March 27, 2007 16:52 Age: 7 yrs

Atlanta Law Firm Honors Emory Law Student with Diversity Award

Neil H. Wasser and Andrea Arias

Emory Law student Andrea V. Arias was recently honored with the second annual Diversity Scholars Award presented by Constangy, Brooks and Smith, LLC. Arias, a second year law student, received a $2,000 scholarship on behalf of the Atlanta law firm for her outstanding academic achievements and commitment to diversity in the community.

“I am honored to be named the Diversity Scholars Award recipient,” said Arias. “Receiving the scholarship and being recognized by a law firm that values diversity in the legal profession was a wonderful surprise.”

Constangy, Brooks and Smith initiated its Diversity Scholars Award as a way to promote diversity in the legal profession and recognize the accomplishments of deserving law students. The scholarship helps defray the costs of law school and is awarded to second-year law students in each of the regions where the law firm has offices, including Georgia.

Award recipients are chosen based on academic achievement, commitment to diversity in the community or in the student’s school or work environment, and personal success in overcoming challenges to reach goals. Nearly 60 students from 32 different law schools applied for the scholarship this year.

Arias met and surpassed the scholarship criteria, impressing the scholarship committee with her high academic class ranking and active involvement in both the community and Emory Law.

As Diversity Chair of the Hispanic Law Society, Arias collaborates with the Emory Office of Admission to improve recruitment of Hispanic law students. She also is an active member of the Minority Corporate Council Association. Ranked in the top two percent of her class, Arias holds several leadership roles within the academic community, including Executive Managing Editor Elect of the Emory Law Journal, Secretary of the Student Bar Association, Technology Coordinator of the KEPTT Program and Student Coordinator for the Clerkship Committee.

“Andrea is an intelligent young lady with a tremendous commitment to diversity in school and in her community,” says Timothy R. Newton, Managing Member at Constangy, Brooks & Smith. "Her grades are remarkable, and the fact that she has been able to maintain such a high academic standing and still engage in significant extracurricular activities shows her tremendous work ethic and attitude. She has an extremely bright future ahead of her."

Arias hopes to pursue a clerkship following graduation, and eventually practice as an attorney in a law firm.

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