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2023 Sarah T. Hughes Diversity Scholarship Recipients

Frank Brown III

Frank Brown, Sarah T Hughes Diversity Scholar 2023


  • Current: UNT Dallas College of Law 2L

  • Tarleton State University, BS Criminal Justice, magna cum laude, 2021


  • Fort Worth Police Department, 2009 - Present

    • Sergeant of Police, Traffic Investigation Unit Supervisor 2020 - Current

    • Sergeant of Police, Patrol 2018-2023

    • Police Detective, Criminal Investigation Division 2014-2018

    • Police Officer, Patrol 2009-2014

  • United States Marine Corp Reserves, Sergeant E-5 2007-2015

“As an underrepresented minority who has faced various obstacles through my nearly two decades of public service, I am inspired by Judge Hughes’ legacy and her advocacy for equality and justice. I hope to have her legacy live on through my life’s work.”

Jennifer Montiel

Jennifer Montiel, Sarah T Hughes Diversity Scholar 2023


  • Current: UNT Dallas College of Law 2L

  • University of Texas at Austin, BA Government, 2017

  • Diamond Hill Jarvis High School, Fort Worth ISD


  • Teach For America, Fort Worth ISD, Upper Elementary Teacher 2018- 2020

  • Daniel R. Bacalis, PC, Fort Worth, Family Law Legal Assistant 2021-2022

“The most important thing is my passion for helping others. This passion stemmed mostly from seeing the struggles my family faced with their immigration status. There were a lot of things I was not prepared to take on as a first-generation daughter. I am sure there are others who feel helpless like I did.”

Hernan Valles

Hernan Valles, Sarah T Hughes Diversity Scholar 2023


  • SMU Dedman School of Law, 1L

  • Princeton University, 3.54 BA Economics, Certificate in Finance 2021

  • Alpine High School, Alpine TX


  • Intensity LLC, Dallas, TX, Economic Consulting Analyst, 2022-present


  • Team Captain, Princeton University Rugby Football Varsity Club 2018-2021

  • Founding Treasurer, Team Captain, Princeton University Spanish Debate Society 2019-2021

Mock Trial Team, Alpine, Texas, competed in the DBA High School Mock Trial State Competition for 3 years. Named runner-up for Best Oral Advocate Award 2016

“With the unwavering support of my community, I eventually became the firs person in my family to attend college. Understanding anything is possible when someone has your back; I vowed to continue supporting marginalized communities”
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