Law Notes: St. Mary's University School of Law Newsletter Fall 2005

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Law Notes: St. Mary's University School of Law Newsletter Fall 2005

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St. Mary's University School of Law

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$1.6 Million Moot Courtroom Initiative in High Gear, Law School Admits Four from Flood Ravaged City, Castro Three Others Join St. Mary's Faculty, Walle Receives National Campus Ministry Award

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St. Mary's University School of Law

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St. Mary's University School of Law San Antonio Texas, St. Mary's University School of Law, Sarita Kenedy Law Library

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2005

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Bill Piatt, Rob Leibold, Melanie Rush Davis, Will Elliott, Karen Persyn, Tommy Hultgren, Kim Workman

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

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Dean's New Mexico Efforts Net $30,000 Scholarship Gift
For the past six years, Bill Piatt, dean of the School of Law, has led groups of St. Mary's students to work on Habitat for Humanity projects in his home state of New Mexico during Spring Break immersions. This past year, Piatt met with members of the Supreme Court of the State of New Mexico, business and civic leaders, and Gov. Bill Richardson and his wife. Several verywell qualified law students-including the sons and daughters of prominent New Mexico attorneys, judges and professionals-now find a home at St. Mary's University School of Law. "Because the University of New Mexico School of Law is too small to accommodate the needs of all those who wish to seek a legal education in my home state, they have to look elsewhere. St. Mary's has been among their top choices. In fact, every student from New Mexico who has graduated from St. Mary's during my tenure as dean has passed the New Mexico bar exam on the first try," Piatt said. These efforts now are assisted by the Mega Life & Health Insurance Co., which recently gave a $30,000 scholarship gift to the law school for students from New Mexico who attend st. Mary's University School of Law and who demonstrate academic excellence and financial need. "We are pleased to be able to help train the next generation of leaders in New Mexico and throughout this region," Piatt said. "We are grateful for the continuing generosity of

S1.6 Million Moot (ourtroom
Renovation Initiative in High Gear
S8C Foundation Makes $300,000 Challenge Grant
The School of Law has kicked off a $1.6 million capital initiative to renovate the nearly 40-year-old moot courtroom with state-of-the art technology designed to boost St. Mary's students' educational experience. The SBC Foundation pledged an initial $300,000 challenge gift for technology components to the moot courtroom and St. Mary's University is allowing $685,000 in surplus money generated by the law school to be used for the project. Te(hnology enhon(ements, design elements and functionality are highlighted Originally built in 1968 in this artist's rendering of the renovated moot (ourtroom. Once (ompleted when the Law Classroom students will train in a 2pf (entury (ourtroom selling. Building opened, the moot courtroom has served as a for practice in 21 st century courtrooms, the place where many distinguished St. Mary's moot courtroom is in need of renovation graduates, including jurists on the state's and technological upgrading to maintain a highest courts, learned the essentials level of dignity and sophistication of advocacy. However, after almost 40 years of use, it Continued on page 3 ~ is clear that to provide adequate training

Law School Admits Four from Flood Ravaged City
Grandfather's Prediction Turns Out True for Tulane Law Student
Monica Emilienburg, a third-year student from Tulane University School of Law, didn't really expect her grandfather's prediction would turn out to be correct when she originally entered law school. Emilienburg said James Viesca (ID. '72, B.B.A. '67) was disappointed when his granddaughter started law school in New Orleans instead of going to St. Mary's University School of Law. "When I first started, he told me, 'you're going to end up there one way or another,'" she said after enrolling in St. Mary's as a
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Message from the
Dear Alumni,
We are off to a roaring start. There is no other way to describe all the wonderful things going on at your alma mater. Our entering first-year class of 264 students brings a median LSAT score of 154 (62nd percentile nationwide) and a median undergraduate grade point average of 3.15. This is the second year in a row that we have been able to enroll a class with such high entering credentials. The net result is that we now have one of the best academically qualified student bodies in the history of our law school. We used a portion of the recent $1 million anonymous gift to our Center for Terrorism Law to build a home for the Center along the perimeter of the Raba Building. The Center, the first of its kind at any law school in the United States, has been hosting seminars attracting participants from all over the country. A major undertaking this year is to renovate and vitalize the courtroom in our Law Classroom Building. For two generations our courtroom has served us well, training advocates who have taken on leadership roles in the Bill practice of law and on the bench. However, we want to be able to offer our students the opportunity to learn to practice law in the courtroom of the future. To that end, we have initiated a campaign to raise $1.6 million for the renovations. I am pleased to announce that SBC Foundation has given us a $300,000 challenge grant for this purpose. In addition, the University is allowing us to use $685,000 of our surplus income, and we are raising the remaining portion through our development efforts. I have called upon the faculty for their help, and we are asking friends and supporters to assist us in providing a learning environment which will enable us to be able to enroll a part-time class beginning in the fall 2007. This proposal will allow us to reduce dramatically the size of our entering first-year full-time class. Because San Antonio is the largest metropolitan area in the country without a part-time program, we also anticipate being able to attract a true "cream of the crop" part-time class to begin in 2007. Looking down the road then , we expect our current success on the bar examination will continue, and by 2010 our greatly reduced first-year class will be taking the exam. We can expect stellar results that year and similar results in 2011 as the elite first group of part-time students takes the exam. That success should allow us to recruit even better qualified students to our school who will produce even better bar results for us. A part-time program will also enable us to make a legal education available to those who must work full-time or who ha retired from previous careers. Of co , this is all a "back to the future plan: We are all aware of the tremendous contributions made by gradua es of St. Mary's University School of Law who went through a part-time program here in the past. So, in sum, things are exciting here. St. Mary's University School of Law continues on its upward swing. I am honored to serve as dean at this timein our school's history. Please let me know how we can assist you . •

Piatt, Dean and Ryan Professor of Law

compete with all other schools in our region. On page one of this issue of LawNotes we have detailed our New Mexico initiative, bringing law students and scholarship dollars to St. Mary's from New Mexico. Finally, the faculty and I have been working on reinstituting a part-time program at our law school. As you read this, the proposal has been approved by our faculty, by the University, and is now pending before the American Bar Association. If all goes as planned, we will

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Courtroom Renovation Initiative in High Gear
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appropriate for a leading law school. "The renovated courtroom will give our students the opportunity to work firsthand with technology that they will encounter in real-world settings," said Bill Piatt, dean of the School of Law. "Over the past five years we have strengthened our external advocacy program, and now more of our students have the opportunity to participate in advocacy training. This renovation will directly benefit our students." A key component of the project includes the latest computer and audiovisual technologies. Plans call for computer monitors at each counsel table and at the judges' bench, sophisticated sound and video systems, and document cameras and plasma screens for viewing exhibits offered into evidence. These will allow for an excellent hands-on learning experience as well as the ability to videotape students for playback evaluation and feedback. Additionally, the new technology will provide access to remote transmissions of trials and proceedings from federal and state courts. The configuration now currently employed in which the moot courtroom serves as a "center stage" to three classrooms with walls that can be opened to accommodate either four classrooms or one large area for approximately 300 people will not be altered. Instead, the renovation will include removal of a large privacy wall and the existing furniture, raising the floor to accommodate electronic wiring, and adding new millwork to the three walls that comprise the closed side of the moot courtroom. The judge's bench and jury box, now fixed structures which limit the use of the room, will be replaced with a modernized bench that includes "wings" that can be moved to accommodate moot court and mock trial settings. A redesigned courtroom equipped with current technology also will enhance the showpiece qualities of the facility when

we host major speaking events. Over the past several years, the Texas Supreme Court, the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces have convened sessions on campus to hear oral arguments. Improvements will give students and the public a more authentic experience. With access to advanced programs and training made possible by a renovated moot courtroom, graduates of St. Mary's

School of Law will be well prepared to enter a workforce that is expected to be proficient and comfortable working within a technological environment in the nation's 21 st century courtrooms. •
To contribute to the Moot Courtroom renovation initiative contact AI Hartman, assistant dean for Alumni Relations and Development, at (210) 436-3660 or Catherine Walker, assistant director of Alumni Relations and Development, at (210) 436-3774.

Law Alumni Association Donates S10,000 to Students Studying for Bar
AI Hartman, assistant dean for alumni relations and development, signs checks for more than 100 graduating students of the Oass of 2005 who took the PMBR bar review course this summer. The SI. Mary's Law Alumni Association gave more than $10,000 to students to help offset the cost of the course.•

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visiting student. Neither, however, ever would have guessed it would be under such catastrophic circumstances. Emilienburg is one of thousands of students forced to alter their plans in the wake of Hurricane Katrina and the devastating aftermath that caused the city of New Orleans to be evacuated for an unknown period of time. She also is one of four students St. Mary's law school has accepted to help victims regain their lives. St. Mary's has waived tuition for the fall semester for those students displaced by the disaster. In fact, if the original law school charges the students for their enrollment, then St. Mary's will donate that money back to the students' home law school to assist in their rebuilding efforts, said Bill Piatt, dean. "This is something we are doing to help those students obtain their legal education and get on with their lives. They, along with hundreds of thousands of people on

the Gulf Coast, need as much assistance as we can give them," Piatt said. Emilienburg left her fourth floor apartment in an old warehouse building in New Orleans on the Saturday before the hurricane hit. "I only took some flip-flops and a couple of t-shirts because I thought I would go home for a couple of days and then come back. As soon as I got onto 1-10 I knew it was going to be bad. The traffic was terrible, gas stations were running out of gas," she said. Still, once the hurricane was over she expected to head back to New Orleans. That changed, of course, on the Tuesday when the levees broke and flooded 80 percent of the city. "I am slowly coming to terms that everything is gone," she said, adding that she was relieved to hear that all her friends and fellow students eventually were able to safely evacuate. She doesn't know when, if ever, she will get to return. In the meantime, she is extremely happy to have found a new home at St. Mary's. In

Monico Emilienburg
addition to her grandfather, her aunt, Elizabeth Viesca, graduated from the law school in 1982. "I grew up in San Antonio, and I know that played into where I would want to go," she said, adding that she also talked with several other Texas law schools. "But I never expected the response I got here. Within an hour after arriving on campus, I was enrolled in all the classes I wanted-the same classes I was taking at Tulane-got my student ID and went to see my professors." Sometimes, even in the face of disaster, things work out the way they are predicted. Just ask Monica Emilienburg's grandfather. •

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those in New Mexico who wish to assist in these efforts." Piatt said there is an obvious benefit to both the students and St. Mary's from our recruitment and development efforts in New Mexico. "Students from New Mexico feel 'at home' in San Antonio because of the cultural similarities, and recruitment of New Mexico students adds to the diversity of our institution," he said. Several students from New Mexico are in this year's entering law school class, and Piatt believes the number of students from New Mexico will continue to rise over the coming years . •

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BUI Piatt, dean of the school of low, left, met with New Mexico BUI Richardson and his wife, Barbara, on a trip to New Mexico this summer.

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Welcoming the New Class
The entering class of 2008 is among the most qualified in the history of St. Mary's law school. It is composed of 264 students with a median LSAT score of 154, which is in the 62 nd percentile of all students taking the test and is identical to that of 2004. The median GPA for the class is 3.15, an increase from 3.05 in 2004. Members of the class range in Bill Piatt, dean of the School of Law, age from 20 to 53 with a median makes a point about the rigors of law age of 24. About 44 percent are female and 56 percent are male. school to new students during the twoSome 32 percent of the students day orientation sessions this fall. identify themselves as minorities, compared with 25 percent in 2004. They represent 22 different states and one Canadian province. More than 14 percent are from outside Texas and received their bachelors' degrees from 95 different college and universities. •

Clinic Students Swear In
About 60 St. Mary's law students participated in the swearingin ceremony at the (enter for Legal and Social Justice. Through the clinical program, which encompasses civil justice, criminal justice, and immigration and human rights, the students are introduced to the practice of law through representation of indigent clients in the trial or appeal of actual cases. (ounty (ourt at Law 12 Judge Michael E. Mery, center, presided over the swearing-in ceremony. Pictured with him are, left to right, Eric (arr, 3L; Elizabeth Fuller, 2L; Maria (armen Garcia, 3L; and Mario (ortes, 3L. •

Marion Joins University Board of Trustees
The Hon. Sandee Bryan Marion, an associate justice of the Texas Fourth Court of Appeals, has joined the St. Mary's University Board of Trustees. Marion, immediate past president of St. Mary's Law Alumni Association, will serve for one year. She was appointed to the Fourth Court of Appeals in January 2002 and won election to the court in November 2004. She was a judge of Bexar County Probate Court No.2 from 1992 to 2002, when she was selected by Gov. Rick Perry for the Fourth Court. She graduated with honors from the University of Texas at Austin with a bachelor's in Spanish in 1977 and with a J.D. from St. Mary's School of Law in 1980. She is board certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization in family law. •

Professor Michael Ariens gives a first-year student some advice at the annual Docket (all, where students sign up for student organizations.

Renee McElhaney, president of the Law Alumni Association, welcomes students to the law school and gives them an advance welcome into the association.

Texas (ourt of (riminal Appeals Judge Barbara Hervey (J.D. '79), visits with her daughter, Melissa, a firstyear student, during the orientation luncheon, sponsored by the Law Alumni Association.

Professor Gerald Reamey gives tips to first-year students on how to study during their time in law school.

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Castro, Three Others Join St. Mary's Faculty
Bill Piatt, dean of the School of Law, has announced the addition of four people to administrative and teaching posts for the 2005-2006 academic year. The Hon. Joaquin Castro, currently serving as representative for District 125 in the Texas House of Representatives, has joined the school as a visiting professor of law. Castro received a bachelor's degree in 1996 from Stanford University and a law degree from Harvard Law School in 2000. Sister Joyce AnnMarie Detzel, EM.I., has joined the Center for Legal and Social Justice as an instructor of law. She earned both bachelor's and master's degrees from the University of Dayton, in 1980 and 1986, respectively. In 1991 she received her law degree from Dayton's law school. Joyce AnnMarie Detzel Robert Hu, Ph.D., has joined St. Mary's as director of the Sarita Kenedy East Law Library and assistant professor of law. Hu received his LL.B. from Beijing University in 1984 and his LL.M. in 1988 from the University of Illinois. In 1992 he earned a master's degree in library and information science and his Ph.D. in education in 1996, Robert Hu both from the University of Illinois. Susan Skidmore has joined the Center for Legal and Social Justice as a clinical instructor. She earned a bachelor's degree from the University of California at Santa Barbara in 1983 and her law degree in 1986 from Louisiana State University School of Law. • Susan Skidmore

St. Mary'S, University of Innsbruck Extend Program
Offidals from the University of Innsbruck and St. Mary's University School of Law signed a five-year extension of the St. Mary's Institute on World Legal Problems in Innsbruck. Pictured with copies of the agreement are: (left to right) Manfried Gantner, dean of the law school at the University of Innsbruck; Gustav Wachter, rector of the University of Innsbruck; and Bill Piatt, dean of St. Mary's University School of Law. St. Mary's has conducted the program for the past 20 years .•

Law Students Help Katrina Relief Efforts
The Student Bar Association sponsored a school-wide effort to collect much-need supplies for residents of the Gulf Coast who were displaced by Hurricane Katrina. Over two days, some 25 volunteers collected several hundred pounds of goods for the Kelly USA Shelter and Salvation Army warehouse. Students donated everything from baby items such as diapers, formula and toys, to food, bedding, clothes, and many different types of hygiene products. Helping to pack up the items before taking it all to Kelly were were: (left to right) Kelly Smoot, 1L; Sister Grace Walle, F.M.I., University minister for the School of Law; Joy Herin, 1L; Rose Maginot, 1L; Franklin Hopkins, 2L; Mo Heinrichs, 1L; Kristin Lee, 1L; and Nick Sisoian, 2L. •

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Leopold Receives St. Thomas More Award
Bill Piatt, left, dean of the School of Law, presented Aloysius Leopold (J.D. '70, B.A. '62), a professor of law at St. Mary's since 1967, with the St. Thomas More Award at this year's graduation ceremony. The award, voted on by the faculty, is presented annually to a judge, lawyer, law teacher or layperson who has made exceptional contributions to legal education, the legal profession or government.

Raba Receives Lifetime Achievement Award
Ernest A. Raba (J.D. '37, B.A. '34), Dean Emeritus and longtime professor of law at St. Mary's University School of Law, was presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award at commencement ceremonies for the (lass of 2005 this past spring. Raba was dean of the law school from 1946 to 1978.

Walle Receives National Campus Ministry Award
Sister Grace Walle, F.M.I., D.Min. (B.A. '77), University minister for the School of Law, has been awarded the 2005 Rev. Charles Forsyth Award by the national Catholic Campus Ministry Association. The award is the most prestigious that the national association confers on a campus minister. Forsyth was a leader in campus ministry for three decades. Beginning as a Newman Center Chaplain after World War II, he became nationally known for his commitment to campus ministry. Walle has been in campus ministry at St. Mary's for nearly 25 years, 11 years at the undergraduate campus and 13 years at the law school. She has received numerous awards and recognitions for her contributions in the education and service fields. Among them are: • Educating for Justice Award from the Catholic Campus Ministry Association in 2000 • Santa Maria justice award by the law school's clinic faculty in 2002 for outstanding contributions to the advancement of legal and social justice • St. Thomas More Award in 2003 award from law school faculty for work in educating for justice and service in the community • Joint recipient of the Texas State Bar Pro Bono Award in 2004 for collaborative efforts between the School of Law and San Antonio Bar Association in providing for the legal needs of the poor .

Green Recipient of Rosewood Gavel Award
Texas Supreme (ourt Justice Paul Green (J.D. '77), right, is presented with the Rosewood Gavel Award, given annually to an outstanding judge or justice in recognition of his or her contribution to our system of constitutional democracy.

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• 1942 Ralph Marshall Mayen, J.D., San
Antonio, died March 12, 2005.

. 1970 Raul Garcia, J.D., Falfurrias, died July
21 , 2004. Robert C. "Bob" Story, J.D., McAllen, died Sept. 20, 2004.

Joyce G. Mazero, J.D., D allas, an attorney with Haynes & Boone, has been appointed to the board of directors of the Women's Foodservice Forum.

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• 1950 Phil W. Brown, J.D., B.B.A. '48,
Houston, died Sept. 29, 2004.

• 1971 Donato D. Ramos, J.D., B.B.A. '68,
Laredo, was recogni zed by the Laredo Chamber of Commerce as the 2004-2005 Cola Blanca Ranch er/Conservati onist of the Year.

. 1980 Robert L. Koffman, J.D., Sedalia, Mo. ,
is presiding judge of the 18th Judicial Circui t. Sandee Bryan Marion, J.D., San Antonio, a justice on the Fourth Court of A ppeals, was honored with the Legal Award at La Prensa Foundation Inco's 2005 Salute to Latina Women in Action ceremony in March. Scott E. Mcinnis, J.D., Grand Junction, Colo., was honored for his work as champion for the protection of Colorado 's natural resources when th e Senate renamed the Colorado Canyons National Conservation Area as the McInnis Canyons National Conservati on Area . After 12 years as a U.S. Congressman, he has joined th e D enver office of Hogan & Houston LLP. Morton V. "Dean" Rucker, J.D., Midland, 318th District Court Judge, has been elected chairman of the Texas Center for the judiciary in Austin and the State Bar of Texas' Judicial Section. William J. Wjchmann, J.D. 'SO, B.A. '69, Fort Lauderdale, Fla. , is a partn er in th e law firm of Conrad & Scherer LLP.

• 1952 Walter F. Rudeloff Sr., J.D., San
Antonio, di ed March 22, 2004.

• 1972 Sidney W. Cowan Jr., J.D., D el Rio, died Feb. 21 , 2004. Mark S. Levin, J.D., San
Antonio, di ed D ec. 6,2004.

. 1953 BaslllL Taylor, J.D., San Antonio, di ed
Feb. 16, 2005.

• 1973 Ron Bird, J.D., H elotes, has retired
from his law practice. Samuel Curtis Kiser, J.D., Amarillo, died D ec. 19,2004. Phillip J. Paine, J.D., Austin, died April 27, 2004.

• 1955 Lt. CoL Simon Y. Rodriguez, J.D.,
Austin , died May 3, 2005.

• 1956 Theodore Frankton ''Ted'' Craver, J.D.,
B.B.A., Hilton Head Island, S.C, has retired after 45 years of practicing antitrust and environmental law.

. 1974 Larry G. Hyden, J.D., Corpus Christi ,
di ed Jan. 24, 2005. Terry L. Mason, J.D., Hunt, died April 10, 2004. 1LR. Bert Peiia, J.D., Was hin gton, D.C , is a partner in the law firm of Hunton & Williams.

• 1959 M. Edwin Prud'homme, J.D., Las
Vegas, owner of Prud' homme Law Firm, was named honorary consul to the Republic of Austria for Nevada.

. 1975 Joe F. Brown Jr., J.D., San Antonio, has
been appointed judge of Texas' 57th District Court. John W. McLeod, J.D., San Antonio, is vice president and general counsel for Southwest Research Institute. Paul A. "Andy" Mireles, J.D., B.A. '72, San Antonio, received th e Legal Award at th e Eighth Annual Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Awards Gala sponsored by La Prensa Foundation.

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• 1960 Frank R. Southers, J.D., B.A.,
Horseshoe Bay, was named to th e 2003 and 2004 Texas Monthly & Law and Politics Media List of "Texas Super Lawyers."

• 1981 Charles E. Harrell, J.D., Houston, has
been named partner to the corporate practice group of Duane Morris LLP. Patrick B. Tobin, J.D., an attorney with the San Antonio offices of Jackson Walker LLP, has been selected by his peers for inclusion in "The Best Lawyers in America 2005-2006."

• 1976 John D. Evans, J.D., Palm Beach
Gardens, Fla. , has been appointed chief operating officer of Paramount Real Estate Services Inc.

• 1961 George W. Lederer Sr., J.D., Houston, died Sept. 22,2004. Peter N. Plumb, J.D., San Antonio, died Oct. 19,2004. Raymond A. Wietzel, J.D., B.B.A. '53, San Antonio, died Nov. 4, 2004. • 1966 Nelson W. Wolff, J.D., B.B.A., San Antonio, Bexar County Judge, received the San Antonio-Mexico Friendship Council's Amistad Award for his Mexican trade efforts at its annual Noche de Amistad dinner and the Politics Award at th e Eighth Annual Celebrate Hispanic H eritage Awards Gala sponsored by La Prensa Foundation.

• 1977 Andrew D. Leonie m, J.D., is an
assistant attorney general with the Office of th e Attorney General in McAllen.

. 1983 Sharon E. Callaway, J.D., San Antonio,
was named to the 2004 Texas Monthly and Law and Politics Media List of "Texas Super Lawyers." Helen G. Schwartz, J.D., has been named partn er in th e San Antonio law firm of Pulman, Bresnahan & Pullen LLP. James C. Woo, J.D., a shareholder in the San Antonio law firm of Davidson & Troilo PC, has been elected a Fellow of th e American College of Trust and Estate Counsel.

. 1978 David E. Chamberlain, J.D., Austin, a
partner in the law firm of Chamberl ain & McHaney, was elected president of th e Texas A ssociation of D efense Counsel. Richard D. Hayes, J.D., D enton, a partner in th e law firm of H ayes, Berry, White & McMurray LLP, is board certified in commercial and residential real estate. Louis A. Waks, J.D., an attorney with th e Austin offices of Jackson Walker LLP, has been selected by his peers for inclusion in "The Best Lawyers in America 2005-2006."

• 1968 Gus J. Strauss Jr., J.D., H allettsville,
retired after 21 years as judge of Texas' 25 th District Court.

. 1984 J. Matthew Dow, J.D., Austin, a partner
in the litigation section of th e Austin offices of Jackson Walker LLP, was elected to th e board of directors of th e Capital Area Food Bank.

• 1969 Martin D. Beirne, J.D., Houston, has been named a director of the Houston Bar Foundation for 2005-2007. Ronald F. Ederer, J.D., Fair Oaks R anch, is of counsel in the San Antonio offices of Scott Hulse Marshall Feuille Finger & Thurmond P.C

. 1979 Charles A. Beckham Jr., J.D., Houston ,
partner in the bankruptcy section of Haynes and Boone LLP, is chair of the Bankruptcy Law Section of th e State Bar of Texas for 2005-2006.

• 1985 Tanya Marlatt Davis, J.D., Gainesville, has been re-elected as Cooke County Attorney. Sharon Breckenridge Thomas, J.D., B.A. '82, has been named partn er with the San Antonio office of the law firm of

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Cons tangy, Brooks & Smith LLC. The Texas Board of Legal Specialization has appointed her to the Labor and Employment Law Exam Commission.
• 1987 Richard O. Weed, 1.0., Newport Beach, Calif. , managing partner of Weed & Co. LLP, has been named to the board of directors of Calgary-based DMT Energy Inc. • 1988 Daniel Guerrero,l.o., San Antonio Municipal Court Judge, had his show, "Cine Mexico America," displayed at the Joan Grona Gallery. Lori W. Hanson, 1.0., has been named shareholder in the San Antonio law offices of Clark Thomas & Winters Pc. • 1989 Michael B. Clark, 1.0., Bergheim, is general counsel for the family-owned , San Antonio-based Steves & Sons Inc.

San Antonio, and wife, Carla Cummings Brennan, B.B.A. '94, welcome Patrick Finnegan, born Feb. 2, 2005 . Douglas G. Deffenbaugh, 1.0., B.B.A. '75, San Antonio, and his daughter, Lissette C. Lange, B.B.A., '00, have formed Deffenbaugh and Lange PLLC, concentrating in bankruptcy, probate and new business formation. Mary Belan Doggett, 1.0., with a solo law practice, is president of the San Antonio Bar Association. She and husband, David, welcome Mary Margaret, born March 25, 2004. Matthew R. Pearson, 1.0., is partner in the San Antonio law firm of Gravely & Pearson LLP. Lisa Horrath Shub,l.o., has been named partner in the San Antonio law offices of Fulbright & Jaworski LLP.
• 1994 Rashay (Koster) Chapa, 1.0., Lago Vista, and husband, Ruben, welcome Jase Donovan, born July 3,2004. Robert M. Combs,l.o., Edna, died Sept. 12, 2004. Sean B. McNelis, 1.0., an attorney and founding partner of the law firm of McNelis & Associates PLLC, was named to the "40 Under 40 Rising Stars" list by the San Antonio Business Journal. • 1995 Erika L Bruce, 1.0., Dallas, married Gary Moskowitz, Feb. 20, 2005. Carla D. Buckner, 1.0., Washington, D.C., is counsel for the Democratic staff of the House Homeland Security Committee. Stacy Goodbread Irons, 1.0., San Antonio, and husband, Robert, welcome Olivia Dianne, born July 16.2004. Gary E. Haslerud, 1.0., Redding, Calif., has been named partner in the law firm of Maire & Beasley. Pia R. Lederman, 1.0., Arlington, is president/attorney with Lederman & Associates Pc.

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• 1990 lose R. Falcon, 1.0., San Diego, died Sept. 16, 2004. Ruben R. Lenna lr., 1.0., a solo practitioner in Corpus Christi, married Retha Eleanor Cable, Aug. 14, 2004. Patrida (Flora) Sitchler,l.o., San Antonio, certified as an elder law attorney and the first CELA in Texas to become a Fellow in the American College of Trusts and Estate Council, is president of the Texas Chapter of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys. • 1991 Suzanne Schorlemer Bailey, 1.0., San Antonio, senior staff attorney for HEB Grocery Co., was named to the "40 Under 40 Rising Stars" list by the San Antonio Business Journal. Michael R. Fields,l.o., Houston, has been appointed to the State Commission on Judicial Conduct by the Texas Supreme Court. Kevin W. Green, 1.0., Dallas, has opened his own law practice in Richardson. • 1992 lames P. Bagnall, 1.0., Dallas, is an attorney with the law firm of Schell Mitchel & Cooley LLP. Kevin M. Lippman, 1.0., Dallas, and wife, Julie, welcome Andrew Jack, born Nov. 2, 2004. Lt. CoL Steven T. Ramos, 1.0., Dallas, has returned to his insurance defense practice after serving with the First Marine Expeditionary Force at Camp Fallujah, Iraq. State Rep. Carlos L Uresti, 1.0., B.A. '85, San Antonio, chairman of Government Reform in the Texas House of Representatives, has been awarded Outstanding Legislator by Prevent Child Abuse Texas. • 1993 Kellie Bailey, 1.0., Austin, is president of the Texas Democratic Women for 20042005 . Donald T. Brennan, 1.0., B.B.A. '90,

Angulo,l.o., is a shareholder in the San Antonio law firm of Davis, Cedillo & Mendoza Inc. leffrey L Carothers,l.o., New Braunfels, is a crime records attorney for the Texas Department of Public Safety in Austin. Steve A. Chiscano,l.o., is a shareholder in the San Antonio law firm of Davis, Cedillo & Mendoza Inc. Walter P. "Chip" Evans IV, 1.0., Austin, and wife, Cad ie, welcome Sydney Wallace, born March 31, 2005. luHe (ConneD) lared, 1.0., B.B.A. '94, Atlanta, and husband, Larry, welcome Abigail Reese, born June 21 , 2004. Gregg R. Kosterlitzsky, 1.0., San Antonio, an attorney with Cox Smith Matthews Inc., was named to Texas Monthly's 2005 Texas Rising Stars list. Charles P. Koutras, 1.0., M.A. , Leesburg, Va., and wife, Alice, welcome Camille Ann, born Feb. 4, 2005 . Paul D. Maquera, 1.0., San Francisco, has opened PTACS-Property Tax Advisory & Compliance Services. Sandra S. Moore-Duarte,l.o., is a shareholder in the El Paso law firm of Neill, Strelitz, & MooreDuarte Pc. Lori Lyn (peterson) Perez, 1.0., who opened a solo law practice in Rio Grande City, and husband, Xavier, welcome Bryan Ray, born Jan. 3, 2004. Derick 1. Rodgers,l.o., is a shareholder in the San Antonio law firm of Davis, Cedillo & Mendoza Inc. Suzanne E. Vazquez, 1.0., Tampa, Fla., an attorney with the law firm of Maney & Gordon PA, is board certified in immigration and nationality law. • 1998 Scott B. Bankler, 1.0., San Antonio and wife, lennifer (Meyer) Bankler, D.o.s., B.B.A., '92, B.A. '99, welcome William Davis, born April 20, 2005. Scott, an attorney and shareholder with Cox Smith Matthews Inc., was named to Texas Monthly's 2005 Texas Rising Stars list. Roland Gutierrez, 1.0., San Antonio, is city councilman for District 3. Rudolph F. lass lr., 1.0., San Antonio, and wife, Maureen, welcome Alexandria Kate, born July 18,2004. leri Lynn lones, 1.0., M.A., a former Presidential Management Fellow, is assigned to Singapore as the liaison officer for the U.S. Army. Connie Flores Lock, 1.0., Universal City, and Sam H. Lock, 1.0., welcome David Andrew, born Jan. 13, 2004. Cynthia Masson, 1.0., has opened a solo law practice in San Antonio. Lori Valenzuela McCleskey, 1.0., San Antonio, and husband, Robert S. McCleskey, 1.0., welcome Hayden Anthony, born Oct. 4, 2004. Ashley Watkins MelloweD, 1.0., Dallas, is a partner and founder of the law firm of Cleaves & McDowell. Richard A. Mlynek, 1.0., Columbia, Md., associate attorney with Coover, Barr & Tiedemann LLC, married

• 1996 Larry E. Gee,l.o., San Antonio, is of
counsel with the law firm of Constangy, Brooks & Smith LLC. Michael P. Miklas, 1.0., Fair Oaks Ranch, died Nov. 18,2003. Mary V. Muller,l.o., San Antonio, is a patent attorney with the law firm of Schwegman, Lundberg, Woessner & Kluth. Linda F. Penn, 1.0., San Antonio, was picked last February as interim justice of the peace for District 4. Arthur A. "Alex" Perez, 1.0., San Antonio, an attorney with Cox Smith Matthews Inc., was named to Texas Monthly's 2005 Texas Rising Stars list. lames M. Truss, 1.0., San Antonio, an attorney with Cox Smith Matthews Inc., was named to Texas Monthly's 2005 Texas Rising Stars list.
• 1997 Patrida 1. Acosta, 1.0., El Paso, is an assistant attorney with the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Western District. David S.

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Alisa Beth Griffis, July 31, 2004. Marina Chavez Soto, J.D., El Paso, and husband, Martin Soto, welcome Oscar Eduardo, born March 16,2004. Charles E. Zech, J.D., is city attorney and deputy city manager for New Braunfels.

• 1999 Ehren S. Ezzen, J.D., Austin, is a partner in the law firm of Grandinetti, Ezzell & Molinar PLLC. Christopher M. Grandinetti, J.D., Austin, is a partner in the law firm of Grandinetti, Ezzell & Molinar PLLC. Jason Patrick Hoelscher, J.D., is a partner in the Corpus Christi law firm of Sico, White & Braugh LLP. Kimberly S. Keller, J.D., a solo practitioner, has persuaded the U.S. Supreme Court to hear an appeal, making her one of only a half dozen San Antonio lawyers-and the youngest-to do so. Ramon A. Mo6nar, J.D., Austin, is a partner in the law firm of Grandinetti, Ezzell & Molinar PLLC. Rene Ruiz, J.D., San Antonio, an attorney with Cox Smith Matthews Inc., was named to Texas Monthly's 2005 Texas Rising Stars list. Velma Crnz SUva, J.D., Austin, general counsel for Texas Sen. Leticia Van de Putte, and husband, Ambrosio, welcome Grace Emanuelle Cruz Silva, born April 29, 2004. Fred Van Soelen, J.D., Clovis, N.M. , promoted to deputy district attorney with the Ninth Judicial District Attorneys Office, was elected to the Clovis City Commission. Catherine D. Tobin, J.D., Mathis, is a partner in the Corpus Christi law firm of Gonzales, Hoblit & Ferguson LLP. Susan Waller, J.D., Charlotte, N.C., an associate attorney with the Law Offices of Bush & Powers, married Felix Ramos, July 31 , 2004. Jeffrey A. Walsh, J.D., San Antonio, an associate attorney with Cox Smith Matthews Inc., was named to Texas Monthly's 2005 Texas Rising Stars list.

president of the Comal County Welfare Board, helped establish the nonprofit Children's Advocacy Center of Comal County. A. Marcelo Rivera, J.D., B.B.A. '91, El Paso, is an associate attorney with Gordon & Mott Pc. J. Steve Toland, J.D., Austin, is a partner with Frazer Windel Reyes & Toland LLP. Jason C. Zehner, J.D., San Antonio, and Tara Pearce Zehner, J.D., welcome Julia Morgan and Paige Avalon, born Dec. 17, 2004.

• 2001 Ana C. Collado, J.D., Brownsville, is
first assistant in the Cameron County District Attorney's Office. Linda Haston Frazer, J.D., Austin, is a partner with Frazer Windel Reyes & Toland LLP. Rosa Maria Gonzales, J.D., B.A. '87, San Antonio, is vice president of administration for the Mexican American Bar Association of Texas and has been sworn in as president of the Mexican American Bar Association of San Antonio. Kevin O. Henrichson, J.D., Austin, an associate attorney with Byrd, Davis, Eisenberg, Walters & Furman LLP, married Kate Bentsen, March 5, 2005. Alejandro R. "Alex" Hernandez Jr., J.D., Corpus Christi, opened his own law practice in Port Lavaca. Thomas IL Marrs, J.D., St. Louis, Mo., an attorney with Burroughs, Hepler, Broom, MacDonald, Hebrank & True LLP in Edwardsville, Ill., married Megan Blakely, Feb. 14, 2004. Damian L Martinez, J.D., White Sands Missile Range, N.M., is an associate attorney for Holt Babington & Mynatt PC in Las Cruces. Christopher M. McCormick, J.D., Vidor, and wife, Samantha, welcome Meghan, born Aug. 8, 2004. Kevin J. Pooler, J.D., Arlington, Va., completed his LLM at Georgetown University and is an attorney with the law firm of Powell Goldstein LLP in Washington, D.C. Kathleen Y. Reyes, J.D., Austin, is a partner with Frazer Windel Reyes & Toland LLP. Marie Rios-Martinez, J.D., Saipan, is assistant attorney general for the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands. A. Marcelo Rivera, J.D., B.B.A. '91, El Paso, is an associate attorney with Gordon & Mott Pc. Catherine E.1ill, J.D., Houston, is an attorney with Sheehy, Serpe & Ware Pc. Regina Beatriz Treviiio, J.D., San Antonio, and Charles Anthony Shattles, J.D. '02, were married Nov. 6, 2004. Candace L Wmdel, J.D., Austin, is a partner with Frazer Win del Reyes & Toland LLP. David C. Yanez, J.D., B.A. '93, San Antonio, is legislative aide to Texas Sen. Leticia Van de Putte.

Sofia Elena, born May 3, 2004. Rosemarie Alvarado, J.D., B.A. '99, San Antonio, married Derrick Hawkins, Sept. 4, 2004. Rita Hecker Atzmon, J.D., San Antonio, opened a legal consulting firm specializing in securities litigation and arbitration. Alex B. Eyssen, J.D., has opened a solo law practice in Abilene. Matthew C. Hagen, J.D., San Diego, Calif. , special agent with the Department of Defense, married Amanda D. Durigg, Sept. 18,2004. Bruce E. Houston, J.D., San Antonio, is an attorney with Schwegman, Lundberg, Woessner & Kluth. Demetrius G. Rainer, J.D., Charlotte, N.C., has opened a solo law practice. Stephanie IL Wilke, J.D., Helotes, and husband, Anthony, welcome Tabitha Lauren, born Nov. 16, 2004.

• 2003 Lance Blankenship, J.D., San Antonio,
married Alissa Morales, April 18, 2004. Linda A. Brandmiller, J.D., San Antonio, is a staff attorney with Harkins, Latimer & Dahl Pc. Faith S. Fillman, J.D., Temple, and husband Eric, welcome Alexis Michele, born Aug. 1, 2004. Mary K. Magnelli, J.D., is assistant city attorney in Boise, Idaho. Michael Molloy, J.D., has joined the San Antonio law offices of Demetrio Duarte Jr. & Associates. David R. Rangel, J.D., is an associate attorney with the San Antonio law offices of Shelton & Valdez Pc.

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• 2000 Alfred A. Cortez, J.D., San Antonio, and wife, Sonia Tabares Cortez, welcome Daniel Andres, born July 25, 2004. Gladys Del Fierro, J.D., B.B.A. '97, San Antonio, is a partner in the law firm of Vela & Del Fierro PLLC. Heriberto Morales, J.D., is a shareholder at Lanley & Banack Inc. in Eagle Pass. Lewis Palomino, J.D., has opened his own law practice in El Paso. Jennifer PUchick Perelman, J.D., Davie, Fla., is an attorney in the Fort Lauderdale law firm of Becker & Poliakoff PA. Ruth Reyes, J.D., is an attorney in the Law Office of Lewis Palomino in El Paso. Cynthia M. Riffe, J.D., New Braunfels,

• 2004 Ross P. Brooks, J.D., Corpus Christi, is an attorney with the law firm of Gonzales, Hoblit & Ferguson LLP. Courtney R. Burkett, J.D., San Antonio, married Kevin C. Schindler, April 23, 2005. Shannon C. Frands, J.D., Corpus Christi, is an attorney with the law firm of Gonzales, Hoblit & Ferguson LLP. James W. Hollis Jr., J.D., is an associate attorney with the San Antonio law offices of Duncan, Weakley & Bressler Inc. Thomas M. ''Mike'' Morray, J.D., San Antonio, is an associate attorney with the law offices of Cox Smith Matthews Inc. M. Alex Nava, J.D., is an associate attorney with the San Antonio law offices of Davis, Cedillo & Mendoza Inc. PaoI R. ''Trey'' Penny, J.D., Fort Worth, is an associate attorney with the law firm of McDonald Sanders. Christina Ruiz, J.D., San Antonio, is an associate editor for The Affiliate Newsletter produced by the Young Lawyers Division of the American Bar Association. She also is an Assistant Atascosa County Attorney. Meredith M. Thoms, J.D., is an associate attorney with the San Antonio law offices of Cox Smith Matthews Inc.
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• 2002 Elizabeth (Ramirez) Agnayo, J.D., Shawnee, Kan., and husband, Pablo, welcome

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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 Michael Ariens Associate Dean for Administration Charles E. Cantu (J.D. '64) Editor R ob Leibold (M.A. '03)
W ill E lliott (B.A. '93), Karen Persyn

Friday, April 7:
Homecoming Reunion , Alumni Room , Sarita Kenedy East Law Library

Thursday·Friday, Nov. 24-25:
Thanksgiving Holiday

Saturday, April 8:
Homecoming Mass, 4:30 p.m., Guadalupe Chapel, Treadaway Hall

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Texas Fourth (ourt of Appeals Justice Karen Angelini (J.D. '80), above, and San Antonio attorney Wendell Hall (J.D. '81) are this year's Distinguished Law Graduate Award recipients. They will be honored at a dinner at 6:30 p.m., Friday, Od. 21 at the Westin Riverwalk Hotel, 420 W. Market St.

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Christmas Break

Saturday, April 8:
Homecoming Oyster Bake, 6 p.m., Pecan Grove Saturday, AprillS: Law Journal Banquet, 5 to 11 p.m., La Mansion del Rio Hotel, 112 College St., San Antonio Friday, April 21: Barrister's Ball, time and location TBA. Friday.Saturday, April 21·22: Fiesta Oyster Bake

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Friday, Feb. 25: Fifth Annual
Law Journal Symposium on Legal Malpractice, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Plaza Club, 100 W. Houston St., San Antonio

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