According to the Law School Admission Council, minorities comprise only 7 percent of all lawyers in the United States. LSAC and the Minnesota law schools are committed to improving these numbers, and February is National Minority Law Student Recruitment Month.

Four Minnesota law schools and the Law School Admission Council will sponsor “Look to the Future,” a program to introduce legal careers to minority high-school and first-year college students, from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 16, at the Tedd Mann Concert Hall on the campus of the University of Minnesota.

The program will include a short play and a panel discussion on legal careers and legal education. Panelists include Vincent Thomas, assistant dean of students at Hamline University School of Law; Hennepin County 4th District Court Judge Isabel Gomez; Jerry Blackwell, an attorney for the Minneapolis law firm Halleland, Lewis, Nilian, Sipkins and Johnson; Melissa Wright, assistant Minnesota attorney general; and others.

“Look to the Future” is free and open to students and educators. Reservations are requested; call Assistant Dean Richard Cabrera at William Mitchell College of Law, (651) 290-6422.

This event is sponsored by the University of Minnesota School of Law, the William Mitchell College of Law, Hamline University School of Law, and the new University of St. Thomas School of Law.