First Generation Law Students Leadership Symposium

Friday, April 14

10:30 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Dineen Hall, Syracuse University College of Law

Syracuse University College of Law and the First Generation Law Students Association (FGLSA) are hosting an intercollegiate symposium at Dineen Hall in Syracuse, NY. Through the symposium, featured speakers will facilitate the sharing of resources and knowledge that attendees can take back to their respective schools and incorporate into their student organizations to make their communities more inclusive and accessible for students who are the first in their families to attend law school. 

Featured speakers include Kimberly Wolenberg (Helix Bar Review by AccessLex, Managing Director) Morgan Cutright (AccessLex Institute, Regional Director), Yan Bennett (Princeton University, Assistant Director for the Center on Contemporary China), and more. 

Programming will consist of some open dialogue sessions, small group activities, and a networking luncheon and dinner. 

We are waiving the attendance fee for up to four guests from invited schools and for students of Syracuse University College of Law.  Programming will begin at 10:30 a.m. and will conclude at 5:45, followed by a networking dinner.


Sponsored by AccessLex Institute and Helix Bar Review by AccessLex, Pfizer, LexisNexis, and the Wladis Law Firm.

All events are business casual attire.

10 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.Welcome Breakfast (Atrium)
10:30 a.m. – 11 a.m.Welcome Remarks (Atrium)Mark Wladis L’89Founder, Wladis Law Firm
11 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.How to Thrive as a First-Generation Law Student or Lawyer* (Melanie Gray Ceremonial Courtroom)
Moderated by Professor Kelly Curtis
Kimberly Wolenberg & Morgan CutrightHelix Bar Review by AccessLex Institute, Managing Director & AccessLex Institute, Regional Director
11:45 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.Putting the “Net” In Network – Developing a Career Safety Net* (Melanie Gray Ceremonial Courtroom)Lily Yan HughesAssistant Dean of Career Services, Syracuse University College of Law
12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.Networking Luncheon (Atrium)
1:30 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.Panel Discussion: Overcoming Imposter Syndrome* (Melanie Gray Ceremonial Courtroom) Moderated by Professor Courtney Abbott Hill L’09Brian D. Roy, Esther Gabriel L’20, and William Wolfe L’20Member and Associates, Harris Beach PLLC
2:15 p.m. – 3 p.m. Small Group Sessions: Love It or Leave It (Atrium)
3 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.When There is No One to Follow, We Lead: Developing Leadership Skills as a First-Generation Student* (Melanie Gray Ceremonial Courtroom)Yan Bennett L’08Assistant Director for the Center on Contemporary China, Princeton University
3:45 p.m. – 4 p.m.Break
4 p.m. – 4:45 p.m.Academic Success as a First-Generation Student*Kelly CurtisTeaching Professor & Director of Academic and Bar Support, Syracuse University College of Law
4:45 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.Breakout Groups (Choose One):
Organization Growth: Tips for Growing Your Organization’s Membership Body (350)
Identifying Hurdles and Methods to Overcome Them (352)
5:30 p.m. – 5:45 p.m.Closing RemarksCourtney Abbott Hill L’09Associate Teaching Professor, Syracuse University College of Law
5:45 p.m. – 7 p.m.Networking Dinner at Salt City Market
* Events that will be live-streamed.

Speaker Bios

Parking Information

Guests can park complimentary in the Raynor Lot, located directly behind Dineen Hall. No parking pass is necessary. External guests should enter Dineen Hall through the front door, located across from the Dome on Irving Avenue.

Please contact Erica Glastetter with questions.