2000-2009

Natalie Bidnick ’07

Natalie Bidnick was recently named digital strategist for Elizabeth Christian & Associates Public Relations in Austin, TX. In this new position, Natalie will oversee and implement online initiatives across all media for the firms and its clients.

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Chelsea L. Hilliard ’07, ’10

Chelsea L. Hilliard, an associate with Bell Nunnally & Martin LLP and a member of the litigation practice, has been named to the 2014 “Texas Rising Stars” list published by Super Lawyers – a Thomson Reuters publication and rating service – and set to be featured in the April issue of Texas Monthly. She focuses on

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Jonathan R. Childers ’02, ’05

Jonathan R. Childers, a partner with the Dallas litigation firm of Gruber Hurst Johansen Hail Shank LLP, has been named to the 2014 Texas Rising Stars list of the state’s top young lawyers. Childers earned bachelor’s degrees in English and history from SMU’s Dedman College and is a graduate of SMU’s

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Chris Dodson ’02

Chris Dodson has been elected partner with Bracewell & Giuliani LLP in Houston. His practice focuses on complex commercial litigation in a broad array of areas, including contracts, commercial torts, mass torts, antitrust, intellectual property and trade secrets. He has experience handling high-stakes, high-profile litigations, as well as arbitrations. He

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Brian Mitchell ’04

Brian Mitchell has been elected partner with Bracewell & Giuliani LLP in Dallas. His practice focuses on complex commercial litigation. He counsels both plaintiffs and defendants on issues and disputes in commercial banking/mortgage lending, financial services, real estate, healthcare, construction, energy/oil and gas, insurance, franchisor/franchisee, intellectual property, consumer finance, landlord/tenant disputes, securities

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Quyen Vu Moreland ’01

Quyen Vu Moreland ’01

Quyen Vu Moreland ’01 serves as the new operations management for the Essilor Vision Foundation (EVF), a public nonprofit charity established by Dallas-based Essilor of America, the leading manufacturer of optical lenses in the United States. EVF’s mission is to eliminate poor vision and its lifelong consequences. Quyen oversees back

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Mark D. Thompson ’01

Mark D. Thompson has been named vice president, tourism by the Dallas Convention & Visitors Bureau. He earned a Master of Liberal Arts degree from SMU in 2001. Thompson brings more than 20 years of tourism and marketing experience to the job. In his new role with the Bureau, he is

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Jim Rea ’05

Attorney Jim Rea of the Dallas-based law firm McGuire, Craddock & Strother, P.C., was elected in December to a four-year term on the board of directors of the Bankruptcy & Commercial Law Section of the Dallas Bar Association. A 2005 graduate of SMU’s Dedman School of Law, he is also

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Susan Cipione ’06

Attorney Susan Cipione of the Dallas-based law firm of McGuire, Craddock & Strother, P.C., has been appointed to the national Industry Research Committee for the Commercial Real Estate Women’s Network (“CREW Network”). She is a 2006 graduate of SMU’s Dedman School of Law. CREW Network is a national organization dedicated to

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Andrew Morgan ’07, ’09 and Amanda Morgan ’07, ’08

Andrew Morgan ’07, ’09 and Amanda Morgan ’07, ’08

Andrew Morgan (B.A. ’07 and M.L.S. ’09) and Amanda Morgan (B.B.A. ’07 and M.S.A. ’08) announce the birth of their daughter, Emma Jane Morgan, November 1, 2013. Her grandparents are Hicks Morgan and Vicki Morgan (B.A. ’91) and Wayne Shaw, Helmut Sohmen Endowed Professor in Corporate Governance at SMU’s Cox

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