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Director of Career Services

Linda Hale is responsible for developing internships and permanent opportunities with federal, state and local government agencies and with the courts for judicial internships and post-graduate judicial clerkships, assisting in developing small firm employment opportunities, and counseling full-time JD students.

email: lahale@smu.edu

phone: 214/768-2622

Linda earned her Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Baylor University in 1978 and graduated from Baylor Law School in 1981. While attending Baylor Law School, she was a member of the Order of the Barristers and of the Texas Championship Jessup International Moot Court Team, which placed third in the country in national competition. Linda joined Shank, Irwin in Dallas upon law school graduation, becoming a litigation partner there focusing on toxic tort and oil and gas litigation. From 1990-1992, Linda served as Assistant University Counsel for Southern Methodist University, and from 1993-2010 served Of Counsel to the Conant Whittenburg, Conant, French & Chaney, and Clouse Dunn Khoshbin firms, continuing in business litigation, with a focus on plaintiffs’ class action securities work, among others. From 2002-2006, Linda also served as an Associate Municipal Judge for the City of Dallas. Professionally, Linda is a member of the Dallas Bar Association and a Sustaining Member of Attorneys Serving the Community, a Life Fellow of the Dallas Bar Association and a Fellow of the Texas Bar Association, and has been AV rated by Martindale-Hubbell as a practicing lawyer for more than 20 years. She is also a very active volunteer in the Dallas Public Schools. Linda joined SMU Dedman School of Law as a Director of the Office of Career Services in December 2010.

CAREER SERVICES OFFICE

Office Hours:

Monday through Thursday
8:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Friday
8:30 to 5:00 p.m.
Counseling sessions are by appointment.

Telephone:

(214) 768-2797

Fax:

(214) 768-4390

Physical Address:

3300 University Boulevard, Suite 300
Dallas, TX 75205

Mailing Address:

SMU Dedman School of Law
Office of Career Services
P.O. Box 750112
Dallas, TX 75275-0112

OCS STAFF

Karen C. Sargent Esq., Assistant Dean

Executive Director of Career Services
kcsargent@smu.edu, Ph: (214) 768-3893

Steve Yeager Esq., Director

Small Firm and Corporate Development
syeager@smu.edu, Ph: (214) 768-2850

Linda A. Hale Esq., Director

Government Development and Liaison to the Judiciary
lahale@smu.edu, Ph: (214) 768-2622

Beth D. Lee, Associate Director

Evening Program
beth@smu.edu, Ph: (214) 768-4065

MARY BETH NIELSEN, ASSISTANT DIRECTOR

Recruiting and Events
mnielsen@smu.edu, Ph: (214) 768-4049

CLAUDIA CARBALLAL-BENAGLIO, INTERNATIONAL LL.M. ADVISOR

cbenaglio@smu.edu, Ph: (214) 768-1469

Claudia Beltran, Admin. Assistant

cbeltran@smu.edu, Ph: (214) 768-2797