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UHLC and SALT and Leadership Council on Legal Diversity prelaw program, October 11, 2013

Society of American Law Teachers' (SALT) B.A. to J.D. Pipeline Program:
Making Connections –
A Changing World, A Changing Legal Profession

Presented by the University of Houston Law Center and the Society of American Law Teachers and sponsored by Leadership Council on Legal Diversity

Friday, October 11, 2013 8:30 AM - 5:30 PM (reception to follow)
University of Houston Law Center

This program for Pre-Law Advisors, Law Admission Officers, Legal Educators, Lawyers, and Students will address such topics as: admissions; update on Fisher v. Texas; the LSAT; how diverse students succeed; student financial aid and loans issues; and immigration reform issues.

8:00 am Registration and continental breakfast
8:30 am

Welcome Remarks (Dean Richard Alderman, UHLC; Prof. Olympia Duhart, SALT)

9:00 am  

Plenary:  State of the Profession and Pipeline Programs  
The speakers will explore why diversity in law school and the legal profession matters and the necessity and value of the educational pipeline.
Prof. Michael A. Olivas, UHLC
Kent Lollis, LSAC

10:00 am


10:15 am 

Plenary:  Post Fisher Fallout: Reframing the Debate 
This panel will discuss how the Supreme Court's decision in Fisher v. Texas will affect the use of race as a factor in law school admissions.
Prof. SpearIt, Texas Southern University
Prof. Meera E. Deo, Thomas Jefferson School of Law

11:15 am Break
11:30 am

Plenary Roundtable:  Admissions Issues in a Declining Pool-era
Jamie Ann West Dillon, Assistant Dean for Admissions, UHLC;
Monica Ingram, Assistant Dean for Admissions, UT Law;
Gary Keith, Associate Professor of Political Science and Pre-Law Advisor, University of the Incarnate Word (SWAPLA President)

12:45 -1:20 pm


1:30 pm

Plenary: Developments in Law School Financial Aid, 
Christopher P. Chapman (President and Chief Executive Officer, Access Group) also: George I. Sanchez Memorial Lecture

3:00 pm

Plenary: Immigration: DACA, The DREAM Act, and Comprehensive Immigration Reform 
Prof. Geoff Hoffman, UHLC;
Prof. Maurice Hew, Jr., Thurgood Marshall School of Law, TSU

4:15 pm Concurrent Sessions for students
  • Practicing for the LSAT: A training session (Jay Rosner, PR Foundation)
  • A sample law class: Prof. Meredith Duncan, UH Law Center
  • 5:30-6:30 pm


    Saturday: LSAC Law Forum, Houston

    No charge, but must reserve space to attend and receive lunch
    RSVP: Deborah Jones, 713-743-2075, dyjones@Central.UH.EDU