Top 5 Reasons to Join a Minority Bar Association

Though lawyers were present in America from the very beginning, the first African American lawyers were not admitted until the 1840s.  Instead of welcoming Black lawyers into the profession, white attorneys carefully excluded them from bar associations that could aid their careers.  Rather than accept defeat, the enterprising African American attorneys formed bar associations of […]

Weddings and the Law: What you Need to Know Before Your Big Day

A wedding is a joyous event.   However, it is also a formal occasion that requires extensive planning.  Couples and their families are willing to endure the stress because they hope that their efforts will result in a beautiful, memorable wedding day.  But sometimes, the unthinkable happens: an engagement is broken, a vendor doesn’t show, or […]

African American Solo Practitioners: Starting, Surviving, and Thriving Alone

  While movies and television generally feature lawyers who work in teams, a more realistic portrayal would highlight solo practitioners.  According to a 2013 report from the American Bar Association, in 2005, over 75% of lawyers worked in private practice.  Of these, nearly half worked as solos.  Moreover, data show that nonwhite attorneys are nearly […]

Do the NFL’s Anthem Protest Rules Violate the First Amendment?

  Last season, African American players in the National Football League (NFL) protested police brutality by kneeling during the national anthem.  Last week, the NFL adopted a new rule that requires all players on the field to stand for the national anthem.  Players will have the option to remain in the locker room.  However, if […]

Why Your Law Firm or Legal Department Needs Diversity

In Grutter v. Bollinger, the Supreme Court wrote that diverse law school classes are necessary because “the skills needed in today’s increasingly global marketplace can only be developed through exposure to widely diverse people, cultures, ideas, and viewpoints.”  But the pursuit of diversity is not just relevant to law schools.  Law firms and legal departments […]

How Families Can Support Black Law Students During the Bar Exam

You’ve supported him through three hard years of studying during law school.  Now, after watching him walk across that stage in a cap and gown, degree in hand, you want to breathe a grateful sigh of relief.  But you might want to hold that breath.  While graduating law school is a major milestone that should […]

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