March 22, 2011
DALLAS (SMU) — Former U.S. Ambassador to Mexico Antonio O. Garza will discuss “Mexico: The Current Crisis” on March 23 as part of the Callejo Roundtable presented by AT&T at SMU Dedman School of Law.
Garza, an SMU Dedman School of Law alumnus, is one of the top experts on U.S-Mexico relations and the business and political environments of both nations. Garza will speak on current issues facing Texas and Mexico, and facilitate discussion on this and other issues facing Hispanic leadership, from 8–10 a.m. at Karcher Auditorium, Storey Hall, in the SMU Dedman School of Law Quad. The event is by invitation only.
The Callejo Roundtable is a new outreach program providing a forum for community citizens and leaders to address key issues affecting Hispanic leadership.
“The opportunities and challenges for Hispanic citizens and leaders have never been greater, and SMU Dedman School of Law is committed to playing a key role in training local, national and international leaders who are sensitive to Hispanic issues,” said John B. Attanasio, Dean of SMU Dedman School of Law.
The Callejo Roundtable is made possible by a grant from AT&T. By sponsoring the Callejo Roundtable, AT&T also makes possible the AT&T Callejo Leadership Scholarship. The full-tuition scholarship will be awarded to a qualified SMU Dedman Law School student based on academic achievement, interest in the Hispanic community and potential to serve as a leader in an increasingly diverse society and business world.
“As an alumnus of SMU Dedman School of Law and a 27-year employee of AT&T, I am proud that AT&T is sponsoring the Callejo Roundtable and the AT&T Callejo Leadership Scholarship,” said Wayne Watts, senior executive vice president and general counsel for AT&T. “As the Hispanic population continues its rapid growth in the United States, and particularly here in Texas, it becomes more and more important that we help prepare the Hispanic leaders who will effectively address the issues affecting all of us in an increasingly diverse world. And opportunities like the roundtable and scholarship are sorely needed to help fill this critical need.”
The speaker series and scholarship are named for Adelfa Callejo, who in 1961 became the first Hispanic woman to graduate from SMU Dedman School of Law. Callejo has been in private practice in Dallas for more than 45 years, much of that time with her husband and fellow SMU Dedman Law alumnus, Bill. The Millett, Texas, native is a long-time champion of civil rights and has accumulated a long list of honors for her service and leadership in the community and legal profession.
For more information on the upcoming roundtable events, visit www.law.smu.edu and see “Upcoming Events.”