Adelfa Botello Callejo was the first Hispanic woman to graduate in law from Southern Methodist University (SMU) after taking night classes while working full time during the day. When she opened her law office, she was the first Mexican American woman to practice law in Dallas Texas. After her husband completed a law degree, they established the law firm of Callejo and Callejo.
She was the co-founder of the Mexican-American Bar Association of Texas (later the Dallas Hispanic Bar Association), also serving as regional president of the Hispanic National Bar Association. She was also the chairperson and founder of the Coalition of Hispanic Organizations.
In 2004, Callejo and her husband donated over a million dollars to the SMU law school to establish the Adelfa Botello Callejo Leadership and Latino Studies Institute. With her husband, she was an officer of the Callejo-Botello Foundation.
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