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Adelfa Callejo was honored with the 2010 La Luz Achievement Award by the Dallas Hispanic Bar Association at the “Lighting the Path to Legal Education” scholarship and awards banquet at the Belo Mansion on September 30, 2010.

Callejo moved with her family from Millet to Dallas after high school and attended night school at SMU while continuing to support her family. She moved to California in 1945 to help her brother who had been blinded during World War II. While there, she became a successful entrepreneur and met her husband William “Bill” F. Callejo. The couple returned to Dallas in 1951, where she resumed studies at SMU, earning her J.D. and undergraduate degrees concurrently. She was the first Hispanic woman to earn a J.D. from SMU Dedman School of Law. Callejo has been a champion for the underprivileged ever since.

A founding member of the DHBA, Callejo has mentored young, mostly Latina attorneys over the past 20 years and has helped diversify the organization by including members from all socio-economic spheres and legal practice areas. Over the years, Callejo has become known for her sincerity, ambition, and outspoken and opinionated personality, inspiring young attorneys to pursue their goals—even in the face of obstacles—on the road to achievement.


Office Hours:

Monday through Friday
9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Extended hours available by appointment.


(214) 768-3341


(214) 768-3340



Physical Address:

3315 University Boulevard
Dallas, TX 75205

Mailing Address:

SMU Dedman School of Law
Alumni Development
P.O. Box 750116
Dallas, TX 75275-0116


Lynn Switzer Bozalis '90

Associate Dean for Development & Alumni Affairs

Abby N. Ruth ‘06

Director of Alumni Relations

Lynn Dempsey

Director of External Relations

Kristy Offenburger

Director of Communications & Marketing

Jessica Mannon

Assistant Director of Development

Rebekah Bell

Assistant Director of Special Events

Janet White

Advancement Associate

Brenda Aylesworth

Administrative Assistant