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Pre-Law Summer Institute for American Indians and Alaska Natives

Pre-Law Advisors Training

February 4-5, 2020
Isleta Resort and Casino
Isleta Pueblo, NM



Conference Description and Details

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Travel Reimbursement Guidelines


Pre-Law Advisors Conference Materials

Tuesday, February 4, 2020

Pre-Law Advisors Conference Materials

Wednesday, February 5, 2020

8:45 – 9:45 a.m.  

The Need for Native Lawyers 

Matthew Fletcher, Professor of Law & Director of the Indigenous Law & Policy Center, Michigan State University College of Law.  

 9:45 — 11:00 a.m.

Identifying Native Students for Law School

 Kristin Theis-Alvarez, Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid, University of California Berkeley School of Law Neoshia Roemer, Indigenous Law & Policy Center Fellow, Michigan State University College of Law

 11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.

Law School Admissions Test (LSAT) Overview and Law School Admission Council (LSAC) Resources

Isabelle Ramos, LSAC Diversity Initiatives

Nuts and Bolts of the Law School Application Process

1:15 – 2:00 p.m.

Adjusting Expectations: Proper Preparation and Timing of the Law School Application 

Neoshia Roemer, Indigenous Law & Policy Center Fellow, Michigan State University College of Law

2:00 – 2:45 p.m. 

Advising Students on Law School Selection (presenter will bring materials)

  Jeremy Aliason, Attorney and Alumnus of Lewis & Clark Law School

3:00 – 4:00 p.m.   

Advising on Personal Statements and Resume Writing

Kristin Theis-Alvarez, Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid, University of California, Berkeley

4:00 – 5:00 p.m.     

Advising on Supplemental Statement Writing (Diversity Statements and other Addenda) (presenter will bring materials)

Jeremy Aliason, Attorney and Alumnus of Lewis & Clark Law School

8:30 – 9:30 a.m. 

Financing a Law School Education

Joseph Lindsay, Assistant Director of Admissions, University of California, Berkeley School of Law

 9:30 – 11:00 a.m.         

 Mock Law School Application File Review  (presenter will bring materials)

Kate Rosier, Executive Director of the Indian Legal Program, Arizona State University Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law

11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.     

The Pre-Law Summer Institute

 Rodina Cave Parnall, Pre-Law Summer Institute (PLSI) Director, American Indian Law Center, Inc.  

1:15 – 2:15 p.m.        

In Their Own Words: Native Law Student Perspectives (no materials)

2:15 – 3:00 p.m.      

In Their Own Words: Native Attorney Retrospectives on Law School and Entry to the Legal Profession (no materials)

Followed by Discussion

3:00 p.m.   

In Your Own Words: Wrap up/Resources/Q&A/Evaluations

Rodina Cave Parnall, PLSI Director, American Indian Law Center

Identify, Advise, and Support Native Pre-Law Students

Many Native American attorneys report that their decision to pursue a legal education was strongly influenced by personal interaction and the persuasion of family, mentors, lawyers, and other professionals (The Pursuit of Inclusion: An In-depth Exploration of the Experiences and Perspectives of Native American Attorneys in the Legal Profession).  The Pathways to the Legal Profession Conference aims to increase the number of competitive Native law school applicants nationwide by providing mentors and advisors the necessary skills and resources to identify, advise, and support the next generation of Indigenous attorneys.  Learn more about your role on the Pathway to the Legal Profession.  

2019 Pathways Group Photo

2019 Pathways Conference Photo


Attendees must make their own hotel arrangements
Isleta Resort and Casino

11000 Broadway SE, Albuquerque, NM 87105-7469 | Tel: (505) 724-3800

Conference Block Room Rate is $96.00 per night**  

Room block opens on November 22, 2019

Deadline for block room rate is January 24, 2019

Reservations: (877) 747-5382 ~ Reference: “Pre-Law Advisors AIL0220 for conference block room rate.

No-Shows or early departures will be charged one night’s room and tax. Individual cancellations must be made 72 hours prior to the arrival date, to avoid no-show charges. Rates cannot be changed at check-in or check-out for guests who fail to identify their affiliation “Pre-Law Advisors AIL0220” at the time the reservation is made.

**Up to 30 lodging and travel reimbursements are available for Tribal Education Departments and Tribal Colleges. At least one representative (perhaps more depending on funding) from each TED and TCU is eligible.
Other attendees might also qualify for a reimbursement and should inquire at AILCinfo@law.unm.edu.