Barrister News, 1961 Spring, V. 8 No. 4

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Barrister News, 1961 Spring, V. 8 No. 4

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Your Law Practice Four Possibilities, ALSA Convention St. Mary's Chairs Workshop, St Thomas More Club Selects Vela, Galindo Adams Triumph in Moot Court Paul Alternate, Rutherford Heads Barristers, The Prodigal Student, Dean's List Fall 1960, St. Mary's Law Library

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1961

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Aloysius A. Leopold, Pete Flatten, Calvin Parrish, John Fashing, Jim Braniff, Sparta Bitis, Fil Vela, Douglas Newton, Pete Plumb, Vic Arditti, Richard Wilson, Joe Villarreal, Joe Rubio, Emmett Cater, Joe Chacon, John Quinlan

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Your Law Practice

ST.

MARY~S

UNIVERSITY LAW SCHOOL

Four Possibilities
On Marcb 10, 1961, tbe State Junior Bar
Association througb its conz11zittee on Law Student Orientation and Education, Tbe San Antonio
Junior Bar Association, through its committee on
Student Relations, and the San Antonio Bar Association sponsored a progrant of speakers for tbe
St. Mary's Law School students. Its purpose was
to assist students in learning about tbc uarious
areas of practice auailable to them upon graduation. The panelists were Haruey L. Hardy, who
spoke on Gouern mental Seruice; Julius C. Grossenback.er, Jr., on Private Practice; Nolan Welmak.er,
on the Law Firm; and Frank. M. Rosson, 011 Corporate Prac·tice.

Seated, left to right : Fronk M. Rosson, F. Nolan Welmoker, Julius C. Gro<Senbocher, Jr.,
Harvey l. Hardy, and Carrol Sierk I faculty of St. Mary's law School I
Standing, left to right : Richard Harris lchm. of Stud. Rei. Comm. of S. A. Jr. Bar
Assn. ), leonard E. Davis ICo-chm. of law Stud. Orientation and Educ. Comm . of State
Jr. Bar of Texas I, and luther . Rutherford I Pres. of student body, St. Mary's law School!

Carroll Sierk, Professor of Law and Assistant Dean at St.
Mary's introduced Leonard Davis, Co-Chairman of Law Student
Orientation and Education Committee of the State Junior Bar of
Texas . ML Davis acted as moderator in behalf of the State Junior
Ear.
GOVERNMENTAL SERVICE
The first distinguished speaker introduced, Harvey Hardy,
spoke on the advantages and disadvantages of seeking employment
in the District and City Attorneys' Offices. Several advantages
which he pointed out are stability of income, the lack of which
is a major problem facing the beginning lawyer; an opportunity
to meet more freely other attorneys of the community; and the
opportunity to gain invaluable trial experience. As Mr. Hardy
expresEed it, "The trial is the battle ground for the attorney and
the warrior with the best weapons is not necessarily the victor
if he does not know how to employ them.
Disadvantages to a governmental position are that the jobs
are usually political; the income being steady, may tend to stifle
initiative; and when the employment is terminated, if the attorney
desires to enter the private practice of law, he must face the
problem of acquiring clients.
PRIVATE PRACTICE
Julius Grossenbacker, an alumnus and former professor at St.
Mary's, and one of San Antonio's most successful young attorneys was introduced next. Despite a slight touch of laryngitis,
Mr. Grossenbacker was able to shed light on the advantages and
disadvantages of the private practice of law. The principal advantage is the satisfaction of working for oneself, with all the
freedom incident to this position . However he pointed out that
unless one is independently wealthy, it would be advisable not to
begin one's career by opening his own law office. The trials
and tribulations would be overbearing and would discourage even
the stout-hearted. However, eventually to set up a private office
is a commendable goal.
Mr. Grcssenbacke~ ccncluded with the maxim that one should
not "drop the pearl cf his freedom into the vinegar of servitude."
LAW FIRM
Nolan \Y/elmaker, the third panelist, count~red this statement
with a list of the advantages which accrue from belonging to
a firm . The greatest advantage is the tremendous amount of
compi'ed information and points of law in every field, which have
been accumulated through years of practice. The hours of research saved are countless. Although he concurred with Mr.
Grossenbacker's averment that the time of the Law Firm member
is not entirely his own, Mr. Welmaker asserted that the rewards
more than compensate. Further advantages Mr. Welmaker concluded, stemmed from the regularity of income, and the future
possibility of becoming a partner in the firm.
CORPORATION
The final speaker introduced was Frank Rosson. His topic was
the "one client" attorney, that is, the corporation attorney. He
advised without hesitation that a young attorney should begin
his law career in the private practice of law so that the profes~ional concept of the legal field would not be lost; that an
attorney renders services, and is not mere:y an employee. Mr.
Rosson pointed out that for the attorney grounded in the professional concept, the corporation is an excellent position. The
fields of law which are encountered in this type of practice are
as diversified as that of the private practitioner.
(Continued on page 4)

ALSA Convention
St. Mary's Chairs Workshop
Peter N. Plumb
The subject of greatest moment to St. Mary's La'w School,
ALSA-wise, concerns the association's circuit convention. The
American Law Student Association 5th Circuit Conference
was held March 23-25 in Miami
Beach, Florida. Attending the
gathering were delegates from
the many law schools in the 5th
Circuit area. Peter Plumb and
John Quinlan were the delegates representing St. Mary's
School of Law. The convention's
schedule and program was designed to give each representative an opportunity to exchange
ideas and viewpoints with other
law students from the various
law schools.
The workshops on the convention's agenda covered the following topics of legal interest:
a. Legal Aid and Defender.
b. Professional" Associations
for Cor jJOrate Tax Treatmen f.
c. World Peacr Through Law
d. Administratiue Agencies as
Tmining Ground for Law
Graduates.
e. Ethics of Practicing .
Attorneys.
St. Mary's Law School was
honore:l with the chairmanship

~t. ~boma~
~elect~

of a workshop entitled AudioVisual Aids Cfassroom and
Courtroom. At this workshop,
the delegates from San Antonio
conducted an exchange of ideas
concerning the use of films,
legal tapes, speaker programs
and various o~her audio-visual
topics. Likewise the physical results of the efforts of the Audi:JV isual Committee of ALSA
(Whose chairmanship is seated
at St. Mary 's ) were distributed
to those in attendance. A series
of audio-visual programs which
were formulated by John Quinlan, St. Mary's Alternate delegate, were presented to the
group along with a discussion
on how the programs could be
used with valuable results. Also
a representative list of films appropriate for use by pre-law,
law and law-day groups was
made avaiiable. This list was
compiled by a committee of the
Audio- Visual Staff headed by
Jce Rubio. This committee also
accumulated a libr;~ry of film
catalogues which numbers over
one hundred, and after investigation found that the ALSA
Legal Film Cata'ogue, though
four years old, was still reasonably accurate.

:fflore (l[:lub
1rJ'ela

left to Right: Ed Mainz, Secretory-Treasurer ; Mr. Fronk Greene, Faculty Moderator;
Fil Vela, President; Joe Rubio, Vice-President.

On Palm Sunday, March 26,
1961, the members of the St.
Thomas Moc·e Club of St.
Mary'~ Law School and their
guests attended Mass and received Holy Communion in a
body. After Mass all gathered
in the balcony dining room of
the Manhattan Cafe for breakfast and a s11ort meeting.
Mr. Frank Greene, Faculty
Moderato!', was the principal
speaker at the meeting. He
pointed out that the primary
purpose of the club was to ~nite
Catholic students in their study,
discussion and appreciation of
legal jurisprudence, viewed in
the light of the Natural Law,
and the teachings of the Church.
New officers elected for the
coming term are: Fil Vela, President; Joe Rubio, Vice-President; and Ed Mainz, Secretarytreasurer. Plans were also discussed and approved to have
the Communion and breakfast
monthly.

The Audio- Visual workshop
was concluded with the submission of the Committee's proposed annual report.
The workshop proved valuable to all who attended. In
addition, resolutions were adopted in order that the fruits of
each discussion would be made
known to all members of the
ALSA through the media of
pamphlets and other publications which might be sponsored
by the Association subsquent
to the adoption of these resoluti;ms at the National Convention in St. Louis, Miosouri, in
August, 1961.
It must l::e noted that the
work accomplished by the Audio- Visual Committe~ here at
St. Mary 's could never have
come about had it not been for
the ccmplete co-operation of the
entire committee. As chairman,
I would like to use this opportunity to thank all those who
donated their efforts, and to
extend special recognition to Ed
Mainz, Joe Rubio, and John
Quinlan.

Galindo, AdamsTriumph in Moot
Court
Paul - Alternate
On April 7, 1961, the Moot
Court participants of St. Mary's
Law School met in battle at the
bench of the practice court
room. Sitting to judge the arguments were W. 0. Murray,
Chief Justice of the Fourth
Court of Civil Appeals; Charles
W . Barrow, Judge of the 45th
Judicial District; and J. Burleson Smith, Private Attorney.
Emerging as victors were Federico Galindo and Royal Adams,
co-winners, and Norman Paul,
alternate. These gentlemen will
represent St. Mary's Law School
at the Annual State Moot Court
Competitions, which will be held
this year in Fort Worth, at the
Texas State Bar Convention,
July 5-8, 1961.
St. Mary's Law School congratulates these winners, and
(Continued on page 4)

------------------------

Rutherford Heads Barristers

left to right: Sitting: Richard Wil•on, Sparta Bitsis, Barbaro Kurtz, lou Rutherford.
Standing: Joe Rubio, Pete Plumb, John Quinlan, Ed Mainz, Mike Mortinok.

Luther E. Rutherford was
elected President of the student
body organization, the Barrister's
Club, in an election held during
the early part of March.
Chosen to sit with Mr. Rutheford as members of his executive committee were: Richard
Wilson, Vice-President; Barbara
Kurtz, Secretary; Edward

Mainz, Jr., Treasurer; Mike Martinak, Parliamentarian; Jesus
Jose Rubio, Historian; and Sparta Bitsis, Sargeant-at-Arms.
Peter Plumb and John Quinlan, ALSA Coordinator and Alternate, respectively, remained
in office having been elected
during the fall semester to serve
for the entire school year.

Page Two

THE BARRISTER

"A Professional Legal Publication"
Edited and Published by the Ba_rristers
Student Bar Association St. Mary's University School of Law
San Antonio, Texas

THE
FACULTY CORNER

Affiliated with American Law Student Association
Winner of second place , Offset Division, A.L.S.A.
Newspaper Contest, 1957, New York

VOL. Yill

SPRING, 1961

NUMBER 4

Editor in Chief ------·-----------------------·-------------------Aloysius A. Leopold
Associate Editors ---·--------------·---------·-------------------------------Pete Flatten,
Calvin Parrish
Managing Editor -------------·-------·--'----·--------------·-------------- John Fashing
Features Editor -----------------------·---------------- _ _ ·-----------------Jim Braniff
____ _
REPORTERS
Sparta Bitsis
Joe Villarreal
Fil Vela
Joe Rubio
Douglas Newton
Emmett Cater
Pete Plumb
Joe Chacon
Richard Wilson
John Quinlan

EDITORIAL
Ernest Hemmingway once
noted that ." No man is an island
unto himself." By this he meant
that human beings are gregarious; destined by their nature to
live in society. A review of the
student participation in functions of our Law School over the
past year raises serious doubt as
to the veracity of this proposition. Or does the proposition
stand, but law .s tudents form a
recognized exception to its
scope?
Regardless of the reason or
motive, the prevailing attitude
among our students appears to
apply Hemmingway's axiom in
reverse. They have made the
School an island; whither they
ferry in . the morning, and
whence they flee at the earliest
possible moment. To most, the
thought of participating in
school functions, or even during class hours of building a
rapport with fellow students is\
entirely foreign.
Lest any reader turn away,
not understanding my point of
contention, I am referring in
particular to ·the dismal attendance at the last Christmas Party,
and "
the continued disgraceful
attendance at Barristers' Club
meetings. With regard to the
Christmas Dance, leaving painful particulars buried, I hope,
forever suffice it to say that a
very few students bravely carried the flag_ at a traditional
school function. Perhaps the
failure there can be traced back
to more general failure of the
Barristers' Club. The failure of

the Barristers' Club to effectively unite the student body, is
traceable to each student individually, and to his disinterested lackadaisical attitude.
Of late, officers of the Barristers' Club have resorted to
methods of , coercion to produce attendance at meetings.
While their zeal is commendable, the underlying thought is
invidious. One should not be
forced to attend a function of
which he is a vital segment. His
motives and drive should spring
from within. He should realize
his place and duty, and though
his motives may be revitalized,
the impulsion should be hi~.
Compulsory attendance is repugnant to the entire concept
of an organization. If force is
the only answer, the Barristers'
Club should be abolished.
Where then lies the solution?
How can such inaction be co~­
verted to interest and activity?
What is the key which will open
the .storehouse of students to
provide stalwart denizens for
this organization? The answer
.lies in the students themselves.
Each must realize that he is a
part of the school unit, and that
his social duty is to carry his
share of the load. Complacency
is easier, but participation is
more rewarding. Only when
each shoulders his responsibility
individually, will the entire
burden be _shouldered. Then will
tHese old halls and rooms of St.
Mary's Law School with a vigorous and reverberating esprit de
corps,

THE REASON WHY
MORE and MORE
ATTORNEYS ARE
APPOINTING BEXAR
COUNTY NA TJONAL
BANK AS TRUSTEE
AND EXECUTOR
FOR ESTATES.

When an attorney appoints Bexar County National Bank as the executor
and _trustee of an estate, he does so with the assurance that all matters
will be judged impartially, that the bank will be on the job always- continuing to work hand in hond with the estate ' s attorney on all legal
matters.

THE TRUST DEPARTMENT
BEXAR COUNTY NATIONAL BANK
SAN ANTONIO, TE;XAS

A person should not be judged by his years, but by his acthose
complishments during
years. Certainly, Carroll Sierk's
record proves he is the youngest
full-time faculty member m
age, only.
Mr. Sierk, who was born m
Dallas, completed a two-year
pre-law course at St. Mary's
University. He was on the honor
roll during that period, having
maintained a record of all A's.
In ' January, 19 51, he enrolled
at St. Mary's Law School where
he again retained a position on
the Dean's List. He served as
Editor-in-Chief of the Barristers
News for one year. The student
body elected him Secretary and
Treasurer of the Barristers Club
and he was a candidate for President in the first heated campaign, in 1952. As a member of
Delta Theta Phi he continues to
promote the growth of that fraternity. In 1952 he graduated
magna cum laude at the head
of his class.

FRATERNITIES
Phi Delta Phi

Delta Theta Phi

TARLTON INN , OF PHI
DELTA PHI is looking forward
to the approaching LAW DAY
festivities on May 11, 1961. We
are especially pleased that guests
for our Annual Initiation Banquet the evening ~fLAW DAY,
honoring initiates for the year
'60-'61, will include Phi Delta
Phi's Robert W. Calvert, Chief
Justice of the Supreme Court
of Texas; Ruel C. Walker, Associate Justice of the Supreme
Court of Texas; James R. Norvell, -Associate Justice of the
Supreme Court of Texas ; Joe
Greenhill, Associate Justice of
the Supreme Court of Texas;
John G. Hervey, past president
of the Council of International
Legal Fraternity of Phi Delta
Phi, who is now a member of
the Court of Appeals of Phi
Delta Phi, Dean of the Oklahoma City School of Law, and
an inspector of the Association
of American Law Schools; .W.
Hume Everett, President of
Province Six of Phi Delta Phi.
New officers of the TARLTON INN are: Magister, Capt.
Norman L. Paul; Exchequer,
Robert Beltran; Clerk, Dr. Ernest Besch; Historian, J. Paul Fly.
TARLTON INN gives its vote
of thanks to outgoing officers:
Magister, William T. Burke, Jr.;
Exchequer, Capt. Norman L.
Paul; Clerk, Fred R. Clark,
Historian, John H. Leger.
Congratulations are extended
to Jim Langham and Norman
Paul, who were on the Dean's
List for the Day School and
Paul Fly, Marvin Miller (Graduated), Fred Clark, J ohn Leger,
Damon Ball, and Ernest Besch,
who were on the Dean's List for
Night School for the '60 Fall
Semester.
For the year of '60-'61 member Paul Fly was honored with
a scholarship for the Farmers
Insurance Group.

Delta Theta Phi's activities
have been several during the
past few weeks and the tempo
will be increasing as the forthcoming weeks roll past.
The brothers recently met for
a noontime luncheon and business meeting in the Tower ·Life
Building. The purpose being to
promote fellowship and proper~
ly formulate the plans for the
coming rush and pledge week,
during April. There are eighteen
.students who are eligible for
Delta Theta Phi during this
current semester.
Another recent and well attended activity was the Delta
Theta Phi monthly Alumni
meeting. This past month it
was held at De Winnes Belgium
Inn, on North San · Pedro. The
strong attendance by both the
Alumni and students operates to
bring about a stronger senate
and permits the students of Delta Theta Phi an opportunity to
hear and gather the wisdom from
the experiences of our broth-er
Alumni. During the evening,
guest speaker was Judge Charles
Barrow Jr., of the 45th Judicial
District Court. His subject was
the "Texas Guest Statute".
April 7th is Moot Court
Competition day at St. Mary's
School of Law. Among the contestants for the honors, seeking
to represent our school at Fort
Worth this coming summer are
several Delta Theta Phi's. They
are; Royal D. Adams, Fred Galindo, Al Leopold, Clem Lyons
and Joe Villarreal. Best of luck
to each of you.
During ·· the current semester
officers for the student body
were elected. Brother Luther
Rutherford was elected President, Brother Richard Wilson,
Vice-President, a n d Brother
Mike Martinak, Parliamentarian
of the Barrister club.
(Continued on page 4)

MR. SIERK

Upon graduation, Mr. Sierk
was employed in the Trust Department of the Alamo National
Bank while continuing his study of accounting in night school.
Later he returned to St. Mary's
as a full-time accounting major
and was also an accounting instructor at both the Kelly Field
and the night school divisions.
After receiving his accounting
degree in 19 55 he worked in
Dallas in his father's company
and later joined the research department of Peat, Marwick,
Mitchell and Company' He returned to teach accounting at
St. Mary's in 19 57, after becoming a Certified Public Accountant. As the head of the accounting department Mr. Sierk taught
intermediate accounting, advanced accounting, auditing,
federal taxation, and the C.P.A.
review. The following summer
he commenced graduate studies
in taxation at the University of
Texas. He completed one Year's
residency at Southern Methodist
University as the recipient of
a graduate fellowship . He has
continued work on his thesis ,
while teaching at St. Mary's Law
School.
Mr. Sierk serves as Assistant
Dean of the Law School while
teaching federal taxation, administrative law, legal account(Continued on page 4)

Three Way Confer-ence
.. . between attorney, client and one of
our experienced Trust Department officers
will open the door to new understanding
of the many advantages offered by a
Corporate Trustee in the sound hondling
of an estate. There s no obligation in such
a conference.

430 Sol idad Street
between .Martin & Pecan Streets
MEMBER

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LAWYERS'
CONTRIBUTIONS
The 1961 Annual Lawyers
Living Endowment Fund Campaign started on April the 3rd;
This years campaign is under
the chairm_ nship of Mr. Paul
a
Casseb and the following are the
members of his committee.
Mr. Paul Casseb, Chairman
Mr. Victor A. Speert
Mr. Jack Guenther
Mr. Jack Hebdon
Mr. John Peace
Mr. C. Stanley Banks, Sr.
Mr. Rupert N. Gresham
Mr. Leo Brewer
Mr. Carl Wright Johnson
Mr. Clyde E. Johnson, Jr.
-Mr. Adrian A. Spears
Mr. Sylvan Lang
Mr. John J. Cox
Mr. P. H . Swearingen
Mr. W. F. Nowlin
Mr. Bruce Waitz
Mr. Francis W. Baker
Mr. Thomas Drought
Mr. Blair Reeves
Mr. Robert L. Vale
Mr. John Bacon
Mr. Richard Harris.
Mr. Jack Mullen
Mr. James N. Castleberry, Jr.
To date 32 donors have contributed in cash the sum of
$855.00. The goal for the Drive
~s $2,500. We gratefully acknowledge the support of this
Law School from the following donors:
Park Street
Leo Brewer
Leroy G. Denman
Reagan Houston, III
Will Crews Morris
P. H. Swearingen
Chester H. Johnson
Van Henry Archer
Carl Wright Johnson
Pat Maloney
C. Stanley Banks
Kampmann and Kampmann
Pat W. Camp
Perry R. Smith
Herman Glossermann
Mitchell Rosenheim
Theo F. Weiss
William W. Beuhler, Sr.
William H. Russell
William McMillan .

Page Three
Charles W. Trueheart
Joel W. West brook
Robert Sawtelle
Harvey L. Hardy
H. Gordon Davis
John W. Goode, Jr.
David H. Brune
Lucian L. Morrison
Michael J. Kaine
Roy E. Johnston
John H. Dalghren
John H. Dittmar

ALUMNI
CONTRIBUTIONS
The Annual Alumni Living·
Endowment Fund Drive has almost reached its goal in cash
and in pledges in the sum of
$3,749.50. Our goal is $4,000.00. The 1960-1961 Drive is
under the chairmanship of Mr.
Blair Reeves of San Antonio,
Texas. We gratefully acknowledge cash donations and pledges
from the following members of
the Law School Alumni:
Mark V. Fuchs
Samuel L. Egger
George Sewell
William W. Beuhler, Jr.
Jack Paul Leon
Richard C. Keene
Francis W. Baker
John G. Murray
John Daniels
Kenneth Farnsworth
Charles E. Davis
Blair Reeves
H. F. Garcia
John M. Gilliland
Edward P. Fahey
Patrick L. Kennedy
Paul Blount
Andres Hernandez, Jr.
Archie L. Henson
Horace P. Shelto~
Clyde E. Johnson, Jr.
Carroll H. Sierk
Charles L. Smith
Robert P. Thomas, III
Harry P. Stuth
Edwin W. Carp
Thomas B. Thorpe
M. A. Shumard, Jr.
Jess W . Young
Jack Kallison
Eric J. Spielhagen
David S. Vogels, Jr.
James C. Laflin

OF SAN ANTONIO ·atMAINanrlCOMMERCE
IIUIBU FEDERAL DEI'OS!l 1/iSURANct CORPDRATIOI

COMPLETE TRUST SERVICES

Louis A. Alvarez
Morris L. Collins
Peter S. Gross, Jr.
Henry J. Korp
James V. Mondin
Bryce H. Parker
Leonard J. Gittinger, Jr.
Carl H . P. Pfieffer
Victor A. Speert
W. R. Simcock
Norman F. Walawender
George F. Manning
William R. Lozano
Charles S. Bond
William H. Bloch
Milton W. Walton
Ned M. Wells
Be~ S. Morris
Monroe J. Bullard
Rodolfo Nava
Jack Sims
Manuel M. Pena, Jr.
James R . Warncke
Robert C. Koehl
August J. Cook
Miss Mary Louise Murray
George P. Keene, Jr.
Patrick Legan
Arthur Domanque
Edmund M. Gregorie, Jr.
David P. Carter
Marvin G. Keifer
Jose R. Gonzalez
H. D. Bushnell
Mrs. Lorrayne Halbig
Julius Grossenbacher
George Donnell
M. Edwin Prud'homme
James L. Roemer
Walter Y. Humburch
John C. Stahl ·
Roland A. Eisenhauer
John F. Tafolla
Thomas Drought
George H. Goodwin
Lawrence C. Lang
William F. Bryan
Mike M. Machado
Alfonso Chapa
William R. Davis, Jr.
Tuck R. Chapin
Rix Rutland
Leo C. Tynan, Jr.
Maury Maverick, -Jr.
AI Truex
Vincent Tarlton
Duncan Gault
Joe G. Cumpian
John C. Pasqua!
Tim 0 . Austin
Bryan Schiller
Edward W. Penshorn
Paul E. Casseb, Chairman
Miss Etelka McCluer
Ruben R. Montemayor
Clifford F. Thompson
John A. Pope, III
James R. Hale
Thomas E. Hennessey
Mr. and Mrs. W. B. Aird
Walter P. Gray
Mrs. Carol R . Haberman
Hugh J. Fitz-Gerald

9:5 6 A.M. "At last-Friday! Another week of scholarly pur~
suit has groaned on to oblivion-almost," I mused to myself, as
I stepped with springing gait on my way to "Con Law"-my
last class of the week. "One more hour, but already the golf course
beckons. Alas, what is this message I spy: 'Barristers Club Meeting, 11:00 o'clock today-Compulsory'. Oh cruel and accursed fates
which have guided my footsteps past this bulletin board. To have
continued in ignorance, would have been bliss untold."
"What! Another meeting," I scolded. "I was just at one last. ah, week, hum no, that was during that murder trial; must have
been last month, wait, no, I skipped that one for coffee. Well,
a person can't be expected to get to all of them. But why il meeting today? Oh, there goes Professor Greene into class."
10:24 A.M. "The 'original package doctrine' of Marshall was
abrogated eh! Oh extended. Maybe if I sneak out right after
class, nobody will miss me at the meeting. Hardly anybody goes
anyway."
10:32 A.M. "I could say I had to go to work. Oh! Ah, I
beg your pardon, Mr. Greene; I don't quite understand your
question. Could you please repeat it?"
10:40 A.M. "I wonder if they will lock the front door again.
I could sneak out the back if necessary."
10:48 A.M. "Two minutes to go. I'll out-fox _them. They
won't get me to that meeting. No sir! Nobody pushes this boy
around."
10: 51 A.M. "Come on Mr. Greene. Time is up. You're not
teaching Evidence. Oh good, here we go."
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I hastened out of the classroom, and down the hallway. Escape
pervaded my brain. As I hurried along bits of unrelated conversation fell on my attuned ear.
"
. Barristers Club Meeting. Now!"
" . . . Spring picnic in the park. I think we should have a
dance at .•. . "
" . . . money to spend this semester."
I arrived at the front door, flush with victory. It stood openunguarded. I raced out lest it swing shut and block my path.
On the sidewalk, I stopped short. The incongruity of the entire
situation struck with appalling suddenness. "Where was I going?
Why was I hurrying away as though Satan had spread his lair
at the school? Was not this my school? Was I not a part of the
Barristers Club? My picnic, my dance, my money, my school
affairs are being discussed, and I scheme to avoid the meeting."
_
With raised head, and cleared perspective, I retraced my steps
through the still-open door, and headed for the Barristers Club
Meeting.
William L. Merkin
Roy R. Barrera
Sidney Callender
Leon 0. Lewis
Archie S. Brown
Bruce Waitz
Arthur S. Mitchell
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THE BARRISTER

DEAN'S LIST
Fall 1960
At the end of each semester, those students who have completed
two full semesters of law work, and whose cumulative average
places them in the upper ten per cent of the total student body,
are placed upon the Dean's Honor List, a.s students of academic
distinction, and their names are recorded as a matter of permanent
record. Only those students carrying a normal load or more are
eligible.

Day Division
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
6.
7.
8.
9.
1.
2.
3.

Average
8 5.9
83.5
83.2
81.4
81.1
80.8
80.2
80.1
79.8

Fly, Paul
Miller, Marvin
Clark, Fred
Leger, John
Ball, Cecil
Narciso, Vincent
Besch, Ernest
Furche, Thomas

Hours
48
70
47
40
46.5
69
86.5
47.5
67.5

8 5.7
81.3
79.6
79.6
78.4
78.4
78
78

Leopold, Aloysius
Plumb, Peter
Langham, James
Villarreal, Joe
Rutherford, Luther
Brown, Michael
Walsh, Mrs. Anne
Bambace, Robert
Paul, Capt. Norman

67.5
84
44
47.5
44
23
70.5
27

Evening Division

4.
5.
6.
7.
8.

School Average-72.8

SIERK-

DELTA THETA PHI-

ing, introduction to federal taxation, and a seminar in federal
taxation of business entities. He
also serves - on the President's
Blueprint Committee and the
Organization Committee of the
Institution of Self Study of St.
Mary's University. As Director
of Continuing Legal Education,
Mr. Sierk promotes such projects
as the Third Annual Estate Planning and Taxation Institute
which is planned for this spring.
He has served as past Dean of
the Alumni Senate and is currently faculty moderator of
D-olt:. T heta Phl. }It is a inembet'
of the Texas Bar Association and
the Texas Society of Certified
Public Accountants. Mr. Sierk
has been married two years and
is the father of a six-month old
son, John.

The Dean's list is topped by
a Delt and has several others
following clos~ on his hee!s. Brother AI Leopold tops all studenh in school with an average
of 85.9%. Other Delts on the
Deans list are; Joe Villarreal,
Pete Plumb, Lew Rutherford,
Mike Brown and Robert Bambace.
During March, brothers Pete
Plumb and John Quinlan attended the ALSA meeting in
Miami Beach, Fla., held at the
Barcelona Hotel. They represented St. Mary's School of Law
aL 6,i;; convention . Pete:: Plumb,
is the Chairman of the ALSA
Audio- Visual Committee, which
has as its objective to prepare
plans, programs and movie schedules to aid in the education of
law students.

MOOT COURTstands firm in the belief that
they will ably and honorably
represent her in the State Com-

petitiOn. She waits with impatient arms outstretched to bestow the crown of laurel.

The Law Library at St. Mary's
is a graphic example of the
fruits of labor dedicated to the
fulfillment of a definite objective. At present, the library is
composed of 32,434 bound volumes and 12 0 regularly received
periodicals. The library also has
acquired 10 8 volumes of Spanish and Mexican law, which are
a major contribution to legislative history. This compilation of
the law is the product of what
might conservatively be termed
a modest inception.
In 1948, the library consisted of a miscellaneous co!!ection
of unorganized material, shelved
in a not too orderly manner.
Mrs. Henke, excellent librarian
then as she is now, first sorted
the books into two classes, serviceable and unserviceable. Using only the serviceable as a base,
she has directed the subsequent
accumulation with an eye towards acquiring the fundamental, authoritative sources so esDuring the convention Pete was
also the Chairman .of a .workshop held for all in attendencc
at the convention. There were
several speakers who outlined the
various ways for each school
to take part in the Audio- Visual
Program during the year. ALSA
President, Dan Bachelor extended a special congratulations to
the St. Mary's students on their
fine performance as head of this
committee.

LAW PRACTICEHis closing statement summed
up not only his own presentation
but aIso the attitude which the
entire program was meant to
achieve, and the attitude which
every law student, whether an
anxious Senior or a timorous
Freshman must possess before
entering the profession; that is,
the self reliance to be able to
say to himself and to the world:
I PLUNGE.
The program was a great aid
to the students of St. Mary's
Law School, and the students
would like to extend their gratitude to the Junior Bar Association of Texas, and particularly
to these attorneys who generously gave the time to present this
panoramic view of the future.

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sential to the students', faculty's
and attorneys' quest of the Law.
To dwell with Mrs. Henke's
qualifications for a moment, she
is a graduate of the University
of Wisconsin Library School,
took her B.S. at Western Reserve University, and her M.A.
at the University of Chicago
Graduate Library School. She has
additional graduate credits in Legal Research at Columbia Uni-



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versity, The University of California at Los Angeles, and at
Northwestern University. St.
Mary's is indeed fortunate and
gratified to have a woman so
qualified as librarian.
All persons blessed with a
thirst for the Law are invited
to satiate themselves by drinking deeply from the ethereal
well-St . Mary's Law Library.

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St. Mary's University School of Law, “Barrister News, 1961 Spring, V. 8 No. 4,” St. Mary's Law Digital Repository, accessed March 27, 2017, http://lawspace.stmarytx.edu/item/STMULAW_BarristerNews1961Spring.

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