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Newsome Melton Law Awards Leadership Scholarship to Clayton Faulkner, Divinity Student

Newsome Melton Law Awards Leadership Scholarship to Clayton Faulkner, Divinity Student

Newsome Melton Law of Orlando, Fla., is proud to award its Spring 2019 Student Leadership Scholarship to Clayton Faulkner, a master’s of divinity student from Sugarland, Texas.

Faulkner, 38, is a distance student at Wartburg Theological Seminary in Dubuque, Iowa. He is also a pastoral ministry candidate in the Evangelical Lutheran Church. His essay was precise and almost a primer on good leadership.

“The quality and success of an organization or team often rises and falls with its leadership,’’ he wrote in his essay. “Leaders do three things well. Leaders listen, love and serve.”

Faulkner said that his two most influential leaders are Jesus Christ and his father. His father is a small business owner in a small town in Texas. He also is a community leader.

 In a recent interview, he abashedly said it was a cliché for a minister to list Christ as his most influential leader, but he really does admire the way Christ led. And, also he is heartened that Christ’s leadership left room for self-compassion.

“Even Jesus didn’t get all 12,’’ he said, referring to the 12 apostles and the betrayal by one. “It’s helpful to remember that no one is perfect.”

Faulkner and his wife, Kate, have two sons who are adopted from Ethiopia.

Watch Clayton’s Video Interview

Newsome Melton Law founders are committed to awarding $1,500 twice a year in order to support students and future leaders.

“We hope the recipients of this scholarship continue to build their leadership abilities and get an education that gives them the knowledge and experience to do great things in their life,” said attorney and co-founder Frank Melton.

Co-founder attorney Rich Newsome, described student leaders this way: “A student leader is somebody who assumes responsibility to make change in their school or community. Student leaders build teams, inspire others, and model exemplary conduct.”

Eligible students must have a 3.0 GPA or above, be enrolled in or accepted to an accredited college or university and complete a specific essay. Faulkner, who has a 4.0 GPA, chose to respond to the question: “What is the role of a leader?”

Newsome Melton is a civil law firm with clients from all walks of life. Our attorneys are passionate about protecting our clients and community. Our clients have been awarded more than $584.6 million dollars.

For more information on our scholarship winner or firm, please contact us at (888) 808-5977.

Florida’s Supreme Court Reinstates $8 Million Verdict and the “Frye” Standard After Ruling the “Daubert” Standard Unconstitutional

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Takata Whistleblowers Awarded $1.7 Million

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Three whistleblowers will share $1.7 million for warning the government about Takata Corp.’s dangerous violations of federal safety laws and providing a substantial amount of information that helped the government make its case against the corporation, according to Insurance Journal. The three men are former employees of Takata, the maker of tens of millions of […]

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Takata Whistleblower Says Air Bag Warning Was ‘Ethical Duty’

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Former Takata Corp. engineer Mark Lillie told the Japan Times he had an “ethical duty” to expose the airbag manufacturer’s knowledge, dating back the late 1990s, that the chemical compound used as a propellant to inflate its airbags was dangerous and highly susceptible to uncontrolled explosions. The propellant, housed in a canister in the steering […]

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Rollaway: The Safety Problem that Doesn’t Go Away

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On August 1, 2013, Jose Banderas pulled into his driveway after church, placed his 2009 Dodge Caravan in Park, and exited with the engine running, so his wife could listen to the radio. He walked to the rear of the van, opened the lift gate to remove his walker and other items. But the Caravan […]

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NHTSA Requests Meetings with Automakers About Takata Recall

NHTSA Requests Meetings with Automakers About Takata Recall

In May 2018, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) wrote a letter to 12 major automakers, warning them that they had not met the December 2017 deadline for completing repairs in high-risk areas – such as Florida – that experience more humidity and heat fluctuations than other areas. The manufacturers included Honda, Toyota, General […]

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Multistate Reaches Settlement with Takata Over Defective Airbags

Multistate Reaches Settlement with Takata Over Defective Airbags

Hawaii, Mexico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands announced in May 2018 that they have settled claims against Takata Corp. for $7 million for endangering their citizens with airbags Takata knew were unsafe. They join 44 other states and the District of Columbia, which settled with Takata in February 2018 for $650 million. Together with the […]

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Center for Auto Safety Urges NHTSA to Reconsider Takata Repair Extensions

Center for Auto Safety Urges NHTSA to Reconsider Takata Repair Extensions

The Center for Auto Safety (CAS) continues to urge the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to curb its deadline extensions to automakers charged with providing enough replacements for recalls of Takata airbags. In July 2018, the safety advocacy group asked the agency not to exempt General Motors from recalling passenger airbags in many of […]

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Many Defective Takata Airbags Still Not Repaired

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Millions of vehicle owners are still waiting for automakers to provide replacements for their dangerous Takata airbags, as the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) continues to urge automakers to speed up the process. In the largest automotive recall in history, 19 automakers have so far recalled 37 million vehicles with 50 million Takata airbags […]

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