The Mary Pearl Williams Scholarship was founded in 2001. The scholarship is named after the late Judge Mary Pearl Williams, who retired from the Travis County district court bench on December 31, 2000.
Judge Williams was a pioneering woman in the legal profession in Travis County, serving as the first female county court at law judge and the first female district judge in the county. Throughout her career, Judge Williams was always known for her integrity, her courtesy to both attorneys and litigants, and her community involvement.
The Mary Pearl Williams scholarship is awarded to a law student at the UT School of Law who shows – through community service and activities at the law school – exceptional promise of being a leader in the community. Scholarship recipients are announced at the TCWLA Mentorship Luncheon held in March of each year.