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Foundation Announces 8th Annual Diversity Scholarship Fundraiser

Wed, 10/24/2018 - 12:14 -- admin25

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Victor Corpuz, of Jackson Lewis PC, and Chair of the Dallas Bar Foundation (DBF), is excited to announce that Toyota is the Presenting Sponsor for the DBF’s 8th annual fundraiser dinner event, An Evening with Ron Chernow. The sold-out event will be held on Tuesday, November 13, 2018. This annual fundraising dinner, which debuted in 2011, raises funds for the Foundation’s Judge Sarah T. Hughes Diversity Scholarship program for minority law students. The scholarship program was established in 1981 to promote diversity in the Dallas legal profession. The law students are committed to practicing here upon graduation and becoming DBA leaders.

“As the Chair of the Dallas Bar Foundation Board of Trustees, I have the privilege of helping select the recipients of the Hughes Scholarship,” Corpuz stated. “It is a life-changing event for the students to receive this scholarship and be named a Hughes Scholar.”

Without this event, the generous support of Toyota, and our table sponsors, we could not offer the number of scholarships we have today. Corpuz commented that the DBF currently has six Hughes Scholars attending the three area law schools. This brings the total number of Hughes Scholars benefitting from the diversity scholarship to 62.

 Pulitzer prize-winning author and historian, Ron Chernow is the featured guest. Chernow’s most recent book, Grant, a biography of Ulysses S. Grant, was named by The New York Times as one of the 10 Best Books of 2017. Mr. Chernow was awarded both the 2011 Pulitzer Prize in Biography and the American History Book Prize for Washington: A Life. He is most widely known for his 2004 biography of Alexander Hamilton, which inspired the Broadway musical, Hamilton. He also served as the historical consultant for the show.

Corpuz added, “Having Talmage Boston, a DBF Trustee and partner at Shackelford, Bowen, McKinley & Norton, LLP, interview Chernow is a real bonus for us.”

The evening event is a great venue for law firms and businesses to entertain guests and meet Chernow while supporting the Hughes Scholarships, which serve to enhance the diversity pipeline for the Dallas legal community.

To date, the Foundation has awarded over $2.4 million in Hughes Scholarships. Together we are making a difference and addressing the need for increased diversity in the North Texas legal community.

For information about “An Evening with Ron Chernow” please contact Elizabeth Philipp at the Dallas Bar Foundation, (214) 220-7487.

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