Evangeline M. Mitchell has utilized her experiences as a first-generation college and law school graduate and her legal training to become a passionate social entrepreneur with a heart for empowering aspiring lawyers and increasing diversity in law schools and in the legal profession. She is the founder and executive director of National Pre-Law Diversity Initiatives, Inc., a federally-recognized 501(c)(3) non-profit educational and charitable organization (www.nationalprelawdiversity.org). Their mission is to connect diverse aspiring lawyers to game-changing information, resources and networking opportunities to help them become more excellent, competitive and strategic law school applicants, law students and lawyers – as well as conscientious leaders and community servants.
Every year, her organization hosts the following information-sharing and networking empowerment events: the National Diversity Pre-Law Conference and Law Fair (www.diversityprelawconference.org), the National HBCU Pre-Law Summit and Law Expo (www.hbcuprelawsummit.org), the National Black Pre-Law Conference (www.blackprelawconference.org), the National Hispanic Pre-Law Conference (www.hispanicprelawconference.org) and the Joint National Black and Hispanic Pre-Law Conference and Law Fair (www.blackandhispanicprelawconference.org) in cities around the country, which will this year include Washington, DC, Atlanta, Georgia and Boston/Cambridge, Massachusetts. Evangeline has been organizing conferences since 2005 and has impacted the lives of thousands of future law students.
Evangeline is also the founder of Hope’s Promise Publishing (http://www.hopespromisepublishing.org) and has also authored, edited and published books geared to helping African American and minority students in getting into law school, succeeding in law school and passing the bar exam, which she makes available free of charge. In addition, she has recently founded a media production company, Relentless Visionary Films LLC (http://www.relentlessvisionaryfilms.com), as another outlet to share the stories and wisdom of minority law students and lawyers on the path to lawyerhood. She is now in the pre-production stages of her first two major projects including Becoming Black Lawyers: African Americans and the Law School Experience and The Black Lawyers Legacy Project.
Evangeline has been recognized for her efforts by receiving the National Bar Association and IMPACT’s 40 Under 40 Nation’s Best Advocates Award, the National Black MBA Association Leadership Empowerment in Law Award, the National Black Law Students Association Sadie T.M. Alexander Award, the National Black Law Students Association Legacy of NBLSA Award, the Houston Lawyers Association Roberson L. King Excellence in Education Award, Who’s Who in Black Houston, the Top 50 Black Lawyers of Houston Trailblazer Award, and the Ms. JD Road Less Traveled Award. She is also a two-time recipient of the Houston Bar Association Equal Access Champion Award due to her commitment to pro bono legal service.
Evangeline earned degrees from Prairie View A&M University, the University of Iowa College of Law and the Harvard University Graduate School of Education. She is a member of the State Bar of Texas and is a Texas Bar Foundation Fellow. She earned a Certificate in Non-Profit Management from Duke University and is currently working on her Distance Certificate in Documentary Studies from Duke University. A native Houstonian, she currently resides in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma with her husband Michael and two children, Nyla and Michael II.