Bingham Greenebaum Doll Names Two Diversity Scholars
INDIANAPOLIS, IN (March 19, 2019) – Bingham Greenebaum Doll LLP has proudly selected Neda Semsarieh and Shourya Vellanki as the Firm’s 2019 Diversity and Inclusion Award recipients. Semsarieh is a first-year law student at Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law. Vellanki is a first-year law student at Vanderbilt University School of Law. Both recipients expect to earn their law degrees in 2021 and will join the Firm’s Summer Associate Program in the Indianapolis and Louisville offices this May, respectively.
As part of our ongoing commitment to diversity, BGD’s Diversity Scholars Program is open to first-year law students who share the Firm’s commitment to a diverse, open, and respectful culture where all perspectives and skills are valued. This is the second year this scholarship has been awarded in Indianapolis and the first year in Louisville.
“The Diversity Scholars Program is an important initiative within BGD’s broader commitment to cultivating diverse and talented representation within the legal community and an inclusive environment which fosters the success and growth of all our attorneys,” said Tonya Vachirasomboon, Chair of the Firm’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee. “We are thrilled to have Neda and Shourya join our 2019 Summer Associate Program. They both possess a strong history of academic excellence and a philanthropic background that will serve them and the Firm well.”
Bingham Greenebaum Doll is committed to hiring, retaining, and developing a diverse team of employees that reflect the various communities in which we work. We strive to create a climate of inclusion, grow our talent pool, and foster innovation and creativity. We believe that combining experiences, knowledge, and ideas from individuals with different backgrounds allows us to provide our clients with the most innovative and effective solutions. We encourage all of our attorneys and staff members to recognize the value of diversity in creating a fulfilling work environment and better results for our clients.
Of her selection, Semsarieh said, “I am very grateful for this great opportunity that Bingham Greenebaum Doll has provided me. I hope that by the end of the summer, I will not only gain a better understanding of what it means to be a respected member of the legal profession, but also gain valuable skills needed to succeed as an emerging attorney.
The Diversity and Inclusion platform at BGD, which promotes retention, training, and empowerment so that all may succeed, is a goal that I strive to partake in – not only for myself, but as a way to serve as a mentor. I applaud the Firm’s sincere commitment to promoting respectful collaboration among its staff members and ensuring a broad spectrum of perspectives. I believe that my background as a first-generation immigrant can add to this diversity, and that at times it may provide specific insights into addressing clients’ needs and problems.”
Prior to law school, Semsarieh earned a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with minors in Criminal Justice Studies and History from Bradley University where she graduated magna cum laude. She was the founder and president of the Bradley Swim Club, and held membership in three honor societies: Mortar Board, Psi Chi and Rho Lambda. As a law student, Semsarieh is the secretary of the International Law Society, a member of the Women’s Caucus, and a Student Ambassador. She is bilingual in English and Farsi.
“I am deeply honored and delighted to join Bingham Greenebaum Doll's Louisville office this summer as a Summer Associate,” said Vellanki. “Having the privilege to work alongside some of the nation's most accomplished attorneys will truly be a humbling experience. I am greatly appreciative of the principled emphasis and commitment BGD holds in creating a climate of inclusivity, diversity, and hard work.
This summer, I hope to uphold these esteemed values by working hard, remaining intellectually curious, and bringing a diverse perspective to the firm. With the invaluable legal skills I will acquire from BGD's exceptional program, I hope to grow, attain professional progress, and ultimately, give back to the community.”
Prior to law school, Vellanki earned his undergraduate degree from the University of South Florida. There, he was the secretary of the South Asian Association and the founder and president of the Ping Pong Club. Vellanki also volunteered as a tennis coach with the North America Telugu Society. As a law student, Vellanki is the 1L representative for the Student Bar Association and received the Cali Award for the Highest Grade in Property Law. He is multilingual with a proficiency in English and Telugu.