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Baccalaureate Speaker

Michael M. Boone

Distinguished Lawyer, SMU Alumnus
Mike Rawlings

Michael M. Boone is a distinguished lawyer, community leader and dedicated SMU alumnus.  He earned two degrees from SMU — a B.B.A. from Cox School of Business and a J.D. from Dedman School of Law. He is a co-founder and member of the Board of Directors of the national law firm of Haynes and Boone, one of the largest and most respected law firms in the nation. Boone was selected as one of the 25 greatest Texas lawyers of the past quarter-century and named by Texas Lawyer magazine as a “Go-To-Lawyer” in Texas for corporate and business law. He was named one of the Top 10 Super Lawyers by Texas Monthly and Law and Politics Magazine, among numerous other honors. Boone has been a member of the SMU Board of Trustees since 1996 and will become board chair in June 2014. He currently serves as vice chair for SMU’s Second Century Celebration Organizing Committee and as a member of the Leadership Council for the Second Century Campaign and the executive committees of Dedman School of Law and Dedman College. He formerly was an adjunct professor of the law school. He has received Distinguished Alumni Awards from SMU, the Dedman School of Law and the Cox School of Business. Beyond the campus, Boone has served his community in numerous roles, including president of the Highland Park School Board and chair of the Dallas Citizens Council.