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Diversity & Pre-Law Day 2020
Game Changers: Elevating Diversity in the Legal Profession

Saturday February 22, 2020
8:30 am - 2:30 pm

The University of Memphis School of Law Office of Diversity & Inclusion presents Diversity & Pre-Law Day 2020!

This year's program, "Game Changers: Elevating Diversity in the Legal Profession," will be held on Saturday, February 22, 2019 from 8:30 am-2:30 pm. Our goal for Diversity & Pre-Law Day is simple—recruit diverse students and elevate diversity in the legal profession by bringing together the Law School and Memphis legal community. The program will feature information about the admissions process and diversity programming, a mock trial demonstration, and a keynote luncheon featuring Memphis Law Alum Tomeka Hart, Senior Program Officer for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

Please join the law school community, prospective students, local bar, and the general public as we hope to explore these issues over a full day program while encouraging interest in law school and the legal profession.



8:30 A.M. Check-In, Breakfast, & Tours: Student Lounge
Tours begin at 8:45 am

9:30 A.M. Welcome & Program Introduction: Wade Auditorium
Dean Katharine Schaffzin & Diversity Office Graduate Assistants

10:00 A.M. Law Students & Professors Panel: Wade Auditorium

10:50 A.M. Break

11:00 A.M. Concurrent Workshops

Workshop 1: Preparing for Law School
Assistant Director for Law Admissions Kara Phillips Bowen will explain to high school and early undergraduates what to do in preparation for applying to law school.

Workshop 2: Applying to Law School
Assistant Dean for Admissions Sue Ann McClellan will discuss best practices for law school applications, taking the LSAT, and the admissions process.

11:45 P.M. Game Changers Luncheon: Gordon Ball Reading Room

Featuring remarks by Keynote Speaker and Memphis Law Alumna Tomeka Hart (Senior Program Officer, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation) and panel discussion with local Memphis attorneys.

Panel participants include:

  • Tomeka Hart, Senior Program Officer, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
  • Al Bright, Partner, Bass, Berry, & Sims PLC
  • Amber Floyd, Senior Assistant City Attorney, City of Memphis
  • Eileen Kuo, Assistant U.S. Attorney, Western District of Tennessee
  • JB Smiley, Jr., City Council Member, City of Memphis

1:30 P.M. Break

1:40 P.M. Mock Trial Demonstration: Historic Courtroom

2:15 P.M. Prospective Student Opportunities & Closing Remarks
Associate Professor & Director of Diversity & Inclusion Demetria Frank will discuss prospective student opportunities at Memphis Law.