The Legal Minute Fall 2014

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The Legal Minute Fall 2014


St. Mary's University School of Law


St. Mary's School of Law Says Goodbye to Cantu and Hello to Sheppard, Rare Books and Special Collections at the Sarita Kenedy East Law Library, When Choosing a Bar Prep Course You Might Ask… Why Barbri?, Mission Accomplished, Women's Law Association: A Ye


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


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Lauren Anderson, Sister Grace Walle, Fang Wang, Julia Null, Albert Kauffman




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St. Mary's
ol of Law says 'goodbye'
to CantU and 'hello' to Sheppard
St. Mary's School of Law is
in a time of transition. After being
Editor in Chief
Dean of the Law School for seven years, Dean Charles Cantu has
just retired, and Dean Stephen Sheppard has accepted
the role as new Dean of St. Mary's School of Law. Dean
Cantu and Dean Sheppard seem very different, due to
their opposite styles.
Charles Cantu received a Bachelor of Business
Administration from the University of Texas, his Juris
Doctorate degree from St. Mary's, a Master of Comparative Law degree from Southern Methodist University
(SMU), and his Master of Laws (LL.M.) degree from
Michigan Law. Cantu was also a Fulbright Scholar who
studied in Bolivia, when he was 24 years old.
The Fulbright-Hays Scholarship is a government scholarship given to students with an aim to foster
understanding between cultures. Cantu was approached
by a faculty member at SMU and encouraged to apply.
Cantu chose South America because, "I was adventurous
in those days;' he said.
In the year he spent in the Bolivian dictatorship of the 1960s, Cantu studied the Inca civilization, traveled throughout
South America, and attended Carnival in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. That was
50 years ago, and since then, Cantu has visited the family he stayed with
in Bolivia several times. Cantu said that Bolivia was a "culture shock" for
him, because there were "unpaved streets, no television, and no long distance calls;' so he had to write letters to his friends and family back in the
United States. He said that Bolivia was a "totally different culture" as compared to the United States, and during the 1960s, when he studied there,
the culture was "isolated" and "Victorian:' Cantu said that his time spent
studying in Bolivia made him much more appreciative of home, after he
returned to the United States.
Before becoming Dean, Cantu was a professor at St. Mary's
for 41 years, teaching Torts, Contracts, Products Liability, and Deceptive
Trade Practices Act law. Dean Cantu said that it was always one of his
goals to become Dean and that he feels that he is "leaving on top:' Cantu
plans to take a one-year sabbatical and then return to St. Mary's to teach
Torts and to help the President of St. Mary's with fundraising, a specialty
of Cantu's.
Throughout his time as Dean, Cantu raised about $8 million
for St. Mary's Law School, including single donations from $25,000 to $1
million. The money Dean Cantu sought to raise provided 84 endowed
Lauren Anderson

scholarships to St. Mary's students. During his time as Dean, Cantu also focused on St. Mary's identity in the community and re-engaging St. Mary's
alumni, while leaving the day to day operations of the Law School up to the
associate deans, so that he would have the time to socialize and to be the
face of St. Mary's School of Law and to raise money for the Law School. He
said that his vision for the law school was to "emphasize Catholic identity"
and to promote the Study Abroad Program in China.
In the future of St. Mary's School of Law, Cantu would like to see
a new building for the clinical programs at the Center for Legal and Social
Justice (CLSJ). CantU said that clinic is "a very important part of legal education;' and that the physical separation between the Law School campus
and the CLSJ, which is located on NW 36th Street, about a half a mile from
the Law School, is not good. Cantu said that his biggest disappointment as
dean was that he did not raise the money for a new CLSJ building.
Dean Cantu's presence on campus may not be evident to the naked eye, but, if you look closer and ask a few more questions, you can see
his influence. As Judge Larry Noll said, "Dean Cantu has been a part of
the Law School for over four decades, [and] the results of his influence are
everywhere. He will be missed!"
For more information on Charles Cantu's time at St. Mary's
School of Law, please see Sister Grace Walle's recollections and pictures on
pages 5-6 of this edition of the Legal Minute.

Dean Stephen Sheppard
sets out new goals
An erudite and friendly man, the new dean of St. Mary's
School of Law, Stephen Sheppard, with the support of Dean Faye
Bracey, would like to see students dress more professionally. Dean
Sheppard would also like to place more of an emphasis on ethics.
The following is an oath which he would like students to take:



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Dean Stephen Sheppard meeting in his office on the 2nd floor of the Raba Building,
with clinical professors of law, Daylan S. Pepi and Genevieve Rebert Fajardo.
Photo by Lauren Anderson.






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Rare Books and Special Collections at
the Sarita Kenedy East Law Library


Editor in Chief

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Contributing Writers

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Reference and Special
Collection Services Librarian
As a law student, you
probably have noticed the rare
book room upon entering the
Law Library, the room that is
always locked and seems mysterious. "What is in there?"
"Can I go inside?" You perhaps
had these questions in your
head. The rare book room is
where the Law Library houses
its rare law books and special
collections. As a law student at
St. Mary's University, you have
access to the rare book room
for research and can use the
materials by simply sending
in a request. However, the rare
books cannot be checked out.
You must handle them with
care and respect to prevent
tears and other damages.
The rare book room features a large marble conference table and leather seats. It is humidity and temperature controlled for preservation purposes. The law library is dedicated to Sarita Kenedy East, a South Texas
ranchwoman and philanthropist. The library was graciously donated by the memorial foundation she founded.
You will also see a painting of Sarita Kenedy East at the back of the room.
There are over 400 volumes of rare books in the room, the majority of which were acquired from donations; they are all cataloged and searchable in the law library's online catalog. The strengths of our collection are
Mexican Law and early Texas Law. We also have a number of valuable works in international, English, American,
Spanish, and European Law. The oldest book in our collection is a 1591 printing of the Infortiatum. It is a section
of Justinian's Digest, which is a collection of Roman jurists' writings mostly dating back to the second and third
centuries. The crown jewel of the rare books is a set of Reports of Sir Edward Coke. Sir Edward Coke was an English
barrister, judge, and politician. Coke's Reports were an archive of judgments from cases he had participated in,
. heard of, or witnessed. The reports have gained significant academic acclaim. In addition to the rare books, we also
have special collections such as archives, photographs, manuscripts and law school history materials in the rare
book room.
I have been working as the Reference and Special Collection Services Librarian at the Law Library since
February 2013. I manage the rare books and special collections, provide legal reference, and participate in all
aspects of the library's services. Before St. Mary's, I was a Digital Information Librarian at Texas Tech University
School of Law Library for four years. I managed the special collections and digital projects at Texas Tech and also
gained knowledge of working with rare materials at Florida State University Library Special Collections and the
Claude Pepper Library.
Prior to my arrival at St. Mary's, the rare books and special collections were under-utilized. In order to
change that, the library has made a series of efforts to revamp the collection to better serve the law school community. The Law Library has begun offering rare book room tours since spring semester of 2014. This brief tour lasts
15-20 minutes, and you will get to see inside the rare book room, learn basic information about the collection, and
even touch some of the rare books yourself. At the end of the tour, you will also get a copy of the rare books and
special collections brochure. So far, we
have conducted a number of tours for
law students and received very positive
For special collections, we
digitized some of the law school photos
and archives to provide wider access to
these materials. Last year, we received
a Texas history mini-grant to digitize
past issues of two student newspapers,
the Witan and Barrister News. The digitized copies will be viewable in the law
library's institutional repository as well
as the Portal to Texas History and Digital Public Library of America sites.
The Sarita Kenedy East Law
Library's mission is to support legal education and scholarship by providing
outstanding service and information
resources. The rare books and special
collections support this mission. We
encourage law students, faculty, and
staff to come learn more about our rare
books and special collections and to
use some of the rare materials for research!
Evening Circulation Supervisor & St. Mary's University alumnus, Mario Leyva,
in the Bare Books Boom of the Law Library. Photo by Lauren Anderson.

When choosing a Bar Prep course, you ntight ask...... .
Julia Null

There's a reason that each year, 80-90% ofbar examinClass of 2014
ees nationwide trust BARBRI to help them prepare for
the most important exam of their life. But don't take
our word for it--try out our 1L, 2L, 3L, and MPRE
materials and see for yourself how it pays to be BARBRI ready.
BARBRI has been--and has only been--helping students pass
the bar for almost 50 years. Here are the top 10 things that are included in
our bar review course that make BARBRI stand out:
1) Live lecture locations across Texas--you have a 30% higher
chance of passing the bar when you attend a course location;
2) Renowned professors who not only wrote the book on their
area of law, but who are also incredibly engaging and top-rated by their
3) A full, simulated MBE which gives you results that are curved
against all other BARBRI students, the same way your MBE will be curved
by bar examiners (know where you fall on the curve before the exam);
4) BARBRI AMP: so much more than interactive flashcards,


BARBRI AMP is based off of Nobel Prize-winning research and helps you
learn the law quicker and retain it longer than traditional methods;
5) A study schedule that has been perfected over our long history and helps you to focus on areas where you need help the most;
6) Unlimited essay grading;
7) Testing software for your computer/smartphone/iPad that
breaks down how you're doing compared to other students and where you
need to focus your time;
8) An Early Start program so you can start studying immediately;
9) A mobile app for your smartphone and iPad (*tip: listen to
lectures in the car or while cleaning); and
10) Two dedicated attorneys who are assigned to helping you
pass the bar exam.
Scholarship money is generally available for St. Mary's students.
For more information or to apply for a scholarship, please email Amber
Chambers, Manager of Legal Education, at

And, the moment you have been preparing for... actually taking the Bar
The last day of the Bar is "essay day;' which consists of six essay
assignments for each three-hour session. There is a three-hour session in
the morning and then one in the afternoon, after lunch. That adds up to
a total of 12 essays, which Bar examinees are required to complete, which
adds up to almost six straight hours of writing. Well, I wrote; and, I envied
the typing test takers with their laptops who were seated in the back. I
might have inflicted some serious nerve damage on my hand and wrist.
Only time will tell. Anyway, on that third and final day, I sat down next to
my one tablemate and said, "we should all be certified insane for putting
ourselves through this:'
During BarPrep, I vented on FaceBook. I went a little crazy. All
of which was "normal" and to be expected. I talked to a lady who said she
ate yellow cake for two weeks straight, before the Bar. There are days when
you won't leave your dwelling. There are STRETCHES of days in which
you won't leave your apartment or have any actual human contact. It's terrible. It's a nightmare. I said to myself and FaceBook, "I can't believe some
people did this for three years straight in law school:' I was an evening
student, on the four-year plan, not because I had a career, but because I
had to "have a life:' Spend my 20s with my nose in the books all day and
every day? No, thank you.
Some people chose to attend the BarPrep classes, which are
just videos projected onto a screen. Those BarPreppers liked the forced
dicipline and structure of sitting in a classroom, under constraints, taking
notes. Other BarPreppers stayed at home to watch the lectures on their
computers, in their pyjamas while drinking coffee.
BarPrep starts BEFORE graduation. There is not a minute to
breath between taking final exams, BarPrep, graduation, and a summer
consumed by BarPrep. Say "bye, bye'' to your summer, AGAIN. I had family in town for the week of my graduation, and they wanted to see the
sights of San Antonio and the surrounding area. I tried to enjoy their company and being a tourist among the wonderful sights of San Antonio, but
all I could think about was the studying that wasn't being done at home.
BarPrep is the pinnacle of law school hazing. It is truly an endurance test and a test of will and resolve. Be ready. If you are expecting a
break, some free time to do you, just go ahead and ditch that fantasy right
now. After your finals in the spring, get on BarPrep, stay on it, and don't
get off until you walk out of the Bar Exam site after the third day of testing.
The people who I had talked to who failed the Bar on their first try gave
me this piece of advice: take it seriously and don't skimp on any of the
studying; stay up-to-date with the lectures.
The staff from Career Services, including Ms. Suzanne Patrick,
tried to make our lives somewhat easier, during BarPrep and during the
Bar Exam. They would have popcorn or ice cream for us after BarPrep lectures, and during the Bar Exam, they provided all test takers, regardless of
law school of origin, with healthy and delicious breakfast foods and boxed
lunches from Jason's Deli, along with tea and coffee. It made the stressful
event more bearable. After Day 3, the Hispanic Student Law Association
hosted an After the Bar reception at a nice, hip restaurant a short ways
down the road from the Alzafar Shrine Temple, where we had spent the
past three days taking the Bar Exam.
My advice to the 1Ls and 2Ls depends on who you are. I was
.the first in my family to receive a post graduate degree~ My sister and I
were the first to receive baccalaureate degrees, in our family. I went to law
school because I couldn't find a teaching job. I didn't have a computer
when I applied. I didn't get one until after the law school tour, where my
tourguide scoffed at me and indicated that law school is serious business
and I needed to get with the program. I got a laptop that day. Basically,·
what I'm trying to say is that I had no clue about law school or what

would be required of me. Honestly, I really didn't have a firm grasp on how
our legal and political system in the U.S. operates. I had Civics and Government classes in high school and community college, in which I did well,
but they did not lay the foundation which I needed for law school. However, I was and always will be an academic. I love to learn and challenge
myself. I love to read and discuss and contemplate philosophy. Throughout
orientation, they talked about these things called "outlines:' like Gordon
Ramsey would talk about pre-packaged, frozen fish. They said, "don't use
the commercial outlines; make your own:' I said "ok, I got this;' and I fumbled my way through it, doing the reading for every class, which was a
struggle to keep up with, making notes, and being almost 100% intellectually engaged for almost every class, almost all of the time. And, I turned
into a "C" student. Only two semesters went by without me receiving a
"C:' My last semester, in which I believe I tried the hardest and to which I
devoted the most time, I got a "D:' I had not had a "D" since high school. I
don't even think I got a "C" in high school. I received two "C"s in college,
for College Algebra and Astronomy II. In my entire education at St. Mary's
School of Law, I used two hand-me-down outlines which I received from
classmates. I Wish I had bought the commercial outlines. I had no clue
what I was doing. Rules? Elements? It took me a year and an after-exam-review with a professor to learn that professors expect for you to DEFINE
terms on the essay exams. "Defining terms? That's elementary!" Well, that
is what you're supposed to do, and some professors prefer more specificity
and accuracy than others. While studying for the Bar, I wished that, during
law school, I had made flash cards with terms on the front and elements of
each listed on the back, which would have helped with the memorization
required during BarPrep and for the Bar Exam. Either way, though I didn't
use the supplements much, I believe I still benefited from my studies and
law school immensely, due to the extreme amount of brain-stretching my
mind had to endure, in order to actually understand what some of those
judges were attempting to convey. I know my mind is now much stronger
and faster, I know I'm brighter and more clever and thoughtful, now, due
to that arduous task.
Take classes by Victoria Mather, Bernard Reams, Vincent Johnson, Gerald Reamey, and Roberto Rosas (even if your Spanish is not fantastico). Their lessons are clear and to the point, for the most part, but they
are professors who are accessible, and they have an actual interest in YOU
actually comprehending the material and becoming a good attorney and
a positive representation of St. Mary's Law School, in the community and
throughout the world. They care about you, and they care about St. Mary's.
Take classes by Michael Ariens, just because he's entertaining, especially if
you are into Legal History, but DO NOT skip your reading for his classes.
Just don't do it. Take my word for it. Don't risk it. But, speaking of caring,
be sure to stop by Career Services, on the 2nd floor of the Library, as often
as possible, to grab (free) coffee, tea, hot cocoa, and/or candy and/or talk
with Suzanne Patrick about your resume or job prospects. While you're in
the library, grab one of the legal-themed DVDs they have for check out, to
chill out for a while after your brain turns to mush from studying all day
(and night). Have you seen JFK? Oliver Stone? Kevin Costner? Lee Harvey
Oswald conspiracy. It's really good. And, those glasses....
Get a legal job, through Simplicity, during law school. It's a great
way to gain practical experience and apply what you have learned and to
network, which is very important. Only use the commercial outlines if and
when you need them, not as a crutch or as a way to slack. And, pay attention in class, for many reasons. Being cognizant during lectures helps you
size up your future competition, and it helps you to learn. Also, you don't
want to look back and say that you spent $1,000/ credit hour window shopping on your laptop for shoes or a guitar, do you?

As chaplain of the St. Mary's
School of Law, I have worked with several law s~hool deans and University
Presidents, ensuring the Marianist and
church mission here at the School of Law
is achieved. My role as Law Campus Minister is to assist those in administration by
creating a community environment for
faculty, staff and students; caring for the
community's spiritual needs and promoting service programs which educate for
When he was a professor, Dean
Cantu was asked by President Charles L.
Cotrell, Ph.D., former President of St.
Mary's University, to assume the Deanship. He was in a unique position, as a
senior and tenured St. Mary's law faculty
member; he understood the needs of the
law school and possessed an invaluable
insight. Since I worked with him when
he was a professor, the transition for our
collaborative work for the Law School's
mission was easy.
I believe the decisions he has
made during his role as Dean were always for the benefit of faculty, staff, students and our alumni. In particular, I am grateful for the years of support and the collaborative relationship he has forged with the Marianist
religious priests, brothers and in particular, with me as a Marianist sister and law minister. The years have
flown by and, as he voluntarily steps down as Dean, I find it is a bittersweet moment.
I first met Dean Cantu in 1995, when he was a professor teaching a summer legal skills class. He
invited me to talk to the class about the services of our law ministry and invited me to lunch with members
of the class. I can still remember one enthusiastic red-headed law student, Steve Chiscano, who engaged
Professor Cantu and me during this lunch time conversation. Steve Chiscano has since gone on to be a successful attorney, married with three children and serves on the Alumni Board. While various classes have
their own personalities, Steve's graduating class of 1997 had a particular interest in philanthropy, which Dean
Cantu provided them, using from examples of his own commitment to the importance of public service.
The students not only appreciated Professor Cantu's classroom teaching methods, but also his encouragement of service. Subsequently, they worked closely with me on many of the service projects which I
have initiated since my arrival to the law school in 1994. This graduating class decided they also wanted to
honor Professor Cantu as an important mentor and teacher. They worked with me and the law students who
were a part of the Class of 1997 to organize a gala in Professor Cantu's honor at a downtown hotel, which
was described by Jean Jaeckle, entertainment writer for the San Antonio Express News, as one of the "hottest
tickets in town." I quickly sent the article to my brother, indicating that I was part of the "hottest ticket in
The unique opportunity, provided
by this class of students, raised enough
money to create the
"Cantu Fund for the
Future:' This fund
continues to this day,
for service projects through the donations of many alumni. The
fund has also assisted in helping student leaders in the development of our pro bono programs. In particular, we are now in four
cities for our Alternative Spring Break programs where, assisted
through SBA and other fund raising initiatives, students are sponsored, and in turn, provide pro bono and community service to
various agencies, and thereby gain invaluable experience.
Over the years, our law school has received many recognitions for our commitment to providing legal and pro bono service. We have been recognized by the ABA, the Catholic Campus
Ministry Association, the San Antonio and State Bar Association
and the Texas Commission on Access to Justice. In 2008, Dean Cantu assumed the deanship, when the Texas
Commission on Access to Justice bestowed on St. Mary's University their newly established, '1\ccess to Justice
Award:' This award was developed by the Supreme Court of Texas in order to encourage law students, and
faculty to understand and maintain their professional responsibility to society. Dean Cantu's comment to me
on the day of the ceremony was that he wanted us to receive this award again. In 2013, his last year as Dean,
we once again received the award, presented by one of our Alumni, Justice Paul Green, to Dean Cantu. Justice Green recognized our law school administration and faculty's commitment to providing legal services to
underserved populations through our wide array of innovative clinics and community outreach, service and
education programs with 9,000 hours of pro bono service.
I have also traveled with Dean Cantu to alumni events and international study abroad programs
and have many good memories of my "travels with Charlie:' As I reflect on Dean Cantu's time as dean, I am
reminded of Harrison Ford's line in the Raider's of the Lost Ark movie, "It's not the years, it's the mileage:' Dean
Cantu has tracked many miles in his very determined efforts to reach alumni donors and others who either
distanced themselves or had not been engaged in the school. John Barr, alum named a "Texas Super Lawyer"
from Dallas, attributes his return to supporting the law school to Dean Cantu. Upon an invitation from Dean
Cantu, John not only serves on the alumni board but has also sponsored many alumni events and has hosted our
law students for dinner during the Dallas Alternative Spring Break trip. Between the work of Associate Dean Al
Hartman and Dean Cantu, 14 Alumni Chapters were created and the annual outstanding alumni dinner in 2013
brought in 114 table sponsorships, for which Dean Cantu is most proud.

A Tribute to t:

Dean Charles E. Cant1 St. Mary's University Distingui:
by Sister Grace Walle

I can provide a few great travel stories from our international
trips. He and I can both recall Supreme Court Justice Scalia driving us from Innsbruck University to the hotel during the Justice's
visit to Innsbruck. The trip took
a little longer than usual, as Justice Scalia tried to maneuver
the rented van through the one
way streets. While in Innsbruck,
Dean Cantu quickly learned of
my favorite restaurants and we
enjoyed relaxed conversations
in one of Innsbruck's delightful outdoor restaurants. He also
supported the efforts I was able
to make in providing honorariums for students attending the
Innsbruck program.
There is also my memory of
hiking the Great Wall of China!
It began with the vision Dean
Cantu had of a program that
would highlight doing business
and law in China. Under the
leadership of Professors Hu, Johnson, and Liu, as well as Beihang University in Beijing, his vision became a reality.
Students now have the opportunity to be a part of a program that prepares them for the challenges of representing
clients doing business with Chinese partners, and have the option to apply for internships in the top Chinese law firms.
With my invitation to visit our China program several times, I was able to establish an honorarium fund for students to
attend which I have titled the "Dean Cantu Pioneer Fund;' in his honor.
While Dean Cantu has visited each year and enjoyed traveling with the students, his visit this past 2013 summer
marked the end of his participation. Since my own attendance coincided with his visit, we enjoyed a few more travel
memories. One of the activities, which is part of orientation to China, is a trip and hike to The Great Wall of China.
While the students and Professor Vincent Johnson bounded up the steps heading to the top of the Wall, he and I both
decided the view was just fine where we were. A memorable dinner, overlooking Tiananmen Square with Professor
Johnson and Professor Hu, was Dean Cantu's final celebration for successfully establishing the China Study program.
I have always appreciated Dean Cantu's sense of humor. Often in our alumni or admitted student gatherings he
fondly tells the story of me being named "the Pasta Princess:' While many are not familiar with this, when I was first
developing the law ministry, there was little budget money. Before the food policies we now have established, I would
make pasta for over 100 people. While I enjoy cooking, my involvements grew and now I am glad to let others feed the
people. He also relates the story of how I can do everything but get students a date on Saturday night. However, I have
since added to his story that one time, I introduced two nice law students to each other and they subsequently married.
One of my other fond memories is the time the University created life size cardboard cutouts of the Deans of the
various schools for a donor appreciation dinner. While Dean Cantu was not able to attend because of other obligations,
I was able to provide a photo opportunity as we posed with his life size cutout. They say imitation is the greatest form of
flattery! In that case, I also recall, the time a graduating class dressed in the Professor Cantu style of a monogrammed

he Living Legacy
i, J.D., M.C.L., LL.M. and
shed South Texas Professor of Law

blue shirt and khaki pants for their
class picture.
Our best fortune is that
Dean Cantu is not retiring from the
University and his role as Dean Emeritus is only beginning. His future may
include a return to the classroom for
him. President Tom Mengler and any
subsequent Dean will also want to employ his fundraising skill~ as he has
raised eight million dollars in scholar-

ships. He has also left the school, as Vice President of Academics Andre Hampton describes, "as a peaceful
I know all the staff hopes the next Dean will also support the holiday lunches we enjoyed under his
leadership. I appreciate all that Dean Cantu has enabled me to accomplish as a law minister. I know his
abiding concern has always been for St. Mary's University School of Law. In fact, I was able to nominate
him both for the Marianist Heritage Award and the Outstanding Administrator Award given by the National Catholic Campus Ministry Association which he received. He has placed his very personal, academic,
and administrative mark on our law school. That mark will remain there to benefit future law students,
from improved classroom facilities to increased alumni support. He has truly devoted his life and efforts to
this law school and made the law school community and the world around us a better place.


Campus Life

Women~ Law Association: A

Year in a Snap Shot

Julia E. Null, 2013-2014 President
When the 2013-2014 executive board
met in June 2013, a challenge was set. Our goal
was to bring a variety of speakers, events, and
philanthropic opportunities to our WLA members. As a team we have worked hard and have
not only met these goals, but have surpassed
them. We also set a theme for the year: Going Back to Our Roots. Our goal was to bring
founding members, past alumni, and women
back into our programs.
We were honored to begin our school
year with the esteemed Justice Sandee Marion
at our First General Meeting on September
18th, 2013. Her talk was inspiring to our young
audience, who were led through the professionallife of Justice Marion. Justice Marion graduated from St. Mary's and has been a very influential figure for women in the field of law. After
her talk, students were given an opportunity to
ask their own questions during a Q&A session.
It was a wonderful event and the start to many
more exciting events to come this past year.
October 2013 was a busy month for
Women's Law Association. On October 21, at Starting from Left, Back Row: Summer Bruington, Kevin Bennett, .Julia Null,
our 2nd General Meeting, WLA hosted an at- Rachel Rogers, Katherine A. Tapley, Lisa Shub, Sue Hall, Bonita Roberts.
torney Panel. With the help of Dean AI Hart- Starting from Left, Front Row: Kerriann Britt, Kimberly Meyer, Durime Fahim.
man and the Office of Alumni Development Photo by Beth Sanchez of Bethography.
and Relations, we were pleased to have Katherine A. Tapley with Fullbright & Jaworski, LLP,
successful events, because it allows our members an opportunity to meet
Rachel Rogers with Dunham & Jones, Sue Hall, Super Attorney, and Lisa
women in various fields, opening the doors to practices that some stuShub with Fulbright & Jaworski LLP. We were able to present our memdents were not familiar with prior.
bers with a variety of legal fields and top attorneys within those fields.
St. Mary's School of Law Women's Law Association holds an
Plus, we were very excited to have Sue Hall, because she is one of the
annual auction in the Sarita Kenedy East Law Library benefiting a local
founding members of WLA. This tied back into our theme for the year as
charity or cause. On a Wednesday in mid-November 2013, students, facwell.
ulty, staff, and guests were able to preview the items up for bid, and then
Tuesday, October 29, 2013, BCWBA, St. Mary's Office of Career
the bidding began Thursday. This year WLA chose recipient Seton Home
Services, and WLA held it's annual Speed Networking event. This event
was filled with female attorneys and judges from varying backgrounds
to be the beneficiary for this event. Earlier, in June 2013, the WLA board
and practices that participated with our students in a "speed networking"
set a goal of $10,000 and we are pleased to announce that we reached our
style event. Students were able to spend 8 minutes at each table, specialgoal!!!
izing in different areas of law. After visiting with all tables, we enjoyed a
Seton Home is a non-profit organization that has been serving
lovely meal while students had the opportunity to go back to their "fathe San Antonio community since late 1970s. At that time, there was no
vorite" table and visit longer with the attorney and judge. The hard work
facility that could readily meet the specific needs of pregnant teenagers in
of Leslie Hyman, Suzanne Patrick, and Kimberly Meyer, along with our
crisis who wanted to keep and parent their children. Seton Home offers a
executive board made this event the success it was! This is one of our most
warm and secure place to stay. Seton Home fosters childbirth and par-

Starting from Left: Kevin Bennett (Vice President), Ashley Graham (Secretary), Kerriann Elizabeth Britt {Treasurer),
Kimberly Meyer (Alumni Relations Chair), .Justice Sandee Marion, Bonita Roberts (Advising Professor),
Julia E. Null (President), Durime Fahim (Membership Chair).

Campus Life
enting and works to break the cycle of abuse and poverty by providing a
caring home, education and support services necessary to transform the
lives of teen mothers and their children. They provide 24-hour safe shelter
in a residential setting, healthcare, education and supportive services to
help teen mothers develop skills necessary to become loving parents and
independent, self-sufficient members of society who can provide for their
children and are not dependent on the social welfare system.
Women's Law Association was honored to host the Bexar County Women's Bar Association monthly luncheon on January 21,2014. This
was our first meeting of the Spring Semester. Our guest speaker was the
Honorable Chief Justice Catherine Stone. Chief Justice is a graduate of St.
Mary's, past member of WLA, and an advocate for women in the field of
law. She gave us an update on recent and impactful decisions out of the
Fourth Court of Appeals, as well as current and hot topics in the legal


February was truly a month oflove for the community. WLA lL
Senators plan a yearly Service and Social event. This year the event took
place on Valentine's Day weekend. Law students of every year teamed up
with the Marold Law Firm in a community graffiti abatement. This was
an incredible opportunity for our members to give back directly to the
community by helping dean up the neighborhoods.
In honor of Women's History Month, St. Mary's hosted two oral
arguments on March 18th, 2014. Set in the Nicholas L. Ribis Courtroom,
two panels of the Fourth Court Justices heard the arguments. After the
exciting visit from the Justices, they joined WLA and the St. Mary's community for an afternoon reception, where the presentation of the Alma
Lopez "Women in Law" Leadership Award and Catherine Stone "Rock
of Justice" Award were announced. Each year during St. Mary's Women's
History Month, the law school presents these awards to a female law student who represents efforts to promote justice and peace.

Starting from Left: Professor of Law Bonita K. Roberts, Kerriann Britt, .Julia Null, Texas Fourth Court of Appeals Chief .Justice
Catherine Stone, Summer Bruington, Kevin Bennett, Ashley Graham, Tiffanie Clausewitz.

St. Mary's offers a tnultitude of ways to get involved
in catnpus life & the surrounding cotntnunity
Oil and Gas Law

Volunteer with Sister Grace

The Oil, Gas, and Energy Resources Society (OGERL) at St.
Mary's University School of Law is an organization that provides information to students about oil, gas, and energy law. OGERL invites lawyers
from those fields of law to give presentations concerning their legal specialties. Meetings are held several times over the semester. The Society is a
great resource for anyone with an interest in oil, gas, energy, or water law
to gain information.
In the Fall 2013 semester, OGERL hosted lawyers and landmen
from the San Antonio and Austin areas. Presentation topics included:
horizontal drilling wells, hydraulic fracturing, and land title issues. In the
Spring 2014 semester, St. Mary's own Professor Reynolds Cate gave an excellent presentation on water issues and how they relate to energy matters. ·
OGERLs executive board for the fall semester consists of Paul
Gaines (president), Olivia Mallary (vice president), Rachel Patman (secretary), and Robert Rodery (treasurer).
OGERL collects no dues from students, and anyone is welcome
to attend meetings at any time. Students with questions are encouraged
to contact Paul ( or Olivia (omallary@mail.

Sister Grace Walle is always in need of extra help for planning
and carrying out many of the Law School's major events of the year and
around ,San Antonio, including Red Mass, Boo Bash, and the Annual
Spring Break trip.

VITA, Volunteer Income Tax Assistance
Every tax season, the VITA group from St. Mary's University,
lead by Dr. Thomas Madison and Rachael Rubenstein, Esq., helps people
from the community with completing and filing their income taxes, at
the Center for Legal and Social Justice. Participating in VITA is a great
way to meet people (such as undergraduate students, law students, and
other professionals from the community), network, gain experience,
and give back to the community of people who really appreciate what St.
Mary's does. Believe it or not, it is actually a fun way to spend a Saturday.

Hispanic Student Law Association
Sports & Entertainment Law Society
For more information on these fun and colorful groups, check
out their pages on FaceBook.

Law School Graduation

Preparation for Graduation can begin at
any time. It's best to order announcements
and invitations for your friends, family, and
anyone else who helped you get through the
daunting task which is law school, by February. Reserve your cap and
gown, by March, which does not cost you anything extra, but you must
return it, after the ceremony. Check out with the Dean's Office, to make
sure you have taken all of the required classes and that you will have all
of your credits needed to graduate.
Graduation is held on the St. Mary's University campus, in
the large basketball gymnasium of the Alumni Athletics & Convocation Center. There is no need to purchase tickets, and there is no limit
on how many of your friends and family who may attend. Graduation
starts around noon, and the directors and speakers try to keep it short
and sweet, because it's hot, and they know we would all rather be celebrating, instead of listening to ONE MORE LECTURE. The May 2014
Graduation speakers included Sister Grace Walle and other prestigious
members of the national legal community, all with valuable and succinct lessons to share with us.
Graduation was followed by a relaxed reception at the St. Anthony Riverwalk, Wyndham Hotel, in downtown San Antonio, located on Travis
Street. The St. Anthony is a very nice venue, with a wonderful atmosphere and food, an open bar, and pleasant staff, for you and your friends and family
who came to support you and your achievement. St. Mary's School of Law knows how to treat its graduates. God bless you and your studies!
Lauren Anderson




St. Mary's University School of Law Student Bar Association, “The Legal Minute Fall 2014,” St. Mary's Law Digital Repository, accessed November 14, 2019,

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