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Firm Honors Civil Rights Lawyer with Full Scholarship, Summer Associate Gig & Job Offer

Posted Aug 10, 2011 3:27 PM CDT
By Molly McDonough

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Corrected: Louisville, Ky.-based Wyatt, Tarrant & Combs is honoring the legacy of civil rights lawyer Benjamin L. Hooks by establishing a full scholarship in his name for students bound for law school in Memphis.

Every three years, the firm will provide full tuition, books, supplies and other fees, plus the offer of a summer associate position at the firm to a full-time minority law student at the University of Memphis, the Memphis Commercial Appeal reports. The firm hopes scholarship recipients will join the firm upon graduation from law school, though that's not a scholarship requirement.

The inaugural recipient of the scholarship is Corey Strong, who earned a bachelor's degree from the U.S.Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md., and an MBA from San Diego State University.

The scholarship is in memory of Benjamin L. Hooks, a former judge, minister and onetime NAACP executive director, who led the firm's diversity practice group. Hooks died last year at the age of 85.

Last updated Thursday to note that the firm is awarding scholarships to University of Memphis-bound law students and to correctly note that the firm is headquartered in Louisville, Ky.

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