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Advancing Diversity & Inclusion within the Firm and our Profession

Nelson Mullins is committed to achieving and maintaining diversity in all aspects of Firm life.

  • Our Diversity Commitment details the principals that we embrace.
  • Nelson Mullins Diversity Committee – provides leadership for the pursuit of key initiatives and for achieving Firm diversity and inclusion goals.

 

Diversity Awards

The Sheryl Ortmann Diversity Award – named in honor of the Firm’s first female partner, this award is bestowed annually on an attorney making significant achievements in promoting diversity in the legal profession.  Achievements can be within the Firm or in the practice of law more generally.

The Sara Turnipseed "Women on the Go" Award – named in memory of a female partner who served on the Firm’s executive committee, this award celebrates contributions by attorneys and policy advisors within the Firm who actively promote the success of women in the legal profession in any phase of their careers.  

Leadership Council on Legal Diversity

Nelson Mullins is a member of the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity, an organization of more than 200 corporate chief legal officers and law firm managing partners whose mission is to create a truly diverse U.S. legal profession.  In addition, we participate in the LCLD's Fellows program and in LCLD's 1L Scholars Program.

Lean In

Nelson Mullins is a platform partner for Lean In, a global community committed to offering women the encouragement and support to “lean in” to their ambitions. Lean In principles are based on the book "Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead," authored by Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg, and focuses on core professional issues faced by women. Lean In promotes partnerships to bring about organizational change to achieve greater diversity in leadership roles.

To kick off the Firm's "Lean In" commitment, the ALLI ("All Leaning In") Circle program (modeled on "Lean In Circles") was established. Comprised of small cross-office discussion groups which held regular virtual meetings,  ALLI Circles included attorneys and policy advisors from a cross-section of our offices as well as Executive Committee members, office managing partners, team leaders, and practice leaders. The purpose of our ALLI Circles was to encourage identification of, and honest conversation about, real and perceived obstacles and solutions with respect to hiring, retention, leadership development, and promotion of female and minority professionals.

​​​The Nelson Mullins ALLI Circles were featured in an article published in the January/February 2015 edition of the Minority Corporate Counsel Association's, Diversity & the Bar magazine.

Pipeline Initiatives & Nelson Mullins Diversity Scholarship

The Firm sponsors and participates in several minority recruitment initiatives.

Nelson Mullins Diversity Scholarship Program ​​​​​- is open to 2L law students and is primarily designed to increase the number of diverse law students interested in summer and long-term employment with Nelson Mullins.  Awardees will receive a $10,000 scholarship and a salaried summer associate position at one of the Firm’s offices. The selection process coincides with Nelson Mullins’ regular summer associate recruiting process.

The Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP Scholarship Fund, a part of the Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education (MCLE) General Scholarship Endowment – is supported by contributions from the Firm. The fund is the first MCLE scholarship fund honoring a law firm. It benefits lawyers who serve the public interest, including legal services staff attorneys, private practitioners who accept pro bono cases, and other deserving lawyers who, without financial assistance, would not be able to attend MCLE programs.

Nelson Mullins partners with Claflin University (a HBCU in Orangeburg, SC) for pre-law scholarships.

Since 2012, Nelson Mullins has partnered with clients and high schools in Columbia, South Carolina, to deliver Street Law diversity pipeline programs.

The Firm participates in the Atlanta Bar Association’s Minority Clerkship Program, which places minority first-year students from Georgia law schools with several large law firms in the Atlanta area.

In addition, the Firm has collaborated with clients and a local chapter of the Association of Corporate Counsel to support Street Law Inc.’s legal diversity pipeline program initiatives, working with local high schools to enhance the awareness of opportunities within the legal profession and culminating with a hosted workshop at our office. We have also sponsored NJ LEEP’s Diversity Gala (New Jersey Law and Education Empowerment- a college access and success program).

Mentoring | High Potential Program

The Firm supports a dedicated business development program with the purpose of helping women attorneys plot their careers, learn how to generate business from internal and external sources, and grow leadership competencies. This program provides career pathway guidance to participants who work with designated partner-sponsors and both internal and external executive coaches.

Diversity Publication Recognizes Nelson Mullins’ High Potentials Program with Award of Excellence

Women On The Go (WOGO)

Nelson Mullins supports active participation in women's affinity groups in each of its offices. These groups work to enhance the recruitment and retention of female 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.

In the Profession

Nelson Mullins attorneys dedicate significant efforts associated with diversity and inclusion goals in outside Firm professional activities, including support of minority law student scholarship programs, and providing leadership in ABA, state and minority bar diversity efforts.

 

Diversity & Inclusion

Advancing Diversity & Inclusion within the Firm and our Profession

Nelson Mullins is committed to achieving and maintaining diversity in all aspects of Firm life.

  • Our Diversity Commitment details the principals that we embrace.
  • Nelson Mullins Diversity Committee – provides leadership for the pursuit of key initiatives and for achieving Firm diversity and inclusion goals.

 

Diversity Awards

The Sheryl Ortmann Diversity Award – named in honor of the Firm’s first female partner, this award is bestowed annually on an attorney making significant achievements in promoting diversity in the legal profession.  Achievements can be within the Firm or in the practice of law more generally.

The Sara Turnipseed "Women on the Go" Award – named in memory of a female partner who served on the Firm’s executive committee, this award celebrates contributions by attorneys and policy advisors within the Firm who actively promote the success of women in the legal profession in any phase of their careers.  

Leadership Council on Legal Diversity

Nelson Mullins is a member of the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity, an organization of more than 200 corporate chief legal officers and law firm managing partners whose mission is to create a truly diverse U.S. legal profession.  In addition, we participate in the LCLD's Fellows program and in LCLD's 1L Scholars Program.

Lean In

Nelson Mullins is a platform partner for Lean In, a global community committed to offering women the encouragement and support to “lean in” to their ambitions. Lean In principles are based on the book "Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead," authored by Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg, and focuses on core professional issues faced by women. Lean In promotes partnerships to bring about organizational change to achieve greater diversity in leadership roles.

To kick off the Firm's "Lean In" commitment, the ALLI ("All Leaning In") Circle program (modeled on "Lean In Circles") was established. Comprised of small cross-office discussion groups which held regular virtual meetings,  ALLI Circles included attorneys and policy advisors from a cross-section of our offices as well as Executive Committee members, office managing partners, team leaders, and practice leaders. The purpose of our ALLI Circles was to encourage identification of, and honest conversation about, real and perceived obstacles and solutions with respect to hiring, retention, leadership development, and promotion of female and minority professionals.

​​​The Nelson Mullins ALLI Circles were featured in an article published in the January/February 2015 edition of the Minority Corporate Counsel Association's, Diversity & the Bar magazine.

Pipeline Initiatives & Nelson Mullins Diversity Scholarship

The Firm sponsors and participates in several minority recruitment initiatives.

Nelson Mullins Diversity Scholarship Program ​​​​​- is open to 2L law students and is primarily designed to increase the number of diverse law students interested in summer and long-term employment with Nelson Mullins.  Awardees will receive a $10,000 scholarship and a salaried summer associate position at one of the Firm’s offices. The selection process coincides with Nelson Mullins’ regular summer associate recruiting process.

The Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP Scholarship Fund, a part of the Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education (MCLE) General Scholarship Endowment – is supported by contributions from the Firm. The fund is the first MCLE scholarship fund honoring a law firm. It benefits lawyers who serve the public interest, including legal services staff attorneys, private practitioners who accept pro bono cases, and other deserving lawyers who, without financial assistance, would not be able to attend MCLE programs.

Nelson Mullins partners with Claflin University (a HBCU in Orangeburg, SC) for pre-law scholarships.

Since 2012, Nelson Mullins has partnered with clients and high schools in Columbia, South Carolina, to deliver Street Law diversity pipeline programs.

The Firm participates in the Atlanta Bar Association’s Minority Clerkship Program, which places minority first-year students from Georgia law schools with several large law firms in the Atlanta area.

In addition, the Firm has collaborated with clients and a local chapter of the Association of Corporate Counsel to support Street Law Inc.’s legal diversity pipeline program initiatives, working with local high schools to enhance the awareness of opportunities within the legal profession and culminating with a hosted workshop at our office. We have also sponsored NJ LEEP’s Diversity Gala (New Jersey Law and Education Empowerment- a college access and success program).

Mentoring | High Potential Program

The Firm supports a dedicated business development program with the purpose of helping women attorneys plot their careers, learn how to generate business from internal and external sources, and grow leadership competencies. This program provides career pathway guidance to participants who work with designated partner-sponsors and both internal and external executive coaches.

Diversity Publication Recognizes Nelson Mullins’ High Potentials Program with Award of Excellence

Women On The Go (WOGO)

Nelson Mullins supports active participation in women's affinity groups in each of its offices. These groups work to enhance the recruitment and retention of female 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.

In the Profession

Nelson Mullins attorneys dedicate significant efforts associated with diversity and inclusion goals in outside Firm professional activities, including support of minority law student scholarship programs, and providing leadership in ABA, state and minority bar diversity efforts.

 

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