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Programs and Partnerships

Nelson Mullins provides a variety of opportunities that support our diversity initiatives, including programs that train young attorneys today for diverse leadership positions of tomorrow, guide women attorneys in career development through sponsorship and coaching,  and provide diverse attorneys and their allies a network through affinity groups to connect with those who identify similarly.

Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD)

Legal profession leaders have the opportunity today to diversify the leadership of tomorrow, making way for a broader array of attorneys to provide input based on their diverse experiences and ultimately shape a broader approach to providing legal services. Recognizing the importance of tapping and training diverse future leaders, Managing Partner Jim Lehman joined the Leadership Council on Leadership Diversity, an organization of more than 300 corporate chief legal officers and law firm managing partners whose mission is to create a truly diverse U.S. legal profession. 

LCLD Fellows — Each year, the firm selects a mid-career diverse attorney to become an LCLD Fellow and participate in a yearlong program to enhance his or her leadership skills. Fellows embark on a learning program that includes in-person conferences, training in the fine points of legal practice, peer-group projects to foster collaboration and build relationships, and extensive contact with LCLD’s top leadership, including the managing partners and general counsel who host the Fellows for Learning Experiences and Leadership Lunches. 

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LCLD Pathfinders — Younger diverse attorneys can participate in LCLD through its Pathfinders Program, where they gain foundational leadership skills, an understanding of career development strategies, and manage internal professional networks through relationship building skills.

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LCLD 1L Scholars Program — Nelson Mullins also funds one of its diverse summer associates to participate in the 1L LCLD Scholars Program, designed to strengthen the legal pipeline by expanding opportunities for diverse first-year law students. Former Georgia law student Sydney Hamer, now an associate with the firm, participated in the program during her summer associateship in the Charleston office.

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High Potentials Program

Nelson Mullins has developed a program that specifically aims to expand the business-development and leadership capabilities of its women attorneys. The Nelson Mullins High Potentials Program is a two-year program for women partners who have been identified by firm leadership based on their legal skills as well as their high business development potential.

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Lean In

Companies continue to report they are highly committed to gender diversity, yet women continue to be vastly underrepresented at every level. For women of color, it’s even worse. Only about one in five senior leaders is a woman, and one in 25 is a woman of color, reports Women in the Workplace 2018, commissioned in part by the LeanIn.org organization.

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Affinity Groups

To create an inclusive – and welcoming – work environment, Nelson Mullins has active affinity groups that represent individuals with similar backgrounds, allowing networking, access to professional and social activities, and opportunities to learn and share leadership skills.

Diverse Attorney Affinity Group (DAAG)

The Diverse Attorney Affinity Group (DAAG) works to support the professional development and success of the Firm's diverse attorneys while providing resources and tools to aid in their recruitment and retention.

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AANAPI Affinity Group

Nelson Mullins’ Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander Affinity Group is committed to advancing the firm’s Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander (“AANAPI”) attorneys and promoting and advocating the culture, heritage, interests, and diversity of the AANAPI communities within the firm. As we continue to grow, Nelson Mullins wants to promote a culture that nurtures diverse interests, backgrounds, and perspectives. Through its community service, policy advocacy, professional development, and recruitment and retention initiatives, the AANAPI Affinity Group provides a forum for our AANAPI attorneys to exchange information, foster relationships, and support career development.

BRIDGE – Together Affinity Group

BRIDGE Together is the firm's Black Attorney Affinity Group. BRIDGE-Together stands for "Bringing Reflection Intention Development Goals and Equality – Together," and the mission of this group is to create a space for impactful discourse, information, and events that help to broaden and deepen the experiences of Black attorneys here at Nelson Mullins. BRIDGE Together supports the firm’s larger diversity efforts as well as professional and client development opportunities by helping to attract, retain, and provide support for the promotion of Black lawyers at the firm. The group, which meets virtually, focuses its efforts on creating an informal infrastructure to support cross-office and firmwide networking, mentorship, and collaboration.

LGBTQ+ Affinity and Ally Group

The LGBTQ+ Affinity and Ally Group serves as a resource and outreach group for LGBTQ+ attorneys of the firm as well as their allies. The group seeks to cultivate a better understanding of the unique issues facing the LGBTQ+ community, enhance the recruitment and retention of LGBTQ+ employees, and support the professional and social development needs of our LGBTQ+ employees. It is our belief that fostering these goals will create a more welcoming firm.

Unidos Affinity Group

The Latinx Affinity Group (“Unidos”) provides a platform for our Latinx attorneys to cultivate meaningful relationships with colleagues across the firm, as well as to engage with, and serve the interests of, the Hispanic/Latino community through our involvement with local and national Bar organizations, including the Hispanic National Bar Association. Our goals include to support the recruitment, retention, and promotion of Latinx attorneys and provide networking opportunities for our members, which also serve to strengthen the firm’s connection to the Hispanic/Latino community.

Women's Affinity Group (Women on the Go or "WOGO")

These groups work to enhance the recruitment and retention of women attorneys, promote women’s leadership both within and outside of the Firm, and work to foster a better understanding among all of the Firm's attorneys of the unique issues facing women professionals.

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Scholarships and Recognitions

Nelson Mullins is proud to partner with educational programs in our local, statewide, and national communities to provide professional development opportunities for our lawyers and job opportunities for minority law students. We provide scholarships for diverse law students and annually recognize our own employees who go the extra mile to promote a culture of diversity, equity, and inclusion. 

Diversity Scholarship Program

Associates Chelsea Barnes and Bethany Barclay-Adeniyi's introduction to Nelson Mullins began with the firm's Diversity Scholarship Program, a pipeline effort started in 2016 to enrich the firm's diversity and bring in talent. Earning the scholarship in 2017, Chelsea and Bethany now practice in the Winston-Salem and Atlanta offices, where they interned as part of the program.

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M&A Diversity Externship

The Nelson Mullins M&A Diversity Externship Program provides 2L and 3L students from the University of Georgia School of Law with work experience in mergers and acquisitions for academic credit. Chambers USA shortlisted the program for its Diversity & Inclusion Awards in 2019, just a year after the externship's establishment.

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Diversity Awards

Nelson Mullins honors those who embrace a culture of inclusion, equity, and diversity through a series of annual diversity awards, recognizing the efforts by our attorneys who are trying to build a more inclusive and diverse firm and legal profession.

Read More

NLADA 2022 Beacon of Justice Award Winners

Learn more about the great work the 2022 Beacon of Justice award winners are doing to "Sustain Racial Equity and Hope" in the legal sphere.

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Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

Programs and Partnerships

Nelson Mullins provides a variety of opportunities that support our diversity initiatives, including programs that train young attorneys today for diverse leadership positions of tomorrow, guide women attorneys in career development through sponsorship and coaching,  and provide diverse attorneys and their allies a network through affinity groups to connect with those who identify similarly.

Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD)

Legal profession leaders have the opportunity today to diversify the leadership of tomorrow, making way for a broader array of attorneys to provide input based on their diverse experiences and ultimately shape a broader approach to providing legal services. Recognizing the importance of tapping and training diverse future leaders, Managing Partner Jim Lehman joined the Leadership Council on Leadership Diversity, an organization of more than 300 corporate chief legal officers and law firm managing partners whose mission is to create a truly diverse U.S. legal profession. 

LCLD Fellows — Each year, the firm selects a mid-career diverse attorney to become an LCLD Fellow and participate in a yearlong program to enhance his or her leadership skills. Fellows embark on a learning program that includes in-person conferences, training in the fine points of legal practice, peer-group projects to foster collaboration and build relationships, and extensive contact with LCLD’s top leadership, including the managing partners and general counsel who host the Fellows for Learning Experiences and Leadership Lunches. 

Read More

LCLD Pathfinders — Younger diverse attorneys can participate in LCLD through its Pathfinders Program, where they gain foundational leadership skills, an understanding of career development strategies, and manage internal professional networks through relationship building skills.

Read More

LCLD 1L Scholars Program — Nelson Mullins also funds one of its diverse summer associates to participate in the 1L LCLD Scholars Program, designed to strengthen the legal pipeline by expanding opportunities for diverse first-year law students. Former Georgia law student Sydney Hamer, now an associate with the firm, participated in the program during her summer associateship in the Charleston office.

Read More
High Potentials Program

Nelson Mullins has developed a program that specifically aims to expand the business-development and leadership capabilities of its women attorneys. The Nelson Mullins High Potentials Program is a two-year program for women partners who have been identified by firm leadership based on their legal skills as well as their high business development potential.

Read More
Lean In

Companies continue to report they are highly committed to gender diversity, yet women continue to be vastly underrepresented at every level. For women of color, it’s even worse. Only about one in five senior leaders is a woman, and one in 25 is a woman of color, reports Women in the Workplace 2018, commissioned in part by the LeanIn.org organization.

Read More


Affinity Groups

To create an inclusive – and welcoming – work environment, Nelson Mullins has active affinity groups that represent individuals with similar backgrounds, allowing networking, access to professional and social activities, and opportunities to learn and share leadership skills.

Diverse Attorney Affinity Group (DAAG)

The Diverse Attorney Affinity Group (DAAG) works to support the professional development and success of the Firm's diverse attorneys while providing resources and tools to aid in their recruitment and retention.

Read More

AANAPI Affinity Group

Nelson Mullins’ Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander Affinity Group is committed to advancing the firm’s Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander (“AANAPI”) attorneys and promoting and advocating the culture, heritage, interests, and diversity of the AANAPI communities within the firm. As we continue to grow, Nelson Mullins wants to promote a culture that nurtures diverse interests, backgrounds, and perspectives. Through its community service, policy advocacy, professional development, and recruitment and retention initiatives, the AANAPI Affinity Group provides a forum for our AANAPI attorneys to exchange information, foster relationships, and support career development.

BRIDGE – Together Affinity Group

BRIDGE Together is the firm's Black Attorney Affinity Group. BRIDGE-Together stands for "Bringing Reflection Intention Development Goals and Equality – Together," and the mission of this group is to create a space for impactful discourse, information, and events that help to broaden and deepen the experiences of Black attorneys here at Nelson Mullins. BRIDGE Together supports the firm’s larger diversity efforts as well as professional and client development opportunities by helping to attract, retain, and provide support for the promotion of Black lawyers at the firm. The group, which meets virtually, focuses its efforts on creating an informal infrastructure to support cross-office and firmwide networking, mentorship, and collaboration.

LGBTQ+ Affinity and Ally Group

The LGBTQ+ Affinity and Ally Group serves as a resource and outreach group for LGBTQ+ attorneys of the firm as well as their allies. The group seeks to cultivate a better understanding of the unique issues facing the LGBTQ+ community, enhance the recruitment and retention of LGBTQ+ employees, and support the professional and social development needs of our LGBTQ+ employees. It is our belief that fostering these goals will create a more welcoming firm.

Unidos Affinity Group

The Latinx Affinity Group (“Unidos”) provides a platform for our Latinx attorneys to cultivate meaningful relationships with colleagues across the firm, as well as to engage with, and serve the interests of, the Hispanic/Latino community through our involvement with local and national Bar organizations, including the Hispanic National Bar Association. Our goals include to support the recruitment, retention, and promotion of Latinx attorneys and provide networking opportunities for our members, which also serve to strengthen the firm’s connection to the Hispanic/Latino community.

Women's Affinity Group (Women on the Go or "WOGO")

These groups work to enhance the recruitment and retention of women attorneys, promote women’s leadership both within and outside of the Firm, and work to foster a better understanding among all of the Firm's attorneys of the unique issues facing women professionals.

Read More


Scholarships and Recognitions

Nelson Mullins is proud to partner with educational programs in our local, statewide, and national communities to provide professional development opportunities for our lawyers and job opportunities for minority law students. We provide scholarships for diverse law students and annually recognize our own employees who go the extra mile to promote a culture of diversity, equity, and inclusion. 

Diversity Scholarship Program

Associates Chelsea Barnes and Bethany Barclay-Adeniyi's introduction to Nelson Mullins began with the firm's Diversity Scholarship Program, a pipeline effort started in 2016 to enrich the firm's diversity and bring in talent. Earning the scholarship in 2017, Chelsea and Bethany now practice in the Winston-Salem and Atlanta offices, where they interned as part of the program.

Read More
M&A Diversity Externship

The Nelson Mullins M&A Diversity Externship Program provides 2L and 3L students from the University of Georgia School of Law with work experience in mergers and acquisitions for academic credit. Chambers USA shortlisted the program for its Diversity & Inclusion Awards in 2019, just a year after the externship's establishment.

Read More
Diversity Awards

Nelson Mullins honors those who embrace a culture of inclusion, equity, and diversity through a series of annual diversity awards, recognizing the efforts by our attorneys who are trying to build a more inclusive and diverse firm and legal profession.

Read More

NLADA 2022 Beacon of Justice Award Winners

Learn more about the great work the 2022 Beacon of Justice award winners are doing to "Sustain Racial Equity and Hope" in the legal sphere.

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