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QUICK FACTS DURING THE PAST EIGHT (8) YEARS, THE CONFERENCE HAS:  Registered over 2,200 pre-law students representing 36 states, 1 U.S. territory (U.S. Virgin Islands), 1 foreign country (Canada)  Registrants have represented over 284 colleges and universities  Attracted 180 ABA-approved law schools, the majority of U.S. law schools (There are 202 ABA-approved law schools.)  Hosted over 215 mock law school classes, clinics, workshops, panels, and other sessions  Featured 32 keynote speakers, 35 special guest speakers, and 359 community leaders, law students, lawyers, law school administrators, and judges who have served as featured panelists, moderators, and workshop presenters.  Earned the support of over 59 local, state and national elected officials, and key leaders of influential bar associations

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TABLE OF CONTENTS Mission Statement ..................................................3 About The National Black Pre-Law Conference ..........4 The Necessity of the Conference ...............................5 Accolades for the Conference ...................................6 The Story Behind the Conference .............................7 About the Founder ..................................................8 Registrant Demographic Information .......................9 Why Sponsor? .......................................................10 Past Sponsors .......................................................11 Past Media Partners ..............................................12 Past Community/Organizational Partners ...............12 Testimonials .........................................................13 Schedule At-A-Glance ............................................16 Sponsorship Levels and Benefits ............................18 Sponsorship Commitment Form .............................21

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he Mission of The National Black Pre-Law Conference and Law Fair is to provide a comprehensive national event, free to registrants, designed specifically for aspiring Black lawyers for the purpose of providing them with access to empowering information, resources, and contacts that will assist them in becoming more strategic and competitive college students, law school applicants and law students. It also enables participants the opportunity to speak face-to-face with law school representatives sincerely interested in reaching out to prospective Black applicants. The bottom line: We genuinely want to help them prior to beginning their law school careers so they can have the “insider” information and encouragement they need to help them to better understand what it takes to be successful in their quest to become lawyers.

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About The National Black Pre-Law Conference The National Black Pre-Law Conference and Law Fair offers the following opportunities to participants: • Keynote and special guest speakers • Numerous workshops and panel discussions covering everything someone considering law school would need to know, including: law school admission, personal statements and diversity statements, financial aid and the impact of student loan debt, law school selection, the law school value proposition, law school preparation, the law school experience, academic support programs, non-traditional career options, career choice, creating one’s own opportunities, the legal job search, diversity issues, the bar exam, life as a lawyer, and career advancement • Power sessions on networking, relationship building and mentorship, character and reputation, and professional business image and etiquette • Special forums/town hall meetings

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• Introduction to the Socratic method and case method • Mock law school classes • Law School Recruitment Fair • Networking/Making Connections socials • LSAT preparation and test-taking strategies sessions • Diagnostic LSAT administrations • Law School Admissions & Preparation Help Advice Clinic™ • Personal Statement, Diversity Statement, Resume, and Addendum Practical Assistance Sessions™ • Certificate of Participation • Aspiring Lawyers Pinning Ceremony • Access to potential mentors, accountability partners and role models

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The Necessity of the Conference Why is a conference specifically for African American/Black law school aspirants so greatly needed? We strongly believe that with good, credible information and the ability to network and make connections with knowledgeable law students, law school administrators, and attorneys that conference attendees don’t have to be a part of the negative statistics. With the right information and mentors, they can do well in undergrad and on the LSAT, get into law school, get through law school, pass the bar, and become lawyers. • According to a recent study that analyzed Law School Admission Council (LSAC) admission statistics from 2003 until 2008 conducted by Columbia Law School professor Conrad Johnson, 61% ( a solid majority) of African American/Black law school applicants are not getting admitted into ANY of the law schools that they are applying to. • Despite the rise in the number of available seats in American law schools, which is up almost 4,000 seats in the last fifteen years, African American/ Black law school enrollment has actually fallen. • According to 2009-2010 LSAC statistics, African Americans/Blacks are doing less well in terms of the

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“numbers” for gaining entry into law school than all other ethnic groups, with the exception of Puerto Ricans. From fall 2006 to fall 2009, African Americans/ Blacks made up only 6.4% of minority enrollment in predominantly White law schools. African Americans/Blacks make up approximately 7% of all law students. African American/Black representation among Untied States lawyers is only 4%. African Americans/Blacks make up almost 13% of the U.S. population.

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ACCOLADES FOR THE CONFERENCE Everett Bellamy (left), Evangeline Mitchell, Donald Temple (Charles Hamilton Houston Law School Prep Institute), Chibundu Nnake (NBLSA Chair 2011-2012) (right)

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Sadie T.M. Alexander Honoree National Black Law Students Association

Congressional Recognition Sheila Jackson Lee U.S. House of Representatives 18th Congressional District

Leadership Empowerment Award Law/Government National Black MBA Association Houston Chapter

The Houston Lawyers Association and the Houston Lawyers Foundation’s Roberson L. King Excellence in Education Award

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* Photo taken at The Sadie T.M. Alexander Awards Luncheon at The National Black Law Students Association’s National Convention, March 2012 (Washington, DC)

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The Story Behind the Conference Why was the National Black Pre-Law Conference created? When Evangeline was a college student, she knew that she wanted to go to law school. Although she was clear about her goal, she didn’t receive any true pre-law advisement, had very little information on the realities of what law school would be like, had few chances to meet any real-life lawyers, and did not have any mentors to assist her. She was left to navigate the daunting law school admissions process alone. “I knew there was so much I didn’t s she looks back on those As a college undergrad, she know. And there really was a great years, she recalls having made a promise to herself that deal of information that I didn’t reala great desire to attend once she graduated from law ize I didn’t know. What made matters law school and assumed that school and became a lawyer, worse is that we didn’t have the Intershe was doing everything right she would never forget what it net back then, and the library on my (working hard in all of her classfelt like to be the first in her famcollege campus had extremely limes and making straight As), but ily to pursue a law degree. She ited resources, especially related to law at the same time, feeling lost. vowed to remain committed to school,” she reminisces. She recognizes that although doing everything in her power she was on the right track, because she didn’t have the to help others in her situation. Through creating the correct knowledge or mentorship, she wasn’t doing all conference, she kept that promise. that she could have to make herself a truly well-prepared, and more competitive, standout applicant. There was nothing like the National Black Pre-Law Conference when Evangeline was in college or law school She is adamant that ability and drive were not the is- - nothing that addressed the issues that she and other sue, but simply not knowing any better. She is pas- African Americans faced.  She knew it was time for a sionate about the fact that she could have greatly ben- change. She had tried other avenues on her own to efitted from real assistance. She knew there was infor- address the issue - writing and publishing books, esmation she was missing, but didn’t know where to find tablishing a national Black pre-law organization, creit, and the few lawyers she encountered stated that law ating an informational website, and an e-mentorship school was tough, but were unwilling to provide the program - which were all helpful in their own way. But necessary mentorship to help fill in the missing pieces. nothing could replace the dynamics of an event and in-person connections - networking and opportunities “Although I was a serious straight A student, always for mentorship - with so many different law students, studying and focused on the future, no one really ex- administrators, professors, and lawyers on a national plained to me that I had to have a strategy and a writ- level.  ten success action plan to effectively compete and that I would be competing on a national level with lots of Now, hundreds of future Black lawyers, law school repother straight A students with the same goals I had. resentatives, law students, and lawyers from all over I could have been in a better position to be a much the country converge in Houston to participate in the more sophisticated and ultra-competitive candidate country’s largest and most comprehensive pre-law had I had good information, mentoring, and the op- conference – The National Black Pre-Law Admissions & portunity to network with law students and lawyers Preparation Conference and Law Fair – now entering who cared about my success. You can be bright and its ninth successful year. And Evangeline plans to not a hard worker, but without the right information and only continue, but to make it bigger and better and ulmentors, you are at a tremendous disadvantage,” she timately - through greater outreach and technology adds.  reach as many people as possible..

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About the Founder

Evangeline M. Mitchell Esq., Ed.M., Founder & Executive Director

Evangeline was born in New Orleans, Louisiana and raised in Houston, Texas. She graduated magna cum laude from Prairie View A&M University, a historically Black university. She went on to earn her doctorate of jurisprudence from the University of Iowa College of Law. At Iowa, she earned membership on the Iowa Law Review.

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he studied international and comparative law abroad with the University of Iowa Bordeaux Summer Program and participated in the London Law Consortium Semester Study Abroad Program and in their British Legal Externship Program, where she served as a legal extern to barrister (trial lawyer) Elroy Claxton. She also spent a semester as a visiting student at the University of Houston Law Center. As a law student, she interned in the legal tax department at Shell Oil Company (Houston, Texas), participated in the Minority Judicial Clerkship Program (Johnson County Courthouse, Iowa City), and served as a research assistant to Dean N. William Hines and Professor Herbert Hovenkamp. Further, she clerked at a complex business litigation boutique law firm in Houston.

and to adult learners through the Japan Exchange and Teaching Programme. She is a student of the Spanish language and has studied Spanish and Mexican culture at various institutions and through family home stay programs throughout Mexico.

Evangeline earned a master of education with a concentration in administration, planning and social policy from Harvard University, and gained higher education research experience through the Harvard University National Campus Diversity Project, and practical experience working in the Harvard Medical School’s Office of Recruitment and Multicultural Affairs and at Brown University in student affairs. Further, she taught English and American culture abroad for two years at various high schools

Evangeline has been doing this work for well over a decade. She is dedicated to creating accessible educational resources, events, and programs centered on helping Blacks and other minorities become more excellent, strategic, and competitive law school applicants and law students. In addition to founding The National Black Pre-Law Conference and Law Fair in 2005, Evangeline founded Black Pre-Law Magazine, BlackPreLaw.com, The National Black Pre-Law Network, The National HBCU Pre-Law Project,

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After graduating from Harvard, Evangeline published her first book The African American PreLaw School Advice Guide. Since that time, Evangeline made the risky and courageous move to forego opportunities and her own original plans to pursue a Ph.D. and international/multicultural/diversity leadership in higher education, and chose to follow the uncommon path of becoming a passionate and driven “social entrepreneur.”

The Black Lawyers Legacy Project, and The Future Legal Eagles Flight School. She has written or edited, and published four books including The African American Pre-Law School Advice Guide, Profiles & Essays of Successful African American Law School Applicants, The African American Law School Survival Guide, and Conquering the Bar Exam. She is currently working on several book projects including Conquer the LSAT!, African Americans and the Law School Experience, Creating Your Personal Strategic Success Plan for Law School Admission and Lessons from 100 Successful African American Lawyers. She is also working on video and film projects, as well as other national events. Evangeline is a licensed attorney, certified mediator, speaker/trainer, and strategic planning coach. She is a fellow of the Texas Bar Foundation, twice a Houston Bar Association Equal Access Champion, and a Harvard University alumna interviewer. She takes on pro bono cases for the Houston Volunteer Lawyers Program. She also consistently mentors students from high school to post-law school. Evangeline has been quoted in U.S. News & World Report, been featured in several publications, and contributed to the Harvard Black Alumni Society’s Law School Application Guide.

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Registrant Demographic Information WHO REGISTERS TO ATTEND THE NATIONAL BLACK PRE-LAW CONFERENCE AND LAW FAIR?

District of Columbia Florida Georgia Illinois Indiana Kansas

GENDER MIX*

 Female - 73%  Male - 27%

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 Under 25 - 57.7%  25-34 – 26.9%  35-44 – 10.6%

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Louisiana Maryland Massachusetts Michigan Minnesota Mississippi Missouri Nevada New Hampshire New Jersey New York North Carolina Ohio Oklahoma Oregon Pennsylvania Rhode Island South Carolina Tennessee Texas Virginia Washington West Virginia Wisconsin

 45-54 – 4.6%  55-64 – 0.1%  65+ - 0.2%

What is the purchasing power of African Americans? African Americans have a collective buying power of nearly $1 trillion per year. Source: The State of the African American Consumer Report, September 2011, Nielsen P.O. Box 631234 • Houston, Texas 77263 • Phone/Fax: 281-247-4026 • sponsorship@blackprelawconference.com • www.blackprelawconference.com

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Why Sponsor The National Black Pre-Law Conference and Law Fair? The National Black Pre-Law Conference and Law Fair is the only national event of its kind in the country focused on helping to ensure the success of future Black lawyers by giving them the information, contacts, and tools they need prior to applying to law school. In its almost eight years in existence, it has developed an excellent reputation as “the” major event specifically targeting African Americans interested in pursuing law school. Throughout the years, over 2,200 people have registered for this event, and hundreds of African Americans with law school aspirations have been helped to better understand how to properly prepare for the challenges they will encounter on the journey to becoming a lawyer. This year, attendance is expected to exceed 500. Sponsorship of The National Black Pre-Law Conference and Law Fair provides its sponsors with the unmatched opportunity to:  Reach the nearly $1 trillion market of African-American buyers with tremendous purchasing power  Reach hundreds of thousands through our pre-event promotional campaign (radio, Internet including social media, print)  Grow their customer base by driving interest in their products and services, and ability to obtain sales leads  Closely interact with hundreds of aspiring Black law students (college students, college graduates, working professionals), as well as current law students, law school administrators, law professors, lawyers and judges  Enhance their cause-related marketing by associating with an event that benefits the community and empowers minorities  Showcase their community responsibility as good corporate citizens, and highlight their organization’s commitment to diversity  Create awareness and visibility in order to gain positive exposure, and connect their brand to a dynamic national audience made up primarily of rising Black professionals seeking to increase their educational and income levels  Make direct connections and forge new links with representatives of other organizations with a common commitment to diversity

The National Black Pre-Law Conference and Law Fair is deeply committed to developing long-term, mutually beneficial relationships with our sponsors. We realize we can’t do the important work that we do without their support. We greatly value our partnerships and want to make sure that we provide excellent benefits to those organizations that sponsor us so that they can feel that they’ve made an excellent investment but make no mistake, we not only want you to support our important work, but we genuinely want to positively impact your bottom line and make this a win-win relationship.

O U R C U R R E N T N AT I O N A L M E D I A PA R T N E R  Radio One is the largest radio broadcasting operation that primarily targets African-American and urban consumers in the nation.  They currently own and/or operate 53 broadcast stations located in 15 urban markets in the United States.  Radio One stations reach 82% of African Americans.

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PAST SPONSORS Corporate Sponsors

Access Group, Inc.

Citi

Proctor & Gamble Huron Consulting Group

Microsoft

Small Business Sponsors

Recruit for Law School, Inc.

Veritas Prep

Law Firm Sponsors Andrews Kurth LLP

Baker Botts LLP

Ballard Spahr LLP

Bracewell & Giuliani LLP

Dickstein Shapiro LLP

Faegre & Benson LLP

Hunton & Williams

Kirkland & Ellis LLP

Edwards Wildman Palmer LLP

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

Latham & Watkins LLP

Finnegan

Steptoe & Johnson LLP

Jackson Walker L.L.P.

Mayer Brown LLP

McGuireWoods LLP

Law School Sponsors

Sidley Austin LLP Shook, Hardy & Bacon, L.L.P.

Thompson & Knight LLP

Corporate In-Kind Sponsors

Sonesta ES Suites

Law Preview

Princeton Review

Macy’s

Phoenix School of Law Greater Houston Convention & Visitors Bureau

Kaplan Bar Review - 1L Edge Semester Success Program

SuperShuttle

McDonald’s

Avalon Massage & Bodyworks

BarBri

Starbucks Coffee

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PAST LOCAL MEDIA PARTNERS

Black Star News

Dallas Weekly

Houston Forward Times

Houston Style Magazine

i10 Media Group

Rolling Out Magazine

The Choice 90.9 FM

D-MARS.com

PAST NATIONAL MEDIA PARTNERS

Black Legal Issues

HBCU Connect

HBCU Network

Radio One

PAST COMMUNITY/ORGANIZATIONAL PARTNERS AND STRATEGIC ALLIANCES

Black Summit Weekend/ Foundation for Student Leadership and Success

Council on Legal Education Opportunity

Empowered Entrepreneurs

Houston Area Urban League Young Professionals

National Association Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, National Association of Future Black Law University of Houston, Eta of Black Female Students Lambda (Space City) Chapter Entrepreneurs

Shrine of the Black Madonna Cultural Center and Book Store

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State Bar of Texas

100 Black Women Houston

100 Black Men of Houston Houston Metropolitan Lawyers Chapter, Inc. Association

Association of Law Firm Diversity Professionals

Tri-County Black Chamber University of Houston Downtown of Commerce – Black Student Alliance

National Urban League Young Professionals

Houston Young Lawyers Association Tomorrow’s Attorneys Pipeline Program

National Black Law Students Association – National Pre-Law Division National Black Law Students Association – Rocky Mountain Region

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attended the conference and it has by far been the best pre-law event that I’ve attended. Being surrounded by so many African American judges, lawyers, and administrators was a breath of fresh air and an assurance that I too could join the ranks of Black lawyers. Had it not been for the conference, I don’t think that I would have walked away with the confidence I needed to navigate the admissions process nor would I have met a judge which led to me joining a local non-profit and a research opportunity for this summer. I was accepted to the University of California, Berkeley, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, University of Pennsylvania, Duke, Georgetown, Cornell, and University of Southern California. None of that would be possible without the encouragement, amazing advice and instruction, and hope I received after attending the National Black Pre-Law Conference.”

Chayla C. Jackson First-Year Law Student, Georgetown University Law Center Washington, DC

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he National Black Pre-Law Conference truly is the preeminent event for minorities who are contemplating the study and practice of law. The conference is very well organized and yields SO much information that will help to guide you on your journey. I personally attended the conference and the wealth of information and contacts that I had access to were invaluable. … Because of the skills and concepts that I gleaned from conference, I was able to successfully make my way through the admissions process. I was ultimately accepted to the University of Maryland, University of Baltimore, and Howard University Schools of Law. Bottom Line: GO! Be Inspired! Rise to the Challenge! And SUCCEED!”

Vincent Brown First-Year Law Student, University of Maryland School of Law Baltimore, Maryland

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didn’t know many people that were on the same path as me and I didn’t have anyone to turn to for guidance and felt that I would find some sense of relief by attending the conference. . . .Of the 14 or so schools that I applied to, I got accepted to all but about 4 of them, some of which offered awesome scholarships!. . . I really don’t feel that I would have the confidence in myself or the motivation that I have if it wasn’t for The National Black Pre-Law Conference. Before the conference, I was only thinking inside the box, but now I feel that I can accomplish anything that I really work hard for and put my all into. I urge anyone who is interested in law school to attend the conference.”

Ashley Cloud First-Year Law Student, Howard University School of Law Washington, DC

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hank you so much for dedicating so much time and effort into making the National Black Pre-Law Conference a great success! The conference inspired me to reapply to law schools because the first time around I was completely on my own, and my pre-law advisor was not of much help to me. The tips that the panelists gave during the different seminars were very helpful to me and I was able to put them into good use during the application process. I sent out the applications much earlier this time around, and instead of getting outright “Nos” from schools, I was given opportunities to prove myself at NCCU Law, Florida Coastal and Widener. I chose to do the Trial Admissions Program (TAP) at Widener, and though it was great leap of faith and a great sacrifice of my time and money, by the grace of God I was successful with the program and got great news that I have been accepted at Widener University School of Law. I can honestly say that your work is not in vain and I will do whatever I can do help you to continue to make this a success.”

Jasmine Harrington First-Year Law Student, Widener University School of Law Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

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his conference was organized, detailed, informative and most importantly, relatable. Actual attorneys headed different seminars and workshops. They were personable, knowledgeable, and answered all inquiries. If you are even slightly interested in the legal field, attendance at this conference is a MUST!

Jessica C. Smith Second-Year Law Student Thurgood Marshall School of Law Texas Southern University Houston, Texas

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he National Black Pre-Law Conference and Law Fair played an integral role in why I [attend] the University of Houston Law Center. I would encourage aspiring Black law students to also take part in this amazing and professional event as it is a rare opportunity in which you can learn how to make yourself a more well-rounded applicant, as well as network with successful black attorneys who are willing to have an open dialogue concerning the issues we as minority students may face in applying, financing, and conquering law school.

Ariell Hardy Second-Year Law Student University of Houston Law Center Houston, Texas

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Chris Oliver Second-Year Law Student South Texas College of Law Houston, Texas

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he conference and the educational experience I received there greatly impacted my acceptance to my law school of choice, as well as acceptance to five other prestigious institutions. The networking opportunities at the National Black PreLaw Conference are countless and the relationships I have developed are priceless.

  Jennipher V. Williams Third-Year Law Student Southern University Law Center Baton Rouge, Louisiana   od has truly used this organization to make an impact on my life, and I pray that it will continue to help young aspiring attorneys accomplish their goals and dreams. I have to just say that many of the contacts I made in Houston are still my friends to this day.  I was able to have so much wisdom and discernment because of the things I learned in the conference. You should see how I was able to help some of my friends out because I gained so much information from your program.

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The 9th Annual National Black Pre-Law Conference and Law Fair 2013 Friday, November 15, 2013 to Saturday, November 16, 2013 The Westin Houston, Memorial City Houston, Texas

TENTATIVE SCHEDULE OF EVENTS Friday, November 15, 2013 TIME

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8:00 A.M. – 4:00 P.M.

Registration

8:45 A.M. – 9:45 A.M.

Opening Keynote Ceremony

9:45 A.M. – 11:00 A.M.

Mock Law School Admissions Committee

11:15 A.M. – 12:30 P.M.

Diversity in the Legal Profession

12:30 P.M. – 1:30 P.M.

LUNCH – On Your Own

1:30 P.M. – 5:30 P.M.

LAW SCHOOL RECRUITMENT FAIR

5:30 P.M. – 7:00 P.M.

Signature Event: Law School Admission and Preparation Advice Help Clinic™ Signature Event: Personal Statement, Diversity Statement, Resume, and Addendum Practical Assistance Session™

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5:30 P.M. – 7:30 P.M.

ATTORNEY CLES Earn two (2) hours of FREE Continuing Legal Education (CLE) credit

7:30 P.M. – 9:00 P.M.

Oratorical Competition/Essay Writing Competition

9:00 P.M. – 11:00 P.M.

Networking and Making Connections Mixer/Meet and Greet Social

Saturday, November 3, 2012 TIME

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8:00 A.M. – 2:00 P.M.

Registration

8:45 A.M. – 9:45 A.M.

Keynote Ceremony

9:45 A.M. – 11:00 A.M.

Mock Law School Class

10:00 A.M. – 6:00 P.M.

JOB AND RESOURCES FAIR

11:15 A.M. – 12:30 P.M.

African Americans and the LSAT: The Truth About What It Really Takes for Us to Conquer This High-Stakes Entrance Exam LUNCH – On Your Own

12:30 P.M. – 1:30 P.M. 1:30 P.M. – 5:30 P.M.

Mock LSAT Administration

1:30 P.M. – 2:45 P.M.

How to Minimize Student Loan Debt and Plan for Your Financial Future

3:00 P.M. – 4:15 P.M.

Preparing for and Making the Most of the Law School Experience

5:30 P.M. – 6:30 P.M.

LSAT Test-Taking Strategies Session

4:30 P.M. – 5:45 P.M.

African American Lawyers: Different Career Paths and Possibilities

7:30 P.M. – 8:00 P.M.

Networking and Red Carpet Photos

8:00 P.M. – 10:00 P.M.

Awards Banquet & Aspiring Lawyers Pinning Ceremony Legacy Builder and Bridge Builder Awards Announcement of Oratorical and Essay Writing Competition Winners

* Some aspects of this schedule are subject to change without notice.

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THE 9TH ANNUAL NATIONAL BLACK PRE-LAW CONFERENCE AND LAW FAIR 2013 THE WESTIN HOUSTON, MEMORIAL CITY HOUSTON FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 15, 2013 AND SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 16, 2013

SPONSORSHIP LEVELS AND BENEFITS PREMIUM SPONSORSHIP LEVELS SPONSORSHIP LEVEL – INVESTMENT Diamond Sponsor $10,000

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BENEFITS • 15-minute speaking opportunity • Special verbal recognition at opening keynote ceremony AND Special verbal recognition at the Awards Banquet & Aspiring Lawyers Pinning Ceremony • One (1) full-page, full-color ad in premium space (inside front cover, inside back cover or back cover) or two-page spread in the conference’s Official Souvenir Program Guide • Space to display Corporate Banner in prime space • Exhibitor table in prime space • Fifteen (15) “VIP All-Access” conference passes • Two (2) reserved tables with premier seating at the Awards Banquet & Aspiring Lawyers Pinning Ceremony • Diamond sponsorship recognition on event signage • “Diamond Sponsor” ribbons on name tags • Sponsor Special Recognition Award commemorative plaque • Listing on press releases distributed nationally • Access to VIP lounge • Your logo and website hyperlink on www.blackprelawconference.com • Your organization’s video added to “Sponsors & Partners” page

P.O. Box 631234 • Houston, Texas 77263 • Phone/Fax: 281-247-4026 • sponsorship@blackprelawconference.com • www.blackprelawconference.com


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Platinum Sponsor $7,500

• 10-minute speaking opportunity • Verbal recognition at opening keynote ceremony OR Verbal recognition at the Awards Banquet & Aspiring Lawyers Pinning Ceremony • One (1) full-page, full-color ad in the conference’s Official Souvenir Program Guide • Space to display Corporate Banner • Exhibitor table • Ten (10) “VIP All-Access” conference passes • One (1) reserved table with premier seating at the Awards Banquet & Aspiring Lawyers Pinning Ceremony • Platinum sponsorship recognition on event signage • “Platinum Sponsor” ribbons on name tags • Sponsor Special Recognition Award commemorative plaque • Listing on press releases distributed nationally • Access to VIP lounge • Your logo and website hyperlink on www.blackprelawconference.com • Your organization’s video added to “Sponsors & Partners” page

Gold Sponsor $5,000

• One-half (1/2) page, full-color ad in the conference’s Official Souvenir Program Guide • Exhibitor Table • Five (5) “VIP All-Access” conference passes • Five (5) tickets/seats (half-table) at a reserved table at the Awards Banquet & Aspiring Lawyers Pinning Ceremony • Gold sponsorship recognition on event signage • “Gold Sponsor” ribbons on name tags • Sponsor Recognition Award commemorative plaque • Listing on press releases distributed nationally • Your logo and website hyperlink on www.blackprelawconference.com

Silver Sponsor $3,500

• One-fourth (1/4) page, full-color ad in the conference’s Official Souvenir Program Guide • Two (2) “VIP All-Access” conference passes • Two (2) tickets/seats at a reserved table at the Awards Banquet & Aspiring Lawyers Pinning Ceremony • Silver sponsorship recognition on event signage • “Silver Sponsor” ribbons on name tags • Sponsor Recognition Award commemorative plaque • Your logo and website hyperlink on www.blackprelawconference.com

Bronze Sponsor $2,500

• Name and logo as “Bronze Sponsor” included in the conference’s Official Souvenir Program Guide • 10% discount on any size ad in the souvenir program guide • One (1) “VIP All-Access” conference pass • One (1) ticket/seat at a reserved table at the Awards Banquet & Aspiring Lawyers Pinning Ceremony • Bronze sponsorship recognition on event signage • “Bronze Sponsor” ribbons on name tags • Sponsor Recognition Award commemorative plaque • Your logo and website hyperlink on www.blackprelawconference.com

P.O. Box 631234 • Houston, Texas 77263 • Phone/Fax: 281-247-4026 • sponsorship@blackprelawconference.com • www.blackprelawconference.com

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NETWORKING RECEPTION AND AWARDS BANQUET SPONSORSHIPS

OTHER SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES SPONSORSHIP –INVESTMENT

• Brief remarks at the Making Connections Networking Reception • Verbal recognition at the Making Connections Networking Reception • Special signage indicating that your organization is the exclusive sponsor of the Making Connections Networking Reception • Exhibitor table at Making Connections Networking Reception

• Complimentary one (1) full-page ad in the conference’s Official Souvenir Program Guide • Five (5) seats (half-table) at a reserved table at the Awards Banquet & Aspiring Lawyers Pinning Ceremony • Sponsor ribbons • Sponsor Recognition Award commemorative plaque • Your logo and website hyperlink on www. blackprelawconference.com

Awards Banquet & Aspiring Lawyers Pinning Ceremony and Aspiring Lawyers Pinning Ceremony $10,000

• 10-minute speaking opportunity at the Awards Banquet & Aspiring Lawyers Pinning Ceremony • Verbal recognition at the Awards Banquet & Aspiring Lawyers Pinning Ceremony • Special signage indicating that your organization is the exclusive sponsor of the Awards Banquet & Aspiring Lawyers Pinning Ceremony • Space to display Corporate Banner at Awards Banquet & Aspiring Lawyers Pinning Ceremony

• Organization’s logo featured in the Awards Banquet & Aspiring Lawyers Pinning Ceremony program • Complimentary full-page ad in the Official Souvenir Program Guide • Two (2) premier reserved tables at the Awards Banquet & Aspiring Lawyers Pinning Ceremony • Sponsor Recognition Award commemorative plaque • Listing on press releases distributed nationally • Your logo and website hyperlink on www. blackprelawconference.com

Awards Banquet and Aspiring Lawyers Pinning Ceremony Table Sponsor $1,500

• One reserved table at the Awards Banquet and Aspiring Lawyers Pinning Ceremony (10 seats)

• Your logo and website hyperlink on www. blackprelawconference.com

ORATORICAL AND ESSAY WRITING COMPETITION SPONSORSHIPS

SPONSORSHIP - INVESTMENT

BENEFITS

Oratorical Competition $7,500

• Naming rights for the Oratorical Competition. For example, The National Black Pre-Law Oratorical Competition Presented by YOUR COMPANY/ORGANIZATION • 10-minute speaking opportunity at competition • Verbal recognition at the Oratorical Competition and the Awards Banquet & Aspiring Lawyers Pinning Ceremony • One (1) full-page, full-color ad in the conference’s Official Souvenir Program Guide and Oratorical Competition Program • Space to display Corporate Banner at Oratorical Competition • Exhibitor table

• Ten (10) “VIP All-Access” conference passes • One (1) reserved table with premier seating at the Awards Banquet & Aspiring Lawyers Pinning Ceremony • Oratorical Competition recognition on event signage • “Sponsor” ribbons on name tags • Sponsor “Special Recognition Award” commemorative plaque • Special press release announcing sponsorship distributed nationally • Access to VIP lounge • Your logo and website hyperlink at www. blackprelawconference.com

Essay Writing Competition $7,500

• Naming rights for the Essay Writing Competition. For example, The National Black Pre-Law Essay Writing Competition Presented by YOUR COMPANY/ORGANIZATION • 10-minute speaking opportunity at competition • Verbal recognition at the Essay Writing Competition and the Awards Banquet & Aspiring Lawyers Pinning Ceremony • One (1) full-page, full-color ad in the conference’s Official Souvenir Program Guide and Essay Writing Competition Program • Space to display Corporate Banner at Essay Writing Competition • Exhibitor table

• Ten (10) “VIP All-Access” conference passes • One (1) reserved table with premier seating at the Awards Banquet & Aspiring Lawyers Pinning Ceremony • Essay Writing Competition recognition on event signage • “Sponsor” ribbons on name tags • Sponsor “Special Recognition Award” commemorative plaque • Special press release announcing sponsorship distributed nationally • Access to VIP lounge • Your logo and website hyperlink at www. blackprelawconference.com

EXHIBITOR TABLE

SPONSORSHIP - INVESTMENT

CONFERENCE BAG INSERTS

SPONSORSHIP - INVESTMENT

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BENEFITS

Making Connections Networking Reception $5,000

Exhibitor Table in Lobby/Foyer $3,000

Conference Bag Insert $1,000

BENEFITS • One exhibitor table in the lobby/foyer area (prime space) for both days of the conference

• Your logo and website hyperlink on www. blackprelawconference.com

BENEFITS • Inclusion of an insert in each attendee’s conference bag – may be a brochure, portfolio, note pad, pen or other promotional premium.

• One per conference tote bag.

P.O. Box 631234 • Houston, Texas 77263 • Phone/Fax: 281-247-4026 • sponsorship@blackprelawconference.com • www.blackprelawconference.com


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SPONSORSHIP COMMITMENT FORM Please use this form to order your sponsorship for The Ninth Annual National Black Pre-Law Conference and Law Fair 2013, held live at The Westin Houston, Memorial City from Friday, November 15, 2013 to Saturday, November 16, 2013. Once completed, immediately e-mail this form to sponsorship@blackprelawconference.com or fax it to 281-247-4026 in order to reserve your sponsorship space.

SPONSOR INFORMATION Company or Organization Name ________________________________________________________________ Contact Name ________________________________________________________________________________ Address _____________________________________________________________________________________ City/State/Zip ________________________________________________________________________________ Phone/Fax ___________________________________________________________________________________ E-Mail _______________________________________________________________________________________ Website Address ______________________________________________________________________________ PREMIUM SPONSORSHIP LEVELS ___ Diamond Sponsor...................................................................................................................................................................$10,000 ___ Platinum Sponsor.....................................................................................................................................................................$7,500 ___ Gold Sponsor .............................................................................................................................................................................$5,000 ___ Silver Sponsor ............................................................................................................................................................................$3,500 ___ Bronze Sponsor .........................................................................................................................................................................$2,500

P.O. Box 631234 • Houston, Texas 77263 • Phone/Fax: 281-247-4026 • sponsorship@blackprelawconference.com • www.blackprelawconference.com

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ADDITIONAL SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES Networking Reception and Awards Banquet Sponsorships ___ (Friday) Making Connections Networking Reception Sponsor............................................................................................$5,000 ___ (Saturday) Awards Banquet & Aspiring Lawyers Pinning Ceremony Sponsor............................................................. $10,000 ___ (Saturday) Awards Banquet & Aspiring Lawyers Pinning Ceremony Table Sponsor (10 seats per table) ............$1,500 Oratorical and Essay Writing Competitions ___ O  ratorical Competition (Sponsored by YOUR COMPANY) High School and College/Graduate Level Competitions ���������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������� $7,500 ___ E ssay Writing Competition (Sponsored by YOUR COMPANY) High School and College/Graduate Level Competitions .........................................................................................................................................................................................$7,500 Exhibitor Tables ___ Exhibitor Table in Lobby/Foyer ������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������ $3,000 Conference Bag Inserts ___ Conference Bag Insert ............................................................................................................................................................$1,000 MULTI-YEAR SPONSORSHIP COMMITMENT Can you commit to sponsoring in 2014 (for our 10th anniversary)? ____________ At what level? ____________ Can you commit to sponsoring in 2015? ____________ At what level? ____________ PAYMENT INFORMATION ___ Pay by Check: Total Amount to be Invoiced

$ _________

Fax this form to 281-247-4026 and we will e-mail you an invoice. ___ Pay by Credit Card via PayPal®: Total Amount to be Invoiced

$___________

Fax this form to 281-247-4026 and we will e-mail you an electronic invoice. SPONSOR SIGNATURE I, (please print) _______________________________, as the duly authorized representative of my company, wish to reserve and pay for the sponsorship. I have read and agree to all terms and conditions contained in the Sponsorship Terms and Conditions. ____________________________________________________

Sponsor Signature

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SUBMISSION ADDRESS AND CONTACT Please FAX this form and submit payment to this number and address: National Black Pre-Law Conference and Law Fair P.O. Box 631234 Houston, Texas 77263 Phone: 281-247-4026 or 281-944-LAW4 (5294) FAX: 281-247-4026 Email: sponsorship@blackprelawconference.com 22

P.O. Box 631234 • Houston, Texas 77263 • Phone/Fax: 281-247-4026 • sponsorship@blackprelawconference.com • www.blackprelawconference.com


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SPONSORSHIP TERMS AND CONDITIONS Payment

 If you indicate that you would like to pay by check, we will e-mail you an invoice which must be paid within 30 days. You may also pay by credit card. If this is your payment method of choice, we will send you an electronic invoice via PayPal® so that you can pay using their secure online payment system at your convenience.

Deadlines

 All sponsorships must be reserved no later than Friday, June 14, 2013. Sponsorships are granted on a firstcome, first-served basis, contingent upon full payment. The National Black Pre-Law Conference and Law Fair does not process or commit to order requests until full payment is received.

Liability

 Sponsors assume all responsibility for compliance with governmental ordinances and regulations covering fire, safety, and health. Sponsors agree to make no claim, regardless of cause or fault, for any reason whatsoever, against The National Black Pre-Law Conference and Law Fair or its representatives or contractors, The Westin Houston, Memorial City, conference attendees, or any other party for loss, theft, damage or destruction of property, or for any injury or death to self or employees. Sponsors agree to defend, indemnify and hold harmless The National Black Pre-Law Conference and Law Fair, its owners, managers, agents, contractors, employees, and affiliates from any damages or charges resulting from or arising from or out of the Sponsors’ participation in the event. Sponsors understand that The National Black Pre-Law Conference and Law Fair and the Hotel do not maintain insurance covering the Sponsors’ property and that it is the sole responsibility of the Sponsors to obtain such insurance. Sponsors must also obtain any necessary insurance to cover its officers, agents, representatives, guests or employees. In setting up their exhibition table, sponsors are liable for any damage caused to building floors, carpets, walls, columns or tables or to any other exhibitors’ or hosts’ property. Sponsors, who set up an exhibition table, may not apply paint, lacquer, adhesive or any other coating to building columns, floors, walls or tables.

Acceptability of Exhibits, Signage and Handouts

 We reserve the right to require sponsors to remove signage, handouts, exhibits, or other promotional materials from the conference lobby area, exhibition area, or conference rooms that are deemed objectionable or disruptive to traffic flow or safety. All exhibits must comply with the public accommodation provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1991 (ADA). No music or selling of merchandise is allowed unless exhibitor receives written permission from The National Black Pre-Law Conference and Law Fair; however, orders may be taken for post-event fulfillment.

Cancellations

 All sponsorships are non-refundable. No transfer of fees or refunds will be made to any other event. Any violation of these Terms & Conditions shall result in the Sponsor’s forfeiture of all monies paid or due.

Questions?

 Contact Evangeline M. Mitchell at 281-247-4026 or 281-944-LAW4 (5294).

P.O. Box 631234 • Houston, Texas 77263 • Phone/Fax: 281-247-4026 • sponsorship@blackprelawconference.com • www.blackprelawconference.com

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P.O. Box 631234 • Houston, Texas 77263 • Phone/Fax: 281-247-4026 sponsorship@blackprelawconference.com • www.blackprelawconference.com

Sign Up to Become a Sponsor Today! There are three (2) easy options to register. Choose the option that works best for you! (1) Fax the sponsorship commitment form to 281-247-4026, or (2) Scan and e-mail it to sponsorship@blackprelawconference.com


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