Law Students Of The Year: Willie Lyles, III, Southern Illinois University


Law Students of the Year: Willie Lyles, III, Southern Illinois University

Willie Lyles III caught the law school bug when working for James E. Clyburn, the assistant Democratic leader in the U.S. House of Representatives. There, he excelled. Within 18 months, Lyles was promoted to legislative assistant advising Congressman Clyburn on education, agriculture and defense.
During his time in Clyburn’s office, Lyles worked with attorneys who were fighting to protect minority contracting programs, which motivated him to pursue a law degree.
Which he did with relish.
“Throughout his time in law school and before, Willie has demonstrated exceptional leadership in many ways,” said Cynthia Fountaine, dean of Southern Illinois University …

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