March 2022

The Mustang Minute


Inaugural Event: Women's Leadership Initiative

March is Women’s History Month, and what better way to celebrate women than attending the Jennifer M. Collins Women’s Leadership Initiative inaugural event? The program is entitled: “Making Strides: Why Gender Inequality in the Legal Profession Still Exists and How We Can Make Real Progress”


  • Melissa MurrayFrederick I. and Grace Stokes Professor of Law, Faculty Director, Birnbaum Women’s Leadership Network, NYU School of Law
  • Joanna L. Grossman, Ellen K. Solender Endowed Chair in Women and the Law and Professor of Law, SMU Dedman School of Law

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10 Years of Extraordinary Leadership in Corporate Counsel Externship Program

The Corporate Counsel Externship Program, now considered a premier externship program, was founded in fall 2013 by Professor Marc I. Steinberg and Assistant Dean for Student Affairs Stephen B. Yeager. The academic program combines a corporate counsel course with externships in corporate legal departments. The program began with 30 students in 30 companies and has grown to 100 students in 100 companies. Professor Steinberg and Dean Yeager are planning to make this year’s decade-marking semester a special one for students and companies.

If your company is interested in hosting an extern this fall, please complete this short formRead more...

You're Invited! Celebrate Underwood Law Library's 50th Anniversary

The Law School will celebrate Underwood Law Library’s 50th anniversary on March 31, from 12:20-1:20 p.m. Enjoy a brief musical performance by two highly talented 3Ls before Lawrence Lessig, a nationally recognized constitutional law scholar and the Roy L. Furman Professor of Law and Leadership at Harvard Law School, delivers a talk on “A Minoritarian Democracy.” Lunch will be provided and a brief reception will follow. The event will be in Underwood’s Hillcrest Classroom with overflow to the Walsh Classroom. Read more...

Please RSVP and join the celebration!

Hire SMU Law for Summer, Semester, and Post-Graduate Positions

The Office of Career Services makes a big splash in Headnotes. View the “Hire SMU Law” ad in the March edition of Headnotes.


Alumni Devoted to Public Service

On Tuesday, February 15, the Office of Public Service brought together three of our exceptional alumni, Harriet Miers '70 (Former White House Counsel), Erin Nealy Cox '95 (Former U.S. Attorney – NDTX), and District Attorney John Creuzot '82, to speak with current students and attorneys in the community about their experiences working in the public sector and the remarkable impact it had on their careers. It was an outstanding and inspiring discussion that brought together nearly 100 students and alumni, including a number of the judiciary, and concluded with a networking reception. View photos...


March 2022

SMU Law Faculty are recognized nationally and internationally for their research and scholarship, and sought after by local and national media outlets. Professors Hillel Bavli, Dale Carpenter, Christopher Hanna, Pamela Metzger, Natalie Nanasi, Anna Offit, Eric Ruben, Marc I. Stenberg, Jenia I. Turner, and Jessica Dixon Weaver, and Staff Attorneys Kenitra Brown, Andrew Davies, and Victoria Smiegocki are featured.



Enzo Hernandez

Class of 2022

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Mackenzie Arnold

Class of 2024

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Wednesday, March 9, 2022

Book Talk
“Reconstructing the Corporation: Workplace Democracy and the Future of Corporate Governance”

  • Grant M. Hayden, Professor of Law, SMU Dedman School of Law 
  • Matthew T. Bodie, Callis Family Professor of Law, St. Louis University School of Law
  • Leo E. Strine, Jr., Of Counsel, Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz
  • Veena Dubal, Professor of Law, Harry and Lilian Hastings Chair, UC Hastings College of Law
  • Nikolas Bowie, Assistant Professor of Law, Harvard Law School
  • Frank Partnoy, Adrian A. Kragen Professor of Law, Berkeley Law
  • Eric Hinton, Director, Robert B. Rowling Center for Business Law & Leadership, SMU Dedman School of Law

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Tuesday, March 22, 2022

The Law Firm Challenge is an annual fundraising competition where North Texas-based law firms vie for the highest percentage of alumni giving to SMU Dedman School of Law. Read more...

Join the 2022 Law Firm Challenge

Thursday, March 24, 2022

Evening Lecture: On Juneteenth

Co-Sponsored by SMU Dedman School of Law

Annette Gordon-Reed
Carl M. Loeb University Professor, Professor of History, Faculty of Arts & Sciences and Winner of the Pulitzer Prize, Harvard Law School

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Thursday, March 31, 2022

2022 Distinguished Alumni Awards
The Distinguished Alumni Award is the highest and most prestigious award the law school can bestow upon its alumni. The honorees are:
  • Chief Justice Nathan L. Hecht ’74, 27th Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Texas
  • David S. Huntley, Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Compliance Officer, AT&T Inc.
  • Timothy E. Powers ’80, Senior Counsel and Immediate Past Managing Partner, Haynes Boone
  • Kit Richardson Sawers ’93, President, Klyde Warren Park
  • Yulise Reaves Waters ’08, Senior Chief Innovations Officer, Lone Star Justice Alliance
Sponsor the Distinguished Alumni Awards!
For more information on sponsorship opportunities, contact Rebekah Bell at

Thursday, April 7, 2022

SMU Law Diverse Alumni Cocktail Reception
at 400 Gradi in Downtown Dallas


Monday, April 11 - Thursday, April 14, 2022

Volunteers Needed!
Jackson Walker Moot Court Competition

Competition will be held virtually via Zoom in the evenings of Monday, April 11 - Thursday, April 14 (6:00 p.m. and/or 8:00 p.m. slots). A judge's packet including a bench brief and a series of suggested questions will be emailed in advance. Check-in will begin 30 minutes before each round. If you are able to volunteer for one or more rounds, please email by Tuesday, April 5.


Thank you to the 50+ employers who made our first
Small Firm Interview Week a huge success!

Shoutout to all Mustangs galloping toward a lateral move. Check out the new jobs (in 19+ practice areas) posted in Symplicity for alumni this month! If you have questions, please reach out to Mackenzie Salenger, a Career Advisor in the Office of Career Services, at

For any employers searching for the right candidate, look no further.
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