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April 27-28: Law mentoring

New program connects prospective lawyers with resources

University of Delaware students considering a legal career will have the chance to hear from practicing attorneys, potential mentors and law school admissions officers at the inaugural Law Mentoring Weekend, April 27 and 28.

The event, organized by the new Legal Professional Preparatory Program (LP3) in the College of Arts and Sciences, will enable students to choose from a variety of panel discussions, networking opportunities and informative talks about law school and the legal profession.

Law Mentoring Weekend

A reception from 6-8 p.m., Friday, April 27, will be hosted by members of UD’s HenLaw Society, a registered student organization, in the West Lounge of Perkins Student Center. On Saturday, April 28, from 8 a.m.-2 p.m., events take place in Clayton Hall.

Admission, which is free for UD students and current law students and $30 for alumni and guests, includes the Friday reception, breakfast and lunch on Saturday and an event T-shirt.

Advance registration, at this site, is preferred but walk-ins are welcome if space is available.

On Saturday, April 28, students can check in beginning at 7:30 a.m. and have a continental breakfast and the opportunity for networking and for connecting with law school representatives until 9 a.m.

Schools expected to attend are American University Washington College of Law, Temple University Beasley School of Law, Villanova University’s Charles Widger School of Law, Seton Hall University School of Law, City University of New York School of Law, Widener University Delaware Law School and Widener University Commonwealth Law School.

The opening session at 9 a.m. will be a talk, “Law Mentoring at UD and Beyond,” by mentoring expert Julie Silard Kantor, CEO and founder of TwoMentor.

Kantor’s talk will be followed by panels and other discussions from 10:40 a.m. to 12:25 p.m. on topics including the law school application process, success in law school, balancing work and personal life, understanding implicit bias, choosing the right law school, legal career paths and advancement in legal careers. The workshops on implicit bias will be led by Kenworthey Bilz, professor of law at the University of Illinois College of Law.

A luncheon, from 12:30-2 p.m., will feature two keynote speakers: Sandra Simkins, Distinguished Clinical Professor of Law at Rutgers Law School and director and co-founder of the Children’s Justice Clinic; and Theodore Ruger, dean and Bernard G. Segal Professor of Law at University of Pennsylvania Law School.

The keynote presentations will conclude with a question-and-answer session moderated by David C. Wilson, associate dean for the social sciences in UD’s College of Arts and Sciences.

Law Mentoring Weekend is supported by Maron Marvel Bradley Anderson and Tardy, George Mason University Antonin Scalia Law School, Penn State University Dickinson Law, UD Career Services Center and UD College of Arts and Sciences Dean’s Office.

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