Gardere Awards McCleary Scholarship to SMU's Tamara Bennett

11 April 2011 News

Gardere Wynne Sewell LLP is proud to announce that Tamara M. Bennett, a student at Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law student, has been awarded the Donald C. McCleary Gardere Leadership Scholarship.

The scholarship is awarded annually to a second-year SMU law student who has demonstrated leadership qualities consistent with the values embraced by Mr. McCleary, a former Gardere managing partner. Mr. McCleary, who passed away in 1996, served as Gardere's managing partner from 1991 through 1995. His vision for Gardere included participation in local, state and national public affairs, humanitarian activities and pro bono work. He established many of the community outreach programs that have become a hallmark of the Firm, including the Annual Gardere MLK Jr. Oratory Competition, which celebrates 20 years in 2012.

In just two years Ms. Bennett has already demonstrated her scholarship and leadership at SMU by, among other accomplishments, serving as an SMU Law Review staff editor and co-chairing the Judges Committee for the SMU Dedman School of Law 1L Jackson Walker Moot Court Competition. When accepting the scholarship, she acknowledged how great it was to receive the award in Don McCleary's honor.

Gardere Managing Partner Steve Good presented the scholarship to Ms. Bennett at the annual Dallas Bar Foundation Fellows luncheon on March 30.

"Tamara's leadership abilities, involvement in law school and commitment to the community are impressive," says Gardere Managing Partner Steve Good. "She's a perfect example of the type of leader that Don McCleary intended to inspire. We feel that she is a fitting recipient of this honor.

"I think Don would be proud of his legacy, including the fact that he continuously serves as a source of inspiration to all of us," Mr. Good says.

Previous recipients of the McCleary scholarship were Rebekah Bailey in 2010, Amy Binks Sanderson in 2009 and Ausra Laurusaite-Kromelis in 2008.