August 2022

The Mustang Minute



Dear Alumni,

It is truly an honor to join this incredibly dynamic and accomplished law school community. I am thrilled to serve SMU Dedman School of Law as its tenth dean.
We appreciate Professor Tom Mayo's outstanding leadership as dean ad interim. Over the summer, the law school embarked on a “Texas Tour,” where alumni from five local chapters gathered at receptions to reconnect and network in Dallas, Fort Worth, Houston, San Antonio, and Austin. We look forward to connecting with more alumni this fall.
Last week, we welcomed our first-year students and our returning law students back to campus. The Class of 2025 is an exceptionally talented, academically gifted, diverse, and philanthropic group. We have students from 84 different colleges and universities across 36 states. Our students represent a variety of different career paths – engineers, accountants, teachers, and service members in the Army, Air Force, and Marines. This year’s class includes a professional soccer player, a professional dancer and Radio City Rockette, a therapy horse riding instructor, a stand-up comic, and filmmaker. They’ve interned everywhere from the United Nations and the White House to the Texas PGA. They have volunteered at AmeriCorps, the Arthritis Foundation, Boys and Girls Clubs, Habitat for Humanity, CitySquare, the Special Olympics, and many more. I have met with them, and they are thrilled to join our community. We are extremely proud of our new students and look forward to introducing them to the Mustang Bar Law Alumni Association in the future.
Thank you so much to all of you who are already serving as Mustang Exchange Mentors, Community Fellows, adjunct professors, Executive Board members, Emerging Leader Board members, and as other resources to mentor and employ our students. We truly appreciate all you do for SMU Law.
Our alumni are our greatest assets. We are honored to support, celebrate, and connect with you. I look forward to meeting you soon. I am honored to work with you to help the law school reach its full potential.
With my deepest gratitude,

Jason P. Nance
Judge James Noel Dean and Professor of Law 


Rising Scholars

SMU Dedman School of Law held its 2nd annual Rising Scholars Program on the SMU campus on June 6-10. This year, Sidley Austin LLP and Apple, Inc. joined AT&T as sponsors and enabled SMU Law to be able to offer a free residential program to 21 students from high schools in the Dallas/ Fort Worth area. Read more...  

Mustang Bar Texas Tour

SMU Law alumni from five local Mustang Bar chapters gathered in Dallas, Houston, San Antonio, Austin, and Fort Worth to connect and network. Newly-admitted SMU Law students were also invited to meet and mingle with SMU Law alumni. See photos...

Director of Alumni Relations Search

SMU Dedman School of Law is searching for its next Director of Alumni Relations. The priority deadline for applications is August 31. For more information, please see the Director of Alumni Relations Job Posting.


July and August 2022: Faculty Activities

SMU Law Faculty are recognized nationally and internationally for their research and scholarship, and sought after by local and national media outlets. Read more from the Professors featured this month.  

Welcome New SMU Law Faculty  

Monika Ehrman '05
Charles J. and Inez Wright Murray Distinguished Visiting Professor. 

Professor Ehrman is visiting from UNT Dallas. Her scholarly interests are in the areas of property, natural resources, energy, and environmental law and policy. Read more...  
Christine Hurt
Alan R. Bromberg Centennial Chair in Corporate, Partnership and Securities Law (inaugural)

Professor Hurt comes to SMU Law from Brigham Young University Law School. Her teaching and research focuses on securities regulation, corporate tax, microfinance, torts, and business associations. Read more...  
Anna A. Mance
Assistanat Professor of Law

Professor Mance joins SMU Law from Stanford Law School. Her teaching and scholarly interests are in the areas of environmental law, climate law, international law and development, transnational law, civil procedure, and public governance and accountability. Read more...  
Seema Mohapatra
MD Anderson Foundation Endowed Professor in Health Law

Professor Mohapatra was the Charles J. and Inez Wright Murray Distinguished Visiting Professor at SMU in 2021-2022. Her research centers around health care equity, the intersection of biosciences and the law, assisted reproduction and surrogacy, reproductive justice, and public health law. Read more...  
Jennifer Rangel Stagen
Clinical Professor of Legal Research, Writing and Advocacy

Professor Stagen previously taught legal research, writing and advocacy as an adjunct lecturer at SMU Law and was a partner with a Dallas appellate law firm. Read more...  


Cristina Mauldin, Class of 2025  


Save the Dates!  

Meet Dean Jason P. Nance 

October 27, 2022 - North Texas Alumni Cocktail Reception at Renaissance Hotel - Legacy West

November 7, 2022 - Washington, D.C. Alumni Cocktail Reception

November 8, 2022 - New York City Alumni Cocktail Reception 
RSVP to Meet the Dean events
2022 SMU Law Alumni Reunion -
Graduation years ending in 2s and 7s

Friday, October 21, 2022
2:00 - 2:30 p.m. | Law School Campus Tour
3:00 - 4:00 p.m. | Museum Tours
George W. Bush Presidential Library (self-guided) or Meadows Museum (docent-led)

7:00 - 10:00 p.m. | Reunion Class Party
The Room on Main | 2030 Main Street, 6th Floor, Dallas

Saturday, October 22, 2022 
  • Homecoming Parade on the Boulevard 
  • Law Tailgate Party - begins 2 1/2 hours before kickoff
  • Football Game (SMU vs. Cincinnati) - Purchase SMU Law group tickets.  
Registration coming soon in a special Reunion email!

SMU Law Alumni Tailgates

Join SMU Law faculty, staff, and students on the Boulevard for complimentary food and drinks 2 1/2 hours before the Family Weekend and Homecoming SMU Football games. This is a great way to catch up with old friends and meet new ones!

SMU Family Weekend Tailgate
Saturday, September 24, 2022

SMU Homecoming and Tailgate
Saturday, October 22, 2022 

Tailgate times and registration will be available soon!


Our 2022 Graduates are Ready to Work!

Our 2022 Graduates have taken the bar exam, and they are eager to begin their legal careers. If you’re looking to hire new talent, start with SMU Law.. These motivated, resilient professionals have real-world, hands-on legal experience enabling them to be valuable contributors to your work. Hire SMU Law! Post a Job! Want to talk with us about an opportunity? Call us at 214.768.2797.  

Mustangs on the Move: Get Hired!

Are you a Mustang galloping toward a lateral move? If so, check out the incredible new alumni opportunities posted in Symplicity this month! If you have questions, please reach out to Mackenzie Salenger, a Career Advisor in the Office of Career Services. For any employers searching for the right candidate, look no further. Hire SMU Law! Post a Job!  

Register Now for our October Interview Program!

Register to join us at our October Interview Program held in-person or virtually from October 3 – 11 to recruit 2L and 3L students for summer or post-graduate positions. Email for registration details. Cannot join us this fall? Save the Date for one of our Spring specialty interview programs – Corporate Interview Days (Feb. 13 – 17), Fort Worth Friday (March 3), and Small Firm Interview Week (March 6 – 10).  


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