December 1, 2012

Held at the UC Berkeley School of Law

9:00 - 9:30 am  
Check-in/Registration of Attendees    
Continental breakfast available

9:45 - 9:55 am   
Welcome Remarks   
  - Colin Bowen, CHBA Pipeline Chair
  - Christopher Edley, Dean, UC Berkeley School of Law    

10:00 - 10:15 am
Historical Perspective - African Americans in the Law
  - Hon. Charles Smiley, Judge, Alameda County Superior Court

10:15 - 10:35 am 
Keynote Address
  - Hon. Thelton Henderson, Judge, United States District Court, Northern District
  - Introduced by Dean Christopher Edley

10:35 - 10:50 am 

10:50 am - 11:50 am    
Practitioner Panel
Hear from prominent African-American attorneys about their paths to law school and the diverse career opportunities available in the legal profession. 
  - Hon. Martin J. Jenkins, Justice, California Court of Appeal, First Appellate District (Moderator)
  - Eva Jefferson Paterson, President and Co-Founder of the Equal Justice Society
  - Krystal Bowen, Partner, Bingham McCutchen LLP; former federal prosecutor
  - Jacque Wilson, Deputy Public Defender, San Francisco; Director of Advocates for Justice  

12:00 - 1:00 pm 
Networking Lunch
Enjoy lunch while mingling with panelists, practitioners, current law students, Berkeley Law Faculty, and law school admissions representatives. Resource and information tables will be available during lunch. Generously sponsored by Toyota, Hanson Bridgett LLP, Bingham McCutchen LLP, Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP, and the Wiley Manuel Law Foundation 

1:10 - 2:00 pm
Getting There from Here: Applying to Law School
Ask the admissions experts! Find out what law schools are looking for, how to prepare for law school, and how to craft a successful application. How much does the LSAT matter? What is a Diversity Statement? This is the opportunity to get your admissions-related questions answered. 
  - Edward Tom, Assistant Dean for Admissions, Berkeley Law (Moderator)
  - Tracy L. Simmons, Assistant Dean of Admissions and Diversity Initiatives, Univeristy of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law
  - Michael J. States, J.D., Assistant Dean for Admissions, University of North Carolina School of Law
  - Sharon Pinkney, Assistant Dean for Admission and Enrollment, U.C. Davis School of Law    

2:00 - 2:10 pm  

2:10 - 2:45 pm  
Experience Law School: Mock Lecture
What is it like to be a law student? Try it on for size! Professor Melissa Murray will present a mock lecture entitled “Food For Thought: Regina v. Dudley and Stephens.” Although not required, it is recommended that you review the case Regina v. Dudley and Stephens.
  - Professor Melissa Murray, Assistant Professor, University of California, Berkeley School of Law

2:45 - 3:15 pm
Remix - The Law School Experience
Hear directly from current African-American law students about their journey to law school, their experiences in the classroom, and where they are headed.
  - Professor Melissa Murray, Assistant Professor, University of California, Berkeley School of Law  (Moderator) 

3:15 - 3:30pm 
Closing and Evaluations