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Attorney Chris Salamone has dedicated many hours of his professional life to assisting rising scholars who wish to attend a quality university. With this goal in mind, Chris Salamone created and served as chief executive officer for the National Student Leadership Conference (NSLC), a program of college preparation for high school students.

The NSLC offers a dynamic approach to career education that exposes students to a typical day in a professional field. They benefit from presentations by international and national leaders and persons in the creative arts. Students work in teams to practice important leadership skills as set forth in hands-on workshops. They also take part in realistic simulations of decision-making.

Living and working in a collegiate atmosphere, NSLC students get to enjoy campus life at one of eight prestigious universities. Team advisors – other undergraduate and graduate students – inform participants about the details of living and studying on campus. Partner institution American University also offers three credit hours for instruction by its faculty at an NSLC school.

The NSLC recruits students through its alumni, surveys conducted by the College Board and the American College Test (ACT), and counselors and teachers.

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The founder and CEO of Chris M. Salamone & Associates, Chris Salamone possesses 20 years of experience overseeing a law firm with a broad client base including corporations, executives, and professional athletes. Chris Salamone is also the founder and former CEO of the National Student Leadership Conference (NSLC), an intensive, hands-on summer course for high school students from around the world. During the NSLC sessions, participants live on a college campus and engage in interactive leadership workshops related to their career field of interest. An extensive range of career-specific programs are offered by NSLC, including a law and advocacy program for those students interested in entering the legal profession.

The core of the NSLC law and advocacy program is a mock trial through which students learn litigation techniques in a simulated courtroom proceeding. Each student in the program works with a team of peers to prepare a case that will be argued before a judge. Participants are responsible for all elements of the judicial process, from initial research of the evidence and witness preparation to courtroom examination of witnesses and argument of their case.

Students in the NSLC law program also take part in discussions with guest speakers, which include members of the Department of Justice, attorneys, and other knowledgeable legal professionals. Among the speakers at the 2014 session will be U.S. Supreme Court Justice David Souter and Mike Lakey of Mayer Brown, LLP. In addition to these guest seminars, students receive college-level lectures delivered by practicing lawyers on topics such as direct examination, evidentiary procedure, and witness preparation.

Field trips to sites of educational importance to the law profession make up another component of the NSLC law program. This summer, the law and advocacy program will be held at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut, and American University in Washington, DC. Sites visited by students at Yale will include the federal and state courthouses and Yale Law School. American University students will visit the Supreme Court and the U.S. District Court.

Chris Salamone is an author, attorney, and entrepreneur with a long history of philanthropic service. As part of his lifelong effort to provide academic opportunities for high-achieving middle and high school students, Mr. Salamone founded LeadAmerica and the LeadAmerica Foundation, a nonprofit organization that for more nearly 15 years sponsored a wide range of college-accredited and career-focused youth leadership and scholarship conferences and provided assistance to students and teachers.

LeadAmerica conferences continue to attract thousands of exceptionally gifted students from all 50 states and more than 50 foreign countries. For years, through international programs like GirlsLead, the LeadAmerica Foundation encouraged young people to become leaders by stressing the importance of “purpose, integrity, self-confidence, and personal responsibility.”

The LeadAmerica Foundation has also offered critical academic financial aid in the form of scholarships and classroom grants. In addition to funding student education directly, LeadAmerica has provided tens of thousands of dollars in annual educator-directed scholarships and grants. These scholarships have assisted teachers who wished to help their students by deferring the cost of various LeadAmerica programs.

An accomplished entrepreneur, Chris Salamone strives to give back to the communities that have supported him through a variety of charitable affiliations. To provide vital support to disadvantaged children in the greater Boca Raton, Florida, area, Mr. Salamone previously served on the Board of Directors for the Florence Fuller Child Development Centers.

The origin of these early education, childcare, and family support facilities dates back to 1968 when community volunteer Dorothy Fleegler began to work with the families of Boca Raton migrant farmers. Ms. Fleegler soon joined forces with James and Florence Fuller to institute area preschool programs that would better prepare these families’ young children for kindergarten.

Established in 1971 to serve a single classroom of 22, the Florence Fuller Child Development Centers of today assist more than 600 children each year. The organization’s West Center continues the tradition of helping rural populations from non-English-speaking backgrounds, while its East Center is specifically designed around the unique needs of low-income inner city children living in downtown Boca Raton. The Florence Fuller Child Development Centers also own and operate a thrift store on the northwest side of the city.

There is a saying that “leaders are born, not made.” Yet the concept of leadership is not instinctive for everyone, so some people need to learn or develop the traits necessary to become effective leaders. Chris Salamone is a well-respected author, attorney, and entrepreneur who has served as a top-level executive for a number of companies, including Spartan Capital Investors, the National Institute for Legal Education and the National Youth Education Council. Here he shares his thoughts on a few qualities that make an effective leader.

Being Committed – Being a leader takes commitment, self-sacrifice, and hard work. Most great leaders recognize this fact and are prepared to do whatever it takes to achieve success. There’s a difference between being “interested” in doing or pursuing an endeavor or a goal, and being “committed” to that endeavor or goal.

Understanding Your Strengths and Weaknesses – Leaders who recognize their own strengths and weaknesses are better able to delegate, are more likely to hire others who complement their abilities, and are willing to improve upon their weaknesses in order to become more effective leaders.

Establishing Measurable Goals – People tend to work more effectively if they know what they are working toward. Leaders should establish measurable goals for both the team and individual employees, and then work with employees to help achieve those goals.

Chris Salamone is a frequent keynote speaker on the topic of leadership. With a commitment to develop educational and leadership programs that inspire and empower America’s youth, he has founded organizations for young adults including LeadAmerica and the National Student Leadership Conference.

Now popular in the mixed-martial arts scene, jiujitsu has a mysterious past, with historians from multiple countries who claim the fighting style as their own. Practitioner Chris Salamone explores the origins of this grappling-based martial arts, which has roots across the globe.

Some believe the earliest origins of jiujitsu can be found in the wrestling traditions of ancient Greece, where it was popularized in the Olympic games. It wasn’t until a millennium later that variations were formally taught in Japan, where it developed as its own martial art. Others claim that wrestlers in China created and developed a technique that would evolve into jiujitsu after it was taken to Japan. The mysteries surrounding jiujitsu extend beyond its country of origin and even permeate into the name itself. A quick Internet search will reveal a number of spellings for the martial art, including jiujitsu, jujitsu, and jujutsu.

Chris Salamone is a successful entrepreneur, attorney, author, and public speaker. His most recent book, Rescue America, has received national attention since its publication in October, 2011.