J.L. Turner Legal Association Foundation

The JLTLA Foundation is a non-profit institution under Section501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. The Foundation’s mission is to improve the quality of life in our community through education, service, and scholarship Scholarship and Awards Banquet are used to fund the scholarships.

The Foundation’s Board of Directors has established the following primary goals: Provide legal workshops to indigent residents in the North Texas areaProvide scholarships to students demonstrating financial or other needs; Provide educational seminars to North Texas area residents.

Each year, hundreds of people are expected to benefit from the Foundation’s programs. The Foundation projects that its gifts will support a variety of community, legal and educational programs, such as providing annual scholarships to minority law students, legal workshops, and educational seminars for North Texas area residents and attorneys.
The Foundation is the 501c3 public charity that raises tax deductible donations to fund (a) legal scholarships for law students and increase the number of minority lawyers and paralegals, (b) pre-law school educational enrichment activities oriented around law to inspire students to choose law as a profession, (c) pro bono legal service organizations targeted toward the minority community, (d) selective training for practicing lawyers to develop the skills to provide pro bono legal services, and (e) to a lesser extent, other general educational and charitable activities. The Foundation hosts an Annual Scholarship and Awards Gala. TheFoundation has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars to fund law student scholarships for minority law students.  The Foundation has also funded a day long series of panels on law school and the legal profession for minority high school students at the headquarters of the Dallas Bar Association that included tours of the Dallas county courts. The Foundation has sponsored a local high student writing and oratorical competition based on the MLK I Have a Dream Essay Contest where several local judges evaluated the students and stipends were awarded to the participants. The Foundation has also sponsored the participation of local high school studentsin a week-long field trip to Washington, D.C. to participate in seminars andmock government events with leading government officials and journalists. The Foundation has also sponsored numerous community workshops on the juvenile justice system, housing, voting rights and other topics of interest to the Dallas community. Visit the Foundation's website to learn more, donate, or sponsor an event.