About This Program
Current law school graduates and rising 3Ls who are entering the profession are now faced with unanticipated challenges upon entry. Along with the challenge of licensure with a delayed bar exam in most jurisdictions, there is also the changing landscape of legal employment.
In addition, there are the financial challenges. Candidates of color generally enter the profession with $40K-$50k more loan debt than their white counterparts. And they are more likely to enter the profession in lower paying jobs. The impact of CoVID-19 will only exacerbate this disparity. The combination of these factors serves to increase the stress response in an already stressful time.
This session will discuss financial and emotional impact on recent law grads and rising 3Ls as they look ahead to their future. Panelists will provide practical tools and strategies to help navigate through these challenges both in the short and long term.
- Marla Dickerson (Moderator), Director of CLE & Managing Fellow of the Cannabis Compliance, Law, & Policy Institute, Southern University Law Center
- Jessica Chinnadurai, Copyright Registration Specialist at U.S. Copyright Office and member of ABA Commission on Lawyer Assistance Programs (COLAP)
- Marsha Griggs, Associate Professor, Washburn School of Law
- Beth Hill, NCBE Director of Testing, Operations, and Security
- Tania Luma, Assistant Dean Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, UIC John Marshall Law School
- Janet E. Stearns, Dean of Students, University of Miami School of Law and ABA Commission on Lawyer Assistance Programs (COLAP)
- Teria M. Thornton, J.D., AFC, Manager, Education & Diversity Initiatives, AccessLex
- Marilyn Wellington, Executive Director of the Massachusetts Board of Bar Examiners and NCBE Board member
- ABA Council for Diversity in the Educational Pipeline
- ABA Law Student Division
- ABA Young Lawyers Division