Smith Moore LLP recently recognized two rising, first-year law school students as the first recipients of The Smith Moore LLP Scholarship, a minority scholarship program. James Nowlin, III, and Monifa Wright will begin law school in fall 2003. Each will receive a $5,000-per-year law school scholarship. The new scholarship program promotes law school opportunities for outstanding minority students and aims to enhance the likelihood they ultimately will practice in Georgia, North Carolina or the Southeast, particularly in larger law firms.
In addition to the award of scholarship funds, Nowlin and Wright will work in one or more of the Smith Moore offices as summer associates following their first year of law school. They are not required to work for Smith Moore after their second year of law school or after graduation, although the law firm may extend return offers for summer associate employment, or offers of associate employment after graduation.
"The Smith Moore LLP Scholarship program is a way for our firm to recognize the accomplishments of some of the Southeast's most impressive, up-and-coming minority, law school students," said Steve Earp, managing partner for the firm. "Our firm believes in the value of diversity, and through this program, we are taking an active role in increasing diversity in the Southeastern legal community."
Nowlin graduated with honors in 2002 from the University of Virginia where he received a bachelor's degree in Latin American Studies and completed the pre-medical curriculum. He was a Walter N. Ridley Scholar and William C. Folkes Scholar during his four years at the university and in his final year served as executive administrator for mental health, UVA's largest undergraduate course. During his senior year, Nowlin wrote and published "Prolific Rage: An Anthology of Poetry Born from a Multi-Cultural American Perspective." The Lynchburg, Va., native will be attending Duke Law School in the fall.
Wright received her bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from Clemson University in 1998 and a master's degree in mechanical engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 2000, graduating from each program with a 4.00 grade point average. During her graduate studies, Wright was awarded a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship, the President's Fellowship, and the Tower Award. Since August 2000, Wright has worked as a mechanical engineer for Sandia National Laboratories in Livermore, Calif. She will be attending the University of Virginia School of Law in the fall on a prestigious Dillard Scholarship and hails from Columbia, S.C.
Contact: Kathryn Viets (919) 277-1162