黑律师协会的学生每周凸显创业精神

2020年3月9日

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Diversity & Inclusion 学生体验
从左至右依次为:吉姆·贝克特,托德belcore和布赖恩·帕克
从左至右依次为:吉姆·贝克特,托德belcore和布赖恩·帕克

黑色的法律专业学生协会(BLSA)在法律上的西北部普利兹克学校举行专门为黑色创业,宣传和社区2月24日当周的主题周的几个事件,“马拉松继续说,”是点头已故说唱歌手nipsey拼劲,他的生命的工作是致力于黑人权利和自力更生。

“BLSA周2020克重在律师和法律专业的学生如何通过投资那些倾注我们的社区,推动必要的,但很难改变,倡导弱势族群的是创业精神和创新我们的工作,说:”谢伊·威尔克森(JD '21)为BLSA事件的副总裁。 “我们希望这些事件让[人物]看看需要在这法学院进行,法律界,以及我们作为一个整体的社区的工作。”

The week kicked off with the panel discussion “Hustle & Motivate: Embodying the Entrepreneurial Spirit to Branch Out of the Traditional Legal Track.” The panel consisted of Bryan Parker, co-Founder & CEO of Legal Innovators, which recruits and hires junior legal talent from top law schools; Jim Beckett, managing partner at Re:land Group, a minority-owned urban planning, design and development company; and Todd Belcore (JD ‘10, co-founder and executive director at Social Change, a nonprofit that amplifies community voices through organizing, advocacy 和 storytelling.

“它仍然是白的人告诉你如何最好地帮助布朗的人,”描述大多数非营利部门的时候belcore说。 “这就是为什么我们开始我们自己的事情。”你不经常看到一个组织反映其所服务的人的身体,他指出。 

帕克相信了他的喧嚣,研磨,并为他的成功的激励,而贝克特强调失败的重要性,特别是作为一个企业家。 “反弹,并处理它,”贝克特说。

During the Q&A, Belcore answered questions about working for a purpose 和 dealing with the reality of paying bills, noting that the two aren’t always mutually exclusive, even if that’s the popular narrative. “They teach you to be slaves to current systems of law,” he said. “Make sure you’re willing to invest the time…how long are you willing to fight that fight?” 

贝克特的建议:让你的地方工作,知道什么是一个非常适合。拥抱你带来什么表。舒适。采访他们。问问题。问自己:“将这个地方拥抱我,我是谁?” 

在本周其他活动还包括如何在大型律师事务所在全国各地蓬勃发展的演讲,以及如何将工作与非法律界主张做出改变。中庭,幻灯片展示的几个黑色的革命者,演艺人员,和有影响力,从巴拉克和米歇尔·奥巴马的天赋和遗产民权运动到本周的灵感,尼普西·哈斯勒的领导者。

The celebration came to an end with a discussion on how non-black people can be allies to black law students, faculty and staff on a daily basis. McKayla Stokes (JD ’20), Shannon Bartlett, associate dean of inclusion & engagement, and Vice Dean James Speta, engaged in conversation and shared their own personal experiences at the Law School. “The biggest takeaway for all students in the NLaw Community is that there is still a ton of work to be done to help support and advocate for underrepresented communities,” said Cyerra McGowan (JD ’21), president of BLSA. “We as law students are in a position to use our skills 和 privilege to find innovative ways to advocate for these communities.”