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February 5, 2020

Nelson Mullins M&A Diversity Externship Receives ‘Innovations in Diversity Award of Excellence’

The Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough M&A Diversity Externship has been recognized by the Profiles in Diversity Journal with an Award of Excellence in its 2019 Innovations in Diversity Awards.

Nelson Mullins' M&A Diversity Externship launched in 2018 as a partnership with the University of Georgia School of Law. Of the law school's 18 corporate externships, Nelson Mullins' M&A Diversity Externship is unique in providing diverse and female students with work experience at a law firm, rather than with companies as in-house counsel.

Student externs work side by side with Atlanta attorneys from the Nelson Mullins corporate group, becoming involved in a variety of matters related to middle market and larger transactions ranging in size from less than $5 million to more than $2 billion. The program allows students to see M&A in action and learn by watching transactions progress.

"I’m honored to see the M&A Externship recognized for its innovation," Nelson Mullins M&A partner and Chair of the M&A Diversity Externship Amanda Norcross said. “It’s a great opportunity for the students to learn about M&A.”

A 2016 survey of 16,500 lawyers led by the ABA’s Women in M&A Task Force found that women make up 36% of the lawyers surveyed and 30% of M&A lawyers surveyed. Four female law students have completed the externship program since its inception in 2018, and a fifth female student began the program in January 2020.

For more information on the firm’s diversity and inclusion initiatives, click here. For more information on Profiles in Diversity and its Innovations in Diversity Awards methodology, click here.

Established in 1897, Nelson Mullins has more than 800 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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