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May 25, 2001


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DALLAS (SMU) -- Michelle LeGrand Hartmann graduated summa cum laude from Southern Methodist University's Dedman School of Law May 19 and was class valedictorian.

Hartmann, whose father and grandfather are attorneys, earned a grade point average of 3.936. She is the daughter of Wanda and Leslie LeGrand Jr. and the granddaughter of Mary Margaret and Dr. Leslie LeGrand, all of Kingwood, Texas. She attended Kingwood High School and earned a bachelor of arts degree in philosophy and biology from the University of North Carolina in 1994.

Hartmann was a member of the SMU Law Review, the SMU Barristers Association and a finalist and semifinalist in state and national moot court competitions. She was recognized as the outstanding first-year law student, inducted into the national law school honor society, Order of the Coif, and received the university's E. Eugene Mason Scholarship.

Before attending SMU's Dedman School of Law, Hartmann taught in Dallas and Houston schools as part of the national program, Teach for America, which places outstanding college graduates in inner-city schools for two years. Her plans after graduation include clerking for federal Judge Barbara Lynn, Northern District of Texas, and later for Chief Judge Carolyn Dineen King, 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. After her duties as a legal clerk, she will join the Dallas office of Weil, Gotshal & Manges, L.L.P.

She is married to Dallas attorney Clay Hartmann and has a five-year-old son, Holden, and a four-year-old daughter, McKenzie.