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(From L to R Duane King, D. Margeaux Thomas, and Marcia Wright)


The Black Law Students Association's Diversity Career Panel Series Ends with Discussion on Solo Practitioners

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On March 30, 2017, the Black Law Students Association (BLSA) discussed the intersection between diversity and the law from the perspective of solo practitioner lawyers during a career panel entitled "Solo Practitioner Panel from the Law and Diversity Career Series."

The Vice President of BLSA, Shanee Scott (3L), kicked off the evening by introducing the three panelist and moderating the event. The panelists included Marcia Wright ’03, Wright Law & Advocacy; Duane King, The Law Office of Duane O. King; and D. Margeaux Thomas ’07, Thomas Law Office.

The panelists spoke about biggest challenges in starting their practice that turned into learning experiences, finding a niche, the importance of marketing and branding, tips to building a successful firm, and taking on cases that they believe in.

"The relationships I made in law school helped me build my practice. Relationships with adjunct professors and relationships with students who went to work in prosecutors offices were both very critical," Wright said.

The panelists urged students to reach out to their networks for help. "There are so many resources out there for people who want to build a solo firm. There are so many people that are ready to help you, podcasts to listen to, and books to read about building a successful solo firm," Thomas said.

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