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Program Time and Dates
8:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Saturday, January 22, 2022 virtual program
Saturday, February 12, 2022 in Parker Poe's Atlanta office

For 15 years, Parker Poe has hosted a daylong program to help minority students navigate law school, make a successful transition into the practice of law after graduation, and thrive as they pursue the different paths a legal career may take. More than 750 students have attended since the program's inception. Read some of what students who attended the 2020 program had to say about THRIVE here.

Our keynote speaker for the virtual program on January 22 in 2022 will be Bakari Sellers. He made history in 2006 when, at just 22 years old, he defeated a 26-year incumbent state representative to become the youngest member of the South Carolina state legislature and the youngest African American elected official in the nation.

Mr. Sellers earned his undergraduate degree from Morehouse College and his law degree from the University of South Carolina. He has a tireless commitment to championing progressive policies to address issues ranging from education and poverty to preventing domestic violence and childhood obesity. He practices law with the Strom Law Firm in Columbia and is a political commentator at CNN.

Additional Presentations and Breakout Sessions
As in years past, we will have a panel of practicing attorneys discussing topics such as the distinction between a litigation practice and a transactional practice, in addition to highlighting different approaches to having a successful legal career. We will also have a presentation on learning how to brand yourself for success and a panel featuring two Parker Poe summer associates, one of whom is joining the firm full-time in the fall. 

In addition, there will be several smaller breakout sessions:

1. Effective Communication: Interpersonal communication skills for law students and new lawyers. 

2. Financial Literacy: Understand the pitfalls that await you in the next phase and start planning now.

3. First Generation Lawyers: Thriving as a minority in your legal practice - everything you ever wanted to ask about balancing work, life, and mental health, managing imposter syndrome, promotions to partner and equity partner, and more.

4. Alternative Uses of Your JD: Learn about different paths to legal practice beyond traditional law firm life.

Are You Nervous About Law Firm Interviews?
You can sign up to participate in a virtual mock interview with a Parker Poe attorney to help strengthen your interviewing skills. The mock interviews will be the day before each event: Friday, January 21 or Friday, February 11. 

Do You Want to Register?
Space is limited to assist with social distancing guidelines. Please send an email to by Wednesday, January 19 to register for our virtual THRIVE program or Monday, February 7 to register for our program in Atlanta. Please type “THRIVE” in the subject line of your email and indicate whether you:

1. Would like to participate in a mock interview.
2. Will be participating in-person or virtually.

If you have any questions about the program, please feel free to contact Crystal Jones at 704.371.6165.

Additional Resources
To learn more about Parker Poe's commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion, please click here.

We encourage minority law students to take advantage of other valuable resources as well. For example, the Southeastern Minority Job Fair (SEMJF) is a great way to get in front of approximately 140 employers, including Parker Poe.