Ernest Higginbotham recently presented a $20,000 check to the UNT Dallas College of Law, benefiting The Bedford Mentors College of Law Endowed Scholarship Program.
“The purpose of the fund is to honor the many dedicated lawyers who have volunteered their time and talents to serve as mentors in the Judge Louis A. Bedford Jr. Mentorship Program, and to provide scholarships for UNT Dallas College of Law students,” Higginbotham said.
Since inception of the mentorship program at the opening of the UNT Dallas College of Law in Fall 2014, nearly 300 lawyers have served as Bedford Mentors.
All first-year (1L) students, in both the day and evening programs, are required to complete the Bedford Mentorship Program by spending one hour each week in a small group (eight to 10 students with three to four volunteer lawyers). The mission of the mentorship program is to develop professionalism, enhance knowledge of practice and skills, and to build professional networks.
“In Fall 2019, we had our first College of Law alumni to serve as mentors,” Higginbotham said.
The mentorship program was created by UNT Dallas College of Law professor Cheryl Wattley.
"I was an initial mentor and became Mentorship Program Facilitator in Spring 2015,” she said.
To be eligible for consideration, applicants for the scholarship must meet the minimum entrance and continuing academic performance standards of the UNT Dallas College of Law, and maintain at least part-time enrollment in the J.D. program in the College of Law.