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International law firm Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner (BCLP) has announced the 2022 recipients of its diversity scholarships, a component of the firm’s ongoing commitment to diversity and inclusion.

The diversity scholarship program awards scholarships to second-year law students. Each scholarship recipient will receive $10,000 to help defray the cost of law school tuition and related expenses during the student’s final year of law school.

The students who have been awarded diversity scholarships and joined the firm as 2022 summer associates are:

Denvoir Griffin is a student at the University of Kansas School of Law, where he is secretary of the Black Law Students Association and a member of the KU Transactional Law Competition Team 2022. Among his other activities, he is a volunteer for the grassroots political organization Freedom Inc. and an NCAA Division One track and field athlete. Denvoir was a summer associate in 2021 in BCLP’s Kansas City office and will work there again this summer.

Ethan Smith is a student at the University of California Irvine School of Law. He is articles editor of the UC Irvine Law Review and vice president of OUTLaw, UCI’s LGBTQ+ student organization. Ethan received the Pro Bono 2L 100 Hour Award and the Pro Bono 1L 50 Hour Award for work on various projects including the Transgender Legal Assistance Clinic (TLAC) and Children’s Law Center. Among his prior work experiences, Ethan served with Massachusetts State Sen. Sonia Chang-Díaz as a senior policy adviser, legislative aide and education intern from 2016-2020. In addition to a number of legal work positions at the law school, in the summer of 2021 he worked as a judicial extern to Judge Deborah C. Servino in Orange County Superior Court. He also served as pro bono student leader for TLAC at the LGBTQ Center OC. Ethan will work in BCLP’s Irvine office this summer.

Rebecca Spraggins is a student at Emory University School of Law. She is director of academic and professional success at the Black Law Students Association, president of the Sports and Entertainment Law Society, and on Emory’s Transactional Law Program Negotiations Team. She has worked as a legal extern with the Georgia State Athletics Department NCAA Compliance Office and with the Arthur M. Blank Sports and Entertainment Group. She also worked in 2021 as a BCLP summer associate and LCLD scholar. Rebecca will work again this summer in BCLP’s Atlanta office.

Malik Stewart is a student at Saint Louis University School of Law, where he has been active with the Saint Louis University Law Journal and the Black Law Students Association. Among his professional experiences to date, Malik worked at veterinarian practice management group CareVet as a legal intern for the 2021-2022 academic year and worked in 2021 as a summer associate in BCLP’s St. Louis office. He will work in the firm’s St. Louis office again this summer.

Ashlynn Timmerman is a student at Washington University School of Law. She has served as treasurer of OUTLaw and Executive Board member of the Student Bar Association, for which she remains a representative. Her prior experience has included work as a student attorney with the WashU Interdisciplinary Environmental Clinic. During her last year of law school, Ashlynn will co-teach the Law, Gender and Justice class to WashU undergraduates and act as a senior staff editor of Jurisprudence Review. Ashlynn also worked in 2021 as a summer associate in BCLP’s St. Louis office and will work in the Denver office this summer.

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