class notes

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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Claire Collins Schwarz ’82, ’83

Claire Collins Schwarz was honored by the SPCA of Texas with its Spencer Humanitarian Award on the organization’s 75th anniversary. Claire is an attorney in Dallas, Texas, at the Law Office of Claire Collins Schwarz, focusing on the representation of nonprofit organizations. She holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from SMU’s Cox

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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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Kurt Stein ’09, ’10

Kurt and Abigail Stein welcomed a new son, August Charles, into their family in September 2013. They now reside in Maryland, where Dr. Stein works at The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory.

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Amie Kromis ’13

Amie Kromis and Christopher O’Riley (Perkins ’14) met and became engaged on the SMU campus. The couple plans to marry in August 2014.

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George Tobolowsky ’70, ’74

Sculptures by George Tobolowsky are featured in The Elements of Hanukkah at the Museum of Biblical Art in Dallas through January 26. Among the large, welded steel works in the exhibit are “The War Menorah,” a menorah created from an actual bombshell to represent conflict in Israel; “The Maccabean Warrior” illustrating

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Thomas Slater ’78, ’81

Thomas Slater, professor of New Testament studies at Mercer University, was one of two main speakers at the inaugural “Putting the Neighbor Back in the ‘Hood” Conference, Nov. 5-7, at Arkansas Baptist College, Little Rock, AR.  Slater gave three lectures on the family from sociological, theological and biblical perspectives. Slater

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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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