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 Eric Aaronson (Pfizer, Chair of D&E Committee), 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 Access Lex, Pfizer, LexisNexis, and the Wladis Law Firm.

10 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.Welcome Breakfast (Atrium)
10:30 a.m. – 11 a.m.Welcome Reception (Atrium)Mark WladisWladis Law Firm
11 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.How to Thrive as a First-Generation Law Student or Lawyer* (Atrium) Moderated by Professor Kelly CurtisKimberly Wolenberg & Morgan CutrightHelix Bar Review by Access Lex Institute, Managing Director & AccessLex Institute, Regional Director
11:45 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.When There is No One to Follow, We Lead Developing Leadership Skills as a First-Generation Student* (Atrium)Yan Bennett L’08Assistant Director for the Center on Contemporary China, Princeton University
12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.Networking Luncheon & Dean’s Remarks (Atrium)Craig M. BoiseDean and Professor of Law, Syracuse University College of Law
1:30 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.Putting the “Net” In Network – Developing a Career Safety NetLily Yan HughesAssociate Dean of Career Services, Syracuse University College of Law
2:15 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.Overcoming Imposter Syndrome*Eric AaronsonChair of Diversity & Equity Committee, Pfizer
3:15 p.m. – 4 p.m.Think Tanks – Love It or Leave It
Small Groups in the Atrium, 350, 352, and 440
4 p.m. – 4:45 p.m.Open Dialogues (Choose One):
Faculty Session * (440)
Identifying Hurdles and Methods to Overcome Them (Atrium)
Catering to a Mixed Demographic Community (350)
Organization Growth: Tips for Growing Your Organization’s Membership Body (350)
4:45 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.Academic Success as a First-Generation StudentKelly CurtisTeaching Professor & Director of Academic and Bar Support, Syracuse University College of Law
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.

Symposium Schedule

Speaker Bios

Please contact Erica Glastetter with questions.