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Thriving as a First-Generation Lawyer: From Law Student through the Practice of Law

Dylan C Bitar, Victoria Clark, Robyn Alise Hicks-Guinn, Larissa Mervin, and Jonathan M Bogues

With economic disparities and differing educational, social, or cultural backgrounds, current and future first-generation lawyers often face a new set of challenges and struggles, often without a blueprint for a path to success.

During the program we’ll provide a framework to thrive as a first-generation lawyer and discuss:

  • Navigating law school and preparing for the bar exam

  • Why support systems matter and how to build yours

  • Techniques to detect and overcome imposter syndrome

  • Navigating office politics and unwritten rules

  • The importance of building relationships with peers and more senior lawyers early in your career

  • Creating a more equitable path for the next generation of first-generation legal professionals

  • How firms and institutions can assist in supporting first-generation lawyer

Note: The content of this program does not meet requirements for continuing legal education (CLE) accreditation. You will not receive CLE credit for participating.


  • Dylan Bitar, University of Pittsburgh Office of Sponsored Programs
  • Victoria Clark, Former Counsel - U.S. House of Representatives
  • Robyn Hicks-Guinn, Hicks Guinn Law


  • Larissa Mañón Mervin, Legal Aid of North Carolina 


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