Former U.S. Ambassador Talks Crisis in Mexico

March 23, 2011 by · Comments Off 

By Aida Ahmed

Former United States Ambassador to Mexico and SMU Dedman School of Law alumnus, Antonio Garza, spoke Wednesday morning at the Callejo Roundtable on current issues facing Texas and Mexico.

The Callejo Roundtable is named for Adelfa Callejo, the first Hispanic woman to graduate from the Dedman School of Law in 1961. Callejo opened the series with a few statistics on the status of Latinos in the U.S.

Callejo commented on the fact that 38 percent of Texas’s 25 million inhabitants are now Hispanic and 48 percent of them are under the age of 18. In 2040 Hispanics are projected to be the majority in Texas. With numbers like these, Callejo said leadership needs should be addressed in the changing environment.

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Garza, who served as ambassador for eight years, said that the U.S. is in a very challenging times in terms of its relationship with Mexico, but says the violence is not Mexico’s real problem.

“The country’s [Mexico] biggest challenge is building institutions that manage and contain the violence and corruption,” said Garza.

Sarah Saldana, deputy criminal chief of fraud and public corruption in the U.S. Attorney’s office and 1984 graduate of the Dedman School of Law, said she believes educational forums like this help inform people.

“It’s dreadful [the crisis in Mexico] and sad,” said Saldana. “Events like this promote a better understanding of what’s going on in that country.”

Another guest, J.P. Morgan banker Jose Chairez, said that Garza’s talk will give people a more in-depth look into the situation in Mexico.

“He’s talking about what’s happening from an insider’s view and what’s happening today,” said Chairez.

The roundtable named after Callejo, a long-time lawyer and champion on civil rights, was sponsored by AT&T. Together they created the AT&T Callejo Leadership Scholarship, a full-tuition scholarship awarded to a Dedman School of Law student based on academic achievement, interest in the Hispanic community and potential to serve as a leader.

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Campus News Blog: SMU Dedman School of Law, desperate or generous?

October 27, 2010 by · Comments Off 

Posted by Aileen Garcia

How important are U.S. News rankings? Apparently very important. That is why SMU is willing to pay law firms to test-drive their graduates. Could you blame them for trying to keep up their reputation?

SMU Dedman School of Law ranked 48th in the U.S. News & World Report guidebook of America’s Best Graduate Schools in 2009-2010, which has SMU running in every direction to keep their employment numbers up.

The program “Test Drive’s” slogan is “investing in our graduates… your firm… and the future of our legal community.” The program allows law firms to take a full drive of these graduates for an entire month without any obligations.

It lets employers evaluate the legal knowledge and skills of these recent graduates at SMU’s expense. The school will provide $3,500 for the graduates first month of employment. There are no strings attached if the employer decides to terminate employment after that first month.

Although it might seem as a selfish deed on the schools behalf to keep their ranking points up, it also helps recent graduates who are scrambling for work.