Professor Sullivan has merged legal theory and practice over the course of his career in unique and cutting-edge ways.

In 2014, Professor Sullivan was tasked to design and implement a Conviction Review Unit (“CRU”) for the newly elected Brooklyn District Attorney. The CRU, designed to identify and exonerate wrongfully convicted persons, quickly became regarded as the model conviction integrity program in the nation. In its first year of operation alone, Professor Sullivan discovered over 10 wrongful convictions, which the DA ultimately vacated. Some of the exonerated citizens had served more than 30 years in prison before they were released.

In 2008, Professor Sullivan served as Chair, Criminal Justice Advisory Committee for then-Senator Barack Obama’s presidential campaign. In this capacity, Professor Sullivan’s committee made policy recommendations on a range of issues in an effort to put into practice some of the best research in the field. He also served as a member of the National Legal Advisory Group for the Barack Obama Presidential Campaign. Finally, Professor Sullivan was appointed Advisor to the Department of Justice Presidential Transition Team.

In 2007, in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, Professor Sullivan was asked to create a system to solve a criminal justice crisis. Over 6000 citizens were incarcerated in and around New Orleans without representation and with all official records destroyed by Hurricane Katrina. Professor Sullivan designed an indigent defense delivery system that resulted in the release of nearly all the 6000 inmates.

In 1994, Professor Sullivan was a visiting scholar for the Law Society of Kenya, where he sat on a committee charged with drafting a new constitution for Kenya. He also worked with the Kenyan Human Rights Commission on monitoring and challenging human rights abuses.

Prior to joining Harvard’s faculty, Professor Sullivan was on the Yale Law School faculty where he won the award for outstanding teaching after his first year. Before joining the legal academy, he served as the Director of the Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia. He also spent several years in private practice in two major Washington, D.C. law firms where he specialized in white-collar criminal defense and complex commercial litigation.

Professor Sullivan still maintains an appellate and trial practice. He has represented persons ranging from politicians to professional athletes to recording artists to pro bono clients in criminal jeopardy. Representative clients include: The family of Micheal Brown; Former New England Patriot Aaron Hernandez; The family of Usaamah Rahim.

Professor Sullivan has provided legal commentary for CNN, FoxNews, PBS, and all the major networks. He has been quoted in the nation’s leading newspapers and periodicals, and he has testified before the United States Senate and House of Representatives on numerous occasions.

Professor Sullivan is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Morehouse College and the Harvard Law School. Where he served as President of the Harvard Black Law Students Association and as General Editor of the Harvard BlackLetter Law Journal.

Willie E. Gary, Esq.

Founder and Partner
Gary, Williams, Parenti, Watson & Gary, P.L.L.C.
Stuart, Florida


Attorney Willie E. Gary earned the reputation as “The Giant Killer” by taking down some of America’s most well- known corporate giants on behalf of his clients. He has won some of the largest jury awards and settlements in U.S. history, including cases valued in excess of $30 billion. Gary’s amazing success has earned him national recognition as one of this country’s leading trial attorneys.

In May 2002, he was featured in Ebony magazine as one of the “100 Most Influential Black Americans.” Forbes Magazine has listed him as one of the “Top 50 attorneys in the U.S.” Gary has been featured in many of the nation’s most respected media publications, such as The New York Times, The Chicago Tribune, The Boston Globe, Ebony, Jet, People, Black Enterprise, Fortune, The New Yorker and The National law Journal.

His remarkable legal career and tireless work on behalf of his clients have been well documented on “60 Minutes,” the “CBS Evening News,” and ABC’s “World News Tonight with Peter Jennings.” He also made a guest appearance on “The Oprah Winfrey Show,” and made a live appearance on CBS’s “The Early Show” with Bryant Gumbel. Willie Gary’s triumphant rise to the top is no overnight success story.

His vast appeal stems from his desire to be the best and a passionate work ethic he learned through his humble beginnings. One of 11 children of Turner and Mary Gary, Willie Gary was born July 12, 1947 in Eastman, Georgia and was raised in migrant farming communities in Florida, Georgia and the Carolinas.

His unwavering desire to earn a college education ultimately led him to Shaw University in Raleigh, North Carolina where the all-state high school football player would earn an athletic scholarship after being told there was no room for him on the team. Gary went on to become the co-captain of Shaw’s football team during the 1969, 1970 and 1971 seasons. Earning a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, Gary went on to North Carolina Central University in Durham, North Carolina where he earned a Juris Doctorate in 1974. Upon earning his law degree, Gary returned to Florida with his childhood sweetheart, Gloria, now his wife.

Gary was admitted to the Florida Bar in 1974 and opened his hometown’s first African American law firm with the help of Gloria, who assisted him at his new practice. Gary’s practice has since grown into the thriving national partnership known as Gary, Williams, Parenti, Watson and Gary, P.L.L.C., consisting of 37 attorneys, a team of paralegals and a professional staff of over 100. The firm operates out of three offices. Two of the three offices are located on the St. Lucie River in historic downtown Stuart, Florida; one of which is the former Pelican Hotel where Gary worked as a dishwasher during his teenage years. The third office overlooks the Indian River Lagoon in Fort Pierce, Florida.

Gary is a member of the National Bar Association, the American Bar Association, Association of Trial Lawyers of America, American Association for Justice, Martin and St. Lucie County Bar Associations and the Million Dollar Verdict Club. He has tried cases in 45 states and is in great demand as a motivational speaker throughout the U.S., delivering speeches at law schools, universities, churches, chambers of commerce and to various
groups throughout the country.

Gary often travels on his 32 passenger, custom designed Boeing 737, which carries a full flight crew and is appropriately named “Wings of Justice II.” The luxurious jetliner facilitates Gary’s extensive travel schedule, allowing him to handle more cases, while enabling him to get home faster so he can spend time with his family.

Known as a businessman, churchman, humanitarian and philanthropist, Gary is deeply involved in charity and civic work. He is committed to enhancing the lives of young people through education and drug prevention. In 1994, he and his wife, Gloria, formed The Gary Foundation to carry out this formidable task. The Gary Foundation provides scholarships, direction and other resources to youth, so they can realize their dreams of achieving a higher education. In 1991, Gary pledged $10.1 million to his alma mater Shaw University. He has also donated millions of dollars to dozens of Historically Black Colleges and Universities throughout the U.S.

In addition to being a lawyer, philanthropist and motivational speaker, Gary continues to serve on the board of trustees of numerous universities and foundations. He has received honorary doctorates from dozens of colleges and universities. He is also active in numerous community organizations including the NAACP, National Urban League, Civitan International, United Way of Martin County, Martin Memorial Hospital Foundation and many others.

The Gary’s oldest son, Kenneth, is president & CEO of The Gary Foundation and Gary Enterprises, the family’s real estate management company. Sekou followed in his father’s footsteps and is a trial attorney. Ali earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration and is vice president of the Gary Foundation. The Gary’s youngest son, Kobie, is a graduate of Nova Southeastern University and works with his father in the
law practice.

Pamela J. Meanes, Esq.

Partner
Thompson Coburn LLP
Saint Louis, Missouri


Pamela Meanes is a partner in St. Louis’ largest law firm. She was the first African American in Thompson Coburn’s history to be elevated from associate to partner. Since joining the firm in 1996, she has represented clients such as Furniture Brands International, Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District, Metro/Bi-State Development Agency, Monsanto Company, and many others. In addition, she played a significant role in the land acquisition for the extension of MetroLink in Illinois.

Pamela received her formal education from the East Saint Louis Public School system. She holds an earned: 1) Bachelor of Arts in English and Education from Monmouth College, Monmouth, IL; 2) Masters of Arts in African/African American Studies from Clark Atlanta University, Atlanta, GA; and 3) Juris Doctorate from the University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA. In addition, she holds an honorary Doctorate in Divinity from the New Freedom Bible College.

Pamela is a past President of the National Bar Association (NBA). She was sworn in as the organization’s 72nd President on July 31, 2014. In addition, she has served as Vice President of the NBA (2011-2013); Regional Director of Region VIII of the NBA (2007-2008 and 2009-2011); President of the Mound City Bar Association, a Missouri affiliate of the NBA (2006-2007); and co-chair of the ABA Section of Litigation Legal Service Delivery Committee (2008-2011). In addition, she serves Vice President of the Mound City Bar Foundation of Missouri. Finally, she is a former board member of the Greater East St. Louis Community Fund, Inc., Legal Services of Eastern Missouri and MERS Goodwill.

She is the recipient of numerous awards including the Award of Merit from BAMSL, St. Louis University Black Law Student Association’s 2008 Outstanding Attorney Awards, Washington University of St. Louis Black Law Student Association 2008 Outstanding Achievement in Public Service Award, St. Louis Business Journal’s “40 under 40” recipient, selection in Missouri Lawyer’s Weekly “Up and Coming Lawyers,” St. Louis Business Journal’s Most Influential Minority Business Leader, the YWCA Leader of Distinction Award, the Women of Achievement Award, 2012 Sister to Sister Award and the 2014 Missouri Lawyer’s Weekly Litigation Practitioner Award. In addition, she has received numerous NBA honors including the 2013 Outstanding Officer’s Award, 2012 NBA Special Presidential award, 2012 & 2011 WLD Chair’s award, 2011 & 2010 Presidential award, 2011 & 2010 Region of the Year, 2010 NBA Young Lawyers’ Hon. A. Leon Higginbotham, Jr. award, and the 2007 Affiliate Chapter of the Year award.

Pamela is married to Reverend Doctor William M. Meanes, Sr., and they have seven wonderful children: Wilson, Ciara, Kandia, William, Jr., Anointing, Aayannah, and Divinity

Dr. Kim Hunter Reed

Deputy Under Secretary, U.S. Department of Education
Acting Executive Director, White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities
Washington, DC


Dr. Kim Hunter Reed serves as Deputy Under Secretary and Acting Executive Director of the White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities at the U.S. Department of Education. She provides leadership in support of the Department’s ambitious postsecondary policy initiatives focused on increasing access, affordability and completion. Her responsibilities include planning, policy and outreach designed to strengthen the nation’s postsecondary system through a relentless focus on improved equity and attainment.

Dr. Reed brings to the position a rich set of national, state and campus experiences. In her previous work as Principal at HCM Strategists, she led strategic state policy adoption across the nation and provided direct campus and trustee engagement to improve attainment and the success of low income, underrepresented students. She has also served in key leadership roles at the system and campus levels and as a faculty member. Kim recently chaired the higher education transition team for Louisiana’s new governor and has served in the administration of two previous Louisiana governors in the roles of Deputy Chief of Staff, State Policy Director and Press Secretary.

She received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Louisiana State University and her doctorate in Public Policy from Southern University. Kim has been recognized with numerous awards and has been featured in Daughters of Men, a national publication highlighting successful African American women and their fathers.

SPECIAL GUEST SPEAKERS & HONORED GUESTS


HBCU Law School Deans


Katherine S. Broderick, Esq., M.A.T.

Dean and Professor of Law
University of the District of Columbia David A. Clarke School of Law
Washingotn, DC


Katherine S. Broderick was appointed Dean of the University of the District of Columbia David A. Clarke School of Law in August of 1999, having previously served as Interim Dean, Clinical Director, Associate Dean and faculty member since 1979. In 2011, she was named the Joseph L. Rauh, Jr. Chair of Social Justice.

Dean Broderick began her academic career as a clinical faculty member. She directed the Criminal Defense Clinic at the Antioch School of Law for ten years representing more than 2,000 individuals charged with crimes in the Superior and District Courts of the District of Columbia. She also co-directed the Legislation Clinic for four years, supervising students working primarily on health and safety, environmental justice and criminal justice legislation with the D.C. Council. She has taught Criminal Procedure, Evidence, Professional Responsibility, and a seminar, “Perspectives on Social Justice.” She taught in Harvard Law School’s Trial Advocacy Workshop, in the Fall Semester, for many years.

Under her leadership during the last seventeen years as dean, major accomplishments include securing the highest level of American Bar Association Accreditation, establishing part-time and LL.M. programs, serving the legal needs of thousands of low-income District residents through the School’s nine legal clinics, moving into a beautifully renovated 100,000 square foot law school building, completing a handsome $1.6 million library expansion project and raising over $10 million for endowed chairs, endowed and annual scholarships, summer public interest fellowships, and clinical programs. In 2015, she forged the first Memorandum of Understanding between the University of Havana and a U.S. Law School.

Dean Broderick is a founder and ardent participant in the D.C. Consortium of Legal Services Providers, an organization committed to increasing the quantity, improving the quality, and coordinating the delivery of legal services to low-income D.C. residents. She was appointed by the District of Columbia Court of Appeals to serve on the District of Columbia’s Access to Justice Commission for 2008 and is now serving a third term. She also serves on the Board of D.C. Appleseed. Dean Broderick was named to the Norton Federal Law Enforcement Nominating Commission in 2009 and continues to serve. She also hosts Sound Advice, a UDC cable television show available in 200,000 D.C. households, providing information about legal issues affecting the District’s most vulnerable residents, including predatory lending, domestic violence, AIDS and the District’s abuse and neglect system. A committed civil libertarian, Dean Broderick is a past president and served on the Board of the American Civil Liberties Union of the Nation’s Capital for many years.

Dean Broderick received the 2015 “Effective Force in Service of the People Award” from the D.C. Chapter of the National Lawyers’ Guild in recognition of outstanding leadership, the 2010 Champion of Justice Award from the Trial Lawyers Association of Washington for her successful efforts to establish and develop the School of Law and the 2009 Deborah L. Rhode Award from the Association of American Law Schools in recognition of her work to increase pro bono and public service opportunities in law schools. She was named “Hero in the Law” by the Olender Foundation for 2007 and one of the 100 most powerful women in Washington by the Washingtonian Magazine in 2006. She was honored with the Servant of Justice Award by the Legal Aid Society in 2005. Dean Broderick received the national Equal Justice Works Outstanding Law School Dean Award in 2002, and the William Pincus Award for “Outstanding Contributions to Clinical Legal Education” given by the Association of American Law Schools in 1999. Dean Broderick was named a Fellow of the American Bar Association in 2000.

Dean Broderick and her late husband John Clegg’s daughter, Isabella, is a 2010 graduate of Wilson Senior High, a D.C. public school. Isabella is majoring in film at The University of Colorado.

Phyliss Craig-Taylor, Esq., LL.M.

Dean & Professor of Law
North Carolina Central University School of Law
Durham, North Carolina


Phyliss Craig-Taylor is Dean of North Carolina Central University (NCCU) School of Law. Prior to becoming Dean, Craig-Taylor served as Associate Dean of Academic Affairs and a Professor of Law at the Charlotte School of Law. Craig-Taylor has taught courses in Property, Real Estate Finance, Advanced Issues in Property, Land Use, Women and the Law, Land Loss, and Professional Responsibility. Craig-Taylor has been a faculty member at the University of Florida and North Carolina Central University as well as visiting scholar at the University of Warsaw Center for American Law.

Craig-Taylor is a member of the Council for the American Bar Association Section of Litigation. She has held numerous other leadership positions with the ABA including Division Director and a member of the Civil Trial Practice Task Force. Currently she serves as a member of the Heirs Property Retention Coalition, and formerly served as the ABA Advisor to the Drafting Committee on Partition of Tenancy-in-Common Real Property Act for the Commissioners on Uniform State Laws (formerly National Conference of Commissioners of Uniform State Laws), and as a member of the Judicial Partition of Tenancy in Common Property Study Commission for the North Carolina State Legislature and she serves on the Ethics Advisory Committee Member of the North Carolina State Bar. Craig-Taylor also serves on multiple community boards.

Craig-Taylor received her Green Belt certification in Six Sigma process management from Vanderbilt University. Under her leadership a support program was created that focused on study skills, reading comprehension, time management, examination preparation and a successful bar preparation program.

Craig-Taylor has published numerous articles on land loss in the African-American community and discrimination in the application of laws for minority groups, including women. She is currently writing a book on the subject of land loss.

A graduate of the University of Alabama Tuscaloosa, where she completed both her undergraduate degree and law degree, she later served as a partner in the law firm of England & Bivens and as a judicial clerk for the Alabama Supreme Court. She later earned a Master of Laws degree at Columbia University.

Dean Craig-Taylor earned her bachelor of arts and juris doctor from the University of Alabama, and went on to receive her LL.M. from Columbia University.

Angela Felecia Epps, Esq.

Dean
Florida A&M University College of Law
Orlando, Florida


Angela Felecia Epps assumed the role of Dean of the Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University College of Law on January 4, 2016.

Prior to joining the FAMU College of Law, Epps was a professor at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock William H. Bowen School of Law.

Epps entered legal academia in 1999 continuing a career that included public service in other arenas. In 1980 she received a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Cornell College in Mt. Vernon, Iowa and was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the United States Marine Corps. After graduating Magna Cum Laude from Creighton University School of Law in Omaha, Nebraska in 1983 she attended The Basic School in Quantico Virginia followed by Naval Justice School (NJS) in Newport Rhode Island. Epps graduated with honors from NJS and was certified as a Judge Advocate in the United States Navy. She served 10 years on active duty holding a variety of positions including Defense Counsel, Trial Counsel, Chief Military Justice Officer, Chief Civil Law Officer and Chief Legal Assistance Officer. Epps was awarded the Naval Achievement Medal and the Navy Commendation Medal while on active duty.

Dean Epps left the USMC in 1992 having attained the rank of Major. She continued serving the community by working for Georgia Legal Services Program (GLSP) as the managing attorney of its Albany, Georgia Office. As managing attorney Epps supervised the efforts of attorneys and administrative staff in providing free legal services to low income people in 19 counties in Southwest Georgia. In 1999 Epps came to the UALR Bowen School of Law to work as supervising attorney in the Mental Health Law Clinic, part of the Bowen Legal Clinic. She went on to teach Trial Advocacy, Legal Interviewing and Counseling, Criminal Law, and Pre-Trial Criminal Procedure. Epps served as Associate Dean for Academic Affairs from May 2008 to December 2014.

During her time at Bowen Dean Epps continued her commitment to community service by serving on the Board of Directors of several community organizations including the Black Community Developers of Little Rock Arkansas, the Lonoke Arkansas Single Parent Scholarship Fund, and the Center for Arkansas Legal Services. She also served as Co-chair of the Arkansas Criminal Code Revision Commission and Chair of the UALR Undergraduate Curriculum Revision Task Force. For her work helping to revise the Arkansas criminal code, Epps received the Faculty Award for Excellence in Service in 2006.

Epps’ scholarship focuses on social and criminal justice.

John K. Pierre, Esq.

Chancellor and Vanue B. Lacour Endowed Professor of Law
Southern University Law Center
Baton Rouge, Louisiana


John K. Pierre has been on the law faculty of the Southern University Law Center since 1990, and in 2016 he was appointed chancellor of the law center, prior to which time he served for a year as interim chancellor. Before becoming head of the law center Pierre served as vice chancellor since 2006 in charge of institutional accountability and the evening division.

Professor Pierre has previous teaching experience as a visiting and adjunct professor at California State University, Southern Methodist University School of Law, Loyola University Law School, Southern University College of Business, Saint Leo’s College, Webster University, Louisiana State University, and Baton Rouge Community College

He received the bachelor’s degree in accounting from Southern University in 1980, a master’s degree in tax accounting from Texas Tech University in 1982, and a juris doctor degree from Southern Methodist University School of Law in 1985.

Pierre has published numerous articles on tax law, sales and contracts, real estate and commercial law, ranging from magazine features to legal journal and law review articles. Pierre is a member of numerous state and national organizations, including the Louisiana State Bar Association and the Texas Bar Association.

Reginald McGahee, JD

Associate Dean of Student Affairs and Admissions
Howard University School of Law
Washington, DC 20008


A former National Bar Association“Young Lawyer of the Year” and “Top 40 Lawyer Under 40”, Reginald A. McGahee became an Assistant Dean at Howard University School of Law at the age of 26. He currently serves as the Associate Dean of Student Affairs and Admissions and is well known for his innovative ideas and dedication to help shape the future of the law school.

A Georgia native, Dean McGahee graduated South Carolina State University (“SCSU”) with honors with dual degrees in English and Political Science. While at SCSU, he travelled the country to represent his undergrad, was selected to serve as a Washington DC Capitol Intern, served as the Student Director of the South Carolina Legislative Black and was selected as a fellow at the University of Virginia Ralph Bunche Summer Institute in the area of political science for his research in group utility heuristics in the African American Community.

He enrolled in Howard University School of Law and studied intellectual property and contract negotiations. While at Howard, he served on the university’s Board of Trustees, the Huver I. Brown Trial Advocacy Moot Court team and as an executive officer of the Student Bar Association. He was also awarded numerous scholarships including the Earl Davis Award given to the District of Columbia law student that demonstrates significant academic and civic achievement.

In addition to his responsibilities as Associate Dean, Reginald is a former partner at Mincey, Battle and McGahee, LLP, where he negotiated contracts for professional athletes. Dean McGahee has spoken internationally in Brazil, Switzerland, Canada, France, London, Mexico and the United Arab Emirates and at over 100 events domestically. His areas of expertise range from law school admissions, diversity in the legal profession, student and professional success to the impact that education has on emerging communities in the 21st century.

While this rising star is just beginning to burn bright, he endeavors to lead by example and has served on various volunteer boards in the legal and DC metropolitan community. He is a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., the National Bar Association, American Bar Association, and a former board member to UPinDC, a young professional advisory board convened by the mayor of the District of Columbia. He is also on the advisory board of the National Pre¬Law Association, which is an organization with a mission to increase the number of students of color in law school and the legal profession On a personal level, he feels that life is God’s gift to us, what we do with it is our gift to God.

John C. Brittain, Esq.

Professor of Law
University of the District of Columbia David A. Clarke School of Law
Washington, DC


John C. Brittain joined the faculty of the University of the District of Columbia, David A. Clarke School of Law, in 2009, as a tenured professor of law. He had previously served as Dean of the Thurgood Marshall School of law at Texas Southern University in Houston, as a tenured law professor at the University of Connecticut School of Law for twenty-two years, and as Chief Counsel and Senior Deputy Director of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law in Washington, D.C., a public interest law organization founded by President John F. Kennedy to enlist private lawyers in taking pro bono cases in civil rights.

Professor Brittain writes and litigates on issues in civil and human rights, especially in education law. In 2015, the Mississippi Center for Justice honored him as a “pioneering civil rights leader and esteemed law professor who has inspired a generation of young attorneys.” In 2013, he was named to the Charles Hamilton Houston Chair at North Carolina Central University School of Law, established to bring prominent civil rights law professors and litigators to the law school to teach constitutional and civil rights law for a year. Professor Brittain was one of the original counsel team in Sheff v. O’Neill, the landmark school desegregation case decided by the Connecticut Supreme Court in 1996, chronicled in Susan Eaton’s book, The Children in Room E4: American Education on Trial, in which he is frequently mentioned. He is presently a part of a legal team representing private plaintiffs in a federal lawsuit against the State of Maryland for denying Maryland’s historically black institutions of higher learning – Morgan, Coppin, Bowie and Maryland Eastern Shore Universities – comparable and competitive opportunities with traditional white universities.

Brittain has participated in filing nearly a dozen briefs in the United States Supreme Court, and he was a member of a legal team that filed a friend of the court brief on behalf of the NAACP in the Parents Involved in Community Schools v. Seattle School District and Meredith v. Jefferson County Board of Education (Louisville) school cases decided by the Supreme Court in 2007, concerning voluntary race-conscious student assignment plans. He filed a friend of the court brief in the Connecticut finance adequacy lawsuit, Connecticut Coalition for Justice in Education Funding v. Rell (2010), a landmark case that recognized the state constitution has a qualitative dimension guaranteeing all students an adequate education. Professor Brittain has an interest in a related area, the intersection between housing and school segregation, and the policies that contribute to structural poverty in low-income and neighborhoods of color.

He has been president of the National Lawyers’ Guild, a member of the Executive Committee and the Board of the ACLU, and legal counsel to the NAACP at the local level and national office of the General Counsel. In 1993, the NAACP awarded Professor Brittain the prestigious William Robert Ming Advocacy Award for legal service to the NAACP without a fee. The Ming award was named in honor of the African American law professor, at the University of Chicago, and brilliant civil rights lawyer who worked closely with Justice Thurgood Marshall.

Professor Brittain has traveled extensively on international human rights investigations in Africa, Central America, the Middle East, Europe, Latin America, and the Caribbean, and to the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland. Currently, he serves as Chairperson of the Norflet Fund Cy Pres, a charitable organization created by settlement in a lawsuit involving John Hancock Life Insurance Company for racial discrimination against African Americans in selling life insurance, that will distribute approximately $16 million in grants to benefit African Americans in education, health, and post-Katrina relief. He has also served on the board of directors of the Hartford Community Foundation and represented many individuals in pro bono cases.

He loves reading books and sailing, and enjoys a national ranking for masters runners in his age group. Like the comedian and activist Dick Gregory, Brittain is a vegetarian who eats no meats, fish or fowl.

James Douglas, Esq., J.S.M.

Distinguished Professor of Law, Thurgood Marshall School of Law
Vice President for Government Relations and Community Affairs, Texas Southern University


James Matthew Douglas was born in 1944 in Onalaska, Texas, the third of nine children to Mr. and Mrs. Desso Douglas. He grew up in north Houston and attended Houston public schools, graduating from Kashmere Gardens High School in 1962. He graduated from Texas Southern University in 1966, receiving a Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics. Mr. Douglas earned his Juris Doctorate degree in May 1970 from the Thurgood Marshall School of Law at Texas Southern University where he graduated number one, was a member of the school’s Moot Court Team, and was the recipient of ten American Jurisprudence Awards. He continued his legal studies at Stanford University’s School of Law where he received a J.S.M. degree in Computer Law in June 1971.

James Matthew Douglas began his professional career with Singer General Precision – NASA in Houston, Texas, where he was a computer analyst assigned to the Lunar Module Mission Simulator and was specifically responsible for program development and analysis of the Environmental Control and Interface, and the Reaction Control Systems for five years. Mr. Douglas began his teaching career as an Assistant Professor of Law at his alma mater, Texas Southern University, in September 1971, where he taught the first course in “computer law” offered in American legal education. He continued his teaching career at Cleveland State University’s Cleveland-Marshall College of Law in September 1972, where he became the first African-American member of the law faculty in the history of this law school. While at Cleveland-Marshall School of Law, he began his career in law school administration in the fall of 1974, when he became the law school’s first African-American administrator, serving in the capacity of Assistant Dean of Student Affairs. Mr. Douglas extended his legal education career at Syracuse University’s College of Law in September 1975 where once again he became this law school’s first African-American faculty member and its first African-American administrator. During his tenure at Syracuse, he served as Associate Professor of Law and Associate Dean. Mr. Douglas received tenure at Syracuse during the fall of 1977 and in July of 1980, he continued his career in legal education at the Northeastern University School of Law as Professor of Law until returning to his alma mater, Thurgood Marshall School of Law at Texas Southern University.

In August of 1981, Mr. Douglas became the seventh dean in the history of the Thurgood Marshall School of Law. Mr. Douglas also served as a professor of Contracts Law and as the Ex-Officio member on several faculty committees. He has dedicated his life to the continuing legal education of students from all ethnic backgrounds. During his tenure as Dean, he was not only involved in issues that affected the Law School and the University but also in issues that affected the community as a whole. He served as president and member of numerous boards and committees both in the legal profession and the community at large.

In August of 1995, Mr. Douglas was appointed Interim Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at Texas Southern University. After two months as Provost, he was appointed Interim President of Texas Southern University. On December 8, 1995, Mr. Douglas was appointed the ninth President of his alma mater. In the fall of 1999, Mr. Douglas returned to legal education when he became the Distinguished Professor of Law at the Thurgood Marshall School of Law.

In the summer of 2000 Mr. Douglas was hired by Florida A. and M. University to develop plans for its newly approved law school. His plans included all curriculum designs, humans resource needs, facility designs, and budget preparations. In other words, his work included all plans necessary to start up a new law school. The Florida A. and M. Law School opened in the fall of 2002 and received ABA provisional accreditation in the summer of 2004. In June of 2005 Mr. Douglas returned to the Florida A & M Law School as its Interim Dean were he remained until January of 2007.

In January of 2007 Mr. Douglas again returned to the Thurgood Marshall School of Law as the Distinguished Professor of Law In February of 2008 Douglas again moved back into university administration when he assumed the position of Interim provost under the newly appointed president of Texas Southern University. He remained in this position until October of 2008 when he was appointed Executive Vice President. In June of 2009 Douglas added the duties of the Interim General Counsel to his set of responsibilities. In March of 2012, Douglas’ duties would once again change and so would his title.
He became Vice President for Governmental Relations and Community Affairs. This was a totally new office for the university and required the design and development of all necessary processes. In the fall of 2013 Douglas once again returned to his beloved Thurgood Marshall School of Law where he influences the minds of future lawyers. Always on the move, Douglas returned to an administration position in the fall of 2016 as Interim Dean of The Thurgood Marshall School of Law.

Mr. Douglas has served or is currently serving as a member of numerous boards and professional organizations such as the American Bar Association, State Bar of Texas, Houston Bar Association, National Bar Association, Gulf Coast Legal Foundation, Hiscock Legal Aid Society, Law School Admissions Council, The Homeless, Boy Scouts of America, NAACP, Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, 100 Black Men of Metropolitan Houston, and the Advisory Board of Butterworth Legal Publishers, to name a few. He is a member of several professional organizations including The Fellows of the American Bar Foundation, the Texas Bar Foundation, the Houston Bar Foundation ,the National Bar Foundation and was voted Outstanding Alumnus of Texas Southern University in 1972. He has received various prestigious awards including the National Bar Association’s Profiles of Prominence Award, the Mickey Leland Humanitarian Award, the Texas Bar Foundation’s Outstanding Contribution to Legal Education Award, and Who’s Who of Emerging Leaders in America Award.

Mr. Douglas’ accomplishments consist of, but are not limited to, various publications and numerous professional newspaper and magazine articles and professional lectures. He has also published several law review articles. He is married to Tanya Smith Douglas and has three children, DeLicia Renee’ Smith, Erika Carter and James Matthew Douglas II.


HOSTS & GUEST SPEAKERS


Dr. Timothy E. Sams

Vice President of Student Development
Morehouse College
Atlanta, Georgia


Dr. Timothy E. Sams is currently the Vice President of Student Development at Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia. Previously, he served as the Vice President for Student Life at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, in Troy, NY, where he was responsible for leadership of the student experience.

Prior to Rensselaer, he was the Associate Dean of Students at New York University in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (UAE). Before that, he spent 13 years at Swarthmore College as an Assistant Dean of the College and Director of the Black Cultural Center, and four years at Williams College as the Director of the Multicultural Center. His work in higher education reflects his commitment to student access and success, leadership and social transformation.

Originally from Syracuse, New York, Dr. Sams received a B.A. from Union College, Schenectady, New York, an M.A. from The State University of New York at Albany, and a Ph.D. from Temple University. He has professional development in enrollment management and retention, and is considered an expert in diversity, student leadership and Kingian Nonviolence.

Bridget A. Baggett, MBA, MHA

Director of Career Planning & Placement – STEM, Humanities, & Social Sciences Morehouse College Atlanta, Georgia


Bridget Baggett is the Director of Career Services for STEM, Humanities, & Social Science Majors for Morehouse College. Bridget has over a decade of Human Resources, Staffing, and Recruiting experience which has become a successful foundation for her role at Morehouse College. She has partnered with various organizations and implemented effective strategies to attract, motivate, and retain top Morehouse Students. She has been recognized as an engaging public speaker that has participated and facilitated instructor-led training for corporations, universities, and non-profits organizations on best practices in recruiting, retention, and engagement. Bridget continues to provide high level customized workshops, webinars, and training sessions that tackle the most challenging Human Resources and Job Seeker issues.

She is an expert in her industry and currently assists students in their professional development, character, values, and work ethic that encourage top-level performance across highly competitive markets.

She is an active member of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), Human Capital Institute (HCI), National Association of African Americans in Human Resources (NAAAHR), and The Institute for Human Resources (IHR). She has served as a panelist with Black Girls Code and actively involved in The National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT).

Bridget holds a Bachelor of Science from Tuskegee University and a dual Masters of Business Administration (MBA) and Healthcare Administration (MHA) from Pfeiffer University. She sat on the board for the BDPA- Black Data Processing Associates for a two year term as the VP of Training and Professional Development. She holds several certifications in Organizational Leadership, Staffing & Sourcing and Integrated Talent Management. She holds a Career Coach Certification from the International Association of Professions Career College and a Instructional Design Graduate Certification from the University of Wisconsin. She is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in Organizational Leadership with a concentration in Human Resource Development at Regent University.

Her overall passion is organizational change and she understands that an organization’s core values, vision, and mission are the backbone to its overall success.

Tanya Monique Washington, Esq., LL.M.

Professor of Law
Georgia State University College of Law
Atlanta, Georgia


Tanya Washington, a native of the city that bears her last name, is a professor of law at Georgia State University College of Law. After earning her J.D. from The University of Maryland School of Law she clerked for then Associate Judge Robert M. Bell on the Maryland Court of Appeals. After practicing for several years as toxic tort defense litigator at Piper & Marbury, she completed the Albert M. Sacks Fellowship, the A. Leon Higginbotham Fellowship and earned her LL.M. from Harvard Law School. She has been teaching Civil Procedure I and II, Family Law, Education Law and Race and Law at Georgia State for the past twelve years. Her research and scholarship focuses on issues related to educational equity, domestic relations, race and children’s constitutional rights.

Washington’s articles have been published in law journals across the nation, including: the Harvard Journal for Race and Ethnic Justice, the Indiana Law Review, the Iowa Journal of Gender, Race and Justice, the Utah Law Review, the Whittier Journal of Child and Family Advocacy, the Hastings Race and Poverty Law Journal and the George Mason University Civil Rights Law Journal. A self-professed activist and scholar, Washington has worked collaboratively to ensure that legal scholarship has a practical and positive impact for vulnerable individuals and communities. Her co-authored amicus briefs filed with the Supreme Court in U.S. v. Windsor and Obergefell v. Hodges highlight the harmful impact of exclusionary marriage laws on children in same-sex families and they challenge states’ characterization of these laws as child welfare measures. The Obergefell brief was cited by Justice Kennedy in the Supreme Court’s majority opinion in that landmark decision.

A belief that the true value of the law lies in its capacity to improve the human condition animates her work, which has been presented at numerous conferences, programs and law schools including Harvard Law School, the University of Maryland Law School, Emory Law School, the University of Iowa College of Law, the Family Law Section of the American Bar Association, and the National Bar Association 2014 Presidential Showcase. In addition to her tenured position at Georgia State College of Law, Washington is a former adjunct faculty member at Howard University Law School where she served for more than ten years. She has taught comparative law classes for study abroad programs in Brazil, Europe and China. Washington has also led pipeline programs designed to increase enrollment of students of color in U.S. law schools. These programs include: The Charles Hamilton Houston Preparatory Institute, The Justice Benham Law Camp, G-PLUS, and the Council on Legal Education Opportunity’s Six-Week Summer Institute. Her efforts to expand and deepen the pipeline of students entering law school earned her recognition in 2013 as one of 50 minority law professors under 50 making an impact in legal education.

Steven J. Kaminshine, Esq.

Dean and Professor of Law
Georgia State University College of Law
Atlanta, Georgia


Steven J. Kaminshine was appointed dean of the Georgia State University College of Law on Oct. 11, 2005, after serving as interim dean from July 1, 2004. Prior to becoming dean, Kaminshine served as associate dean for academic affairs. He has been a member of the law faculty since 1985 and teaches courses in Civil Procedure, Labor Law and Employment Discrimination Law. His scholarship focuses on labor and employment issues, and he frequently speaks on topics related to employment law and to the state of legal education.

Kaminshine is a past president of the Southeastern Association of Law Schools, and serves on its executive board. He also has been an active member of the Labor and Employment Sections of the Georgia and Atlanta Bars and has twice chaired the Atlanta bar’s section. Before joining the faculty, Kaminshine was a partner in a labor and employment law practice in New York City and spent three years at the National Labor Relations Board in Washington D.C. His undergraduate degree in history (summa cum laude) is from New York University at Albany, and he received his J.D., with honors, from DePaul University School of Law where he served on the DePaul Law Review.


SPECIAL GUESTS


Marques Banks

Co-Founder, Black Movement – Law Project
Third-Year Law Student, Catholic University Columbus School of Law
Washington, DC


Marques Banks is a Detroit Native, a law student at the Catholic University of America, and a member and Co-Founder of Black Movement-Law Project. He speaks and conducts trainings for activists and organizations on legal observation, knowing your rights, and building legal infrastructures for the movement. He has provided legal support in Ferguson, Baltimore, DC, and various cities. During the Uprising in Baltimore, he trained hundreds of legal observers. With Black Movement-Law Project, he has helped create legal infrastructures in Baltimore, Louisville, and DC. He has a Bachelors of Arts in Public Administration and Public Law and Government from Eastern Michigan University. Marques continues to train and help build legal infrastructures so local organizations can sustain their movement across the country.

The Honorable Arthur L. Burnett, Sr.

Retired Senior Judge, Superior Court of the District of Columbia
National Executive Director, National African American Drug Policy Coalition, Inc.
Washington, DC


Judge Arthur L. Burnett, Sr. (Retired) is the National Executive Director, National African American Drug Policy Coalition, Inc. He is a graduate from Howard University summa cum laude with a major in political science and minor in economics. In his junior year he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. He then attended New York University School of Law in a six-year college-law combination program, receiving his college degree in October 1957 after finishing Howard’s four (4) years requirement by attending classes in the summers of 1956 and 1957, and receiving his law degree in June 1958 from New York University, graduating in the top 10% of his class and as a Founders’ Day Award Recipient. He was also Associate Research Editor of its Law Review. Thus, he finished seven (7) years of college and law school academic studies in six (6) years.

He commenced his legal career in the Attorney General’s Honors Program at the United States Department of Justice in the Criminal Division in June 1958. He then entered military service in November 1958 for a two-year active duty tour eventually becoming a Second Lieutenant in the Adjutant General Corps and receiving the Army Commendation Medal from the Secretary of U.S. Army for his exceptional performance of duty. Shortly after returning to the Department of Justice, in January 1961 he became liaison from the Criminal Division to the Attorney General of the United States to keep him and the Deputy Attorney General advised of all the major criminal cases and also to monitor the Martin Luther King Civil Rights Movement and to keep them advised of any significant law enforcement and criminal law aspects connected to that movement. In April 1965 he became an Assistant United States Attorney in Washington, D.C. In December 1968 he became the first General Counsel – then called Legal Advisor – of the Metropolitan Police Department in the District of Columbia.

On June 26, 1969 he was appointed the first African American United States Magistrate – a position subsequently renamed by Congress as “United States Magistrate Judge” in the United States, in which capacity he served until December 1975. He then became the Legal Advisor for the United States Civil Service System and between 1977-1980 he served also as a principal legal advisor to the President of the United States on all civil service and personnel law issues in the United States and as one of the President’s chief representatives in dealing with all bills pending before the U.S. Congress dealing with government reorganization and the federal personnel system.

In January 1980 he was again appointed United States Magistrate in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia, where he served until appointed by the President of the United States to the Superior Court of the District of Columbia in November 1987. He retired in October 1998 from active Associate Judge status and became a Senior Judge of the Superior Court of the District of Columbia and continued to sit almost daily until August 1, 2004. During this period he also served as Judge-in-Residence to the Children’s Defense Fund and as Co-Chair of its Judge’s program in the Children’s Defense Fund , advising it on proposed legislation affecting children and their welfare, running seminars and conferences at the Alex Haley Farm retreat in Tennessee for the Children’s Defense Fund, and appearing at conferences and meetings as a representative of the Children’s Defense Fund as a speaker or on panels.

While retaining the status of a Senior Judge, on August 1, 2004 he took a Sabbatical from the Bench and assumed the position of National Executive Director of The National African American Drug Policy Coalition, Inc. in which position he now serves. He served as an Adjunct Law Professor in Trial Advocacy at Howard University School of Law from 1998 – 2011. He also served as an Adjunct Law Professor at the Columbus School of Law, Catholic University, teaching appellate advocacy from 1997 to 2008. On February 15, 2013 he officially completely retired from the Superior Court of the District of Columbia.

Throughout his almost 57-year professional career, he has received numerous awards. While working as an Adviser directly to Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy, in 1963 he received the Sustained Superior Performance Award for his work in keeping the Attorney General advised of developments in major government corruption cases and in monitoring the Martin Luther King Civil Rights Movement. In December 1978 he was awarded the Distinguished Civil Service Award for his work in advising the old U.S. Civil Service Commission and the President of the United States in securing the passage of the Civil Service Reform Act of 1978.

In 1985 he was recognized by the American Bar Association’s National Conference of Special Court Judges as the Most Outstanding Special Court Judge in America for his leadership role as one of the United States Magistrates in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia for his work in upgrading the old U.S. Commissioner system and leadership in converting the United States Magistrate system into the misdemeanor trial court in the federal system, giving real substance to preliminary hearings, reforming the arrest and search warrant operations and his leadership in education of Magistrate Judges and influencing legislative developments, including convincing the U. S. Congress to give U.S. Magistrate Judges with consent of the parties authority to preside over the trials of civil cases in the role of substitute district court judges, and ultimately becoming President of the U.S. Magistrate Judges Association in 1983 – 1984, then called Council of United States Magistrates.

In 1999 he was recognized as being one of the three (3) Most Outstanding General Jurisdiction Judges hearing all types of cases in America by the American Bar Association’s National Conference of State Trial Court Judges for his judicial performance on the Superior Court of the District of Columbia.

In February 2005 he was Awarded the ABA Commission on Racial and Ethnic Diversity in the Profession Spirit of Excellence Award for his civil rights history and judicial performance, one of the highest and most prestigious Awards given by the American Bar Association. In 2009 he was acknowledged as a WAYMAKER in the American Bar Association Judges’ Journal for his civil rights history and judicial performance in an extensive interview of his life’s history.

Finally, in 2010 he was recognized by Cambridge’s Who’s Who as one of the most knowledgeable experts in the United States on the drug laws and policies of this Nation and the application of the criminal and juvenile justice system and related healthcare issues involving treatment for substance use disorders and mental health conditions. He retired completely from the judiciary on February 15, 2013 and continues to serve as the National Executive Director of the National African American Drug Policy Coalition, Inc. and as a citizen volunteer advisor to several offices in The White House and to a number of Federal Government Departments and Agencies, and he was recently appointed by the Mayor of the District of Columbia to a part-time position as a Member of the District of Columbia Commission on Fathers, Men and Boys. He also serves on a number of other non-profit entities dealing with youth, substance abuse, mental health conditions, and juvenile and criminal justice issues

Marbre Stahly-Butts, Esq.

Policy Advocate, Soro Justice Fellow
Center for Popular Democracy
Brooklyn, New York


Marbre Stahly-Butts joined the Center for Popular Democracy as a Soros Justice Fellow in Fall 2013. Her Soros Justice work focuses on organizing and working with families affected by aggressive policing and criminal justice policies in New York City in order to develop meaningful bottom up policy reforms. Marbre also works extensively on police and criminal justice reform with partners across the country.

Marbre received her Juris Doctorate from Yale Law School in May 2013. While in law school, Marbre focused on the intersection of criminal justice and civil rights and gained legal experience with the Bronx Defenders, the Equal Justice Initiative and the Prison Policy Initiative.

Before law school, Marbre received her Master’s in African Studies from Oxford University and worked in Zimbabwe organizing communities impacted by violence and then in South Africa teaching at Nelson Mandela’s alma mater. Marbre graduated summa cum laude from Columbia University, with a BA in African-American History and Human Rights.


Organizational Leaders


K. Gennelle Chatman, M.S.

National Director, Pre-Law Division
National Black Law Students Association
Riverview, Florid


Katherine Gennelle Chatman serves as the 2016-2017 Pre-Law Director for National Black Law Students Association (“NBLSA”). In this role, she creates pre-law collegiate chapters of NBLSA and keeps pre-law student and law student members, as well as the National Executive Board, informed of the status of the collegiate chapters and general membership.

Pre-Law Director Chatman is a native of Orlando, Florida. She graduated from the University of South Florida, where she earned a Bachelors in Mass Communications with a concentration in public relations and a minor in business administration. While at USF, Chatman became a member of Phi Sigma Pi Co-Ed Honor Fraternity and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. She also holds an A.A. from Hillsborough Community College. Upon graduation from USF, she enrolled at The University of Alabama pursuing a Masters in sport management.

She is currently a second year student at Thomas M. Cooley Law School where she is a member of the Black Law Students Association. She is also a member of the Alabama Lawyer’s Association and the Magic City Bar Association.

In addition to her organizational leadership, Chatman has clerked for Judge Eugene R. Verin and has done policy work for Alabama Appleseed Center for Law and Justice.

Chatman is an avid sports fan. She enjoys playing and watching basketball, flag football, and golf. She also enjoys writing poetry, reading, playing video games, and volunteering in her free time. Chatman has recently taken up international travel and has already visited the Cayman Islands, Jamaica, The Bahamas, China, Mexico, and the United Arab Emirates.

Khyla D. Craine, Esq.

Assistant General Counsel, National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP)
Chairperson, Young Lawyers Division, National Bar Association
Baltimore, Maryland


Khyla D. Craine, attorney and activist, is an Assistant General Counsel at the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) Headquarters, where she works on several of the Association’s corporate legal needs including risk mitigation, contract review and negotiation, and intellectual property/brand management. Ms. Craine’s civil rights legal work with the NAACP spans all five substantive game changer areas, working with NAACP members and units across the country on criminal justice, economic equity, education, environmental justice, voting rights litigation, and amicus briefs. In this capacity, Ms. Craine assisted in writing the NAACP’s Amicus Briefs to the U.S. Supreme Court in several cases, including Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs, et. al., v. Inclusive Communities Project, Inc. and Fisher v. University of Texas-Austin (Fisher II). Additionally, she is one of the lead NAACP attorneys in Gilcreast, et. al v. Lockwood, Andrews, and Newnam, which seeks relief for residents and business owners related to the Flint, Michigan water crisis.

The Ann Arbor, Michigan native is a graduate of Howard University School of Law and South Carolina State University. Ms. Craine’s activism extends through membership in Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., the American Bar Association, and the National Bar Association. Recently, Ms Craine co-authored an article entitled Returning Citizens: How Shifting Law and Policy in Maryland Will Help Citizens Who Return from Incarceration in the University of Baltimore Law School’s Law Forum. She has also written op-eds and columns for The Root Magazine. For her social justice work, Ms. Craine has received the 2014 National Bar Association Young Lawyers Division Chair’s Award, the 2015 NAACP Youth and College Division’s Director’s Award, and was named the 2014 Keynote Speaker for The Maryland State Bar Association and the Citizenship Law Related Education Program’s annual Law Day conference.

Cheryl Turner, Esq.

President, Gate City Bar Association
Atlanta, Georgia


Cheryl Turner is a seasoned Atlanta attorney committed to promoting diversity and being of service to her community.

She previously served as Senior Counsel at The Coca-Cola Company providing legal support for the Sprite, Fanta and Odwalla brands and the African-American and Hispanic marketing teams. In these roles, Cheryl worked on a variety of innovative marketing programs and is most proud of the programs that help deliver more than $1 million dollars in scholarships to diverse communities. She also managed the Company’s Legal Division Summer Intern Program; co-chaired the Coca-Cola Legal Division Diversity Council; and served on the executive board of the Coca-Cola Women’s business resource group.

In 2010, she was named one of the Fulton County Daily Report’s top attorneys under 40 in Atlanta and, in 2011, was a member of the inaugural Fellows class of the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity, a national organization of legal leaders dedicated to promoting diversity in the legal profession. She also served as a member of the executive board of the Commercial Law Section of the National Bar Association for several years.

In 2014, Cheryl left The Coca-Cola Company to serve as the Constituency Director on the campaign of Michelle Nunn, a candidate for the U.S. Senate, in one of the most significant races in recent Georgia history.

An active member of the Gate City Bar Association, she has previously served as a Member-at-Large and as Vice-President, as well as the Chair of the Hall of Fame Gala. She also is the founder of the Summer Associate Program, which provides summer legal experience to law students through Gate City Bar Association member firms.

Cheryl is a graduate of Emory College and Emory University School of Law, where she was a Martin Luther King Scholar and a Woodruff Scholar.

A native of Atlanta, Georgia, she is a proud graduate of Benjamin E. Mays High School and a resident of the historic Summerhill neighborhood in downtown Atlanta.

Janet Scott, Esq.

President, Georgia Association of Black Women Attorneys (GABWA)
Associate, Smith Welch Webb & White
Atlanta, Georgia


Janet C. Scott, Esq. is an experienced litigator and is an associate at Smith Welch Webb & White. She has experience in several practice areas, including criminal law, education law, employment, and insurance defense. Janet previously worked as an associate with Alexander & Associates, the Law Offices of Tavis L. Knighten, P.C. and as a Legal Compliance Analyst with the DeKalb County Board of Education’s Office of Internal Affairs.

As an associate with Alexander & Associates, Janet litigated teacher termination hearings, including cases involving the CRCT cheating problem within the Atlanta Public School District, and federal and state civil cases for multiple metro Atlanta school districts. Moreover, she learned the inner workings of school districts while employed with the DeKalb County School District’s Office of Internal Affairs. She is also a former educator.

Currently, Janet’s primary legal practice allows her to combine her knowledge of the law with her previous experience as an educator. Janet has litigated teacher termination hearings and federal and state civil cases for metro Atlanta school districts. As an associate with Smith, Welch, Webb & White, LLC, she represents numerous school districts within Georgia on a variety of issues.

A cum laude graduate of Spelman College, Janet also holds a Master of Arts degree in Education from Mercer University. She attended Texas Wesleyan School of Law, Fort Worth, Texas, and earned her law degree from John Marshall Law School, Atlanta, Georgia.

During law school, Janet interned with Emory University School of Law’s Barton Child Law and Policy Clinic. She also served as an Extern at the Fulton County Superior Court with The Honorable Bensonetta Tipton Lane.

She has served in numerous volunteer positions with the Georgia Association of Black Women Attorneys (“GABWA”), for example, Historian, Parliamentarian, Member at large and Vice President. Currently, Janet serves GABWA as President and as a Director on the GABWA Foundation Board. Janet also served as Co-Chair of the Aspiring Youth Program Committee and as the Director of the American Bar Association Awards for the Georgia Young Lawyers’ Division (“YLD”). Presently, Janet also volunteers for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and serves on the United States Selective Service Board for DeKalb County, Georgia. Lastly, she is a graduate of Leadership DeKalb, Class of 2010.

Janet has been recognized by the Georgia Young Lawyers’ Division, twice, for her outstanding service to the YLD and by the Georgia Association of Women Lawyers as a Scholarship Recipient and an Outstanding Law Student.

Prior to attending law school, Janet taught at Chamblee Middle School and was recognized in Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers.

Dion J. Robbins

President
Emory University School of Law
Atlanta, Georgia


Dion J. Robbins serves as the 2016-2017 President of Emory University School of Law’s Black Law Students Association chapter. Mr. Robbins is a Philadelphia native and attended Howard University in Washington, DC where he earned a B.A. in Communications and Culture with a concentration in Legal Communications and a minor in Sociology. While at Howard University, Mr. Robbins served as the 1st Vice President of the Howard University Pre-Law Chapter of Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity International and graduated summa cum laude.

Currently, Mr. Robbins is a third-year law student at Emory University School of Law where he also serves as a student ambassador and on the Editorial Board of the Emory International Law Review as a manager editor.

In addition to his academic studies, Mr. Robbins has a genuine interest in serving his community and mentors high school and college students throughout the school year. Following graduation, Mr. Robbins will serve as a Judicial Law Clerk on United States District Court for the Northern District of Texa

Sakia DeLaney

Second-Year Law Student
Georgia State University College of Law
Atlanta, Georgia


Sakia DeLaney is a 2L at Georgia State University College of Law with an interest in Intellectual Property, Family Law, and Employment Law. She currently serves as the President of the Ronald J. Freeman Chapter of the Black Law Students Association, is a member of Moot Court, the Sports and Entertainment Law Society, and the Intellectual Property Law Society, and received the Torts CALI Award. This past summer, she was a legal intern at The Home Depot in Atlanta, GA and rotated through each practice area in the legal department.

Sakia is an Atlanta, GA native. Prior to law school, she graduated Cum Laude from Georgia State University, earning a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Marketing. After graduation, she worked for Teach for America and State Farm Insurance Company.

Outside of law school, Sakia thoroughly enjoys spending time with her family and friends, in addition to playing league kickball and volunteering with different youth organizations.

Jervai McConico

Third-Year Law Student
President, Black Law Students Association
Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School
Atlanta, Georgia


Jervai McConico is currently a 3L at Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School serving as the President of their Black Law Students Association chapter. Immediately before his current leadership position , he served as the BLSA treasurer. He was also active in the corporate and business law society at the law school.

He obtained his BS in Criminal Justice from Bauder College in Atlanta, Georgia. While in school, Jervai co-founded the Student Government Association and served as its first president. While pursuing his BS, he obtained employment with a law firm in Atlanta as a paralegal.

He served as a paralegal for one year prior to enrolling in the law school. He currently holds a position at the same firm as a summer/fall associate.

L. Chris Stewart, Esq.

Managing Partner
Stewart, Seay & Felton Trial Attorneys
Atlanta, Georgia


L. Chris Stewart is Managing Partner of Stewart, Seay & Felton Trial Attorneys, a personal injury litigation law firm. Chris focuses primarily on cases related to auto/trucking collisions, wrongful death, and premises liability with a specialty in sexual assault. Chris has received multiple jury verdicts and settlements for millions of dollars for his clients including one of the largest premises liability verdicts of 2010 in the state of Georgia, a record $5.1 million pre-trial settlement in 2011 and a 2013 Camden County record jury verdict of $1.5 million for sexual assault, which was followed four days later by a six figure slip and fall verdict in Hall County. In 2014, Chris received a $2 million dollar settlement for sexual assault as well as represented clients in a $75 million dollar class action settlement. Chris is also recognized worldwide for his civil right cases including the Walter Scott case and the Bryant Heyward case, both in Charleston, South Carolina.

Chris is regarded as one of Georgia’s top injury trial lawyers. In 2014, Chris received the Esquire Award from the National Bar Association’s Small Firms/Solo Practitioners Division for his professional achievements, numerous political/social causes affecting the African-American community, and mentorship of other attorneys. He was selected as a 2011-2015 Super Lawyer for the State of Georgia. In addition, in 2012 Chris was named on the Atlanta Business Chronicle’s list of Who’s Who in Law as a top Georgia attorney. He was also a finalist for Nation’s Best Advocates: 40 Lawyers under 40, selected for the Georgia Trial Lawyers Association’s LEAD program for most promising future leaders in law. Chris is also a member of the Atlanta Bar Association Judicial Selection and Tenure Committee. Chris formerly worked for the law firm of Morgan & Morgan where at the age of 29 he made partner. While at Morgan & Morgan, Chris represented over 2500 clients and has the Atlanta offices largest jury verdict. Chris has litigated cases in over twenty-five counties in Georgia and has taken over 1500 depositions.

Chris has taught a variety of legal education seminars for practicing attorneys including how to handle personal injury cases, trial demonstrations, advertising with social media and how to manage your social media presence. Chris has been featured in numerous local, national, and international media such as ABC, NBC, CBS, Upscale magazine, Rolling Out magazine and The Daily Report. Born and raised in Southwest Atlanta, Chris is extremely active in the Atlanta community. He tutored at Perkerson Elementary School and is Co-Chair of “If you can see it, you can be it,” a program focused on motivating inner city elementary school children to become lawyers. He also served on the Board of Directors for the Villages at Carver YMCA, as Regional Director for Region XI (Georgia, Florida & Alabama) of the National Bar Association, and as the 2011-2012 President of the Gate City Bar Association, Georgia’s largest and oldest African American Bar Association as well as being a 2014 Board Member of the Southern Center for Human Rights. A member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Incorporated, Chris earned a bachelor’s degree in Psychology with honors from Xavier University, a Master’s of Science in Public Health from Tulane University and his Juris Doctorate from Howard University School of Law.


HBCU Lawyers Panel


Nikki R. Jackson, Esq.

Vice President and Regional Executive Louisville Branch
Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis
Louisville, Kentucky


Nikki Jackson was appointed regional executive of the Louisville Branch of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis in October 2014. The Louisville Branch is focused on community development and education, as well as regional economic research and policy input. The branch covers western Kentucky, metro Louisville and southern Indiana.

Ms. Jackson’s experience includes serving as personnel cabinet secretary for the Commonwealth of Kentucky, chief human resources officer for Charter Schools USA, vice chancellor of human resources for Maricopa Community Colleges, and other positions in both the health care and legal fields. In her positions, her roles focused on strategic planning, community partnerships, succession planning, recruitment and retention, and labor negotiations. Ms. Jackson earned a J.D. from the University of Miami School of Law and a B.A. in Journalism from Hampton University. She is considerably involved in the Louisville community.

Ms. Jackson is a member of the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. and the International Women’s Forum. She serves on the boards of One West, Louisville Public Media, the Louisville Regional Airport Authority and Family Scholar House. Her previous board memberships have included Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest, Women for Women, Kentucky Retirement Systems, Kentucky Deferred Compensation Authority, and Kentucky Mutual Employers Insurance.

In 2009, she was selected as one of the Business First of Louisville’s “Forty Under Forty” winners. In that same year, she was included in the “10 Most Influential Women of Louisville.

Tanea Hines-McDonald, Esq.

National Bar Exam Consultant
Charlotte, North Carolina


Tanea Hines-McDonald is a North Carolina and South Carolina licensed attorney who has helped hundreds of law students around the country prepare for and pass the Bar Exam by helping them become emotionally and mentally fortified for the toughest ten weeks of their lives – Bar Study. She partners with law schools around the country to deliver high-impact orientation and Bar preparation lectures that focus on student’s angst and fears and walks them through vetted strategies to overcome them so that they can finish law school strong, pass the Bar exam the first time, live their dreams, and help change the world.

She is a former law school professor and Education Consultant and Lecturer with Barbri who is now doing the most meaning work of her life.

Richard O. I. Brown, Esq.

Assistant United States Attorney
Southern District of Florida
Coral Gables, Florida


Richard O. I. Brown is an Assistant United States Attorney (“AUSA”) for the United States Department of Justice, Southern District of Florida. As an AUSA, Richard presently works in the Civil Asset Forfeiture Division responsible for the investigation and prosecution of federal crimes involving the seizure of assets relating to financial and money laundering crimes. Over his 18-year career as a Federal Prosecutor in both the Southern District of Florida and the District of New Jersey, Richard has also worked in the Criminal Division where he prosecuted various federal crimes, some of which involved Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Forces (“OCEDEFT”), Gang Violence, Human Trafficking, Social Security Fraud, and Bank Robberies. Including more than 30 Federal Trials where he has served as the First Chair Prosecutor. In addition, as a senior prosecutor, Richard is very active in recruiting and mentoring younger AUSA, particularly minority attorneys.

Richard is also a proud United States Army Veteran attaining the rank of Major, as well as, Airborne and Air Assault status. During his 8-year – active duty service as a member of the U.S. Army Judge Advocate General Corps., Richard served during the both Gulf Wars. The First Gulf War as a member of the active duty force and the Second Gulf War as a reservist activated for “Operation Noble Eagle”. His military assignments include: Chief of Military Justice, 3rd Infantry Division, Fort Stewart, Georgia and 32nd Army Air Defense Command, Darmstadt, Germany. The Staff Judge Advocate, 1303rd Major Port Command, North Carolina; Operational Law Attorney, 3220th GSU, West Palm Beach, Florida; Trial Defense Services Attorney, 2nd Infantry Division, South Korea; and Claims Attorney, Fort Belvoir, Virginia.

Richard has also worked as a General Practitioner in his own firm; as a Senior Assistant District Attorney in the Fulton County District Attorney’s Office; and a Congressional Intern for The Honorable William H. Gray, III.

Richard holds bar memberships with the Supreme Court of the United States of America, United States Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces, Supreme Court of Pennsylvania, Supreme Court of the State of Georgia, United States District Court-Southern District of Florida and District of New Jersey, Court of Appeals of the State of Georgia, Army Court of Criminal Appeals, and the Superior Court of the State of Georgia.

Some of his other professional and community affiliations include: National Association of Assistant United States Attorneys; National Black Prosecutors Association; U.S. Attorney’s Community Reading Program; Drug Education for Youth Program; a member of the 2015 National Pre-Law Diversity Initiatives, Inc. Host Committee, and a life member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars.

Richard is a graduate of Howard University School of Law. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Virginia Commonwealth University. Richard and his wife, Donise, are the proud parents of teens, Matthew and Hannah.

Tiffany Hill, J.D.

Owner, TH Legal Consulting, LLC and TH Authentic, LLC
Attorney, Author, Speaker, Filmmaker
Edmond, Oklahoma


Tiffany Hill is an experienced employment/labor law attorney. Her legal background includes employment as Deputy District Attorney in Nevada, Assistant General Counsel at Ohio University, in-house legal practice with Hammons Law Firm in Oklahoma as well as corporate legal experience as HR Legal Advisor for Paycom in Oklahoma. Tiffany holds a Patient and Protection Affordable Care Act certification and specializes in compliance issues, human resources training and policy development. As a legal consultant, she maintains knowledge of industry trends and employment legislation and uses those skills to minimize legal liability within organizations.

Tiffany earned her Juris Doctorate and Bachelor of Civil Law degrees from the Louisiana State University Paul M. Hebert Law Center and is licensed to practice law in Louisiana, Ohio and Oklahoma. Tiffany obtained her Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Southern University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Her professional and civic memberships include the Louisiana, Ohio and Oklahoma bar associations, the Society for Human Resource Management, the National Association of Professional Women, Women in Film and Television, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated and The Links, Incorporated. Her board affiliations include the Council for Accreditation of Counseling & Related Educational Programs and the American Psychological Association, Board of Educational Affairs.

Tiffany also utilizes her legal expertise as an advocate for increased awareness surrounding the issue of domestic violence. Tiffany is author of Authentic Me: A Story of Strength, Perseverance and Faith, wherein she shares her personal story as a survivor of an emotionally and physically abusive marriage. Her second book Authentic Me Part II: The Forgiveness Journey is scheduled for publication November 2016. Tiffany is Executive Producer of “The Last Time,” a film project aimed at educating and empowering domestic abuse survivors. She hosts a motivational podcast, “Authentic Conversations,” which delivers content on such topics as self-worth, professional development, emotional and spiritual health. Tiffany also collaborates with national organizations to cultivate emerging young leaders through mentorship programs.

Of all of her accomplishments, she counts her role as mother to be the greatest. Her happiest times are spent with her three sons- Tyler, Trent and Tanner. Among the mantras by which she lives is: “To live authentically is the ultimate form of happiness.”

Marsha Ross-Jackson, Esq., MPA

Assistant Dean for Student Professional Development, Executive Director of the Institute for Law and the Workplace, and Senior Lecturer
Chicago-Kent College of Law, Illinois Institute of Technology
Chicago, Illinois


Marsha Ross-Jackson is an experienced leader, attorney, educator and consultant. With over 25 years of professional experience in a variety of roles, industries and sectors, Marsha’s breadth of knowledge and experience enable her to add value to any organization. Marsha’s expertise in managing operations, finance, communications, employee and labor relations, investigations, compliance, human resources, and law in diverse, large multi-state offices has helped her to become well-versed in cross-cultural communication and leadership, as well as extremely effective in directing across interdisciplinary settings. Marsha has served as an HR/legal business partner and advisor to senior leaders, boards of directors and operational leaders. She has also represented multi-billion dollar clients in insurance, employment and commercial litigation matters. Marsha is an arbitrator, a member of the American Arbitration Association’s Roster of Neutrals—Employment Law Panel. She is also a member of the Joint Arbitration-Mediation Panel for the Chicago Public Schools and the Chicago Teachers Union.

Marsha has a BA in Biology, a Master’s in Public Administration, and a Juris Doctor Degree from DePaul University College of Law, where she was a member of the Law Review and inducted into the Order of the Coif. She is currently a Senior Lecturer and the Executive Director of the IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law Institute for Law and the Workplace, as well as Assistant Dean of the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, Multicultural Affairs and Professional Development. She designed and teaches a law school skills course titled “Labor and Employment Law Considerations for Business.” She also leads the Chicago-Kent Labor and Employment Law Externship Program, including teaching the classroom component. In 2015, Marsha received the Student Bar Association’s Adjunct Professor of the Year Award.

Prior to joining Chicago-Kent, Marsha led labor and employee relations for the Cook County Health and Hospitals System, which included facilitating labor-management relations with 16 different labor unions. She was also responsible for workplace investigations, conflict resolution and HR compliance. Marsha spent several years as the Director of Workforce Engagement for Health Care Service Corporation, directing labor and employee relations and employee engagement activities for 17,000 employees across 4 states. As the Deputy Director of Field Operations for the Illinois Department of Employment Security, Marsha was responsible for operations of over 60 employment offices throughout the state, as well as the agency’s labor and employee relations. Additionally, Marsha served as the Interim Executive Director of the Asian Health Coalition of Illinois, managing all aspects of operations, with an emphasis on HR and legal. Over the past 11 years, Marsha has worked as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Phoenix and The Morris Graduate School of Business, teaching courses in employment law, business law, ethics, communication, organizational and group behavior, HR management, and managing diverse organizations.

Marsha consults with company leaders regarding labor and employee relations topics. Marsha has also developed and delivered several workplace training modules, including but not limited to Anti-Discrimination/Harassment, FMLA/ADA/ADAAA, Discipline and Documentation, Performance Management, Building a Culture of Inclusion, Leading Change, Effective Decision-Making, Employee Engagement, and Personal Accountability. Marsha has moderated and served on several panels discussing a variety of topics surrounding diversity and the legal profession, as well as labor and employee relations.

Heather Asher, Esq.

Attorney
Smith LLC
Atlanta, Georgia


Heather Byrd Asher is an attorney working out of Atlanta. She graduated summa cum laude from Howard University and also spent a semester studying at the University of Ghana. She graduated from Harvard Law School and, while in law school, served as Vice President of the Harvard Legal Aid Bureau and as an admissions volunteer and BLSA committee co-chair. Heather returned to Atlanta, her hometown, after law school and previously worked as a corporate restructuring associate at Alston & Bird LLP and Executive Director of Ms. JD, a non-profit focused on increasing retention women in the legal profession.

 

 

 

 

 

Christopher E. Bruce, Esq.

Principal
The Bruce Firm, LLC
Atlanta, Georgia


Christopher E. Bruce is a community attorney, advocate and activist. As the lead attorney of The Bruce Firm, LLC, he fulfills his passion of helping people by providing quality legal representation. He advocates for his community as a political consultant, advising elected officials and government entities on effective and efficient policies for change. Bruce served as Deputy Campaign Manager in the highest raised State Judicial race and currently works as the Special Assistant to an Atlanta Mayoral candidate.

Prior to becoming a lawyer, Bruce graduated cum laude from Georgia State University Honors Program with a degree in political science with a concentration in governmental affairs and a minor in sociology. He later attended the University of Georgia School of Law where he was very active on his campus. He served as an Honor Court member, senator in the Student Bar Association, chair of the Student Affairs Committee and vice-president of the Black Law Students Association. After law school, he worked as a prosecutor at the DeKalb County Solicitor-General’s Office. Before opening his firm, Bruce worked at an insurance defense law firm practicing in workers compensation and general liability matters.

As an activist, Bruce serves his community in several ways. He was appointed to the DeKalb County Board of Ethics during a very tumultuous period in the county. He continued to advocate for change in the county by creating the DeKalb Young Professionals, an organization focused on retaining and recruiting leaders through social, educational and networking events.

Bruce is a 2013 Fellow of the New Leaders Council, member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., Hands on Atlanta, Urban League of Greater Atlanta, Gate City Bar Association, Georgia Association of Black Women Attorneys and the State Bar of Georgia. He is a recipient of the Outstanding Atlanta Award and was on the cover of Atlanta Magazine’s Millennial Issue.

Ira L. Foster, Esq.

Managing Attorney
Georgia Legal Services Program
Macon, Georgia


Ira L. Foster is the managing attorney of the Georgia Legal Services Program Macon, Georgia office. Ira attended undergraduate college and graduated with honors from Fort Valley State University in Fort Valley, Georgia. Ira attended graduate school at Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, Ohio. Ira obtained his Juris Doctor of law degree from North Carolina Central University in Durham, North Carolina.

Ira is a member of the American Bar Association, the State Bar of Georgia, the Macon Bar Association, the Houston County Bar Association, the Georgia Alliance of African American Attorneys, the National Bar Association, the National Black Lawyers and the William Augustus Bootle Inn of Court. Some honors and awards for Ira include being selected as an American Bar Association Foundation Fellow, Macon Bar Association’s Lawyer of the Year in 2007, Fort Valley State University Alumni of the Year in Social Sciences, the Dublin-Laurens County Black Festival’s Committee Citizen of the Year, the Adopt A Role Model Program Big Brother of The Year, the State Bar of Georgia Supreme Court Justice Robert Benham’s Community Service Award, The Houston County NAACP 2009 Community Service Award, the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., State of Georgia 2011 Fraternity Brother of The Year and the 2015 State Bar of Georgia Access To Justice Committee Dan Bradley Award. Ira served as a board member of the Fort Valley State University Housing Foundation and the Fort Valley State University National Alumni Association. Ira currently serves as a board member of The Alpha Georgia Education Foundation, Inc., The Central Georgia United Way and the Macon Bar Association. Ira is a life member of the NAACP, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., and the Fort Valley State University National Alumni Association. Ira served as President of the Macon Bar Association for the 2015-2016 year.

Ira has represented numerous students in disciplinary and special education cases. Ira has authored two articles for the State Bar of Georgia Child Advocacy Newsletter on education issues. Ira also co-authored an article for the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., national magazine on the School Dropout To Prison Pipeline issue. Ira has presented at workshops that have been held all over the state of Georgia including Atlanta, Augusta, Columbus, Waycross, Valdosta, Albany, Macon, Norcross and McDonough, Georgia on the School Dropout To Prison Pipeline issue.

Scheril Murray Powell, Esq.

Attorney at Law
Doumar, Allsworth, Laystrom, Voigt, Wachs & Adair, LLP
Real Estate Agent (REO Certified), Highlight Realty
West Palm Beach, Florida


Scheril Murray Powell, Esq. is a December 2015 graduate of Florida International University College of Law. She is a member of the Florida Bar and was selected by her peers to speak at the FIU Law Commencement Ceremony.

She presented at the National Association of Black Journalists and National Association of Hispanic Journalists Joint Conference in August 2016 on the topic of: “Exposing the Truth: Getting Access to Audio and Video Evidence in Police Involved Shootings”. Scheril is the Secretary of the FIU College of Law Alumni Board. While at FIU Law, she was the Charter President of the Palm Beach ABA Student Organization and a member and coach of the Board of Advocates Negotiation Team. In 2013, Scheril won the FIU Law Intramurals Negotiation Competition, also she and her partner won the ABA Southern Region Negotiation Competition. In 2014, she and her partner came in 2nd place in the Nelson Mandela International Negotiation Competition and she was awarded the distinction of Best Overall Negotiator for her efforts.

Scheril served on the Black Law Student Association’s National Board for two years and is passionate about eradicating sex trafficking and other social justice issues such as police brutality. She has interned at the State Attorney’s office in the 15th Judicial Circuit of Palm Beach County and for two judges of the 17th Judicial Circuit of Broward County. In the summer of 2014, she was served as an Anti-Defamation League Summer Associate.

She believes that practicing the law and advocacy for the disadvantaged go hand in hand. She is an activist and has dedicated her time and resources to promoting awareness, access to educational resources, and support for survivors of domestic violence and trafficking. She has a Facebook page called “Police Chronicles” which documents national police interactions with the community.

She sits on the board of two non-profit organizations: Project Ship Foundation which guides the youth through the various “ships” of adolescence including “Leadership”, “Citizenship”, “relationship”, “entrepreneurship”, and “sportsmanship”; and Project 360 Degrees, an advocacy organization for survivors of sex trafficking.

Law is a second career for Scheril. She spent over a decade in the wireless industry working for T-Mobile, USA; T-Mobile, UK; RIM BlackBerry; and MetroPCS as a Customer Retention Strategist and Marketing Interface Manager rolling out training, technical change, cultural change, and process improvement projects Nationwide.

Scheril received her undergraduate Bachelor’s degree from Florida Atlantic University with a minor in marketing where she pledged Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. and served as the Student Government Senate Speaker. She is currently employed as a civil law attorney at Doumar, Allsworth, Laystrom, Voigt, Wachs, and Adair, LLP.

Scheril credits her hard working and strict Jamaican parents James and Judith Hall for her work ethic, tenacity, persistence, and commitment to excellence. She was taught at a young age that we all have a responsibility to each other and must be the example that tears down stereotypes while opening the door for others to follow in your footsteps. She stays motivated by remembering that her son Judah is watching how she lives her values and “walks the talk” in her daily activities. Scheril believes that every test is for a testimony that will glorify God. If He can do all that he has done for me…imagine his plans for you.


Featured Presenters


Dr. Aaron N. Taylor, Esq.
Associate Professor of Law
Saint Louis University School of Law
Saint Louis, Missouri


Aaron N. Taylor joined the St. Louis University School of Law (SLU LAW) faculty in 2011, after a career as a higher education administrator. Professor Taylor’s primary teaching and research interests are in the areas of education law and legal ethics. In both realms, he seeks to contextualize the principal subject matter by considering larger political, economic, and sociological influences. Professor Taylor’s ultimate goals are to offer practical, interdisciplinary solutions to complicated problems, and to equip his students to do the same.

Professor Taylor’s scholarly articles have appeared in journals published by American University, Howard University, University of Notre Dame, and University of New Mexico. His commentaries have appeared in numerous publications, including the Chronicle of Higher Education and the South Florida Sun Sentinel. He is also a frequent media commentator on education and diversity issues.

Before joining SLU LAW, Professor Taylor served as associate dean for admissions and scholarships at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock William H. Bowen School of Law. At Bowen, he was the school’s first chief admissions officer, and successfully increased the median LSAT score, the number of students of color, and the applicant pool to their highest levels in the school’s history. He also co-directed the law school’s Pre-Law Undergraduate Scholars (PLUS) Program, a pipeline initiative premised on fostering diversity within legal education and the profession. He joined Bowen from Harvard University, where he directed admissions for five master’s degree programs in the Graduate School of Education. Prior to that, he practiced ethics law in Washington, D.C.

In fall 2013, Professor Taylor began his tenure as director of the Law School Survey of Student Engagement, a national study that seeks to measure the effects of legal education on students. He takes over at LSSSE at a time when law schools are implementing various reforms, and the need for valid and reliable assessments is critical.

Professor Taylor’s professional affiliations are numerous. He has been very active with the Law School Admission Council, serving on its Finance and Legal Affairs Committee, its Annual Meeting and Educational Conference Planning Committee, and its Misconduct and Irregularities Subcommittee. He also served as chair of the Minority Network of Law School Admissions Professionals and on the executive council of the Young Lawyers Section of the Arkansas Bar. Professor Taylor is a member of the Florida Bar.

Professor Taylor received a bachelor of arts in political science from North Carolina A&T State University, a juris doctor from Howard University, and a doctorate in higher education leadership and policy from Vanderbilt University. He is also an alumnus of the Harvard University Administrative Fellowship Program

Kim Siwarski

Education Services Manager
Access Group
West Chester, Pennsylvania


Kim currently serves as the Education Services Manager for the mid-south region at Access Group. Founded in 1983, Access Group is a nonprofit membership organization comprised of nearly 200 nonprofit and state-affiliated ABA-approved law schools. From providing financial education resources and services for students and schools, to supporting research programs and data collection, to driving policy advocacy, we work to promote broad access, affordability and the value of legal education. Prior to joining Access Group, Kim was the Assistant Director of Financial Aid at Widener University. Kim has a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a major in accounting from Widener University.

 
 
 

Collins Byrd, MBA

Assistant Dean of Enrollment Management
University of Iowa College of Law
Iowa City, Iowa


Collins Byrd has served in law school admissions capacities since 1990. He has been the Assistant Dean of Enrollment Management at the University of Iowa College of Law since August, 2005. Before coming to Iowa, he worked as the Director of Admissions at the University of Minnesota Law School, and as Assistant Dean of Admissions at William Mitchell College of Law.

Dean Byrd also worked in admissions at Northwestern University’s Kellogg Graduate School of Management, and in the undergraduate admissions office at Dartmouth College. Between the undergraduate admissions experience and the business school admissions experience, he worked in marketing and brand management at General Mills, Inc. and The Pillsbury Company.

Dean Byrd earned his AB from Dartmouth College with a major in psychology and his MBA from Northwestern University with majors in marketing, strategic planning, and public and not-for-profit management.

Lorenzo Azar Banks, Esq.

Assistant Director of Admissions and Director of Diversity Initiatives, Oklahoma City University School of Law
Attorney/Founder, Banks | Gilbert | Gillett Attorneys at Law
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma


Lorenzo Azar Banks is a native of Tulsa, Oklahoma, but currently resides in Oklahoma City. He originally moved here to attend college and had plans of pursing a career in education. After obtaining his undergraduate degree in math from the University of Central Oklahoma, he promptly entered graduate school to study applied mathematics; taking another step closer to his ultimate educational goal of becoming a doctor of mathematics.

While pursuing his graduate studies, his life changed dramatically when he was named a defendant in a frivolous lawsuit. At that time, he had no means of hiring an attorney to defend him, so he took on the task of defending himself. After getting the plaintiff to dismiss the case, the foundations for his destiny became firmly laid. He decided to begin applying to law schools and was admitted to Oklahoma City University School of Law. He graduated, passed the bar, and soon became the founder and owner of Minority Report Law PLLC, a law firm that provides legal services in the state of Oklahoma. His main goal with starting the firm was to make sure that no one ever felt as hopeless as he did in their own legal battles. He lives his dream everyday, fighting for those who can’t fight for themselves. Recently, Attorney Banks co-founded a new legal partnership – Banks | Gilbert | Gillett Attorneys at Law.


Law School Admissions Panel


Yolonda Sewell, Esq.
Operations & Programming Coordinator, Office of Admissions
Texas A&M University School of Law

Fort Worth, Texas


Yolonda Sewell is a native of Texas who grew up in Fort Worth and attended the High School of Medical Professions at North Side. Ms. Sewell continued her education at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas. While at SMU, Ms. Sewell was very active in student organizations such as student senate, Association of Black Students, Voices of Inspiration gospel choir, and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. In 2002, Ms. Sewell obtained her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Psychology from SMU, but her educational career would not stop there. Ms. Sewell went on to pursue her law degree at Texas Tech University School of Law in Lubbock, Texas.

During her tenure at the law school, Ms. Sewell blazed trails for the students who would attend law school after her. She became the first African-American member of the Texas Tech Law Review serving as a Volume 35 staff member, Volume 36 Articles Editor, and Volume 37 Manuscript Editor. Ms. Sewell also served on the local, regional, and national boards of the National Black Law Students Association.

After receiving her Doctor of Jurisprudence, Ms. Sewell served as the Assistant Director of Recruitment at Texas Tech University School of Law for three years before returning to Fort Worth, Texas to begin her own law practice. In 2008, Ms. Sewell began managing her law firm which consisted of business litigation, family law, wills and estates as well as serving as general counsel for two non-profit agencies. After six years as a solo practitioner, Ms. Sewell was approached with the idea of returning to law school admissions. So in January 2015, Ms. Sewell resumed her law school admissions career.

At present, Ms. Sewell serves as the Admissions Operations and Programming Coordinator at Texas A&M University School of Law where her goal is to help improve the law school pipeline and access to legal education for minorities.

When she is not at work, Ms. Sewell enjoys spending time with her beautiful, talented daughter, Alexandra, and working crossword puzzles.

Joanna Accola, J.D.
Admissions Counselor, Office of Admissions
University of Minnesota Law School
Minneapolis, Minnesota


Joanna Accola is an Admissions Counselor at the University of Minnesota Law School. Joanna has a B.S. from the University of Minnesota (2010), and a J.D. from Lewis & Clark Law School (2014). The daughter of an immigrant, and the first person in her family to attain a J.D., Joanna especially enjoys helping students underrepresented in the legal profession to navigate the law school Admissions process and become savvy, successful law students.

 

 

 

Kendra Abercrombie, J.D.

Assistant Director of Admissions
Indiana University – Maurer School of Law
Bloomington, Indiana


Kendra Abercrombie is a native of Greenville, South Carolina and attended Christ Church Episcopal School. Ms. Abercrombie continued her education at the University of Georgia where she earned her Bachelor of Arts in both History and African American Studies. While in attendance at the University of Georgia she wrote and edited for the Civil Rights Digital Library as well as participated in programs like B.E.S.T. (Black Educational Support Team) as a mentee and then as a mentor. That energy for wanting to help others through things she had experienced herself would flow over into her next education venture.

After graduating from University of Georgia, Ms. Abercrombie attended Arizona Summit Law School (ASLS) where she would receive her Juris Doctor degree. While in attendance at ASLS she became a member of BLSA (Black Law Student Association). During her first year of law school she worked hard to promote the importance of BLSA and the community on her law school campus. Her 2L year she became secretary of the organization where she assisted with her school’s first ever BLSA Mock Trial Team, which won regionals, making it to the national competition. Her 3L year she served not only as President of local chapter of BLSA but also as the Dessert Sub-Region Director of the NBLSA (National Black Law Student Association).

While attending law school Ms. Abercrombie discovered a new path that she was possibly interested in taking, outside of being an attorney. She herself being the first person from her family to attend law school, had many obstacles that could have easily been overcome with the right guidance or advice. She knew that practicing law had always been a passion of hers, however assisting those who wanted to change the world through the legal field would prove to be a much more fulfilling position.

A few months after graduation Ms. Abercrombie rejoined her alma mater as an admissions counselor where she would have the opportunity to assist students through the law school process and even become a mentor to a few students who would ask.

Recently, Ms. Abercrombie has joined Indiana University Maurer School of Law where she serves as the Assistant Director of Admissions and continues on her path of assisting students through the law school process and ultimately achieving their dreams of becoming an attorney.

Nolana McKinstry, Esq.

Associate Director of Admissions
Syracuse University College of Law
Syracuse, New York


Nolana McKinstry is the Associate Director of Admissions and joined the Syracuse University College of Law in May of 2016. Ms. McKinstry received her Bachelor’s in political science and Africana studies from Colgate University, and a Juris Doctor, cum laude, from North Carolina Central University School of Law.

Before entering higher education, Ms. McKinstry practiced commercial litigation at K&L Gates LLP. Ms. McKinstry has also held academic support and/or bar passage positions at both Charlotte School of Law and Phoenix School of Law. Prior to joining the College of Law, she worked as a pre-law advisor at SUNY Binghamton University. Ms. McKinstry is involved with all aspects of the recruitment, evaluation, and enrollment of prospective students.

 

 

 

 

 

Laura Shepherd Brooks, Esq.

Associate Dean for Student Services
North Carolina Central University School of Law
Durham, North Carolina


Associate Laura Shepherd Brooks was born in Anniston, Alabama, but was raised in New York City. She graduated from Brooklyn Technical High School and then attended Marymount College in Tarrytown, New York, where she majored in Psychology. She then attended Syracuse University College of Law and received her J.D. in 1993. During law school, Dean Brooks also served as a pre-law advisor for the undergraduate school.

After graduation, Dean Brooks joined the office of the District Attorney of New York County as an Assistant District Attorney where she had a particular interest in domestic violence cases. In 1998, Dean Brooks became a Director of Academic Affairs at New York Law School in New York City.

In 2002, Dean Brooks assumed the position of Assistant Secretary to the New Jersey Board of Bar Examiners. Dean Brooks managed all aspects of the attorney admissions process in the state of New Jersey, including administration of the bar examination, character and fitness and in-house counsel limited licenses. During her tenure at the New Jersey Board of Bar Examiners, she also served as the Executive Secretary of the Council of Bar Admission Administrators.

In 2011, Dean Brooks was the Director of Administration and Membership for the Kerr Family YMCA/YMCA at the Factory in Raleigh.

As Associate Dean for Student Services, Dean Brooks oversees the Admissions, Financial Assistance, Career Services, Student Affairs and Wellness Departments at the School of Law.

Jino P. Ray, J.D.

Assistant Director for Admissions, Diversity & Inclusion
The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law
Columbus, Ohio


Jino P. Ray is a native of Cairo, GA. He holds a B.S. in Political Science from Florida State University and a J.D. from the University of the District of Columbia David A. Clarke School of Law. His professional interests include diversity and inclusion in higher education with an emphasis on recruitment and retention of black males in law school. He currently serves as the Assistant Director for Admissions and Diversity & Inclusion at The Ohio State University’s Moritz College of Law. Prior to joining the staff at Moritz, he served as the Admission Counselor for the Cumberland School of Law at Samford University in Birmingham, AL.

Before returning to law school, Jino worked as an Education Liaison representing the special education needs of youth in foster care; taught middle school Social Studies; coordinated employment and education programs for homeless youth in Hollywood, CA; and served as the program director for SoBRO YouthBuild, a program providing education and employment skills training to out-of-school youth.

Jino is a proud member of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. A lifelong thespian, he enjoys singing, acting and writing in his spare time.

Aramide Akinyele, M.P.H., Esq.

Assistant Director of Law Admissions
Regent University School of Law
Virginia Beach, Virginia


Aramide Akinyele is the Assistant Director of Law Admissions and Recruiting at Regent University School of Law. She strives for excellence and believes in the value of teamwork. She received both her Bachelors of Science and Master of Public Health from University of Alabama at Birmingham, and subsequently earned her Law degree from the University of Massachusetts School of Law.

In recognition of her passion, involvement, and scholastic achievement within the UMass Law community, she was awarded the Thurgood Marshall Social Justice Award, the Servant of the Law Award, and appointed Dean’s Fellow. While at UMass Law Aramide was nominated as Dean of the Law Fraternity Delta Theta Phi, in that role she worked to incorporate professional development and student involvement into the fabric of a student’s experience. Aramide worked as the UMass School of Law Admissions Ambassador recruiter, in that capacity she developed strong experience representing the law school.

Upon graduation she acquired a tremendous amount of legal experience working in the United States Congress for Congressman G.K. Butterfield, Congressional Black Caucus Chair. Prior to joining Regent School of Law Ms. Akinyele worked as an associate attorney at Law Offices of Glenn S. Wainer in Falls Church, Virginia.

In addition to her responsibilities as Assistant Director, Aramide takes to opportunity to work with the Regent Law Center for Ethical Formation and Legal Education Reform. Aramide has spoken at numerous events about the work the Center strives to accomplish. The Center coordinates the programs and resources Regent Law has committed to developing professional identity in our students. This commitment accentuates the expertise of Regent Law in providing practical training that develops in students the ethical judgment important to the practice of law.

Aramide continues to serve the community by working as an immigration attorney for the Devendorf Law Firm in Virginia Beach, VA. The opportunity to serve through the practice of law is a continued gift. Regent’s mission of Christian leadership to change world inspires Aramide and she hopes to contribute to the University’s growing legacy.


HBCU Law Students Panel


Shaquana Ellison

Second-Year Law Student, Emory University School of Law
Director of International Relations, National Black Law Students Association (NBLSA)
Atlanta, Georgia


Shaquana Ellison serves as the 2016-2017 Director of International Relations for National Black Law Students Association (“NBLSA”). In this role, she represents, with the approval of the National Chair, NBLSA’s interests internationally. In addition, she creates programming initiatives in conjunction with the National Director of Programming that raises awareness of international issues impacting Black communities around the world, and educates NBLSA members about international legal norms and procedures.

Ms. Ellison is a native of Youngstown, Ohio; she graduated from Saint Leo University where she earned a B.A. in Business Administration with a concentration in Management. While at Saint Leo University, Ms. Ellison served as a member of Sigma Beta Delta and was on the Dean’s List and Graduated Cum Laude.

She is currently a second year student at Emory University School of Law, where she is actively engaged with their local BLSA chapter; she is also a member of the Georgia Association of Black Women Attorneys where she resides on the Executive Board as the Student Member at Large. Prior to joining NBLSA’s national board, Ms. Ellison served as the Sub-Region 5 Director for the Southern Region where she organized the 2015 Academic Retreat and Networking Event for Law Students.

In addition to organizational leadership, Ms. Ellison has interned for Advocacy for Action in Georgia where she helped promote diversity in Georgia’s Judicial System. Additionally Ms. Ellison regularly volunteers with the Atlanta Volunteer Lawyers Foundation.

Neena Speer

Third-Year Law Student, University of Alabama School of Law
Tuscaloosa, Alabama


Neena Speer joined the University of Alabama School Of Law in July 2014 and she is now a third-year law student who is the founder of the Step 1-2-3 Mentor for Life Initiative. The program has three components in connecting mentors to mentees in a long-lasting and meaningful way. She is focused on the goal and mission of her mentoring program “As Iron Sharpens Iron, so a Friend Sharpens a Friend.” She aims to create a dialogue about the value of consistent mentorship in future daily success.

She has served as both the 2nd Vice Black Law Students Association President for the University of Alabama Law BLSA and the Pre-Law Co-Director for the Southern Region of the Black Law Students Association (SRBLSA). She is in charge of planning and implementing creative programming to recruit future law students to join under NBLSA and to excel when applying.

This summer, she interned at the Federal Public Defenders of The Northern District of Alabama. She worked for The Honorable L. Scott Coogler, The Northern District of Alabama as a legal intern for the Fall 2015. She externed this Spring semester in Washington, DC at the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL) as their National Affairs Intern for school credit as a part of the University of Alabama Law School’s Federal Externship Program.

Currently, she is the Research Assistant for Professor Montré Carodine, Professor of Law at the University of Alabama School of Law, and is the Lieutenant Governor of Membership for the Law Student Division for the American Bar Association (ABA).

She has previously served as a summer camp counselor for over six years in Birmingham, Alabama at the Shades Valley YMCA. Her principal areas of interest are working with non-profit management, civic involvement, and criminal defense. She also served as Team Captain for the Inaugural Staff Ball for the White House in 2013.

She graduated summa cum laude from Howard University with a degree in psychology and a degree in French. She received the honor of Phi Beta Kappa and graduated in the top 1% in the nation. Ms. Speer remains an active Howard Alumna who actively supports black and minority students in the legal profession. She speaks fluent French and she is half-Indian and half-black.

Bria Kelly

Second-Year Law Student
Marquette University School of Law
Milwaukee, Wisconsin


Bria Kelly is a second-year law student at Marquette University and aspires to work in the sports and entertainment legal industry. She is Vice-President of her schools BLSA Chapter and an active participant in the Marquette Sports Law Society.

Bria attended Florida A&M University (FAMU) and majored in Broadcast Journalism. At FAMU, she was active in her school’s journalism program and participated in the FAMU news broadcast, newspaper, and the local hip hop radio station.

She is from Panama City, Florida and a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.

S. Monique Clark

Second-Year Law Student
Emory University School of Law
Atlanta, Georgia


Monique Clark is a Maryland native and a current second-year law student at Emory University School of Law. She graduated summa cum laude from Saint Augustine’s University in Raleigh, North Carolina receiving a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with a concentration in Industrial Organization. While at Saint Augustine’s University, she served as Vice-President of Student Government Association and interned at the United States Attorney’s Office of the Eastern District of North Carolina.

Monique currently serves as the Historian for the Black Law Students Association chapter at Emory University School of Law. In addition, Monique serves as the Deputy Chief of Staff for Emory University’s Graduate Student Government Association and as a member of Emory University School of Law’s Moot Court Society.

Outside of her academic studies, Monique enjoys playing softball and serving as a mentor to the youth of her community.

Spenser Clark

First-Year Law Student
University of Georgia School of Law
Athens, Georgia


Spenser Clark is a first year law student at the University of Georgia. He graduated magna cum laude from Howard University in 2016 with a BS in Sports Management. He has experience working in professional sports, spending three years working as a clubhouse attendant for the Washington Nationals and Washington Wizards. His passions include sports and politics, which he hopes to incorporate into his career.

 

 

 

 

 

Brian E. Hawthorne

Second-Year Law Student
Emory University School of Law
Atlanta, Georgia


Brian Hawthorne, a native of Dallas, Texas and proud alumnus of Howard University, is a 24-year old, second-year law student at Emory University School of Law. Brian is a proud member of Alpha Phi Alpha, Fraternity Inc. and has the pleasure of currently serving as the Secretary of Emory’s chapter of the Black Law Student’s Association.

While attending Howard, he participated in a cultural immersion trip to Beijing, China and was a member of Howard’s Freshman Leadership Academy and the National Society of Collegiate Scholars. With a passion for public service, he has previously worked for Texas State Representative Chris Turner (TX-101) and interned for Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX-30) and the Department of Justice, Community Relations Service (CRS).

Nicole Mika Henderson

Third-Year Law Student
Georgia State University College of Law
Atlanta, Georgia


Nicole Henderson is a third-year law student at Georgia State University College of Law. She received her Bachelor’s in Finance from Howard University, and went on to teach underprivileged youth in Washington, D.C. for two years before attending law school.

Nicole previously served as the President of the Black Law Students Association, one of the College of Law’s largest and most respected student organizations. She is also a member of moot court, will be participating in a moot arbitration competition in Vienna, Austria, and is pursuing her Master’s in Health Administration to pursue a career in health law.

Darius Johnson, Esq.

Third-Year Law Student
Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School
Atlanta, Georgia


Darius Johnson attended Savannah State University, where he received his Bachelor’s degree in Mass Communications with a minor in Business Management. He then went on to graduate school where he received his MBA from Georgia State University in 2012. He is currently a 3L law student attending Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School.

 

 

 

 

 

Briana Knox

Third-Year Law Student
University of Alabama School of Law
Tuscaloosa, Alabama


Briana Knox is a third-year law student at The University of Alabama School of Law. Prior to law school, Briana graduated magna cum laude from The Pennsylvania State University, earning a B.S. in Psychology and a minor in Spanish.

In law school, Briana is active in Alabama’s Black Law Students Association (BLSA) chapter, taking on mentorship roles targeted toward BLSA 1Ls. She is also a member of the Christian Legal Society and serves as Chair of the Student Farrah Alumni Society. In addition, Briana serves on the managing board of the Alabama Law Review as an Articles Editor, and is a member of Alabama’s ABA moot court team. Last year, as a 2L moot court fellow, Briana was named the Best Oralist of the regional competition for the New York City Bar National Moot Court Competition.

Briana enjoys pro bono opportunities and has a particular interest in helping survivors of domestic violence, as well as victims of human trafficking. Briana currently provides legal representation to domestic violence survivors through the law school’s Domestic Violence Clinic.

Upon graduation, Briana will join Hogan Lovells US LLP in their Washington, D.C. office as an associate in the Investigations and White Collar group.

Keonica Montgomery

Second-Year Law Student
Florida International University College of Law
University Park, Florida


Keonica Montgomery is a second-year law student at Florida International University, College of Law and aspires to serve in promoting diversity and inclusion within the legal profession and law schools across the country. She is currently a student member of the Gwen S. Cherry Bar Association, the National Bar Association and her school’s Black Law Students Association (BLSA) Chapter. Since her matriculation into law school, Keonica has served as a legal intern with the 17th Judicial Circuit of Florida providing support within specialized pre-trial diversion and post-adjudicatory proceedings.

Keonica is a magna cum laude graduate of Bethune-Cookman University with a B.A. in Political Science and is from Sumter, South Carolina. While attending Bethune-Cookman University, Keonica mentored with the school’s college academic initiative to increase retention and served with various community outreach programs as a member of AmeriCorps. She is also a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.

In addition to being a law school student, Keonica is a full-time educator in South Florida where she also serves as a mentor with Take Stock in Children, a Florida non-profit organization that provides unique opportunities for deserving low-income youth/students. In her free time, Keonica enjoys involvement in civic participation and welcomes on new opportunities to serve the community at large.


LSAT Preparation and Success Strategies Panel


Ronald Stubblefield, M.S.

Third-Year Law Student
New York University School of Law
New York, New York


Ronald Stubblefield is currently a third-year student at the New York University School of Law, where he is a Jacobson Law and Business Fellow. Ronald is originally from Washington DC. He graduated from Morehouse College, where he earned a B.S. in Physics, and Stanford University, where he earned a M.S. in Management Science and Engineering with a concentration in finance, strategy and decision analysis and policy modeling.

While at Stanford, Ronald designed and implemented financial models and strategic plans for a variety of colleges, financial institutions, non-profit organizations, political campaigns, and foreign governments. Ronald has also served as the National Treasurer of the National Black Law Students Association and as the National Finance Chairman and Vice-Chair for the National Society of Black Engineers. Ronald also helped organize and coordinate the legal and jail support team for Millions March NYC and was named the 2014-15 NEBLSA Activist of the Year and the 2014-15 National Black Law Student Association’s Oliver J. Hill Social Consciousness Award winner for his efforts.

In addition to his organizational leadership, Ronald has interned for Davis Polk, where he was recognized for his work in editing the 2015 edition of the swap treatise entitled OTC Derivatives Regulation Under Dodd-Frank: A Guide to Registration, Reporting, Business Conduct, and Clearing. He was also named a Consensus Scholar by MIT Media Lab’s for his thoughts on the role Bitcoin can play in economically building up the African American community. Ronald has also worked for General Electric, NEC China Laboratories, Bank of America, Credit Suisse and Stanford Consulting. Additionally, he currently serves as a Neighborhood Legal Fellow in the NYC Department of Small Business where he advises business improvement districts on legal and business affairs and as a volunteer coordinator for the Bernie Sanders Presidential Campaign.

Ron’s specific areas of interest from a legal perspective include financial regulatory work, securities, tax, educational policy, civil rights, nonprofit corporate governance and small business development. Additionally, Ron is also an avid jazz fan, kick boxer, basketball player, and cook.

Seth Fowler

Third-Year Law Student, Loyola Law School, Los Angeles
Los Angeles, California


Seth Fowler is a third-year law student and Immediate Past President of the Black Law Students Association at Loyola Law School in Los Angeles. A native of Los Angeles, CA, he graduated cum laude from Morehouse College with B.A.s in Business Administration and Spanish.
After college, Seth worked as an elementary school teacher before becoming involved in politics as a council aide for a Los Angeles City Councilman, where he collaborated with City departments to address constituent concerns including a broad range of municipal issues such as tree trimming, street and sidewalk repair and traffic decongestion. As a Field Representative for a CA State Assemblyman, Seth helped constituents garner Medicare, unemployment and disability benefits. Additionally, he helped develop resolutions to public policy issues such as prison overcrowding, police brutality and oil fracking.

Seth currently clerks at DouglasHicks Law Firm, working on criminal and civil cases, including police misconduct, unlawful termination and other civil rights violations. Previously, he clerked in the Loyola Project for the Innocent, which investigates and overturns false convictions.

Seth is a member of the Los Angeles Urban League Young Professionals and National Black Law Students Association. He hopes to take the tools garnered at Loyola Law School into the world of politics and public policy as a vocal consumer advocate. Seth is also a published author and illustrator, whose children’s book Cory the Popcorn’s Big Adventure is sold at Barnes and Noble and endorsed by director Spike Lee and singer Brandy Norwood.

Briana Knox

Third-Year Law Student
University of Alabama School of Law
Tuscaloosa, Alabama


Briana Knox is a third-year law student at The University of Alabama School of Law. Prior to law school, Briana graduated magna cum laude from The Pennsylvania State University, earning a B.S. in Psychology and a minor in Spanish.

In law school, Briana is active in Alabama’s BLSA chapter, taking on mentorship roles targeted toward BLSA 1Ls. She is also a member of the Christian Legal Society and serves as Chair of the Student Farrah Alumni Society. In addition, Briana serves on the managing board of the Alabama Law Review as an Articles Editor, and is a member of Alabama’s ABA moot court team. Last year, as a 2L moot court fellow, Briana was named the Best Oralist of the regional competition for the New York City Bar National Moot Court Competition.

Briana enjoys pro bono opportunities and has a particular interest in helping survivors of domestic violence, as well as victims of human trafficking. Briana currently provides legal representation to domestic violence survivors through the law school’s Domestic Violence Clinic.

Upon graduation, Briana will join Hogan Lovells US LLP in their Washington, D.C. office as an
associate in the Investigations and White Collar group.

Samantha Pline

Third-Year Law Student
University of Alabama School of Law
Tuscaloosa, Alabama


Currently a third-year law student at the University of Alabama, Samantha has served as an editor on the Alabama Journal of Civil Rights and Civil Liberties for two years. This past summer, she interned at the Southern Environmental Law Center. The previous summer, she served as a research assistant to Professor Heather Elliot, working in the area of water law.

Prior to attending law school, Samantha was a full-time lecturer in American History at Atlanta Metropolitan State College. While working on her Master’s degree, she was a Teaching Assistant at the University of Alabama. She also worked as a tutor with Varsity Tutors for three years, mainly tutoring SAT and ACT preparation, but also tutored for the GRE and, on one occasion the LSAT.

She received a Master of Arts degree in History from the University of Alabama and a Bachelor of Arts degree in History and Religious Studies from Randolph-Macon Woman’s College (now Randolph College).

Chris Gentry, J.D.

Instructor
Manhattan Prep
Atlanta, Georgia


Chris Gentry is a 99th percentile scorer and instructor of the GMAT (770), GRE (169 Q 170 V), and LSAT (179) based in Atlanta, GA. He completed his undergraduate at Clemson and received his JD at Emory Law. In his words: “I was six months away from finishing a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering when I decided that I absolutely did not want to work in that field. Shortly after finishing that degree, I found out that I have one of those warped minds that enjoys taking standardized tests and helping other people prepare for them. I started teaching the LSAT for another test prep company, but left while in law school. So yes, I have two degrees that I never want to use. Why? I love teaching! (Why else would I take all three of these tests?!?)”

His goal is to push every student to a dual-pronged understanding of each test question. First, and most obvious, there is the understanding of the most efficient solution method. Integral to this understanding is the realization that while there are almost always multiple methods, something concrete in the problem itself can propel you to the best method. What is that specific element that drives the solution method? But second, and often overlooked, is the understanding that every part of every question, from the smallest word in the question to the selection of the five available choices, is very, very deliberate. “Why did the test writer phrase the problem this way?” is a question he often asks his students.

He lives in Atlanta and absolutely loves his city. His family has ties that go back over 150 years. He loves to cook, but thinks recipes are boring. He love games, trivia, and puzzles of all kinds, which probably feeds into his enjoyment of standardized test questions. Finally, he has two dogs, one who is smart enough to unlock and open doors, and one who is terrified of the most innocuous objects, especially Christmas trees.

Samantha Pline

Third-Year Law Student
University of Alabama School of Law
Tuscaloosa, Alabama


Samantha Pline is currently a third-year law student at the University of Alabama. She has served as an editor on the Alabama Journal of Civil Rights and Civil Liberties for two years. This past summer, she interned at the Southern Environmental Law Center. The previous summer, she served as a research assistant to Professor Heather Elliot, working in the area of water law.

Prior to attending law school, she was a full-time lecturer in American History at Atlanta Metropolitan State College. While working on her Master’s degree, she was a Teaching Assistant at the University of Alabama. She was also a tutor with Varsity Tutors for three years, mainly tutoring SAT and ACT preparation, but also tutored for the GRE and, on one occasion the LSAT.

She received a Master of Arts degree in History from the University of Alabama and a Bachelor of Arts degree in History and Religious Studies from Randolph-Macon Woman’s College (now just Randolph College).

Sam Roberts, Esq.

Assistant General Counsel
Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.
Bentonville, Arkansas


Sam is an Assistant General Counsel for Walmart Stores, Inc. in its Employment Division and is responsible for all of the company’s wage and hour counseling and litigation. In his role, he provides advice to executive leadership, corporate human resources and field management and also manages all of the company’s wage and hour, compensation, and payroll related claims as well as all single plaintiff related litigation. In addition, he provides support for corporate human resources initiatives and programs and assists in the implementation of policies and practices designed to improve associate experiences and ensure legal compliance. Prior to joining Walmart, Sam was Sr. Employment Counsel at Ricoh Americas Corp. and an Employment Litigation Associate at WolfBlock, LLP in Philadelphia, PA.

Sam is a graduate of the University of Tulsa and Temple University, Beasley School of Law. He is active in multiple community organizations including Alpha Phi, Alpha Fraternity, Inc. and Big Brothers Big Sisters of America and for more than 10 years, he has volunteered his time to teach free LSAT classes through the Law School Admission Council, DiscoverLaw.Org, AlphaEsq and at universities and law schools across the country.

Tye Tavaras, Esq.

LSAT Master Teacher
The Princeton Review
Atlanta, Georgia


Tye Tavaras holds a Bachelor of Arts in International Studies from Emory University, a Master of Arts in International Human Rights Law from The American University in Cairo, and a Juris Master focused on International Law from Emory Law School. She served as a contributing writer for Mic and Ramel Media, a study abroad advisor for Emory University and also worked as the resident director in Jordan with the Critical Language Scholarships program. She is recently published in the University of Pennsylvania’s Journal of Law and Social Change as a co-author of the article “Indiscriminate Power: Racial Profiling and Surveillance Since 9/11” and currently works for The Carter Center. In her spare time she works as an LSAT master teacher for The Princeton Review.

Ellise Washington, Esq.

Associate
Maxwell Law Firm
Birmingham, Alabama


Ellise Washington is a native of Fairfield, Alabama. She graduated from Birmingham-Southern College in Birmingham, Alabama, with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science. Ms. Washington earned her Juris Doctor from Samford University’s Cumberland School of Law in Birmingham, Alabama.

At Cumberland, she was a Caruther’s Fellow Teaching Assistant, a Cumberland Ambassador, President of the Cumberland BLSA Chapter, Southern Regional Chair of the National Black Law Students Association and was the recipient of numerous accolades and awards including being named to the Dean’s list, receiving the prestigious ADLA’s Outstanding Advocate Award and the Cumberland Spirit of Service Award. Ms. Washington was also involved in Moot Court and the Judge James Edwin Horton Inn of Court. Ellise was a judicial extern for Judge R. David Proctor at the United States District Court for the Northern District of Alabama.

Ms. Washington is a member of the Alabama State Bar, and an Associate at the Maxwell Law Firm in Birmingham, Alabama, where she is involved in the firm’s civil rights, criminal defense, and personal injury practice areas.

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THE 2016 NATIONAL HBCU PRE-LAW HALL OF FAME INDUCTEES AND HONOREES


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John C. Brittain, Esq.

FounderProfessor of Law University of the District of Columbia David A. Clarke School of Law Washington, DC/Partner

Ricky Anderson, Esq.

Managing Partner Anderson & Smith P.C. Houston, Texas

Willie E. Gary, Esq.

Partner Gary, Williams, Parenti, Watson & Gary, P.L.L.C. Stuart, Florida

Allegra Lawrence-Hardy, Esq.

Partner Lawrence & Bundy LLC Atlanta, Georgia and Washington, DC

Pamela J. Meanes, Esq.,

M.A. Partner Thompson Coburn LLP Saint Louis, Missouri

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venue

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Georgia State University College of Law

Georgia State University College of Law

85 Park Place

Atlanta, Georgia 30303

Website:http://law.gsu.edu/

For further information regarding the event, please call the National HBCU Pre-Law Summit at 281-944-LAW4 (5294)

HOTEL

RECOMMENDED HOTELS


Fairfield Inn & Suites Atlanta Downtown
54 Peachtree Street SW
Atlanta, GA 30303
678-702-8600
www.fairfieldinn.com/atlus

HOTEL AMENITIES:
· Complimentary Hot Breakfast Daily
· Complimentary Wireless Internet
· Complimentary Shuttle Service within a two mile radius of hotel
· State of the art Fitness Center
· Located in Heart of Downtown Atlanta on Peachtree Street
· Walking distances to Georgia State University
· Located directly across from MARTA Transit Station (Five Points)

TO MAKE RESERVATIONS:
CALL 1-800-MARRIOTT(627-1468) and ask for the National HBCU Pre-Law Summit courtesy block rate.
Here is the reservation link you can use to make online reservations:
Book your group rate for National HBCU Pre-Law Summit

DEADLINE TO BOOK ROOM: 9/6/2016

The Inn at the Peachtrees
330 W. Peachtree Street NW
Atlanta, GA 30308
404-577-6970
www.innatthepeachtrees.com

DISCOUNTED ROOM RATE:
$129.00 plus 16% tax; $5.00 motel/hotel tax per night
Group Block ID: 1596
PARKING: $15 daily

HOTEL AMENITIES:
· Complimentary Breakfast Buffet
· Complimentary Wi-Fi

TO MAKE RESERVATIONS:
Call In-house Reservations: (404)577-6970
Or
Email: tbrockington@innatthepeachtrees.com reservations@innatthepeachtrees.com

DEADLINE TO BOOK ROOM: 9/1/2016

Residence Inn Atlanta Buckhead / Lenox Park, Atlanta
2220 Lake Blvd. NE
Atlanta GA 30319
404-467-1660
http://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/atllp-residence-inn-atlanta-buckhead-lenox-park/?scid=bb1a189a-fec3-4d19-a255-54ba596febe2

DISCOUNTED ROOM RATES:
$109 Rate is for Studio Suite with Queen Bed and up to 4 people per room.
$119 Rate is for One Bedroom Suite with Queen Bed in separate room. Sleeps up to 4 people per room.
$159 Rate is for Two bedroom Suite with Two Queen Beds in separate rooms. Sleeps up to 6 people per room.

PARKING: FREE

HOTEL AMENITIES:
· Free hot buffet breakfast
· Free wireless Internet access
· Free fitness center and pool
· Kitchenette in all rooms
· Hotel shuttle will take guests to nearby MARTA station

TO MAKE RESERVATIONS:
Individual Call In at 404-467-1660 and ask for the National HBCU Pre-Law Summit Room Block.

DEADLINE TO BOOK ROOM: 9/1/2016

Courtyard by Marriott Atlanta – Buckhead
3332 Peachtree Street NE
Atlanta, GA 30326
Hotel Main: 404-869-0818 3
Hotel Fax: 404-816-5252
www.marriott.com/atlcb

DISCOUNTED ROOM RATES:
Single: $125.00
Double: $125.00
Plus 16% taxes with a $5.00 per room, per night GA Hotel/Motel fee assessed

PARKING: Discounted self-parking $15.00

HOTEL AMENITIES:
· MARTA Station less than one block from hotel (2-minute walk)
· FREE WiFi
· Desks, minifridges and coffeemakers in all rooms
· Indoor pool and exercise room
· 8-minute walk to Lenox Square Mall

TO MAKE RESERVATIONS:
Reservations for the Event will be made by individual attendees directly with Marriott reservations at 1-800-604-5954 or 404-869-0818.

DEADLINE TO BOOK ROOM: 8/26/2016

Residence Inn Atlanta Downtown

134 Peachtree Street, NW

Atlanta, Georgia 30303

Phone: (404) 522-0950

Special Group Rate: $139 per night

Individual Reservations by 800# and Weblink: Book your group rate for the National HBCU Pre-Law Summit:

All guests should make their reservations online or directly with the hotel at the toll-free number 1-866-834-7515 by July 22, 2016. Guests must identify themselves as a part of the National HBCU Pre-Law Summit.
Free high speed internet, free breakfast and fitness center.

NEARBY HOTELS IN WALKING DISTANCE INCLUDE

The Westin Peachtree Plaza, Atlanta
210 Peachtree St. NW
Atlanta, Georgia 30303
Phone: 404-659-1400
Website: http://www.westinpeachtreeplazaatlanta.com/

The Ellis Hotel
176 Peachtree Street NE
Atlanta, Georgia 30303
Phone: 404-523-5155
Website: http://www.ellishotel.com/

Holiday Inn Express & Suites Atlanta Downtown
111 Cone Street NW
Atlanta, Georgia 30303
Phone: 404-524-7000
Website: http://www.ihg.com/holidayinnexpress/hotels/us/

Hampton Inn & Suites Atlanta- Downtown
161 Spring Street NW
Atlanta, Georgia 30303
Phone: 404-589-1111
Website: http://hamptoninn3.hilton.com/en/hotels/georgia

Double Tree by Hilton Hotel Atlanta Downtown
160 Spring Street NW
Atlanta, Georgia 30303
Phone: 404-688-8600
Website: http://doubletree3.hilton.com/en/hotels/georgia

MOST AFFORDABLE OPTION

Quality Hotel Downtown
89 Luckie Street NW
Atlanta, Georgia 30303
Phone: 404-524-7991
Website: https://www.choicehotels.com/georgia/atlanta/qua

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THE Third Annual NATIONAL HBCU PRE-LAW SUMMIT & LAW EXPO 2016

Official Pre-Summit Kickoff Event
Thursday, September 22, 2016
Morehouse College * Bank of America Auditorium * Walter E. Massey Leadership Center

Friday, September 23, 2016 and Saturday, September 24, 2016
Georgia State University College of Law * Knowles Conference Center
Atlanta, Georgia

FREE EVENT! OPEN TO THE PUBLIC! EVERYONE IS WELCOME!

Thursday, September 22, 2016
OPTIONAL: Tours at Atlanta Area Law Schools Including Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School and Emory University School of Law

Time Event Location
9:00 AM – 11:00 AM

9:00 AM – 9:30 AM

9:30 AM – 10: 00 AM

10:00 AM – 11:00 AM

Meet with Admissions Office, Law School Tour and Classroom Visit at Emory University School of Law

Breakfast and Chat with  Dean of Admission, Ethan Rosenzweig

Complimentary breakfast provided.

 

Tour of Emory University School of Law

 

 

Mock Law School Class with Dean Ahdieh

 

Emory University School of Law
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM *** BREAK***  
12:00 PM – 2:00 PM

12:00 PM-12:45 PM

 

12:45 PM – 1:30 PM

1:30 PM – 2:00 P.M.

Meet with Admissions Staff, Law School Tour and Classroom Visit at Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School

Lunch/Admissions 101 – Marc Reese, Assistant Director of Admissions

Complimentary lunch provided.

Tour of Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School – AJMLS Student Ambassadors

Q&A – Current Student Law School Panel – AJMLS Student Ambassadors

 

Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School

Official Pre-Summit Kickoff Event

Morehouse College

3:00 P.M. – 4:00 P.M.

Tour of Morehouse College

Morehouse College

5:00 P.M. – 5:30 P.M.

Kickoff  Reception

Morehouse College * Massey Leadership Center

Lobby

5:45 PM – 8:15 PM

 

Welcoming Remarks:

Bridget A. Baggett, MBA, MHA, Director of Career Planning and Placement, Morehouse College (Atlanta, Georgia)

Timothy E. Sams, Ph.D., Vice President of Student Development, Morehouse College (Atlanta, Georgia)

Evangeline M. Mitchell, Esq., Ed.M., Founder, National HBCU Pre-Law Summit and Founder & Executive Director, National Pre-Law Diversity Initiatives, Inc. (Oklahoma City, Oklahoma/Houston, Texas)

Theme: The  Legacy and Continuing Relevance and Significance of HBCU Law Schools

 Featuring HBCU Law School Deans/Special Guest Speakers/Honored Guests:

Phyliss Craig-Taylor, Esq., LL.M., Dean and Professor of Law, North Carolina Central University School of Law (Durham, North Carolina)

Angela Felecia Epps, Esq., Dean, Florida A&M University College of Law (Orlando, Florida)

Dannye K. Holley, Esq., Dean and Professor of Law, Thurgood Marshall School of Law Texas Southern University (Houston, Texas)

John Pierre, Esq., Chancellor and Professor of Law, Southern University Law Center (Baton Rouge, Louisiana)

Reginald McGahee, Esq., Associate Dean of Student Affairs, Admission and Financial Aid, Howard University School of Law (Washington, DC)

John C. Brittain, Esq., Professor of Law,  University of the District of Columbia David A. Clarke School of Law (Washington, DC)

 

Morehouse College * Massey Leadership Center, Bank of America Auditorium

 

8:15 PM – 8:45 PM

Questions and Answers

Morehouse College * Massey Leadership Center, Bank of America Auditorium

 

8:45 P.M. – 9:30 P.M.

Dessert Networking Social

Morehouse College * Massey Leadership Center

Lobby

 

Friday, September 23, 2016

Time Event Location
10:00 AM – 12:00 PM (NOON) Meet with Admissions Office, Law School Tour and Classroom Visit at Georgia State University School of Law

Complimentary continental breakfast provided.

Georgia State University College of Law Conference Center

 

12:00 PM (NOON) – 12:45 PM One-on-One Law School Admissions, Preparation and Career Planning Consulting

Bring your questions about law school admission, law school preparation and career planning.  You may also bring copies of your resume, personal statement, diversity statement and addendum for review.

15-minute consultations provided to all pre-law students that sign up.

 

 
12:00 PM (NOON) – 4:00 PM Registration Georgia State University College of Law Conference Center

 

1:00 PM SHARP – 2:50 PM Welcoming Ceremony/Opening Plenary Session

Welcoming Remarks:

Evangeline M. Mitchell, Esq., Ed.M., Founder, National HBCU Pre-Law Summit and Founder & Executive Director, National Pre-Law Diversity Initiatives, Inc. (Oklahoma City, Oklahoma/Houston, Texas)

Tanya Monique Washington, Esq., LL.M., Professor of Law, Georgia State University College of Law (Atlanta, Georgia)

Steven J. Kaminshine, Esq., Dean, Georgia State University College of Law (Atlanta, Georgia)

Organizational Leaders’ Remarks:

Sakia M. DeLaney, Esq., President, Black Law Students Association, Georgia State University College of Law (Atlanta, Georgia)

Dion J. Robbins, President, Black Law Students Association, Emory University School of Law (Atlanta, Georgia)

Jervai McConico,  President, Black Law Students Association, Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School (Atlanta, Georgia)

Janet C. Scott, Esq., President, Georgia Association of Black Women Attorneys (GAB WA) (Atlanta, Georgia)

Cheryl Turner, Esq., President, Gate City Bar Association (Atlanta, Georgia)

Special Guest Speakers:

Khyla D. Craine, Esq., Chairperson, National Bar Association Young Lawyers Division and Assistant General Counsel, National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) (Baltimore, Maryland)

Marques Banks, Co-Founder, Black Movement – Law Project; Third-Year Law Student, Catholic University of America Columbus School of Law (Washington, DC )

Marbre Stahly-Butts, Esq., Policy Advocate, Soros Justice Fellow, The Center for Popular Democracy (Brooklyn, New York)

 

Georgia State University College of Law Conference Center

 

3:00 PM – 4:00 PM LAW SCHOOL ADMISSIONS PANEL Georgia State University College of Law Conference Center

 

4:00 P.M. – 4:10 P.M. Refreshment Break

Complimentary refreshments provided.

Georgia State University College of Law Conference Center

Lobby

4:10 PM – 5:00 PM MANAGING STUDENT LOAN DEBT PRESENTATION

Presented by

Dr. Aaron N. Taylor, Esq., Associate Professor of Law, Saint Louis University School of Law (Saint Louis, Missouri)

Georgia State University College of Law Conference Center
5:10 P.M. – 6:00 P.M. PERSONAL STATEMENT/DIVERSITY STATEMENT PRESENTATION
Presented by
Collins Byrd, MBA, Assistant Dean of Enrollment Management, University of Iowa College of Law (Iowa City, Iowa)
Georgia State University College of Law Conference Center

 

6:00 PM – 8:30 PM LAW SCHOOL RECRUITMENT & RESOURCES EXPO

Meet with Representatives from  law schools and partner organizations.

CONCURRENT NETWORKING RECEPTION

Complimentary food provided.

Georgia State University College of Law Conference Center

Lobby

 

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Time Event Location
9:00 AM – 3:00 PM Registration

Continental breakfast provided.

Georgia State University College of Law Conference Center

Lobby

9:00 AM – 10:15 AM One-on-One Law School Admissions, Preparation and Career Planning Consulting

Bring your questions about law school admission, law school preparation and career planning.  You may also bring copies of your resume, personal statement, diversity statement and addendum for review.

15-minute consultations provided

CONCURRENT SESSION

Financing Legal Education

Presented by

Kim Siwarski, Education Services Manager, Access Group (West Chester, Pennsylvania)

Georgia State University College of Law

 

 

 

Georgia State University College of Law Conference Center

 

 

 

10:30 AM – 12:00 PM Power Plenary Session

Special Guest Speaker:

Shelley Broderick, Esq., M.A.T., Dean and Joseph L. Rauh, Jr. Chair of Social Justice, University of the District of Columbia David A. Clarke School of Law (Washington, DC)

Keynote Speakers:

Allegra Lawrence-Hardy, Esq., Partner, Lawrence & Bundy LLC (Atlanta, Georgia and Washington, DC)

Ronald S. Sullivan, Esq., Clinical Professor of Law and Faculty Director, Criminal Justice Institute, Harvard Law School (Cambridge, Massachusetts)

Pamela J. Meanes, Esq., Partner, Thompson Coburn LLP (Saint Louis, Missouri)

Georgia State University College of Law Conference Center

 

12:15 PM – 12:30 PM ***Short Break for Lunch***

Grab and Go box lunch (salad, wrap or sandwich) provided.  Pick up and bring back to the Courtroom.

 

Georgia State University College of Law Conference Center

 

12:30 PM – 1:45 PM HBCU LAW STUDENTS PANEL

HBCU Alumni Law Students Speak: Sharing the Realities of the Unique Issues and Challenges in Making the Transition into Law School

 

Panel Featuring Perspectives from HBCU Undergraduate Alumni Currently Attending Predominantly White (PWI) Law Schools

 

Georgia State University College of Law Conference Center – Lobby
2:00 PM – 3:15 PM HBCU LAWYERS PANEL

The HBCU Graduate Lawyer Speaks: The Truth About Finding a Job, Creating Your Own Opportunities and Working As a Lawyer Today

Panel Featuring HBCU Graduates With Law Degrees Working in a Variety of Legal Areas and Careers (Traditional and Non-Traditional)

Georgia State University College of Law Conference Center

 

3:15 PM – 3:30 PM Refreshment Break and Networking

Complimentary refreshments provided.

Georgia State University College of Law Conference Center – Lobby
3:30 PM – 4:30 PM KNOW YOUR RIGHTS WORKSHOP
Presented by
Lorenzo Azar Banks, Esq., Founder and Partner, Banks, Gilbert & Gillett Attorneys at Law (Oklahoma City, Oklahoma)
Georgia State University College of Law Conference Center

 

4:40 P.M. – 5:50  P.M. LAW SCHOOL ADMISSION TEST (LSAT) SUCCESS STRATEGIES PANEL Georgia State University College of Law Conference Center

 

6:00 PM – 8:30 PM LAW SCHOOL RECRUITMENT & RESOURCES EXPO

Meet with Representatives from  law schools and partner organizations.

CONCURRENT NETWORKING RECEPTION

Complimentary food will be provided.

 

Georgia State University College of Law Conference Center

 

8:30 P.M. – 10:00  P.M. Evening Closing Plenary Session
National HBCU Pre-Law Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony and Awards Presentations
Keynote Speaker:
Willie E. Gary, Esq., Founder and Partner, Gary, Williams, Parenti, Watson and Gary, P.L.L.C. and Former TV Executive, Black Family Channel (Stuart, Florida)
Awards Presentations

Inductees/Brief Remarks:

Ricky Anderson, Esq., Managing Partner, Anderson & Smith P.C. (Houston, Texas)

John C. Brittain, Esq., Professor of Law,  University of the District of Columbia David A. Clarke School of Law (Washington, DC)

Willie E. Gary, Esq., Founder and Partner, Gary, Williams, Parenti, Watson and Gary, P.L.L.C. and Former TV Executive, Black Family Channel (Stuart, Florida)

Allegra Lawrence-Hardy, Esq., Partner, Lawrence & Bundy LLC (Atlanta, Georgia and Washington, DC)
Pamela J. Meanes, Esq., Partner, Thompson Coburn LLP (Saint Louis, Missouri)
Future Lawyers Pinning Ceremony and Certificates of Participation

Special Guest Speaker and Presiding Over Ceremony:

 

§  The Honorable Arthur L. Burnett, Sr., Retired Senior 

§  Judge, Superior Court of the District of Columbia and National

§  Executive Director, National African American Drug Policy

§  Coalition, Inc. (Washington, DC)

 

Current lawyers pin future lawyers, and presentation of Certificates of Participation to pre-law attendees.

Georgia State University College of Law Conference Center

 

10:00 P.M. – 10:30 P.M. Farewells and Photos

The building must be cleared by 10:30 P.M.  We will announce location of any after-summit social and networking opportunities.

 

Georgia State University College of Law Conference Center

 

 

OPTIONAL: MAKING CONNECTIONS & EXPLORING ATLANTA DAY!

Group Atlanta Black History Tour
10:00 AM – 1:00 PM (3 hours)
Lunch
1:00 PM – 2:00 PM
Center for Civil and Human Rights
2:00 PM – 3:00 PM+

We will participate in a, Atlanta Black History tour where we visit several places of interest and significance to African Americans and the Civil Rights Movement. The cost is $35 per person and goes directly to the tour operator.
There will also be an opportunity to participate in a tour of the Center for Civil and Human Rights afterwards, if interested. The tour is $15 per person.
Prior to visiting the Center for Civil and Human Rights, we will have lunch at a local restaurant. Each individual is responsible for paying for his/her own meal.

VISIT ATLANTA, GEORGIA

FIND OUT MORE ABOUT ATLANTA

We will be visiting local areas of interest in Atlanta, Georgia. Please plan to join us for learning, fun and connecting with fellow future lawyers from all over the country.

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HBCU LAW SCHOOLS

HBCU UNDERGRADUATE INSTITUTIONS

ALABAMA

  • Alabama A&M University
  • Alabama State University
  • Bishop State Community College
  • Concordia College
  • C.A. Fredd Campus of Shelton State Community College
  • Gadsden State Community College
  • Lawson State Community College
  • Miles College
  • Oakwood University
  • Selma University
  • J. F. Drake Technical College
  • Stillman College
  • Talladega College
  • Trenholm State Technical College
  • Tuskegee University

ARKANSAS

  • Arkansas Baptist College
  • Philander Smith College
  • Shorter College
  • University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff

DELAWARE

  • Delaware State University
  • District of Columbia Howard University
  • University of the District of Columbia

FLORIDA

  • Bethune-Cookman University
  • Edward Waters College
  • Florida A&M University
  • Florida Memorial University

GEORGIA

  • Albany State University
  • Clark Atlanta University
  • Fort Valley State University
  • Interdenominational Theological Center*
  • Morehouse College
  • Morehouse School of Medicine*
  • Morris Brown College
  • Paine College
  • Savannah State University
  • Spelman College
KENTUCKY

  • Kentucky State University

LOUISIANA

  • Dillard University
  • Grambling State University
  • Southern University
  • System Southern University and A&M College
  • Southern University at New Orleans
  • Southern University at Shreveport
  • Xavier University of New Orleans

MARYLAND

  • Bowie State University
  • Coppin State College
  • Morgan State University
  • University of Maryland Eastern Shore

MICHIGAN

  • Lewis College of Business

MISSISSIPPI

  • Alcorn State University
  • Coahoma Community College
  • Hinds Community College
  • Hinds Community College-Utica
  • Jackson State University
  • Mississippi Valley State University
  • Rust College
  • Tougaloo College

MISSOURI

  • Harris-Stowe State University
  • Lincoln University

NORTH CAROLINA

  • Barber-Scotia College
  • Bennett College
  • Elizabeth City State University
  • Fayetteville State University
  • Johnson C. Smith University
  • Livingstone College
  • North Carolina A&T State University
  • North Carolina Central University
  • St. Augustine’s College
  • Shaw University
  • Winston-Salem State University

OHIO

  • Central State University
  • Wilberforce University

OKLAHOMA

  • Langston University

PENNSYLVANIA

  • Cheyney University of Pennsylvania
  • Lincoln University
SOUTH CAROLINA

  • Allen University
  • Benedict College
  • Claflin University
  • Clinton Junior College
  • Denmark Technical College
  • Morris College
  • South Carolina State University
  • Voorhees College

TENNESSEE

  • American Baptist College
  • Fisk University
  • Knoxville College
  • Lane College
  • LeMoyne-Owen College
  • Meharry Medical College*
  • Tennessee State University

TEXAS

  • Huston-Tillotson University
  • Jarvis Christian College
  • Paul Quinn College
  • Prairie View A&M University
  • Saint Philip’s College
  • Southwestern Christian College
  • Texas College
  • Texas Southern University
  • Wiley College

VIRGINIA

  • Hampton University
  • Norfolk State University
  • Saint Paul’s College
  • Virginia State University
  • Virginia Union University
  • Virginia University of Lynchburg

WEST VIRGINIA

  • Bluefield State College
  • West Virginia State University

U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS

  • University of the Virgin Islands

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Ronald E. Stubblefield, MS

Pre-Law Advisory Team/Focus Group Member
Morehouse College Graduate

Kierra McHenry

Pre-Law Advisory Team/Focus Group Member
Spelman College Student

Efosa Edogun

Philander Smith College Social Justice Institute

Cymill Jarrett-Thorpe

Georgia State University College of Law - Class of 2018

Seth Fowler

Pre-Law Advisory Team/Focus Group Member
Morehouse College Graduate

Brandi McNeal

Clark Atlanta University Class of 2016

Letaeja Fitzgerald

The University of North Carolina at Charlotte Class of 2018

Charles Brown

Morehouse College Class of 2017

Latoshia Jennings

University of South Florida Class of 2009

Kelsey J. Whitmore

Tennessee State University - Class of 2018

Alleyah Caesar

Spelman College Class of 2019

Julius Graham

University of North Carolina at Charlotte Class of 2016

Precious R. Johnson

Emory University School of Law Class of 2018

Crystal Williams Clark

Atlanta University Class of 2017

Jasmine Cobbs

Pre-Law Advisory Team/Focus Group Member St. Augustine's University Graduate North Carolina Central University MBA/JD Candidate

Marissa John

Emory University School of Law class of 2017

Kendra Pete

Texas Southern University Class of 2015Founder/Partner

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Mason D. Barrett

Director, The Bar Examination Academy C.E.O., The Lawyer Makers, L.L.C. Birmingham, Alabama

Administrative Judge
United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC)

Donna Davis Reddix, J.D.

Faculty Diversity Officer Office of Inclusion, Diversity & Equal Opportunity Case Western Reserve University Cleveland, Ohio

Jo Saint-George, Esq.

Founding Member FHG Media Enterprises /MinorityCounselorTV.com Washington, DC

Carlton Mark Waterhouse, Esq.,

Ph.D. Professor of Law and Dean’s Fellow Director, Environmental, Energy and Natural Resources Law Program Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law Indianapolis, Indiana

Diana Walker, Esq.

Senior Associate Director alliantgroup Houston, Texas

Danielle M. Nettles, Esq.

Attorney Linebarger Goggan Blair & Sampson, LLP Beaumont, Texas

Akilah Mance, Esq.

Attorney Olson & Olson LLP Houston, Texas

Hon. Carroll G. Robinson, Esq.

Trustee, Houston Community College Associate Professor, Barbara Jordan – Mickey Leland School of Public Affairs Texas Southern University Houston, Texas

Donise E. Brown, Esq.

Director, Corporate Counsel Starbucks Corporation Coral Gables, Florida

Richard O. I. Brown, Esq.

Assistant United States Attorney Southern District of Florida Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Demetra L. Liggins, Esq.

Partner Thompson & Knight LLP Houston, Texas

Kimberly D. Tignor, Esq.

Director of Public Policy Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law Washington, DC

Chanler A. Langham, Esq.

Partner Susman Godfrey L.L.P. Houston, Texas

Marredia Rogers, MPA

Manager, Diversity Bracewell LLP Houston, Texas

Randy Mathews, Esq., MBA

Associate Dean for Enrollment Services Lincoln Memorial University John J. Duncan, Jr. School of Law Knoxville, Tennessee

Jannell Lundy Roberts

Senior Assistant Dean Admissions & Enrollment Services Loyola Law School, Los Angeles Los Angeles, California

Jonathan H. Cox, Esq.

Founding Partner The Cox Pradia Law Firm, P.L.L.C. Houston, Texas

Troy J. Pradia, Esq.

Founding Partner The Cox Pradia Law Firm, P.L.L.C. Houston, Texas

Zinelle October, Esq.

Vice President of Network Advancement American Constitution Society of Law and Policy Washington, DC

Everett Bellamy, Esq.

Adjunct Professor of Law Georgetown University Law Center Washington, DC

Yvonne Cherena-Pacheco, Esq., LL.M.

Associate Director of Admissions University of Denver Sturm College of Law Denver, Colorado

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2015 Official Promotional Brochure

2016 Pre-Conference Planning Guide

3rd Annual National HBCU Pre-Law Summit – Planning Guide for Law Expo Exhibitors

2014 Official Souvenir Program Guide

2015 Official Souvenir Program Guide

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