INDIANAPOLIS – A first-year student at Indiana University Maurer School of Law has received a 2020 Diversity Scholarship from Barnes & Thornburg. Mounir Jamal will be a summer associate in the firm’s Indianapolis office this summer.
Jamal is one of three recipients of Diversity Scholarships this year, the most the firm has presented.
“The goal of our 1L Diversity Scholarship at bottom is to attract amazing talent who also happen to be diverse. Mounir surpasses all expectations,” said Dawn R. Rosemond, partner and director of diversity, professional development and inclusion. “According to Patrick Lencioni, the best teammate is one who is hungry, humble and [emotionally] smart. We are so excited to have Mounir join us because it was clear from the moment we met that he checks all three.”
Jamal has been involved in Outreach for Legal Literacy, which teaches legal curricula to local fifth grade students, and the Intellectual Property Association. He also currently is a pro bono legal researcher for the Inmate Legal Assistance Project in Bloomington, Indiana. Jamal earned a bachelor’s degree in bioengineering from Harvard University, where he was involved in the Harvard Wind Ensemble and the Harvard Varsity Heavyweight Rowing program.
“I am so humbled to be chosen for the 2020 Barnes & Thornburg Indianapolis Diversity Scholarship,” Jamal said. “I can’t wait to join a group of attorneys that genuinely value the growth and development of people from all walks of life. As soon as I finished interviewing with Barnes & Thornburg, I knew it was the firm that could teach me the skills to become a professional, diligent, and empathetic lawyer. I hope to become a contributing member of the elite Barnes & Thornburg team in the years to come:”
“Mo truly wowed us with his undergraduate and law school performance and work experience, but at the same time he is an engaging and humble person who clearly understands the positive impact that diversity has on the workplace and the greater community.” said William E. Padgett, the Indianapolis law student hiring partner.
Jennifer Tudor Wright, Indianapolis law student co-hiring partner, added “I knew from the very first phone call with Mo that he would be a fantastic addition to the Barnes & Thornburg family, and I am very grateful that he feels the same.”
The scholarship is open to first-year law students with a demonstrated commitment to positive change on the diversity, inclusion and equity front and to contributing meaningfully to the diversity, inclusion and equity goals of Barnes & Thornburg and the legal profession. Barnes & Thornburg’s diversity scholarship program is part of the firm’s commitment to diversity. Our vision is to align the business of diversity and inclusion with the business of the firm. Through deliberate programming, engaged sponsorship and the continual internal and external investment of time, talent and resources, the firm is committed to building and sustaining an inclusive, respectful and open culture made up of accomplished individuals of all backgrounds.
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