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As part of its Diversity Pipeline Program, Adams and Reese LLP hosted a lunch and learn for Bishop State Community College students and faculty on November 19, 2021. The students, who have expressed interest in pursuing a career in law, took part in a roundtable discussion with attorneys from the firm and were prepared with a list of questions about law school, LSAT preparation, and the challenges of being a minority in the legal industry.

The event took place at Adams and Reese’s downtown Mobile, Alabama office. Several attorneys from the firm, including Suntrease Williams-Maynard, Victoria Shoots, Nash Campbell, Robert Campbell, and Andy Freeman, joined the conversation to answer questions and help the students navigate various pathways to becoming a lawyer.

“Our goal is to make certain these students understand the benefits and opportunities involved in pursuing a legal education and career. We aim to help them determine what steps are needed to make that career happen,” said Williams-Maynard, Special Counsel at Adams and Reese. “This program serves as an opportunity for us to make a positive impact and increase diversity in the legal industry.”

Adams and Reese’s Diversity Pipeline Program provides a unique opportunity for historically underrepresented groups, specifically high school and college students, in the community to work towards a career in law.

“We at Bishop State Community College are pleased to partner with Adams and Reese for their Diversity Legal Pipeline initiative, which we know will create a pathway for our students to gain the knowledge and confidence to reach their goals and dreams. It will open doors for our students and encourage them to fearlessly pursue legal careers,” said Dr. Lawrence Brandyburg, Interim President at Bishop State Community College.

Sherrica Hunt, Director of Institutional Advancement at Bishop State Community College,  "I was thoroughly impressed by the level of thoughtfulness and details of the visit. The students received a first-class experience into the lives of what it is like to not only be an attorney but a female and minority attorney."

The collaboration between Adams and Reese and Bishop State Community College indicates a solid commitment to support younger people who seek successful matriculation into law school and a legal career.