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Foundation Announces Annual Diversity Scholarship Dinner Fundraiser

Thu, 09/22/2016 - 11:42 -- admin25

Staff Report

The Dallas Bar Foundation (DBF) is pleased to announce that for its 6th annual fundraiser dinner event, Bob Woodward, two-time Pulitzer Prize journalist and Associate Editor of The Washington Post, will be the keynote speaker. The event, An Evening with Bob Woodward, will be held on Tuesday, November 15, 2016 one week after the presidential election. The Presenting Sponsor for the event is Crockett McBride & Associates at Merrill Lynch.

This annual event, which debuted in 2011, under the leadership of Rob Roby and Mark Shank, raises funds for the Foundation’s Judge Sarah T. Hughes Diversity Scholarship program for minority law students. Previous events, which have featured David Brooks, Doris Kearns Goodwin, former Senator Bill Bradley, Ken Burns, and David McCullough as keynote speakers, were sold out, and organizers are expecting a similar response this year with Bob Woodward.

“We are excited to have Bob Woodward join us, for this year’s event, one week after the presidential election. Having Talmage Boston, a DBF Trustee and shareholder at Winstead PC, introduce Woodward and serve as host is a real bonus for us,” said Rey Rodriguez, DBF Chair, noting that Mr. Boston just had his most recent book, Cross-Examining HistoryA Lawyer Gets Answers From the Experts About Our Presidents, released in September.

“We are also deeply appreciative of Crockett McBride & Associates at Merrill Lynch who is the event sponsor. They are well known for providing financial services to many legal professionals. The Dallas legal community’s support of the Hughes Diversity Scholarship program is critical in continuing the cycle of success the scholarships create for the students. It is so essential that we do all we can to enhance the diversity pipeline, and this program is a critical part of that effort. I am proud to announce that our Class of 2016 Hughes Scholars, Camille Powell and Dorlin Armijo, graduated with honors in May from SMU Dedman School of Law.”

Earlier this year the Dallas Bar Foundation selected three students to be Hughes Scholars who will represent the three area law schools in North Texas: SMU Dedman School of Law, UNT Dallas College of Law, and Texas A&M University School of Law. The evening event is a great venue for law firms and businesses to entertain guests and meet Bob Woodward.

A renowned journalist and author, Bob Woodward has shared in two Pulitzer Prizes, first in 1973 for the coverage of the Watergate scandal, and second in 2002 as the lead reporter for coverage of the terrorist attacks on 9/11. Bob Schieffer, of CBS News has said, “Woodward has established himself as the best reporter of our time. He may be the best reporter of all time.”

The scholarship program, which the event supports, was established in 1981 and promotes diversity in the Dallas legal profession by attracting exceptional minority student leaders to Dallas. To date, the Foundation has awarded over $2.1 million in Hughes Scholarships to 55 students. With the three new scholars selected in 2016 and who are attending law school this fall, the number of students, who have been provided an opportunity to achieve their dream of becoming a lawyer and practicing in Dallas, increases to 58.

Together we are making a difference and addressing the need for increased diversity in the North Texas legal community.

For information about table sponsorships and tickets for “An Evening with Bob Woodward” please contact Elizabeth Philipp at the Dallas Bar Foundation, (214) 220-7487, or go to for more information.

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