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Record number of TLS students land spots in coveted Diversity Scholars Program

July 10, 2020 8:30 AM
Alina Hernandez ahernandez4@tulane.edu

Top row: Sammuel Kim, Antonio Milton and Alyssa McCain;
Bottom row: Tatum Doyle, Talha Chaudry and Graeme Hawkins.


Six Tulane Law students—more than ever before—have been chosen for the 1L Leadership Council on Legal Diversity Scholars Program, a respected initiative that expands career opportunities for diverse first-year law students.

The six will have the rare opportunity to work with attorneys from organizations that participate in the LCLD and provides them with professional experiences and the contacts to create relationships and networks with practicing lawyers.

The LCLD has more than 320 corporate chief legal officers and law firm managing partners—the leadership of the profession—who have dedicated themselves to creating a diverse U.S. legal profession. Its mission is to attract, inspire, and nurture talent by helping a new and more diverse generation of attorneys ascend to positions of leadership.

“The LCLD 1L Scholars program is a one-of-a-kind opportunity, and we are very proud that we had so many students selected this year,” said Tulane Assistant Dean for Career Development and Diversity Initiatives Lezlie Griffin.

Tulane Law students participating (all rising 2Ls now) are:

  • Talha Chaudry, from Kenner, La., He is working at Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP and Capital One in Dallas, Texas this summer.
  • Tatum Doyle, from Phoenix, Az. She is working at Haynes and Boone LLP in Houston, Texas this summer.
  • Graeme Hawkins, from Houston, Texas. He is working at Jackson Walker LLP in Houston, Texas this summer.
  • Sammuel Kim, from Queens, NY. He is working at Prudential Financial in Newark, New Jersey this summer.
  • Alyssa McCain, from The Woodlands, Texas. She is working at Bracewell LLP in Houston, Texas this summer.
  • Antonio Milton, from Carencro, La. He is working at Bracewell LLP in Houston, Texas this summer.

The 1L Scholars Program launched in 2011 has already put hundreds of young attorneys on a path to leadership through law school and beyond.  Students attend conferences and have access to virtual programming, have a dedicated LinkedIn group and have an annual summit. They can participate in virtual mock interviews with attorneys from law firms from around the country.