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February 16, 2017

Nelson Mullins Awards Second Year of Diversity Scholarships to Three Law Students

(Feb. 16, 2017)–Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP has awarded its second year of Diversity Scholarships to three law students. Recipients each will receive a $10,000 scholarship and a salaried summer 2017 position in the Firm’s Atlanta, Winston-Salem, and Washington, DC offices.

Primarily designed to increase the number of diverse law students interested in summer and long-term employment with the Firm, the Nelson Mullins Diversity Scholarship Program fits squarely into the Firm's commitment to inclusive excellence and robust diversity in all aspects of Firm life, according to Managing Partner James K. Lehman.

"The Diversity Scholarship Program is an important tool to help us attract the talent we need to continue to grow and innovate. Diversity and excellence go hand-in-hand," he said.

Recipients are:

Bethany Barclay-Adeniyi, a second-year law student at Emory Law School who will work in the Atlanta office. A native of Chattanooga, Tenn., she received her undergraduate degree from Lee University in Cleveland, Tenn. and also studied Spanish in South America. At Emory she is an active member of Emory’s Corporate Governance and Accountability Law Review. While also an active member of Phi Alpha Delta, the Christian Legal Society, and the Black Law Student’s Association, she is currently enrolled in Emory’s Transactional Certificate program. Ms. Barclay-Adeniyi hopes to practice in the transactional field and continue to volunteer at the Atlanta Volunteer Lawyers Foundation;

Chelsea Barnes, a second-year law student at the University of North Carolina School of Law who will work in the Winston-Salem office. A native of Hope Mills, N.C., she is a member of the Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina. She graduated with honors from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Communication Studies. Ms. Barnes is a member of the Holderness Moot Court, Broun National Trial Team, and the First Amendment Law Review. She serves as the treasurer of the Student Bar Association and is the president of UNC’s chapter of the Native American Law Student Association. After graduation, Ms. Barnes hopes to work in litigation; and

Josh Myers, a second-year law student at the University of Virginia School of Law, who will work in the Washington, DC office. A native of Little Mountain, S.C., he is the social chair of the Black Law Students Association and an alumni chair with the Program in Law & Public Service. He is also a member of the Virginia Law & Business Review and serves as an alumni co-director. He has served as a law clerk with the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of South Carolina. His pro bono activities include work for the S.C. House of Representatives Judiciary Committee and the S.C. Senate Judiciary Committee. He graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Music in Cello Performance and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Va. He also has been a Fellow with the Center for the Study of the Presidency and Congress, focusing his work on federal arts policy.

Established in 1897, Nelson Mullins has more than 500 attorneys and other professionals with offices in Colorado, the District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Massachusetts, New York, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, and West Virginia. For more information on the Firm, go to www.nelsonmullins.com.


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