Sat04192014

Business

Law firm’s first Hooks Scholarship goes to Memphian

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Corey Strong, a native Memphian who recently returned home after a tour of duty in Afghanistan, is the first recipient of the Wyatt, Tarrant & Combs-Benjamin L. Hooks Law Scholarship. Corey Strong, a native Memphian who recently returned home after a tour of duty in Afghanistan, is the first recipient of the Wyatt, Tarrant & Combs-Benjamin L. Hooks Law Scholarship.

 
Corey Strong is headed to law school at the University of Memphis after graduating from the United States Naval Academy and returning from duty in Afghanistan. (Courtesy photo)

The scholarship announcement was made Wednesday afternoon at the law firm’s Memphis office at 1715 Aaron Brenner Drive.

Strong, a graduate of White Station High School and the United States Naval Academy, received the first scholarship created in honor of the late Benjamin L. Hooks, who was the head of Wyatt, Tarrant & Combs’ diversity practice group until his death in 2010. Dr. Hooks, a civil rights movement icon, also served as a judge, a minister, former executive director of the NAACP, and a former commissioner on the Federal Communications Commission.

“Dr. Hooks had an extraordinary career in law and public service and, as an attorney at Wyatt, he counseled some of the largest corporations in America,’’ said Glen Reid, Partner-in-Charge of the law firm’s Memphis office. “We were honored to have him in our ranks for eight years and we’re pleased to honor him with this scholarship.’’

The Wyatt firm offered the scholarship in conjunction with the Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law at the University of Memphis. It will fund the law school tuition and course-related expenses of Strong, an incoming law student. The scholarship will be offered every three years to a full-time law student at the University of Memphis, with preference being given to a Memphian.

“We are grateful to Wyatt, Tarrant & Combs for its generosity in establishing the Dr. Benjamin L. Hooks Scholarship in support of the University and the School of Law’s diversity efforts,” said Dr. Kevin H. Smith, law school dean and Thomas B. Preston Professor of Law. “It is important to our goal of achieving greater diversity in our classes.”

Wyatt, Tarrant & Combs, LLP is a full-service regional law firm with more than 200 lawyers with offices in Memphis and Nashville; Louisville and Lexington, Ky.; New Albany, Ind.; Jackson, Miss., and Ft. Collins, Colo.

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