Meet Ted Temple, our Winter Scholarship Winner
I am a recent Juris Doctor graduate of the University of Denver Sturm College of Law, class of December 2017. I was born and raised in St. Louis, MO. Upon graduation from high school, I joined the United States Army where I served for 8 years. I received a Bachelor’s degree in Justice Theory from Northern Arizona University in 2014.
As an African American man from a low-income household, I feel strongly connected to criminal justice issues in minority communities. My interest in criminal defense stems from my experiences as a youth growing up in St. Louis, MO, where I barely escaped the dragnet of an unresponsive legal system. Seeing the daily struggles in my community and listening to their harrowing stories have inspired me to assist and protect them throughout the judicial process.
As a licensed attorney, I plan to practice criminal law and I will be applying to the Colorado State Public Defenders. There has been a criminalization of Black and Brown youth in our society and I am dedicated to uprooting the system upon which mass incarceration is predicated.
I hope that I can inspire minority youth, or anyone who comes from modest beginnings, that she or he can become an attorney. And to those who have had negative experiences within our courts, I hope to instill faith and confidence in our justice system.
By awarding me the Diversity Bar Exam Scholarship, I am able to concentrate on what is most important for me, studying for the bar. Thank you for your confidence in me, your generosity is appreciated and accepted with great honor. This has allowed me to be one step closer to my goal and has inspired me to help others by giving back to the community. I hope one day I will be able to help other students achieve their goal just as you have helped me.