Bradley is pleased to announce that the firm has awarded its 2020 Diversity Scholarships to law students Jessie Manzewitsch Pulero from the University of Houston Law Center and Bria Smith from Vanderbilt University Law School.
As part of the firm’s ongoing commitment to diversity and inclusion in the legal profession, Bradley’s diversity scholarship promotes the education of law students who reflect the diversity of the legal marketplace and who are traditionally underrepresented in the legal profession. Each scholarship includes a summer clerkship. Ms. Manzewitsch Pulero will clerk in Bradley’s Houston office, and Ms. Smith will clerk in the firm’s Nashville office.
“We are very pleased to welcome Bria and Jessie to Bradley this summer as our diversity scholarship recipients,” said Bradley’s Director of Inclusion and Diversity George Medlock. “It’s clear that they are both outstanding law students who share the firm’s strong commitment to diversity and inclusion in the workplace.”
As a student at the University of Houston Law Center, Ms. Manzewitsch Pulero ranks in the top 10 of more than 200 students in her program and received the LEX Award for achieving the highest grade in Lawyering Skills and Strategies. Ms. Smith earned a Bachelor of Law degree from Universidad Católica de Argentina in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and interned at the Nicholson & Cano Law Firm.
While attending Vanderbilt University Law School, Ms. Smith has been a member of the Black Law Students Association and has served as an OUTLaw 1L Representative, fostering and encouraging the academic success and professional competence of LGBTQ law students. She is also involved with the Immigrant Legal Clinic of the Tennessee Coalition to end domestic and sexual violence. A native of Southfield, Michigan, Ms. Smith earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in social relations and policy from Michigan State University. She interned at the Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office and served as a youth specialist at the Ruth Ellis Center where she supported diverse youth in the process of developing pro-social behaviors.
Bradley is committed to promoting a diverse and inclusive workforce and culture at the firm and engages in significant efforts in this regard. The firm’s efforts include hosting a summer intern program for minority college students and regularly organizing, hosting and participating in programs, seminars and panels aimed at increasing the participation of women and minorities in the legal profession.
For more information about Bradley’s diversity initiatives, visit: https://www.bradley.com/our-story/diversity.