February 2022

The Mustang Minute


SMU Law Launches Business Law Concentration

Dedman Law, with support from the Rowling Center, now offers J.D. students a Concentration in Business Law. In order to satisfy the concentration, students must complete a rigorous set of requirements. Specifically, students must complete at least 25 credits of coursework in key business law topics, write a significant academic paper, and complete a business law work experience for credit. In December 2021, we had our first concentration graduate and have approximately 100 other students who have applied to participate.

COVID-19 Helpline Honored by White House and Department of Justice

The White House and the U.S. Department of Justice recognized the pro-bono legal services SMU Dedman School of Law offered through its free COVID-19 Helpline to North Texans dealing with consumer, employment and immigration legal issues. The effort was honored for its response to Attorney General Merrick Garland’s call to action to the legal profession to ease the pandemic-related housing and eviction crisis. Read more...

Welcome Professor Seema Mohapatra

Professor Mohapatra, a leading expert in health law and bioethics, will join SMU Dedman School of Law in August 2022 as the M.D. Anderson Professor in Health Law. Read more...

We are so close! Help Us Reach Full Employment for Our 2021 Grads

We have twenty 2021 graduates who are eager to begin their careers. Will you be the one to help them realize their dreams? If you have an opportunity, please reach out to us at They are looking for both legal and business opportunities.


SMU Law Alumna, Brittany Barnett '11, Adds 'TED Speaker' to Resume

She recently conducted a TED Talk: A Vision of Sustainable Liberation for Justice-Impacted People
Watch here...

SMU Law Alumna, Rosalyn Tang ’06, Appointed to Maryland Court of Special Appeals

She becomes the first Asian-American and also the youngest woman ever appointed to the court. Read more...


January & February 2022

SMU Law Faculty are recognized nationally and internationally for their research and scholarship, and sought after by local and national media outlets. Professors Martin Camp, Dale Carpenter, Anthony J. Colangelo, Dr. Andrew Davies, Christopher Hanna, Orly Mazur, Pamela R. Metzger, Natalie Nanasi, Seema Mohapatra, Anna Offit, Carla L. Reyes, Julie Rogers, C. Paul Rogers III, Eric Ruben, Marc I. Steinberg, and Leo Yu are featured.



Madison Huerta

Class of 2022

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Michael Vuong

Class of 2023

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Tuesday, February 15, 2022

The Value of Public Service in the Legal Profession

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Thursday, February 24, 2022

“A Humane Execution? Lethal Injection's Failed Promise and the Fate of Capital Punishment”

Roy Ray Endowed Lecture (Virtual Event)

Featuring: Professor Austin Sarat
William Nelson Cromwell Professor of Jurisprudence & Political Science, Amherst College


Wednesday, March 9, 2022

Inaugural Event
Jennifer M. Collins Women's Leadership Initiative

“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
  • Joanna L. Grossman, Ellen K. Solender Endowed Chair in Women and the Law and Professor of Law

Read more and register...

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 Bodie, Callis Family Professor of Law; Co-Director, William C. Wefel Center for Employment 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

Read more and register...

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 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, March 24, 2022

Evening Lecture: On Juneteenth

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


Thursday, April 7, 2022

SMU Law Diverse Alumni Happy Hour



If you’re looking to hire new talent or make a career change, start with SMU Law!
  • Help Us Help You: Hire SMU Law, Post a Job
  • Corporate Interview Days, February 7 - 11, 2022
  • Small Firm Interview Week, February 28 - March 4, 2022
  • Mustangs on the Move: Get Hired (Alumni Jobs)


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