Susan A. Halsey Memorial Scholarship Fund

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

On December 19, 2014, we lost our beloved friend and colleague Susan Halsey to cancer. Her loss has left us with a void in our hearts and a deep commitment to honoring the memory of a truly outstanding lawyer whose life and practice were an inspiration to us all.

In over 30 years of practice, Susan earned a reputation as one of the best real estate attorneys in the business and a beacon in the Fort Worth community. She was a tireless advocate for her clients, a devoted wife and mother, and a cherished friend and mentor to her Jackson Walker colleagues.

A trailblazer in the legal profession, Susan helped to open Jackson Walker’s Fort Worth office and served as its managing partner for many years. She also led the firm’s statewide Real Estate practice group and served on a number of its committees. In her legal practice, Susan represented some of the biggest players in the Dallas-Fort Worth commercial real estate market and was frequently honored with accolades for her experience and accomplishments. She also made significant contributions to the community, including leading the Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce and helping to found the Greater Fort Worth Real Estate Council. On all fronts, she was truly someone to admire and emulate, and we can’t imagine a better role model for law students of today and the future.

Susan earned both her undergraduate and law degrees from Louisiana State University, and she was an avid supporter of the school (and a passionate fan of LSU athletics). Susan truly “Loved Purple and Lived Gold.” For that reason, we believe it is most fitting to honor Susan by establishing a memorial scholarship in her name to benefit students attending the LSU Paul M. Hebert Law Center.

Our goal is to raise $100,000 to establish a memorial scholarship fund in Susan’s name. To assist in achieving this goal, Jackson Walker has pledged $50,000 to endow the fund, which will qualify to receive a $30,000 matching contribution through the LSU Law Center Matching Scholarship Gift Incentive Fund. Should we succeed in raising an additional $40,000, we would be eligible to receive an additional $30,000 match from the above-referenced gift incentive fund, to the extent funds are available.

We hope you will consider contributing to The Susan A. Halsey Memorial Scholarship Fund in any amount you choose to honor Susan’s legacy. Tax-free donations may be made via check, credit card, or securities.

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Checks should be made payable to the “LSU Foundation,” with a notation on the memo line that the check is directed to the “LSU Law Center – The Susan A. Halsey Memorial Scholarship Fund.” Checks may be sent to the LSU Law Center, Office of Alumni Relations, 110 LSU Union Building, Baton Rouge, LA 70803-0106.

Credit card gifts may be made online via the secure LSU Foundation site at Once a donor reaches that page, he/she should follow these directions:

1) Under the “Designations” section, click to choose a fund
2) Scroll down and select “Other” (Please specify fund name in Comments section of giving form)
3) Click “Continue”
4) Type the monetary amount being donated
5) Complete the required sections of the “Donor Information” section
6) In the “Comments” section, please specify that the donation is to be directed to “The Susan A. Halsey Memorial Scholarship Fund”
7) Click “Save and Continue”

Gifts of securities may be made through the LSU Foundation, and any questions concerning gifts of securities should be directed to Ms. Karen Soniat at LSU Law Center by email,, or phone, (225) 578-8645.

We appreciate your considering making a donation to honor Susan. Your gift will help to train and educate lawyers for years to come and is a fitting tribute to a great lawyer and one of LSU’s finest. We know that Susan would be proud.


C. Wade Cooper
Managing Partner