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Drexel University, Thomas Kline School of Law and Spelman College Partnership

In 2021, Lloyd Freeman, Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer, was named the 2021 recipient of the Albert S. Dandridge, III Business Law Section Diversity Award presented by the Business Law Section of the Philadelphia Bar Association.

As a recipient of this award, Freeman was given the opportunity to make a $2,500 donation to an entity that embodies the Business Law Section’s commitment to diversity and inclusion. He chose to make the donation to Drexel University, Thomas Kline School of Law – where he serves as a member of the Board and is a professor of electronic discovery and digital evidence. Specifically, the funds will be earmarked for the law school’s partnership with Spelman College which aims to increase the number of students of color entering the legal profession.

In addition to the $2,500 donation through the Albert S. Dandridge award, Freeman and Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney matched the donation for a total of $7,500. Learn more about this initiative here.

First Generation Scholarship Fund

Florida International University has distinguished itself as one of the nation’s largest, most diverse institutions in higher education. Through a firm donation as well as individual donations from employees, Buchanan provided funding for the First Generation Scholarship Fund, which supports FIU students who are the first generation in their families to receive a college degree. The recipient of the scholarship sent along her thank you to the firm:

“As a first generation student, I feel especially privileged to have the opportunity to earn a legal degree. Without the contributions made by you, and others like you, my dreams of attending law school would have been complicated by an overwhelming financial obstacle.”

In addition to this, in the beginning of 2020, Jennifer Olmedo-Rodriguez, an alumna of FIU herself, engaged the University to create a program specifically for first-generation women. The program is dedicated to educating women on the many professional occupations available upon obtaining a college degree.

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