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Clayton Receives 2019 Baker Donelson Diversity Scholarship

Tenia Clayton, a second year student in Belmont’s College of Law, was recently named as one of two recipients of the 2019 Baker Donelson Diversity Scholarship. As part of her award, Clayton will serve as a summer associate in the Firm’s Nashville office.

The recipients were selected from 99 applicants attending 49 law schools across the country including Belmont University College of Law, American University, Washington College of Law, Emory University School of Law, Howard University School of Law, Tulane Law School, University of Alabama School of Law, University of Georgia School of Law, University of Tennessee College of Law, Washington and Lee University School of Law and Washington University School of Law, St. Louis.

“Savita and Tenia exemplify the type of candidates that we see every year: driven, motivated and engaged law school students who we believe represent the future of a more diverse and inclusive legal profession,” said Mark A. Baugh, chair of Baker Donelson’s Diversity Committee, in a recent press release. “Achieving true diversity in our profession remains a challenge, but we’re proud of the small part this scholarship program plays in giving diverse law students greater opportunities to pursue a career in law. We look forward to welcoming Savita and Tenia as part of this program.”

Established in 2008, the Baker Donelson Diversity Scholarship Program awards scholarships annually to diverse law school students who have completed their first year of law school. Each recipient receives a salaried second year summer associate position in one of the Firm’s 22 offices. Upon completion of the summer associate position, the Firm also awards each recipient a $10,000 scholarship during the student’s third year of law school.

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