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BSP Law Names Winner of Joel Stern Scholarship

BSP Law is excited to announce the first winner of the BSP Law Joel Stern Scholarship. Congratulations to Gabrielle Mangru Delgado! Gabrielle is a former Army officer and a second-year student at the University of North Carolina School of Law.

In the Army, Gabrielle volunteered to help soldiers and their families through food drives, toy drives, and coat collections/distributions. Gabrielle was the highest ranked female in an 800-person Army unit.

While in law school, Gabrielle continues to give back through her pro bono work. She has worked with the Innocence Project, the Driver’s License Restoration Project, and a South Carolina nonprofit aimed at providing resources to foster children aging out of the system. Gabrielle also holds leadership positions in both the Asian American Law Students Association and Women-in-Law organization at the University of North Carolina School of Law.

We are so happy to support Gabrielle on her path to become a pioneer in her field!

Gabrielle was selected for this scholarship because her passion for service and advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion in her community is emblematic of Joel Stern’s life and legacy. Joel Stern served as the CEO of the National Association of Minority and Women Owned Law Firms (NAMWOLF) from March 2014 to February 2021. Throughout his career, Joel created and led award-winning diversity and inclusion legal programs and was a trusted advisor and coach to both businesses and legal executives. In November of 2020, Joel was diagnosed with Stage IV Renal Cell Carcinoma. Even so, he continues his dedicated work and support of charitable and DE&I-related initiatives. 

In recognition of Joel’s passion and leadership in the effort to create and advance diversity, equity, and inclusion in the legal profession, the Joel Stern Scholarship seeks to provide financial support to students from diverse backgrounds who contribute to the diversity of their law school student body as they pursue their legal career.

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