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Karen D. McCloud Memorial Grant

Karen D. McCloud
Karen D. McCloud

The Dallas Women Lawyers Association Foundation is a non-profit organization established to support the mission and work of the Dallas Women Lawyers Association (“DWLA”) in its efforts to elevate the standing of women in the legal profession through charitable giving.

Through the Karen D. McCloud Memorial Grant, the DWLA Foundation seeks to provide resources to assist a solo or small firm woman lawyer with the development of her legal practice, through investing in continuing legal education, career coaching, or financial assistance in establishing or growing her practice.

A grant in the amount of $1,500.00 will be awarded to a woman lawyer for the foregoing purposes who meets the following requirements:

  1. Solo practitioner or practices within a small law firm (10 or fewer employees); and
  2. Demonstrates leadership, mentorship, and/or service in the legal profession and community, most notably elevating the standing of women in the legal profession.

The recipient of the DWLA Foundation Karen D. McCloud Memorial Grant will be honored at the DWLA Annual Awards Reception.

If you align or a woman lawyer you know aligns with the goals of the DWLA Foundation and financial support for a specific need is required, we encourage you to submit an application for consideration.

The Karen D. McCloud Memorial Grant was established in memory of Karen D. McCloud, who served as President of the Dallas Woman Lawyers Association in 2004 and received DWLA’s Outstanding Lawyer/Small Firm Award in 2015. Karen will always be remembered for her leadership, service and dedication to the legal profession and community.


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    Your support will help the DWLA Foundation grow so we may support various charitable and educational activities assisting women and children in the Dallas metropolitan area and surrounding suburbs. Your donation will allow us to provide a variety of scholarships for women in the legal community as well as provide charitable legal aid for the public, assist in improving the delivery of legal services to the indigent, and provide services to the community that further the interests of women and children throughout the DFW Metroplex.

    This grant empowered and encouraged me to invest in myself and my office…My most pressing goals have been to automate my new client process and to develop and prepare systems in anticipation of a flood of new clients. I’ve adopted the mantra to “work smarter, not harder”.

    Kandace Walter - Karen D. McCloud 2020 Inaugural Recipient

    I am so grateful and humbled to have been chosen. This award is not only a financial support for my business but also a validation of the hard work that it has taken to get here. It is transformational. Thank you for supporting small business owners like me!

    Laura Torres - 2021 Karen D. McCloud Grant Recipient