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KMCL gift to Emory Law will increase diversity among environmental lawyers
Emory University School of Law

Emory Law’s Environmental and Natural Resources Law program has received a gift from the Kazmarek Mowrey Cloud Laseter LLP law firm (KMCL) to establish a new diversity, equity and inclusion initiative to promote broader diversity in the practice of environmental law. 

The new initiative at Emory will provide annual scholarships and summer stipends to students who will bring diversity to the environmental bar. The program will also provide these students with opportunities to engage with prominent environmental attorneys, community and business leaders, government officials and scholars through conferences, workshops or other formal and informal convenings.

KMCL founded this initiative at Emory to build a pipeline of well-trained and diverse environmental lawyers. “KMCL is committed to increasing diversity in the environmental law bar, and we recognize that a key to long-term, concrete results is attracting the best and brightest diverse candidates to the field while they are in law school,” says Rick Horder, one of the firm’s founding partners. “We are privileged to make this gift to Emory Law and proud to be a partner with such a leading institution. KMCL will be recognized as the founding partner of this new initiative, and Emory Law will seek to engage additional law firms, corporations, nonprofit organizations and others eager to help diversify the environmental bar once the program is launched.”  

Emory Law Dean Mary Anne Bobinski says, “Emory Law is committed to promoting diversity, pursuing equity and achieving inclusion for our law students and graduates. KMCL’s gift will help Emory Law’s Environmental and Natural Resources Law Program to enhance the diversity of environmental lawyers pursuing careers in nonprofit organizations, law firms, corporations and government agencies.”

Mindy Goldstein, clinical professor of law, serves as director of the Environmental and Natural Resources Law Program. “The environmental diversity, equity and inclusion initiative will provide students with the financial support and professional development opportunities they need to translate their interest in environmental law into an impactful career,” she says. “I look forward to watching our scholarship and stipend recipients become successful environmental attorneys, shaping environmental law and policy throughout the country.”

KMCL and its lawyers are focused on the practice of environmental law at the highest level, including representing a wide range of business and industry clients. The firm is among the largest environmental practices in the U.S. KMCL’s excellence has been nationally recognized, and its lawyers are among the preeminent lawyers in the field.

Emory’s Environmental and Natural Resources Law Program is a top-ranked, comprehensive program dedicated to teaching, research and public service in environmental law and policy. Led by Goldstein, who also directs the Turner Environmental Law Clinic, the program offers students extensive classroom, experiential and extracurricular opportunities in environmental law. Building on Emory’s location in the dynamic business, governmental and civil rights center of Atlanta, the program boasts more than a dozen course offerings, three full-time faculty members, outstanding adjunct professors from law firms and federal agencies, 20 externships and the Turner Environmental Law Clinic.

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