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The Black Law Students Association's Diversity Career Panel Series
Opens with Discussion on Public Interest Law and Diversity

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On November 10, 2016, the Black Law Students Association (BLSA) discussed diversity and inclusion in the work place, finding a public interest job after graduation, and managing student loan debt during a career panel entitled “Public Interest Law and Diversity.”

The president of BLSA, Marques Banks (4E), kicked off the evening by introducing the panelists and moderating the event. The panelists included Asia Womack of the United States Department of Justice’s Environment and Natural Resources Division; Preston Mitchum, a ‎Policy Research Analyst at Center for Health and Gender Equity (CHANGE); and Dwight Lacy, a Compliance Specialist at the United States Department of Agriculture.

The panelists spoke about the importance of reaching out to lawyers in the public interest field for advice, the power of building relationships within the community, and gave tips on researching jobs. They also told students to utilize public interest resources like Equal Justice Works and Public Justice.

“Don’t be afraid to create your own opportunities. Set up informal coffee chats. The federal government is in your backyard, and you have tons of resources here in Washington, D.C.,” Lacy urged.

The second installment of BLSA’s diversity career panel will take place on November 17 with a focus on careers in solo practice.