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Haley Carolyn Taylor Schlitz    

Youth Advocate, Lawyer, Author & Advocate For Education Equity

At 19 years-old, Haley Taylor Schlitz is a recent graduate of SMU Dedman School of Law. On May 13, 2022, Taylor Schlitz made history by becoming the youngest Black American and youngest woman to ever earn her JD from a law school in the United States. In May of 2019, she graduated with honors with a Bachelor of Science degree from Texas Woman’s University College of Professional Education. Schlitz is the youngest graduate in the history of Texas Woman's University.

On February 28, 2020, Schlitz was featured by Beyonce as one of Beyonce's This Is Black History 2020 honorees.

Schlitz is the host of the new bi-weekly show Zooming In w/Gen Z. This show focuses on news and interviews with Gen Z members who are doing amazing things to change our world. Schlitz was also selected to serve as one of seven national editors for the American Bar Association Law Student Division.

This summer Schlitz served as the legislative intern for Commit Partnership and as an ambassador for the African American Policy Forum's Young Scholar program. Schlitz is also the current reigning Miss Tarrant County Outstanding Teen and a published author of two books.

Schlitz 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.


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