2023 Judge Barefoot Sanders Law Magnet Scholars Announced

Lynn Pinker Hurst & Schwegmann granted the 2023 Judge Barefoot Sanders Law Magnet Scholarship to two high school seniors, Reed Smith and Brooke Sanchez. The Judge Barefoot Sanders Law Magnet was established in 1978 with a mission to prepare students for careers in law, government, and law enforcement. Recipients must plan to enroll in full-time undergraduate study at a four-year college ­or university for the upcoming academic year, have a minimum grade point average of 3.3, and demonstrate outstanding leadership potential and an intent to pursue a career in the legal field.

“Our firm is very proud to support these outstanding students as they pursue their goals of becoming lawyers and judges. These students are not only academically accomplished, but they have demonstrated the tenacity and discipline needed to succeed in the legal profession and in life. We are confident that these students will be tomorrow’s leaders, and we are excited to help them achieve success both inside and outside the classroom.” said partner, Alan Dabdoub.

The Judge Barefoot Sanders Law Magnet is ranked 6th within Texas and 48th nationally in the U.S. News Best High Schools rankings. The school has also received the Texas Education Agency’s “Exemplary” rating for four consecutive years and was nominated as a High Performing National Blue Ribbon School by the U.S. Department of Education.

Barefoot Sanders is a legendary figure in the history of Dallas education, having presided over the Tasby v. Estes case, which resulted in the successful desegregation of Dallas schools. Judge Sanders implemented a fair and practical desegregation plan that won the approval of the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals and, finally, the school board of the Dallas Independent School District. While overseeing the desegregation process, Judge Sanders also shepherded the development of Dallas’ various magnet schools, which he hoped would provide a viable alternative to busing. Today, the Law Magnet honors Judge Sanders’ intentions and is a model of an inclusive school, where all students—regardless of background—are given an opportunity to flourish and succeed.

The scholarship will be administered by the Judge Barefoot Sanders Law Magnet. Lynn Pinker Hurst & Schwegmann awards are granted without regard to race, color, creed, religion, sexual orientation, age, gender, disability, or national origin, and scholarships will be awarded for full-time study at an accredited institution of the students’ choice.