HAMPTON, Va. (September 29, 2020) – The Hampton University School of Liberal Arts & Education and Pre-law Program hosted a virtual panel discussion on legal careers in sports, entertainment and intellection property law with four Hampton University alumni. Along with the alumni, several Hampton University faculty, students and staff participated in this panel discussion, hearing from the alumni who have successfully navigated through their careers following law school.
“Hampton University takes pride in producing some of the most successful alumni in any profession. The four Hamptonians who gave back to their ‘Home by the Sea’ by sharing their knowledge during this discussion are individuals who have proven success. We know they have indeed received an education for life,” said Hampton University President Dr. William R. Harvey.
Erika Munro-Kennerly - Senior VP & Associate General Counsel Business and Legal Affairs at Endeavor Content
“I get calls from people all the time, saying they want to go to law school or want to be a lawyer. It’s not something you just do. It’s something you have to put a lot of thought into. I work in the entertainment business and not all of it is sexy. It’s work. Coming from an HBCU gives you a certain amount of hustle and insight. There are amazing advantages. I am so proud to be from an HBCU.”
Karyn A.Temple - Senior Executive Vice President & Global General Counsel, Motion Picture Association, Inc.
“I did not want to be a lawyer growing up. I said I wasn’t going to law school nor did I want to follow in my mother’s footsteps. She was also an attorney. I have a love for writing and research. I fell into law with my interest in that. Though you see of a lot of lawyers on TV and in the court room, a lot of what a lawyer does is the research and writing part. I was very shy growing up so I couldn’t imagine myself speaking in front of people. The research and writing portion of being an attorney gave me more confidence that I could be an attorney.”
John T. Rose – Corporate, Entertainment & Sports Associate, Fox Rothschild, LLP
At a very early age, everyone told me I was going to be a lawyer. As I grew up, I didn’t really like math or science, so being a doctor was out of the question. I remember being in school and they would always ask students what they wanted to be once they got older. I would always say a lawyer. Speaking it to existence at a young age manifested me to where I am today.”
Sashi Brown - Chief Planning & Operations Officer, Basketball at Monumental Sports & Entertainment
“I was a broadcast journalism major at Hampton. Following graduation, I was supposed to work for the NBA. That did not work out so I decided to go to law school. I knew a law degree would provide me with a lot of versatility. I spent the first ten or fifteen years of my career as an attorney.”
The Hampton university pre-law program was founded almost two decades ago with the primary focus of fulfilling a mission and preparing our graduates for success in our law school journey. This program introduces students to a broad array of legal principles while also developing the critical thinking, writing and oral communication skills.
"The Pre-Law Speaker Series is an important opportunity for our students and alumni to hear from seasoned professionals about the skills and mindset it takes to navigate their careers,” said Director of Hampton University Prelaw Program, Dr. Richard Anderson. "We're all very pleased to have the support of this vibrant community of alumni and friends."