Conference Details:
Date: Saturday, February 17, 2024
Time: 9:30AM-5:30PM
Location: Rutgers Law School
217 N. Fifth Street, Camden, NJ

We hope that you will join us for the 7th Annual Minority Student Program Pre-Law Diversity Conference at Rutgers Law School in Camden.

This dynamic event is specifically designed for college students and graduates from underrepresented backgrounds who are aspiring law students. Join us for an enriching experience that aims to share valuable information and empower students to reach their law school goals. Conference attendees will learn more about:

  • Law School Admissions
  • LSAT Preparation
  • Personal Statement Writing
  • Life as a Law Student
  • The Legal Profession

The conference will feature inspiring keynote speakers and panelists, interactive workshops, and provide networking opportunities that will connect students with mentors and peers who share their journey. Students will engage in thought-provoking discussions led by accomplished legal professionals and law students who are passionate about empowering the next generation of diverse legal professionals.

Meet Our Leadership
  • Dean Rhasheda Douglas
  • Dr. Paris McPherson

Rhasheda S. Douglas joined Rutgers Law School as the Assistant Dean of the Minority Student Program on the Camden campus in July 2016. Immediately prior to joining the Rutgers Law School, Douglas served as the Title IX Manager at Rowan University, where Douglas provided key guidance in ensuring the University’s compliance with Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 and the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013 (VAWA). She led activities, training and outreach related to the prevention of sex discrimination, including sexual violence, and she conducted investigations of complaints alleging sexual harassment and sexual misconduct by students, faculty/staff and visitors. From 2007 to 2015, Douglas served as a team attorney, and later as a team leader, with the U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights, where she led a team in the enforcement of federal civil rights laws that prohibit discrimination on the bases of race, color, national origin, disability, gender and age. In addition to leading investigations at OCR, Douglas conducted numerous trainings and workshops, both internally and externally, regarding sexual harassment/sexual violence, race discrimination and disability discrimination. Prior to joining OCR, Douglas was an associate at Montgomery McCracken in Philadelphia, where she practiced commercial litigation and served on the firm’s Hiring and Diversity Committees. She earned her J.D. from Rutgers Camden School of Law in 2002 and a B.A. in English from Boston University in 1997.

Douglas was selected as a "Rising Star" in the field of education law in 2008 by Philadelphia Magazine’s edition of Pennsylvania Super Lawyers. In October 2012, she was awarded the Block "R" Award for Excellence in Alumni Leadership by Rutgers University. Mrs. Douglas was also awarded the Helper and Healer award by the Association of Black Women Lawyers of New Jersey in April 2014.

Paris McPherson, Ed.D is the Assistant Director of the Minority Student Program in Camden. Prior to joining Rutgers Law School, Dr. McPherson was the Associate Director of Student Engagement & Access at Temple University for three years, where she was responsible for directing several pipeline initiatives including dual enrollment and scholarship programs serving underrepresented students in Philadelphia. She also created and developed collaborative partnerships with educational non-profit organizations to increase college access for Philadelphia students. Prior to that, Dr. McPherson worked, for eight years, as the Assistant Director for Learning support at Temple University’s athletic department where she led the Learning Enhancement and Academic Development program.

Dr. McPherson received her Doctor of Education in 2023 from Temple University. Prior to that she earned a B.S. and M.S. in Social Work from Temple University.