Haynes and Boone Announces 2002-2003 Minority Scholars Program Participants

August 15, 2002

Allison Stuckey or  Ginger Ruth Starr
Sunwest Communications

DALLAS — Haynes and Boone L.L.P., an international law firm, announced today that it has chosen its first group of participants in the newly formed Haynes and Boone Scholars Program for Minority Students. The participants selected for the 2002-2003 school year are Yodith Haile-Mariam and Thomas Urquidez from the SMU Dedman School of Law and Teshia Judkins and Pilar Nicole Tidball-Camarillo from the University of Texas School of Law.

Through its scholars program, Haynes and Boone currently awards up to four scholarships per year, two at the SMU Dedman School of Law and two at the UT School of Law, to outstanding first year minority law students. Each Haynes and Boone Scholar receives a monthly stipend to be spent on tuition, books or living expenses. Each participant will work at Haynes and Boone as a summer associate for six to eight weeks during the summer following the first year of law school. In addition, the firm will implement a mentoring program for the students during their first year of law school. As the program develops, past Haynes and Boone Scholars will be asked to participate in the mentoring program.

“We’re very excited to offer a program that provides both financial aid and real world experience to this impressive and talented group of law students,” said Nina Cortell, a partner at Haynes and Boone and chair of the firm’s Attorney Development and Diversity Committee. “We look forward to sponsoring and working with scholarship recipients, who will in turn help guide the program in the future though their mentoring assistance.”

Ms. Haile-Mariam earned her B.A. in psychology from SMU where she was an active contributor to her community by being a volunteer in the Dallas/Fort Worth Medical Center Emergency Room, a mentor at the Kidmia Ethiopian Youth School and a volunteer with the American Civil Liberties Union. Ms. Haile-Mariam also is a recipient of the SMU Dedman School of Law President’s Scholarship.

Mr. Urquidez earned his B.S. in economics and biochemistry from Dartmouth College where he was a Montgomery Scholar, played for the Dartmouth Football Team and was involved in immunological research. In addition, he has been an active leader in the Hispanic Enrichment Program in his home town of Wichita Falls, Texas.

Ms. Tidball-Camarillo earned her B.A. in Spanish and political science from Stanford University. She is a recipient of the Stanford University Chicano/Latino Community’s Senior Award and Highest Honors Award, the Stanford Cap and Gown Society Scholarship and the Boothe Prize for Excellence in Writing. While at Stanford, she served as a volunteer interpreter for the East Palo Alto Community Law Project.

Ms. Judkins earned her B.A. in psychology and economics from Rice University, where she was a member of the Rice Owl Dance Team. She was a co-founder and participant in a monthly book club and served on the Programs Committee and as a volunteer in Emerging Leaders, a segment of the Downtown Houston Association. Ms. Judkins also has worked as a Senior Consultant for CSC Consulting, where she was involved in the design, development and implementation of technical solutions to addressing business concerns.

Haynes and Boone, L.L.P. is an international law firm with nine offices throughout Texas, in Washington, D.C. and in Mexico City providing a full spectrum of legal services to clients around the world. With more than 400 attorneys, Haynes and Boone is ranked among the largest law firms in the nation by National Law Journal.  AmLaw Tech Magazine Scoreboard ranked Haynes and Boone first in law firm technology in 2001. The firm has been recognized as one of the 25 “Best U.S. Law Firms at Which to Work” (Of Counsel, 2000), one of the “Best Corporate Law Firms in America” (Corporate Board Member Magazine, 2002) and was a recipient of the Minority Corporate Counsel Association’s 2002 Thomas L. Sager Award recognizing its commitment to diversity.

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