National Bar Orientation Panel

Orientation Past President ParksBooker T. Evans and Professor Rachel J. Anderson presented on the orientation panel for first time attendees of the 88th National Bar Association (National Bar) Annual Convention on Sunday, July 28, 2013.

The National Bar 1st Time Attendees Orientation session was organized by Professor Anderson, together with National Bar Vice President for Membership Twanda Turner-Hawkins  (now Vice President for Regions and Affiliates 2013-2014). The orientation for first time attendees was conceived of and initiated by Vice President Turner-Hawkins, who has organized this session for the past two years. Other panelists included Vice President Turner-Hawkins, Gen44 Dep. National Finance Director for Obama for America Lora M. Whitticker, and author and attorney Shavon Jones.

Both existing members and new members were excited about this initiative. One first time participant commented, “The session was informative, engaging and definitely enriched my convention experience.” The orientation was attended by approximately 20 first-time attendees and 20 existing members, including 2013 National Bar Ambassadors, members of the 2012-2013 Membership Committee, and National Bar Board members. The presenters drew from their experience and expertise and offered insights and advice on how to get what they wanted from the convention and how to make the most of their membership in the National Bar. Participants also received handouts, including a sample convention schedule, a list of convention highlights, and an overview of the National Bar governance structure. Many participants stayed after the session to network.

Many National Bar Board Members attended the orientation to welcome the first-time attendees and share words of wisdom: Past President Daryl Parks (2011-2012), Vice President Pamela Means (now President-Elect 2013-2014), Past President Randy Jones (1997-1998), Board Member-At-Large Carlos Moore, Region III Director Dara Govan, Deputy Chief of Staff Cassandra McCloud, Government Lawyers Division Chair Lani Shaw, Vice President for Membership Twanda Turner-Hawkins (now Vice President for Regions and Affiliates 2013-2014), Region XII Director Valencia Rainey, Region VI Director Jonathan Richardson, and Alejandro “Al” Perkins (also a member of the Membership Committee).

Members of the National Bar Membership Committee attending and participating in the event: Kelly Connor-Wilson, Alejandro “Al” Perkins.

Ten National Bar members served as 2013 National Bar Convention Ambassadors: President-Elect Patricia Rosier (now President 2013-2014), Vice President Pamela Means (now President-Elect 2013-2014), Vice President Ellen Douglas, Past President Mavis Thompson (2009-2010), Region III Director Dara Govan, Deputy Chief of Staff Cassandra McCloud, Government Lawyers Division Chair Lani Shaw, Vice President for Membership Twanda Turner-Hawkins (now Vice President for Regions and Affiliates 2013-2014), Region XII Director Valencia Rainey, and Region VI Director Jonathan Richardson.

The orientation session was co-sponsored by the NBA Membership Committee and the NBA Law Professors Division.

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