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Darren Walker

Darren Walker: A Serendipitous Climb to the Top

Darren Walker, ’86, attributes his journey into the world of philanthropy to serendipity, but with years of hard work and dedication, Walker has proven that drive, determination and passion for public service can, and will, carry you to a career at the top.


All In the Family

Hector De Leon, ’73, lives another chapter of his American dream as he passes management of his firm on to his son Ben, ’04.


Sheri Soltes, '84

Lives Worth Living

Sheri Soltes, ’84, has put her legal education and experience to an unusual use: training rescued shelter dogs to be service animals and companions for disabled people.


Scott Dahl, ’88, at the Smithsonian Institution’s Natural History Museum Rotunda in Washington, D.C., in front of Henry the elephant, an African bush elephant preserved and installed in 1959, the largest elephant ever prepared for a museum.

A Natural Evolution

Scott Dahl, ’88, is the new inspector general at the Smithsonian Institution, whose collections—and zoo!—he has loved since he was a child.


Allison Lerner, '89

An Open Mind

Allison Lerner, ’89, inspector general for the National Science Foundation, has found meaning in a legal career that’s taken her from Washington, D.C., to Antarctica and back.


Oliver Luck, '87

Full Circle

Oliver Luck, ’87, earned his JD while playing professional football with the Houston Oilers before going on to politics and a business career and finally returning to West Virginia to head its athletics department.


Cisselon Nichols Hurd, '91

Making the Case

As senior litigation counsel for Shell Oil, environmental lawyer Cisselon Nichols Hurd, ’91, works on cases that shape the future of industry.


David Hall, ’69

Bravo del Norte

David Hall, ’69, executive director of Texas RioGrande Legal Aid, turned his youthful passion for helping the poor into a distinguished and influential public-interest legal career.


Dan Mangis, '03, in front of the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad, Iraq.

Over There

Dan Mangis’s career as a Foreign Service officer has taken him far from Austin to Baghdad’s Green Zone.


Maria Luisa "Lulu" Flores, '80

Woman of the Year

Lulu Flores, ’80, was recently named National Latina Lawyer of the Year by the Hispanic National Bar Association, a new height in a career defined by public service.