Rice Firm awards scholarship to Howard University student for study abroad

The Rice Firm LLC is proud to have awarded a scholarship to Chelsea Cooper, Sophomore, Howard University and Birmingham native. Check out the highlights from her summer trip to China.

Ibn Battuta once said that “Traveling-leaves you speechless, then turns you into a storyteller.” The stories and lifelong memories that I’ve taken with me from China are endless. Before this trip, my view of the world around me only stretched as far as the pictures I had seen in history books. But with the love and support from my family and friends, I was granted the opportunity to see the world in an extraordinary way and have done things I thought I’d never get a chance to do. During my stay in China, I climbed the Great Wall of China, witnessed a Tang dynasty show, practiced Tai Chi, visited the Buddha Temple, and drank some of China’s finest teas. Of course, I had many other experiences that I’ll never forget, but my most memorable moment was climbing the Great Wall of China- stretching 21, 196 km it literally took my breath away and left me speechless. So, I guess Ibn Battuta was right. This experience has been remarkable and one I’ll be able to share with my future kids and grandkids. Immersing myself in a new culture not only forced me to learn about Chinese customs but also learn so much about myself as an individual. More importantly, it has humbled me, allowing me the opportunity to see daily life challenges from a different perspective in what felt like a completely different world.
— Chelsea Cooper
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Rice interviews for vacant Birmingham City Council seat

(Birmingham, AL) – The great Muhammad Ali best described a goal we should all attempt to achieve when he said, “Service to others is the rent you pay for your room here on earth.” A total of 32 people applied to fill several vacant Birmingham City Council seats. Birmingham Public Interest Attorney Richard Rice applied for the District 6 seat vacated by Sheila Tyson when she won a spot on the Jefferson County Commission. Rice attended a scheduled meeting with current City Council members. Each candidate was given one minute to explain why he or she should be selected for the position. The council did not ask questions.

“Unfortunately, I was not selected to move on to the second round of interviews,” Rice said. “It was a very unique situation and experience. I am proud that I did not change up my beliefs or actions to fit an expected mold,” he added. The appointed representatives will serve until the next citywide election, a date for which has not yet been determined.

“I am prepared to continue my work as a Public Interest Attorney. There are so many important issues to be addressed like the pollution and corruption facing residents of North Birmingham and Tarrant, the proposed demolition of Southtown Public Housing Community, addressing violence in our city, or the ongoing movement to achieve Justice for EJ. I will be at the center and forefront of the fight for social and restorative justice for our communities. Thank you for your continued support.”

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