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April 11, 2006

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Allegra Young, UT Law, (512) 471-7330

Sylvia de Leon, '76, Named One of the Top 20 Most Influential Hispanic Women in U.S.

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Sylvia de Leon

AUSTIN, Texas―Hispanic Business Magazine has named Sylvia de Leon,'76, one of the 20 most influential Hispanic women in the United States. Hispanic Business Magazine announced its 2006 selections in the April edition of its magazine.

"We congratulate Sylvia on this honor. She is an important leader at our own school, and and we are delighted that she is receiving the national recognition she so richly deserves," said Interim Dean Steven Goode.

In 2002, the Law School inducted de Leon into the Honorary Order of the Coif for her services to the law school which included serving on the long-range planning committee, and working tirelessly with alumni relations in Washington, D.C. She currently serves on the UT Law dean search committee and is raising funds for the Center for Women in Law. De Leon serves as a member of the Law School Foundation's Board of Trustees.

About Sylvia de Leon

Sylvia A. de Leon, a 1976 UT Law School alumna, is a partner at Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer & Feld LLP in Washington , DC , and a founding member of the firm's public law and policy practice group. Ms. de Leon is a member of the Akin Gump management committee, and the diversity and partnership admissions committees of the firm. She received her BA from Briarcliff College and her JD from The University of Texas. She attended Georgetown University Law Center and has served at Georgetown as an adjunct professor of legislation.

Ms. de Leon counsels corporate and governmental clients in a variety of areas, including domestic public policy, business, and corporate governance matters. She is experienced in working with corporate boards, both as an outside counsel and as an independent board director.

Over the years, Ms. de Leon has served on several boards and presidential commissions. Ms. de Leon was confirmed by the U.S. Senate to two terms on the Amtrak Board where she served as Vice Chair. She also served on the Federal Aviation Administration Review Commission, and was tasked by Congress to recommend financing and structural improvements for the FAA. President Clinton also appointed her to the National Commission to Ensure a Strong Competitive Airline Industry, which recommended proposals to Congress on the airline industry. She served as chair of the infrastructure and investment committee of the White House Conference on Travel and Tourism.

Ms. de Leon has lectured at various universities and organizations on matters related to the executive and legislative branches of government. She is a life-time member of The University of Texas Development Board, and a trustee and executive committee member of the Washington Ballet. She has served on numerous local independent school boards in Washington, D.C., and is active in several civic and pro bono endeavors on a local and national level.

She is married to Mr. Lynn R. Coleman, also a UT Law alumnus. They reside in Washington, D.C., and Hume, Virginia, with their three children.