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The University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law has been awarded the 2015 Higher Education Excellence in Diversity Award (HEED) from "INSIGHT Into Diversity" magazine, the oldest and largest diversity-focused publication in higher education.

Memphis Law is one of only five law schools in the nation to receive the award.

As a recipient of the annual HEED Award — a national honor recognizing U.S. colleges and universities that demonstrate an outstanding commitment to diversity and inclusion — Memphis Law will be featured, along with 91 other recipients, in the November 2015 issue of "INSIGHT Into Diversity" magazine. HEED Award recipients were selected based on their institution's exemplary diversity and inclusion initiatives and include all aspects of diversity, including gender, race, ethnicity, veterans, people with disabilities, and members of the LGBTQ community.

"This recognition affirms our commitment to diversity and inclusion and our collaborative effort to achieve excellence amongst our student body and academic environment," said University of Memphis Law School Dean, Peter V. Letsou.

Memphis Law has a number of diversity-related organizations and accomplishments of note that contributed to this award and its recent success in the area of diversity. The law school boasts the highest ethnic/racial diversity of any law school in Tennessee, Arkansas, or Mississippi. The school's Tennessee Institute for Pre-Law (TIP) is Tennessee's only admission by performance program for diverse students. Additionally, Memphis Law has six diverse student organizations and awards over $300,000 in diversity scholarships annually. Memphis Law students learn in a culturally rich and supportive community and are prepared to be culturally competent assets to the community in which they serve.