Dannnye K. Holley, Dean and Professor of Law

Cherika Edwards

Bobby Forrest, Jr.

TMSL Graduating Class:   Class of 2019
Home:   Little Rock, Arkansas
Undergraduate Institution:  

University of Arkansas at Little Rock

Undergraduate Major:  

Interdisciplinary Studies (Criminal Justice, Sociology, Psychology)


Jobs/Internships/Externships have you obtained while at TMSL
Summer 2017 Harris County Attorney’s Office Child Protective Services Division
Summer 2018 USAA Insurance Co. General Counsel Office
Fall 2018/Spring 2019 Criminal Law Clinic

Scholarships, organizations or extracurricular activities while attending TMSL
2016-2017 1L Class Parliamentarian
2016-2017 Black Law Student Association, Chief of Staff
2016-2019 Barbri Bar Prep Representative
2017-2018 SBA Senator/Secretary
2017-2018 2L Class General Counsel
2017-2018 Black Law Student Association, Vice President
2017 Thurgood Marshall College Fund Leadership Institute Scholarship Recipient
2018 Thurgood Marshall College Fund Leadership Institute Scholarship Recipient
2018 American Corporate Counsel Scholarship Recipient
2018-2019 Student Bar Association, Vice President
2018-2019 Black Law Student Association National Convention Coordinator (March 12-15, 2019)
2019 Guest Speaker, TMCF 19th Annual Awards of Excellence, Belleville, NJ (March 28, 2019)
Dean List (Fall ‘16, Spring ’17, Spring ’18, Fall ‘19)
Thurgood Marshall Law Review
Thurgood Marshall Student Ambassador Associate Editor  

Pro Bono Activities
TMSL Mentorship Program
Pro Bono Spring Break Week 2017
Clean the Street with BLSA
BLSA School Supply Drives
BLSA Hygiene drive
Hurricane Harvey Relief project
Houston Food Bank
Feed the Homeless Project

I am chosen.
When asked if I always had a desire to attend law school, my response is that initially, my goals in life pointed in no direction of becoming a lawyer. In my formative years, my only goal was to simply survive and be of great help and support to my family. I had a hard-working, single mother and three sisters that truly needed my assistance.

So, at age 17, I decided to enlist in the Army National Guard as a military police officer, which ultimately, developed my interest in becoming a civilian police officer. At 21 years old, I took and passed the police exam, sparking my career as a patrolman—more commonly referred to as a “street cop”. I always strived to be the best at everything I did, so at age 22, I applied to become a detective. To my delight, I was accepted and I became an undercover narcotics detective.

As a successful police officer and undercover narcotics detective for several years, I ultimately realized that being an officer wasn’t my calling. Yet, the knowledge, expertise and practical experiences afforded me during my years as an officer and detective, motivated me to use my acquired skills in a different, yet meaningful way to help others in society. So, I was driven to apply to law school and I have never looked back.

Now, as a 3L student, I am looking forward to graduating in May 2019.  Post-graduation and passing the bar exam, I anticipate returning to my home state of Arkansas to practice law—where I have already received a great employment job offer.

I truly believe God chose me to pursue law and every step to this point has intentionally prepared me for my forthcoming career as a lawyer. I feel beyond blessed!

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