The Dallas Bar Foundation is a 501(c)(3) founded in 1971. We are focused on creating cycles of success in our community through scholarships, student clerkships, and educational programs which inspire the next generation of lawyers. The Foundation helps empower the existing legal community in Dallas through our grants program supporting initiatives focused on improving the lives of others by utilizing the justice system. The Foundation gratefully acknowledges the many lawyers who volunteer to mentor and inspire students and new lawyers, provide pro-bono legal services to non-profit organizations we support, and who raise funds so scholarships and student clerkships can be awarded every year. Since 1981, the Foundation has funded 75 Hughes Scholars through multi-year tuition scholarships, allowing outstanding minority law students to attend the SMU Dedman School of Law, UNT Dallas College of Law and Texas A&M University and complete a legal education many would have thought beyond reach.
"The Dallas Bar Foundation believes that diversity and inclusivity are essential to the legal profession, and we are committed to supporting law students in their pursuit of a legal education."
To empower the existing and future legal community in Dallas through scholarships, clerkships, and charitable legal initiatives and to help preserve the historical significance of past generations of lawyers in our community.
To create cycles of success with a diverse, responsive, and engaged legal community in Dallas working to improve lives and create opportunities to help others grow despite financial or situational circumstances.
Our Purpose Statement
Article Four of the Foundation's Articles of Incorporation outlines its educational and charitable purposes. This includes fostering justice through research, publications, and forums; supporting legal education and scholarships; offering legal aid to the indigent; preserving historical structures and commemorations.
Pursuant to the above Purpose Clause, the Dallas Bar Foundation gives grants in the following categories:
law-related research, publications, and forums for the furtherance of justice;
law-related scholarships and education;
charitable and legal aid for the indigent;
historical preservation and observances.