Feb. 6, 2007


DALLAS (SMU) – SMU’s Dedman School of Law honored eight individuals at its annual Distinguished Alumni Awards Dinner on Feb. 3.

From left to right, Raymond D. Noah, John H. McElhaney, Alberto Gonzales, Adelfa Botello Callejo, Martin Samuelsohn, Stephen N. Limbaugh (Click hoto for high-resolution version.)

Adelfa Botello Callejo ‘61 received the Robert G. Storey Award for Distinguished Achievement, which is the highest award offered by the SMU Dedman School of Law. Callejo was the first Hispanic woman to graduate from the school, and the first to practice law in Dallas.  She co-founded the Mexican-American Bar Association of Texas and is a past regional president of the Hispanic National Bar Association.

Justice Stephen N. Limbaugh Jr. ‘77 received the Distinguished Alumni Award for Judicial Service.  Limbaugh has been a Justice of the Supreme Court of Missouri since 1992. He served as Chief Justice of that court from 2001 to 2003.

John H. McElhaney ‘58 received the Distinguished Alumni Award for Private Practice. McElhaney is Of Counsel at Locke Liddell & Sapp. He has vast civil trial and appellate experience in business and tort litigation.  He has also served as an Adjunct Faculty member at the SMU Dedman School of Law.

Chief Justice Bagir Manan ’81 received the Distinguished Global Alumni Award. Manan has served as the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Indonesia since 2001.

Raymond D. Noah ‘66 received the Distinguished Alumni Award for Public Service.  Noah is an Attorney with Raymond D. Noah and Associates. His numerous public service positions include: Charter member of the DART Board of Directors, Municipal Judge for the City of Richardson, Mayor and City Council Member for the City of Richardson, Chair of the North Texas Legislative Conference, and many other positions.

Martin Samuelsohn ‘41 received the Charles O. Galvin Award for Service to the SMU Dedman School of Law.  A long-time volunteer for the law school and the Dallas Volunteer Attorney Program, Samuelsohn has won several awards for his 16 years of pro bono service.  He recently established the Martin Samuelsohn Endowed Scholarship at the law school.

U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales received the Honorary Alumnus Award. Prior to serving at the Department of Justice, he was commissioned as White House Counsel to President George W. Bush. He also served as a Justice of the Supreme Court of Texas and as Texas’ 100th Secretary of State.

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