2000-2009

Holly E. Englemann ’03

Holly E. Engelmann has been promoted from associate to principal in the Dallas office of McKool Smith, effective January 1, 2014. She is a graduate of SMU’s Dedman School of Law and focuses on intellectual property, bankruptcy and complex commercial litigation. Most recently, Engelmann was a member of the McKool Smith trial

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Nicole Locke Finn ’02

Nicole Locke Finn ’02 and her husband, Michael, welcomed their second son, Matthew Michael Finn, June 8, 2013.

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John Via ’02, ’03, ’07

Dr. John W. Via III, P.E., ’02, 03, ’07,  retired from Alcon Laboratories following its acquisition by Novartis and is now Associate Dean of Engineering for Online Programs and Department Head, Engineering Management Studies at Drexel University in Philadelphia.

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Michael J. Lang ’02

Michael J. Lang has been named partner by the Dallas litigation firm of Gruber Hurst Johansen Hail Shank LLP. Lang graduated from SMU’s Dedman School of Law in 2002. He represents plaintiffs and defendants from the banking, manufacturing, energy, real estate and technology industries in state and federal courts. Lang has litigated and

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Trey H. Crawford ’07

Trey H. Crawford has been named partner by the Dallas litigation firm of Gruber Hurst Johansen Hail Shank LLP. Crawford graduated cum laude from SMU’s Dedman School of Law in 2007. He has extensive litigation experience representing both plaintiffs and defendants in handling a variety of aviation, energy, real estate, construction, banking and

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Jonathan R. Childers ’02, ’05

Jonathan R. Childers has been named partner by the Dallas litigation firm of Gruber Hurst Johansen Hail Shank LLP. Childers graduated cum laude with degrees in history and English from SMU’s Dedman College in 2002 and earned his Juris Doctor from SMU’s Dedman School of Law in 2005. He maintains an active business trial and

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Nick Laurent ’05

Nick Laurent (left) and Charles Halladay ’05 offer a “Pony ears” salute next to a bronze tribute to fellow Mustang, the late golfing legend Payne Stewart ’79, captured in his famous “soaring eagle” pose. The photo was taken by Nick’s father, Larry Laurent (JD ’75) at the Pinehurst Golf Club in

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Rachel C. Stuart ’09

Rachel C. Stuart married Joshua M. Duke ’10 last June, and the couple has relocated to Tallahassee, FL, where she accepted a Ph.D. offer with Florida State University’s Department of English. She has been awarded FSU’s Elliott Butt Loyless Doctoral Fellowship. Josh continues to pursue business ventures in web design

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Dan Carillo Levy ’09

Dan Carillo Levy produced and directed the film “Zero Hour,” which opened the HollyShorts Festival last August 15 at the historic TCL Chinese Theatre (formerly Grauman’s Chinese Theatre) in Hollywood. The film was accepted into the “Short Film Corner” screenings at the Cannes International Film Festival earlier this past summer.

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Brian M. Kwesiga ’09

Brian M. Kwesiga was elected the 10th president and CEO of the Ugandan North American Association at the annual convention in Dallas during the Labor Day weekend. He was chair of the 2013 Dallas Convention Organizing Committee.

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