Mustangs Give Back - March 8, 2018

Support the Law School

Last year's Mustangs Give Back campaign was a tremendous success thanks to you! SMU now announces a second annual, campus-wide Mustangs Give Back Day on Thursday, March 8.  There are  three options to support the law school:

$2,500 Goal

Help Dedman School of Law develop the next century of world changers and leaders in the legal and business fields.

$6,000 Goal

Fully fund two stipends to support a law student's six-week internship with a public interest organization.

$5,000 Goal

The Bridge & Armour Scholarship Fund honors retiring professors Bill Bridge and Maureen Armour so that their legacies will live on in the form of a student scholarship.


All gifts received on Thursday, March 8 will be directed to support the law school! The law students featured below are past recipients of APIL summer stipends. Learn how generous gifts helped them to be able to volunteer in either nonprofit agencies or public interest organizations during the summer.

 “Receiving an APIL stipend allowed me to work full-time at my placements without having to stress about also working at a paying part-time job. I was able to devote my full attention to what I was passionate about, work longer hours, and avoid taking on extra debt.”
Katherine Lessing
Dallas County District Attorney and Collin County District Attorney

“I could not have afforded to work over last summer without APIL’s help. The APIL stipend paid my rent, so I was able to afford working there the entire summer. The FLRA allowed me to help agencies and unions peacefully resolve conflicts.”
Sarah Toben
Federal Labor Relations Authority (FLRA)

 “The APIL stipend allowed me to survive during an unpaid but extremely educational and life-changing 1L summer. The U.S. Attorney’s Office provides 1Ls with a unique opportunity to experience federal civil (both defensive and prosecutorial) and criminal litigation practice.”
Beth Echols
U.S. Attorney's Office for the Northern District of Texas

 “Without an APIL stipend, I would not have been able to work for at Children at Risk. Because my first-half internship during my 1L summer for a district judge in Dallas was unpaid, I could not afford to take a second-half position that was also unpaid. The stipend allowed me to avoid sacrificing work I was passionate about and I was able to give back to my community in a meaningful way. Interning for Children at Risk provided me with the opportunity to be involved in the drafting of and lobbying for critical legislation designed to protect children from human trafficking.”
Tess Wafelbakker
Children at Risk