Dallas Law Firm Making a Difference in Public Education

The attorneys at Dallas’ Bickel & Brewer are getting some well-deserved attention and praise for an after-school program the firm initiated in 2001 to help bridge the gap between the city’s public school students and their private school peers. The Future Leaders Program is free initiative intended to help improve students’ SAT scores and increase their chances of earning college acceptance letters.

A recent article in The Dallas Morning News explains how the program sends public school students to after-school classes in science, technology, humanities and leadership at four of the city’s top private schools. The program has quietly grown to include more than 200 students for the 2013 school year. Many former Future Leaders participants have gone on to enjoy successful college and professional careers.

Bickel & Brewer is a longtime leader in community efforts and pro bono services in Dallas, including the establishment of an office in one of the city’s poorest neighborhoods and requiring firm attorneys to perform 200 hours of pro bono work annually.

Lawyers generally get a lot of grief for the amount of money they make practicing law, but firms such as Bickel & Brewer deserve praise for recognizing the obvious discrepancies in educational opportunities available to certain students, and for committing the resources to do something about it in a meaningful way. 

And kudos to The Dallas Morning News for ensuring the public knows about it.   
 

Posted: 2/7/2013 6:24:59 AM by TCLE Editor | with 0 comments

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