makes plea to high school students at UNCP
"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
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
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
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."
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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