Haley Taylor Schlitz
Candidate for JD, Law student, SMU Dedman School of Law
Haley Taylor Schlitz, at 18 years-old, is in her second year of law school at SMU Dedman School of Law. In May of 2019, she graduated with honors with a Bachelor of Science degree from Texas Woman’s University College of Professional Education. Haley is the youngest graduate in the history of Texas Woman's University. On February 28, 2020, Haley was featured by Beyonce as one of Beyonce's This Is Black History 2020 honorees. Haley is also a published author. In 2019, Haley and her mother Dr. Myiesha Taylor published their book The Homeschool Alternative. The book captures their experience as a homeschooling family and provides resources to Black families on how they can incorporate a “homeschool mindset” into their education journey. In October of 2020, Haley’s second book Turn On The Power was published by Gifted Unlimited and quickly became a #1 New Release on Amazon. The book provides parents with the roadmap they need to better meet their children’s unique educational needs. Haley is an elected delegate to the Texas Democratic Party and was elected and served as a Joe Biden Delegate from Texas to the 2020 Democratic National Convention. This summer, Haley served as part of the inaugural class of Young Scholars for the African American Policy Forum and completed a judicial internship for the Honorable Shequitta Kelly, Presiding Judge, Dallas County Criminal Court #11. Haley is a member of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Incorporated. She is also a member of the Texas Woman’s University Black Alumni Association, Black Law Student Association, student section of the Dallas Bar Association, student section of the State Bar of Texas, and the Texas Young Lawyer Association. Haley is also the current reigning Miss Tarrant County Outstanding Teen. Haley is pursuing a career as an attorney where she hopes to continue to advocate for education equity and greater access to gifted and talented programs for students of color and girls.