Allison lives by the motto, “I don’t need easy. I just need possible.” Diagnosed with Werdnig-Hoffman Muscular Dystrophy when she was 15 months old, she was given only a year to live. Not only has she defied the odds and survived, but she has thrived! Not one to let physical limitations hold her back, she excelled academically and graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Southwestern University. From there, she was on to Baylor Law School, where she graduated first in her class, was a member of the Baylor Law Review, and was recognized as the Baylor Young Lawyer of the Year in 2017.
Since her return to her hometown of Temple following law school, Allison has been an active community volunteer and philanthropist. She has created and endowed three scholarships through community fundraising at her alma maters. Education is her passion, and this legacy will impact generations of future students. The Allison Dickson Just Need Possible Foundation was formed in 2021 to further her philanthropic projects, provide scholarships, and assist many non-profits she supports.
She has been recognized as a Distinguished Alumna for her service to Southwestern University as well as a Distinguished Alumna of Temple Independent School District. She continues to serve Delta Delta Delta on the local and National level and was honored as a 2022 Woman of Achievement, which is the highest honor bestowed on a member of the sorority. She was named Sustainer of the Year for the Junior League of Bell County in 2021. Affectionately nicknamed “Temple’s Sweetheart,” Allison inspires others daily through her positivity, faith, and determination.
In addition to being an Of Counsel member of the Patterson Law Group team, Allison continues to serve her beloved Baylor Law School in a legal research role she’s held since getting her law degree.
- Baylor Law School (J.D. 2007), highest ranking graduate, summa cum laude
- Southwestern University (B.A. English and Psychology, 2002)
Honors and Awards
- Delta Delta Delta 2022 Woman of Achievement
- Junior League of Bell County 2021 Sustainer of the Year
- 2017 Baylor Young Lawyer of the Year in 2017
- Southwestern University Distinguished Alumna
- Temple Independent School District Distinguished Alumna
- Baylor Law School, Fundraising Volunteer
- Southwestern University, Class Officer
- Tri Delta, Volunteer
- Junior League of Bell County, Volunteer
- Variety, the Children’s Charity, Board of Directors