Crowe & Dunlevy Diversity Scholars Program

"The Diversity Scholars Program is a reflection of Crowe & Dunlevy's long-standing commitment to enhancing the diversity of the legal profession. Lawyers play an essential role in maintaining the rule of law and it's important the composition of the legal profession mirror the community that it serves." 

Jimmy K. Goodman
Diversity Committee Chair Emeritus

"As a firm, we have a long history of dedicating ourselves to creating opportunities and empowering others. Through this diversity, we stimulate a culture of creativity and inclusiveness for the betterment of and service to our clients, profession, community and firm as a whole."

William H. Hoch
Diversity Committee Chair Emeritus

Since the program’s inception at the University of Oklahoma College of Law in 2005, the Crowe & Dunlevy Diversity Scholars Program has assisted 22 law students with financial assistance of more than $240,000. The program commenced at the University of Tulsa College of Law in 2012.

Scholarships are awarded based on academic achievement, need and commitment to the law. Scholarships may be renewed for a recipient in each of the two remaining years of law school, based on satisfactory progress and performance. The scholarship recipients are awarded $2,000 per semester for a total commitment of $10,000 per recipient.

2017 Diversity Scholars Program Scholarship Recipients

Crowe & Dunlevy has selected University of Tulsa College of Law student Robert McClendon and University of Oklahoma College of Law students Matthew Acosta and Micah Mahdi as 2017 Diversity Scholars Program scholarship recipients.

Scholarship recipient Robert McClendon


CD Diversity Scholars
Pictured above are attorney William H. Hoch, scholarship recipient Matthew Acosta, attorney Joshua D. Burns, scholarship recipient Micah Mahdi and attorney Christopher M. Staine. 

Robert McClendon

Robert received his bachelor’s degree in 2004 from the University of Tulsa, where he graduated cum laude and participated in multiple study abroad opportunities. He earned his Master of Arts in 2006 at Syracuse University, serving as an S.I. Newhouse Minority Fellow and Member of the Association of Black Journalists. He gained professional experience as a news reporter before attending TU Law, where he has excelled academically and is a member of the Black Law Students Association. He has also volunteered for organizations that advocate for refugee issues and that build community across racial lines.

Matthew Acosta

A member of the University of Oklahoma College of Law Dean’s Honor Roll, Matthew graduated from St. Edward’s University in 2006 before pursuing advanced certifications in school psychology and administration.He worked in multiple school systems in Texas as a licensed specialist in school psychology and as a special education coordinator before relocating to Oklahoma to study law. Currently, he is a member of the American Constitution Society and the Hispanic National Bar Association.

Micah Mahdi

Micah is a 2016 graduate of the University of North Texas (UNT). During her undergraduate career, she helped found UNT’s chapter of The Society for Collegiate Leadership and Achievement and was a semi-finalist for the Fidelity Investments Integrated Case Competition. Today, she serves as class treasurer for the Student Bar Association and is a member of the Business Law Society.


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