Law Notes: St. Mary's University School of Law Newsletter Fall 2002

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Law Notes: St. Mary's University School of Law Newsletter Fall 2002


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Charles Gonzalez Named 2002 Distinguished Law Graduate, School of Law Wins State Moot Court Bragging Rights, Law Alumni Association Elects New Board and Slate of Officers, Law Students Train Teen Court Volunteers, Law Professors Celebrate Milestones, Inns


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Fall 2002

Charles Cionzalez Named 2002 Distinguished Law Graduate
u.s. Congressman Charles A. Gonzalez is the St. Mary's University School of Law 2002 Distinguished Law Graduate. He was honored recently at a dinner at the Westin Riverwalk Hotel, sponsored by the Law Alumni Association. "Charlie Gonzalez is certainly deserving of this award as one of our alumni who has distinguished himself over the years and has brought honor to the law school," said attorney Joe Casseb (J.D. '77), president-elect of the Law Alumni Association, which has been presenting the annual award since 1973. "Over the years he has been well respected as a county court-at-Iaw judge, district judge and Congressman," added Karen Angelini (J.D. '79), president of the association and a justice on the Texas Fourth Court of Appeals. Gonzalez currently is serving a second term as representative of the 20th Congressional District of Texas, a seat held by his father, Henry B. Gonzalez (J.D. '43), from 1961 to 1998. He also follows his father as a Distinguished Law Graduate, who was the award's first recipient in 1973. Charles Gonzalez, who received his juris doctorate degree from St. Mary's in 1972, is a member of the House Financial Services Committee and the House Small Business Committee. The San Antonio native is a graduate of Thomas A. Edison High School and the University of Texas at Austin .. From 1972 to 1982 he was a lawyer in private practice and a municipal court judge before serving as a county court-at-Iaw judge from 1983-87. In 1989 he was elected district court judge, a position he held until 1997 when he stepped down to run for Congress. Gonzalez joins a venerable group of honorees that includes community, state and national leaders; from politicians and businessmen, to

School of Law Wins State Moot Court Bragging Rights
St. Mary's University School of Law won the Texas Young Lawyer Association (TYLA) Moot Court Competition at the State Bar Convention in Dallas this past June, following up on the spring victory at the American Bar Association's National Appellate Advocacy Competition. The team of Tina Campbell, Rebecca Copeland and Monica Galvan bested a team from Baylor University to take the top state honors. Campbell and Galvan, now third year students, also were members of the ABA national championship team. Additionally, Campbell was selected as the best advocate and Copeland's brief was selected as the best in the state competition. ''This is another confIrmation that the External Advocacy Program at St. Mary's is among the best in the state," said Bill Piatt, dean of the law school, adding that the judges in the finals included seven of the nine justices of Texas Supreme Court. "These students have worked very hard to achieve this and it is great to see their efforts rewarded. It attests to the high quality of our program," he said. ''This was ~specially gratifying because we competed against every law school in the state except one," Campbell said. "We really have a lot going for us," added Galvan. Remarkably. she added, the team was a little more relaxed at the national competition since "we didn't expect to Continued on page 4 ~

Charles Gonzalez
judges and educators. The Law Alumni Association has been bestowing the award for 29 years, and this year, as the School of Law celebrates its 75th anniversary, also recognized the previous winners.

Past Distinguished Law Graduates
Han. Henry B. Gonzalez* (J.D. '43) Han. Archie S. Brown* (J.D. '37) Roy R. Barrera Sr. (J.D. '51) Paul E. Casseb (BA, J.D. '41) Pat A. Legan (BA. J.D. '46) A. Don Herrmann (J.D. '55) Ronald J. Herrmann (B.A. '57, J.D. '59) 1979 Han. Eligio "Kika" De La Garza (J.D. '52) 1980 Han. H.F. "Hippo" Garcia* (J.D. '51) 1981 Han. Ted Z. Robertson (J.D. '49)
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1973 1974 1975 1976 1977 1978

Message from the
As we continue to commemorate our 75th anniversary year, I am pleased to report that our student body is now the best qualified in many years. Due to the diligent work of our alumni and admissions staff, we experienced an increase in our applicant pool for the first time in the past 10 years. In fact, applications for the 2002-03 academic year are up more than 39 percent from the previous year. As a result, our first year class (Class of 2005) brings to St. Mary's the highest credentials in recent years. Additionally, our second year class (Class of 2004) witnessed meaningful academic attrition due to our heightened academic standards. This is the first time in well over a decade that a serious attrition standard has been applied. As a result, the likelihood the class of 2004 will succeed on the bar exam has been greatly improved. Our third year class (Class of 2003) started relatively small, and they have, on the whole, diligently pursued Texas law courses under the improved academic standards adopted over the past three years. We expect good things of them as well. Likewise, our concentration on academic excellence continues on several other fronts. New electronic podiums are being installed in all classrooms in the Law Classroom Building, which will give professors more opportunity to use state-of-the-art technology in their teaching. The faculty also participated in a mandatory teaching workshop last May, and I have appointed faculty committees to monitor teaching and exam qUality. Our efforts to rebuild the research collection of the S 'ta-Kenedy East Law Library continue, and I have directed additional internal resources to this effort. We also are seeking assistance from foundations and individual donors. There are many, many good things going on here at your alma mater. These pages will give you an example of just a few of them. There is a renewed sense of pride in our law school that is obvious to me when I visit our alumni across the state and nation. I look forward to meeting with you at one of the many St. Mary's gatherings over the year. And, I invite you to visit our campus and talk with our students. St. Mary's pride - it keeps growing! •

Bill Piatt


Law Law Alumni Association Elects New Board and Slate of OHicers
Colorado Congressman Scott Mcinnis emphasizes a point during his keynote address at the 75th Anniversary Commencement exercises.

Colorado Congressman Gives Keynote Address at 75th Anniversary Graduation
Several members of the Law Alumni Association board recently met with Bill Piatt, dean of the law school, and talked about goals for the upcoming year. Pictured are (left to right) Donato Ramos, Renee McElhaney, Karen Angelini, Piatt and Sandee Bryan Marion.
The St. Mary's University Law Alumni Association elected a new board of directors and slate of officers for 2002-2003, dedicated to supporting the School of Law. Fourth Court of Appeals Justice Karen Angelini (J.D. '79) is the new president, taking over the gavel from Harold "Hal" Walker (J.D. '80) of Dallas. Joining Angelini as officers of the board are: attorney Joseph Casseb (J.D. '77), president-elect; Fourth Court of Appeals Justice Sandee Bryan Marion (J.D. '80), vice president; Laredo attorney Donato D. Ramos (J.D. '71), treasurer; and attorney Renee McElhaney (J.D. '93), secretary. Newly elected board members are: Judge Elma Salinas Ender (J.D. '78), presiding judge of the 341st District Court in Laredo; Gina Jones (J.D. '02) of New Braunfels; Antonio "Tony" Martinez (J.D. '70) of Brownsville; Jacqueline "Jackie" Salinas (J.D. '00) of McAllen; James "Marty" Truss (J.D. '96) of San Antonio; and Paul Vahldiek (J.D. '79) of Houston. Organized in 1976 by Jack Pasqual (J.D. '57), Jack Paul Leon (J.D. '59), the first and second presidents respectively, and others, the Law Alumni Association serves the St. Mary's University School of Law by providing input and support for law school programs. Angelini and her fellow officers and board members plan a vigorous year of activities in support of St. Mary's President Charles L. Cotrell, Ph.D., and Bill Piatt, dean of the School of Law. "We encourage all St. Mary's law school grads to get involved," said Angelini, adding that she is gratified to see so many alumni attending recent activities such as last spring's Homecoming continuing legal education programs, moot court and mock trial activities and a greatly expanded mentoring program. Scott McInnis (J.D. '81), U.S. Congressman from the 3rd District of Colorado, gave the keynote address at the 75th Anniversary Commencement exercises this past spring. McInnis, a native of Glenwood Springs, Colo., graduated from St. Mary's University School of Law in 1981 and was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1992. In 1994, he was selected to serve on the House Rules Committee and was named an adviser to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization in 1996. In 1998, he was chosen to serve on the House Ways and Means Committee, the panel of jurisdiction on tax, trade, Social Security and Medicare issues, and considered one of the most powerful committees in Congress. Nearly one-third of the 230 law school students who received their diplomas last spring also completed the requirements for the Pro Bono Certificate. Some 72 graduates received the certificates, said Joaquin Amaya, director of the Public Interest Law Program. To earn the certificate, students have to meet the State Bar's goal of 50 hours of pro bono service and write a report about the work they did. They also must complete the clinical program or work in the Border Assistance Project, where they spend 40 hours a week for four weeks with the Webb County public defender or the federal public defender for the Southern District of Texas.

Scott Mcinnis, left, shares a few moments with Nancy Loeffler, a member of the St. Mary's University Board of Trustees, and her husband, attorney Tom Loeffler, during a breakfast reception for the Colorado congressman.


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Law Students Train Teen Court Volunteers
A dozen San Antonio area high school students graduated from the city's fIrst Teen Court Training Institute this summer, at St. Mary's University School of Law. St. Mary's law students in the Criminal Justice Clinic at the Center for Legal and Social Justice served as instructors to high school students who trained as attorneys and jurors in the city's frrst Teen Court program. The program was administered by the Youth Services Division of the city's Department of Community Initiatives in partnership with the Municipal Court and the Criminal Justice Clinic at the St. Mary's Center for Legal and Social Students from area high schools attended the Teen Court Training Institute at St. Mary's University Justice. School of Law Center for Legal and Social Justice. The program, initiated by alum and Municipal Court The program was organized by Municipal Court Judge Catherine Torres-Stahl, is designed to instruct the teens how to act as attorneys and jurors. Judge Catherine Torres-Stahl (B.A. ' 88, J.D. '93) and coordinated by Deborah Vasquez, assistant The offender must appear before a judge prior to diversion to Teen Court social services manager for Youth Services for the city. and must admit to the charge and agree to participate in the court, which The San Antonio Teen Court will serve frrst-time violent offenders will sentence the young offender. between the ages of 13 and 17 who have pleaded guilty to certain Class C There are about 900 active programs in the country, also known as Youth misdemeanor offenses. Court or Peer Court.

Past Oistinguishd Law Graduates, continued from page 1


Moot Court, continued from page 1

1982 Ernest A. Raba, Dean Emeritus (B.A. '34, J.D. '37) 1983 Charles L. Smith (J.D. '55) 1984 Frank W. Baker (B.S.C. '48, J.D. '49) 1985 James N. Castleberry Jr., Dean Emeritus (J.D. '52) 1986 Jack Paul Leon (J.D. '59) 1987 Han. Filemon B. Vela (J.D. '62) 1988 Frank Herrera (B.A. '64, J.D. '67) 1989 Han. Bill M. White* (J.D. '62) Gilbert "Gil" Pompa* (J.D. '58) 1990 Margaret M. Maisel (B.A. '65, J.D. '71)

Han. Blair Reeves* (J.D. '51) Han. Michael J. McCormick (J.D. '70) Karen R Johnson (J.D. 70) . Han. John Cornyn (J.D. '77) Han. Rose Spector (J.D. '65) G. Mario Moreno (J.D. '81) Aloysius A. Leopold (B.A. '70, J.D. '62) A.R. "Tony" Sanchez Jr. (B.B.A. '65, J.D. '69) 1999 Charles Cantu (J.D. '64) 2000 J.A. "Tony" Canales (J.D. '69) 2001 Han. Nelson W. Wolff (B.BA '66, J.D. '66)

1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998

*Denotes deceased

win." At the state match, however, "people were expecting us to come out blazing. It was a little more tense because all the Texas teams are good and everybody knows that. So we were under a little more pressure." "In terms of what Texas schools think, this is the one (trophy) you really want," said coach and alumnus Ricky Poole (J.D. '90), adding he is unaware of any previous school having the best speaker, the best brief and winning the competition. He noted that St. Mary's external advocates went to five regional competitions last year, winning four of them. The last time St. Mary's won the TYLA competition was 13 years ago when Poole was on the team. Campbell and Galvan already are gearing up for this season and are ready to train a new teammate now that Copeland has graduated.

Sister Grace Walle Honored
The Thomas More Society confers its award on the person it feels has done the most to further the cause of justice during the year. The society tries to provide for the spiritual well being of students and provides a forum for discussion on critical issues facing American society. As the law school's campus minister, Sister Grace Walle, F.M.I, (B.A. ' 77) provides personal and spiritual counseling to law students and their families and offers a number of programs based on "food and faith" designed to assist men and women in their journey through law school.

Sister Grace Walle carries the Thomas More Society Award she received at the spring commencement exercises.


Law Professors Celebrate Milestones
As St. Mary's University School of Law celebrates 75 years of legal education, several professors mark significant longevity milestones this year, which brings cohesiveness to the school and its mission. These six faculty members have played a major role over the years in maintaining and advancing the University's reputation, and we salute their achievements. Together they have 120 years of teaching experience among them at St. Mary's.
graduation Ariens was a law clerk at the Wisconsin Court of Appeals and an associate in a Washington, D.C. fIrm. Ariens has taught at St. Mary's since 1987, primarily in constitutional law, church and state, American legal history and evidence.


35 years
Aloysius A. Leopold, Professor of Law
Professor Leopold received his bachelor of arts degree in 1970 and his juris doctorate from St. Mary's in 1962. Before joining the faculty in 1967, Leopold practiced real estate law in the Rio Grande Valley. His specialties include wills and estates, community property, and trusts. He has authored or coauthored numerous nationally published volumes on land titles, community property, and wills and probate.

He joined the St. Mary's faculty in 1982 and teaches and writes principally in the areas of tort law, legal ethics and remedies. He also has served as associate dean for administration at the law school, director of the St. Mary's Institute on World Legal Problems and has authored or co-authored three books, two torts treatises and other published works.

(jeorge Flint, Professor of Law
George Flint received his bachelor of arts, bachelor of science and master of arts degrees, Ph.D. and J.D. from the University of Texas and a nuclear engineering degree from the Massachusetts .Institute of Technology. Before joining the St. Mary's faculty in 1987 where he teaches securities and corporate law, Flint practiced corporate law.

(jerald Reamey, Professor of Law and Director of International Legal Programming
Gerald Reamey received his J.D. and LL.M degrees from Southern Methodist University. He joined the faculty in 1982 following several years in private practice. At St. Mary's he was associate dean for academic and student affairs, co-founder and director of the St. Mary's Institute on World Legal Problems, and a recipient of the St. Mary's Distinguished Faculty Award. Reamey primarily teaches crirninallaw and procedure.

Lee l¥tton III, Scanio Professor of Law
Lee Lytton received his J.D. in 1968 from St. Mary's. Prior to joining the St. Mary's faculty in 1987, Lytton was in-house counsel of a Texas corporation involved in oil and gas operations. Additionally, Lytton served as law clerk to the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals, served as an assistant district attorney in Harris County, was a special agent in the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and was fIrst assistant general counsel for the State Bar of Texas.

20 years
Vincent Johnson, Associate Dean for Academic and Student Affairs and Professor of Law
After completing his studies at Yale Law School in 1979 where he received his J.D. and LL.M. degrees, Johnson served as a law clerk to the New York Court of Appeals and the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit.

15 years
Michael Ariens, Professor of Law
Michael Ariens received his J.D. from Marquette University in 1982 and his LL.M. from Harvard University in 1987. After

Office Goal Is Achieving Academic Excellence
The Office of Academic Excellence, headed by Acting Director Will Rice, is designed to help students who fall somewhat short of the mark improve their standing in the law school. The office puts students in academic need of assistance in contact with tutors and brings in speakers to advise them on a variety of topics related to the study of law and preparation for the bar exam. "One of the things we do is try to help them regain confIdence in their studies and help them become more focused," Rice said, adding that some 40 students take advantage of the program. "We give them special instruction and try to show them how to write better, outline courses and take exams. We try to help them think more like lawyers and attorneys," he said. "They' re not here just to learn the law, but to apply the law." One of the main focuses is impressing on students that writing and writing well is a key element in working their way through law school. "A lot of them are writing the way they wrote in graduate school or as an undergraduate. Law school writing is much different," he said. "We're really trying to change the culture so that law students truly understand why they're here," adds Barbara Nellermoe, assistant director. "The study of law is a major shift in their skill development. It is not enough to just memorize the information many students did in their previous academic experiences. In law school they must also analyze and apply these principles to everyday situations." Rice mostly concentrates on assisting fIrst-year and LL.M. students who need extra help, while Nellermoe focuses more on third-year students, helping them prepare for the bar. "We arrange for tutors, mostly third-year students, and we bring in people from the outside for workshops and seminars," Rice said. "We are very serious about trying to help the student using the resources we have to the fullest."


Innsbruck Beckons with Opportunity, Beauty
Justice Scalia: Be Prepared
U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia returned to the St. Mary's Summer Institute in Innsbruck in July to teach Comparative Constitutional Law, leading students through the modern history of Supreme Court opinions that implicate the Constitution's structural separation of powers. Scalia returned to the St. Mary's program after teaching in Innsbruck 10 years ago because, he said, the program was well organized and achieved a good mix of books and the opportunity to travel. In a recent interview, Scalia gave his views on legal education, scholarship and the practice of law. Scalia taught contract law at the University of Chicago before he was appointed to sit on the country's highest bench, and recounted how after eight or nine years of teaching, he found himself beginning to resent the time it took to prepare for class. Teaching became an intrusion on his time for research and writing. "I realize now how stupid that was," he said, adding, "The shelf life of a good law review article is perhaps 10 years" while the impact a teacher can have on students is much longer. His advice to students is the same as the motto of the Boy Scouts: Be prepared. Like most professors he preferred students who were prepared, a quality he finds essential in a future lawyer. The Socratic method, which he favors, is not possible with an unprepared class, he said. Other qualities he likes to see in students are curiosity, humility and integrity. "Be questioning," he said. "A student should ask himself, 'Do I believe that?' " A lawyer must accept what is said from the bench, but Scalia believes students should raise substantive questions in class while they are learning. Humility is another important quality in a student. "Smart alecks never learn anything," he said. "Even the professors you like the least can help you." Finally, Scalia would like to see more intellectual toughness. A student should stick to his position until it is no longer tenable. "There is a fine line between obstinacy ~nd rolling over too soon," he said. Scalia attributed his own success to his ability to interest himself in the dullest problems. He never expected to serve as a federal judge, let alone as a justice. Besides the element of luck, which he described as "standing in the right place when lightning strikes," Scalia recommended not excellence, but perfection. "Do every job you're assigned perfectly," he said.

u.s. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, center, interacts with second-year St. Mary's School of Law Students (from left) Connor Sheehan, Donny Perales, Anish Michael and Damond Garza during a reception in Innsbruck, Austria at the Institute for World Legal Problems.
By Kathleen Bachus
The reasons students study in Europe are as varied as the courses offered at St. Mary's l7th Institute for World Legal Problems in Innsbruck, Austria. This year's class was one of the largest ever, with more than 100 students attending, said Gerald Reamey, St. Mary's law professor and director of the program. Two-thirds came from other institutions, representing almost every law school in Texas as well as schools in Oregon, Washington, Utah, Oklahoma, Rorida, Virginia, Iowa and California. Six of this year's students were Austrians. Sam Garcia, a third-year student at St. Mary's said he decided to attend the program because he was interested in the courses offered and liked the idea of studying under a sitting Supreme Court Justice. Justice Antonin Scalia "made me interested. He was more charismatic than I thought he'd be," Garcia said, adding that he came away impressed by Scalia's skill as a teacher. Pia Zabala, from the University of Utah, echoed Garcia's comment about the classes and added that the chance to see Europe also charmed her. The opportunity to travel is certainly attractive, but Reamey said it is the course lineup that distinguishes the St. Mary's summer program from the myriad of overseas studies offered by other schools. General survey courses in broad international law topics are usually available throughout the year. Select, special interest topics taught in an international setting are harder to come by in legal education, he said. "We're going to continue our policy of incorporating very focused international topics that are not generally available from any law schools, with the very best teaching faculty from the U.S. and Europe," Reamey said. The relationship St. Mary's has formed with The University of Innsbruck continues to be strong. Both universities regularly exchange faculty, and have done so for nine years. In the future, Reamey expects to see Austrian students completing some of their studies in San Antonio.

-Kathleen Bachus


• 1962 Filemon B. Vela, J.D., federal judge
for the Texas Southern District, and his wife, Brownsville Mayor Blanca Sanchez Vela, were the fIrst recipients of the Fiesta de los Jueces (Feast of the Judges) Award honoring public servants.

• 1971 Curtis L. Frisbie Jr., J.D.,
Lewisville, is chair of the antitrust and business litigation section of the State Bar of Texas. Donato D. Ramos, J.D., B.B.A. '68, founding partner in the Laredo law fIrm of Person, Whitworth, Ramos, Borchers & Morales, has been appointed to the Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission by Gov. Rick Perry.

Board of Directors. Laredo resident Elma T. Salinas Ender, J .D., 341st District Court Judge, has been appointed by the Texas Supreme Court to the Texas Access to Justice Commission. Glynda Thrner, J.D., executive vice president of Medical Equipment Suppliers Association, a regional trade association, has been elected to a second two-year term on the Addison City Council.

• 1973 Robert C. Cowan Jr., J.D., B.B.A. '65, is a member of the San Antonio Bar
Foundation Board of Trustees. Thomas H. Veitch, J .D., is a member of the San Antonio Bar Foundation Board of Trustees.

• 1979 San Antonio attorney Adolph D. Jacobson, J.D., B.A. '76, has formed The
Jacobson Law Firm PC with his son. St. Mary's trustee Phyllis B. Siegel, J.D., chief executive officer and founder of Biomedical Development Corp., has received two grants from the National Institutes of Health to further research and develop specifIc uses for a liquid thin fIlm polymer base technology, developed and pioneered by her San Antonio-based company. Attorney Mark Stevens, J.D., is a member of the San Antonio Bar Association Board of Directors.

• 1963 Henry W. Christopher Jr., B.B.A.,
J.D., is a member of the San Antonio Bar Foundation Board of Trustees.

• 1975 P. Andrew Mireles, J.D., B.A. '72,
73rd District Court Judge, is a member of the San Antonio Bar Foundation Board of Trustees, and has been reappointed to the Greater San Antonio Crime Prevention Commission. Allan B. Polunsky, J.D., managing partner of the San Antonio law fIrm of Polunsky & Beitel PC, was honored by the Texas Board of Criminal Justice, which renamed a 2,900-bed prison unit in Livingston for him.

• 1965 G. Thomas Coghlan, J.D., B.A. '61,
has joined the San Antonio law fum of Ball & Weed as a shareholder.

• 1966 Nelson W. Wolff, B.B.A., J.D., Bexar
County Judge, was inducted into the San Antonio Sports Hall of Fame for his role in the 1968 expansion of V.I. Keefe Memorial Stadium, the building of the municipal stadium that bears his name, and his efforts to keep professional minor league baseball in San Antonio.

• 1980 Karen Angelini, J .D., 4th Court of
Appeals Judge, is secretary of the San Antonio Bar Association. Attorney Michael J. Black, J.D., is immediate past president of the San Antonio Bar Association. Texas Securities Commissioner Denise Voigt Crawford, J.D., has been appointed by Gov. Rick Perry to the State Incentive and Productivity Commission. Sid L. Harle, J.D., 226th District Court Judge, is a member of the San Antonio Bar Association Board of Directors. Sandee Bryan Marion, J.D., a member of the San Antonio Bar Association Board of Directors, has been appointed by Gov. Rick Perry to fIll a vacant seat on the Texas 4th Court of Appeals. Robert E. Valdez, J.D., B.A. '76, is a member of the San Antonio Bar Association Board of Directors.

• 1976 Fort Worth attorney Dwain Dent,
J.D., has been board certifIed as a trial advocate by the National Board of Trial Advocacy. Peter S. Vogel, J.D., partner with the law fIrm of Gardere Wynne Sewell LLP in Dallas, is chairman of the Texas Supreme Court Judicial Committee on Information Technology.

• 1968 Martha B. Tanner, J.D., was
honored by Family Violence Prevention Services for her efforts to reduce incidents of family violence in San Antonio.

• 1969 Alma L. Lopez, J.D., B.B.A. '65, is
on the board of directors of the Bexar County Women's Bar Association. Irma L. Rangel, J.D., Kingsville, State Representative for District 35 since 1977, was named Newsmaker of the Year by the Corpus Christi Caller-Times and was honored at the sixth annual Salute to Latina Women in Action, presented by La Prensa Foundation. Thomas E. Rickhoff, J.D., B.A. '66, former 4th Court of Appeals Judge, has been named judge of Bexar County Probate Court No. 2. Raymond E. Taylor, J.D., B.A. '68, an attorney with the San Antonio law offices of Taylor & Correa, has been board certilled as a trial advocate by the National Board of Trial Advocacy.

• 1977 Joseph Casseb, J .D., attorney with
Goode, Casseb & Jones PC, is a member of the San Antonio Bar Foundation Board of Trustees. Texas Attorney General John Cornyn, J.D., named a distinguished alumnus of San Antonio's Trinity University for 2001, has received the James Madison Award for enforcement of freedom of information laws from the Freedom of Information Foundation of Texas. Edward L. Dowd Jr., J .D., completed the Branch Davidian investigation in Waco where he served as deputy special counsel to U.S. Sen. John Danforth, and is now a partner with Bryan Cave in St. Louis, Mo.


• 1981 Thomas S. Harmon, J.D., is a
member of the San Antonio Bar Foundation Board of Trustees.

• 1982 John H. Cayce Jr., J.D., is 2nd
Court of Appeals Chief Justice in Fort Worth.

• 1978 Diann Bartek, J.D., is a member of
the San Antonio Bar Foundation Board of Trustees. Gail Dalrymple, J.D., is a member of the San Antonio Bar Association


• 1983 Diana M. Geis, J.D., is a member of the Bexar County Women's Bar Association Board of Directors. Barbara Hanson Nellermoe, J .D., is a staff attorney for Justice Alma Lopez of the Texas 4th Court of Appeals. George M. Riter, J.D., has joined the Fort Washington, Pa., law finn of Timoney, Knox, Hasson & Weand LLP, and specializes in trust, estate, corporate and tax matters. • 1984 San Antonio attorney Jennifer Gibbins Durbin, J.D., a partner with the law finn of Allen, Stein & Durbin PC, has been sworn in as a member of the State Bar of Texas Board of Directors. Nancy Nowlin Kerr, J.D., is a member of the San Antonio Bar Foundation Board of Trustees. Anny Lt. Col. Jeffrey C. McKitrick, J .D., is a deputy staff judge advocate for the 21 st Theater Support Command at Kaiserslautern, Gennany. Clifford Y. Rose, J .D., has opened a solo law practice in Fredericksburg, Va. • 1985 Terry D. Bassham, J .D., has been elected executive vice president, chief financial and administrative officer of El Paso Electric. Daniel J. Davis, J.D., a senior shareholder in the Corpus Christi office of Porter, Rogers, Dahlman & Gordon PC, is board certified in commercial real estate. Richard G. Foster, J .D., has opened a San Antonio office of the Corpus Christibased law finn of Porter, Rogers, Dahlman & Gordon PC, where he is a senior shareholder. San Antonio attorney Peter F. Gazda, J.D., has left private law practice to join USAA as a region counsel. Dana D. Jacobson, J.D., San Antonio, has fonned The Jacobson Law Firm PC, with his father. Les Katona Jr., J.D., is a shareholder in the San Antonio law offices of Plunkett & Gibson Inc. Elizabeth J. Lindell, J.D., attorney with Soules & Wallace PC, is a member of the San Antonio Bar Foundation Board of Trustees. John Preston Mitcham, J.D., Annandale, Va., is the chief of legal assistance for the Washington, D.C. Military District, in the Office of the Staff Judge . Advocate. • 1986 Douglas A. Allison, J.D., has opened a private law practice in Corpus Christi. San Antonio attorney R. Christopher Clark, J.D., is a name partner with the law fInn of Benton Clark Taylor & Akin Pc. Terri L. (Galligher) Hagan, J .D., Plano, has been elected to serve as director for District 1 on the State Bar Board of Directors. Martin M . Van Brauman Jr., J .D., has joined the Plano law finn of Bennack & Lowden, and will head the domestic and international tax

consulting and implementation section. • 1987 St. Mary's law professor Sue T. Bentch, J .D., is a member of the San Antonio Bar Foundation Board of Trustees. San Antonio attorney Barry G. Benton, J.D., is a name partner with the law finn of Benton Clark Taylor & Akin PC. Self-employed attorney Rosa CabezasGil, J .D., is a member of the San Antonio Bar Foundation Board of Trustees. Jeffrey B. Goode, J.D., is vice president of claims for Phil Hardberger, chief justice of the Fourth Court of Appeals, leads Kemper Casualty Co. in the procession during Red Mass, this year celebrating its 50th Dallas. Samira Mery Anniversary on Nov. 14. Lineberger, J.D., has opened a full-service mediation law practice in San Antonio. W. Andy Taylor, J.D., Houston, was profIled in Texas Lawyer magazine's annual "40 • 1990 Garland attorney J. Keith Brown, Under 40" special issue honoring rising J.D., is completing a certified chef culinary stars in the Texas legal community. arts degree at the Food and Hospitality Institute at El Centro College in Dallas . • 1988 Mary E. Glover, J.D., who graduated Kala S. Dumont, J.D., Pleasanton, is a from the Episcopal Theological Seminary in member of the Bexar County Women's Bar Austin in May 2001, was ordained to the Association Board of Directors. Nancy L. priesthood in the Episcopal Church on June Farrer, J.D., an attorney with the 4th Court 30, 2001, and serves as associate rector at of Appeals, is a member of the Bexar St. Andrew's Episcopal Church in Amarillo. County Women's Bar Association Board of Angela D. Moore, J.D., is treasurer of the Directors. Kathryn M. Kase, J.D., counsel Bexar County Women's Bar Association. to Crane, Greene & Parente in Albany, has Suzette Kinder Patton, J.D., is a member been named outstanding practitioner by the of the Bexar County Women's Bar Criminal Justice Section of the New York Association Board of Directors. State Bar Association. Irene Alarcon Rios, • 1989 San Antonio attorney Curtis L. J.D., judge of Bexar County Court-at-Law Cukjati, J .D., was profIled in Texas No. 10, was honored at the sixth annual Lawyer magazine's annual "40 Under 40" Salute to Latina Women in Action, special issue honoring rising stars in the presented by La Prensa Foundation. Texas legal community. David L. Earl, Brian C. Steward, J.D., has fonned the J.D., B.A. '86, name partner with Earl & San Antonio law finn of Kulawik & Brown PC, has been named to the San Steward Pc. Antonio Business Journal's "40 Under 40" • 1991 Carol E. Jendrzey, J .D., has joined annual listing of rising stars in the business the bankruptcy law practice group at Cox & community. Leslie J .A. "Les" Smith Inc. in San Antonio. Karen Holin Sachanowicz, J.D., assistant attorney with Pozza, J .D., 407th District Court Judge, is the Bexar County District Attorney's Office, vice president of the San Antonio Bar has been named to the San Antonio Federal Association. Marlene M. Martin, J.D., Credit Union Board of Directors. B.A. '70, San Antonio, was featured in a May 2002 ABA Journal article discussing corporate and law retreats and issues of liability. Jennifer A. (Setser) Rymell, J.D., a municipal judge in Richland Hills, was profIled in Texas Lawyer magazine's annual "40 Under 40" special issue honoring rising stars in the Texas legal community.



Laredo. Suzanne Dapra Oliva, J.D., B.B.A. '87, attorney with Oliva Saks & Garcia LLP, is a member of the Bexar County Women's Bar Association Board of Directors. Jose Angel Ortiz, J.D., civil rights attorney for the Department of Education in Dallas, was the Dallas Association of Young Lawyer's 2001 Committee Chair of the Year, and has been elected Hispanic National Bar Association Region XII President. Arthur A. "Alex" Perez, J.D., has joined the tax law practice group of Cox & Smith, Inc., in San Antonio. • 1993 Attorney Brad S. Akin, David Rodriguez, '90, a nephew of the late U.S. District Judge H.F• David C. Rivela, J.D., is a J.D., is a name partner with the "Hippo" Garcia, San Antonio Bar Association president Van Hilley and Joe trial attorney with the Equal firm of Benton Clark Taylor & Casseb, '77, meet at a reception where a portrait of Garcia was unveiled. Employment Opportunity Akin PC, in Stockdale. San Garcia, a 1951 graduate, was the first Mexican American named a federal Commission in Dallas. Antonio attorney Donald T. judge in the Western District of Texas when President Carter appointed him James M. "Marty" Truss, Brennan, J.D., B.B.A. '90, has in 1980. He previously served as district court judge, county court-at-Iaw J.D., an attorney with Cox & joined the law fIrm of Hayden judge and in the Bexar County District Attorney's Office. He died in January. Smith, Inc., is president of & Cunningham. David W. the San Antonio Young Burns, J.D., has joined the law Brandon McNelis, J.D., is a shareholder in Lawyers Association. firm of West Webb Allbritton Gentry & Rife the San Antonio law offices of Matthews & • 1997 Jeffrey T. Embry, J.D., has opened PC, in College Station. Attorney Mary B. Branscomb PC. Mark A. Randolph, J.D., Dallas and Tyler law offices of Hossley & Doggett, J.D., partner in the firm of is an attorney with the San Antonio law Embry LLP, a firm specializing in personal Linebarger Goggan Blair Pena & Sampson, firm of Cauthorn Hale Hornberger Fuller injury and products liability. Former police is treasurer of the San Antonio Bar Sheehan Becker & Beiter Inc. Thad D. officer D. Cory Isaacs, J.D., is an assistant Association. Marc E. Gravely, J.D., is an Spalding, J.D., is an associate attorney with district attorney in the Bexar County District associate attorney with the San Antonio law Hermes Sargent Bates, LLP, in Dallas. Attorney's Office. Karen Lee Johnson, firm of Prichard Hawkins Davis & Young • 1995 Jose R. "Joe" Hernandez, J.D., J.D., B.A. '93, attorney with the law finn LLP. Patricia J. Kramer, J.D., is deputy Harlingen, is municipal court judge for the of Loeffler, Jonas & Tuggey LLP, is a district attorney in the sex crimes unit of the city of Combes. Reid A. Nelson, J.D., 7th Judicial Court in Montrose, Colo. Renee member of the San Antonio Bar Association attorney with the law fIrm of Strasburger & Board of Directors. Stephen A. Kulawik, Forinash McElhaney, J.D., shareholder at Price, LLP, is president-elect of the San Cox & Smith Inc., and head of the firm's J.D., is a name partner in the law fIrm of Antonio Young Lawyers Association. R. Kulawik & Steward PC in San Antonio. appellate section, has been appointed to the Chris Pittard, J.D., is president of the San Ann Oxford, J.D., associate counsel for San Antonio Bar Association Board of Antonio Black Lawyers Association. Directors, named secretary of the St. Mary's U.S. Global Investors, is treasurer of the Attorney L. Arielle Richman, J.D., has Law Alumni Association, and elected vice Bexar County Women's Bar Association. opened a private practice in Dallas. Erik S. president of William Sessions Inn of Court. Angela M. Sanchez, J.D., an associate Walter, J.D., is an associate attorney with E. Allen Nye Jr., J.D., has been named attorney with Oppenheimer Blend Harrison Hartel, Kane, DeSantis, MacDonald & & Tate Inc., is a member of the Bexar partner in the Dallas office of Hunton & Howie in Greenbelt, Md. Adilia M. Williams. County Women's Bar Association Board of Vasquez, J.D., B.A. '91, account Directors and winner of that organization's • 1994 Marble Falls attorney Eduardo A. representative for the West Group in Miami, Belva Lockwood Award. John I. Smith, Arredondo, J.D., has been named to the Fla., has earned a master's degree in J.D., B.B.A. '88, has received the fIrst Texas Task Force on Indigent Defense by business administration from the University master of laws degree in American Indian Gov. Rick Perry. Kay E. (Knox) Feist, of Miami. and Indigenous Law conferred by the J.D., is president and general counsel of University of Tulsa College of Law. • 1996 James K. Jopling, J.D., is an Knox Industries in Midland. Albert M. Christopher J. Tarrillion, J.D., Universal associate attorney with Langley & Banack, Gutierrez, J.D., is a partner in the law fIrm City, is an associate attorney with Cauthorn Inc., in San Antonio. Rebecca Armendariz of Alvarez Notzon & Gutierrez, LLP, in Hale Hornberger Fuller Sheehan Becker & Klein, J.D., Austin, has been appointed Laredo. C. Patrick Kinder, J.D., has been Beiter, Inc. chairwoman of the Public Utility elected partner at the law offices of Gardere Commission of Texas by Gov. Rick Perry. Wynne Sewell, LLP, in Dallas. Chance M. Joseph A. Monahan, J.D., is an attorney McGhee, J.D., San Antonio, has opened the with Coastal Bend Legal Services in law offices of Cody & McGhee. Sean • 1992 Mehron P. Azarmehr, J.D., has his own law firm in Austin that specializes in immigration and nationality law. Air Force Major Dina Bernstein, J.D., is director of medical law at Wilford Hall Medical Center, Lackland Air Force Base. Elizabeth (Allison) Florence, J.D., is an associate attorney with the law firm of Howie & Sweeney LLP, in Dallas. Brittania I. Hobbs, J.D., is an assistant attorney in the U.S. Attorney's Office-District of Oregon. Jane Peyton Rogers, J.D., is an assistant librarian at Irvin High School in EI Paso.

Portrait of U.S. Juclge H.F "Hippo" Garcia Unveilecl


is an associate attorney with the San Antonio fIrm of Davis, Cedillo & Mendoza Inc. Chad W. Tolar, J.D., is an associate attorney for the McAllen law fum of Garcia & Villarreal LLP. Norma N. (Valdez) Vielma, J.D., has opened a solo law practice in San Antonio.

Marie to Lisa Ann (Wood) Teleha, J.D. '89, and Michael Teleha, Dec. 24, 2000. • Erika to Tomoko Inomata-Hernandez and Jose R. "Joe" Hernandez, J.D. '95, Aug. 10, 2000; David Russell to Sarah Herr Hollenbeck, J.D. '91, and R. Russell Hollenbeck, July 23, 2001; Sophia Noelle to Allison (Wolfle) Lippoldt, B.A. '89, M.A. '91, and Darin Lippoldt, J.D., M.A. '95, B.B.A. '91, Dec. 26, 2001. • Andrew Stone to Daphne Previti Austin, J.D. '96, and John B. Austin, March 23, 2001; Paula Natalia to Marina Garcia Marmolejo, J.D., M.A. '96, and Wesley Boyd, Feb. 28, 2001; Sebastian to Rebecca Ramirez, J.D. '98, and Daniel Palomo, Dec. 1,2001; Joseph Malcolm to Laura M. Vecchio-McCaskill, J.D. '98, and Shawn M. McCaskill, J.D. '98, May 30, 2001; Athena to Griselda (Trevino) Sanchez, J.D. '99, and Edward Sanchez, June 11, 2001; Patrick David McKinley to Ericka and David W. Navarro, J.D. '00, March 18, 2001.

Bill Piatt, dean of the School of Law, (front row, far right) and New Mexico Supreme Court Chief Justice Patricio Serna (front row, second from right) met with several justices of the Supreme Court of the state of Jalisco, Mexico recently and officials from ITESO University (Instituto Tetno/6gito y tie Estutlios Superiores tie Occitlente) in (juadalajara.
• 1998 Aric J. Garza, J.D., B.A. '89, is an associate attorney with the San Antonio law fIrm of Denton Navarro & Bernal Pc. George E. Hyde, J.D., is an associate attorney with Denton Navarro & Bernal PC in San Antonio. Dayla S. Pepi, J.D., supervising attorney at Battered Immigrant Legal Assistance, is a member of the Bexar County Women's Bar Association Board of Directors. Rebecca Ramirez, J.D., is an assistant attorney in the Laredo District Attorney's Office. Roberto Sanchez, J.D., is an associate attorney in the EI Paso law offices of Ray McChristian & Jeans Pc. • 1999 Charles L. Fridge III, J.D., is an attorney in the general litigation division of Shook Hardy & Bacon LLP in Houston.


Suzanne E. Schorlemer, J.D. '91, to Jay Bailey, May 19, 2001; Celeste A. Brown, J.D. '93, to Shane Ruben, Nov. 10,2001; David C. Mayorga, J.D. '93, B.A. '90, to Gloria T. Ayala, B.A. '95, April 28, 2001; Sean Brandon McNelis, J.D. '94, to Ashley Duncan, Dec. 1,2001.

• Sarah Leigh Kuester, J.D. '97, to Todd Spickard, May 5, 2001; Scott Bankler, J.D. '98, to Jennifer Meyer, B.B.A. '95, B.A. '99, Dec. 22, 2001; Mark A. Darling, J.D. '99, to Valerie Ann Martinez, Nov. 24, 2001; Chris M. Dillon, J.D. '99, to Kristina Nocella, Dec. 1,2001; Mark W. Kiehne, J.D. '01, to Tracie M. Jenschke, Sept. 15,2001; • Ricardo Ojeda Jr., J.D., M.B.A. '01, B.B.A. '98, to Jessica C. Alonzo, Sept. 29, 2001.

In Memoriam
• Hipolito F. "Hippo" Garcia, J.D. '51, died Jan. 16,2002; Ferdinand E. Maese, J.D. '51, died Dec. 28, 2001; Clifford Martin, J.D. '54, died Jan. 24, 2002. • Alex Marshall Coe, J.D. '63, died Oct. 25, 2001; Richard R. Devon Sr., B.A., J.D. '64, died Oct. 1,2001; Juan Ellis Blackburn, J.D. '68, died May 1,2002. • Patrick L. Searcy, J.D. '70, died July 20, 2001; M. Kenneth Woodward Jr., J.D. '74, died Feb. 16,2001; Martha S. Siegel, J.D. '78, died Sept. 24, 2000. • James S. Paschal, J.D. '82, died March 25,2001; Abelardo Garza Jr., J.D. '89, died June 13, 2001.

• 2000 Fernando Arias, J.D., M.B.A. '99, is an attorney with Grau & Bassett in Dallas. Elaine Murmann Ferguson, J.D., is an assistant city attorney in Abilene. San Antonio attorney Clarissa L. Lopez, J.D., B.B.A. '97, is an associate attorney with Bingham & Lea PC. David W. Navarro, J.D., Dallas, is an associate attorney with Gardere Wynne Sewell LLP. Lewis Palomino, J.D., is an assistant county attorney in the EI Paso County Attorney's Office Protective Order Unit. Robert A. Stranahan, J.D., is special counsel to Gov. Gary E. Johnson of New Mexico. Regina L. Vasquez-Espinosa, J.D., is an associate attorney in the Fort Worth law offices of Shannon, Gracey, Ratliff & Miller LLP. • 2001 Judith A. Gray, J.D., is an associate attorney in the real estate practice group of Matthews & Branscomb PC in San Antonio. Julie K. Nelson, J.D., is an associate attorney in the McAllen law offices of Michael J. Garza. Catherine E. Till, J.D.,

• Addison John to Terri L. (Galligher) Hagan, J.D. '86, and John Hagan, Sept. 6, 2001; Cormac Quinn to Rachel and Michael D. Harbart, J.D. '89, B.A. '86, April 13, 2001; Quinn Michael and Annalisa

Professor David Schleuter led a contingent of St. Mary's faculty and staff in support of the recent law school graduates preparing to take the Texas Bar exam at the A1ufar Shrine Temple in this summer.


Calendar of
Tuesday-Thursday, Oct. 22-24: Sesquicentennial Fall President's Peace Commission Program, "Problems and Promises of U.S. Education," University Center, Conference Room A, open to the public, no charge. Saturday, Nov. 9: Open house for prospective students,9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday Nov. 14: Red Mass, San Fernando Cathed ral, 6 p.m. Friday, April 4: Law Journal Banquet, La Mansion del Rio, 7 p.m . Saturday, April 5: People's Law School, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, April 5: The Scholar Banquet, time, location TBA Friday, April 11 : Homecoming Continuing Legal Education, time, location TBA Saturday, April 12: Barrister's Ball, time, location TBA Saturday, April 12: Homecoming Mass, Guadalupe Chapel, 4:30 p.m.; Homecoming Oyster Bake, Pecan Grove, 6 to 11 p.m. Friday, April 25: Fiesta Oyster Bake, 5 to 10 p.m. Saturday, April 26: Fiesta Oyster Bake, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, May 17: Law School Commencement Exercises

The St. Mary's University School of law Newsletter


President Charles L. Cotrell, Ph.D. (B.A. '62, M.A. '64) School of Law Dean Robert William "Bill" Piatt Jr. Associate Dean for Student and Academic Affairs Vincent R. Johnson Associate Dean for Administration
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Will Elliott, Karen Persyn

Saturday, Jan. 18: Open house for prospective students,9 a.m. to 3 p.m . Tuesday-Thursday, March 25-27: Spring President's Peace Commission Program, "The Role of the United States in the World," University Center Conference Room A; open to the public, no charge .

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St. Mary's law students (front row, left to right) Rebecca Copeland, Tina Campbell and Monica Galvan with seven members of the Texas Supreme Court, who served as judges at the Texas Young lawyers Association competition in Dallas where the three students won best-of-state honors in moot court competition. Supreme Court justices pidured are: (left to right) James A. Baker, Deborah G. Hankinson, Priscilla R. Owen, Chief Justice Thomas R. Phillips, Craig T. Enoch, Harriet O'Neill and Xavier RodrigueL



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