DALLAS, TX—In a year in which it was not possible to produce the annual Bar None show, more than 200 of Bar None’s staunch supporters came through with generosity when asked, demonstrating their commitment to the mission of Bar None: to support the Sarah T. Hughes diversity scholarships at the three Dallas area law schools. According to Bar None producer, Tom Mighell, the 2020 donations total more than $92,000!
Bar None is an annual variety show sponsored by the Dallas Bar Association and Dallas Bar Foundation. Written, directed, and performed by Dallas-area attorneys, judges, paralegals, legal secretaries, law clerks, and others in the legal community, Bar None celebrated its 30th Anniversary in 2015. Since its debut performance in 1986, Bar None has raised more than $2 million for the Sarah T. Hughes Diversity Scholarships for local Dallas law schools.
Last June should have seen the 35th annual production of Bar None, a collection of songs and skits poking fun at current events and the legal profession and starring and written, choreographed, produced, and directed by Dallas’ most talented lawyers and judges. When the pandemic made that impossible, some of Bar None’s longtime production talent created a music video (riffing on Elton John’s “I’m Still Standing”) and took to the phones to ask the show’s traditional sponsors to continue to support the scholarships. The response of the Dallas legal community and, in particular, those firms, Dallas Bar Association sections and committees, and individuals who have been longtime supporters of both the show and the scholarships, was overwhelming.
“We know our fans love Bar None, and it’s wonderful to know that they will donate to the cause it supports even when they can’t enjoy the performances of their colleagues,” said Bar None’s director, Martha Hardwick Hofmeister. “We plan to be back in the summer of 2021 with a safe, hilarious, and virtual production!”