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Capital Hosts First Annual Minority Mentorship Dinner and Reception

4/22/2014  - 

In Greek mythology, Athena took the guise of an old friend of Odysseus, Mentor, to encourage and guide young Telemachus through the trials of young adulthood. In a similar fashion, Capital alumni recently gathered with first and second year students of color to discuss the challenges of law school and share the excitement of their developing practices.

Gaines Thorns Minority Mentoring 

1LE Students Tashanna Thorns &
Meka Rafiyq Gaines

Snapp Sallee Minority Mentoring 

  Professor Jeff Snapp & 1LD Student A.C. Sallee

Hatcher Minority Mentoring 

 Alumnus Mark Hatcher (L'06,T'06)
speaks to attendees

The event began with a reception accompanied by the lite jazz sounds of adjunct professor and guitarist Brett Burleson. The group then retired to a dinner of Chicken Saltimbocca Flank Steak Roulade. BakerHostetler partner, Mark Hatcher, L’06, T’06, spoke on behalf of the African American Law Alumni Association and welcomed the students and encouraged them to look beyond their studies to the help and encouragement that he and the others could offer: “No matter how busy we are, we will find time for you.”

The gesture was well-received by the students. 1L Clarissa Smith responded: “The dinner was a great experience. It provided a lot of students with the opportunity to have candid conversations about navigating law school and beyond as a minority student. All of the mentors present were extremely welcoming and forthcoming with advice. The mentors were awesome.”

The event is the first of what will be a series of dinners, receptions, and working panels designed to build relationships between students and alumni of color.