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LU announces Sandra French Clark Scholarship in Choral Music

The Lamar University Foundation has announced a new scholarship in honor of Sandra French Clark, an accomplished and well-known lawyer in the Beaumont area. The Sandra French Clark Scholarship in Choral Music will provide funds for music majors participating in the choral music program to pursue their dreams.

“We are most grateful to her for interest in LU and for her tremendous support of the choral music program,” said Russ Schultz, dean of Lamar’s College of Fine Arts and Communication. “Community support is essential to the success of any university, and she has demonstrated its highest level by honoring us with this donation.”

Clark sings in the choir with many Lamar choral music majors at her church, Shultz said, and recognizes the importance of supporting LU and the program. Clark has made the scholarship possible through her donation to the Lamar University Foundation.

“I chose choral music because I was so impressed with the students who have sung with our choir at Trinity United Methodist Church. They have beautiful voices and fun spirits and make us all feel younger and talented,” said Clark. “I intend to add to the scholarship each year and hope that I can assist a few students along the way so that they may in turn add a touch of beauty to our community.”

Born in Trinidad, Texas, Clark earned her bachelor’s degree in English from Texas Tech and her master’s degree in English from Lamar University. In 1980, she earned a Doctorate of Jurisprudence degree from the University of Houston. Clark is board certified in Personal Injury Trial law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.

Clark joined MehaffyWeber, PC in 1980 and became a shareholder in 1985. She has served three terms on the management and compensation committees and is currently the engagement partner for the firm in its role as one of DuPont’s primary law firms.

Also a renowned public speaker, Clark has given many presentations on a variety of topics, including class action and tort cases, discovery, defending punitive damages, and asbestos medicine for a variety of business and professional groups.

Her dedication to law led to her involvement in many organizations. Clark is a member of the professionalism committee of the State Bar of Texas, and the personal injury advisory committee of the Texas Board of Legal Certification. She is also a member of the Texas Bar Foundation, the American Inns of Court, Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel, Products Liability Advisory Council, the American and Texas Bar Associations, American Board of Trial Advocates-Houston Chapter, Texas Association of Defense Trial Attorneys and the Defense Research Institute. She was selected as a member of the elite DuPont Legal Leadership Circle.

In addition to her involvement in numerous organizations, Clark has also earned several prestigious awards. She has been listed in the Best Lawyers in America since 2000 and Texas Monthly Super Lawyers since 2003 as well as Top 50 Female Super Lawyers in Texas and Top 100 Super Lawyers in the Houston area beginning in 2006. H Magazine has listed her as an Outstanding Attorney in Houston.

As a community leader, Clark is involved with many local activities and organizations. She has served two terms on the Board of the Jefferson County Bar Association and is also a member of the Lamar University College of Fine Arts and Communication Advisory Council. She is a devoted member of Trinity United Methodist Church where she serves on the board of trustees and the board of the Trinity Foundation.

For more information about establishing an endowed scholarship, contact the Lamar University Foundation at (409) 880-2117.