To ensure that our client teams are comprised of attorneys of various ethnicities, genders, and social backgrounds, we actively seek minority candidates in our Schola2Juris program, a progressive apprenticeship designed expressly for third‑year law students. Unlike traditional summer associate programs, Schola2Juris matches motivated students to real jobs in their preferred practice areas—offering real reward and the opportunity to apply for job openings within the firm.
In 2012, the National Association for Legal Career Professionals (NALP) awarded Waller its Award of Distinction for Innovation and Recruitment Practices for the development of Schola2Juris, calling it a trailblazing and innovative approach to legal recruitment.
In 1990, Waller became the first Tennessee law firm to establish scholarships for minority students at the University of Tennessee College of Law. This commitment has continued for more than 20 years and is today exemplified by the annual Waller Diversity Scholarship. Part of our effort to support the UT College of Law’s diversity recruiting program, the scholarship is drawn from a $100,000 endowment fund established in 2011 to honor a University of Tennessee (UT), Knoxville College of Law student whose life has been guided by the example of Dr. Martin Luther King. The scholarship is renewable each semester for the three years the recipient attends law school. It is our hope that by honoring Dr. King’s work for justice through this law school scholarship, future generations will be empowered to continue his legacy.
In 2013, Maria Alejandra (Alé) Dalton became the third recipient of the Waller Diversity Scholarship.
Originally from Colombia, Dalton and her family immigrated to the United States when she was in elementary school. She attended Lipscomb University, graduating magna cum laude in 2012 with a major in Philosophy and a minor in Political Science. At Lipscomb, she was awarded the Angie Greene Scholarship, a full tuition scholarship awarded to the most outstanding student in the History, Politics and Philosophy Department.
Previous scholarship recipients include Meesha Kaw in 2011 and Natalie Green in 2012.