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Foundation Announces Annual Diversity Scholarship Dinner Fundraiser

Mon, 09/25/2017 - 10:03 -- admin25

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Staff Report

The Dallas Bar Foundation (DBF) is pleased to announce that for its 7th annual fundraiser dinner event, Jon Meacham, Pulitzer Prize author and presidential historian, will be the keynote speaker. The event, An Evening with Jon Meacham, will be held on Thursday, October 12, 2017. 

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, David McCullough, and Bob Woodward as keynote speakers, were sold out, and organizers are expecting a similar response this year.

“We are excited to have Jon Meacham join us, for this year’s event,” saidFrank Stevenson, DBF Chair, noting that Meacham has written three #1 New York Times Best Sellers on Presidents George H. W. Bush, Thomas Jefferson, and Andrew Jackson. In addition to Meacham being awarded the Pulitzer Prize for American Lion, Andrew Jackson in the White House, Stevenson remarked that Meacham and has also been named a “Global Leader for Tomorrow” by the World Economic Forum. “We are looking forward to his discussion of Andrew Jackson and the presidency in general.” Talmage Boston, a DBF Trustee and member of the Executive Committee, will introduce Meacham and serve as interviewer again this year.

The evening event is a great venue for law firms and businesses to entertain guests and meet Meacham while supporting the Hughes Scholarships, which serve to enhance the diversity pipeline for the Dallas legal community. Stevenson commented, “As the Chair of the Dallas Bar Foundation Board of Trustees, I have the privilege of helping select the recipients of the Hughes Scholarship. It is a life-changing event for the students to receive this full- tuition scholarship and be named a Hughes Scholar.”

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 and the three area law schools. To date, the Foundation has awarded over $2.3 million in Hughes Scholarships to 58 students. The recently selected 2017 Hughes Scholarship recipient started law school in August and brings the total number of Hughes Scholars to 59 students, who have been provided an opportunity to achieve their dream of becoming a lawyer and practicing in Dallas.

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 Jon Meacham” please contact Elizabeth Philipp at the Dallas Bar Foundation, (214) 220-7487, or go to for more information.

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