Nelson C. Bellido to Speak as Visiting Professor at Duke University on Diversity and Role of Higher Education
February 9, 2016
Roig Lawyers, a minority-owned multi-practice litigation law firm dedicated to serving clients across six offices throughout Florida, is pleased to announce that Nelson C. Bellido, the managing partner of its Miami office will be a Visiting Professor and Guest Speaker at Duke University in Durham, NC on February 9-10, 2016. Nelson will be presenting to undergraduate, graduate and professional students and administrators on the topic entitled “Diversity & Ethics in the Legal Profession: The Changing Cultural Landscape and Role of Higher Education.”
“As a graduate of Duke University, I am honored to participate and provide vital insight to our future leaders of tomorrow. The legal profession is changing rapidly as it has become more competitive and there are fewer jobs for graduates. Today, more than ever, the importance of diversity and high ethical standards must be addressed. We also have an obligation to address the role that higher education, especially undergraduate and law schools have on the future of the legal profession and how Duke and other colleges in the U.S. can be leaders of change,” said Nelson.
Nelson is heavily involved with Duke University. He formerly served as President of the Duke Alumni Association of Miami & Fort Lauderdale from 1999 to 2011. He is immediate past National Chairperson of the Duke Hispanic Latino Alumni Association, whose objectives are to promote and provide communication services for the Duke Hispanic community and its alumni, to assist in recruitment of Hispanic students, faculty and administration into the University, and to support the University in its efforts to increase sensitivity toward the shared culture and interests of its Hispanic community and alumni. Nelson serves as Chairperson of the Duke Alums Engage Community Service Program in South Florida, which has partnered with organizations such as the Overtown Youth Center, Children’s Home Society, Miami Children’s Museum and Missionaries of Charity to serve less fortunate individuals in our community. In addition, Nelson is the Chairperson of Duke Alumni Association Advisory Council that was created in 2012 to help former board members continue in their work of helping to engage, connect, and celebrate Duke's alumni. His most recent endeavor is to promote the Duke Innovation and Entrepreneurship Initiative. Nelson also serves as Commissioner on the Miami-Dade County Commission on Ethics and Public Trust.