Bailey Receives Dallas Bar Diversity Scholarship

November 8, 2016

Byron BaileyByron Bailey

Texas A&M University School of Law 2L Byron Bailey was named a recipient of the Dallas Bar Foundation’s Sarah T. Hughes Diversity Scholarship.

The scholarship, founded in 1981, “was established to increase the diversity of the legal community in Dallas.”

According to the DBF website, “The Hughes Scholars have distinguished themselves in many ways including being named valedictorian in law school, serving as a member of the judiciary, volunteering for the local and state bar associations, donating their time to serve area nonprofit organizations and mentoring others.”

Originally, the scholarship was only offered to minority student leaders accepted to Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law. In 2015, the scholarship offer was expanded to University of North Texas Dallas College of Law and Texas A&M University School of Law.

Bailey said he is “beyond ecstatic and honored” to receive this award.

“I am proud that my city, Dallas, and its Bar Foundation have the desire to ensure that the legal profession becomes more diverse by contributing to the legal education and mentorship of selected students,” Bailey said. “To receive such an honor reinforces in me an obligation to make those who care about me proud, but more importantly, it reinforces my obligation to be a champion for the same altruism, interdependence, and empowerment to others.”

He said he hopes to show his appreciation through tireless service to others through the DBF and his legal career.

Byron Bailey and Artie ErrisurizByron Bailey and Arturo Errisuriz, Assistant Dean of Career Services, at the DBF luncheon

Assistant Dean of Career Services Arturo Errisuriz said attending law school is a considerable investment of both time and money.

“We are very proud of Byron and are grateful to the Dallas Bar Foundation for making the Sarah T. Hughes Diversity Scholarship available," he said. "For those planning to establish their careers in Dallas, the award will help defray some of that cost.”

- Article by Jennifer Nassar, Communications Specialist, Texas A&M University School of Law