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The Black Law Students Association's Diversity Career Panel Series Opens with Discussion on Diversity in the Law

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On November 1, 2017, the Black Law Students Association (BLSA) discussed topics such as finding federal government employment, running a private practice, working in tax law, and the importance of judicial clerkships during a career panel entitled “Diversity in the Law Career Panel.”

The President of BLSA, Kwambina Coker (3L), kicked off the evening by introducing the four panelists and moderating the event. The panelists included Andrew Yingling ’15, Renee-Lauren Ellis ’10, Mike Lyles ’94, and Mackenzie Sherman.

The panelists spoke about their career trajectories, advice on classes to take during law school, the importance of building relationships, and how law school prepared them for their jobs.

"Law school prepared me for my career through the practice of writing and the exposure to different fields of law, two of which I have made a part of my practice. It has also been important to learn how to work with different personality types and diverse people," Sherman said.

“Being able to manage your time is a skill you definitely develop in law school and it is transferable to practice. Serving on the Journal of Law and Technology was particularly helpful. It was a great experience to publish an article and employers look very favorable on this,” Yingling said.

The panelists urged students to keep in touch with their professors and reach out for help. "Building relationships with professors is extremely important. Even now, there is a CUA Law professor I am going to reach out to soon for advice regarding work,” Ellis said.

Following the panel, students had a chance to ask the panelists questions.