Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the firm delayed announcing a 2021 Womble Scholar. Acevedo has been selected for that honor and also has accepted an offer to join the firm as an associate upon graduation in 2022. In addition, Hedgebeth is the firm’s 2022 Womble Scholar and will return to the firm in 2022 as a summer associate.
Acevedo is a magna cum laude graduate of Rutgers University and currently is a student at Wake Forest University School of Law. He is a U.S. Marine Corps veteran who served on active duty in Afghanistan, and he now volunteers to help fellow veterans at Wake Forest School of Law’s Veterans Legal Clinic. Acevedo also is active in criminal justice reform efforts.
Hedgebeth is a magna cum laude graduate of North Carolina Central University, where he served as Student Government Association President. He currently is a student at the N.C. Central University School of Law, where he is Class President. Hedgebeth spent the summer of 2021 as a Womble Bond Dickinson summer associate, and also has completed internships at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and the University of Arkansas.
The Womble Scholars program is designed to increase the participation of underrepresented groups in the bar and at Womble Bond Dickinson. Each year, Womble Bond Dickinson selects a diverse, second-year law school student for the scholarship program. Womble Scholars receive $30,000 for their law school education. Womble Scholars also spend at least eight weeks at the firm as summer associates between their second and third years of law school. This experience provides Womble Scholars with the chance to work alongside Womble Bond Dickinson attorneys and receive hands-on mentoring and training in an AmLaw100 firm.
“Representation matters in the legal profession. For nearly two decades, the Womble Scholars Program has been a key component in our efforts to expand opportunities for future lawyers,” said Womble Bond Dickinson Chief Recruiting Officer Lori Patton. “Nick and Brandon were outstanding candidates for this scholarship, and we look forward to their continued involvement with the firm.”
Since its establishment in 2004, the Womble Scholars Program has awarded more than $900,000 to scholarship recipients.