Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein Announces Nashville Attorney Sharmila Murthy Named 2009 Pegasus Scholar by American Inns of Court

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Kathryn E. Barnett, a partner at the national plaintiff’s law firm of Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein, LLP, announced today that the American Inns of Court (AIC) has named Lieff Cabraser attorney Sharmila L. Murthy of Nashville a 2009 Pegasus Scholar. Each year, the AIC selects only two gifted young American attorneys for participation in the Pegasus Trust Exchange Program for Young Scholars. As a 2009 American Pegasus Scholar, Murthy will participate in a rigorous six-week program beginning on February 23, 2009, in London, England.

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I am honored to be chosen as a Pegasus Scholar and to serve as an ambassador of the American Inns of Court in London. This is a tremendous opportunity to learn not only about English law, but also about the foundation and history of the U.S. legal system.

Murthy, a member of the Henry Phillips Chapter AIC stated, "I am honored to be chosen as a Pegasus Scholar and to serve as an ambassador of the American Inns of Court in London. This is a tremendous opportunity to learn not only about English law, but also about the foundation and history of the U.S. legal system."

"We are extremely proud of Sharmila's accomplishments in the courtroom and the legal community. Her recent selection as a Pegasus Scholar is well deserved," commented Barnett, the managing partner of the Nashville branch of Lieff Cabraser.

The Pegasus Trust Scholarships is an international exchange program for talented young attorneys — the future leaders of their profession — to learn about the practical working of the common law system in other countries and to form enduring relationships with lawyers in those countries. While American Pegasus Scholars receive an intensive introduction to the English legal system, young English barristers are placed with an American host Inn of Court to provide a broad but thorough exposure to the American legal system.

Past American Pegasus Scholars in London were immersed within barristers' chambers to observe trials or arguments in action and also observed proceedings of the House of Lords, the Privy Counsel, the Old Bailey, the Royal Courts of Justice, and Magistrate's Courts and then discussed the proceedings with the Law Lord, Judge or Magistrate.

Murthy focuses her practice on representing victims of predatory lending in complex and class action litigation. From 2004-2007, she was a Skadden Fellow and staff attorney at Legal Aid Society of Middle Tennessee and the Cumberlands, where she created the Refugee Immigrant Partnership Project for Legal Empowerment. She graduated from Harvard Law School and the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard in 2003 and was a law clerk to the Honorable Martha Craig Daughtrey on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit from 2003-2004. She graduated from Cornell University in 1997 and was a Fulbright Scholar in India from 1998-1999.

She currently serves as President of the Board of Directors of the Tennessee Immigrant and Refugee Rights Coalition, volunteers with the Nashville Pro Bono Program, helped found the Nashville Chapter of the American Constitution Society for Law and Policy, and was an associate member of the Harry Phillips American Inn of Court from 2006-2008. She received the Tennessee Alliance for Legal Services (TALS) New Advocate of the Year award in 2006 and the Nashville Bar Journal Article of the Year award in 2006. In 2008, she was a Finalist for the Nashville Emerging Leader Award in the legal services category.

About the American Inns of Court

American Inns of Court is a legal mentoring association designed to improve the skills, professionals, and ethics of the bench and bar. American Inns of Court actively involve more than 26,000 state, federal and administrative law judges, attorneys, legal scholars and law students. Learn more at: http://www.innsofcourt.org

About Lieff Cabraser

Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein, LLP is a fifty-plus attorney law firm that has represented plaintiffs nationwide since 1972. We have offices in San Francisco, New York and Nashville. We represent plaintiffs in class and group actions and in individual lawsuits in cases involving substantial losses. For the last six years, the National Law Journal has selected Lieff Cabraser as one of the top plaintiffs' law firms in the nation. Learn more at: http://www.lieffcabraser.com

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