Law Notes: St. Mary's University School of Law Newsletter Fall 2004

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Hispanic Business Magazine: School of Law Ranks Fourth

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The St. Mary’s University School of Law Newsletter

Fall 2004

Hispanic Business Magazine: School of Law Ranks Fourth
St. Mary’s University School of Law was named among the top law schools in the country for Hispanics by Hispanic Business magazine for the sixth consecutive year. St. Mary’s was ranked fourth among all law schools, the same position it held in 2003. In its September 2004 ranking, Hispanic Business magazine wrote, “Leadership by the Hispanic dean, faculty, students, administrators, and alumni form a strong alliance at St. Mary’s University School of Law…. Hispanic graduates have included three members of Congress, state and federal judges, defense and prosecution attorneys, and a national president of LULAC.” The magazine also noted that “In addition to participation in the school’s Hispanic Law Students Association, Hispanic students serve on the editorial boards of two law journals, hold leadership roles in the Student Bar Association, and occupy key positions in the 38 student organizations at the law school. The school offers a rigorous academic program, with supportive faculty, alumni mentors, and guidance from the Office of Academic Excellence.” Thirty-one percent of the 179 J.D. degrees conferred last year at St. Mary’s were earned by Hispanics. “We certainly appreciate the recognition that comes from rankings such as Hispanic Business magazine, and through our 77-year history we have always believed in educating students from across the social and cultural
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St. Mary’s School of Law alumni, faculty and staff participated in the “Just Take One” campaign of the Community Justice Program, which received the 2004 Texas State Bar Pro Bono Award. On hand were: (left to right) Texas Supreme Court Justice-elect Paul Green (J.D. ’77); professor Al Leopold (rear); Fourth Court of Appeals Justice Phylis Speedlin; Sharon Breckenridge Thomas, director of the Office of Academic Excellence; professor Gerry Beyer; Ana Novoa, director of the clinical program; Dayla Pepi, clinical fellow Center for Legal and Social Justice; Fourth Court of Appeals Justice Karen Angelini (J.D. ’80); professor Sue Bentch; attorney Margaret Netemeyer; Fourth Court of Appeals Justice Sandee Bryan Marion (J.D. ’80); and Bill Piatt, dean.

School of Law, S.A. Bar Association Win Pro Bono Award
The School of Law and the San Antonio Bar Association have been honored with the 2004 Texas State Bar Pro Bono Award for their collaborative efforts to provide legal services to the poor. St. Mary’s Ask-a-Lawyer Program and the Community Justice Program of the San Antonio Bar Association jointly share the award, which is “given to a volunteer attorney organization that has made an outstanding contribution towards guaranteeing access to the legal system by indigents during the past year,” the bar said in a letter announcing the award. “We believe that your innovative joint effort can serve as a model for other cities in Texas of the collaboration possible between law schools and practicing attorneys in providing much needed legal services to low-income clients.” Sister Grace Walle, F.M.I, of law campus ministry, nominated the two programs. They were recognized at the Bar Leader’s Recognition Luncheon of the State Bar Annual Meeting in San Antonio this past June. The Community Justice Program, initiated in 2002, pairs Texas licensed
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Law Alumni Association Honors Beirne, Specia
Some 450 alumni, friends and relatives attended the Distinguished Law Graduate Dinner as the Law Alumni Association honored Houston attorney Martin D. Beirne and 225th District Court Judge John J. Specia Jr. The two are the 34th and 35th graduates to be so honored since the inception of the award in 1973. Additionally, the Alumni Association recognized the St. Mary’s Law
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Message from the Dean
Law Alumni Association Helps Serve Our Students
One of the many factors that helps make St. Mary’s University School of Law a truly great law school has been the renewed commitment by our alumni and the Law Alumni Association to assist our students. The dues that you have been paying to the Law Alumni Association have gone to help our students in many ways. I am grateful to Fourth Court of Appeals Justice Sandee Bryan Marion, president of the association, for her leadership as she follows in the tradition of other presidents who have come to our assistance. This semester alone, the Law Alumni Association hosted a reception for firstyear students during orientation, hosted the firstever Faculty Appreciation Luncheon, contributed more than $10,000 to assist thirdyear students enroll in preparatory programs for the Bill Piatt, Dean and Ryan Professor of Law bar exam, attended faculty meetings and other events, and has generally given a We all are committed to finding ways to tremendous boost to our students. better serve the students. The faculty, law Alumni continue to help to recruit school administration and I are working students and to place them in jobs upon together to identify areas where we can graduation. These thoughtful and enhance the environment for students. important contributions not only serve The Student Bar Association, through the current students, but will inspire them to leadership of its president David similar efforts when they assume their Courreges, works with us in a role as alumni of St. Mary’s University partnership to identify and address the School of Law. needs of students. Al Hartman, assistant dean, and the Law Alumni Association will continue to coordinate a series of events on campus. Our students would love to see you and meet with you. They, you and we will continue to bring the law school into its well-deserved position of prominence. Thank you, once again, for all of your help. n

Law Briefs Visiting Professors Join Law School
Bill Piatt, dean of the School of Law, has announced that three Visiting Professors of Law have joined the school for the 2004-05 academic year. Cheryl George was a staff attorney with the Professional Discipline unit of the State Board for Educator Certification prior to joining St. Mary’s. She earned her bachelor’s degree in 1990 at Howard University

Law School Applications Soar
The law school received a record 2,170 applications for this academic year, a boost of more than 17 percent over last year and more than double the number of applications just six years ago. Texas Court of Criminal Appeals Judge Barbara Nearly 300 students from 24 Hervey (J.D. ‘79) (standing, back) visits with firststates and one Canadian province are entered in the first- year law students during the orientation lunch in the Pecan Grove. year class. The median LSAT score for the incoming class is from Texas, and they received 154, up from 152 the prior year with undergraduate degrees from 90 a median GPA of 3.05. That LSAT colleges and universities. score is in the 62nd percentile of all The students range in age from scores nationally. 20 to 56, and 58 percent are male Additionally, nearly 90 percent and 42 percent are female. n of the incoming students are

District Court Judge Andy Mireles (B.A. ‘72, J.D. ‘75) served as the Paul Casseb Distinguished Summer Visiting Professor at St. Mary’s. Mireles taught Professional Responsibility.

Cheryl George

Suzanne Oliva

David Peeples

and holds a J.D. degree from Texas Tech University. She is active in the legal clinic sponsored by her church. Suzanne Oliva earned a bachelor’s degree in 1987 from St. Mary’s and her J.D. degree from the School of Law in 1996. She has spent time in private practice after working as a certified public accountant. She serves as a director of the Bexar County Women’s Bar Association and is a member of the Professionalism Committee for the State Bar of Texas. David Peeples has served Bexar County for 23 years as a judge, including six years on the Fourth Court of Appeals. He helped found the San Antonio chapter of Child Advocates San Antonio and the First Presbyterian Church Child Care Center. He earned a bachelor’s degree in 1967 from Austin College, a master’s in 1970 and his J.D. degree in 1974 from the University of Texas. n

LL.M. Programs Hit Record Numbers
The LL.M. programs in American Legal Studies and International and Comparative Law at St. Mary’s, established in 1996, have more students enrolled than ever before. The program includes the first exchange student from Chilean Universidad de Valparaíso under a collaborative program of faculty and student academic and cultural exchanges signed early this year. Some 15 students are enrolled in the programs, including Christine Weidenslaufer, who will return to the Universidad de Valparaíso to teach law upon graduation from St. Mary’s. Over the years, the LL.M. programs have changed significantly in content and adjunct faculty involvement, said Bob Summers, director of the LL.M. programs. The LL.M. in American Legal Studies for foreign lawyers and law graduates now emphasizes a solid grounding in the standard Anglo-American legal subjects which LL.M. students must know to be successful in their efforts to become licensed in the United States. The LL.M. program in International and Comparative Law now offers two tracks, one in public international law and one that focuses on private or commercial international law. “Efforts to develop the latter track have been quite successful thanks to the invaluable teaching assistance of San Antonio attorneys who specialize in commercial international law,” Summers said. New courses include international intellectual property, import export law intellectual taxation, international organizations and international labor law, as well as some of the standard courses such as international business transactions. In addition, Summers notes, LL.M. degrees can now be obtained through either full- or part-time study, which makes the program more attractive to local practitioners who participate either as adjunct faculty members or as students. n

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Message from the Dean
Law Alumni Association Helps Serve Our Students
One of the many factors that helps make St. Mary’s University School of Law a truly great law school has been the renewed commitment by our alumni and the Law Alumni Association to assist our students. The dues that you have been paying to the Law Alumni Association have gone to help our students in many ways. I am grateful to Fourth Court of Appeals Justice Sandee Bryan Marion, president of the association, for her leadership as she follows in the tradition of other presidents who have come to our assistance. This semester alone, the Law Alumni Association hosted a reception for firstyear students during orientation, hosted the firstever Faculty Appreciation Luncheon, contributed more than $10,000 to assist thirdyear students enroll in preparatory programs for the Bill Piatt, Dean and Ryan Professor of Law bar exam, attended faculty meetings and other events, and has generally given a We all are committed to finding ways to tremendous boost to our students. better serve the students. The faculty, law Alumni continue to help to recruit school administration and I are working students and to place them in jobs upon together to identify areas where we can graduation. These thoughtful and enhance the environment for students. important contributions not only serve The Student Bar Association, through the current students, but will inspire them to leadership of its president David similar efforts when they assume their Courreges, works with us in a role as alumni of St. Mary’s University partnership to identify and address the School of Law. needs of students. Al Hartman, assistant dean, and the Law Alumni Association will continue to coordinate a series of events on campus. Our students would love to see you and meet with you. They, you and we will continue to bring the law school into its well-deserved position of prominence. Thank you, once again, for all of your help. n

Law Briefs Visiting Professors Join Law School
Bill Piatt, dean of the School of Law, has announced that three Visiting Professors of Law have joined the school for the 2004-05 academic year. Cheryl George was a staff attorney with the Professional Discipline unit of the State Board for Educator Certification prior to joining St. Mary’s. She earned her bachelor’s degree in 1990 at Howard University

Law School Applications Soar
The law school received a record 2,170 applications for this academic year, a boost of more than 17 percent over last year and more than double the number of applications just six years ago. Texas Court of Criminal Appeals Judge Barbara Nearly 300 students from 24 Hervey (J.D. ‘79) (standing, back) visits with firststates and one Canadian province are entered in the first- year law students during the orientation lunch in the Pecan Grove. year class. The median LSAT score for the incoming class is from Texas, and they received 154, up from 152 the prior year with undergraduate degrees from 90 a median GPA of 3.05. That LSAT colleges and universities. score is in the 62nd percentile of all The students range in age from scores nationally. 20 to 56, and 58 percent are male Additionally, nearly 90 percent and 42 percent are female. n of the incoming students are

District Court Judge Andy Mireles (B.A. ‘72, J.D. ‘75) served as the Paul Casseb Distinguished Summer Visiting Professor at St. Mary’s. Mireles taught Professional Responsibility.

Cheryl George

Suzanne Oliva

David Peeples

and holds a J.D. degree from Texas Tech University. She is active in the legal clinic sponsored by her church. Suzanne Oliva earned a bachelor’s degree in 1987 from St. Mary’s and her J.D. degree from the School of Law in 1996. She has spent time in private practice after working as a certified public accountant. She serves as a director of the Bexar County Women’s Bar Association and is a member of the Professionalism Committee for the State Bar of Texas. David Peeples has served Bexar County for 23 years as a judge, including six years on the Fourth Court of Appeals. He helped found the San Antonio chapter of Child Advocates San Antonio and the First Presbyterian Church Child Care Center. He earned a bachelor’s degree in 1967 from Austin College, a master’s in 1970 and his J.D. degree in 1974 from the University of Texas. n

LL.M. Programs Hit Record Numbers
The LL.M. programs in American Legal Studies and International and Comparative Law at St. Mary’s, established in 1996, have more students enrolled than ever before. The program includes the first exchange student from Chilean Universidad de Valparaíso under a collaborative program of faculty and student academic and cultural exchanges signed early this year. Some 15 students are enrolled in the programs, including Christine Weidenslaufer, who will return to the Universidad de Valparaíso to teach law upon graduation from St. Mary’s. Over the years, the LL.M. programs have changed significantly in content and adjunct faculty involvement, said Bob Summers, director of the LL.M. programs. The LL.M. in American Legal Studies for foreign lawyers and law graduates now emphasizes a solid grounding in the standard Anglo-American legal subjects which LL.M. students must know to be successful in their efforts to become licensed in the United States. The LL.M. program in International and Comparative Law now offers two tracks, one in public international law and one that focuses on private or commercial international law. “Efforts to develop the latter track have been quite successful thanks to the invaluable teaching assistance of San Antonio attorneys who specialize in commercial international law,” Summers said. New courses include international intellectual property, import export law intellectual taxation, international organizations and international labor law, as well as some of the standard courses such as international business transactions. In addition, Summers notes, LL.M. degrees can now be obtained through either full- or part-time study, which makes the program more attractive to local practitioners who participate either as adjunct faculty members or as students. n

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Law Briefs

47 Law Graduates Selected as ‘Rising Stars’
In 2003, Law & Politics Magazine and Texas Monthly conducted a survey of Texas attorneys to identify Texas’ “Super Lawyers.” This year they surveyed those Super Lawyers, who comprise the top 5 percent of the Texas Bar, to identify the top 2.5 percent of up-and-coming Texas attorneys. The magazines dubbed these attorneys, who are 40 years old or younger or who have been practicing law for 10 or fewer years, Texas Super Lawyers Rising Stars. Forty-seven St. Mary’s Law alumni were selected as Rising Stars — five percent of the nearly 900 selected for inclusion. The following law alumni were named Rising Stars:
n Frank Alvarez, J.D. ’96, Hermes Sargent
Bates, Dallas Deaderick, Austin

n James Martin Truss, J.D. ’96, Cox Smith
Matthews, San Antonio

State Bar Recognizes Cantu, Lopez

n Amy Ann Geistweidt, J.D. ’93, Higdon
Hardy & Zuflacht, San Antonio

n Stacy Graef Vancil, J.D. ’95, Holland &
Knight, San Antonio

n Ami Elizabeth Gordon, J.D. ’98, Akin Gump
Strauss Hauer & Feld, San Antonio

n LoAn Kim Vo, J.D. ’99, Lyons & Rhodes,
San Antonio

n Marc E. Gravely, J.D. ’93, Gravely &
Pearson, San Antonio

n James M. Warner, J.D. ’98, Decker Jones
McMackin McClane Hall & Bates, Fort Worth

n Jonathan Kiesler Henderson, J.D. ’92,
Hughes & Luce, Dallas

n Daniel L. Hargrove, J.D. ’94, Hargrove &
Rea, San Antonio

n Parker A. Wilson, J.D. ’94, Valero Energy
Corp., San Antonio

A member of the faculty at the School of Law and one of its alumni were honored by the State Bar of Texas in June with the Pioneer Award, which commemorates the 50th anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education. This award is given to individuals who “were the first to attend or matriculate and/or the first to make a significant impact on the law school and/or community at large.” Professor Charles E. Cantu (J.D. ’64), and Chief Justice Alma Lopez (B.B.A. ’65, J.D. ’69), 4th Court of Appeals, were the two

from St. Mary’s who were recognized. Cantu was recognized for being the most senior Hispanic member of a law faculty in the United States as well as for his work in legal education over the past 39 years, including service to the American Bar Association, Law School Admissions Council, the American Association of Law Schools, the State Bar of Texas and various other civic organizations. Lopez was recognized for being the first Hispanic woman to be Chief Justice of the Fourth Court of Appeals. n

n Jon Mark Hogg, J.D. ’92, Jackson Walker,
San Antonio

n West Worrell Winter, J.D. ’98, Clemens &
Spencer, San Antonio

n Timothy D. Howell, J.D. ’97, Cantey &
Hanger, Fort Worth

n James Otto Wyss, J.D. ’96, Law Snakard &
Gambill, Fort Worth

Law Student Secures Internship at The Hague
Leila Ben Debba spent this past summer like many second-year law students — working as an intern. Her internship, however, wasn’t as a law clerk in an attorney’s office or even for a state or federal district judge, all highly sought after positions that provide valuable experiences. Leila Ben Debba served as She instead found an internship the recording secretary for overseas where she rubbed elbows the Special Commission of with lawyers and judges from around June 2004 on the the world and got an up-close look into International Recovery of the workings of international law. Ben Child Support and Other Debba, now a third-year student, secured Forms of Family Maintenance Convention. an internship at The Hague Conference on Private International Law, in the Netherlands. While there she was designated as the recording secretary for the Special Commission of June 2004 on the International Recovery of Child Support and Other Forms of Family Maintenance Convention held at the Peace Palace, which houses the International Court of Justice and International Court of Arbitration. To prepare for that, she and a French partner spent two weeks before the commission familiarizing themselves with materials dating back to 1973 to understand the process involved in creating the treaty. “The focus on legal writing and research at St. Mary’s was really helpful,” she said, adding that after they researched the three decades worth of background “we had to condense it to memo form. The (attention to detail) that faculty require of the first year really paid off for me.” In addition, being fluent in three languages — English, French and Arabic — didn’t hurt. Ben Debba, who studied law in Tunisia before getting her bachelor of arts degree in international business from Virginia Wesleyan College, said her training at St. Mary’s was crucial to allowing her to excel in the internship. “In Europe, the study of law is mainly theoretically based. There is practically no hands-on study, but you really get that at St. Mary’s. That really helped me pick the points out fairly The Peace Palace is home to the International quickly because of what we do here at St. Mary’s.” Court of Justice and the International Court of Arbitration in The Hague. Among other responsibilities during her internship Ben Debba rewrote comments submitted by nonEnglish speaking judges for inclusion in a newsletter; prepared daily bilingual English/French reports on the suggestions, concessions, and objections to the Convention that were made part of the permanent treaty collection for the Special Commission; conducted trilingual legal research in Arabic, English and French in e-commerce, regional and international legal instruments, recognition and enforcement of foreign judgments, public policy and family law; coordinated efforts to create the International Child Abduction Statistical Database between 14 ministries of justice worldwide and The Hague Conference; translated into Arabic The Hague Convention’s explanatory documents and official brochures for use by former U.N. Sectary General Boutros Boutros Ghali. Ben Debba says she is not sure she would have been able to take on the internship without the financial support she received through two scholarships, as well as the support from associate deans Bonita Roberts and Vincent Johnson and professor Bob Summers. “This was an incredible experience, but I couldn’t have done this without their support.” n

n Richard J. Kasson, J.D. ’97, Brin & Brin, San
Antonio

n Harold C. Zuflacht, J.D. ’89, Higdon Hardy
& Zuflacht, San Antonio

n Gregg Raul Kosterlitzky, J.D. ’97, Cox Smith
Matthews, San Antonio

n Barbara Ann Armstrong, B.A. ’88, J.D. ’96,
Law Office of Barbara D. Nunneley, Hurst

n Daniel W. Lanfear, B.A. ’89, J.D. ’92, Cox
Smith Matthews, San Antonio

n Antonia “Toni” Arteaga, J.D. ’00, Law
Office of Toni Arteaga, San Antonio

n Robert E. Longo, J.D. ’93, Jenkens &
Gilchrist, Houston

School of Law Nationally Ranked
Continued from page 1

n Kellie Bailey, J.D. ’93, Law Office of Kellie
Bailey, Austin

n Renee Forinash McElhaney, J.D. ’93, Cox
Smith Matthews, San Antonio

n Scott B. Bankler, J.D. ’98, Cox Smith
Matthews, San Antonio

n Robert N. McGehee Jr., J.D. ’94, Gwinn &
Roby, Fort Worth

n William T. Bayern, J.D. ’93, Bayern &
Aycock, San Antonio

n Sean B. McNelis, J.D. ’94, Japhet & Duncan
& McNelis, San Antonio

n Patricia Canales Bell, J.D. ’94, Canales &
Simonson, Corpus Christi

n John Edward McStravick, J.D. ’98, PPM
Energy, Houston

n Sean Patrick Brennan, J.D. ’93, Fulbright &
Jaworski, Dallas

n Shannon P. Moralez, J.D. ’98, Zachry
Construction Corp., San Antonio

n Joseph F. Brophy III, J.D. ’93, Watson Bishop
London Brophy, Austin

n Stan Pietrusiak, J.D. ’97, Bracewell &
Patterson, San Antonio

n Robert E. Brzezinski, J.D. ’92, Lyons &
Rhodes, San Antonio

n Christine E. Reinhard, J.D. ’99, Akin Gump
Strauss Hauer & Feld, San Antonio

n Duane L. Bunce, J.D. ’95, Baucum Steed
Barker, San Antonio

n Christopher C. Rulon, J.D. ’94, Bracewell &
Patterson, San Antonio

n Gregory Michael Clift, J.D. ’96, Clouse Dunn
Hirsch, Dallas

n Kelly Killian Satel, J.D. ’96, Bracewell &
Patterson, San Antonio

n Thomas A. Culpepper, J.D. ’91, Thompson
Coe Cousins & Irons, Dallas

n Thad D. Spalding, J.D. ’94, Hermes Sargent
Bates, Dallas

n George Michael DeGeurin Jr., J.D. ’96,
Foreman DeGeurin & Nugent, Houston

n William L. Tatsch, J.D. ’00, Shannon Gracey
Ratliff & Miller, Fort Worth

n William W. Durham, J.D. ’92, Park &
Durham, Hunstville

n Tracy C. Temple, J.D. ’95, Bracewell &
Patterson, Houston

spectrum,” said Bill Piatt, dean. More than 7,000 attorneys have graduated from St. Mary’s University School of Law since its founding in 1927, including some of the nation’s first minority law school graduates. In compiling the rankings, the magazine takes into account a school’s academic excellence and looks at enrollment, faculty, student services and retention rate. Hispanic Business magazine’s 2004 Top 10 Law Schools for Hispanics rankings are: University of Texas at Austin, University of Miami, University of Florida, St. Mary’s University, Stanford University, Loyola Marymount University, University of Arizona, Southwestern University, University of Nevada at Las Vegas and Florida State University. n

n Ross Ehlinger, J.D. ’92, Grove Ehlinger &

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Law Briefs

Law Briefs

47 Law Graduates Selected as ‘Rising Stars’
In 2003, Law & Politics Magazine and Texas Monthly conducted a survey of Texas attorneys to identify Texas’ “Super Lawyers.” This year they surveyed those Super Lawyers, who comprise the top 5 percent of the Texas Bar, to identify the top 2.5 percent of up-and-coming Texas attorneys. The magazines dubbed these attorneys, who are 40 years old or younger or who have been practicing law for 10 or fewer years, Texas Super Lawyers Rising Stars. Forty-seven St. Mary’s Law alumni were selected as Rising Stars — five percent of the nearly 900 selected for inclusion. The following law alumni were named Rising Stars:
n Frank Alvarez, J.D. ’96, Hermes Sargent
Bates, Dallas Deaderick, Austin

n James Martin Truss, J.D. ’96, Cox Smith
Matthews, San Antonio

State Bar Recognizes Cantu, Lopez

n Amy Ann Geistweidt, J.D. ’93, Higdon
Hardy & Zuflacht, San Antonio

n Stacy Graef Vancil, J.D. ’95, Holland &
Knight, San Antonio

n Ami Elizabeth Gordon, J.D. ’98, Akin Gump
Strauss Hauer & Feld, San Antonio

n LoAn Kim Vo, J.D. ’99, Lyons & Rhodes,
San Antonio

n Marc E. Gravely, J.D. ’93, Gravely &
Pearson, San Antonio

n James M. Warner, J.D. ’98, Decker Jones
McMackin McClane Hall & Bates, Fort Worth

n Jonathan Kiesler Henderson, J.D. ’92,
Hughes & Luce, Dallas

n Daniel L. Hargrove, J.D. ’94, Hargrove &
Rea, San Antonio

n Parker A. Wilson, J.D. ’94, Valero Energy
Corp., San Antonio

A member of the faculty at the School of Law and one of its alumni were honored by the State Bar of Texas in June with the Pioneer Award, which commemorates the 50th anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education. This award is given to individuals who “were the first to attend or matriculate and/or the first to make a significant impact on the law school and/or community at large.” Professor Charles E. Cantu (J.D. ’64), and Chief Justice Alma Lopez (B.B.A. ’65, J.D. ’69), 4th Court of Appeals, were the two

from St. Mary’s who were recognized. Cantu was recognized for being the most senior Hispanic member of a law faculty in the United States as well as for his work in legal education over the past 39 years, including service to the American Bar Association, Law School Admissions Council, the American Association of Law Schools, the State Bar of Texas and various other civic organizations. Lopez was recognized for being the first Hispanic woman to be Chief Justice of the Fourth Court of Appeals. n

n Jon Mark Hogg, J.D. ’92, Jackson Walker,
San Antonio

n West Worrell Winter, J.D. ’98, Clemens &
Spencer, San Antonio

n Timothy D. Howell, J.D. ’97, Cantey &
Hanger, Fort Worth

n James Otto Wyss, J.D. ’96, Law Snakard &
Gambill, Fort Worth

Law Student Secures Internship at The Hague
Leila Ben Debba spent this past summer like many second-year law students — working as an intern. Her internship, however, wasn’t as a law clerk in an attorney’s office or even for a state or federal district judge, all highly sought after positions that provide valuable experiences. Leila Ben Debba served as She instead found an internship the recording secretary for overseas where she rubbed elbows the Special Commission of with lawyers and judges from around June 2004 on the the world and got an up-close look into International Recovery of the workings of international law. Ben Child Support and Other Debba, now a third-year student, secured Forms of Family Maintenance Convention. an internship at The Hague Conference on Private International Law, in the Netherlands. While there she was designated as the recording secretary for the Special Commission of June 2004 on the International Recovery of Child Support and Other Forms of Family Maintenance Convention held at the Peace Palace, which houses the International Court of Justice and International Court of Arbitration. To prepare for that, she and a French partner spent two weeks before the commission familiarizing themselves with materials dating back to 1973 to understand the process involved in creating the treaty. “The focus on legal writing and research at St. Mary’s was really helpful,” she said, adding that after they researched the three decades worth of background “we had to condense it to memo form. The (attention to detail) that faculty require of the first year really paid off for me.” In addition, being fluent in three languages — English, French and Arabic — didn’t hurt. Ben Debba, who studied law in Tunisia before getting her bachelor of arts degree in international business from Virginia Wesleyan College, said her training at St. Mary’s was crucial to allowing her to excel in the internship. “In Europe, the study of law is mainly theoretically based. There is practically no hands-on study, but you really get that at St. Mary’s. That really helped me pick the points out fairly The Peace Palace is home to the International quickly because of what we do here at St. Mary’s.” Court of Justice and the International Court of Arbitration in The Hague. Among other responsibilities during her internship Ben Debba rewrote comments submitted by nonEnglish speaking judges for inclusion in a newsletter; prepared daily bilingual English/French reports on the suggestions, concessions, and objections to the Convention that were made part of the permanent treaty collection for the Special Commission; conducted trilingual legal research in Arabic, English and French in e-commerce, regional and international legal instruments, recognition and enforcement of foreign judgments, public policy and family law; coordinated efforts to create the International Child Abduction Statistical Database between 14 ministries of justice worldwide and The Hague Conference; translated into Arabic The Hague Convention’s explanatory documents and official brochures for use by former U.N. Sectary General Boutros Boutros Ghali. Ben Debba says she is not sure she would have been able to take on the internship without the financial support she received through two scholarships, as well as the support from associate deans Bonita Roberts and Vincent Johnson and professor Bob Summers. “This was an incredible experience, but I couldn’t have done this without their support.” n

n Richard J. Kasson, J.D. ’97, Brin & Brin, San
Antonio

n Harold C. Zuflacht, J.D. ’89, Higdon Hardy
& Zuflacht, San Antonio

n Gregg Raul Kosterlitzky, J.D. ’97, Cox Smith
Matthews, San Antonio

n Barbara Ann Armstrong, B.A. ’88, J.D. ’96,
Law Office of Barbara D. Nunneley, Hurst

n Daniel W. Lanfear, B.A. ’89, J.D. ’92, Cox
Smith Matthews, San Antonio

n Antonia “Toni” Arteaga, J.D. ’00, Law
Office of Toni Arteaga, San Antonio

n Robert E. Longo, J.D. ’93, Jenkens &
Gilchrist, Houston

School of Law Nationally Ranked
Continued from page 1

n Kellie Bailey, J.D. ’93, Law Office of Kellie
Bailey, Austin

n Renee Forinash McElhaney, J.D. ’93, Cox
Smith Matthews, San Antonio

n Scott B. Bankler, J.D. ’98, Cox Smith
Matthews, San Antonio

n Robert N. McGehee Jr., J.D. ’94, Gwinn &
Roby, Fort Worth

n William T. Bayern, J.D. ’93, Bayern &
Aycock, San Antonio

n Sean B. McNelis, J.D. ’94, Japhet & Duncan
& McNelis, San Antonio

n Patricia Canales Bell, J.D. ’94, Canales &
Simonson, Corpus Christi

n John Edward McStravick, J.D. ’98, PPM
Energy, Houston

n Sean Patrick Brennan, J.D. ’93, Fulbright &
Jaworski, Dallas

n Shannon P. Moralez, J.D. ’98, Zachry
Construction Corp., San Antonio

n Joseph F. Brophy III, J.D. ’93, Watson Bishop
London Brophy, Austin

n Stan Pietrusiak, J.D. ’97, Bracewell &
Patterson, San Antonio

n Robert E. Brzezinski, J.D. ’92, Lyons &
Rhodes, San Antonio

n Christine E. Reinhard, J.D. ’99, Akin Gump
Strauss Hauer & Feld, San Antonio

n Duane L. Bunce, J.D. ’95, Baucum Steed
Barker, San Antonio

n Christopher C. Rulon, J.D. ’94, Bracewell &
Patterson, San Antonio

n Gregory Michael Clift, J.D. ’96, Clouse Dunn
Hirsch, Dallas

n Kelly Killian Satel, J.D. ’96, Bracewell &
Patterson, San Antonio

n Thomas A. Culpepper, J.D. ’91, Thompson
Coe Cousins & Irons, Dallas

n Thad D. Spalding, J.D. ’94, Hermes Sargent
Bates, Dallas

n George Michael DeGeurin Jr., J.D. ’96,
Foreman DeGeurin & Nugent, Houston

n William L. Tatsch, J.D. ’00, Shannon Gracey
Ratliff & Miller, Fort Worth

n William W. Durham, J.D. ’92, Park &
Durham, Hunstville

n Tracy C. Temple, J.D. ’95, Bracewell &
Patterson, Houston

spectrum,” said Bill Piatt, dean. More than 7,000 attorneys have graduated from St. Mary’s University School of Law since its founding in 1927, including some of the nation’s first minority law school graduates. In compiling the rankings, the magazine takes into account a school’s academic excellence and looks at enrollment, faculty, student services and retention rate. Hispanic Business magazine’s 2004 Top 10 Law Schools for Hispanics rankings are: University of Texas at Austin, University of Miami, University of Florida, St. Mary’s University, Stanford University, Loyola Marymount University, University of Arizona, Southwestern University, University of Nevada at Las Vegas and Florida State University. n

n Ross Ehlinger, J.D. ’92, Grove Ehlinger &

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Justice O’Connor Highlights Innsbruck Program
U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor returned for a second time as a distinguished visiting jurist at the St. Mary’s University Institute on World Legal Problems in Innsbruck, Austria this past summer. O’Connor has served on the Supreme Court since 1981, the first of three justices nominated by President Reagan and the first woman justice of the Supreme Court. She taught a one-credit course on Promoting the Rule of Law, and gave several lectures on how countries can structure legal systems to protect the rights and liberties of citizens. O’Connor also received the law school’s Rosewood Gavel Award for outstanding judicial service at a reception in her honor. Some 85 students from 20 law schools around the country and Europe took part in the 19th annual institute. The five-week program is designed for law students to give them a broader understanding of global issues and the role that law can play in their peaceful resolution. Since its inception, students from 115 of the 180 American Bar Association-accredited law schools in the country have participated in the institute, said Michael Ariens, co-director of the institute. n

attorneys with people in need of legal assistance. It is held twice a month, once at the School of Law’s Center for Legal and Social Justice and once at the Carver Center. Chaired by 407th District Court Judge Karen Pozza (J.D. ’91), and Fourth Court of Appeals Justice Phylis Speedlin (J.D. ’83), the program initiated a “Just Take One” campaign, urging attorneys to volunteer to take just one case a year. In April, some 20 faculty and staff of the law school who hold Texas law licenses participated in that campaign at the Center for Legal and Social Justice. “Despite the random pairings, tight timeframe, and lack of a traditional law office environment, attorneys provided high-quality services to needy clients who were beyond grateful for the opportunity to have access to the benefits our legal system provides,” law professor Gerry Beyer wrote in an article in the San Antonio Bar newsletter. “An evening which I had viewed with some trepidation turned out to be one of the most rewarding nights of my career.” “This is a real help to the community, and is just one way we, as the only law school in the area, can help make a significant contribution to the residents of this area,” added Bill Piatt, dean of the School of Law. For a case to be taken on by the Community Justice Program, residents must meet financial requirements and the cases have to be agreed, in default or uncontested, said Ana Novoa, director of the center.

Ana Novoa (left to right), director of the clinical program at the School of Law's Center for Legal and Social Justice, and Jane Fritz, executive director of the Community Justice Program for the San Antonio Bar Association, receive the Pro Bono Award from Becky Wilkerson, past president of the State Bar of Texas.

The Ask-a-Lawyer clinic is offered twice a year at St. Jude’s Catholic Church where clients without financial means can speak to law students regarding their legal concerns. The students confer with a pro bono attorney and relay advice to the client. The programs merged their efforts this year. Law students will continue to offer their services at the Ask-a-Lawyer clinic with the cases referred to the Community Justice Program’s monthly court nights at the Center for Legal and Social Justice. According to the State Bar Journal, the program has been a resounding success. Some “669 attorneys have committed to

‘Just Take One’ case per year; 168 family law practitioners have volunteered to be mentors; 48 law firms or bar groups have participated; 310 non-attorneys have volunteered; and the program has accepted 611 pro bono cases.” “When Phylis and I began working with the leaders of bar groups to establish a permanent pro bono program two years ago, we certainly set high goals, but I’m not sure either of us could have imagined how the program would be embraced by the legal community,” Pozza said. “It is rewarding to see how the CJP has blossomed, thanks to the commitment of our entire legal community.” n

St. Mary's law students (left to right) Kathleen Warner, Amirra Thurow and Edward Marvin chat with Justice Sandra Day O'Connor at a reception in Innsbruck, Austria.

A Legacy of Faith and Law

Breckenridge Thomas Named Director of Office of Academic Excellence
Sharon Breckenridge Thomas, a 1985 graduate of St. Mary’s University School of Law, has been named director of the Office of Academic Excellence at the school. She previously was acting director of the office, which focuses on helping students develop skills necessary for academic success in law school and optimal success on the bar examination. Additionally, Breckenridge Thomas has taught courses at the law school as an adjunct faculty member since 1998 in labor and employment law, workplace employment discrimination and EEOC litigation tactics. She currently teaches arbitration law in the Alternative Dispute Resolution Studies Program. She received her undergraduate degree, cum laude, from St. Mary’s in 1982. She served as the president of the St. Mary’s Law Alumni Association from 1999 to 2001 and on the St. Mary’s University Board of Trustees in 2002. n

Bill Piatt, law school dean, confers with a client at the Community Justice Program.

Renee McElhaney (J.D. ’93) (left) president-elect of the St. Mary’s Law Alumni Association and representing the William S. Sessions American Inn of Court, and Rosa Maria Gonzalez (B.A. ’87, J.D. ’01), representing the Children’s Court Attorneys Association walk in the procession from the Bexar County Courthouse to San Fernando Cathedral to participate in the 52nd annual Red Mass, in which members of the judicial, executive and legislative branches join together to invoke God’s blessings on the judicial year.

Monsignor Andrew L. Anderson, J.C.D., judicial vicar of the Archdiocese of Miami and adjunct professor at St. Thomas University School of Law, delivered the homily at this year’s Red Mass, which is coordinated annually by St. Mary’s University in conjunction with the Catholic Lawyers Guild.

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Justice O’Connor Highlights Innsbruck Program
U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor returned for a second time as a distinguished visiting jurist at the St. Mary’s University Institute on World Legal Problems in Innsbruck, Austria this past summer. O’Connor has served on the Supreme Court since 1981, the first of three justices nominated by President Reagan and the first woman justice of the Supreme Court. She taught a one-credit course on Promoting the Rule of Law, and gave several lectures on how countries can structure legal systems to protect the rights and liberties of citizens. O’Connor also received the law school’s Rosewood Gavel Award for outstanding judicial service at a reception in her honor. Some 85 students from 20 law schools around the country and Europe took part in the 19th annual institute. The five-week program is designed for law students to give them a broader understanding of global issues and the role that law can play in their peaceful resolution. Since its inception, students from 115 of the 180 American Bar Association-accredited law schools in the country have participated in the institute, said Michael Ariens, co-director of the institute. n

attorneys with people in need of legal assistance. It is held twice a month, once at the School of Law’s Center for Legal and Social Justice and once at the Carver Center. Chaired by 407th District Court Judge Karen Pozza (J.D. ’91), and Fourth Court of Appeals Justice Phylis Speedlin (J.D. ’83), the program initiated a “Just Take One” campaign, urging attorneys to volunteer to take just one case a year. In April, some 20 faculty and staff of the law school who hold Texas law licenses participated in that campaign at the Center for Legal and Social Justice. “Despite the random pairings, tight timeframe, and lack of a traditional law office environment, attorneys provided high-quality services to needy clients who were beyond grateful for the opportunity to have access to the benefits our legal system provides,” law professor Gerry Beyer wrote in an article in the San Antonio Bar newsletter. “An evening which I had viewed with some trepidation turned out to be one of the most rewarding nights of my career.” “This is a real help to the community, and is just one way we, as the only law school in the area, can help make a significant contribution to the residents of this area,” added Bill Piatt, dean of the School of Law. For a case to be taken on by the Community Justice Program, residents must meet financial requirements and the cases have to be agreed, in default or uncontested, said Ana Novoa, director of the center.

Ana Novoa (left to right), director of the clinical program at the School of Law's Center for Legal and Social Justice, and Jane Fritz, executive director of the Community Justice Program for the San Antonio Bar Association, receive the Pro Bono Award from Becky Wilkerson, past president of the State Bar of Texas.

The Ask-a-Lawyer clinic is offered twice a year at St. Jude’s Catholic Church where clients without financial means can speak to law students regarding their legal concerns. The students confer with a pro bono attorney and relay advice to the client. The programs merged their efforts this year. Law students will continue to offer their services at the Ask-a-Lawyer clinic with the cases referred to the Community Justice Program’s monthly court nights at the Center for Legal and Social Justice. According to the State Bar Journal, the program has been a resounding success. Some “669 attorneys have committed to

‘Just Take One’ case per year; 168 family law practitioners have volunteered to be mentors; 48 law firms or bar groups have participated; 310 non-attorneys have volunteered; and the program has accepted 611 pro bono cases.” “When Phylis and I began working with the leaders of bar groups to establish a permanent pro bono program two years ago, we certainly set high goals, but I’m not sure either of us could have imagined how the program would be embraced by the legal community,” Pozza said. “It is rewarding to see how the CJP has blossomed, thanks to the commitment of our entire legal community.” n

St. Mary's law students (left to right) Kathleen Warner, Amirra Thurow and Edward Marvin chat with Justice Sandra Day O'Connor at a reception in Innsbruck, Austria.

A Legacy of Faith and Law

Breckenridge Thomas Named Director of Office of Academic Excellence
Sharon Breckenridge Thomas, a 1985 graduate of St. Mary’s University School of Law, has been named director of the Office of Academic Excellence at the school. She previously was acting director of the office, which focuses on helping students develop skills necessary for academic success in law school and optimal success on the bar examination. Additionally, Breckenridge Thomas has taught courses at the law school as an adjunct faculty member since 1998 in labor and employment law, workplace employment discrimination and EEOC litigation tactics. She currently teaches arbitration law in the Alternative Dispute Resolution Studies Program. She received her undergraduate degree, cum laude, from St. Mary’s in 1982. She served as the president of the St. Mary’s Law Alumni Association from 1999 to 2001 and on the St. Mary’s University Board of Trustees in 2002. n

Bill Piatt, law school dean, confers with a client at the Community Justice Program.

Renee McElhaney (J.D. ’93) (left) president-elect of the St. Mary’s Law Alumni Association and representing the William S. Sessions American Inn of Court, and Rosa Maria Gonzalez (B.A. ’87, J.D. ’01), representing the Children’s Court Attorneys Association walk in the procession from the Bexar County Courthouse to San Fernando Cathedral to participate in the 52nd annual Red Mass, in which members of the judicial, executive and legislative branches join together to invoke God’s blessings on the judicial year.

Monsignor Andrew L. Anderson, J.C.D., judicial vicar of the Archdiocese of Miami and adjunct professor at St. Thomas University School of Law, delivered the homily at this year’s Red Mass, which is coordinated annually by St. Mary’s University in conjunction with the Catholic Lawyers Guild.

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Journal for its 35-year legacy to the legal profession, and many current and former members of the Law Journal were on hand for the night’s activities. Beirne graduated with honors from the law school in 1969 and now is a partner Renee McElhaney (J.D. '93) (left) presidentin the Houston law firm Beirne, Maynard & Parsons elect of the St. Mary's Law Alumni Association, and Bill Piatt, (right) dean of the LLP. He told the crowd he law school, flank Martin D. Beirne (J.D. '69) was overwhelmed by the and John J. Specia (J.D. '75) at the recognition and honored Distinguished Law Graduate Dinner at the that he was chosen. As the Westin Riverwalk. founding editor in chief of the Law Journal in1969, Beirne said he was amazed that he and fellow law students were able to push the project through, getting help from many professors as well as other law journals from around the country. The legacy he helped create — the St. Mary’s Law Journal — is now the fourth most cited law journal in the country by state and federal courts over a seven-year period. In 2003 Beirne was listed as “one of the top attorneys in the nation to call when your company is in a pinch” by Corporate Legal Times. Specia, who graduated from the law school in 1975 was elected to the 225th District Court in 1988 after serving as master in the 289th Family and Juvenile District Court from 1985 to 1988 and in private practice. From 1978 to 1985 he was an attorney for the Texas Department of Human Resources Region IX (9). He received the Rosewood Gavel Award from St. Mary’s in 2001. n

Bill Piatt, dean of the School of Law, is flanked by second year law students Amy Yi and Karen Muñoz on the summit of Monte Albantos, Spain, in June. The students, along with fellow second year student Rachel Rogers, were in Piatt’s comparative immigration law class during the summer program sponsored by St. Thomas University School of Law in Miami.

1940s
n 1949 Samuel F. Biery, J.D., San Antonio, and
his wife, Clara Belle, celebrated their 61st wedding anniversary on Jan. 23, 2004.

1960s
n 1965 John S. Carroll, J.D., former Hawaii
state representative and senator, returned to the private practice of law at his new office in Kona.

attorneys in the category of business litigation by the Denver Business Journal. Lawrence A. Waks, J.D., a partner with Jackson Walker LLP in Austin, was named to the 2003 “Top 50 Central and West Texas Region Super Lawyers” list in a survey conducted by Law & Politics Media Inc. and Texas Monthly.

n 1984 David T. “Tom” Sleeth, M.D., J.D.,
Guntersville, Ala., completed medical school and residency, and is an emergency room physician in northeastern Alabama.

n 1986 Steven J. Berry, J.D., Fort Worth,
formed the law partnership of Wright & Berry LLP. Elizabeth J. Lindell, J.D., is an associate with the San Antonio law offices of Prichard Hawkins & Young.

n 1979 Patricia L. Akers, J.D., Cedar Park,
is a partner with Bickerstaff, Heath, Smiley, Polan, Kever & McDaniel LLP in Austin. Charles A. Beckham Jr., J.D., Houston, a partner with Haynes & Boone LLP, was named to the 2003 “Texas Super Lawyers” list and the “Top 100 Houston Region Super Lawyers” list in a survey conducted by Law & Politics Media Inc. and Texas Monthly. Joyce G. Mazero, J.D., a partner with Jenkens & Gilchrist in Dallas, was named to the 2003 “Top 50 Female Super Lawyers” list in a survey conducted by Law & Politics Media Inc. and Texas Monthly. Mary Jo McCurley, J.D., a partner with McCurley Orsinger McCurley & Nelson in Dallas, was named to the 2003 “Top 50 Female Super Lawyers” list in a survey conducted by Law & Politics Media Inc. and Texas Monthly.

n 1987 Beth M. Maultsby, J.D., Dallas, is judge
of the 303rd District Court.

n 1989 Celinda Baez Guerra, J.D., B.B.A. ’86,
an attorney with Michael Flume PC, was named a “rising star” in the San Antonio Business Journal’s 2003 “40 Under 40” listing. Darryl L. Silvera, J.D., opened The Silvera Firm PC in Dallas.

Vincent Johnson Receives Fulbright Scholar Award
Vincent Johnson, associate dean for academic and student Vincent Johnson, associate dean, affairs, has been awarded a spent time this past summer in Fulbright Scholar to lecture at Mongolia where he spoke on legal the University of Bucharest in ethics at a workshop sponsored by Romania during the spring the Association of Mongolian 2005 semester. Advocates in cooperation with the Johnson will lecture on American Bar Association's Asia “Ethics in Government in the Law Initiative. United States.” He is one of approximately 800 U.S. faculty and professionals who will travel abroad to some 140 countries in the 2004-05 academic year. “In Romania there is a high level of government corruption and an interest in a better understanding of the public integrity field,” Johnson said. He expects to approach the subject on a comparative basis by looking at the rules and enforcement mechanisms in the United States as they apply to judges and public officials and relate those to Romanian officials as a way to get the students “to think critically about what would work in their country. “It is tremendously important to build international cooperation, assist the legal development in foreign countries and promote a better understanding of the United States. It is an important part of public diplomacy,” Johnson said. This is Johnson’s second stint as a Fulbright Scholar. He previously was a Fulbright Senior Scholar at Renmin (People’s) University in Beijing, China. Three other law school faculty members have been Fulbright Scholars: Sue Bentch was a Fulbright Senior Scholar in Latvia, from 1999 to 2000 and from 2000 to 2001; John Schmolesky was a Fulbright Professor of Law at Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in 1988; and Charles Cantu was a Fulbright Scholar at the Universidad de René Gabriel Moreno, Santa Cruz, Bolivia, in 1966. n

n 1969 J.A. “Tony” Canales, J.D., Corpus
Christi, was named to the 2003 “Top 100 Houston Region Super Lawyers” list in a survey conducted by Law & Politics Media Inc. and Texas Monthly.

1970s
n 1972 U.S. Rep. Charlie Gonzalez, J.D.,
San Antonio, was named to three subcommittees of the House Energy and Commerce Committee: Telecommunications and the Internet; Commerce, Trade and Consumer Protection; and Environment and Hazardous Materials.

1990s
n 1990 Larry C. Buch, J.D., an Austin attorney
and economist, was elected to the Board of Directors of Meals on Wheels. Moises “Moe” Vela Jr., J.D., San Diego, Calif., is chief operating officer and director of marketing of the National Association of Hispanic Real Estate Professionals.

n 1973 Shelby A. Jordan, J.D., B.B.A. ’70,
Corpus Christi, was named to the 2003 “Top 100 Houston Region Super Lawyers” list in a survey conducted by Law & Politics Media Inc. and Texas Monthly. John A. Longoria, J.D., B.A. ’67, San Antonio, former state representative, is chairman of the Bexar Metropolitan Water District. Thomas H. Veitch, J.D., is a shareholder in the San Antonio law offices of Langley & Banack Inc.

1980s
n 1980 Michael J. Black, J.D., Helotes, was
elected to a three-year term on the State Board of Texas’ Board of Directors. Timothy Patton, J.D., San Antonio, was named to the 2003 “Top 50 Central and West Texas Region Super Lawyers” list in a survey conducted by Law & Politics Media Inc. and Texas Monthly.

n 1991 Suzanne Schorlemer Bailey, J.D., San
Antonio, is a staff attorney in the corporate law department of H-E-B Grocery Co. Sara S. Murray, J.D., is an attorney with the San Antonio law offices of Langley & Banack Inc.

n 1992 Luis A. Garcia, J.D., Johnson City, is
legal counsel and human resources manager for Pedernales Electric Cooperative Inc.

n 1981 Larry D. Flynn, J.D., Southlake, is a
member of the advisory board of directors for TexasBank Grapevine. M. Colleen McHugh, J.D., Corpus Christi, was reappointed by Gov. Rick Perry to the Texas Public Safety Commission. R. Graham Quisenberry, J.D., Weatherford, was appointed judge of the new 415th District Court in Parker County. Patrick B. Tobin, J.D., a partner with Jackson Walker LLP in San Antonio, was named to the 2003 “Top 50 Central and West Texas Region Super Lawyers” list in a survey conducted by Law & Politics Media Inc. and Texas Monthly.

n 1993 Joseph F. Brophy, J.D., Austin, partner
with Watson Bishop London Brophy PC, is a member of the Texas Young Lawyers Association Board of Directors. Seana Beckerman Willing, J.D., Austin, is executive director of the State Commission on Judicial Conduct. Karen A. Schroeder-Tabary, B.B.A. ’88, J.D., is civil litigator in the Civil Division of the Dallas County District Attorney’s office.

n 1974 Carl E. Schoessow, J.D., an attorney in
Fredericksburg, was inducted into the Texas Lutheran University Athletic Hall of Honor.

n 1975 C.R. “Kit” Bramblett, J.D., El Paso,
a rancher and attorney, is the first person to donate water to the Texas Water Trust, established in 1997 to protect water quality and fish and wildlife habitat in rivers around the state. Allan B. Polunsky, J.D., was appointed by Gov. Rick Perry to the Finance Commission of Texas, which oversees the regulation of financial institutions chartered or licensed under state law. Warren A. Wolf, J.D., San Antonio, and his wife, Teresa, celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary on Feb. 14, 2004.

Califano Talks About Faith
Joseph Califano, former secretary of Health, Education and Welfare under President Carter, spoke to a constitutional law class this past spring about the role of faith in public life and some of the legal cases he has been involved with over the years. The founding chairman and president of the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University also was Defense Secretary Robert McNamara’s top troubleshooter in the Kennedy Administration and President Johnson’s domestic affairs chief.

n 1994 Anthony A. Avey, J.D., San Antonio,
is a partner with Prichard, Hawkins & Young. Sean B. McNelis, J.D., San Antonio, attorney with Matthews & Branscomb PC, is a member of the Texas Young Lawyers Association Board of Directors.

n 1982 Stephen F. Malouf, J.D., was named to
the 2003 “Top 100 Dallas/Fort Worth Region Super Lawyers” list in a survey conducted by Law & Politics Media Inc. and Texas Monthly. Gloria L. Scott, J.D., is a litigation attorney with the San Antonio law offices of Fulbright & Jaworski LLP.

n 1995 J. Roger Gonzalez, J.D., B.A., ’91,
San Antonio, is director of community relations for Service Employment Redevelopment Jobs for Progress. Darin Lippoldt, J.D./M.A., B.B.A. ’91, San

n 1978 John M. Vaught, J.D., Englewood,
Colo., was named one of Denver’s top three

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Law Alumni Association Honors Beirne, Specia
Continued from page 1

Journal for its 35-year legacy to the legal profession, and many current and former members of the Law Journal were on hand for the night’s activities. Beirne graduated with honors from the law school in 1969 and now is a partner Renee McElhaney (J.D. '93) (left) presidentin the Houston law firm Beirne, Maynard & Parsons elect of the St. Mary's Law Alumni Association, and Bill Piatt, (right) dean of the LLP. He told the crowd he law school, flank Martin D. Beirne (J.D. '69) was overwhelmed by the and John J. Specia (J.D. '75) at the recognition and honored Distinguished Law Graduate Dinner at the that he was chosen. As the Westin Riverwalk. founding editor in chief of the Law Journal in1969, Beirne said he was amazed that he and fellow law students were able to push the project through, getting help from many professors as well as other law journals from around the country. The legacy he helped create — the St. Mary’s Law Journal — is now the fourth most cited law journal in the country by state and federal courts over a seven-year period. In 2003 Beirne was listed as “one of the top attorneys in the nation to call when your company is in a pinch” by Corporate Legal Times. Specia, who graduated from the law school in 1975 was elected to the 225th District Court in 1988 after serving as master in the 289th Family and Juvenile District Court from 1985 to 1988 and in private practice. From 1978 to 1985 he was an attorney for the Texas Department of Human Resources Region IX (9). He received the Rosewood Gavel Award from St. Mary’s in 2001. n

Bill Piatt, dean of the School of Law, is flanked by second year law students Amy Yi and Karen Muñoz on the summit of Monte Albantos, Spain, in June. The students, along with fellow second year student Rachel Rogers, were in Piatt’s comparative immigration law class during the summer program sponsored by St. Thomas University School of Law in Miami.

1940s
n 1949 Samuel F. Biery, J.D., San Antonio, and
his wife, Clara Belle, celebrated their 61st wedding anniversary on Jan. 23, 2004.

1960s
n 1965 John S. Carroll, J.D., former Hawaii
state representative and senator, returned to the private practice of law at his new office in Kona.

attorneys in the category of business litigation by the Denver Business Journal. Lawrence A. Waks, J.D., a partner with Jackson Walker LLP in Austin, was named to the 2003 “Top 50 Central and West Texas Region Super Lawyers” list in a survey conducted by Law & Politics Media Inc. and Texas Monthly.

n 1984 David T. “Tom” Sleeth, M.D., J.D.,
Guntersville, Ala., completed medical school and residency, and is an emergency room physician in northeastern Alabama.

n 1986 Steven J. Berry, J.D., Fort Worth,
formed the law partnership of Wright & Berry LLP. Elizabeth J. Lindell, J.D., is an associate with the San Antonio law offices of Prichard Hawkins & Young.

n 1979 Patricia L. Akers, J.D., Cedar Park,
is a partner with Bickerstaff, Heath, Smiley, Polan, Kever & McDaniel LLP in Austin. Charles A. Beckham Jr., J.D., Houston, a partner with Haynes & Boone LLP, was named to the 2003 “Texas Super Lawyers” list and the “Top 100 Houston Region Super Lawyers” list in a survey conducted by Law & Politics Media Inc. and Texas Monthly. Joyce G. Mazero, J.D., a partner with Jenkens & Gilchrist in Dallas, was named to the 2003 “Top 50 Female Super Lawyers” list in a survey conducted by Law & Politics Media Inc. and Texas Monthly. Mary Jo McCurley, J.D., a partner with McCurley Orsinger McCurley & Nelson in Dallas, was named to the 2003 “Top 50 Female Super Lawyers” list in a survey conducted by Law & Politics Media Inc. and Texas Monthly.

n 1987 Beth M. Maultsby, J.D., Dallas, is judge
of the 303rd District Court.

n 1989 Celinda Baez Guerra, J.D., B.B.A. ’86,
an attorney with Michael Flume PC, was named a “rising star” in the San Antonio Business Journal’s 2003 “40 Under 40” listing. Darryl L. Silvera, J.D., opened The Silvera Firm PC in Dallas.

Vincent Johnson Receives Fulbright Scholar Award
Vincent Johnson, associate dean for academic and student Vincent Johnson, associate dean, affairs, has been awarded a spent time this past summer in Fulbright Scholar to lecture at Mongolia where he spoke on legal the University of Bucharest in ethics at a workshop sponsored by Romania during the spring the Association of Mongolian 2005 semester. Advocates in cooperation with the Johnson will lecture on American Bar Association's Asia “Ethics in Government in the Law Initiative. United States.” He is one of approximately 800 U.S. faculty and professionals who will travel abroad to some 140 countries in the 2004-05 academic year. “In Romania there is a high level of government corruption and an interest in a better understanding of the public integrity field,” Johnson said. He expects to approach the subject on a comparative basis by looking at the rules and enforcement mechanisms in the United States as they apply to judges and public officials and relate those to Romanian officials as a way to get the students “to think critically about what would work in their country. “It is tremendously important to build international cooperation, assist the legal development in foreign countries and promote a better understanding of the United States. It is an important part of public diplomacy,” Johnson said. This is Johnson’s second stint as a Fulbright Scholar. He previously was a Fulbright Senior Scholar at Renmin (People’s) University in Beijing, China. Three other law school faculty members have been Fulbright Scholars: Sue Bentch was a Fulbright Senior Scholar in Latvia, from 1999 to 2000 and from 2000 to 2001; John Schmolesky was a Fulbright Professor of Law at Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in 1988; and Charles Cantu was a Fulbright Scholar at the Universidad de René Gabriel Moreno, Santa Cruz, Bolivia, in 1966. n

n 1969 J.A. “Tony” Canales, J.D., Corpus
Christi, was named to the 2003 “Top 100 Houston Region Super Lawyers” list in a survey conducted by Law & Politics Media Inc. and Texas Monthly.

1970s
n 1972 U.S. Rep. Charlie Gonzalez, J.D.,
San Antonio, was named to three subcommittees of the House Energy and Commerce Committee: Telecommunications and the Internet; Commerce, Trade and Consumer Protection; and Environment and Hazardous Materials.

1990s
n 1990 Larry C. Buch, J.D., an Austin attorney
and economist, was elected to the Board of Directors of Meals on Wheels. Moises “Moe” Vela Jr., J.D., San Diego, Calif., is chief operating officer and director of marketing of the National Association of Hispanic Real Estate Professionals.

n 1973 Shelby A. Jordan, J.D., B.B.A. ’70,
Corpus Christi, was named to the 2003 “Top 100 Houston Region Super Lawyers” list in a survey conducted by Law & Politics Media Inc. and Texas Monthly. John A. Longoria, J.D., B.A. ’67, San Antonio, former state representative, is chairman of the Bexar Metropolitan Water District. Thomas H. Veitch, J.D., is a shareholder in the San Antonio law offices of Langley & Banack Inc.

1980s
n 1980 Michael J. Black, J.D., Helotes, was
elected to a three-year term on the State Board of Texas’ Board of Directors. Timothy Patton, J.D., San Antonio, was named to the 2003 “Top 50 Central and West Texas Region Super Lawyers” list in a survey conducted by Law & Politics Media Inc. and Texas Monthly.

n 1991 Suzanne Schorlemer Bailey, J.D., San
Antonio, is a staff attorney in the corporate law department of H-E-B Grocery Co. Sara S. Murray, J.D., is an attorney with the San Antonio law offices of Langley & Banack Inc.

n 1992 Luis A. Garcia, J.D., Johnson City, is
legal counsel and human resources manager for Pedernales Electric Cooperative Inc.

n 1981 Larry D. Flynn, J.D., Southlake, is a
member of the advisory board of directors for TexasBank Grapevine. M. Colleen McHugh, J.D., Corpus Christi, was reappointed by Gov. Rick Perry to the Texas Public Safety Commission. R. Graham Quisenberry, J.D., Weatherford, was appointed judge of the new 415th District Court in Parker County. Patrick B. Tobin, J.D., a partner with Jackson Walker LLP in San Antonio, was named to the 2003 “Top 50 Central and West Texas Region Super Lawyers” list in a survey conducted by Law & Politics Media Inc. and Texas Monthly.

n 1993 Joseph F. Brophy, J.D., Austin, partner
with Watson Bishop London Brophy PC, is a member of the Texas Young Lawyers Association Board of Directors. Seana Beckerman Willing, J.D., Austin, is executive director of the State Commission on Judicial Conduct. Karen A. Schroeder-Tabary, B.B.A. ’88, J.D., is civil litigator in the Civil Division of the Dallas County District Attorney’s office.

n 1974 Carl E. Schoessow, J.D., an attorney in
Fredericksburg, was inducted into the Texas Lutheran University Athletic Hall of Honor.

n 1975 C.R. “Kit” Bramblett, J.D., El Paso,
a rancher and attorney, is the first person to donate water to the Texas Water Trust, established in 1997 to protect water quality and fish and wildlife habitat in rivers around the state. Allan B. Polunsky, J.D., was appointed by Gov. Rick Perry to the Finance Commission of Texas, which oversees the regulation of financial institutions chartered or licensed under state law. Warren A. Wolf, J.D., San Antonio, and his wife, Teresa, celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary on Feb. 14, 2004.

Califano Talks About Faith
Joseph Califano, former secretary of Health, Education and Welfare under President Carter, spoke to a constitutional law class this past spring about the role of faith in public life and some of the legal cases he has been involved with over the years. The founding chairman and president of the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University also was Defense Secretary Robert McNamara’s top troubleshooter in the Kennedy Administration and President Johnson’s domestic affairs chief.

n 1994 Anthony A. Avey, J.D., San Antonio,
is a partner with Prichard, Hawkins & Young. Sean B. McNelis, J.D., San Antonio, attorney with Matthews & Branscomb PC, is a member of the Texas Young Lawyers Association Board of Directors.

n 1982 Stephen F. Malouf, J.D., was named to
the 2003 “Top 100 Dallas/Fort Worth Region Super Lawyers” list in a survey conducted by Law & Politics Media Inc. and Texas Monthly. Gloria L. Scott, J.D., is a litigation attorney with the San Antonio law offices of Fulbright & Jaworski LLP.

n 1995 J. Roger Gonzalez, J.D., B.A., ’91,
San Antonio, is director of community relations for Service Employment Redevelopment Jobs for Progress. Darin Lippoldt, J.D./M.A., B.B.A. ’91, San

n 1978 John M. Vaught, J.D., Englewood,
Colo., was named one of Denver’s top three

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Calendar of Events
Diego, Calif., is assistant general counsel of Amylin Pharmaceuticals Inc. Roxann Pais, J.D., is chief community prosecutor for the city of Dallas and special assistant U.S. attorney for the Northern District of Texas. Tracy Temple, J.D., Houston, is a partner with Bracewell & Patterson. Lance Thomas, J.D., Salado, a lecturer in political science at Baylor University, is pursuing a doctorate in government at the University of Texas at Austin. Stephen R. Walker, J.D., Houston, is a trial associate with O’Quinn, Laminack & Pirtle.

The St. Mary’s University School of Law Newsletter

LawNotes
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 Bonita Roberts Editor Rob Leibold (M.A. ’03) Contributors Will Elliott (B.A. ’93), Karen Persyn Photography Melanie Rush Davis Articles and news from alumni should be sent to: St. Mary’s University School of Law Communications Office One Camino Santa Maria San Antonio, Texas 78228-8602 Web site: law.stmarytx.edu Phone: (210) 431-4374 Fax: (210) 431-4388 e-mail: rleibold@stmarytx.edu LawNotes is published twice a year by the St. Mary’s University School of Law for alumni, friends and members of the community.

Births
Emily Morgan to Johnna and Thomas B. McClain, J.D. ’88, June 15, 2003. Harrison Patrick to Jill and Christopher M. Crain, J.D. ’94, B.B.A. ’91, Jan. 12, 2004. Robert Maxwell to Liza Crow McGinn, J.D. ’96, B.A. ’89, and Timothy McGinn, March 31, 2003. Bryan Ray to Lori (Peterson) Perez, J.D. ’97, and Xavier E. Perez, Jan. 3, 2004; Molly Agnes to Samantha and Michael S. Thompson, J.D. ’97, July 13, 2003. Maya Carina to Bobbie M. Guerra-Cavazos, J.D. ’98, and Rick Cavazos, Aug. 25, 2003; Ethan Steven to Cynthia Garza Schammel, J.D. ’98, and Steven T. Schammel, J.D. ’98, Aug. 15, 2003. Jacob Robert to Cristina (Cervetti) Coleman, J.D. ’01, and Robert Coleman, June 8, 2003; Maya Monta to Teri and Eric C. Driskell, J.D. ’01, Jan. 11, 2004.

December
Thursday, Dec. 2: Reception
for San Antonio Alumni, 6 to 9 p.m., Omni Hotel

January
Thursday, Jan. 13: Reception
for Austin Alumni, 7 to 9 p.m., Iron Cactus Mexican Grill Thursday, Jan. 27: Washington D.C. Law Alumni Reception, time to be determined, Library of Congress, Jefferson Building Friday, Jan. 28: Center for Terrorism Law symposium on “Promoting a Sensible Rule of Law in the War on Terror,”

9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Crystal Gateway Marriott Hotel, 1700 Jefferson Davis Highway, Arlington, Va., contact terrorismlaw@stmarytx.edu

April
Friday, April 1: Homecoming
Reunion, Alumni Room, Sarita Kenedy East Law Library

n 1996 Frank Alvarez, J.D., a partner with
Hermes Sergant Bates LLP in Dallas, practices medical malpractice and business litigation. L. David Anderson, J.D., is an attorney with McKool Smith PC in Dallas.

n 2001 Eric C. Driskell, J.D., Denver, is
partner and co-owner of Athanasion & Driskell PC. Kevin O. Henrichson, J.D., Austin, is an attorney with Byrd, Davis, Eisenberg, Walter & Furman LLP. H. Christopher Waller, J.D., is an associate attorney with English, Clemons & Rodriguez LLP in Corpus Christi.

February
Saturday, Feb. 19: Reception
for Dallas/Fort Worth Alumni, place and time to be determined Saturday, Feb. 26: Reception for Houston Alumni, 7 to 9 p.m., The Brownstone Friday, Feb. 25: Fourth Annual Law Journal Symposium on Legal Malpractice, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Plaza Club, 100 W. Houston St.

Saturday, April 2:
Homecoming Oyster Bake

Friday, Saturday, April 15-16:
Fiesta Oyster Bake

Friday, April 16:
Law Journal Banquet

Saturday, April 17:
Barrister’s Ball

n 1997 Karin R. Crump, J.D., an attorney with
Martin Disiere Jefferson & Wisdom LLP in Austin, is secretary of the Texas Young Lawyers Association Board of Directors. Jeffrey T. Embry, J.D., Tyler, a partner with Hossley & Embry, is certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization in personal injury trial law. Kathleen M. Kennedy, J.D., Beaumont, is a partner in the law firm of Benckenstein, Narvell & Nathan LLP. Hsin-Wei Luang, J.D., Dublin, Ohio, is senior counsel for Honda R&D Americas Inc. Scott O. Renick, J.D., Beaumont, an attorney with Strong Pipkin Nelson Bissell & Ledyard LLP, was elected to the Texas Young Lawyers Association Board of Directors. Javier A. Saucedo, J.D., B.A. ’94, is assistant county attorney for the El Paso County Attorney’s Office.

May
Saturday, May 14:
Law School Graduation, 1 to 3 p.m., Bill Greehey Arena

n 2002 David S. Denton, J.D., San Antonio,
is an associate attorney with Davis Cedillo & Mendoza Inc. William M. Gerhardt, J.D., Houston, is an associate attorney with Mehaffy & Weber PC. Gregory R. Hokenson, J.D., San Antonio, is an associate attorney with Brock & Person. Robert F. Maier, J.D., Georgetown, is a prosecutor with the Williamson County Attorney’s Office. J. Reid Porter, J.D., is an associate attorney with the Dallas law firm of Touchstone Bernays. Sona Ramirez, J.D., B.A. ’98, Austin, is a trial associate with Baker Botts LLP. Joe Will Ross, J.D., Austin, is an associate attorney in the litigation section at Jackson Walker LLP.

Mark Calendars for Homecoming CLE
Don't forget to mark your calendars for the annual Homecoming continuing legal education courses, provided by your alma mater. As part of the Homecoming celebration April 1-3, 2005, St. Mary's faculty again will offer CLE classes.

It's a great way to reunite with fellow alumni, get reacquainted with faculty members and gain valuable and enlightening CLE credits at the same time. The free all-day classes will be held Friday, April 1, 2005, in the Law Classroom Building, to be followed by the Homecoming Reunion get-together.

In Memoriam
William K. Isch, J.D. ’50, died Feb. 21, 2003; Harry B. Oakes, J.D. ’50, died June 21, 2003; James R. Thorn, J.D. ’50, died Sept. 3, 2003. Rodolfo C. “Rudy” Nava, J.D. ’51, died Sept. 14, 2003. Sidney D. “Pop” Callender, J.D. ’52, died March 6, 2003. Guy W. Johnson, J.D. ’54, died Jan. 3, 2004. Robert R. Williams, J.D. ’56, died Nov. 23, 2003. Baldemar A. Jimenez, J.D. ’63, died June 9, 2003. Dennis P. Radmann, B.A. ’67, died Jan. 21, 2004. Leslie H. Williams, J.D. ’69, died June 25, 2003. Harold F. Halcom, J.D. ’72, died May 12, 2002. Pete D. Cruz, J.D. ’72, B.B.A. ’52, died Oct. 19, 2003. William G. Berchelmann, J.D. ’76, died March 7, 2003; C. Douglas Gelo, J.D. ’76, died Aug. 30, 2003. Gary J. Henk, J.D. ’79, died Aug. 22, 2002. Stephen R. Eber, J.D. ’83, died June 26, 2003; Craig O. Guhl, J.D. ’83, died March 5, 2003. ClassNotes are reprinted from the Gold & Blue magazine.

What’s new? Let us hear from you!
Changed jobs? Been promoted? Received an award? Moved lately? Help keep us and alumni up-to-date on your accomplishments. You also can submit your information via e-mail to rleibold@stmarytx.edu or fax (210) 431-4388. Fall 2004. PERSONAL INFORMATION SPOUSE INFORMATION School of Law

n 1998 Yvette J. Mabbun, J.D., is an associate
attorney with the Dallas law offices of Godwin Gruber. Steven T. Schammel, J.D., McAllen, is an assistant U.S. attorney for the Southern District of Texas. West W. Winter, J.D., San Antonio, is a shareholder at Clemens & Spencer PC.

n 2003 Katherine M. Allen, J.D., M.A., San
Antonio, is an associate attorney with Duarte & Pedraza PC. Frank J. Castro, J.D., San Antonio, is an associate attorney with the law offices of Louis T. Rosenberg.

Name: _____________________________________Class Year: ________ Home Address:________________________________________________ City, State, Zip:________________________________________________ Telephone: ______________Fax: ________________E-mail: ___________
EMPLOYMENT INFORMATION

Spouse’s Name: _____________________________________ Is your spouse a St. Mary’s graduate?:______________Year ___ Degree: ___________________________________________ City, State, Zip: ______________________________________ Job Title: _______________Employer: ___________________
CLASS NOTES INFORMATION

n 1999 Melissa A. (Araiza) Elam, J.D., has
a solo law practice in San Antonio. Desiree Marie Leverett, J.D., Dallas, is an associate attorney in the litigation department at Brown McCarroll LLP. Edward F. Maddox, J.D., Laredo, an attorney with Person Whitworth Borchers & Morales LLP, was elected to the Texas Young Lawyers Association Board of Directors. Elizabeth M. Vaughn, J.D., M.B.A., Tyler, is a partner with Linebarger Goggan Blair & Sampson LLP. Terri Hale Wade, J.D., is an assistant city attorney in Dallas.

Marriages
John P. Gargulak, J.D. ’79, to Isabelle Rauscher, Oct. 10, 2003. Daniel K. Bearden Jr., J.D. ’89, to Malar Villi, June 28, 2003. L. David Anderson, J.D. ’96, to Valerie Biggs, Sept. 20, 2003. Erin A. McAuliffe, J.D. ’98, B.A. ’95, to James Killian, July 19, 2003. Stefani Nguyen, J.D. ’99, to Albert Hobrecht, Aug. 30, 2003; Justin H. Roy, J.D. ’99, to Adrienne Skibell, Nov. 23, 2003. Melanie D. Hessler, J.D. ’01, to Martin J. Phipps, Oct. 25, 2003. Federico R. Ng, M.D., J.D. ’02, to Christina Ann Scrimpsher, Nov. 22, 2003; Juan C. Zavala, J.D. ’02, to Irma Saenz, Nov. 1, 2003.

Employer/Firm Name:___________________________________________ Business Address: _____________________________________________ City, State, Zip:________________________________________________ Business Phone: __________Fax: ________________E-mail: ___________ Job Title: _______________Type of Business: _______________________

Please indicate any information, such as name of new firm, significant verdicts, publications, awards, etc. _________________________________________________ _________________________________________________ _________________________________________________ _________________________________________________ _________________________________________________

2000s
n 2000 Heriberto “Eddie” Morales Jr., J.D.,
Eagle Pass, is an attorney with Langley & Banack Inc. Marcelo Rivera, J.D., B.B.A., ’91, El Paso, attorney with Strathmann Rivera, is a member of the Texas Young Lawyers Association Board of Directors.

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Calendar of Events
Diego, Calif., is assistant general counsel of Amylin Pharmaceuticals Inc. Roxann Pais, J.D., is chief community prosecutor for the city of Dallas and special assistant U.S. attorney for the Northern District of Texas. Tracy Temple, J.D., Houston, is a partner with Bracewell & Patterson. Lance Thomas, J.D., Salado, a lecturer in political science at Baylor University, is pursuing a doctorate in government at the University of Texas at Austin. Stephen R. Walker, J.D., Houston, is a trial associate with O’Quinn, Laminack & Pirtle.

The St. Mary’s University School of Law Newsletter

LawNotes
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 Bonita Roberts Editor Rob Leibold (M.A. ’03) Contributors Will Elliott (B.A. ’93), Karen Persyn Photography Melanie Rush Davis Articles and news from alumni should be sent to: St. Mary’s University School of Law Communications Office One Camino Santa Maria San Antonio, Texas 78228-8602 Web site: law.stmarytx.edu Phone: (210) 431-4374 Fax: (210) 431-4388 e-mail: rleibold@stmarytx.edu LawNotes is published twice a year by the St. Mary’s University School of Law for alumni, friends and members of the community.

Births
Emily Morgan to Johnna and Thomas B. McClain, J.D. ’88, June 15, 2003. Harrison Patrick to Jill and Christopher M. Crain, J.D. ’94, B.B.A. ’91, Jan. 12, 2004. Robert Maxwell to Liza Crow McGinn, J.D. ’96, B.A. ’89, and Timothy McGinn, March 31, 2003. Bryan Ray to Lori (Peterson) Perez, J.D. ’97, and Xavier E. Perez, Jan. 3, 2004; Molly Agnes to Samantha and Michael S. Thompson, J.D. ’97, July 13, 2003. Maya Carina to Bobbie M. Guerra-Cavazos, J.D. ’98, and Rick Cavazos, Aug. 25, 2003; Ethan Steven to Cynthia Garza Schammel, J.D. ’98, and Steven T. Schammel, J.D. ’98, Aug. 15, 2003. Jacob Robert to Cristina (Cervetti) Coleman, J.D. ’01, and Robert Coleman, June 8, 2003; Maya Monta to Teri and Eric C. Driskell, J.D. ’01, Jan. 11, 2004.

December
Thursday, Dec. 2: Reception
for San Antonio Alumni, 6 to 9 p.m., Omni Hotel

January
Thursday, Jan. 13: Reception
for Austin Alumni, 7 to 9 p.m., Iron Cactus Mexican Grill Thursday, Jan. 27: Washington D.C. Law Alumni Reception, time to be determined, Library of Congress, Jefferson Building Friday, Jan. 28: Center for Terrorism Law symposium on “Promoting a Sensible Rule of Law in the War on Terror,”

9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Crystal Gateway Marriott Hotel, 1700 Jefferson Davis Highway, Arlington, Va., contact terrorismlaw@stmarytx.edu

April
Friday, April 1: Homecoming
Reunion, Alumni Room, Sarita Kenedy East Law Library

n 1996 Frank Alvarez, J.D., a partner with
Hermes Sergant Bates LLP in Dallas, practices medical malpractice and business litigation. L. David Anderson, J.D., is an attorney with McKool Smith PC in Dallas.

n 2001 Eric C. Driskell, J.D., Denver, is
partner and co-owner of Athanasion & Driskell PC. Kevin O. Henrichson, J.D., Austin, is an attorney with Byrd, Davis, Eisenberg, Walter & Furman LLP. H. Christopher Waller, J.D., is an associate attorney with English, Clemons & Rodriguez LLP in Corpus Christi.

February
Saturday, Feb. 19: Reception
for Dallas/Fort Worth Alumni, place and time to be determined Saturday, Feb. 26: Reception for Houston Alumni, 7 to 9 p.m., The Brownstone Friday, Feb. 25: Fourth Annual Law Journal Symposium on Legal Malpractice, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Plaza Club, 100 W. Houston St.

Saturday, April 2:
Homecoming Oyster Bake

Friday, Saturday, April 15-16:
Fiesta Oyster Bake

Friday, April 16:
Law Journal Banquet

Saturday, April 17:
Barrister’s Ball

n 1997 Karin R. Crump, J.D., an attorney with
Martin Disiere Jefferson & Wisdom LLP in Austin, is secretary of the Texas Young Lawyers Association Board of Directors. Jeffrey T. Embry, J.D., Tyler, a partner with Hossley & Embry, is certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization in personal injury trial law. Kathleen M. Kennedy, J.D., Beaumont, is a partner in the law firm of Benckenstein, Narvell & Nathan LLP. Hsin-Wei Luang, J.D., Dublin, Ohio, is senior counsel for Honda R&D Americas Inc. Scott O. Renick, J.D., Beaumont, an attorney with Strong Pipkin Nelson Bissell & Ledyard LLP, was elected to the Texas Young Lawyers Association Board of Directors. Javier A. Saucedo, J.D., B.A. ’94, is assistant county attorney for the El Paso County Attorney’s Office.

May
Saturday, May 14:
Law School Graduation, 1 to 3 p.m., Bill Greehey Arena

n 2002 David S. Denton, J.D., San Antonio,
is an associate attorney with Davis Cedillo & Mendoza Inc. William M. Gerhardt, J.D., Houston, is an associate attorney with Mehaffy & Weber PC. Gregory R. Hokenson, J.D., San Antonio, is an associate attorney with Brock & Person. Robert F. Maier, J.D., Georgetown, is a prosecutor with the Williamson County Attorney’s Office. J. Reid Porter, J.D., is an associate attorney with the Dallas law firm of Touchstone Bernays. Sona Ramirez, J.D., B.A. ’98, Austin, is a trial associate with Baker Botts LLP. Joe Will Ross, J.D., Austin, is an associate attorney in the litigation section at Jackson Walker LLP.

Mark Calendars for Homecoming CLE
Don't forget to mark your calendars for the annual Homecoming continuing legal education courses, provided by your alma mater. As part of the Homecoming celebration April 1-3, 2005, St. Mary's faculty again will offer CLE classes.

It's a great way to reunite with fellow alumni, get reacquainted with faculty members and gain valuable and enlightening CLE credits at the same time. The free all-day classes will be held Friday, April 1, 2005, in the Law Classroom Building, to be followed by the Homecoming Reunion get-together.

In Memoriam
William K. Isch, J.D. ’50, died Feb. 21, 2003; Harry B. Oakes, J.D. ’50, died June 21, 2003; James R. Thorn, J.D. ’50, died Sept. 3, 2003. Rodolfo C. “Rudy” Nava, J.D. ’51, died Sept. 14, 2003. Sidney D. “Pop” Callender, J.D. ’52, died March 6, 2003. Guy W. Johnson, J.D. ’54, died Jan. 3, 2004. Robert R. Williams, J.D. ’56, died Nov. 23, 2003. Baldemar A. Jimenez, J.D. ’63, died June 9, 2003. Dennis P. Radmann, B.A. ’67, died Jan. 21, 2004. Leslie H. Williams, J.D. ’69, died June 25, 2003. Harold F. Halcom, J.D. ’72, died May 12, 2002. Pete D. Cruz, J.D. ’72, B.B.A. ’52, died Oct. 19, 2003. William G. Berchelmann, J.D. ’76, died March 7, 2003; C. Douglas Gelo, J.D. ’76, died Aug. 30, 2003. Gary J. Henk, J.D. ’79, died Aug. 22, 2002. Stephen R. Eber, J.D. ’83, died June 26, 2003; Craig O. Guhl, J.D. ’83, died March 5, 2003. ClassNotes are reprinted from the Gold & Blue magazine.

What’s new? Let us hear from you!
Changed jobs? Been promoted? Received an award? Moved lately? Help keep us and alumni up-to-date on your accomplishments. You also can submit your information via e-mail to rleibold@stmarytx.edu or fax (210) 431-4388. Fall 2004. PERSONAL INFORMATION SPOUSE INFORMATION School of Law

n 1998 Yvette J. Mabbun, J.D., is an associate
attorney with the Dallas law offices of Godwin Gruber. Steven T. Schammel, J.D., McAllen, is an assistant U.S. attorney for the Southern District of Texas. West W. Winter, J.D., San Antonio, is a shareholder at Clemens & Spencer PC.

n 2003 Katherine M. Allen, J.D., M.A., San
Antonio, is an associate attorney with Duarte & Pedraza PC. Frank J. Castro, J.D., San Antonio, is an associate attorney with the law offices of Louis T. Rosenberg.

Name: _____________________________________Class Year: ________ Home Address:________________________________________________ City, State, Zip:________________________________________________ Telephone: ______________Fax: ________________E-mail: ___________
EMPLOYMENT INFORMATION

Spouse’s Name: _____________________________________ Is your spouse a St. Mary’s graduate?:______________Year ___ Degree: ___________________________________________ City, State, Zip: ______________________________________ Job Title: _______________Employer: ___________________
CLASS NOTES INFORMATION

n 1999 Melissa A. (Araiza) Elam, J.D., has
a solo law practice in San Antonio. Desiree Marie Leverett, J.D., Dallas, is an associate attorney in the litigation department at Brown McCarroll LLP. Edward F. Maddox, J.D., Laredo, an attorney with Person Whitworth Borchers & Morales LLP, was elected to the Texas Young Lawyers Association Board of Directors. Elizabeth M. Vaughn, J.D., M.B.A., Tyler, is a partner with Linebarger Goggan Blair & Sampson LLP. Terri Hale Wade, J.D., is an assistant city attorney in Dallas.

Marriages
John P. Gargulak, J.D. ’79, to Isabelle Rauscher, Oct. 10, 2003. Daniel K. Bearden Jr., J.D. ’89, to Malar Villi, June 28, 2003. L. David Anderson, J.D. ’96, to Valerie Biggs, Sept. 20, 2003. Erin A. McAuliffe, J.D. ’98, B.A. ’95, to James Killian, July 19, 2003. Stefani Nguyen, J.D. ’99, to Albert Hobrecht, Aug. 30, 2003; Justin H. Roy, J.D. ’99, to Adrienne Skibell, Nov. 23, 2003. Melanie D. Hessler, J.D. ’01, to Martin J. Phipps, Oct. 25, 2003. Federico R. Ng, M.D., J.D. ’02, to Christina Ann Scrimpsher, Nov. 22, 2003; Juan C. Zavala, J.D. ’02, to Irma Saenz, Nov. 1, 2003.

Employer/Firm Name:___________________________________________ Business Address: _____________________________________________ City, State, Zip:________________________________________________ Business Phone: __________Fax: ________________E-mail: ___________ Job Title: _______________Type of Business: _______________________

Please indicate any information, such as name of new firm, significant verdicts, publications, awards, etc. _________________________________________________ _________________________________________________ _________________________________________________ _________________________________________________ _________________________________________________

2000s
n 2000 Heriberto “Eddie” Morales Jr., J.D.,
Eagle Pass, is an attorney with Langley & Banack Inc. Marcelo Rivera, J.D., B.B.A., ’91, El Paso, attorney with Strathmann Rivera, is a member of the Texas Young Lawyers Association Board of Directors.

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Distinguished Law Graduates

Some of the past members of the St. Mary's Law Journal, marking its 35th anniversary, met with the 2004 Distinguished Law Graduates, (seated, center) Martin D. Beirne (J.D. '69), and John J. Specia (J.D. '75), at the Distinguished Law Graduate Dinner. The St. Mary's Law Journal is ranked as the fourth most cited legal periodical by state and federal courts in a national survey.

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