Balch and Bingham LLP is pleased to announce it will host its fourth annual Susan B. Livingston Boot Camp for Success, on July 31 - Aug.1, 2014. The program for law students was recently renamed in honor of the late Susan B. Livingston, a partner and former chair of the diversity committee at Balch who created the program to encourage diversity in the legal profession. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, only 11.9 percent of the 1,268,011 licensed lawyers in 2010 were minorities – nearly the same percentage as 2000. This program emphasizes Balch’s commitment to addressing and improving diversity in the legal industry.
Mrs. Livingston kicked off the program in 2011, with approximately 20 law students from Cumberland School of Law. The program has now grown to include as many as 50 students from 12 different law schools across Balch’s footprint. The Susan B. Livingston Boot Camp for Success is a two-day seminar for minorities and underrepresented groups that will help foster a deeper understanding of the legal profession and the variety of careers available to law school graduates.
“We are honored to carry on Susan’s passion and vision for promoting diversity and inclusion through this incredible program,” said Mary Samuels, associate and chair of the program at Balch. “Thanks to her leadership in developing the program over the past three years, Boot Camp has a strong foundation that will enable the firm to continue the program and expand it in the future.”
The seminar, led by Balch attorneys, corporate leaders and other accomplished attorneys from a wide variety of backgrounds and career paths, will deliver candid presentations and panel discussions about ways students can enhance their academic and professional success while maximizing law school opportunities. Featured sessions include “My Life as an Attorney” with guest speakers Shera Grant, Jefferson County deputy public defender; Khristi Doss Driver, managing attorney at Southern Company; Rodney Barganier of Barganier Law Group; and “Getting a Job, Personal Skills, and Networking” with guest speakers Myla E. Calhoun, general counsel and senior vice president of regional development and public policy at the Birmingham Business Alliance; John Hudson, vice president of public relations at Alabama Power Company, and Kevin Pearson, supervising attorney at Georgia Power Company.
Other sessions include a mock law class, tips on how to study and be academically successful during the first year of law school, and a session featuring seasoned attorneys sharing advice about the job search process, specifically focused on developing interview skills and avoiding common missteps.
“One of our firm’s core values is to encourage diversity in the legal profession," said Alan T. Rogers, managing partner of Balch. “The Susan B. Livingston Boot Camp for Success emphasizes this value. Through this program, we hope to equip students with the tools needed to be successful during law school and throughout their future as attorneys.”
As many as 50 students from across the Southeast will attend the program. The schools represented include:
• The University of Alabama School of Law
• Samford University Cumberland School of Law
• The University of Mississippi School of Law
• Vanderbilt University Law School
• The University of Georgia School of Law
• Emory University School of Law
• Miles Law School
• Georgia State University College of Law
• Mercer University School of Law
• University of Florida Levin College of Law
• Florida State University College of Law
• Mississippi College School of Law