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! 46th%ANNUAL%REGIONAL%CONVENTION%PRELIMINARY%SCHEDULE%

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FEBRUARY%5;9,%2014%

% WEDNESDAY,%FEBRUARY%5,%2014% % TIME% 5!PM!–!7:30!PM! 5!PM!–!9!PM!

7!PM!–!8!PM! 7!PM!–!8!PM!

OVERVIEW% Registration! Welcome'to'Portsmouth!'' Stop!by!the!MABLSA!Hospitality!Suite!for!a!formal!welcome!from!members!of!the! MABLSA!Executive!Board.! Thurgood!Marshall!Mock!Trial!Competitors!Meeting! Frederick!Douglass!Moot!Court!Competitors!Meeting! %

THURSDAY,%FEBRUARY%6,%2014%

TIME% 7!AM!–!9!AM! !8!AMW!Until! 8!AM!W!Until! 9!AM!!–!5!PM! 8:30!AM!–!2:30!PM! 12!PM!–!1!PM! 1:30!PM!–!2!PM! 2!PM!–!5!PM! 6:15!PM! 6:30!PM!–!8:30!PM!

OVERVIEW% Breakfast! Thurgood!Marshall!Mock!Trial!Competition! Frederick!Douglass!Moot!Court!Competition! Registration!/!Information!Table!&!Exhibits! Chapter!of!the!Year!Interviews! Competitors!Lunch! Delegates!Meeting! Plenary!Session!I!! Transportation!to!Reception! CHAIR’S'WELCOME'RECEPTION'%|'A'Night'at'the'Museum% Children’s%Museum%of%Virginia% Begin!your!convention!experience!with!an!evening!of!networking!and!fun!at!the! Children’s!Museum!!Enjoy!delicious!hors!d'oeurves!and!drinks!with!your!colleagues!as! MABLSA!welcomes!you!to!its!46th!Annual!Regional!Convention!and!Mayor!Kenneth! Wright!welcomes!you!to!the!city!of!Portsmouth.! %

% FRIDAY,%FEBRUARY%7,%2014% ! TIME% 7!AM!–!9!AM! 8!AM!W!Until! 8!AM!W!Until! 9!AM!–!5!PM!

OVERVIEW% Breakfast! Thurgood!Marshall!Mock!Trial!Competition! Frederick!Douglass!Moot!Court!Competition! Registration!/!Information!Table!&!Exhibits!

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FEBRUARY%5;9,%2014% 9!AM!–!12!PM!! Chapter!of!the!Year!Interviews! 9!AM!–!11:45!AM! ADVOCATES.'|'ProCBono'Community'Service' 9:30!AM!–!11:45!AM! Plenary!Session!II!! 12!PM!–!1!PM! Competitors!Lunch! 12!PM!–!1:30!PM! ADVOCATES.'|'Deconstructing'the'Current'State'of'our'Criminal'Justice'System! ! SCOTUS’s!most!recent!rulings!in!cases!concerning!the!procedural!barriers!to!relief!when! evidence!of!innocence!arises!after!conviction,!the!expanded!collection!and!storage!of! DNA!and!the!conduct!of!police!interrogations!will!certainly!have!a!major!impact!on! criminal!justice.!This!panel!will!discuss!disparity!in!the!American!criminal!justice!system! and!what!is!necessary!to!remedy!slow!reforms!of!what!many!consider!to!be!an! ineffective!criminal!justice!system.! 1:30!PM!–!4:30!PM! 3!PMW!4:30!PM!

PROFESSIONAL'EXPO'|'The'Network' PROFESSIONALS.%|'Got'Ethics?'(Continuing'Legal'Education'Panel)' ! A!successful!trial!lawyer!adapts!to!the!courtroom!culture.!While!protocols!vary! somewhat!from!courthouse!to!courthouse!and!even!courtroom!to!courtroom!in!the! same!courthouse,!minimum!standards!of!conduct!do!exist.!This!panel!is!a!CLE! presentation!on!professionalism!in!the!court.! !

4!PM!–!4:30!PM!

4:30!PM!–!6:30!PM!

9:30!PM!–!12!AM!

PROFESSIONALS.'|!First'Impressions,'Lasting'Results:'A'Crash'Course'on'the'Etiquette' of'Networking! ! Making!professional!contacts!can!be!intimidating,!but!is!necessary.!This!crash!course!on! the!latest!strategies!for!effective!networking!will!allow!you!to!make!the!most!of! networking!opportunities!with!alumni!and!other!legal!practitioners!at!the!First& Impressions,&Lasting&Results:&Networking&Reception.! ! PROFESSIONALS.%|%First'Impressions,'Lasting'Results:'Networking'Reception'sponsored' by'the'Air'Force'JAG' ' Expand!your!network!and!make!the!right!connections%with!MABLSA!Alumni!and!other! legal!professionals.! ROCK'THE'BOAT'!|!Escape'on'the'Elizabeth' Spirit%of%Norfolk%Boat%Cruise%sponsored%by%Skadden,'Arps,'Slate,'Meagher'&'Flom'LLP' &'Affiliates' ' Enjoy!stunning!views!of!Portsmouth’s!skyline!from!a!late!night!cruise!on!the! Elizabeth!River!and!Hampton!Roads!Harbor.%

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FEBRUARY%5;9,%2014% !

% % SATURDAY,%FEBRUARY%8,%2014% ! TIME% 7!AM!–!9!AM! 8!AM!W!Until! 8!AM!W!Until! 9!AM!–!12!PM! 9!AM!–!1!PM! 10:30!AM!–!12!PM!

1!PM!–!2:45!PM!

3!PM!–!4:30!PM!

3!PM!–!4:30!PM!

OVERVIEW% Breakfast! Thurgood!Marshall!Mock!Trial!Competition! Frederick!Douglass!Moot!Court!Competition! Registration!/!Information!Table!&!Exhibits! Plenary!Session!III! SCHOLARS.%|%Judicial'Clerkships:'The'Secret'Handshake! ! Want!to!better!understand!the!obligations!and!sacrifice!that!come!with!a!judicial! clerkship?!This!panel!of!federal!and!state!judges!will!demystify!the!judicial!clerkship! experience,!examine!the!benefits!of!clerking!and!highlight!what!law!students!should!do! to!successfully!pursue!a!clerkship.! ! PROFESSIONALS.%|%Legacy'of'MABLSA'Hall'of'Fame'Luncheon:'‘The'Fierce'Urgency'of' Now’! ! When!Dr.!Martin!Luther!King,!Jr.!spoke!at!the!March!on!Washington,!he!described!the! “fierce!urgency!of!now”!to!remind!a!divided!nation!that!we!needed!one!another! because!we!are!stronger!when!we!march!forward,!together.!This!panel!will!examine!the! new!civil!rights!movement!and!the!urgent!need!for!solidarity!behind!it!to!continue!to! fight!for!racial!equality!and!economic!justice.!!As!well,!MABLSA!alumni!that! demonstrated!dedication!to!the!organization!as!law!students!and!continue!to!further! the!interests!of!the!organization!as!alumni!will!be!inducted!into!the!MABLSA!Hall!of! Fame.! ! PROFESSIONALS.%%|!Brother'2'Brother:%The'Renaissance'Man! ! Expressing!confidence!and!intelligence!can!often!be!viewed!as!presumptuous!and! arrogant.!Where!should!the!line!be!drawn?!!This!panel!will!discuss!the!conundrum!black! renaissance!men!face!balancing!professionalism!and!a!personal!life.!Black!male! attorneys!will!give!insight!about!maintaining!the!qualities!of!a!gentleman!in!and!out!of! the!courtroom.! PROFESSIONALS.%|%Sister'2'Sister:'Misconceptions'About'The'Educated'Black'Female! ! Study!hard,!get!good!grades,!achieve!success!.!.!.!and!be!shunned!for!it?!?!This!panel!

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6:30!PM!–!7:30!PM! 7:30!PM!–!9:30!PM!

10!PM!–!2!AM!

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FEBRUARY%5;9,%2014% will!be!a!candid!discussion!about!society’s!negative!stereotypes!and!labels!imposed!on! educated!professional!Black!women.!!Panelists!will!provide!suggestions!for!navigating! the!inevitable!misconceptions,!achieving!a!positive!selfWimage,!and!celebrating!the! strength!of!being!a!successful!Black!woman.! BLACK'TIE'AWARDS'PRECGALA'RECEPTION! BLACK'TIE'AWARDS'GALA'|%The'New'Civil'Rights'Movement:'Our'Legacy,'Our'Future'! ! An!elegant!evening!dedicated!to!celebrating!the!region’s!success!in!2013W2014,! recognizing!competitors!and!chapters!of!the!year,!and!acknowledging!our!sponsors.!! ! “LAW'SO'HARD”''|%The'Afterglow! ! After!party!following!the!Black!Tie!Awards!Gala!to!continue!the!celebration!of!the! region’s!successful!year!and!convention.! ! !

SUNDAY,%FEBRUARY%9,%2014%

! TIME% 9:30!AM!–!10:30!AM! Farewell!Breakfast! 10:30!AM!–!11!AM! Appointed!Officers!Meeting! 11!AM!–!11:30!AM! Elected!Officers!Transition!Meeting! !

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