On March 8 and 9, 2019, Daniel E. Guzmán attended the Eighth Annual Latin American Law Student Association (LALSA), Black Law Students Association (BLSA), and Native American Law Students Association (NALSA) Professional Development Boot Camp at Cornell Law School (“Boot Camp”). Boot Camp is designed to prepare Cornell Law students of color for legal interviews, the legal market, and to introduce them to careers at law firms, as law clerks, and in public interest jobs. Boot Camp was sponsored by prominent New York state law firms, including Harris Beach. In addition, nearly fifty Cornell Law School LALSA, BLSA, and NALSA alumni participated in the event. On Friday, the program began with a Dinner and Networking Reception at the Statler Hotel on the Cornell University campus. Keynote speakers were Fatmata Kabia of Covington & Burling LLP and Judge June Lorenzo, a Pro Term Judge for the Pueblo of Pojoaque and Judge for the Zuni Pueblo. Ms. Kabia discussed the importance of the students developing and maintaining confidence in themselves. Judge Lorenzo addressed the tension between her culture and the law and her use of the law on behalf of native peoples. On Saturday, Dan conducted mock interviews and participated in the Law Firm Career Round Table along with other attorneys from around New York state, Texas, and California (pictured).
Harris Beach is looking forward to continuing to participate in this annual event with these amazing students as they continue their journey into the legal profession.