Law Student Scholarships

 
2021 Scholarship Recipients: 

Emily Dace
SMU Dedman School of Law

Emily Dace graduated with honors from SMU Dedman School of Law in May 2021. During law school, she served as President of the SMU Tax Law Society, Chief Counsel at the SMU Tax Clinic, and externed at the IRS Office of Chief Counsel. Prior to attending law school, she graduated from Texas Christian University and worked as a tax paralegal for Caplin & Drysdale in Washington, DC. Emily will continue her tax law studies this fall at NYU School of Law’s Taxation LL.M. program. She looks forward to returning to Texas to practice tax law.



Emily Nguyen
SMU Dedman School of Law

Emily Nguyen graduated magna cum laude from SMU Dedman School of Law in May of 2021. Prior to law school, she obtained her BBA and Master’s in Accounting from SMU Cox School of Business and worked at PwC. During law school, she served as Chief Counsel for the Federal Taxpayers Clinic and volunteered with Dallas Community Tax Centers. She also served as an Articles Editor of SMU Law Review and a Legal Writing teaching assistant for Professor Patricia Heard. She was a summer associate at Holland & Knight LLP after her first and second years of law school and looks forward to starting her career in their Dallas office this fall.

 

Cassandra Gonzalez

Texas Tech School of Law

Cassandra Gonzalez graduated magna cum laude from Texas Tech University School of Law in May of 2021. During her studies at Tech Law, she volunteered as a tax preparer and quality reviewer at the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program in Lubbock, Texas. She was also a qualified student representative at the Low Income Taxpayer Clinic at Tech Law, serving the residents in the West Texas Panhandle area of Texas and Eastern New Mexico. Prior to attending law school, she obtained a BBA in Accounting from The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley and worked in the field of public accounting, specifically in individual and business tax preparation.

 
 
 


Tara Smith

Baylor College of Law
 
Tara Smith will graduate from Baylor Law School in July 2021 with a special distinction in Business Planning. During law school, Tara was the recipient of additional scholarship awards and worked as a Westlaw representative, a faculty research assistant, and an intern with the Department of Justice Tax Division. Prior to attending law school, Tara was a sales account manager for Cisco and EMC. Tara and her husband are looking forward to relocating to Dallas where Tara will begin her career as a tax attorney with the IRS Office of Chief Counsel’s Large and International Business Division.  



  

 
2020 Law Student Scholarship Recipients
  • Ryan Ault, University of Texas Dallas College of Law
  • Jasmine DiLucci, Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law
  • Sarah Husbands, University of Houston Law Center
  • Charles Kelly, South Texas College of Law Houston
 
2019 Law Student Scholarship Recipients
  • Stephanie Grissom, Texas Tech University School of Law
  • Luis Leo, University of Texas School of Law
  • Cody Wilson, Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law
  • Kathryn Torres, University of Houston Law Center 
 
2018 Law Student Scholarship Recipients
  • Adam Bateman, South Texas College of Law Houston
  • Dominick Constantino, University of Texas School of Law
  • Alexandra Romeo, SMU Dedman School of Law
  • Lindsay Thomason, South Texas College of Law Houston
 
2017 Law Student Scholarship Recipients
  • Thomas Bettge, Pennsylvania State University Dickinson School of Law (Carlisle, PA)
  • Oscar Carrillo, Thurgood Marshall School of Law Texas Southern University (Houston)
  • Emily Fawcett, The University of Texas School of Law (Austin)
  • Mary Sommers, SMU Dedman School of Law (Dallas) 
 
2016 Law Student Scholarship Recipients
  • Jessica Kirk, SMU Dedman School of Law (Dallas)
  • Sharmeen Ladhani, Vanderbilt Law School (Nashville)
  •  Yang “Allyson” Li, The University of Houston Law Center (Houston)
  • Julio Mendoza-Quiroz, Texas Tech University School of Law (Lubbock)
     
2015 Law Student Scholarship Recipients
  • Samantha Coleman, St. Mary’s University School of Law (San Antonio)
  • Ryan Phelps, University of Texas School of Law (Austin)
  • Neil Clausen, University of Virginia School of Law (Charlottesville, VA)
  • Kelsey Taylor, Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law (Dallas)
 
2014 Law Student Scholarship Recipients 
The Tax Section first awarded Law Student Scholarships in 2014. Recipients that year were:
  • Steve Cannon, Texas Tech University School of Law (Lubbock)
  • Thor Fielland, University of Texas at Austin School of Law
  • Megan James, Texas Tech University School of Law (Lubbock)
  
 
 


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