The Legal Minute November 2009

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The Legal Minute November 2009

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St. Mary's School of Law honored for commitment to service
By Elizabeth Barbee
Law Communications Director

The Texas Access to Justice
Commission has selected St.
Mary's University School of Law
as the 2009 Law School Commitment to Service Award recipient.
According to the Commission, this award recognizes the
law school that has most distinguished itself by actively educating its students about access to
justice issues, thereby carrying
forward one of the finest traditions of the legal profession in
Texas.
The Commission identifies
St. Mary's University School of
Law's commitment to the provision of legal services to the poor
as "truly exceptional."
"Teaching students to serve
their community is the best education - both Catholic and legal we can provide," said Charles E.
Cantu, dean of St. Mary's School
of Law. "The Center for Legal
and Social Justice faculty, staff
and students are truly deserving
of this accolade as their service
and commitment to providing
legal services to the poor and disenfranchised of San Antonio and

South Texas is truly outstanding."
St. Mary's Center for Legal
and Social Justice provides a supportive learning environment for
law students who, under the supervision of a faculty member,
are the attorney of record for
indigent clients not adequately
served by other providers.
The faculty balances a rigorous teaching agenda while working with law student volunteers
to service the needs of clients in
three practice areas - civil, criminal and immigration and human
rights.
The School of Law will accept
the award at the New Lawyer
Induction Ceremony in Austin
on Nov. 16. The Texas Access to
Justice Commission was created
by The Supreme Court of Texas
to coordinate services for people
who seek legal representation
but may not be able to afford it.
The Commission works to reduce barriers to the justice system for low-income Texans.

St. Mary's School of Law Legal and Social Justice Clinic
Photo courtesy of Law Communications Department

Office of Financial Aid:
New and Improved
By Heather Haywood
Contributing Writer

Last year, law students' financial
aid refunds were much delayed.
Students felt the delay in more ways
than one, battling late rent, car payments and mounting credit card
debt.
This year, the St. Mary's University School of Law financial aid office gathered more manpower and
distributed aid refunds on time.
Qualified advisors with extensive experience in working on stuDavid Krause
dent loans were recruited from the
general university's financial aid office. Most important among those advisors is David Krause.

Krause is the sitting Interim Director for the St. Mary's
University School of Law office of financial aid. He divides
his time between the university's two financial aid office locations. Krause is looking for a permanent replacement in
the law school and said he plans to supply that person with
a staff of qualified advisors from the general university's financial aid office.
Krause said this will hopefully prevent the overload in
the law school's financial aid office that has occurred in previous years. He said financial aid refunds are usually late for
law students, but he is working hard to change that.
For self-help remedies, law students can soon expect
more from the law school's financial aid office website. This
includes details on the cost of attendance, downsizing expenses and the importance of maintaining a good credit rating throughout law school.
Students can also check the National Student Loan Database website for a comprehensive history of their education
loans. There is a borrowing limit of approximately $143,000
for both subsidized and unsubsidized loans. Some state and
private loans, such as the College Access Loan, are not included in this cap.

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website at www.nslds.ed.gov. You can use your FAFSA pin
to observe if and how you are approaching the federal loan
limit.

What's

INSIDE
Campus News
Catholic Identity
Commentary
Professor Spotlight
Entertainment

TIPS FOR 1LS

RED MASS

HEALTH CARE DEBATE

TERRORISM CENTER

Do not miss these great tips for
getting through your first semester of law school exams. Pg. 3

St. Mary's School of Law celebrated its 57th annual Red Mass at the
San Fernando Cathedral. Pg. 5

Two students share their opposing
views on the status of health care
rights. Pg. 6

St. Mary's School of Law boasts
the only terrorism center in the
nation. Pg. 7

Campus News
Ask-A-Lawyer
Ask-A-Lawyer is seeking law students to participate in this
event. Any law student, 1L-3L is eligible to volunteer and assist
in interviewing clients regarding real life legal issues. The free
walk-in legal clinic will be held on Friday, Nov. 13, 2009 from
5:30- 8:30p.m. at the Edgewood Community Center, 8138 Westshire Drive, San Antonio, Texas 78227. In volunteering, you will
help clients, meet attorneys and earn pro bono service hours.
Food and drinks will be provided.
Scholars,
The Student Bar Association's
mission is to provide a more effective student government and
to develop a greate,r spirit and fellowship among students. Through
our fourteen committees, we seek
to enrich the everyday routine of
the St. Mary's University School of
Law student. The Executive Board
and Senators understand that the
SBA does not consist of only elected officials, but is composed of
every student at The Law School.
The SBA seeks to govern from the
idea of the "inclusive we" instead
of the "exclusive we." It is not possible for a few members of any organization to make the necessary
changes we search for. It will take
every student to do his or her part
in the effort. We as students have a
fiduciary duty to leave the school
better than we found it.
-Jeremy Baker
SBA President

Phi Delta Phi
Phi Delta Phi, the National Legal Honor Fraternity, will be having a mixer on Friday, Nov. 13 at 5 p.m. at Joey's. Please join us!
lL Exam Skills Workshop
lLs, make sure you attend the lL Exam Skills Workshop scheduled for Tuesday, Nov. 17 at 5 p.m. Phi Delta Phi recruits the top
students in each class, so you want to hear what they have to say
about how to conquer law school exams!
Food4 SA
The Black Law Student Association will be participating in
Food4SA, a community-wide effort to raise one million pounds
of food for the needy in South Texas. We will be collecting any
non-perishable food items, especially peanut butter. Peanut butter makes a quick and easy meal for large families.
San Antonio Bar Association Fun Run
Volunteers Needed! Date: Saturday, Nov. 21, 2009 Time: Volunteers arrive around 6:30 a.m. until race ends around 9:30 a.m.
Location: Start/Finish at Sam's Burger Joint on Grayson Street.
Contact Krystal Thurmond or sign up on the Pro Bono Twen
Site.

November 2!JO!!

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This four mile family-fun event is an annual tradition among the
legal community. The funds raised support the charitable and
pro bono projects of the San Antonio Bar Association and the
San Antonio Police Department's Police Athlefft League (PAL),
a program designed to steer at-risk youth away from drugs and
gangs.
Thanksgiving Dinner
Please join various chefs, community leaders, professionals, students and members of our homeless community for a Thanksgiving Dinner unlike any other. For over 34 years, Testimonies
of God's Greatness Ministry led by Sis. Angnet Norman has
provided an annual home-style cuisine dinner for San Antonio's homeless community on Thanksgiving Day. Lunch will be
served on Thanksgiving morning at 1815 S.W. W White Road,
San Antonio, Texas 78220 beginning at 10:30 a.m. and will continue through 2 p .m.
Christmas under the Bridge

On Dec. 5, 2009 S.A.R.A.H. (South Alamo Regional Alliance for
the Homeless) will be sponsoring the 15th annual Christmas
under the Bridge (CUTB) located at the 1-35 underpass. If you
would like to volunteer, please visit our website at www.cutb.
org.

For more information about these and other
events please visit the Student Bar Association's
official website at www.stmarysba.com.

Campus News

Page Three

November 2009

IF THESE CARRELS COULD TALK ...
Research Made Easy: Legal Information Databases
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By Prof. Bob Hu
Di1·ector ofLav.J Libra1y

The Law Library has a terrific abundance of collections and information resources.
In addition to the numerous books,
law journals, microfiche and other tangible materials, the Law Library subscribes
to many databases and research systems,
therefore offering students access to electronic information.

HOW TO BEAT THE CURVE
TIPS FOR 1LS
1Lis a stressful and challenging time. In this section, you will find some tips that helped us do
well our first year. We hope they will be helpful
for you as well.
• Be aware that class and exam preparation are
two completely different things. Cramming for
law school exams does not work. You should begin studying, at the very least, three weeks before exams start.
·As you approach finals, stick to one study method. Throughout the semester, you have hopefully tried different ways of studying (outlines,
flash cards, charts, etc.). Stick to it! Trying different study methods during finals may trip you up.
There is just not enough time for experimentation.
·Make notes in your outlines of anything the professor emphasizes in class. Professors do not lie
when they say something will be on the exam.
However, if they say something will NOT be on
the exam ... you should still know it.
·Talk to your upperclassmen and go to tutorial
sessions. We are glad to help out. Ask about professors and the way they test. Knowing what a
professor likes and does not like is key to doing
well on exams.
·While analysis is the most important part in answering law essay exams, it is also important to
memorize key rules and restatements. This will
save you time during the exam.
• Do NOT talk about your finals with classmates
until you are done with all of them. Students
freak out when they start discussing exams and
everyone realizes they have answered every
question differently! Do not psych yourself out.
You still have more exams to go and you need to
be in the zone.
·Do not worry if your performance in one of your
classes is less than what you expected. Follow up
with professors, especially in yearlong courses, to
see what you missed and how you can improve.
Compiled by Nicole Conger and Emmanuel Garcia

Please visit the Student
Bar Association's
official website at www.
stmarysba.com.

The research databases most familiar
to students include Lexis and Westlaw,
but there are less familiar products and
resources that are equally important and
helpful to research.
Here is just an overview of some of the
databases:
HeinOnline.
This database contains page images of
hundreds of law reviews with contents
from volume 1 to present. Each article
comes in PDF format, making it easy for
pagination and citation checks. In addition to law reviews, HeinOnline provides
content from the Federal Register, Congress Record and international treaties
and agr.e ements, among othe~;s.
Lois Law.
This is a full-text database of cases,
statutes, rules and treatises. Less known
than Lexis or Westlaw, LoisLaw can be a

cost-effective alternative for electronic legal information. One disadvantage is that
LoisLaw does not have a powerful citatory like Shepard's (on Lexis) or KeyCite
(on Westlaw).
E-Joumal Locator.
This database allows the user to quicl<ly find out whether a law journal, along
with its volume coverage, is available in
the Law Library, or on Westlaw, Lexis or
HeinOnline.
CCH Intelliconnect.
This database gives the tax law researcher access to tremendous amounts of
information, including tax statutes, rules,
cases and commentaries and analyses.
The search can be done easily and conveniently.
Millennium Online Library Catalog.
This online catalog allows the user to
search and determine the titles and holdings of the Law Library's collections and
resources. It is very useful if you want to
see what is available in the library.
All the above databases and more resources can be accessed through the Law
Library's Web site at: www.strnarytx.edu/
law/library. Click on the Databases and
Research Links.
Please talk to one of your .librarians if
you need assistance.

International Studies at St. Mary's Law School
By Pro£ Robert Summers
Professor ofLaw
The great trend of globalization and the rapid evolution
of international law affect the
United States' economic, political, cultural and military interests in countless ways. This
trend will doubtless continue.
As a result, law students need
to be aware that many of their
future clients may be affected
by international law. A basic
knowledge of this field of law
and related topics is therefore
highly desirable.
The Law School offers a
rich, diverse and competitive curriculum with approximately thirty public and private international law courses.
The basic Public International
Law course addresses the law
of international sources such
as treaties and custom as well
as the law of national states,
public international organizations such as the U.N. and the
O.A.S., plus international human rights and duties. Other
specialized topics include, but ..

are not limited to international
criminal law, international environmental law, foreign relations law, dispute resolution
and the use of force.
Private international law
deals with international business and commercial matters including such courses
as international trade, taxation, intellectual property and
admiralty and maritime law.
Numerous specialized courses
and seminars such as the Jessup International Law Moot
Court seminar provide advocacy and public speaking opportunities. These courses are
available in both the J.D . and
LL.M programs. Contact Professors Summers or Reamey;
the co-directors of international legal studies, for further
guidance.
The LL.M program is a specialized course of study leading to the LL.M degree which
can be obtained with the completion of 24 additional credit
hours by students who qualify.
This program provides the op-

portunity for additional concentration in either public or
private international law. A
specialization in International
Criminal Law is also available
in the LL.M program. Contact
Professor Summers, director
of the LL.M Program for more
information.
The Law School also conducts two excellent foreign
summer school programs. The
Innsbruck Institute on World
Legal Problems offers summer
study in Innsbruck, Austria.
The China program is under development and should
commence in the summer of
2010. The Innsbruck Institute
provides a combination of abbreviated public and private
international courses, while
emphasis in the China program will be on commercial
law. These programs offer a
wonderful opportunity to embrace foreign cultures while
gaining exposure to foreign
and international law. Faculty
to contact include Professors
Reams and Reamey for the

Innsbruck Program and Professors Hu and Johnson for the
China Program.
For those who have an interest in public service in the State
Department, the Intelligence
Community, the military, international organizations or
non-governmental organizations, the University offers a
M.A. in International Relations
which can be acquired in combination with the J.D. degree
in only 108 semester hours.
The International Relations
program is the second largest graduate program at St.
Mary's with specialties in security studies, dispute resolution
and human development. The
program also boasts an excellent record in job placement.
Contact Professor Summers
or Dr. Aaron Tyler, the Director of the M.A.-I.R. Program
for further information on the
J.D./M.A.-I.R. joint degree program.

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St. Mary's Law School celebrates 57th annual Red Mass
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By Sister Grace Walle
Campus Minister

Managing Editor

We came together for the 57th
time to give thanks to God for the
work of the legal profession and
to invoke the Holy Spirit upon
our efforts in this new judicial
and academic year. The long history of faith and law in San Antonio unites us in acknowledging a
common goal- the welfare of persons and the increase of justice.
Red Mass reflects that for centuries, those involved in the law
have called upon the Holy Spirit
for guidance in the administration
of the law.
The readings helped us reflect on our unique gifts, abilities
and responsibilities to contribute
to the well being of society. The
Prophet Isaiah provides an excellent illustration of our call to do
justice. Justice with its roots in
Mosaic Law reminds us of this gift
that is divinely entrusted to us. As
men and woman of faith involved
in public life, you have a unique
contribution to the development
of public policies that serve the
common good. With our Catholic
Social Teaching, we also have important resources that recognize
God is the source of the rights
deemed inalienable. As members
of the legal profession, your duty
is the creation of a civil society.
One of the guiding principles in
establishing civility in society is
that we do not live in a vacuum.

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Professor Robert Summers

Letters to the Editor

The Legal Minute wek0mes
letters to the editor. Please
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The quality of life depends upon
the quality of our relationships.
Our very identities are shaped
by the presence of each other. It
makes sense to find ways of being with others and being good
for each other. Civility also speaks
to a larger social dialogue about
ethical behavior, neighborliness,
good citizenship and respect for
persons and for the rules for protection and enhancing the community.
The profession of the law is
well suited to offer a good example in this regard. As Pope Benedict stated, "We must realize that
peace cannot be reduced to the
simple absence of armed conflict,
but needs to be understood as the
fruit of an order which has been
planted in human society by its
divine Founder, an order which
must be brought about by humanity in its thirst for ever more perfect justice."
As the only Catholic Law
School in South Texas, St. Mary's
University is also grateful for
all in the legal community who
spend time mentoring our future
attorneys. Your witness of integrity, character and virtue builds
upon this most noble of professions.
Red Mass brought -us tag-ether
to pray for the work of justice, especially for all the families in our
world and in our city that lack a
quality of life. All of us come from
families. The Church is made up

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are intricately woven together, state and academics have unique
dealing with the joys and sor- roles and responsibilities, our colrows of daily life. We know each laboration is what helps to build a
day our police force, courtroom, civil society, which is the bulwark
church and schools deal with the against conflict and misery.
results of our economic, social
As a legal community, united
and moral upheaval in the family. in prayer, we ask for the gifts of
As families deal with economic the Spirit of counsel and fortitude
pressures, our definition of pover- to continue the work so the comty continues to expand each pass- mon good of the community of
ing moth. As legal professionals, San Antonio bears real fruit in our
you continue to bring leadership time. May Our Lady of Guadalto assist these families in terms upe and St. Thomas More help us
of . compassionate service. Your to prosper.
generosity in pro bono legal and
community service and fund raising continues to be a hallmark of
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Commentary

November 2009

OPPOSING VIEWS

Health Care Debate
:y Zana Masnic

from a private company
does not guarantee that
the individual will actuIn order to ensure that ally receive health care. Prill Americans receive ef- vate insurance companies
ective and affordable ac- place many barriers to the
ess to medical services, the insured by means of high
;overnrnent should declare premium insurance costs
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ealth care a fundamental and pre-existing condition
ight.
coverage exceptions.
The Supreme Court has
The Supreme Court in
ecognized a number of Memorial Hospital v. Mariundarnental rights related . copa County declared that
o an individual's person- access to basic non-emertood, identity and bodily gency medical services is a
utonorny. In Planned Par- 'basic necessity of life' that
nthood of Southeastern a State cannot deny to an
'ennsylvania v. Casey, the individual. However, un:ourt stated that matters in- der the current private inrolving intimate decisions surance-run system, access
entral to one's personal to this basic life necessity
lignity and autonomy are is irnpai:r:ed because health
iberties protected by the care coverage is no longer
4th Amendment.
a real choice - it is a condiThe lack of access to tional choice. A fundamen.ffective and affordable tal right is unconditional
1ealth care is an infringe- and applies to everyone.
nent upon an individual's
According to Fortune
undarnental right to per- Magazine, the top 5 health
,onal autonomy and dig- insurance companies averlity. The fact that a person aged a $1.56 billion profit
:an get health insurance in 2008, while the average

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job-based health insurance
premiums for families more
than doubled to $12,680 in
the last decade. An insurance company is a business,
and the main goal of a business is to make a profit, not
to care for the well-being of
its customers.
This is a clear conflict of
interest that could be cured
by the government's declaration of health care as a
fundamental right, since it
would require insurance
companies to change their
policies and make coverage
accessible to all Americans.
The pursuit of life, liberty, property and happiness is not only an ideal that
is cherished by Americans,
but it is also a principle
central to the United States
Constitution. Access to effective health care is not
only essential to the attainment of these ideals, but is
ultimately necessary to preserve the core of a dignified
existence.

By Zane Frisbie
Contributing Writer

Is access to health care a
fundamental right protected under the Constitution?
The answer is most assuredly no.
Proponents of the idea
that it is, frequently make
the mistake of confusing the
negative rights the Constitution protects with more
modem, positive rights that
it does not.
A negative right prevents
the government from infringing upon the interests
that an individual already
has. A positive right entitles
the citizen to something that
they do not already possess,
such as a duty or service
that is owed to them.
Under the Fifth Amendment, an individual is protected from the government
unjustly taking his or her
life without due process of
law. This is a negative right.
By contrast, the Fifth
Amendment does not place

the burden of providing
food and water to maintain
an individual's life on the
government or other citizens. In this sense, the Constitution generally protects
a person from the arbitrary
deprivation of the interests
he or she possesses.
The Supreme Court has
never found a fundamental right to social security,
employment, public education or other such social
programs. As such, the government is under no Constitutional impetus to provide these programs, other
than what has been legislated through congressional
channels.
To reason by analogy,
it seems logical that health
care falls under this umbrella as well. However,
once an individual gains an
interest in any of these programs, the Supreme Court
has ruled that he cannot be
deprived of their services
without due process.
Therefore, the main irn-

petus of Constitutional protections is to protect the citizenry from governmental
and public intrusion.
The primary problem
with codifying positive
rights into our Constitutional framework is that such
can only be sustained by the
systematic infringement of
others' rights. The promise
of our republic is that citizens should be reasonably
secure in their rights against
each other and the government.
A Constitutional mandate to health care is also a
Constitutional mandate to
force others to provide it,
which is simply anathema
to our democracy. The battle
for the future of health care
is one that belongs in the
policy arena and not within
our courts.

The Third Jihad, a commentary from a Muslim student's perspe~tive
By Una Seikh
Contributing Writer

Source: thethirdjihad.corn

Recently I felt afraid. What brought on
this fear? A recent release of a documentary called The Third Jihad. For those of you
who have not seen this movie, it claims
its goal is to educate, alert and mobilize
Americans about the danger that radical
Islam poses to the United States and to
Western Civilization as a whole.
While its claim is legitimate, it soon becarne clear to me that whatever its stated
goals may be, the effects of this film would
be dangerous to any peaceful MuslimAmerican living in the United States. The
inflammatory material presented in this
film does not serve its stated purpose of
educating America.
The effects on viewers of this film may
go well beyond the mobilization of Americans. I fear that its result will be discrimination and a resulting hatred towards the
majority of the Muslim population living
in the United States.
The American government says we are
in a war on terrorism and history tends to
repeat itself. Think back to the JapaneseAmerican internment, where approximately 120,000 Japanese-Americans were
relocated to concentration camps in the
wake of Japan's attack on Pearl Harbor.
What caused this discrimination towards Japanese-Americans? The answer
is fear. That same fear could cause similar
results if films like The Third Jihad continue to be made and the Muslim population in America does not take measures to
combat that fear.
Zl,lhdi Jasser, president and founder of

the American Islamic Forum for Democracy serves as the narrator. While he may be
a Muslim making a film on radical Islam,
he neglects to defend the moderate views
that he claims to represent. He does not
stand up for moderate Muslims. Instead,
he goes on to attack moderate Muslim organizations such as the Muslim Student
Organization, CAIR and ISNA by stating
that while these organizations may appear to be moderate, they really are not.
There is a Muslim Student Organization in almost every major university in
the United States. This film claims, without any adequate proof, that MSO is a radical Muslim Institution and that they are
part of the threat of radical Islam. It further states that when questioned, Muslim
leaders were either evasive or in outright
support of groups like Harnas or Hezbollah.
However, supporting the political goals
of Harnas or Hezbollah does not equate to
supporting the terrorist tactics that have
been used in these struggles. This film
tries to paint a picture that supporting
the political goals of Harnas means that
one must support terrorism. This is simply not the case. The issues of Harnas and
Hezbollah are politically and historically
complex. Asking Muslim leadership to
denounce Harnas and Hezbollah is unfair
when considering Muslim history. However, this in no way means that these same
leaders support terrorism.
Statistics presented from the Pew Research Center state "1 in 4 Muslim youths
think suicide bombing is ok," and "nearly
25% of Muslims under the age of 30 found
suicide bombing used to defend their religion as acceptable." The film states that

only radical Islam is the problem, but its
representations seem to paint a very different picture.
Nowhere in the film does Jasser state
that suicide is actually expressly prohibited in Islam. Numbers like these are not
meant to warn of the threat of radical Islam, but to warn Americans that Islam itself in America is a threat.
This, combined with commentary stating that organizations like the Muslim
Brotherhood's goal is "to expel the houses
of the West so that Allah's religion is made
victorious" and images of Muslim child
soldiers cutting the heads off of infidels
are so inflammatory, they do not enable
the viewer to make an unbiased judgment.
In a court of law, certain evidence is not
admissible because, even if it is relevant,
its prejudicial nature will not enable a juror to make an unbiased opinion.
Several things are clear from this film.
First, radical Islam is today's largest threat
to America. Second, this film is representative of a large segment of America's population and as a result, a divide is created
between Muslims and non Muslims.
Within this framework, healthy dialogue cannot occur. If people within our
community are to be truly educated and
mobilized, they need to see dialogue corning not only from films like The Third
Jihad, but also from moderate peaceful
Muslims from within our own community. Luckily, we live in America, one of
the greatest nations in the world, and we
have free speech as our engine. The time
to begin is now.

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Spotlight
Terrorism Center at St. Mary's leading the legai'War on Terror'
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The horrific attacks on September 11th, 2001 and the subsequent declaration of the War on Terror has engaged the United States
of America in a conflict that ignores
the traditional conventions of warfare. It forces the military, judicial
system and the nation's leaders into
the blurred realms of moral and judicial ambiguity.
The constitutional and ethical
practices of warrantless wiretapping on American citizens, indefinitely detaining enemy combatants
and American citizens without filing
charges, waterboarding and torture
are just a few of the highly publicized issues facing this nation. These
issues remain largely unresolved as

the nation stands at a crossroads of
national integrity and identity.
Standing firmly at the forefront of
this debate in defining and clarifying the nation's policies and laws on
these issues is St. Mary's School of
Law Center for Terrorism, the only
law terrorism center in the nation.
Founded in 2003, the Center
for Terrorism Law is a nonpartisan,
nonprofit institution [501 (C) (3)]
dedicated to the study of legal issues associated with antiterrorism
and counterterrorism. Particular
emphasis is given to cyberterrorism,
bioterrorism, critical infrastructure
and information assurance technologies.
The goal of the Center is to examine current and potential legal issues
related to terrorism in light of the
challenge of achieving and maintaining a proper balance between
national security and civil liberties.
As a fully operational research
facility, this goal is pursued through
teaching terrorism law courses, professional exchanges, such as symposia and consultations, writing, commenting on and publishing written
materials, conducting training and
ensuring access to extensive infor-

mation resources regarding terror- the Patriot Act; Homeland security
Act, Foreign Intelligence Surveilism.'
The Center for Terrorism Law is lance Act and Classified Informaan educational and working institu- tion Procedures Act. The Fellows
tion which operates hand-in-hand are selected through an application
with government, business and aca- and interview process at the begindemia on a variety of legal matters.
ning of each year.
The Center conducts training
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workshops with business entities,
law enforcement agencies (at all levels to include the FBI), Department
of Defense, foreign nations and other
educational institutions. The training workshops include challenges
associated with human rights, cyber
terrorism and infrastructure assurance, disaster relief, border issues, Words of Wisdom
bioterrorism, information assur"Terrorism Law is a necessary
ance, personnel recovery and traintool in addressing the legal issues
ing and force protection issues.
Professor Jeffrey Addicott serves associated with understanding the _
as the director of the Law Center for complex balance between global
Terrorism, with a staff that includes security and civil justice."
a Deputy Director, administrative
personnel, expert consultants and
-Charles E. Cantu
Research Fellows.
Dean, St. Mary's School of Law
The Research Fellows are second
and third year St. Mary's Law students responsible for writing and
editing articles for the Law Center
for Terrorism Report and researching applicable case law including

PROFESSOR SPOTLIGHT

Former Army officer pioneers education of terrorism law as professor
also a frequent contributor to national and international news shows
to include FOX News Channel and
MSNBC.
Professor Addicott is a prolific
author, publishing over 20 books,
articles, and monographs on a variety of legal topics. Addicott's most
recent book (2009) is entitled: Terrorism Law: Cases, Materials, ComJeffrey Addicott
ments, 5th edition.
Among his many contributions
nio, Texas.
An active duty Army officer in the to the field, Professor Addicott pioJudge Advocate General's Corps for neered the teaching of law of war
twenty years (he retired in 2000 at and human rights courses to the
the rank of Lieutenant Colonel), Pro- militaries of numerous nascent defessor Addicott spent a quarter of his mocracies in Eastern Europe and
career as a senior legal advisor to the Latin America. For these efforts he
United States Army's Special Forces. was awarded the Legion of Merit,
As an internationally recognized au- named the "Army Judge Advocate
thority on national security law, ter- of the Year," and honored as a cororism law and human rights law, recipient of the American Bar AssoProfessor Addicott not only lectures ciation's Hodson Award.
Addicott has served in senior leand participates in professional and
academic organizations both in the gal positions in Germany, Korea,
United States and abroad, but he is Panama, and throughout the United
Professor
Jeffrey F. Addicott is a Distinguished Professor of Law and
the Director of
the Center for
Terrorism Law
at St. Mary's University School of
Law, San Anto-

States. Professor Addicott holds a
Doctor of Juridical Science (S.J.D.)
and Master of Laws (LL.M.) from Education
the University of Virginia School of Doctor of Juridical Science (S.J.D.}, University
Law. He also received a Master of of Virginia School of Law Graduate Program,
Laws (LL.M.) from the Army Judge Charlottesville, Virginia (1994).
Advocate General's School and a Juof Laws (LL.M.}, University of Virginia
ris Doctor (J.D.) from the University Masterof Law Graduate Program, CharlottesSchool
of Alabama School of Law.
ville, Virginia (1992).
Apart form teaching a variety of
courses at the law school to include Master of Laws (LL.M.}, The Judge Advocate
National Security Law and Terror- General's School, Charlottesville, Virginia (1987).
ism Law, Dr. Addicott served as the Command and General Staff College,
Associate Dean for Administration Combined Arms and Services Staff School, Fort
at St. Mary's University School of Leavenworth, Kansas (1985).
Law (2006-2007).
Dr. Addicott was the 2007 recipi- Juris Doctor (J.D.}, University of Alabama
School of Law, Tuscaloosa, Alabama (1979).
ent of "St. Mary's University School
of Law Distinguished Faculty Bachelor of Arts (B.A.} (with Honors}, University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland (1976).
Award."
Compiled by Holly Gonzalez
Please visit the Student
Bar Association's
official website at www.
stmarysba.com.

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