The Academic Support Programs Team
Mona Bledsoe, Administrative Assistant
Ms. Mona Bledsoe comes to TMSL from Tempe, Arizona, where she was a Senior Office Assistant at Arizona State University College of Law for over ten years. She is also licensed as an Elementary School Educator with the State of Texas. She thoroughly enjoys interacting with people in academia because “They are always trying to improve themselves and the world.” As an Administrative Assistant for the Academic Support and Assessment Departments, her purpose is to help connect and direct students, staff, and faculty in the most efficient way possible, while helping the university maintain its mission.
Ms. Bledsoe strives to help students solve issues so they can focus on their academic careers, and maintain balance in their personal lives. Her goal is to assist where she can by helping others maintain their equilibriums while balancing home, school, and finances. As she often says, “While eventually most students thrive in this setting, there are often a few bumps in the road along the way that I can help with.” And her motto remains “Your effort, plus your talent, equals your success.”
Academic Support Instructors
The Academic Support Instructors have been a very welcomed addition to the school. Each has a unique perspective and very specialized frontline experience, having just successfully navigated the entire law school and bar exam experience. They welcome the opportunity to share their experiences with future bar candidates and make TMSL stronger than ever.
Gregory "Greg" Hardmon, J.D., Instructor
Greg Hardmon graduated from the Thurgood Marshall School of Law in 2010. He is licensed to practice law in all state courts of Texas, and has been admitted to the U.S. Southern District Court of Texas. Prior to coming to law school, he taught middle school English, Language Arts, & Reading in the Dallas Independent School District. He is an alumnus of Dillard University and member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc.. The one piece of advice he would tell himself as a first-year law student is, “Know the rule and all of the elements!”
Deola Shoyombo, J.D., Instructor
Ms. Deola Shoyombo graduated Magna Cum Laude from Thurgood Marshall School of Law and was licensed by the State Bar of Texas in 2010. During her time as a law student, she served TMSL as an Academic Support Tutor and interned with the Harris County District Attorney’s Office. After being licensed, she practiced as an attorney in the area of consumer law and business litigation.
Prior to attending law school, she worked for Texas Southern University in the Office of Enrollment Services, where she collaborated with a variety of other offices to balance the needs of their students with those of the university and its regulating bodies. She also developed her administrative abilities while serving on the Student Judicial Affairs & Disciplinary Committee, Human Resources Grievance Committee and was an Adviser for International Students Organization.
Ms. Shoyombo has now returned to TMSL as an Academic Support Instructor so she can advise students, both personally and academically, and help facilitate and ease their journeys from students to bar candidates to practicing lawyers. Ms. Shoyombo enthusiastically develops students’ critical academic skills by teaching specialized workshops and courses. She also eagerly works with individuals directly to improve their essay writing skills. She is committed and thrilled to be able to use her experiences to foster students’ success during their challenging years at TMSL!
Robert S. Morales, J.D., Instructor
Robert S. Morales graduated Summa Cum Laude from the Thurgood Marshall School of Law in May 2011 and was admitted to practice law in the State of Texas in November 2011. Fluent in Spanish and English, he is of Panamanian and Puerto Rican descent. Prior to coming to law school, he served in the U.S. Army as an intelligence analyst.
Mr. Morales’ legal experience also includes a clerkship at the Board of Veterans Appeals with the Department of Veterans Affairs and a federal clerkship in the U.S. Southern District of Texas.