Judge James DeAnda 2L Scholarship - 2021

Judge James DeAnda 2L Scholarship

           Judge James DeAnda was a former Chief Judge of the United States District Courts for South Texas District and a long-time champion of civil rights.  DeAnda was born in Houston to Mexican immigrants and graduated from the University of Texas School of Law in 1950, when there were only a handful of Hispanic law students.  DeAnda became a renowned criminal and civil litigator, and a driving force in a host of cases brought to promote social justice for Mexican-Americans in law, politics, and education.  In 1954, DeAnda played a crucial role in Hernandez v. Texas, a pivotal case wherein the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that Hispanics were a separate group deserving of the same constitutional protections as other minorities.  DeAnda went on to fight segregation of Hispanics within Texas' schools and later became the second Hispanic federal judge in the United States. 

           In Judge DeAnda’s memory, the Hispanic Bar Association of Houston will award one $1,500 scholarship to a deserving 2L law student at each of the three Houston area law schools (total of three scholarships, one student from each law school).  This scholarship is designed to assist students in fulfilling professional aspirations and is awarded to students based on such factors as academic excellence, demonstrated leadership, extracurricular activities, and potential for successful study in law school.

           Your law school may jointly sponsor the Judge James DeAnda Scholarship to provide a scholarship that may total $3,000.00.

Eligibility & Instructions:

            In order to be eligible to receive the scholarship, applicants must be: (1) a 2nd year law student; (2) a paid member of the Hispanic Law Student Association (HLSA) at your law school and (3) a current member of the Hispanic Bar Association of Houston.

To apply, you must submit all of the following:

  1. Your completed application (form below);
  2. An essay (not to exceed 500 words) discussing your past and future commitment to serving the Hispanic community;
  3. A current law school transcript;
  4. A brief description of your financial need (not to exceed 500 words);
  5. Supplemental Information: a copy of your resume; and
  6. Verification that you are a current member of HisBA.  If you are not a current member, you may submit a HisBA Membership Application via the following link: https://hisbahouston.com/form.php?form_id=8&c=1
    (Note: Membership is free for law school students.)

           If you meet the eligibility criteria and would like to be considered for the scholarship, please submit your completed application before the deadline of Friday, March 26, 2021, at 11:59 p.m. If you have any questions, please e-mail [email protected] with the subject line “HISBA 2L Scholarship Application.”  

            Scholarship recipients will be notified by e-mail.  

Submission Deadline
The deadline for the scholarship will be posted in February 2021.

Please email [email protected]

*The Hispanic Bar Association of Houston (HisBA) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. In the selection of scholarship recipients, HisBA does not discriminate on the basis of race, ethnicity, gender, religion, disability, or sexual orientation.