Awards recognize outstanding minority students entering first year of law school
GREENSBORO – A pair of students who will enter law school at Duke and UNC-Chapel Hill this fall will each receive scholarships from Smith Moore LLP, a law firm with offices in Atlanta, Raleigh, Greensboro, and Wilmington, NC. Smith Moore annually awards scholarships to outstanding minority students entering their first year of law school. The current scholarship program, which began in 2003, is the successor to a minority law school scholarship program founded by attorneys within the firm in 1998 which was the first attorney-sponsored scholarship of its kind in North Carolina.
The 2005 Smith Moore LLP Scholarships were awarded to Ryan Martin of Casselberry, FL, a graduate of the University of Central Florida who will attend Duke University School of Law; and Mario Meeks, a Chapel Hill resident and UNC-CH alumnus who will enroll in the UNC School of Law.
"Smith Moore recognizes the importance of enhancing the opportunities for minority law school graduates to practice law in North Carolina, Georgia or the Southeast," Smith Moore Managing Partner Steve Earp said. "This scholarship program is a way for us to help foster such opportunities."
Recipients of the Smith Moore LLP Scholarship receive $5,000 per year of law school as long as they maintain satisfactory progress toward their law degree. They also obtain employment as a summer associate in one or more Smith Moore office after their first year of law school.
Contact: Steve Powell
For Smith Moore LLP