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Marcie Davis

Assistant Dean of Career Services
SMU Dedman School of Law
Dallas, TX

Marcie Davis is the Assistant Dean of the Office of Career Services at SMU Dedman School of Law where she oversees all aspects of the office.  She serves as the principal contact for large firm employers, develops and implements policies and procedures, authors career education resources and programs, advises and counsels students on career planning and job search strategies, and conducts employer outreach.  Marcie has 24 years of legal industry experience both as a practicing attorney and an Administrative Partner at Thompson & Knight, LLP.  She was an associate and then partner at the firm before taking on an administrative position, becoming the Practice Manager for the firm’s Employment & Labor, Environmental, and Trial practice groups where she created and developed associate training programs, oversaw work allocation, and led associate performance management. Marcie served the last nine years as the firm’s Chief Development Officer in charge of attorney professional development and associate talent management across the firm’s nine offices. She has demonstrated success both on the training and development side and on the human services side, including hiring, on-boarding, integration, performance management, coaching, career counseling, leadership development, retention, and wellness.

Marcie graduated cum laude from SMU Dedman School of Law in 1996.  She is a certified Mental Health First responder and a certified professional Co-Active life coach.  Marcie is a member of the ABA, Dallas Bar Association, Professional Development Consortium, and NALP.  She is a passionate people person and has an abiding commitment to helping young lawyers succeed.  Dean Davis has been married to Dean Davis for 26 years and has two boys, ages 14 and 18.  

About Marcie:
What’s the most daring thing you’ve ever done (professionally or personally)?
Bungee jumped.
Three publications I’d recommend for anyone who does what I do:
The American Lawyer, The Harvard Business Review, Law360
What’s the best book you’ve read?
It’s a tie:  Life and Death in Shanghai (Nien Cheng’s autobiography) and Redeeming Love (Francie Rivers) – highly recommend both!
What would you attempt to do if you knew you could not fail?
Author a book.
Favorite guilty pleasure
A glass of wine and Netflix.