Funding the Education of the Next Generation of African American Leaders in Dallas
Supporting Pro Bono Legal Service Organizations Working in Our Community
J. L. Turner Legal Association
F O U N D A T I O N
"I started law school in August 2011 working a full-time job during the day and attending evening classes at SMU Dedman School of Law by night. Between managing a busy course load, work duties and my responsibilities as a wife and mother of two young kids, the strain quickly became too much for me to sustain. By the end of my first semester, I left my job to better focus on my studies. With said job went one-third of my family’s household income.
Enter the J.L. Turner Legal Association. A few weeks into law school, I attended the annual banquet and scholarship gala. Two pivotal things occurred: I saw the depth, breadth and power of Dallas’ Black legal community for the first time and I saw some of my friends accept scholarships from the association. I knew one day, I would join the ranks, in both regards.
So, I applied for a scholarship the next year, and the next year and the next. I am proud to say I am a two-time recipient of the J.L. Turner Legal Association Scholarship (2012-13 and 2013-14) and a one-time recipient of the Financial Need Scholarship (2014). Each year, the scholarship monies helped fill in some financial gaps for me. The most recent scholarship was especially helpful during bar study last winter. For that, I am forever grateful."
Jade Mens earned her J.D. from the SMU Dedman School of Law in December 2014. She passed the February 2015 Texas Bar Exam and has worked as a Tarrant County Assistant Criminal District Attorney since June 2015.
The Foundation's signature event is an annual scholarship gala that has raises hundreds of thousands of dollars for law school scholarships
The Foundation is pleased to announce following 2012 merit and need based scholars:
Maureen Ufomadu, Jane Naa Koshie Owusu, Donale Evans, Josefina Pena, Amber Jordan, Syvondia Bailey, Diane Bandoh,
Karla Johnson, Christopher D. Lopez-Loftis,Matthew McDougal
The Foundation is pleased to announce following 2011 merit and need based scholars:
Juanita DeLoach, Jason Hornsby, Alicia Rubio, Carol Longoria Chibundu Nnake, Jane Naa Koshie Owusu, Daniel Paret
The Foundation is pleased to announce following 2014 merit and need based scholars:
Kayla Davis, Camille Powell, John Conrad, Abel Mulugheta,elma Anderson, Anthony Brown, Laurin Compton, Eric Durojaiye, Michelle Gunter, Jade Mens, Crecia Perkins
The Foundation is pleased to announce following 2013 merit and need based scholars:
LaCrecia Porter, Mathew Jackson, Cameron Jean, Christina Mullen, Ruben Gandia, Britni Gross, Christopher D. Lopez-LoftisJame Mens, Gaven Norris, Saren Williams
The Foundation is pleased to announce following 2016 merit and need based scholars:
Tiffany Barnes (UNT Dallas); Bredic Berry (1L, TSU); TieShe’ Chavis (2L, TAMU, Barbara Jordan Scholarship); Jourdan Dukes (2L, SMU); Cherika Edwards (TSU); Gregory Franklin (3L, TAMU, Fred Finch Scholarship); Julius Evan Jenkins (2L, UNT); Shakila Miller (3L, TSU); Elan Moore (2L, TAMU); Kelechi Onwumere (3L, Thurgood Marshall, Honorable Phyllis Lister Brown Memorial Scholarship); Jasmine Thompson (2L, TSU); Cameasha Turner (1L, Notre Dame); Karreem Washington (2L, Benjamin Cardozo); Arionne Wells (2L, TSU); Marshawn Williams (2L, TSU); Hao Wu (3L, SMU, Carstens & Cahoon Intellectual Property Scholarship)
The Foundation is pleased to announce following 2015 merit and need based scholars:
Kris Anderson, Celese Nickleberry, Eric Durojaiye, Arnesia Davis, Brittane Hamilton, Dominique Calhoun, Treshaun Meredith, Olayiwola Omoniyi,
Conrad John, Jazmin Youngblood