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Program Dates
January 25, 2020 in Parker Poe's Raleigh office
8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. 

Since 2007, 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 this program since the program's inception. Read some of what students who attended the 2019 program had to say about THRIVE here.

Our keynote speaker in 2020 will be North Carolina Supreme Court Chief Justice Cheri Beasley. In addition to holding the highest judicial office in North Carolina, Chief Justice Beasley also leads North Carolina’s judicial branch of government. Chief Justice Beasley is the first African-American woman to serve as chief justice in North Carolina’s history and only the fourth in the country’s history to serve as chief justice of any state’s highest court.

During this year’s program, we will also have a session on building your professional and personal brand. That session will be followed by three smaller breakout sessions:

  1. EFFECTIVE COMMUNICATION: Interpersonal Communication Skills for Law Students and New Lawyers. Effective communication is critical for law students and new lawyers, including written and verbal communication, as well as body language. This session will help you polish those fundamental skills. This is not a public speaking program, but rather a session to discuss tips and techniques to help you effectively make your points and leave a positive impression on everyone you interact with.
  2. LIFE IN A LAW FIRM. Panelists will discuss the pathways they each took that led them to practice in a law firm, and they will help participants distinguish between transactional, regulatory, and litigation based practice areas. Panelists will offer practical advice and highlight different approaches to having a successful legal career.
  3. STRATEGIES FOR SUCCESS: Thriving as a Minority in Your Legal Practice. Although the legal profession is one of the least diverse professions, you are not alone. A panel of Parker Poe attorneys will facilitate a real conversation with students about being a minority and thriving as a minority in your legal practice. We will answer questions that students have, including ones that you may not have found a comfortable space to ask yet.

Are You Nervous About Law Firm Interviews?
You can sign up to participate in a mock interview with a Parker Poe attorney to help strengthen your interviewing skills. Please bring an updated resume to the event to be reviewed by your interviewer.

Do You Want to Register?
Please send an email to by Tuesday, January 21, 2020 to register for our 2020 THRIVE program. Please type “THRIVE” in the subject line of your email and indicate whether you would like to participate in a mock interview. 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 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.