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June 16, 2003

Wendy Gerwick Named SMU Law School’s 2003 Valedictorian

DALLAS (SMU) -- Wendy Gerwick of Carmel, Ind., graduated summa cum laude on May 17 from SMU’s Dedman School of Law and was class valedictorian.

This fall, Gerwick will start working as a federal court law clerk for the Honorable Barbara M. G. Lynn of the Northern District of Texas, a post she will hold for a year before joining the Dallas law firm of Carrington, Coleman, Sloman & Blumenthal.

“I want to practice commercial litigation because I enjoy the complexity of the issues involved. It sounds exciting to face new, interesting problems every day,” said Gerwick, who grew up in Clayton, Calif., and graduated from high school in Carmel.

While in law school, Gerwick was student director of the Academic
Skills Assistance Program, a tutoring program for first-year students. She also served as editor of the SMU Law Review Association’s Annual Survey of Texas Law, which surveys noteworthy developments in Texas law.

Gerwick graduated summa cum laude in 1998 from Duke University, where she majored in economics and French. She spent her junior year studying French language and culture in Grenoble, France.

Asked why she decided to become a lawyer, Gerwick said, “After receiving my undergraduate degree, I realized that, despite receiving an excellent liberal arts education, I did not have very much to offer to the community or to a potential employer. I was attracted to law school because I felt that, as a lawyer, I would possess meaningful skills that I could use to support myself and to contribute to the community.”

Gerwick, whose father is a research chemist at DowAgrosciences, credits her parents for encouraging her and her brother, now a civil engineer, intellectually and creatively by fostering an atmosphere of lively conversation.

“We did not own a television until I was in high school. Over the dinner table, we would debate different issues. That was exciting and stimulating. And we still do the same thing when we all get together at Thanksgiving,” she said.