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Balch & Bingham Participates in The University of Alabama School of Law's Pre-Law Undergraduate Scholars (PLUS) Program

Balch & Bingham is pleased to support the University of Alabama School of Law’s Pre-law Undergraduate Scholars (PLUS) Program, a four-week virtual summer program held June 7– July 2, 2021, for college students interested in the legal profession aimed to prepare students from historically underrepresented groups for their future law school and professional careers. Balch attorneys who are sharing their insights and experiences with students include Irving Jones, attorney in the Litigation Practice; Shalyn McKitt, attorney in the Litigation Practice; Christina Nunez, attorney in the Corporate and Health Law Practices; Tashwanda Pinchback Dixon, partner in the Labor & Employment Practice; and Susan Scaggs, attorney in the Environmental & Natural Resources Practice.  

The PLUS Program, sponsored by the Law School Admission Council, is a unique experience primarily directed at undergraduate college students from underrepresented groups in the legal profession. Students are enrolled in several core legal courses and offered the opportunity to network with practicing lawyers, judicial representatives and law school admissions counselors. The rigorous curriculum, application and admissions training and professional and personal development opportunities help position students from diverse groups to compete for admissions to, enroll in, and thrive during law school.

Shalyn presented a Survey of Law course for PLUS’s Program on Healthcare Litigation on Thursday, June 10. With her experience working at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, State of Ohio Health and Human Services Section and now a member of Balch’s Litigation Practice, Shalyn covered pressing issues of the day impacting the healthcare industry. 

On June 28, Irving Jones, Christina Nunez, Shalyn McKitt, Susan Scaggs and Tashwanda Pinchback Dixon will host a “My Life as an Attorney” panel for program attendees. Representing a wide range of practice areas, panelists will provide a holistic look into the life of an attorney with the goal of providing program attendees a better understanding of the legal profession. 

Balch has a strong history of supporting students, particularly those from underrepresented backgrounds, on their journey throughout law school. Balch attorneys are involved in mentoring programs at various universities across the firm’s footprint, and for the past decade, Balch has hosted its annual Susan B. Livingston Boot Camp for Success. This two-day program equips incoming law students with the necessary tools to succeed in law school and throughout their professional careers through a series of virtual events featuring Balch attorneys, in-house counsel and corporate leaders from a variety of backgrounds. The program focuses on giving students from groups historically underrepresented in the legal profession and from socioeconomically disadvantaged backgrounds, the tools they need to succeed in law school.