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Riley Institute Diversity Leaders Initiative Selects Two Nelson Mullins Attorneys for Midlands Class of Fellows

The Riley Institute's Diversity Leaders Initiative (DLI) has selected B. Rush Smith III and Carmen Harper Thomas, partners in Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP's Columbia office, for its 2016 Midlands Fellows Class.

Launched in 2003, DLI classes are limited to approximately 40 participants and are shaped to reflect the diverse demographic characteristics of South Carolina. Participants learn to understand their diversity and inclusion “blind spots” and how to suspend assumptions. They come away with focused decision-making skills and deep knowledge of how to effectively manage and lead increasingly diverse workers, clients and constituents, according to the organization.

Mr. Smith's legal practice concentrates on complex civil litigation, primarily consumer class actions. He serves as leader of the Firm's Consumer Financial Services Litigation practice group. Ms. Thomas practices in business litigation, focusing on disputes involving financial services, innovative business models, and technology and legal services.   

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