Law Notes: St. Mary's University School of Law Newsletter Fall 2011

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Law Notes: St. Mary's University School of Law Newsletter Fall 2011


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A Look at St. Mary's Legal Minds, On the Border: Legal Aid to the Underserved, Distinguished Law Graduate Award 2011, Kudos and Class Notes, In Memoriam


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Fall 2011

A Look at St. Mary’s Legal Minds

Dear Fellow Graduates, The accomplishments of our students, faculty and you—our graduates—continue to make St. Mary’s a school of which to be proud. The Hon. Marina Garcia Marmolejo ( J.D. ’96) was confirmed by the United States Senate recently as a federal judge in the U.S. Southern Judicial District of Texas. David Morales ( J.D. ’94) recently was appointed general counsel for Texas Gov. Rick Perry, and Rolando Pablos ( J.D. ’98) was appointed to the Texas Public Utility Commission. As you will read in this issue, we honored Chief Justice Catherine Stone and James “Jimmy” Jones as our 2011 Distinguished Law Graduates. This was our biggest event ever, with 79 tables sold and more than 700 in attendance. I sincerely thank each of you who participated for making this dinner an astounding success and a warm homecoming for so many. This fall, I have been traveling around the country visiting our Law Alumni Association chapters. We began our tour in Dallas, Denver and St. Louis, and then joined our chapter in Washington, D.C., to recognize Congressman Michael McCaul ( J.D. ’87). The fall tour finished in Fort Worth for a celebration of Pollard Rogers ( J.D. ’76) as a local outstanding law alumnus. We will continue visiting our chapters in the spring as well as joining Charles L. Cotrell, Ph.D., on his stewardship tour of University Alumni Association chapters. For the first time in a number of years, the law faculty participated in a retreat this semester. The main focus of the discussions was curricular issues, particularly the possibility of adding practical aspects, such as a third-year capstone or portfolio course. It was decided to launch an experimental intersession this winter of practice skills courses. We have outstanding faculty members who are dedicated to the highest quality of legal education. A few examples of their latest scholarly work are showcased in this issue. Sister Grace Walle, F.M.I., has served St. Mary’s University as a professed Marianist for 30 years and the School of Law as campus minister for nearly 20 years. Her impact on thousands of St. Mary’s alumni has been tremendous. I sent you a letter regarding her accomplishments with an opportunity to support her many service activities. Soon, you will also receive information about our General Fall Campaign in your mailbox. We depend on you to help us continue the great work of our law school, and appreciate your generosity. If your busy careers and lives take you through the San Antonio International Airport, look for our new advertisement in Concourse A. We are promoting our successful evening legal studies program to raise awareness within San Antonio’s business community. Enjoy reading Law Notes, come back to St. Mary’s often, and keep up the good work in your lives and communities. Sincerely, Charles E. Cantú ( J.D. ’64) Dean and South Texas Distinguished Professor of Law

Legal Aid to the Underserved
“We just hustle in and begin seeing clients,” Guerrero said. During their October visit, the clinic students opened 10 new possible cases and counseled eight different existing clients, all in just three hours. Guerrero, who has completed her student clinical hours is now a teaching assistant, serves as a mentor facilitating the process and advising students which legal codes to research and use before they present the case to their supervising professors. She is a trained social worker embarking on a second career through the Evening Law Program, and her social work skills often come in handy. For example, she helps fellow law students assist domestic violence victims who are upset and do not want to talk about their situations. “I work with the students and help them relate to the clients. We have to let the victims know that, as difficult as it may be to relate this information, it is important for their agencies to know.” The border clinics are so popular with law students that they have become a regular part of the clinical rotation. The clinical programs include the Immigration and Human Rights Clinic, a Criminal Law Clinic and the Civil Justice Clinic, which the border law and consumer fraud programs fall under, have waiting lists for students wanting to participate. The civil clinic activities are funded through a grant from the Texas Access to Justice Foundation. “I absolutely love the clinic,” Guerrero said. “It is the perfect marriage of client advocacy and interface and applying classroom knowledge.” ■ For third-year law student Miranda Guerrero, the idea that the St. Mary’s School of Law would offer legal outreach to those in need along the Texas-Mexico border makes perfect sense. “This is the good stewardship that St. Mary’s is all about,” Guerrero said of the St. Mary’s Center for Legal and Social Justice’s work along the border. St. Mary’s clinicians and their student lawyers routinely address the unmet legal needs of low–income people in San Antonio and South Texas. Although they get plenty of cases in Bexar County, the Civil Justice Clinic also travels to the severely resourcestarved border region throughout the year, bringing law students and supervising attorneys to Eagle Pass and Laredo and taking on several new cases each trip. “There were literally no legal services being offered there,” said Genevieve Hébert Fajardo, clinical professor. “It was Associate Dean Ana Novoa’s vision to expand our clinical program to that region and it really took off last year.” Since August 2010, the clinicians have opened 38 litigation, extended services or brief service cases from the border. In the same time period, they were able to offer legal advice on more than 50 other issues. “We are unequivocally making a difference with these border clinics,” said Guerrero, a law student involved in the program. “Our work is deeply appreciated by the clients.” Although immigration issues would seem the logical issue at hand, St. Mary’s is not staffed to handle that load. Students do, however, refer some immigration cases to the Center for Legal and Social Justice’s Immigration and Human Rights Clinic. Instead, it is the new consumer fraud section that takes the majority of cases from the border towns. “Our efforts at the border focus on providing legal services to one of the largest underserved populations in the state,” said Amanda Rivas, associate director of Practice Credit Programs, who has organized the clinic’s expansion to border communities. “We provide an opportunity to seek legal counsel in the areas of social security, property issues, consumer, and family law issues. We have seen an unfortunate increase in consumer fraud issues that only highlight their vulnerability if they continue to lack legal representation.” The lack of English-speaking skills among this population increases the problems. “They feel ill-prepared to ask basic questions to get the help they need. We educate them on resources available to them,” said Guerrero. “We get a lot of landlord-tenant issues and consumer fraud, where people are simply victimized because of their lack of language skills.” Each group making the trip is generally made up of four interpreters and eight students—mostly because that is all that will fit into the van. On clinic Saturdays, the students do intake with potential clients and take cases based on the answers to four questions: What is the issue? Can we help them? Do we have the resources? What can be done? In Eagle Pass, the group sets up at the Seco Mines Community Center. The center coordinator handles the logistics for the day, so the students can swoop in and begin the intake process.

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A Look at St. Mary’s Legal Minds
St. Mary’s University School of Law prides itself on graduating students who are prepared to become ethical and competent practitioners of the law. This would not be possible without top-notch faculty members who continue to stay abreast of the latest legal debates and who are experts in many facets of the law. St. Mary’s law professors’ interest areas and their research concentrations are as varied as the professors themselves. A look at the current work of Michael Ariens, Colin Marks, Jamie Lund and Vincent Johnson shows the range of St. Mary’s law faculty’s research.

Michael Ariens, a St. Mary’s professor of law and director of faculty scholarship, has written an engaging read on the legal history of Texas. Lone Star Law tells the legal story of Texas and how laws evolved, including a history of the legal profession in the Lone Star State and colorful tales of property, criminal and tort laws. Gordon Morris Bakken, professor of history at California State University–Fullerton, wrote in the book’s foreward that Ariens “clearly explains the multinational legal heritage of Texas, the challenges of the Republic, and the accomplishments of statehood. He surveys a legislative past as well as the judicial heritage that confronted problems of land, water, crime, and industrial revolution amid an agricultural and ranching economy… Texas produced presidents, senators, and representatives for the national political and legal system, but in Texas law, people in local and state politics mattered. Michael Ariens gives the reader a sense of how.” Ariens is a constitutional scholar known for his expertise in American legal history and church-state issues. He has written books on topics including how to be successful in law school and one called Religious Liberty in a Pluralistic Society. Ariens, who has taught at St. Mary’s since 1987, earned his juris doctor at Marquette University and an LL.M. at Harvard University.


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Lund Marks

Colin Marks, professor of law, specializes in commercial and corporate law, teaching and writing on commercial law, contracts and business associations. Marks came to St. Mary’s in 2006 from the Houston firm Baker Botts, where he concentrated on commercial litigation. Currently, he is working on an article of interest to those who practice in the corporate and commercial realm, examining the Supreme Court decision of AT&T Mobility v. Concepcion, which upheld a class action waiver clause in arbitration. Marks critiques the decision, which has largely been regarded as striking a blow to the ability of consumers to bring suits against companies via class actions. He makes the case that the decision, though premised upon a desire to promote arbitration, ironically discourages consumers from using arbitration when the individual sums owed are thought to be too small for the reasonable consumer to justify the time and effort to seek a remedy. He also explores the meaning of the case beyond class action waivers. The article will appear soon in the Indiana Law Journal’s online publication, The Supplement.

Information pollution eLEARNING
Vincent Johnson, professor of law and co-director of St. Mary’s Institute on Chinese Law and Business, has been published prolifically and frequently cited by federal and state courts. For example, his article on the economic loss rule has been cited or quoted by the state supreme courts in Arizona, Iowa, Tennessee and Texas. Today, he is on the cutting edge, finishing a book that is literally the first of its kind. It is a teaching text for courses on professional responsibility that is totally electronic–complete with clickable links to reference articles and legal codes as well as online quizzes. It is a state-ofthe-art text that is expected to be used in law schools nationwide. Jamie Lund, assistant professor of law and a thought leader in the field of intellectual property, joined St. Mary’s faculty in 2010. Lund’s paper titled “Property Rights to Information” was recently published in the Northwestern Journal of Technology and Intellectual Property. In the article, she investigates the unique nature of the harm from what she calls “information pollution,” the misinformation rampant on the Internet ranging from a wrong phone number to misleading product reviews. Lund criticizes modern media for being so quick to post a story with no fact-checking and opines that modern media causes more harm from information pollution than traditional media due to the viral nature of spreading the message. The legal remedy to this problem, she argues, is that an individual should own property rights to his indisputable personal information, which would allow that person to demand a retraction or an amendment to a webpage, rather than punitive damages. ■


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St. Mary’s University School of Law and the Law Alumni Association honored Chief Justice Catherine M. Stone ( J.D. ’82) of the Fourth Court of Appeals, and Laredo attorney James Kenton Jones Jr. ( J.D. ’81) as the 2011 St. Mary’s Distinguished Law Graduates at an awards dinner in October. The annual awards are given to individuals with outstanding achievements in the legal profession and dedicated service to the School of Law.

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Stone was appointed to the Fourth Court of Appeals by Gov. Ann Richards in 1994 and was sworn in as Chief Justice in 2009. She served on the St. Mary’s Law Journal while at St. Mary’s, and has practiced trial and appellate law with the San Antonio law firm of Watkins, Mireles, Brock, and Barrientos, before furthering her appellate practice in the Law Offices of Catherine M. Stone. She served on the Texas Supreme Court Task Force on Foster Care from 1994 through 2007, and currently serves as a member of the Texas Multidistrict Litigation Panel. Jones, an accomplished oil and gas attorney specializing in mineral owners’ rights, is a partner in the Laredo law firm of Jones and Gonzalez. In his 30–year career, he has been admitted to practice

by the Texas Supreme Court, the Federal Courts for the State of Texas in the Southern and Western Districts, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit and Supreme Court of the United States. He has also argued pro hac vice in courts in the Republic of Mexico. Jones serves on the St. Mary’s School of Law Foundation. He is a trustee of the Helen Richter Watson Charitable Foundation, which promotes fine art study and appreciation throughout South Texas. A fifth–generation Texan, Jones often speaks to groups on his family’s history and living on the border.



Dr. and Mrs. Eduardo Caballero and Mr. and Mrs. Robert Salinas Costco Liquors/Grady’s BBQ David C. Courreges/De Leon & Washburn, P.C. Cox Smith Matthews Incorporated Bill Crow and Dawn Finlayson Dallas Law Alumni Association Chapter Jeffrey R. Davis/Davis Law Firm Dwain Dent/The Dent Law Firm Duncan, Bressler & Liu, Inc./ San Antonio Young Lawyers Association Sara E. Dysart and Richard H. Noll Former Clerks to Chief Justice Stone Friends of Jimmy Jones 2 Friends of Jimmy Jones 3 Friends of Jimmy Jones 4 Fulbright & Jaworski L.L.P. Adan A. Gonzalez III Arnulfo Gonzalez Jr. The Hon. Monica Gonzalez, The Hon. Reneé McElhaney, The Hon. Laura Parker and The Hon. Ron Rangel Gonzalez Chiscano Angulo & Kasson, PC Goode Casseb Jones Riklin Choate & Watson, P.C. The Hon. Paul W. Green Albert Hartman The Herrera Law Firm The Hon. Barbara Parker Hervey and Richard Langlois Hispanic Law Alumni Association/ Mexican American Bar Association of San Antonio Hornberger Sheehan Fuller & Beiter Incorporated Jackson Walker L.L.P. Jefferson Bank Kennard Law P.C.

Patrick J. Kennedy David McQuade Leibowitz, P.C. Professor Aloysius A. Leopold Linebarger Goggan Blair & Sampson, LLP Lone Star National Bank/David DeAnda, President The Hon. Alma LÓpez and Jo Chris Lopez Margaret Maisel The Hon. Sandee Bryan Marion and The Hon. Polly Jackson Spencer Antonio Martinez Naman Howell Smith & Lee, PLLC Pearl Associates, L.C. Plunkett & Gibson, Inc. RAB Law Firm P.C. The Law Offices of Donato D. Ramos, PLLC Ray, Valdez, McChristian & Jeans Rio Grande Valley Law Alumni Association Chapter The Hon. Irene Rios Rose · Walker, L.L.P. San Antonio Bar Foundation Schmoyer Reinhard LLP & Keller Stolarczyk PLLC Shivers & Shivers St. Mary’s Law School Foundation St. Mary’s University Star Shuttle & Charter/Gray Line Tours The Hon. Catherine M. and Dr. Tom Stone George A. Taylor Unico Cattle Company Paul R. Vahldiek Jr./ Houston Law Alumni Association Chapter Peter S. Vogel Law Office of Beth Watkins and Wilson, Pennypacker & Thomson, L.L.P. Winstead PC

Externship Program Launched
This fall, the School of Law began offering a practice credit placement program to help students receive academic credit while gaining valuable legal experience. Associate Professor of Law Albert Kauffman and Associate Director of Practice Credit Programs Amanda Rivas ( J.D. ’09) are leading the effort to help place students with courts, government agencies and nonprofit organizations. The positions can be through a law school program or found independently by students. Firms looking to fill unpaid legal positions should contact Faye Bracey, assistant dean of Career Services, at

Berchelmann Honored By University
The Hon. David Berchelmann Jr. (B.A. ’70, J.D. ’73), along with Diane Abdo (B.A. ’72), Mark Bagg, M.D. (B.A. ’81), were named this year’s distinguished alumni by the St. Mary’s University Alumni Association at its annual awards dinner. Berchelmann was appointed by Gov. Bill Clements in 1981 as 290th District Court Judge. He became the first Republican judge to serve on the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals in 1989. He has served as judge for the 37th District Court for the past 19 years. An active member of the San Antonio community, Berchelmann is a past president of the Catholic Lawyers Guild and has served on the boards of the St. Mary’s University Alumni Association, Downtown YMCA, Crosspoint, Alamo Kiwanis Club, St. Mary’s Youth Drop–In Center, and the Community Justice Program.

San Antonio Celebrates 59th Annual Red Mass
The 59th Annual Red Mass was held at San Fernando Cathedral on Oct. 28. Pictured, from left: Rev. Rudy Vela, S.M.; Cantú; Archbishop Gustavo García–Siller, M.Sp.S; the Hon. Peter Sakai of Bexar County’s 225th District Court; and the Hon. David Medina of the Supreme Court of Texas.

drafting, and using courtroom technology. The courses are not for academic credit, but are intended to prepare students for legal practice.

Visiting Scholar Teaches Mandarin
Qi Gao, Ph.D., a visiting scholar and professor of law at Beihang University in Beijing, has been teaching conversational Mandarin to law students free of charge this fall. She is researching and auditing classes at St. Mary’s as part of the St. Mary’s Institute on Chinese Law and Business faculty exchange program. Her stay at St. Mary’s is six months, not long enough to teach comprehensive Mandarin; instead, she is concentrating on social customs and conversational language to prepare students for the 2012 summer program in China.

Gao specializes in private international law and is studying comparative laws while in the U.S. She received her Master of Law and Ph.D. degrees from the Institute of Law of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, one of China’s most prestigious institutions of higher learning. St. Mary’s has also welcomed a Chinese Ph.D. student from Beihang University; another visiting professor will join St. Mary’s in the spring semester.

Winter Intersession Introduced
During the winter break, the School of Law will offer skills-based courses to second- and third-year law students on the topics of business corporations, crime and immigration, deposition skills, practical legal writing, real estate sales transactions,

Lone Star Classic Lauded
In October, St. Mary’s hosted its 2011 Lone Star Classic®, an annual invitational mock trial tournament that draws top advocacy teams from around the country. This year, 16 law schools participated including Baylor University Law School, Brooklyn Law School, Chicago–Kent

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College of Law, Florida State University College of Law, Georgia State University School of Law, Michigan State University College of Law, and Villanova University School of Law. Fordham University School of Law was the champion over finalist Faulkner University’s Jones School of Law. The preliminary rounds were held at the Bexar County Courthouse with the final round at St. Mary’s courtroom. More than 90 attorneys and judges volunteered and the final rounds were judged by The Hon. Edward Prado, a judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit; John E. Murphy, First Assistant United States Attorney; and Henry J. Bemporad, Federal Public Defender. Coaches and participants bragged on St. Mary’s students and facilities noting this as one of the finest contests in the nation. “After this experience, I can say that this is one of the best competitions in the country,” said A.J. Bellido de Luna, professor and head coach of the national trial team at the University of Maryland’s Frances King Carey School of Law. “The caliber of schools, judges and work put in by everyone was top notch.” The contest is planned and run by the St. Mary’s Board of Advocates with the support of the local bench and bar.

Charles E. Cantú, J.D., San Antonio, a 1957 graduate of Marshall High School, was recognized by the Northside Independent School District as one of its 2011 Pillars of Character. The annual award recognizes NISD graduates who represent the six character traits taught to NISD students. Cantu was the Pillar of Responsibility. Claude E. Ducloux, J.D., Austin, has been awarded the State Bar of Texas Gene Cavin Award, the State Bar’s highest award for contributions to continuing legal education. Peter Vogel, J.D., Dallas, earned recognition from The Legal 500 directory for his work as part of the Technology Transactions Practice Division of the Dallas firm, Gardere Wynne Sewell LLP. Vogel is chair of the Electronic Discovery Group and cochair of the Internet, eCommerce and Technology Industry team at the firm.

Kip Van Johnson Hodge, J.D., Brownsville, has been appointed Precinct 2, Place 2 Justice of the Peace for Cameron County.

David E. Chamberlain, J.D., Austin, has been elected president of the Austin Bar Association and treasurer of the Texas Chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates. He was also selected as a Texas Super Lawyer for the seventh straight year.

Howard Baldwin Jr., J.D., San Antonio, is serving as interim commissioner for the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services.

Administrators Win Award
The Catholic Campus Ministry Association (CCMA) has recognized the St. Mary’s President Charles Cotrell, Ph. D., and School of Law Dean Charles E. Cantú with the 2011 Exemplary Administrator Award in honor of their sustained support and encouragement of campus ministry and the Church in higher education. School of Law Campus Minister Sister Grace Walle, F.M.I., who several years ago received the National Catholic Campus Minister award, made the nomination. In addition, St. Mary’s was previously acknowledged by the CCMA for the school’s Educating for Justice Program.

Terry Oberstone Brackett, J.D., Great Falls, Va., has been elected vice president of the United States National Committee for UN Women. James N. Higdon, J.D., San Antonio, has been elected national third vice president of National Sojourners Inc., an organization that promotes patriotism. He is a retired captain, United States Navy Reserve, and former naval aviator, who was named a Super Lawyer in 2011 by Texas Monthly magazine and a 2011 Top Lawyer by Scene in S.A. magazine.

Mary Jo McCurley, J.D., Dallas, a name partner in the family law firm of McCurley Orsinger McCurley Nelson & Downing LLP, has earned a place on D Magazine’s 2011 listing of The Best Lawyers in Dallas.

James E. Berry, J.D., Houston, a shareholder with the national law firm of Chamberlain, Hrdlicka, White, Williams & Martin, has been reelected chairman of the Houston Golf Association’s Board of Directors.

Valencia Chairs LSAC Committee
Reynaldo Valencia, associate dean for Administration and Finance, has been appointed to a two-year term on the Board of Trustees of the Law School Admission Council (LSAC), where he will serve as chair of the Board’s Diversity Committee. As one of the Council’s standing committees, the Diversity Committee focuses on ensuring diversity within the pipeline of applicants to law school.

R. Michael Casseb, J.D., San Antonio, has been elected to membership in the Fellows of the Texas Bar Foundation for his outstanding professional achievements and demonstrated commitment to the improvement of the justice system in the State of Texas.

Carmen M. Garufi, J.D., Binghamton, N.Y., was selected to New York State Superlawyers and Best Lawyers in America’s family law section.

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LAA president’s Corner
by David Courreges, LAA President The St. Mary’s Law Alumni Association (LAA) works to meet the needs and goals of our alumni and future alumni. We are united by the St. Mary’s law community, but we understand that each legal market is unique, as are the needs of our individual graduates. This year we have made it a priority to increase communication efforts, escalate alumni and student involvement, and continue to foster development of our law school. So how can you get involved? Join your local chapter. With more than a dozen chapters of the LAA, there are plenty of opportunities to be active. In the past six months, we have created new chapters in Corpus Christi, El Paso, Laredo and San Antonio. It is my hope that these chapters will follow the lead of our existing chapters such as the Hispanic Law Alumni Association, as well as city chapters in Dallas, Houston, Fort Worth, Austin, The Valley, and Washington, D.C. We have also created the Law Student Division to help facilitate connections between our current students and their future peers, and we will be launching the Young Alumni Divisions soon. Volunteer. LAA’s yearly events and projects include the Hispanic Law Alumni Association’s annual Henry B. Gonzalez Dinner in San Antonio as well as its mentor program. The Austin Chapter hosts an annual judicial reception every November, in addition to multiple events throughout the year. The Houston Chapter participates in softball and kickball leagues, while the Dallas, Fort Worth and Washington, D.C., chapters hold annual receptions. Subscribe and “like” us. If you are one of the more than 1,500 St. Mary’s alumni who receive the Association’s MidMonth Update, you are aware of some of the outstanding contributions our alumni are making, including organizing fire relief efforts in Bastrop, coordinating mentorship opportunities for our students, and developing continuing education programs for our members. If you are not on the list, contact Emilie Petty at You can also get more information by liking us on Facebook, joining our group on LinkedIn, or subscribing to us on Flickr. Join us again! Every graduate of the St. Mary’s University School of Law is a member of the LAA. However, I invite you to join us again by making a voluntary dues payment of $25, $50 or more. Your dues help us create programming and opportunities for alumni and students. To pay your dues and support your alumni association, go to
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Les Katona Jr., J.D., San Antonio, serves as managing member and president of the newly formed law firm of Cavaretta, Katona & Francis PLLC. Kevin L. Kelley, J.D., Dallas, with the law firm of Gardere Wynne Sewell LLP, has been named to D Magazine’s 2011 listing of The Best Lawyers in Dallas. He has also been recognized by The Legal 500 directory as the leader of his firm’s Real Estate Group.

Gov. Rick Perry to the Upper Guadalupe River Authority Board of Directors. Britannia I. Hobbs, J.D., North Beach, Md., has been named senior trial attorney in the Air Force Commercial Law and Litigation Division at Joint Base Andrews. Shelly A. Sanford, J.D., Houston, is featured in a new book, All the Justice Money Can Buy: Corporate Greed on Trial, released this past June by Simon & Schuster and Snigdha Prakash, that details Sanford’s work with her law partner, Carlene Lewis, regarding mass tort litigation against Merck & Co.

Mary Amanda “Mandy” Balch, J.D., Austin, has joined the Austin office of Cox Smith Matthews Inc. As senior counsel she will assist clients with government relations needs while also focusing on financial institutions law.

David S. Morales, J.D., Austin, has been appointed general counsel to the Texas Governor’s Office.

Jonathan Cluck, J.D., Fair Oaks Ranch, a partner at the Nunley Firm, has been appointed by Gov. Rick Perry to the Texas State Board of Public Accountancy for a six-year term. Winifred H. “Winnie” Dominguez, J.D., Austin, has become a shareholder in the firm of Walsh, Anderson, Brown, Gallegos & Green PC. Earl K. Straight, J.D., San Antonio, has recently published the book, Texas Accident Law and You.

Marina Garcia Marmolejo, J.D., Laredo, has been confirmed by the United States Senate as a judge for the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas. Ann E. Greenberg, J.D., Austin, has become a shareholder in the law firm of Walsh, Anderson, Brown, Gallegos & Green PC. Kristina Silcocks, J.D., Austin, has joined Gardere Wynne Sewell LLP’s Austin office. She will practice in the areas of condemnation/eminent domain, Attorneys General and government contracts. Silcocks previously served as chief of the Transportation Division in the Texas Attorney General’s Office.

L. Gayle Nelson, J.D., Corpus Christi, has been appointed municipal court judge for the City of Corpus Christi.

Harold Danford, J.D., Kerrville, attorney and principal at Danford and Monroe, Attorneys at Law, was appointed by

Maj. Woodrow J. Halstead III, J.D., San Antonio, a 1990 graduate of Marshall High School, was recognized by the Northside Independent School District

Don F. Tobin (LL.B. ’44) died June 28, 2011. as one of its 2011 Pillars of Character. The annual award recognizes NISD graduates who represent the six character traits taught to NISD students. He currently serves as deputy staff judge advocate for the U.S. Army Reserves.

Adrian A. Spears II, J.D., San Antonio, has opened his own law practice. Rand Zumwalt, J.D., Austin, opened his own law practice, The Zumwalt Law Group PLLC, providing full-service general counsel to businesses in the Austin area.

William R. Davis (LL.B. ’58) died Sept. 26, 2011.

George R. Adams Sr. (LL.B. ’61) died July 3, 2011. A.J. Cook (LL.B. ’60) died April 20, 2011. Jeffrey M. Morehouse (J.D. ’69) died Sept. 6, 2011.

Rolando Pablos, J.D., San Antonio, has been appointed by Gov. Rick Perry to the Texas Public Utility Commission. Tammy Shea, J.D., The Woodlands, has joined Cozen O’Conner as an associate in the litigation practice where she will represent clients in state and federal courts on matters related to energy law, commercial law, premises liability, medical malpractice, products liability and environmental law.

Tonya R. Hunt, J.D., Dallas, is an associate attorney at the firm of Sedgwick LLP. Dawn Norman, J.D., Houston, has joined the law firm of Winston PC as an associate attorney.

Brig. Gen. Gerald G. Fall Jr. (J.D. ’77), USAF (Retired), died Aug. 8, 2011.

Rees R. Oliver Jr. (J.D. ’82) died May 11, 2011. Thomas K. Robinson (J.D. ’72) died Aug. 27, 2011. Andrea (Tachman) Woo (J.D. ’82) died July 24, 2011.

Stratos Apostolou, J.D., Austin, has been named Assistant Attorney General of the Year by Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott for his work for the Child Support Division’s North Austin office.

Theodore D. Canfield (J.D. ’96) died April 8, 2011. Bruce A. Craig (J.D. ’90) died June 12, 2011. Ralph E. Williamson (J.D. ’96) died Sept. 21, 2011.

Maribel Cordova Wasmiller, J.D., San Antonio, is partner at the firm of Wasmiller, Cordova, Attorneys at Law.

Ryan V. Cox, J.D., San Antonio, is a law clerk for Judge Orlando Garcia of the United States District Court for the Western District of Texas. John Dorsett Ledbetter, J.D., Austin, is an associate attorney with the Peissel Law Firm LLP.

Elaine M. Ferguson (J.D. ’00) died Sept. 21, 2011.

Jenee Margo Gonzales, J.D., San Antonio, assistant director of Development for St. Mary’s University, has been selected to participate in the San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce’s 2011 Alex Briseño Leadership Development Program.

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