The global law firm Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP has announced the recipients of its diversity scholarships, a component of the firm’s ongoing commitment to diversity and inclusion. Now in its third year, the diversity scholarship program awards scholarships to up to four 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. Half of the scholarship will be paid after successful completion of BCLP’s Summer Associate Program. The other half will be paid prior to the second semester of the recipient’s third year of law school, providing they have received and accepted an offer to join the firm as an associate after completing their legal education.

The students who have been awarded diversity scholarships and will be joining the firm as summer associates in 2020 are:

Mustafa Ahmed is a law student at the University of Notre Dame Law School, where he previously received his LL.M. in international human rights law. Ahmed is the president of the International Law Society at the law school and a staff editor of the Journal of Comparative and International Law. During his LL.M., Ahmed was a recipient of the Fulbright Award by the J. Williams Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board. Prior to law school, Ahmed was a banking and finance associate with Al Tamimi & Company, one of the largest law firms in the Middle East, and he was an associate with Orr, Dignam & Co. and Liaquat Merchant Associates, law firms in Pakistan. Ahmed received his B.A.-LL.B. in social science and law from the Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS) in Pakistan. He will work in BCLP’s St. Louis office, where he also interned.

Deanna Davise is a law student at Washington University School of Law, where she was the winner of the 1L Client Counseling Competition, is president of the Women’s Law Caucus and a member of the Black Law Student Association. Davise received her B.S. in criminal justice from the University of Toledo, magna cum laude. She will work in BCLP’s St. Louis office, where she also interned.

Delaney Hiegert is a law student at the University of Kansas School of Law, where she is a staff editor for the Kansas Journal of Law & Public Policy, serves as president of OUTLaws & Allies, is vice president of the Dean’s Diversity & Leadership Council, and is a member of the Black Law Student Association and Women in Law. Hiegert was a law clerk for the National Center for Lesbian Rights. Prior to that, she was a trial technician for the Sedgwick County District Attorney’s Office and a reporter with the Wichita Eagle. Hiegert received her B.A. in communication with minors in journalism and criminal justice from Newman University, summa cum laude, where she also played Division II softball and was recognized as a NCAA Woman of the Year Top 9 Finalist. She will work in BCLP’s Kansas City office. 

Vikas Patel is a law student at Loyola University Chicago School of Law, where he is a member of the Thomas Tang Moot Court team, Consumer Law Review, and the Sports and Entertainment Law Society. He is also a tutor for first-year legal writing and contracts. Prior to law school, Patel was a hotel general manager with Inns on the Island in Venice, Fla., and an events supervisor and emergency medical technician for the University of Illinois at Chicago EMS. Patel received his B.S. in neuroscience from the University of Illinois at Chicago. He will work in BCLP’s Chicago office.

Bringing diversity and inclusiveness into every aspect of work and culture is one of BCLP’s core values. “Our mission is to create a firm where women lawyers, lawyers of color, LGBTQ lawyers and lawyers with disabilities want to come and stay, and where they can thrive,” Chief Diversity Officer Lisa Martin said. “We are excited as we embark on the third year of this successful scholarship program.”

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