Increasing Diversity In the Profession: The Fifth Annual Minority Pre-Law Conference

By LaToya Powell

Increasing the presence of minorities in the legal profession is an important goal of the North Carolina Bar Association’s Minorities in the Profession Committee (MIP).  According to the American Bar Association, law is the least diverse profession in the nation.  Nationally, eighty-eight percent of lawyers are white and roughly two-thirds are men.  Improving this lack of diversity starts with law schools.

On March 16, 2019, MIP will host the 5th Annual Minority Pre-Law Conference: Putting the Pieces Together, Is Law School the Right Fit?  This event will be held at the UNC School of Law and is designed for prospective law students from underrepresented groups.  The program helps to empower minority students who may be interested in law school but don’t have the information necessary to get started.

Prospective law students will hear from law school deans and admissions officers about why they should attend law school and how to navigate the admissions process.  They will experience life as a law student by attending a mock law school class and interacting with current law students.  They will hear from practicing attorneys about the various careers available with a law degree and attend a career fair with representatives from several law schools in North Carolina and surrounding states.

Most importantly, the event will feature a keynote address by Judge Ashleigh Parker Dunston.  In 2017, Judge Dunston became the third and youngest African-American woman to serve on the Wake County District Court bench.  She devotes much of her time to empowering youth in her community and educating them about the criminal justice system.  Students will be inspired by her story.

Please help to spread the news about this valuable program by sharing the information with minority high school students and college students in your family, neighborhood, and community.  Attendees must register by emailing Holly Morris at hmorris@ncbar.org by March 8.