Skyler Arbuckle is an attorney in the Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation (ERISA) section of Jackson Walker’s Dallas office.
During law school, Skyler was extensively involved with organizations as a student representative for the Honor Code Revision Committee, the Dedman School of Law Dean Search Committee, the SMU Black Unity Forum, and as a 3L representative for the Student Bar Association. She is particularly proud of her time as president of the Black Law Students Association and as a research assistant to former Senior Associate Dean and University Distinguished Professor, Dean Lolita Buckner Inniss. In addition, Skyler held roles as the Lord Chief Baroness of the Barristers Honorary Student Service Organization and was a member of the Dean’s Diversity Council and SMU’s Women In Law.
The summer before joining Jackson Walker, Skyler worked with the Judge Elmo B. Hunter Legal Center for Victims of Crimes Against Women. She also served as a Racial Justice Fellow at Lone Star Justice Alliance. In that role, she drafted an organizational primer on the launch of “ReImagine Justice Coalition,” which is dedicated to reducing racial disparities in the Texas juvenile justice system by 50% by 2030.
Skyler previously interned in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas as a judicial extern to the Honorable Irma C. Ramirez and a judicial intern to the Honorable Sam A. Lindsay.
B.S., cum laude, Howard University
- Epsilon Tau Sigma Honor Society
- Howard University Volleyball Team
- Student Athlete Advisory Committee, Executive Board
J.D., cum laude, SMU Dedman School of Law
- SMU Science & Technology Law Review, Notes Editor
- Black Law Students Association, President
- Barristers Honorary Student Service Organization, Lord Chief Baroness
- Dedman School of Law Dean Search Committee, Student Representative
- SMU Black Unity Forum, Dedman School of Law Representative
- Student Bar Association, 3L Representative
- Honor Code Revision Committee, Student Representative
- Dean’s Diversity Council
- Women In Law
- Professor Bill Bridge Award for the Outstanding 1L, 2019-2020
- Frank & Debbie Branson Trial Advocacy Scholarship, 2021
- Sarah McQuillen Tran Award, awarded to two graduating 3Ls by SMU Law faculty for demonstrated excellence in leadership and service
- J.L. Turner Legal Association Foundation Scholarship, 2020
- Co-Author with Lolita Buckner Inniss, “Slavery and the Postbellum University: The Case of SMU,” SMU Law Review, Vol. 74, Issue 4 (2021)
- Author, “All Aboard the Momnibus: Will Congress’ Proposed Legislative Package Help Drive Down Black Maternal Mortality Rates?” SMU Science and Technology Law Review, Vol. 24, No. 2 (2021)