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Texas teen making historical past as youngest ever Black regulation graduate in US

DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM A Texas girl is making historical past this weekend. 

Haley Taylor Schlitz, 19, is graduating from Southern Methodist University this Saturday. 

“It’s just it’s too perfect, I’m excited,” Schlitz stated. “It feels really real now.”

The North Texas native is making nationwide historical past.

Haley Taylor Schlitz, 19, is about to turn out to be the youngest Black regulation graduate and youngest girl to obtain a JD this weekend when she graduates from SMU.

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“This image of this young Black woman in America, in the state of Texas, getting ready to walk across the stage and make history, not as just the youngest Black law graduate in the history of this country, but also as the youngest woman in this country to walk across the stage and get her JD,” father, William Schlitz stated. 

Haley has been making nationwide headlines since her story was shared via the University, from CNN to the Tamron Hall present. 

“It feels really good,” Haley stated. “Not only does it feel good to be recognized for the accomplishment, but it also feels good to be able to get my story out there. I’m really hoping to inspire anybody who hears my story.”

Haley does not take all of the credit score for this accomplishment. She credit her household, associates and mentors for all their assist. 

“I think one of the biggest things that’s kept me inspired is my village. You know, you never get anywhere alone,” Haley stated. “My mother is one of my greatest, greatest trees in my whole forest and she’s a huge inspiration, a great supporter, great advisor and literally the actual reason why I’m here.”

Her dad and mom say they could not be extra proud as their daughter breaks perceptions round Black girl and males. 

“To see her shatter perceptions of what Black students can do and what their full potential is,” William stated, “I think it’s a very powerful statement she’s making.”

Schlitz stated she did not all the time wish to go to regulation college. 

“I just kind of did some looking back at my own journey, what I had gone through and how I can really use that to make the education system better for students that are coming after me,” she stated. “So I switched my major to education got my undergrad degree in education and then I went to law school to be able to write policy on education.” 

Her journey included a variety of “nos.”

“There was a lot of people trying to tell me ‘no’ in public school and all throughout my journey, but that was definitely something I faced in public school. I wasn’t able to test for talented programs, [faced] constant acts of racism, and micro aggressions, and it was just a lot,” Schlitz stated.

That’s when her dad and mom stepped in and he or she began residence college as an alternative of public college.

“When school wasn’t working I just realized we had to go a different direction so she is the one that has been driving us, and growing us as parents,” Haley’s mom, Myiesha Taylor, stated. 

Fast ahead, she graduated from highschool at 13 years previous, and went to regulation college across the age of 16. Now, she’s graduating from SMU’s Dedman Law School. 

“I think we both in awe like, ‘wow this is really happening.’ She’s doing this, it’s crazy,” William stated.

“Just excited, proud,” Taylor stated. “She’s a phenomenal woman and I’m so excited for her future.”

Haley has a message for anybody youthful than her who might hear her story. 

“Anybody who’s listening to me, but particularly students of color and girls, know that you should eat ‘nos’ for breakfast, don’t let other people tell you how you should build your path. Don’t let other people tell you what you can and can’t do.”

Next, she has to arrange for the bar examination in July. Further down the road, she stated she needs to enter academic insurance policies, whether or not it is working with a non-profit group or an elected official. Or, she might go into educating. The alternatives are limitless for her.

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