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Carl Smallwood '80 and George Hairston '68 Honored for Diversity Initiatives

The Diversity Award was created by Moritz students, faculty, and staff to recognize attorneys who have demonstrated a commitment to diversity. Individuals, firms or businesses devoted to creating or sustaining opportunities for minority law students and lawyers were eligible.

Carl Smallwood
Carl Smallwood '80

Carl Smallwood, former Moritz Alumni Association president and current partner at Vorys Sater Seymour and Pease, was honored for his leadership on diversity issues as president of the Columbus Bar, including implementation of the Managing Partners Diversity Initiative during his tenure. The Initiative is a unique community-wide collaboration to recruit, retain, and promote more minority attorneys in local law firms. It was one of three programs selected for the American Bar Association's 2003 Partnership Award, which recognizes exemplary efforts to increase diversity in the legal profession.

George Hairston, recent recipient of OSU's Distinguished Service Award and managing partner of Baker & Hostetler's Columbus office, was honored for his efforts in promoting diversity and establishing the Paul D. White Scholarship at the Moritz College of Law. The scholarship assists outstanding minority law students, providing each with a paid summer clerkship at Baker & Hostetler and a $5,000 after-tax scholarship. Today the Scholarship is offered throughout the firm, and in 2003, the firm-wide expenditure for this program topped $1 million. Paul D. White was law director for the City of Cleveland, the first African American elected to the Cleveland Municipal Court, and the first African American to become a bar examiner in the State of Ohio. He practiced in Baker and Hostetler's Cleveland office.

The national Black Law Students Association was established in 1968 on the campus of New York University . Today it includes more than 6,000 student members on more than 200 law schools across the country. BLSA was created and designed to instill in the Black attorney and law student a greater awareness of and commitment to the needs of the Black community.