Washington, DC
SUMMIT
THE 9th ANNUALNATIONAL HBCU PRE-LAW
Friday, September 16, 2022 and Saturday, September 17, 2022
Bonus Optional Days: Thursday, September 15, 2022 and Sunday, September 18, 2022
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About The Summit
Background you should know about the Summit

Evangeline M. Mitchell, Esq., Ed.M. founded the National HBCU Pre-Law Summit & Law Expo in 2014. As an HBCU graduate herself (Prairie View A&M University) and after finding that the National Black Pre-Law Conference and Law Fair, which she created in 2005 was not attracting enough students from historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs) and more time was needed to address their unique issues and concerns, she decided to create a special event specifically targeting HBCU students and graduates interested in going to law school and becoming lawyers.

With the encouragement and support of GeColby J. Youngblood, M.Ed. (Alcorn State University and North Carolina Central University) and the North Carolina Central University School of Law community, the inaugural event was launched at North Carolina Central University School of Law in Durham, North Carolina on Friday, September 19, 2014.

Subsequent events have been held in Atlanta, Georgia at Georgia State University College of Law (2015, 2016, 2019), Morehouse College (2016), Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School (2018), and Emory University School of Law (2018), and in Greensboro, North Carolina at North Carolina A&T State University (2017), Bennett College (2017), and The International Civil Rights Center and Museum (2017).

The National HBCU Pre-Law Summit is the nation’s only major national pre-law event created especially for HBCU students and alumni interested in law school and becoming lawyers!

Quick Facts
From the past eight events from 2014 to 2021
8635
People Registered
45
Keynote Speakers
18
Honorees
37
Advisors
52
Attorney Networking Small Group Leaders
166
Special Guest Speakers, Guest Speakers, and Organizational Leaders
52
Attorney Networking Small Group Leaders
Summit Benefits
  • Complimentary Continental Breakfast, Snack Breaks, and Receptions
  • Summit Strategy Booklet, Summit Notes Booklet, and Official Souvenir Program Guide.
  • Pre-Law Summit Workshop on ``How to Make the Most of the HBCU Pre-Law Summit and Law Expo`` Presented by Summit Founder Evangeline M. Mitchell, Esq.
  • Networking Opportunities to Meet Possible Mentors and Accountability Partners
  • Dynamic Keynote, Special Guest, and Guest Speakers
  • Access to Informative Live and Virtual Workshops, Panel Discussions, and Master Classes
  • HBCU Law School Deans Showcase Featuring the Deans from HBCU Law Schools.
  • Virtual and In-Person Law Expo Featuring Law Schools Across the Country
  • Q&A Opportunities with Presenters and Speakers
  • Aspiring Lawyers Pinning Ceremony - Eagle Pin + Aspiring Lawyers Success Pledge
  • Special Membership Invitations to Exclusive/Private National HBCU Pre-Law Network, as well as our Facebook Group
  • FREE Gifts! Complimentary Law School Preparation and Success eBooks (Over $100 Value) Including Profiles & Essays of Successful African American Law School Applicants, The African American Law School Survival Guide, and Conquering the Bar Exam by Evangeline M. Mitchell, Esq., Ed.M.
  • WHOVA Virtual/Hybrid Event Platform Mobile and Desktop App to Access Virtual Sessions, Networking Opportunities with Speakers and Fellow Attendees, and Push Notifications and Emails to Receive Information and Reminders Before, During, and After the Summit
  • Film Screenings + Filmmaker Q&A
  • . . . And More!
The Law Expo
Friday, September 16, 2022 | 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. EST

UDC Student Center - University of the District of Columbia

Law Expo Participants
The Summit Schedule
Experience Washington, DC
The Speakers
Hear from outstanding Black lawyers and leaders from across the country
President-Elect, American Bar Association (New York, New York)
Associate Vice President for Student Affairs, Spelman College (Atlanta, Georgia) – HBCU Affiliation: Morehouse College Graduate
Director, National Racial Equity Initiative, Congressional Black Caucus Foundation (Washington, DC) – HBCU Affiliation: Howard University Graduate
President, Jackson State University (Jackson, Mississippi) – HBCU Affiliations: Jackson State University Graduate
Senior Manager, Deloitte Tax LLC (Dallas, Texas) – HBCU Affiliation: Southern University Law Center Graduate
Business Executive, Disney Branded Television; Former SVP Business & Legal Affairs, MACRO; Former EVP & General Counsel Business & Legal Affairs, Revolt Media & TV (Los Angeles, California); HBCU Affiliations: Howard University and Howard University School of Law Graduate
Managing Partner, Esquire Litigation Group, Jacksonville, Florida
President and CEO, Lawyers Committee on Civil Rights Under the Law (Washington, DC)
Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer, Law School Admission Council (Newtown, Pennsylvania)
Executive Director, White House Initiative on HBCUs (Washington, DC)
Principal Corporate Counsel, Microsoft, Washington, DC
Government Attorney (Washington, DC)
Founder and Executive Director, Citizen SHE and Citizen SHE United (New Orleans, Louisiana)
Associate Dean for Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion, The George Washington University Law School (Washington, DC)
President-Elect, Greater Washington Association Chapter, Women’s Lawyers Division, National Bar Association (Washington, DC); Director of Educational Equity and Senior Counsel, National Women’s Law Center (Washington, DC)
President-Elect, Washington Bar Association; Trial Lawyer and Managing Attorney, District Legal Group, PLLC (Washington, DC)
National Director of PreLaw Affairs, National Black Law Students Association (NBLSA) (White Plains, New York)
National Chairperson, National Black Law Students Association (NBLSA) (Washington, DC); HBCU Affiliation: Florida A&M University School of Law
Southern Region Pre-Law Director, National Black Law Students Association; Third-Year Law Student, University of South Carolina (Columbia, South Carolina)
President, The Bar Association of the District of Columbia, Washington, D.C.
Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Professor of Law, University of the District of Columbia David A. Clarke School of Law (Washington, DC)
Dean and Professor of Law, Howard University School of Law (Washington, DC)
Chancellor and Vanue B. Lacour Endowed Professor of Law, Southern University Law Center (Baton Rouge, Louisiana)
Dean and Professor of Law, Florida A&M University College of Law (Orlando, Florida)
Interim Dean and Professor of Law, North Carolina Central University School of Law (Durham, North Carolina)
Interim Dean and Professor of Law, Thurgood Marshall School of Law Texas Southern University (Houston, Texas)
Founder and Executive Director, Citizen SHE and Citizen SHE United, Co-Founder, Detangled Co-Founder, Black Womxn Lawyers Collective
Director of Admissions, North Carolina Central University School of Law (Durham, North Carolina)
Diversity & Strategic Initiatives Manager, Recruiter, Southern University Law Center (Baton Rouge, Louisiana)
Coordinator of Admissions, Florida A&M University College of Law (Orlando, Florida)
Associate Dean of Admission and Financial Aid, University of the District of Columbia David A. Clarke School of Law (Washington, DC)
Interim Assistant Director of Admissions, Thurgood Marshall School of Law, Texas Southern University (Houston, Texas)
Programming Director, Southern Region, NBLSA; Third-Year Law Student, University of South Carolina School of Law; International MBA Candidate, University of South Carolina Darla Moore School of Business (Columbia, South Carolina)
Second-Year Law Student, University of Florida - Fredric G. Levin College of Law, Convention Coordinator, Southern Region Black Law Students Association (SRBLSA), Gainesville, Florida
Third-Year Law Student, Atlanta's John Marshall Law School, Vice Chair, Southern Region Black Law Students Association (SRBLSA), Atlanta, Georgia
Dean and Donald J. Farage Professor of Law, Penn State Dickinson Law (Carlisle, Pennsylvania)
Dean and Professor of Law, North Carolina Central University School of Law (Durham, North Carolina) (Posthumous Special Recognition)
Principal and Founder, The Taifa Group LLC (Washington, DC)
Testimonials
Word on the street
FAQs

No. Although this event was created specifically for HBCU students and alumni, anyone can register and participate. However, we ask that only prospective law students, pre-law advisors, career advisors, professors, parents, mentors, supporters, law students and lawyers register.
Anyone who registers and is found to be trolling or disrupting the event in any way will be reported, taken out of the Summit immediately, and banned from future events.

The event founder will be hosting a special webinar and providing a strategy booklet to provide you with tips on how to approach and get the most out of the event. In addition, she will be hosting a special Q&A where she will be available to answer all of your questions as you get ready to prepare for the event.

The summit takes place on Friday, September 16th, 2022 and Saturday, September 17th, 2022. However, there are also two Optional Bonus Days. Thursday, September 15th, 2022 includes tours of non-HBCU law schools and the U.S. Capitol building, and Sunday, September 18th, 2022 which will include a visit to the Smithsonian African American Museum of History and Culture, and an African American Washington, DC Tour.

This year’s event will take place primarily at an HBCU law school – the University of the District of Columbia David A. Clarke School of Law. There will also be sessions at another HBCU law school – Howard University School of Law, which is literally a 5-7 minute walk from UDC Law. Further, there will be activities at other area law schools that we will make you aware of as we get closer to the event.

The address is 4340 Connecticut Avenue NW, Washington, DC 2008.

You can take an Uber or Lyft. You can also take public transportation via the Metro subway line, Redline, and get off at the Van Ness-UDC Metro stop. For information on the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority, visit https://wmata.com/.

You will have to pay $12 for a parking pass. Note that this pass only allows for one entry.

Exit the Metro station. You will see Starbucks on your left. Turn left on the sidewalk where you see the business Eva Realty, LLC. Keep straight. You will cross the street at Windom Place and see a Potbelly Sandwich Shop on the corner. Keep walking and you will see a restaurant called Viet Chopsticks and then you will see a Gold’s Gym on the left. The law school is on the left at 4340 Connecticut Avenue NW.

We recommend the Days Inn by Wyndham Washington DC/Connecticut Avenue first because it is located extremely close to the UDC School of Law. It is only 390 ft. away and a 2-minute walk. We also recommend the Embassy Suites by Hilton Washington DC Chevy Chase Pavilion because it is close by (not walking distance) and you can take the Metro subway from Friendship Heights straight to Van Ness-DC. The trip takes about 12 minutes. The entrance to the Metro is at the bottom floor of the hotel. It is a short and easy trip. When you walk out of the subway stop, you will literally be only 0.1 mile away from the UDC School of Law, which is a 3-minute walk.

Although we will have some virtual sessions available online, those who participate in the virtual option and don’t attend will miss out on the full summit experience. Not only will they miss the primary plenary sessions featuring our keynote speakers and guest speakers, they won’t be able to partake in the complimentary continental breakfasts, receptions, movie night. Most importantly, they will miss out on major opportunities to network and connect with others in-person. However, there are some limited sessions online and there will be an opportunity to connect with others through the Whova app.

The schedule for the in-person event is on the website. The schedule for the in-person and virtual sessions will be available on the Whova platform.

Whova provides a way to provide live or pre-recorded content to those unable to attend in-person. It also enables all registrants to create profiles and has features to assist in the connection process such as their matchmaking feature that tries to connect you with others with the same interests as yours.

Just go to the Registration Center at the event, and we will check you in. If you already registered, it will be a smooth process. If you did not, you will have access to a computer station where you can go ahead and get registered.

Registration is completely free of charge! Only Law Expo exhibitors and those who are coming only as an observer are required to pay. However, seating is first-come, first-served. Make sure that you get to the conference site early and be ready to engage, learn and leave with much more than you came with! Please note that you are responsible for your own transportation costs (Metro or Lyft/Uber) for the law school tours, for admission to the optional museum visit and tour, and any other movement to additional events.

It is very important to be resourceful. Instead of thinking “I can’t”, start asking the question “How can I? ” Then, consider your options for finding a way. Think positively and recognize that when there is a will there is a way. If you are a student and don’t have any personal income, there are people who would be willing to help you. Talk to your school if you are still an undergraduate. Talk to your pre-law advisor, instructors, deans, etc. Ask your school to sponsor your trip. In return, ask if you can go back to your school and conduct a special presentation open to the entire student body where you share what you learned with other interested students at your school who are not able to attend. Be creative. Think about ways you can give something of value back in return for your school or organization sponsoring your trip. Remember that nothing is free, so you want to give an exchange.

We also encourage you to ask family members, friends, associates, and people you know, as well as organizations you are a part of to be your sponsors. Tell them that you are an aspiring lawyer and are raising funds for a trip to a national conference in our Nation’s Capital. Let them know the amount of money you need to raise.

Understand your value and what you have to offer as an individual and based on your social identity and experiences. Give concrete reasons why it is important for you to get the information and make the connections available at the event and the fact that you otherwise would not have this chance.

Write out your budget for the trip seeking out the lowest possible hotel and bus or airfare you can find. When you take the initiative and show people you are serious and what you can personally contribute and that you are looking for the least expensive, most cost- effective way to make this happen, then many would be willing to help you.

Don’t buy into the mentality of excuses. You must be relentless, especially since you are interested in pursuing a profession that does not reward passivity. Also, ask local lawyers’ groups and law firms. Ask. Ask. Ask. Don’t get discouraged if you get no response or a “no”. Someone will be willing to help you, even if they can only contribute a few dollars. Every cent counts.

If you have to, conduct fundraisers. Sell candy, baked goods, snack items, t-shirts. Wash cars. Think of a service you can provide in exchange for a fee. It is possible to come up with a few hundred dollars for an experience that can change your life. It is an investment in your future. I’m sure you have wanted something badly and figured out a way to get it before. This is no different. If an opportunity like this is provided, you must ask yourself “How badly do I want law school?” If you are serious, then we know you find a way to get there and will attend, especially since you don’t have to worry about a high registration fee that is typically attached to conference attendance.

Attendance at the conference on a very tight budget is possible and does not have to be expensive as long as you plan in advance. You may have to go through a budget airline which requires you to leave earlier or later, or the trip will take longer than you’d prefer at a discounted rate. Take a bus or train instead of a plane. Share rooms with a roommate, or at worst, if you can find a suite hotel, share with a small group of other pre-law students instead of having your own room. Choose a value hotel as you will spend most of your time at the conference while in town and not in your hotel room. Let us know if you are interested in attending and sharing rooms with another attendee. We are glad to try to connect you with someone also interested in sharing rooms. You may have to come to town with a specific budget whereby you save a small amount of money for snacks and other meals you want. The conference does not have to cost a lot if you carefully consider these issues in advance and plan accordingly.

All attendees should plan to dress in business casual or business professional attire. This means business suits, blouses, dress shirts and slacks. If you don’t have these types of clothes in your wardrobe, then do your best. We will NOT turn you away because of the clothes you are wearing, so wear the best you have and come so you can learn and connect with others with similar aspirations and those who want to help you.

There is no fee for visits to the U.S. Supreme Court and the U.S. Capitol. The U.S. Supreme Court has NOT yet resumed tours of their building or lectures. We will continue to keep checking to see if they will open back up before the event. The U.S. Capitol building has resumed tours.

Summit Venues
UDC Parking Rates: https://www.udc.edu/administration/operations/auxiliary-services/parking/parking-rates/

University of the District of Columbia David A. Clarke School of Law

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Howard University School of Law

Register for Event
Pre-Law Students/Aspiring Lawyers
Free

Complimentary Continental Breakfast

Tote Bag

Keynote Speakers & Special Guest Speakers

HBCU Law School Deans Showcase

Workshops, Panels, and Master Classes

In-Person and Virtual Law Expo

Networking Reception

FREE Resources

Parents, Mentors, and Supporters
Free

Complimentary Continental Breakfast

Tote Bag

Keynote Speakers & Special Guest Speakers

HBCU Law School Deans Showcase

Workshops, Panels, and Master Classes

In-Person and Virtual Law Expo

Networking Reception

Pre-Law Advisors @ Colleges and Universities ONLY
Free

Complimentary Continental Breakfast

Tote Bag

Keynote Speakers & Special Guest Speakers

HBCU Law School Deans Showcase

Workshops, Panels, and Master Classes

In-Person and Virtual Law Expo

Networking Reception

FREE Resources

Lawyers and Judges
Free

Complimentary Continental Breakfast

Tote Bag

Keynote Speakers & Special Guest Speakers

HBCU Law School Deans Showcase

Workshops, Panels, and Master Classes

In-Person and Virtual Law Expo

Networking Reception

Law Students
Free

Complimentary Continental Breakfast

Tote Bag

Keynote Speakers & Special Guest Speakers

HBCU Law School Deans Showcase

Workshops, Panels, and Master Classes

In-Person and Virtual Law Expo

Networking Reception

Law Expo(Law Schools) EARLY BIRD In-Person+Virtual
$299.00 +$19.84 Fee +$19.13 Sales Tax

Law School Logo and Website's Hyperlink will be featured on the event's website at http://www.hbcuprelawsummit.org

Any Size Ad in Official Souvenir Program Guide

In-Person Shared Table at Law Expo at UDC Student Center

A Virtual Booth in our Virtual Law Expo Exhibit Hall (Featured on the smartphone app and the web app.)

Hotels & Restaurants

Days Inn by Wyndham Washington DC/Connecticut Avenue

Days Inn by Wyndham Washington DC/Connecticut Avenue

4400 Connecticut Avenue
Washington, DC 20008
202-244-5600

Website: www.wyndhamhotels.com/hotels/06507?checkInDate=09/15/2022&checkOutDate=09/17/2022&groupCode=091522HBC

Distance from UDC Law – next door

Embassy Suites by Hilton Washington DC Chevy Chase Pavilion

Embassy Suites by Hilton Washington DC Chevy Chase Pavilion

4300 Military Road NW
Washington, DC 20015
202-362-9300

Website: https://www.hilton.com/en/hotels/wasches-embassy-suites-washington-dc-chevy-chase-pavilion/

Distance from UDC Law – 1.7 miles (7-minute drive)

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