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March 22, 2005
UT Law Press Contact: Jodi Bart, UT Law Communications, (512) 471-7330.
Strasburger & Price, LLP Press Contact: Elizabeth Charpiot, (713) 951-5628 or Elizabeth.Charpiot@Strasburger.com.

Strasburger Establishes Scholarship in Memory of Partner and UT Law Alumnus, Mike Joplin

DALLAS, Texas — Strasburger & Price, LLP has established the Strasburger & Price, LLP Scholarship in Law dedicated to the memory of Mike Joplin, a 1963 graduate of The University of Texas at Austin School of Law. The scholarship is a tribute to the former partner who lost his battle with cancer on Feb. 16, 2005.

“The scholarship demonstrates the firm's commitment to recruiting attorneys with outstanding legal skills and diverse backgrounds," said Toni Scott Reed, firmwide hiring partner. “It is indeed appropriate that this award is given in Mike Joplin’s name. Mike, who was heavily involved in attorney recruitment, always insisted on hiring only the best and brightest legal talent and truly demonstrated the firm’s commitment to recruit top tier attorneys from all walks of life.”

Two $2,500 scholarships will be awarded annually, beginning in the fall of 2005, to second year law students from The University of Texas School of Law, who are members of one of the following organizations: the Asian Law Students Association, the Chicano/Hispanic Law Students Association or the Thurgood Marshall Legal Society. The scholarship, benefiting members of these minority organizations, is only the third of its kind established at UT Law. Each year's recipients will be selected on the basis of academic merit and financial need.

"We are delighted with Strasburger & Price's establishing this scholarship," said Bill Powers, Dean of the University of Texas School of Law. "It provides financial support for well-rounded students pursuing their dream of practicing law. We deeply appreciate Strasburger’s generosity.”

“Our commitment to a diverse workforce extends beyond our office doors,” remarked Arcie Jordan, Chair of the Diversity & Community Relations Committee. “The inspiration behind this scholarship stems from our desire to assist the legal profession with populating Texas with outstanding attorneys from all backgrounds. Mike Joplin genuinely believed and supported this principle, and we are honored that his legacy will be forever remembered through the scholarship.”

Born and raised in the West Texas town of Littlefield, Mike Joplin made his way to Dallas and Strasburger in 1963. Mr. Joplin took the firm’s vision for its business practice and turned it into reality. He worked tirelessly to build and develop the corporate practice, serving as head of the Corporate and Securities group for many years.

Joplin jumped headfirst into the Dallas community by being active in the Highland Park Presbyterian Church, the Salesmanship Club, the Notre Dame Special School, Presbyterian Hospital of Dallas and the Central Business District Association, all of which enabled him to develop lifelong client contacts. Despite his busy schedule as head of the Corporate group and participation on numerous firm committees, Mr. Joplin always made time for business development and attorney recruitment. He conducted countless interviews, attended a multitude of recruiting dinners, and was always agreeable to act as an advisor to summer associates.

Mr. Joplin is survived by his wife, Barbara, and his children, Erin and Jeffrey. Friends and family of Mr. Joplin can make donations toward the scholarship by sending contributions to: Fran Chapman; The University of Texas Law School Foundation; 727 East Dean Keeton Street; Austin, Texas 78705.

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