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Date: March 14, 2003
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Bar Association makes plea to high school students at UNCP

Coleman, Wooten and Richardson

At the "Minorities in the Profession" seminar for high school students that was sponsored by the N.C. Bar Association, were (from left) Dr. Collie Coleman, associate vice chancellor for Outreach, Candice Wooten, a Winston Salem attorney and Lumberton High School graduate, and Robeson County District Court Judge Herbert Richardson.

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Fifty-six high school students from Robeson, Bladen and Cumberland counties attended a conference at UNC Pembroke on March 7 to learn more about joining the legal profession.

The conference was sponsored by the North Carolina Bar Association's Minorities in the Profession Committee. The committee sponsors two conferences per year in the state, said Lynda Imhoff, assistant director for the state bar.

"We are very excited to be here on UNC Pembroke's campus this year," Imhoff said. "Judge (Herbert) Richardson encouraged us to come to this region."

Richardson, a Robeson County District Court judge, gave a motivational talk to the students.

"You have to make a commitment from you to you," he told them. "You must change. Check who you hang out with, and if they can't help you get where you want to be….bye!"

"Stop listening to what other people tell you what you can't do," Judge Richardson said. "Most of you are afraid to succeed. My father, who was a Baptist preacher from Nash County, told me the only thing between me and a law degree was me."

UNCP Chancellor Allen C. Meadors offered greetings to the students for the university.

"We are extremely delighted to have the North Carolina Bar Association on campus to host this informative event for our local high school students," Chancellor Meadors said. "This is an excellent example of the university's Outreach division working with another entity to bring knowledge and dialogue regarding careers -- in this case, the law -- to high school students throughout the region. Have a great exchange!"

The conference was co-sponsored by UNCP's Office of Outreach, represented by Dr. Collie Coleman, associate vice chancellor.

"We are honored to host the North Carolina Bar Association on our campus," Dr. Coleman said. "This is a very great cause, a great group of young people and a distinguished group of attorneys and judges present."

The students were given the opportunity to ask questions and meet the panelists one-on-one. They also got a campus tour.

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