Fourth Annual Minority High School Visitation Program to be Sponsored by UB Law School

Release Date: February 19, 2003


BUFFALO, N.Y. -- The University at Buffalo Law School will hold its fourth annual Minority High School Visitation Program from 8:45 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday (Feb. 21) in John Lord O'Brian Hall on the UB North (Amherst) Campus.

The program, designed to expose promising minority high school students to the possibility of attending law school, is co-sponsored by the Law School Admissions Council, and the associations of Asian American Law Students, Black Law Students, Native American Law Students and Latino American Law Students.

"According to the U.S. Census Bureau, only 7 percent of lawyers in the nation are from minority groups," says Lillie Wiley-Upshaw, associate dean for admissions in the UB Law School. "Only 3 percent are African American, 2 percent Latino and fewer than 1 percent Asian-American. We want to send a strong message to students, faculty, administrators and the legal community: Don't turn back. The UB Law School is committed to achieving meaningful diversity within our community and the legal profession."

The program will include a presentation on "How to Prepare for Law School" by Jacqueline Hollins, UB pre-law student services coordinator. A mock class on self defense will be conducted by Charles Patrick Ewing, UB professor of law.

Gregory Brown, assistant United States attorney, will give a lunchtime keynote address. Participanting students also will have the opportunity to ask current law students about their experiences, both before becoming law students and during law school, and will tour the new Francis M. Letro Courtroom on the first floor of O'Brian Hall, where they will present their answers to an interactive problem.

For more information, contact Melissa Fruscione, UB Law School director of recruitment, at 645-2907.

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