January 12, 2021
COLUMBIA S.C. -- Profiles in Diversity Journal has selected Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP’s Diverse Pipeline Outreach Program as a winner in its Top 10 Innovations in Diversity for 2020.
The Innovations in Diversity Award competition honors corporations, organizations, and institutions that have developed innovative solutions in the area of workforce diversity, inclusion and human equity, according to the publication.
The goal of Nelson Mullins’ Diverse Pipeline Outreach Program is to increase diversity among law students and legal professionals by helping undergraduates fully understand the importance and opportunities of a career in law.
“Diversity in the legal profession is tremendously lacking, but we all know how necessary it is to hear different perspectives in the courtrooms, boardrooms, classrooms, etc. across America,” said Ariel Roberson, a partner in the firm’s Raleigh office who is spearheading the program with Jack Slosson, a partner in Charlotte.
“I am hopeful that this unique program can have a real impact in growing diversity in the legal profession going forward,” Slosson added.
Nelson Mullins is partnering with Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) in the Carolinas and Georgia to introduce students to the legal profession; spotlight various areas of specialization; provide prospective law students with a roadmap of the many practical steps necessary to becoming a lawyer; and outline the challenges and rewards of a legal education and career. A key feature of the program is a paid internship given to one student per participating school. The experience allows them to explore the profession in a firm office of their choice. The program’s first intern will be placed in the spring of 2021.
North Carolina Central University, an HBCU located in Durham, North Carolina, is the first school to participate in the Diverse Pipeline Outreach Program.
Published since 1999, Profiles in Diversity Journal promotes and advances diversity and inclusion in the corporate, government, nonprofit, higher education, and military sectors, according to the publisher.
Established in 1897, Nelson Mullins has more than 850 attorneys and government relations professionals with offices in 11 states and Washington, DC. For more information on the firm, go to www.nelsonmullins.com.
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