The Legal Minute October 2011

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The Legal Minute October 2011

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St. Mary's University School of Law

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Getting to Know San Antonio's Legal District, Summer Internship in D.A.'s Office is Informative, Advice from a Former 1L, Advice from the Dean's List, Why Should Law Students Attend Red Mass?, Red Mass in an Earlier Era, Chief Executive Complaint Frontier

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St. Mary's University School of Law Student Bar Association

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2011-10

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Lauren O'Toole, Andrew Fields, Crystalla Georghiou, Elizabeth Gutierrez, Vincent R. Johnson, Marion T.D. Lewis, Buddy Parsons, Albert Kauffman

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Getting to know- Antonio's
san
Legal District

Summer Internship in D.A:s
office is informative

By Lauren O'Toole, 1L
Editor-in-chief

By Alyse Haugen, 2L
Contributing Writer

As a to foreigner to San Antonio and a new student here at
St. Mary's School of Law, I thought it might be appropriate for me
to investigate San Antonio's gorgeous architecture and well-spent
tourist dollars devoted to, what I like to call, "San Antonio's Legal
District." After the investigation, my Leslie Knope-esque, a la Parks
and Recreation, rose-colored glasses and ideas of local government
were maladjusted forever.
While driving around downtown San Antonio can be nice,
given decent weather conditions and a calm disposition, the need
to park eventually arises, and one must confront
the issue: "Do I spend $10 to park, or do I try
to find a metered spot?" Being the miser I am, I
opted for the meter. Being the patient wanderer
I am, this was a mistake: the meters only allow
for two hours. When you factor in travel time,
distractions," courthouse security, a run back to
the car to deposit things not allowed inside by
security, more travel time, and the many spots in
this one-block-radius to visit, being limited to two
hours can leave one ripe for a parking ticket.
Once inside either the County Courthouse or
the Cadena-Reeves Justice Center (the Criminal
Courthouse), it is easy to roam around, if you can
shake off the perplexed and suspicious stares,
due to the fact that you are on a field trip and
they either work there or are having serious
construction done on their lives. In the interest of
blending in, I suggest "court clothes" and a frownlike grimace. Or, you may refer to the many small,
often hand-made signs posted on the doors of the
various courtrooms, which notify customers of
appropriate attire.
If there were "welcome" kiosks in any of our public buildings, which were
occupied by helpful guides, providing information and-lists of key cites to visit, I
missed them. So randomly roam and observe I did.
I started with the County Courthouse, due to its proximity to my car and its
stark architecture, which I have admired and been intrigued by over my two years
getting to know San Antonio. Some floors of the County Courthouse are ''better"
than others. Some are busier, and some of the long hattwaysaisplay art.
At the top, on the 5th floor, is the Law Library and the San Antonio Bar
Association. The lady at the desk as you enter was put off by my request for a
tour, so I continued to roam as inconspicuously as possible. I discovered a quiet
and apparently well-stocked law library, with many surprising levels and nooks of
tables, chairs, and desks. Though it is on the topmost floor, the Law Library has
the vibe of a basement, despite its windows, and pleasant views of the Riverwalk.
If you are interested in something more engaging, the Child Protective Services
courtroom is frequently in need of volunteers, according to Sid Silva, a security
guard at the County Courthouse. Or, if you are more interested in cavorting with
an attorney, stop in one of the many offices located in the downtown Legal District.
One of my distractions, en route to the County Courthosue, was the Law Offices of
Brown & Norton, an office full of helpful, informative, and sincere people. I learned
that being an actual attorney and/or working in a law office is a lot like being a
law student--it is a continual juggling act with few moments to rest or reflect. One
notable difference, though, is that the carrot at the end of the stick, the actual
attorney-ing, seems quite a bit more exciting than
law school. It was a good reminder of why I am here
and what I am doing it for.
To avoid the relentless south Texas sun, you
may want to travel the tunnel from the County
Courthouse to the Cadena-Reeves Justice ·Center.
The tunnel is decorated with many historical
documents and more art. Close to the Justice
Center is the diningroom. Choices and courtesy are
limited, but such things are secondary, when you
are hungry. Also, do not expect for the cashiers to
readily provide change for the parking meters. On
that note, do not expect change for parking from
businesses of the Legal District, either.
The Cadena-Reeves Justice Center, as you
could imagine, is more active than the County
Courthouse. The lighting is poor, the atmosphere
is muffled and dismal, and the paint is peeling or
has been scratched off the walls at hip-level. It is
an experience. The 4th Court of Appeals of Texas,
on the 3rd floor, offers a change of pace.
When you have had enough and are ready for
some fresh air and maybe another snack, the Main
From top to bottom, Main
Plaza is an open space in which to sit, relax, and admire Plaza sign on Commerce
the San Fernando Cathedral, home to the remains Street, view of Main Plaza
of Davy Crockett, James Bowie, and William Barret looking southward, CadenaTravis. Dean Charles Cantu recommends visiting the ReevesJusticeCenteron
Cathedral, to see where the Heroes of the Alamo are Dolorosa, Bexar County
interred, and because it is one of the oldest Cathedrals Courthouse, Law Library on
in the Country. Surrounding the Main Plaza are many the sth floor of the County
restaurants, and in the main plaza is an outdoor cafe. Courthouse.
If I sound like a neophyte, ignorant to the legal photos by Lauren O'Toole
world, that is because I am. When I think of how I
ended up here, the opening scene of Jarhead comes to
mind. The drill sergeant asks Jake Gyllenhaal's character why he joined the
marines and Gyllenhaal's character replies, "Because I got lost on my way
to college, sir!"

"What do you think?"
Looking up from my Voir Dire chart, I waited for the Assistant
District Attorney to respond to her Chief. It was a moment before I
realized the question was addressed to me.
"Oh! Well, Juror five nodded with you on points of intoxication, and
she was put-off by the defense's assertion that 'everyone drinks and
drives'."
,
"OK, we won't strike five. What about six?"
Three months ago, I could barely define Voir Diie (the jury selection
process, sometimes referred ,to more accurately
as "de-selection"), much less provide valuable
assistance with peremptory challenges. But after
a few weeks interning with the Collin County
District Attorney's Office Misdemeanor Trial
Division this May, I was familiar with almost
every phase of the criminal prosecution process.
Not only could I define Voir Dire, but I was also
expected to act as "pick" and take crucial notes
on the jurors in order to select our valuable three
"strikes." While I was sometimes expected to do
the standard intern duties,' including copying
informal discovery and filing; I was also trusted
to review cases and make plea offers on dozens of
misdemeanor cases.
The weight of deciding whether an individual
should go to jail for a month, or serve community
service instead, is a heavy responsibility loaded
with the fear of being unjust. Thankfully, the
D.A. maintains a spreadsheet of punishment
ranges for each crime, with an
outline of the common punishment
recommendation for criminals with no
prior offenses. I spent approximately
a third of my internship working on
plea recommendations, relieving the
A.D.A.s from the generally enormous
workload, due to the influx of cases
every day.
Beyond sharing informal discovery
with defense attorneys and working
on plea recommendations, there is no
such thing as a routine at the District
Attorney's office. On one particularly
hot day, I found myself stuffed into
the back room of a 7-11 in Frisco along
with two A.D.A.s and defense counsel,
reviewing the tape of an assault on a
police officer. The tape was difficult
to see, the police and defendant were
out of range of the camera, and no one
could figure out the technology needed
to play the tape in the courtroom. A
Coke Slurpee was the only positive
aspect of that outing, because
unfortunately for the State, 7-ll's
low technology essentially precluded
them from bringing valuable evidence
against the defendant.
In a more serious instance, I observed an
assault victim sob uncontrollably due to the
nature of the defense attorney's intense crossexamination. As a law student, it was an
educational opportunity to view the strategy
and skill necessary for cross-examination.
However, it was disheartening when the
defense counsel's effectiveness paid-off and the
jury found the defendant "not guilty." The trial
confirmed that a highly proficient attorney can
overcome the weight of strong evidence against
their client with leading questions in cross, plus
a good rapport with the jury.
My internship with the D.A.
was difficult to leave, as each day
was full of invaluable experiences.
Over the course of my internship,
I gained enough experience to sit
second chair in a D.W.I. trial, and
provided an A.D.A. with research
that overcame a Motion to Suppress
we were "sure to lose." While the
D.A. Misdemeanor level will cause
an intern to recite Standardized
Field Sobriety Test (S.F.S.T.) clues
in their sleep, the opportunity to
gain time inside the courtroom
is elemental in applying legal
coursework to the practice of law.

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Advice from a former 1 L
Dear One L,
Let me start off by saying
you are not going to flunk out of
law schooL So get that thought out
of your head right now. If you had
the stuff to get into law school in
the first place, then you've got the
stuff to graduate and pass the bar
and become a lawyer, if that is what
you want to do. So lose the fear right
now. You've got to lfave the right
mindset if you are to be successful
at law schooL So get over the law
school mystique. It's just law schooL
You can do it.
Now, of course, it's easy for
me to say, after the fact. My nieces
and nephews think their Auntie is
the most awesome, fearless woman
in the world but they didn't know
me when I was a One L in law
schooL You want to talk about
being terrified, frazzled and brainwhipped? That was me. I was that
girL I went to law school many
moons ago; and I was the biggest
One L disaster you can possibly
imagine. That is why I wrote this
book called, The Law School Rules
115 Survival Strategies to Make the
Challenges of Law School Feel Like
"Small Stuff" Don't worry I'm not
trying to plug the book because it's
out of print (which should tell you a
lot, I suppose.) I mention the book
because when Lauren O'Toole, who
edits the paper, asked me ifl wanted
to contribute an article for One L's,
it reminded me that I had written
this little book; and it occurred to
me that there might be a couple of
tips I could offer you darling little
souls as you try to navigate this law
school situation you got yourself
into.
In my experience, it was
always the "small stuff' that got
you m One L. It was the "small
stuff' that nobody warned you
about, that, when aggregated,
mushroomed into big stuff and
completely
compromised
your
experience. Those small things
are what I discussed in The Law
School Rules, and those are the
things I think every One L should
know. To be frank, some of the rules
are downright embarrassing and
if I were writing the book today, I
would have never included some of
them, like, "Don't Fall in Love with
your Professor" and "Make Lots
of Whoopie." Honestly, what was
I thinking?! But many of the rules
are pretty timeless and even now, as
an LLM student, I've made a note
to self after re-reading the book to
"follow your own rules, lady!"
Without dating myself
too much (lol), I will divulge that
I was a One L in the Pre-911 Era.
I literally went to school a couple
of blocks from the World Trade
Center--one of the most exciting
areas of Manhattan, with cool
bars, hip stores, panoramic views
of seaports, and eligible tycoons
all over the place. Yet, I was too
terrified, frazzled, exhausted and
brain-whipped to enjoy any of it.
So I know what you are feeling,
some of you. But trust me, this law
school thing is only as stressful as
you choose to make it. And the Bar
Exam? (I started to worry about
that from the first day oflaw school)
Piece of cake. Easiest part of law
schooL Even I passed on my first
shot. So don't you worry about that.
You can do it. For now, we need to
focus just on getting through One L
and having you come through with
your sanity intact. To do that, you
just have to believe in yourself and
in your ability to do this thing. As
I said, you have to have a winning
mindset.
Let's start with studying
since that is a fundamental part
of this experience. If you hate to
study and read, you are going
to have a lot of trouble with law

schooL Law school entails a lot of
studying and a lot of reading. It's
never-ending, really. And I want to
tell you something: you can't "wing
it." What I mean by that is, don't,
like I made the mistake of doing
on occasion, go to class "un-read"
and think you can "wing it" if the
professor calls on you. You cannot.
Law professors have this almost
sadistic appreciation for One L's
who come to their class unprepared.
You're a well-seasoned, juicy veal
chop to them and they will have you
for lunch. Some of them are so into
the power, they relish devouring you
so much they will actually have you
stand as they perform what I call
"Socratic Method Terrorism" on you.
Don't give them the satisfaction.
Read for class. Never go in there
unprepared. Don't get me wrong,
sometimes, even when you've read
for class, you still won't know what
they're talking about. Actually, that
may be true a lot of times. You will
spend hours reading only to go to
class and sit there wondering, "is
she talking about the same case I
read, or am I in the Twilight Zone,
or what?" But at least you read. So
you can come up with something if
you get called on, and if you don't
know the answer, make it clear that
you read but that you don't know
what the answer is. Say something
like, "I'm sorry I don't know the
answer to that question, however
I did read the case and what I
think I got from it is .... " There's no
shame in not knowing the answer.
No one, not even the most learned
professor, knows ALL the answers.
In fact, three of the most popular
words you'll hear lawyers utter is,
"I don't know." In fact, pretending
to know when you don't and giving
the client a "wrong'' answer could be
tantamount to malpractice. So it's
always best to admit when you just
don't know the answer.
So I guess if there is a
rule number one, I would say, BE
PREPARED. That means: Read for
every class. Follow the syllabus. Use
IRAC or CIRA to outline every case.
Join a study group if you work best
in a group . (Don't join a study group
if you work best alone.) And buy
yourself some commercial outlines/
aids and use them to help make
sense of some of these cases and
concepts. A lot of professors advise
against using commercial aids and
outlines but then they slap you
with a "C" in their class and your
peers who used commercial outlines
not only sound smarter in class,
but they get better grades. (Don't
depend solely on commercial aids
to teach you the law, obviously. But
they are good supplements and they
can help you understand concepts a
lot quicker.)
As I said before, if you don't
know the answer, just say you don't
know but make it clear that you
read the case. Give them more than
just a blank stare when they call on
you. Don't ever let a professor think
you didn't read when in fact you did.
At the same time, don't get overly
intimidated by people who seem
to know all the answers and who
constantly talk in class. They don't
always get the best grades, for one
thing. For another thing, sometimes
you learn more if you shut up and
listen rather than if you're talking
all the time. Of course, class
participation can result in a bump
up in your grade. So it's not that I'm
saying it doesn't have its benefits.
But you can still do well if you
keep your mouth closed--if you're
so inclined. And the reverse is true.
If you are comfortable speaking
up in class, by all means go for it.
Professors seem to appreciate that
quite a bit.
Try not to slack off in Legal
Writing and Research. Those are
usually the classes a lot of One L's

treat cavalierly, but I think that's
a mistake. While all your first
year courses are important, Legal
Writing and Research, arguably, is
the most practical of your required
courses, after you get out into the
real world. So if you get nothing
else out of One L, try to learn how to
write like a proper lawyer.
What else? You also have
to learn to "think like a lawyer" as
quickly as possible. What does that
mean? It is still difficult for me to
explain what that means, and I
don't think I am the only one. A lot of
experts in the legal profession can't
seem to articulate what it means to
"think like a lawyer." In my book, I
made a feeble attempt to define it.
Here's what I said, in part: "What
does it mean to think like a lawyer?
Excellent Question .. .lawyers are
full of contradictions: they are
at once sensitive, brutish, quickthinking, nit-picking human beings.
Like detectives they often have to
out-think criminals ... Lawyers are
cunning. They understand that
everything is open to interpretation
and are able to read between the
lines, to see things which are not
perfectly clear to the "ordinary
person."
I can almost hear you ask,
"yea, but what does it mean???" And
my answer is, "I don't know!!!" It's
hard to explain. You just have to
figure out how to do it, and do it ....
One of the rules in The Law
School Rules is "Swim with the tide,
not against it." I think that is still
a good rule. One L's have very little
autonomy. In some schools, even
your seat is determined by someone
else. You can't even drop a class
if you think for some reason that
you want out of it, because all your
courses are required for all first
year law students; and they were
selected for you. You cannot choose
which professors you take either.
In a way, One Ls are treated like
children, and because of that, you
may even find yourself acting like
a child in some ways. There is no
solution to this. Just accept it as a
rite of passage, get through it, and
move on with your life.
It's important to find a
sense of balance and not let One
L eat you up. It can't all be about
sitting in the library studying till
your face hurts. You have to take
time outs and you have to do other
things like hang out with friends,
spend time with family, exercise,
eat well, savor the student lifestyle
(hey, it's a luxury to be a student!)
and even enjoy your hobbywhatever that may be. In The Law
School Rules, I talk about this issue
of finding balance a lot, because no
one told me how important it was to
balance law school with living, and
I am here to tell you that it is very
important to balance law school
with living. You don't want to burn
out by October, do you?
Speaking of exercise, I can't
stress enough how important it is to
get regular exercise. When I was a
law student, I was forced to start
exercising because I was having so
much trouble carrying those heavy
case books. It was pretty pathetic,
but law books are heavier than
lead and I was a skinny, weak
person back then, and I was having
trouble carrying my books. It was
just Sisyphean trying to womanhandle those things. After I started
exercising, I got so strong I felt I
could pick up the Empire State
Building and toss it down Fifth
·A venue. It was like, "I am woman
hear me roar!" The law books were
suddenly light as feathers and
though it didn't cure my One L blues
completely, at least I felt stronger
and more confident after a good
work out. Here at St. Mary's, there
is a gym right on campus, so there is
no reason why you can't take a half

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hour every day and go work out. It will make you feel so much more in control and so
much more confident. I can't recommend exercise highly enough.
Now, for the thorny issue of lack of sleep: I don't know about you, but I am
one of those people who actually needs a good ten hours of sleep to feel rested. No,
I'm very serious. I need a lot of sleep, and I seemed not to be able to get an adequate
supply of sleep when I was a One L. Four hours was plenty, but it wasn't enough
for me. It was a recurring cycle, really. I would stay up way past my bedtime trying
to read and actually understand what I was reading. I would get to bed late--and
still far from understanding what I was reading. I would wake up and do the one
thing I knew I couldn't handle, but which I had no choice, since I had to be awake for
class: I would drink coffee. And so that would keep me up late that night. And then
I would try to read into the wee hours of the morning. Then I would go to bed not
really understanding the bulk of it. Then I would wake up and drink coffee so that
I wouldn't fall asleep in class and then .. .I think you get the picture. I was a One L
disaster for more reasons than one.
Sleep is fundamental for law students, but getting enough of it is not always
possible. I guess the only advice I have with this one is: try to manage your time in
such a way that you actually get the sleep you need, because you really can't do this
thing if you're groggy or under-slept. So whatever you do, you must find time to get
adequate sleep. Oh, yea, that's another thing. Time management is very important
when you are a One L. Time flies like you would not believe, not only in class, but
when you take your finals. So you really have to get jiggy with managing your time.
Make lists if you have to. Keep a daily planner. And time everything-€ven sleep time.
So, for example, when you write a daily list, it might say something like: Contracts
8:00-10:00 (study time, that is); Torts 5:00-8:00; bedtime 10:00-8:00, and so forth .
When the time is up, move on no matter how much you've covered. Doing this will
train you to stick to a schedule and get things done when you are supposed to; and
that's going to make your life a lot more enjoyable.
One thing you may toy with is whether or not you should join clubs here
at school. There are bound to be a lot of clubs, like the Federalist Society and the
International Law Society, among others that you can join. You should. You will meet
people from other sections and from the legal community, and you will learn a lot.
Plus, it will look good on your resume. So join clubs and go to those panel discussions
and luncheons featuring speakers from the community when you can.
Well, that is all for now. I wish I could write more but there are time and
space constraints so I must leave you now. Oh, one thing that was not in the book
which I want to emphasize is that your legal career starts now, not three years from
now when you graduate law school. So keep that in the back of your mind and make
good choices that don't come back to haunt you. You are going to be a lawyer in the
Technological Age and it is exciting, but also filled with peril. The people around you

are future colleagues, and most of them are good and decent. But get to know people
before you disclose all your hopes and dreams and career aspirations. There is no
one more dangerous in the Post-911 Technological Age than an "ex." It doesn't even
have to be an ex-lover. It could be an ex-anything. Or it could even be someone you've
rejected who is not particularly good at handling rejection. Remember always that
social networking and the Internet and Google are things that can make or break
your legal career. Not only do you need to consider your own choices of how you use
these things, but you also have to consider the mens rea of those around you who, for
any reason, may have a grudge against you and use these mechanisms to generate a
"Google stain" about you that could affect your employability after graduation.
Don't think this is farfetched . Statistics show that more and more people
(often people who you know and with whom you are or were acquainted in some way)
are using the Internet to attempt to destroy the reputation of others-€specially those
of us in "professional" careers. It's one thing if you are unlucky enough to be cyberbullied by someone you thought you knew. But in a profession like the law that is
entirely dependent on your good reputation-both online and offline-you will be lucky
if you can get a recommendation from a professor, never mind find a job, after one of
these folks gets through with you. Sure, you can always sue if are defamed or if your
privacy is invaded; and in some cases you may even need to get an order of protection
from the criminal court. But the amount of time and energy th~se things take, and
the cost, can be prohibitive. In the meantime, your career and, reputation may be
shipwrecked (and all that hard work you put into law school and passing the bar
will go for nothing) all because you were not sufficiently cautious 'and sensitive to the
realities of the times in which you live, and you trusted people (even if they are your
classmates) before you got to know who they really are. So I guess the ultimate rule
I would give to One Ls today is: make smart choices in everything you do (including
your choice of friends) starting now, particularly with regard to social networking and
the Internet (Flickr, Facebook, Twitter, etc.); and most of all, "watch your back" even
when you think you are among friends. Your future career as a counselor of the law
may literally depend on it.
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I will leave you now with the quote I used at the beginning of The Law School
Rules. It is from Theodore Roosevelt, and it seems fitting for you as you begin this
journey. It goes something like this: "It is far better to dare mi~hty things, to win
glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure, than take r~nk with those poor
spirits who neither enjoy much nor suffer much, because they live in the gray twilight
that knows not victory nor defeat."
Good Luck!
Sincerely,
Marion T.D . Lewis, Esq.,
A Former One L

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orked for me.
1. Sit in the front row. It's easier to stay focused on the professor.
2. If you use a laptop, only use it for notetaking during class.
3. Don't miss class
4. Be prepared every class.
5. When preparing for class, think of what questions the professo
ill ask. What kinds of questions (i.e. policy,
interesting facts in case, who is sueing, etc.)
does the professor like to ask?
6. Listen and write down anything the
professor says about the exam or what
makes a good essay.
7. Write down any phrases, rules, or
"magic words" that a professor repeats or
emphasizes verbatim, so that you can write
hem that way on the exam.
8. Make your own outline.
Sean Henricksen, 1L
Evening Student

IPE:rnrnt.te•d, volunteer to brief tough cases and
oservact;I4::>ns and opinions, without dominating
class discussion. Three reasons
recommendation.
First, you're p
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1 ,.. uu.ov• ... .., ....J for this experience, so ensure you
most out of it. Second, your classmates
,...,-,.nn.an of a richer learning experience if you
to contribute yet remain silent by
convenience. Third, shyness is not a trait
among successful lawyers. So, don't
wrong or becoming mixed up when rec
fact or discussing a point of law. It
to everyone. Remember, there
reasons law school is three years long,
, professors will get you back "on
Socratic questioning. Ultimately,
no shame in being wrong; there is only .::ouu""'"'l
being unprepared-and,
the difference
those
two
'"' . . . . ~ . . ~-"' is immediately
your professor
classmates. Prepare
earnest. Then, engage
ly and let the chips
where they may as
as you're learning and
James Cramp, 2L

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figure out how you learn
ISO«Jnt:~r rather than later, and
that the advice you are
by everyone may not
, but its a good starting
Most importantly,
Law school is too
to be miserable!
Cheryl Auster, 3L,
The Scholar, Editor-in-Chief

Why Should Law Students Attend Red Mass?
By Elizabeth Gutierrez, 2L
Law Ministry Research Assistant

As the beginning of each fall semester commences at St. Mary's
University School of Law, inevitably students and faculty alike begin to
talk about Red Mass . For the incoming first year law students and even
some second and third year students the conversation usually begins
with the same questions ... "What is Red Mass?" and "Why should we
attend?"
Red Mass is a Mass that is celebrated annually by the Catholic
Church for judges, attorneys, law school professors, students, and
government officials. The name is derived from the red vestments that
are traditionally worn in honor of the Holy Spirit by the priests and the
red robes worn by judges and all doctors of law. The Mass is typically
celebrated in October, to coincide with the new term of the U.S. Supreme
Court, and is used to request guidance and enlightenment for those who
practice law throughout the new judicial year. In the fall, on the Sunday
before the first Monday in October, the U .S. Supreme Court celebrates
their Red Mass in Washington D.C. at the Cathedral of St. Matthew
the Apostle. It is sponsored by the John Carroll Society and is attended
by not only the Justices but also members of Congress, the diplomatic
corps, the Cabinet and other government departments.
Red Mass is celebr~ted ~~ cities throughout the United States
and Texas. In San Antonio, St. Mary's University School of Law and
the Catholic Lawyers Guild of Sail Antonio have celebrated Red Mass
for 58 years and will be celebrating its 59th this October 27, at 6pm
at San Fernando Cathedral. From approximately 1973-1983, a faculty
member by the name of Harold Gill Reuschlein, a nationally prominent
figure in legal education and a pillar of the church, organized St.
Mary's University School of Law's Red Mass. Reuschlein recruited
many student helpers to produce the annual Red Mass, and many of
those students went on to prominent positions in the legal community.
Following in this tradition, each year the legal community and people of
all faiths are invited to join in celebrating Red Mass .
For law students, Red Mass is an opportunity to participate in a very special
tradition of the legal community here in San Antonio. Red Mass also embodies and
reminds the students of the commitment to service that St. Mary's University School of
Law is devoted to, and inspires the legal community and lawmakers to take action on
behalf of those lacking resources and access to justice, which prevents injustice against
the poor. Red Mass is a way for students to participate with the legal community
and take part in requesting for peace, justice, and compassion for the professional
community which they will soon be a part of. Nicole Monsibais, a law student who has
continually participated in Red Mass comments, "Red Mass provides a time for law
students to connect with the legal community and ;eflect upon the greater meaning
of the work we do--justice. Sometimes the daily grind of law studies and courtroom
advocacy can make us lose sight of the reason why we were inspired to fight for justice
in the first place. Red Mass offers a respite in the hectic lives of the judicial system to
reflect upon justice: it's meaning in our lives, for our clients, and for our society."
Although Red Mass is a tradition of the Catholic Church, all of those who have
attended will attest that it is an event for everyone, regardless of faith and religion.
As third y~ar student Mark Poling recalls "In my first year at St. Mary's, Sister Grace
invited all of the law students to Red Mass. I went and enjoyed the beautiful ceremony
at San Fernando Cathedral. It strengthened my faith in God, my faith in the legal
community, and my faith in my decision to join such a noble profession. As a Lutheran,
I truly never considered the fact that Red Mass is a Catholic service, because Sister
Grace invites the entire legal community and people of all faiths to attend ... I enjoyed
the service and fellowship that first year and will attend every year from now on."
Third year law student Ciara Tanner added, "I have attended Red Mass every year
since starting law school at St. Mary's. As a student who does not consider herself to
be very religious I am sometimes asked why I choose to attend a Catholic ceremony
and my answer is that Sister Grace never tries to alienate students of a different faith
or no faith at all. She endeavors to make Red Mass as inclusive as possible and to
make all feel'comfortable enough to attend. I don't see. Red Mass as a strictly religious
event but as one that attempts pull the legal community together and to highlight our
CO!llbinedinterest in justice--whatever your religion. may be. " ·
In addition to participating in the Mass itself; Red Mass as an event
serves as an excellent opportunity for law students to 'i:'eally meet and interact
with legal professionals. As third year law student and current SBA president
Jenna Reblin notes, "Red Mass is an opportunity to gather with the legal
community and celebrate our profession and faith. The reception following Red
Mass is a great networking opportunity for law students to meet prominent
attorneys in the San Antonio legal community." Red Mass is truly a remarkable and

Above, from left to right, San Fernando Cathedral, Municipal Building & Frost Building
Photo by Lauren O'Toole
··

Stephanie Miller, Matthew Howard, 2L, & Jeff Benavides, 2L.
Photo by Melanie Davis

Kirsten Ruehman, class of 2011, Mark Polling, 3L, Lona German, St. Mary's
School of Law Alumnus, and Emily Jirovec, St. Mary's Sch ool of Law
Alumnus
Photo by Melanie Davis

memorable event. Nick Gu inn heard about Red Mass through Professor Vincent
Johnson who "told our Torts class that Red Mass was the event that showcases our
law school like no other. After attending, I realized that Professor Johnson's claim was
a mere understatement ... "

Stacy Fendley, 3L, & Jena Reb lin, 3L
Photo by Melanie Davis

Red Mass in an Earlier Era
By Vincent R. Johnson
Professor
When I arrived at St. Mary's in 1982, there was
one member of the faculty who was especially notable, Harold
Gill Reuschlein. He was a "grand old man," a pillar of the
Church (twice made a Papal knight), and an elder statesman of
the faculty.
Reuschlein had been the founding dean of
Villanova Law School in Pennsylvania. After nineteen years in
that position, he moved to St. Mary's for the final decade or so ~·
of his career as the Katherine A. Ryan Distinguished Professor
of Law.
Reuschlein looked like FDR and acted with the
confidence of Churchill. He had a commanding presence and
liked to "hold forth." He regaled young faculty members with
stories about how he built Villanova. We heard some of those
tales more than once, but I always enjoyed them.
I was told to call Reuschlein by his first name,
"Harold," because we were colleagues. That was a bit difficult
·for me because Harold was nearly fifty years my senior.
When Reuschlein and his wife Marcie
entertained, they were a grand team. Marcie cooked, and Harold poured the drinks (Manhattans,
Martinis, that sort .of thing). He played the piano for his guests and sang old "standards." The
conversation never lagged. It was. easy to picture how Harold and Marcie had peformeq those
hosting roles for an endless stream of guests over two decades of deaning.
Reuschlein was a nationally prominent figure in legal education and the autpor of books
on agency and partnership. However, his great love, his passion, was the Red Mass, that ancient
tradition of the Catholic Church that invokes God's blessings on the judiciary and members of the
legal profession. He talked about the annual Red Mass all year.
When Reuschlein moved to San Antonio, the style of local Red Mass was not to his
liking. Too plain. Too little pageantry. Not enough pomp _ circumstance.
and
Harold preferred the Catholic Church in all of its Roman glory-incense rising, music
enveloping the rafters, the clergy at their
ceremonial best. So, Reuschlein did the
logical thing. He wrested control of the
event from its erstwhile caretakers and
ran it in high-church style until he retired.
This was fine with San Antonio church
leaders. Harold was on a first name basis
with San Antonio archbishops, bishops,
and prelates. I remember an Easter dinner
at the Reuschlein home where the pastor
of the local church was the honored guest.
With Reuscblein in charge of the
Red Mass, nothing . was overlooked.
He took a special interest in coaxing
out of the university music department
the most spectacular instrumental and
choral performances. He himself was an
accomplished organist and had played
regularly for his parish church during the
years when he was a law professor at the
University of Pittsburgh.
Reuschlein hired a carpenter to build
a large wooden mace for the law school.
When he led the Red Mass procession
into the Cathedral holding that symbolic
weapon, he looked as though he could
use it. Faculty members in their colorful
academic robes and the priests in their red
vestments followed in his wake.
Marcie sat up front in the pews
reserved for faculty spouses. In those
days, that meant faculty wives.
·
During the Red Mass, Reuschlein
quietly paced up and down the side aisles
in his bright red Cornell academic robes,
keeping an eye on everything. Decked out
in a red mortar board and red gown, with
natural patrician bearing, he looked like a

Cardinal, a prince of the Church. It was certainly possible to picture him sitting in the Sistine
Chapel voting for a new pope.
Reuschlein enlisted an army of student helpers to assist in running the Red Mass. Many
of those law students went on to leadership positions in the legal profession. When I see some of
those persons, I remember them for what they did when Reuschlein ran the Red Mass. I look at a
judge and think, "he was the crucifer." I look at a former city attorney and think, "he was a thurifer."
Harold had strong opinions about what made for great Red Mass. One of those things •
~as ·the National Anthem sung as a final hymn. It was a potent ~lend of Church and State which-has
since gone out of favor.
.
In the Kenedy library at the St. Mary's campus, there.is a framed selection of fading color
photographs from the 1977 Red Mass and Dinner, with hami~lettered inscriptions. Those events
marked the fiftieth anniversary of the law school and the twenty-fifth anniversary of the San Antonio
Red Mass. In the photo at the bottom right, you can see Reuschlein beaming, standing behind Dean
Raba. Harold was in his glory.
'
Reuschlein 's era at St. Mary's ran from roughly 1973 to 1983. In his last year as maestro
of the Red Mass, the featured speaker was Professor Thoma~ L. Shaffer, former dean of Notre
Dame Law School. Shaffer was my mentor, and is more responsible for my being a law professor
than anyone I know.
'
As the new kid on the faculty, I had no standing to nominate anyone for anything. So I
encouraged Reuschlein to nominate Shaffer, a prolific scholar, for the Jaw school's St. Thomas
More Award. Harold did that one better, and at the 1983 Red Mass Shaffer was presented ·with
the award and with an honorary doctorate, while his wife Nancy looked on with pride from the
audience. Shaffer, interestingly, had taken law classes at St. Mary's decades earlier when he was
stationed at a San Antonio military base.
When Reuschlein retired from St. Mary's in 1984, a San Antonio newspaper ran an article
that intendt;d to say that he was finishing a distinguished career of more than a half century of
teaching law.~That was an impressive record. It was made even more so by the fact that the article
accidentally left out the word "half."
As a young member of faculty, it fell to me to run the Red Mass for the first three years
after Harold'irdeparture. It was an assignment with endless details. Each year, no one was more
pleased than I was to hear the choir intone the recessional song of the Red Mass.
The Reuschleins retired to Pennsylvania, near the Villanova campus. I visited them on
what happened to be Harold's eighty-fourth birthday, in early December 1989. In the Reuschlein's
large apartment, there were three Christmas trees set up in different rooms to remind everyone
of the approaching Christmas holiday. Harold was still on his game. The two of us walked the
Villanova campus for four hours. He talked for four hours; I listened eagerly the whole time.
It was not surprising to see that Harold's portrait was hung in the Villanova law school.
However, what was special was that there was a portrait of Marcie Reuschlein, too. She was not a
lawyer and had never taught on any faculty. But she had been part of the team that founded a great
law school. The Villanova alumni had recognized her efforts. (A picture of Harold's Villanova
portrait hangs at St. Mary's in the rotunda on the second floor of the Raba Law Building.)
When Reuschlein turned 90, his birthday was celebrated by his friends in San Antonio,
even 'though-he was observing the occasion on the East Coast.
Today, Red Mass is as much of a "production" as it was in Reuschlein 's time. Sister Grace
is now in charge. The style is different, but it is still grand. (A wag might say, "less Ex Cathedra",
and more "Vatican II"). Over a quarter century after Harold and Marcie left San Antonio, the annual
Red Mass is still the most splendid public occasion of the law school year.

Harold Gill Reuschlein and Marcie Reuschlein, May 1984.
Photo by Vincent Johnson

Annual event "to request guidance and enlightenment for those
practice law throughout the new judicial year."
: Thursday, October 27th, 201 1, at 6pm, "to coincide with the new
rm of the U.S. Supreme Court."
re: San Fernando Cathedral, 115 Main Plaza , Downtown San

From left to right, Professor Vincent R. Johnson, Thomas L. Shaffer,
& Harold Gill Reuschlein, November 1983

IKE!Ce•Dtlon: For St. Mary's Students, Faculty, & Alumni, at the Frost

nk Tower, Plaza Club, top floor, 100 W. Houston Street, Downtown
Antonio, following Red Mass, 7:15-10 p.m.

Entertainment

6

Chief Executive Compla. nt,
i
Frontier Airlines is "A Whole Different Animal"
209 West Ridgewood Court
San Antonio, Texas 78212
September 13, 2011
Mr. Bryan Bedford

Chairman, President, & Chief Executive Officer
Frontier Airlines, Inc.
7001 Tower Rd
Denver, CO 80249

come alive; or, rather, hibernate. We were scheduled for on-time
departure until 15 minutes AFTER final boarding call, when the
captain stood at the front of the plane and told us that we could
not leave until his co-pilot showed up! And he didn't know when
that would be. How does it take an airline over an hour and a half
to find a co-pilot for a regularly scheduled flight; not only at an
airport, but in their home city, the lOth largest in the nation?
In the days following this routine Frontier experience,
I made several phone calls, left voicemails at different
numbers, and I sent three emails within a week of the flight to
lostandfound@flyfrontier.com and only now, 26 days later, did
I receive a reply that my fly rod was not found (see enclosures).
There are a million better ways to handle lost and found, but I
guess you don't get the benefit of human logic and reason when
you're flying with "a whole different animal."

Once again, Frontier has proven to be the most reliable
and dependable airline when it comes to providing customers the
experience of "a whole different animal." I can always expect
the same when I fly Frontier--missed connections, horrible
customer service, and lack of administrative responsibility. My
trip out west began with a warning to friends, "don't fly Frontier! This is from your website:
I have never had an easy time. They truly are 'a whole different
animal."' I flew Southwest, two friends flew American, and one If you've already left the airport, please contact our Found
flew Delta. My friends listened to my advice and we all met in Property voicemail at 877 461-5737 (option 2) or send an email
to lostandfound@flyfrontier.com with a detailed description
Denver at our scheduled times.
We headed out to the mountains for the weekend, went of your lost item, your flight information, and your contact
to a wedding, and returned to Denver on Sunday, August 15th. I information. All recovered items are sent to Found Property and
was planning on driving to Durango, Colorado, in order to avoid held for 30 days, while we attempt to reunite them with you. If
flying Frontier, but I decided to risk going against my own advice. your lost article is found, one of our representatives will contact
I purchased a seat on flight 975 to Durango, leaving at 7:15pm. you. However, if we don't locate your item, please understand
I arrived to the airport 2 hours early. My friends were flying that we will not be contacting you.
back to Austin, Texas on American and I jokingly told them that
However, I was contacted. I had a missed call on my
something was definitely going to prevent me from making it to
Durango on time and they would see "a whole different animal" cell phone from 303 .342.7697 on August 18, 2011. This is a
at work. My friends were able to check in to their American phone number registered to Frontier Airlines corporate offices,
flight without any problem. I went to a self-service kiosk and so I figured that my property was located, or at the very least a
received a message that I had arrived too early to check in to my Frontier employee was responding to the notice I gave them as
flight! That didn't make any sense because afterall, I was only to their legal obligations to locate my fly rod and return it to me.
However, when I called back I had the displeasure of talking to
about 2 hours early.
I went to the ticketing counter to figure out what was one of the worst customer service representatives that Frontier
going on. I was told that my flight was cancelled. I asked if wastes money on. She was rude and unhelpful and in so many
I could get on the 9 pm flight into Durango and was told that words told me that I was an idiot. This is unacceptable!
I did not buy a ticket on Frontier in order to be
one was cancelled also. I asked for a hotel room for the night
and was told unwaveringly "No!" I asked why the flights were treated like a child, or to allow my legal property rights to be
cancelled and was told that it was due to a mechanical failure . circumvented by administrative corporate oversight concerning
Having experienced the untrained, unfriendly, and resentful Frontier's legal duties and responsibilities. "An agreement to
employees that Frontier either recruits or creates (I still haven't carry luggage between a passenger and an airline is a bailment
figured that one out), I immediately changed from a distressed contract. [ ... ] The duty owed by the bailee is one of reasonable
passenger to a proactive travel agent. First of all, I asked how care to protect the bailed property; the bailee's duty runs to
two different flights scheduled for two different aircraft could bailor's property, not solely to the bailor. If the bailment
both be cancelled for mechanical issues? Secondly, I informed contract is breached, then the bailee is liable for damage to the
her that if a flight is cancelled due to a mechanical failure, the bailed property," Barrett v. United Airlines, Inc., 697 P.2d 408.
airline has a duty to get me to my original destination as soon as Frontier Airlines did not exercise reasonable care to protect my
possible. She said that I was already booked on a flight for the property. Frontier Airlines, through its agents and employees,
next day at 3 p.m. - 21 Yz hours later! At this point, she offered was immediately put on notice about my bailed property before
me a hotel! Is it Frontier policy to try and dupe unknowing the plane even left the Nashville airport. There is no doubt that
passengers? Had I not told her what she was obligated to do, I my fly rod was on the plane--a fact corroborated by the girl who
would have been stuck in the airport-fOr days (no doubt more of sanrext-to me~ing the flight and walked through the te~inal,
Frontier's new fleet of flippant fury friends would come down past security, and to.oaggage claim with me. The failure of the
with some sort of ailment and be taken out of rotation). I then Frontier employees to alert someone on the plane or at the arrival
informed this undertrained employee about Frontier's regional gate in Denver, led Frontier Airlines to breach its duty to me and
partnerships and sister airports and the other parts of her job that my property, and thus Frontier Airlines is liable for said breach.
she should know and I should not be required to recount. I finally Frontier employee Dennis Hutsell impliedly admits to the breach
had her help me secure a flight to Farmington, New Mexico on in the enclosed email response on September 12, 2011. Because
Great Lakes Air. Unfortunately, I did not have time before this Frontier had adequate notice but did not take reasonable steps
new flight to explain to the agent or her supervisor that they to bail my personal property, Dennis' admission that Frontier
were also obligated to get me to my final destination in Durango, "do[es] not have [my] Sage fly rod," will serve as prima facie
Colorado; not 1 Y, hours away in Farmington, New Mexico! At evidence that Frontier breached its duty. Although federal law
that point my friends had been waiting for over thirty minutes limits a carrier's liability to $750, this will not be an issue as
just witnessing the "whole different animal" that Frontier truly
is. They won't be flying Frontier ever they assured me!
I wish I had had the luxury of making that decision, but
unfortunately, I had already booked another Frontier flight 242
from Durango to Nashville, Tennessee via Denver on August
18th. The plane actually departed Durango on time, arrived in
Denver and I made my connection to Nashville! When I got off
the plane in Nashville, I realized that I had left my fly rod on this
flight, but not until I had already walked through security. I was
not allowed to pass back through security so I ran to the ticketing
counter and asked if they could call a gate agent to check the
plane. They told me they would not call the gate because the
crew would either clean the plane and deliver lost articles to the
ticketing counter or it would go back to Denver where the plane
would be cleaned and any lost items would be sent to corporate
headquarters to be logged and held . .. if found. There is no doubt
that my property would have been found if the ticketing agent
had called the flight crew before they left, or alerted someone in
Denver. This is perhaps one of the worst policies of Frontier.
I tried to talk to the ticketing agents, I called 1-877-461-5737,
the number they gave me, I called the Frontier customer service
desk at the Denver airport and asked to speak to the agents at
the gate where the plane that took me to Nashville would arrive,
but was told NO. I did all of this in order to alert someone
what to look for, to put them on notice that Frontier was now
the bailee of my personal property, with a legal duty to return
to it to me, but someone at Frontier thought it would be a good
idea to streamline all inquiries to one voicemail and/or one email
address.
If you thought my horrible experience with Frontier
ended there, you obviously don't fly on your own planes. I had
an on-time departure from Nashville but when I got to Denver,
Frontier's national hub, "a whole different animal" was about to

Frontier can either make it a priority to find my bailed property
which they have been on actual notice about, or Frontier can send
me a Model 00710-4 TXL-F, 7'10", OOwt, Sage fly rod for $625
from the Sage website.
Frontier Airlines truly is "a whole different animal!"
On your website Frontier claims, ""A whole different animal"
represents our commitment to do the little things that make a
big difference to our customers." It is the little things that have
made a BIG difference to me. Here's some advice: Instead of
trying to tame wild animals that are unpredictable and sometimes
ferocious, and always lacking social graces, not to mention
legal duties, maybe Frontier should try to be just one kind of
animal- perhaps a dog: man's best friend; reliable, friendly, and
trustworthy.
Seriously,
Jeffrey R. Parsons, Jr.

Enclosures
Cc:

Wayne Heller
Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer
Frontier Airlines, Inc.
7001 Tower Road
Denver, CO 80249-7312
Lars-Erik Amell
Senior Vice President of Corporate Development
Frontier Airlines, Inc.
7001 Tower Road
Denver, CO 80249-7312
Joe Allman
Vice President and Controller
Frontier Airlines, Inc.
7001 Tower Road
Denver, CO 80249-7312
Jerry Balsano
Vice President of Customer Service
Frontier Airlines, Inc.
7001 Tower Road
Denver, CO 80249-7312
JeffDomrese
Vice President of Maintenance and Technical
Operations
Frontier Airlines, Inc.
7001 Tower Road
312
- Denver, CG 80249-]_
Don Osmundson
Vice President, Flight Operations
Frontier Airlines, Inc.
7001 Tower Road
Denver, CO 80249-7312

This is a recent letter by Buddy Parsons, lL at St. Mary's
School of Law.

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Entertainment

7

Open Mic Night offers friendly, musical distraction
fun.
By Lauren O'Toole, 1L
Editor-in-Chief

Not only is the atmosphere at Hemingway's
Tavern laid back, comfortable, and unpretentious,
for Tuesday's Open Mic Night, it is a way for
musicians and lovers of music to gather, mingle,
and experiment with the art.
Over this past summer, Michael De Guzman, 3L
here at St. Mary's School of Law and President of
the Legal Society of Musicians, ''began pilot testing
a full blown Open Mic Night at Hemingway's
Tavern," and "it has been a great success," said De
Guzman. "We have had great participation from
local artists, and now I am extending the invitation
to you guys."
In an effort to facilitate the endeavor and make
the tough lives of musicians easier, "We have a full
pro-level PA system, [which is the] best in town, along with a drum and bass amp
backline. All you practically need to do is just---show up, plug in, and play your heart
out," because "mics are ready to go," said De Guzman.
When I inquired about drumming, De Guzman responded, ''We actually have a full
Yamaha kit ready to go." Packing, hauling, unpacking, and repacking drums all in one
night is not much fun, so De Guzman's news allowed me a happy sigh. De Guzman also
added that I might want to bring some hot rod sticks, which help "control the overall
volume." At the time, I did not know what "hot rod" sticks were. It was a learning
experience, that I
do not regret.
According
to Stewart, a
bartender
at
Hemingway's,
the crowd on
Tuesday night
is "a mix of
people." Stewart
also said that
working
at
Hemingway's is

De Guzman said, "the owners [of Hemingway's]
have close ties to St. Mary's Law, and they are open
to anything musically." Additionally, "We've hosted
Lawlapalooza here for the past two years."
Kevin Addair, a student at U.T.S.A., sees open-mic
night at Hemingway's as "a general oddity." Addiar is a
musical composition major, who plays classical guitar
when he's on.
Mter a couple acts, and once everyone has settled
in, things start to become more collaborative and
exploratory. Musicians will join different sets, and the
line-ups continually change. Since my band does not
have a bass player, Open Mic night gave us the perfect
opportunity to play with a few different bassists.
"It's a great way to meet other musicians," said
Jonathan Alexander, drummer for the band, Three
Legged Horse. His bandmate and vocalist, Mark
Holguin, sees Open Mknight as a way to "work on new
music" and "work on my craft."
De Guzman said that the best thing about Open Mic Night at Hemingway's
Tavern is "true live music experiences ... No sampling, no AID conversions, [just] music
in flesh and bones."
A break is always welcome, especially in the context of being a law student.
"Music helps us all keep sane in this hectic life," said De Guzman, and "love of music
1
transcends all socio-economic, man-made barriers."
Michael De Guzman will be graduating this winter, so the Legal Society of
Musicians is looking
for a new president!
De Guzman said the
position
requires,
"creativity,
love
of
music,
[and]
willingness
to
organize
the
unorganizable."
To apply for the
position,
contact
Michael De Guzman
at
mdeguzmanl@
yahoo.com.

hen: Every Tuesday
From left to right, Ryan O'Toole on guitar, Lauren O'Toole on drums,
& Mike DeGuzman on bass.
Photo by Stewart, Hemingway's Tavern bartender.

f~om

8-12 p_
.m.

Cover: free

night,
Fr0m left to right, Peter Hernandez on guitar & Mike DeGuzman
on vocals.
Photo by Lauren O'Toole

Law Ministry Events
Religious Leaders' Dialogue on the Death Penalty

Monday, October 24th, 2011, 7-9 p.m.
Trinity University,
Laurie Auditorium
One Stadium Drive,
San Antonio, TX, 78212

Ready to start building
your Lawyerly Wardrobe,
but short on funds?

lnnsbruck Fundraiser Beer & BBQ

Friday, October 14,2011 , 6:30-10 p.m.
Professor Richard Flint's house, 108 West Mulberry Avenue
Habitat For Humanity Build

Saturday, October 22, 2011, 1 p.m.
Location : T.B .A.
**service hours can apply to Community Service Pro Bono Certificate

Red Mass

San Fernando Cathedral
Thursday, October 27, 2011, 6pm
**see pages 4-5 for details

Boo Bash

Halloween Party for St. Mary's and Area Children
Friday, October 28, 2011, tentatively
4:00-7 :00 p.m.
**Volunteers needed; to volunteer or donate candy,
Contact Sister Grace Walle, at gwalle@stmarytx.edu, or
Elizabeth Gutierrez, at elizabethogutierrez@gmail.com

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Guess Who?

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faculty member with his/her facts

My spouse's name is Renee. Two of our
children have swum in NCAA division
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US Olympic Swimming Trials in June
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facts . I exercise by riding a road bicycle
at least three times a week. Two of my
favorite novelists are Nadine Gordimer
and Walker Percy. Who am I?

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Dean Charles E. CantU

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major. I am a coffee addict. My favorite
city in the world is Paris. My spouse is a
physician. My spouse is a foot taller than
I am. I have two "only" children, since
they are 7 years apart in age. My favorite
legal area is land use planning and zoning. My favorite course to teach is wills
and trusts. I have taught in our Innsbruck
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St. Mary's University School of Law Student Bar Association, “The Legal Minute October 2011,” St. Mary's Law Digital Repository, accessed March 27, 2017, http://lawspace.stmarytx.edu/item/STMULawTheLegalMinute_2011Oct.

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