Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP has awarded three second-year law students with diversity scholarships. They are: Johnny Aluri of Cornell Law School, Wayne Jones of University of Kentucky Rosenberg College of Law, and Adelarin "Delarin" Yemi-Sofumade of Georgia State University College of Law. In its seventh year, the Nelson Mullins Diversity Scholarship Program provides students with a $10,000 scholarship and a salaried summer position in a firm office.
Aluri is a member of both the Cornell Association of Law and Economics and the South Asian Law Students Association. He graduated from Furman University with a BA in Economics and Politics & International Affairs. Originally from Columbia, South Carolina, Aluri will be a 2022 summer associate in the firm's Greenville office.
At the University of Kentucky College of Law, Jones serves as an admissions ambassador and as a member of the Law Honor Council, Black Law Students Association, and Appalachian Law Caucus. Prior to law school, he worked as a community organizer in Boston and a research and evaluation manager at the University of Michigan. He earned a BA in Economics from Berea College and an MPP from the University of Michigan Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy, where he was a Rackham Merit Fellow. Jones will work in the firm's Huntington, West Virginia office.
Yemi-Sofumade is the Diversity & Inclusion Officer for the Student Bar Association (SBA) and Chair of the SBA Diversity Committee at the Georgia State University College of Law, where she collaborates with other student organizations to host events and support policy changes that promote the professional development of the diverse student body. She is a member of the GSU Law Review and other student organizations, including the Black Law Students Association. She has participated in GSU's Mediation Clinic and is a Registered Neutral with the Georgia Office of Dispute Resolution. Yemi-Sofumade graduated from Georgia Institute of Technology, where she studied chemical and biomolecular engineering, and she earned her MBA from Kennesaw State University. Originally from Lagos, Nigeria, Yemi-Sofumade will fulfill her summer associate position from the firm's Atlanta office.
The Nelson Mullins Diversity Scholarship Program is open to second-year law students and is primarily designed to increase the number of diverse law students interested in summer and long-term employment with the firm. The firm's robust Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Committee and industrious Diversity Department work in tandem to coordinate this program.
Established in 1897, Nelson Mullins is an Am Law 100 firm of more than 930 attorneys and government relations professionals with 30 offices in 14 states and Washington, D.C. For more information on the firm, go to www.nelsonmullins.com.
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