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Balch & Bingham LLP to Host 5th Annual Susan B. Livingston Boot Camp For Success To Bolster Diversity In Legal Profession

Balch and Bingham LLP is pleased to announce it will host its fifth annual Susan B. Livingston Boot Camp for Success on August 6-7, 2015. The Boot Camp is one of the firm’s most successful diversity initiatives. The two-day seminar for incoming first year law students will address some keys to success in law school and help foster a deeper understanding of the legal profession and the variety of careers available to law school graduates.

“As the legal profession grows, we continue to see that diversity within the industry remains relatively stagnant,” said Gretchen Morgan Frizzell, associate in the firm’s Birmingham, Ala., office and chair of the Susan B. Livingston Boot Camp for Success. “Through Boot Camp, we have the opportunity to support future lawyers from diverse and underrepresented backgrounds early on—before they even begin law school. We aim to facilitate their success by equipping them with tools they’ll need to do well in law school and find good jobs.”

The program is named 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. 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 Southeastern footprint.

The seminar, led by Balch attorneys, corporate leaders and other accomplished attorneys from a wide variety of backgrounds and career paths, will include candid presentations, panel discussions, and small-group roundtable discussions led by seasoned attorneys who will offer their perspectives on how students can succeed academically and professionally.

Speakers will include:

  • Khristi Doss Driver, Southern Company
  • Stacey Turner, Regions Bank
  • Judge Clyde Jones, Jefferson County Circuit Court
  • Professor Bryan Fair, University of Alabama School of Law
  • Ken England, Cumberland School of Law
  • Sherá Grant, Jefferson County Public Defender
  • Javan Patton, City of Birmingham
  • Freddy Rubio, immigration attorney
  • Rodney Barganier, plaintiff’s attorney
  • Susan B. Livingston Boot Camp for Success alumni

    Other sessions will include a mock law class, tips on how to study and succeed academically during the first year of law school, and a session featuring experienced attorneys sharing advice about the job search process, specifically focused on developing interview skills and avoiding common missteps.

    “As a firm, Balch has an ongoing commitment to encouraging diversity, and Boot Camp is one of our contributions to the development and success of diverse lawyers in our profession,” said Douglas B. Kauffman, partner in the firm’s Birmingham, Ala., office and chair of Balch’s Diversity Committee. “My hope is that the students find the event to be beneficial as they begin their law school journeys. In past years, we heard from attendees following their first year in school that the Boot Camp largely contributed to their success as an upcoming lawyer.”
    Selected students will attend Boot Camp free of charge at Balch’s Birmingham, Ala., office. To obtain an application please email bootcamp@balch.com by 4:00 p.m. CDT on July 24, 2015.