Dear RMBLSA Family, On behalf of the Rocky Mountain Region’s Executive Board of the National Black Law Student’s Association (“RMBLSA”), I would like to invite you to our Regional Convention. The Rocky Mountain Regional Convention will be held from January 16 -20th, 2013 at the Crowne Plaza Dallas Downtown hotel at 1015 Elm Street, Dallas, TX, 75202. This year we have taken great strides in an effort to increase the value of the RMBLSA Regional Convention for our members, alumni, and supporters alike. These efforts include increasing opportunities for interaction and communication between the legal community and the RMBLSA membership. With the support of our sponsors, we have a fantastic lineup of speakers and panelists, including but not limited to Former Judge of The Divorce Court Series, Mablean Ephriam, and the First Black President-Elect for the State Bar of Texas, Lisa Tatum. Additionally, RMBLSA has partnered with various legal organizations in the region such as, JL Turner Legal Association, the African American Lawyers Section – State Bar of Texas, and the Association of Corporate Counsel, to provide opportunities for RMBLSA members to have exposure to legal professionals in different interest areas. We anticipate the networking events at Thrive Restaurant and the Tower Club Downtown Dallas will be a fantastic environment for networking and fellowship. Finally, RMBLSA will recognize numerous members and alumni for their accomplishments and commitment to our organization. Furthermore, with the help of one of our Title
Sponsors, Kaplan, RMBLSA will be randomly giving out 8 bar preparation courses throughout the convention to attendees. We hope that you will be able to join us in Dallas Texas. You can register to attend the convention at http://www.nblsa.org/rmblsaconvention/.
Chukwudi Egbuonu, RMBLSA Chair
Wednesday, January 16, 2013 3:00 p.m. -- 8:00 p.m.: REGISTRATION 6:00 p.m. -- 7:00 p.m.: THURGOOD MARSHALL MOCK TRIAL A& FREDERCK DOUGLAS MOOT COURT COMPETITORS’ MEETING: Location: Dealey & Gaston Room
Thursday, January 17, 2013 8:30 a.m. -- 5:00 p.m.: MOOT COURT AND MOCK TRIAL COMPETITIONS: First round of competition. Breakfast will be provided at competition location. Location: Frank Crowley Court Building 133 N. Riverfront Dallas, Tx 75207 6:00 a.m. -- 9:00 a.m.: COMMUNITY SERVICE – RONALD MCDONALD HOUSE Location: Ronald McDonald House of Dallas 4707 Bengal Street Dallas, Tx 75235 12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.: LUNCH ON YOUR OWN 2:00 p.m. -- 5:00 p.m.: CHAPTER OF THE YEAR PRESENTATIONS 2:00 p.m. -- 3:00 p.m.: SUCCESS TIPS FOR YOUNG LAWYERS PANEL: Panelist will explain what senior lawyers really want from junior
lawyers, and what makes a client notice a young attorney. Panelist: Elizabeth Campbell (Andrews Kurth, LLP) Location: Crowne Plaza – Dealey Room 3:00 p.m. -- 4:00 p.m.: AFFIRMATIVE ACTION & DIVERSITY ROUNDTABLE: Discussing the Fisher v. Texas case along with issues facing minority students in law schools and the workplace. Panelist: Elizabeth Campbell (Andrews Kurth, LLP) Location: Crowne Plaza – Gaston Room 6:00 p.m. -- 8:00 p.m. WELCOME TO DALLAS - NETWORKING RECEPTION: Crowne Plaza Hotel Sponsored by: Andrews Kurth & JL Turner Keynote Speaker: Elizabeth Campbell Andrews Kurth, LLP Location: Thrive Restaurant 9:00 p.m. -- 12:00 p.m.: NIGHT ON ELM ST AFTER HOUR MIXER
Friday, January 18, 2013 8:30 a.m. -- 5:00 p.m.: MOOT COURT AND MOCK TRIAL COMPETITIONS: Second round of competition. Breakfast will be provided at competition location.
CONVENTION SCHEDULE Location: Frank Crowley Court Building 133 N. Riverfront Dallas, Tx 75207 10:00 a.m. -- 4:00 p.m.: CAREER & PRE-LAW EXPO: Law and Pre-law students will have the opportunity to meet representatives from different law firms and legal organizations from around the organization. 6:30 a.m. -- 11:00 p.m.: MARTIN LUTHER KING DAY OF SERVICE: SESSION I: 6:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. THE BRIDGE HOMELESS ASSISTANCE CENTER: Location: 1818 Corsicana Dallas, Tx 75201 Session II: 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
3520 Oak Lawn Avenue Dallas, Tx 75219 2:00 p.m. -- 3:00 p.m.: GENERAL COUNSEL FORUM – Carlos White (AGC Networks), Justin Sauls (Nation Star Mortgage, LLC), Cedric Powell (K&L Gates), Leslie Obinegdo (Strausburger Price) Location: Crowne Plaza – Dealey Room 3:00 p.m. -- 4:00 p.m.: SPORTS AND ENTERTAINMENT FORUM – Jammy Kiggundu (Sports Law), Ricky Anderson (Entertainment Law), Tamara Bennett (Entertainment Law), Tommie Harris (Chicago Bears), Ty Simpson (NFL Office – IP Transactions), Donavon Kemp (Dallas Cowboys) Location: Crowne Plaza – Gaston Room
5:30 p.m. -- 7:30 p.m.: ALUMNI NETWORKING RECEPTION:
Location: 1835 Young Street Dallas, Tx 75201
Sponsored by: Thurgood Marshall School of Law
11:00 a.m. -- 12:00 p.m.: PLENARY SESSION I: Chapter Delegates will meet with RMBLSA Board to discuss agenda items: Officer Reports, Regional Board Nominations, Internal Business, and Updates. (Business Attire)
Location: Tower Club Thanksgiving Tower 1601 Elm Street #4800 Dallas, Tx 75201
12:00 p.m. -- 1:30 p.m.: LUNCH: Dean’s Luncheon – Sponsored by Thurgood Marshall School of Law Keynote Speaker: Dean Dannye Holley Thurgood Marshall School of Law 12:00 p.m. -- 4:00 p.m.: ATTORNEY CLE: Criminal Law CLE Location: Pappadeaux Seafood Kitchen
10: p.m. -- 2:00 a.m.: NIGHT ON ELM ST. AFTER HOUR MIXER: Location: Glass Lounge 1899 McKinney Avenue Dallas, Tx 75201
Saturday, January 19, 2012 9:00 a.m. -- 5:00 p.m.: MOOT COURT AND MOCK TRIAL COMPETITIONS: Final round of competition. Breakfast will be provided at competition location. Location: Frank Crowley Court Building 133 N. Riverfront Dallas, Tx 75207 9:00 a.m. -- 11:30 p.m.: PLENARY SESSION II: Chapter Delegates will meet with RMBLSA Board to discuss agenda items: Officer Reports, Regional Board Nominations & Candidate Speeches. (Business Attire) Location: Crowne Plaza – Dealey Room 12:00 p.m. -- 1:30 p.m.: LUNCH: Sponsored by Kaplan Bar Preparation 2:00 p.m. -- 5:00 p.m.: ELECTION: Chapter Delegates will meet with RMBLSA Board to discuss agenda items: Internal Business, Updates and Elections. (Business Attire) 3:00 p.m. -- 5:30 p.m.: NATIONAL EXECUTIVE BOARD MEETING: National Black Law Students Association January Executive Board Meeting 6:00 p.m. -- 7:00 p.m.: SUNSET COCKTAIL HOUR: Pre-Awards Gala Reception and Cocktail Hour. Location: Crowne Plaza – 7:00 p.m. -- 10:00 p.m.: AWARDS GALA: Honoring Attorney Lisa Tatum
(First Black Presidential Elect of State Bar of Texas) Location: Crowne Plaza 10:00 p.m. – Until: AFTER GLOW PARTY
Sunday, January 20, 2013 10:00 a.m. -- 11:00 a.m.: EXECUTIVE BOARD TRANSITION MEETING: Transfer of positions, RMBLSA accounts, information, documentation, and other position related materials to newly elected RMBLSA officers. (Business Casual)