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About Donald C. McCleary

The attorneys and staff at Gardere Wynne Sewell LLP have endowed, through the Dallas Bar Foundation, the Donald C. McCleary-Gardere Leadership Scholarship in memory of Don McCleary, a former managing partner, leader and friend.

The scholarship will be awarded annually and is another key piece of his legacy. Don McCleary was a visionary leader – a master at motivating others to achieve their goals and always quick to give others credit for their achievements. Don imparted to all who worked at Gardere the importance of community involvement and civic leadership.

He embraced diversity before it became a well-used word, not just based on race or gender but on diversity of ideas. Don made friends easily and cultivated allies, and was a loyal and trusted friend. He grew from a small town boy in rural Texas, to a man of the world who taught himself to work for what he believed in and be unafraid of criticism along the way.


Scholarship Recipients

2013: Soo Nam
SMU Dedman School of Law
UT Austin, BA Psychology with University Honors

2012: Jennifer Staton

2011: Tamara M. Bennett

2010: Rebekah Bailey

2009: Amy Binks Sanderson

2008: Ausra Laurusaiote-Kromelis


Application Information


The scholarship application is available at the SMU Dedman School of Law. For any questions please call Elizabeth Philipp, Dallas Bar Foundation, 214.220.7487.