Kegler Brown Awards Two 2013 Minority Merit Scholarships

The law firm of Kegler, Brown, Hill + Ritter is pleased to announce that Lee A. Cumberland and Akpevweoghen M. Akpofure have been selected as this year’s recipients of the firm’s annual minority student merit scholarships.

Cumberland, currently attending Georgetown University Law Center, received his undergraduate degree from Ohio University in Athens, OH with major in Political Science. Cumberland has work experience as a Legal Intern. His activities also include the Boys and Girls Club of America.

Akpofure is currently attending Capital University Law School, Columbus, OH. Akpofure received his B.A. in Economic and Political Science, from The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH. Akpofure’s work experience includes work with the Ohio Attorney General’s office and the U.S. Senate. He is also a board member of Africentric Personal Development Shop Inc. and Epanoe Nigeria Limited.

2013 marks the tenth year for the Kegler Brown Minority Merit Scholarship, which is awarded annually to a minority student based on academic performance, accomplishments, activities, and potential contributions to the legal community. 2013 is the second year that the firm will award two scholarships. Each $5,000 Kegler, Brown, Hill + Ritter Minority Merit Scholarship includes a paid summer clerkship position with the firm’s first-year summer associate class.

“The scholarship program helps us to attract and retain excellent minority law students and it assists students financially with their legal education,” said the firm’s managing director, Mike Zatezalo. “We are pleased to offer this opportunity as part of Kegler Brown’s ongoing commitment to diversity.”

Kegler Brown maintains an internal diversity committee to formalize and further the firm's commitment to achieving diversity at all levels of the organization. A combined sub-group of the diversity and recruiting committees also is in place and is charged with setting and accomplishing goals related to increasing racial diversity. Kegler Brown is also a founding member of the Columbus Bar Association's Minority Clerkship Program and a signatory the Columbus Bar Association's Diversity Initiative, which has made great strides in transforming the racial demographics in the Central Ohio legal community.

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