Law Notes: St. Mary's University School of Law Newsletter Fall 2013

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Law Notes: St. Mary's University School of Law Newsletter Fall 2013

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2013 Distinguished Law Grads, Reflections on the Legacy of Service, Honoring Dean Cantu's Service to St. Mary's, Law School Comes Together for Boo Bash, Kudos and Class Notes, Distinguished Law Graduate Dinner

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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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2013

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Charles E. Cantu, Anndria Flores

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

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S T.   M A R Y ’ S U N I V E R S I T Y

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S C H O O L O F L AW

Fall 2013

2013 Distinguished

Law Graduates

A NOTE FROM THE DEAN
Dear fellow graduates, Many of you have already heard about my retirement during our annual

Distinguished Law Graduate Dinner in October. It was an honor to be recognized alongside our distinguished graduates during such a momentous occasion. Once again, we broke records in attendance and I am proud to have such a response from our alumni and the local community. Thank you to our sponsors and everyone who joined to celebrate honorees The Hon. Karen H. Pozza ( J.D.’91), Peter E. Hosey ( J.D.’79) and David C. Courreges ( J.D.’05).

As the end of my final fall semester approaches, I am pleased to announce that the Justice Commission, marking the second time the School of Law has received the

Center for Legal and Social Justice recently was recognized by the Texas Access to commission’s Commitment to Service Award, which you will read about in this issue. Already I have been able to visit many of our alumni across the nation during my

farewell tour. I want to personally thank all my fellow graduates for your involvement in our alumni chapters and your continuing commitment to the law school. It was a in your communities. pleasure to travel and visit with you, learning about how you are making a difference

It is because of the generous support of many of you that we have been able to your generosity.

establish an excessive 80 scholarships since I became dean. We greatly appreciate

I hope you enjoy this issue of Law Notes and stop by St. Mary’s to see our new classrooms in the Law Classroom building, which will be ready for use in the spring semester. Sincerely,
On the cover: The St. Mary’s community celebrated the 2013 Distinguished Law Graduates in October. See story page 5.

Charles E. Cantú,

Dean and St. Mary’s University Distinguished South Texas Professor of Law

Reflections on a Legacy of Service
Charles E. Cantú’s history with St. Mary’s University School of Law goes back. Way back. First coming to St. Mary’s as a law student in the early 1960s, he returned in 1966 to join the faculty, and St. Mary’s has been his home ever since.
In May 2013, Cantú will retire as Dean of the School of Law, capping 48 years of teaching and leading at St. Mary’s. He is the longest-tenured Hispanic law professor in the country, one of the few Hispanic deans nationwide, and the St. Mary’s University Distinguished South Texas Professor of Law. For all of his accomplishments, Cantú is particularly proud of his time as dean. He counts among his top accomplishments emphasizing the Catholic and Marianist identity at the school and initiating the China program. However, Cantú’s focus has been not just on academics but also building a stronger sense of community both internally and externally.

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Charles recognized and reasserted the law school’s and the University’s common mission of faith, community and academic excellence. Each institution has benefited … ”
“We are all part of the same family — the St. Mary’s family — and I am proud that we can all join together to accomplish our mission of excellence,” Cantú said. University Provost André Hampton said Cantú was the right person at the right time for the School of Law. “The law school has flourished under Dean Cantú’s leadership. Even amid troubling trends besetting law schools around the country, the law school’s enrollment is stable, its financial condition is strong and its graduates are employed,” Hampton said. “As a St. Mary’s graduate, Charles recognized and reasserted the law school and the University’s common mission of faith, community and academic excellence. Each institution has benefited from this reawakening of our common bond.” Hampton added that Cantú’s dedication to the mission has benefited the law school as well. “As a faithful servant of Mary, Charles has worked tirelessly to leave the law school that bears her name in a better condition than he found it. On this point, he exceeded expectations. As a result, his successor will be handed over leadership of a real jewel of a law school with a bright future,” he said. Since starting in 2007, Cantú has helped raise about $8 million and created about 80 scholarships. He has fostered relationships with alumni, encouraging the expansion of the Law Alumni Association to a total of 11 chapters, with a goal of increasing engagement and participation. “Dean Cantú has been an outstanding ambassador for St. Mary’s, helping to raise the law school’s profile across the country,” said Marty Truss ( J.D. ’96), president of the Law Alumni Association. “He has also been exceptionally focused on increasing scholarships and opportunities for our law students and his many successes will impact generations of law students to come.” Cantú considers increasing alumni chapters and alumni engagement one of his prime objectives and plans to add a 12th chapter in Honolulu this spring. The School of Law seeks to graduate students who are not only outstanding practitioners of the legal profession, but also citizens of the world fully prepared to carry out the University’s mission of service for the common good. Perhaps nothing speaks more directly to that than the Center for Legal and Social Justice, which for the second
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Top to bottom: Celebrating the annual Red Mass in San Fernando Cathedral; Cantú meeting with students on a trip to India; Cantú posing with alumni and faculty members in front of the U.S. Supreme Court Building

Recognitions the St. Mary’s School of Law has received under the leadership of Dean Cantú:
• The Advocacy Program has excelled in regional and national moot court and mock trial competitions, including three national championships

• The St. Mary’s Law Journal is in the top 2 percent of law reviews most cited by state and federal courts and is the only law review in the nation that annually publishes an issue devoted to the topic of legal malpractice and ethics

• The School of Law was named a 2012 and 2013 Best Value Law School by The National Jurist • The School has been recognized by the Wall Street Journal as among the nation’s best for post-law school, full-time employment based on its analysis of information reported to the ABA

• The School is recognized by the Wall Street Journal as among the nation’s best for post-law school, full-time employment based on its analysis of class of 2011 employment data reported to the ABA

• Clinical students were selected for the prestigious Equal Justice Works Fellowship in 2012 and 2013

time — both while Cantú has been dean — has received the prestigious Law School Commitment to Service Award from the Texas Access to Justice Commission. This award honored St. Mary’s for educating students on access to justice issues, one of the finest traditions of the legal progression. In addition, the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program, a collaboration between the Bill Greehey School of Business and the Center for Legal and Social Justice, was recognized by the American Bar Association for its efforts to assist low-income and under-served communities. The school also has nurtured the Catholic and Marianist heritage through courses on canon law and the death penalty, and an ongoing dialogue on Catholic Social Teachings in the law school experience. Cantú spearheaded the addition of a major program that has broadened the law school’s international reach — The St. Mary’s Institute on Chinese Law and Business, which started in 2010. In just a few short years, the

program has proven popular with students and effective in preparing them for the global legal world. In 2013, the Institute placed 12 St. Mary’s law students in internships with law firms and employers in China. Additionally, the dean has supported the expansion of the school’s LL.M. program, which attracts both U.S. and foreign students, and overseen the impressive success of the Evening Law Program, which has produced some of the school’s top graduates in recent years. In spring 2014, the law school will unveil another mark of progress — a significant addition to the Law Classroom Building that will provide much-needed space for students and faculty. Considering the long list of accomplishments from the past seven years, Cantú hopes that he has left a long-term mark on the direction of the St. Mary’s School of Law. “Living a life of significance to me means that long after you have left, there is a lingering positive feeling of your presence,” said Cantú.

The School of Law has been nationally recognized for post-law school employment numbers for graduates.

Honoring Dean Cantú’s Service to St. Mary’s
by Thomas M. Mengler, J.D., St. Mary’s University President For almost 80 years the St. Mary’s University School of Law has been dedicated to educating prudent, successful and ethical attorneys. And for more than half of that, Charles E. Cantú ( J.D. ’64) has been a part of the effort — first as a law student, then as a faculty member and, for almost seven years now, as dean. In his time as dean, he has found ways to emphasize the Catholic and Marianist heritage through courses on canon law and the death penalty as well as an ongoing dialogue on Catholic Social Teachings in the law school experience. He recognizes that our mission calls us to not just prepare students to practice law, but also to graduate students who become leaders in their communities dedicated to the common good. Twice under Cantú’s direction, the School of Law has received the Law School Commitment to Service Award from the Texas Access to Justice Commission and two students were selected as Equal Justice Works Fellows. These are recognitions that speak directly to our Catholic and Marianist traditions and to Cantú’s own priorities for our school. In recognition of Dean Cantú’s leadership and in appreciation for his almost 48 years of service, in which he has taught thousands of students and helped prepare generations of law graduates, we are establishing the Charles E. Cantú Distinguished Professor of Law. As graduates of St. Mary’s School of Law, many of you had at least one class from Dean Cantú and know firsthand his passion and love for St. Mary’s. I hope that you will consider giving a gift toward establishing this professorship in his honor. For additional information on giving to the Cantú Distinguished Professorship, contact Collanne West at cwest@stmarytx.edu or 210-436-3774.
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CAMPUS BRIEFS

St. Mary’s Hosts Lone Star Classic
St. Mary’s School of Law hosted the 2013 Lone Star Classic in October. The annual invitational mock trial tournament draws schools from across the nation. This year, South Texas College of Law and Faulkner Law made it to the final round, with Faulkner taking the top prize.

Career Services to Hold Job Fairs
The St. Mary’s Office of Career Services is joining with the other Texas Law Schools to host legal job fairs in Austin, Corpus Christi, Dallas, Fort Worth, El Paso, Midland and the Rio Grande Valley. The job fairs are designed to increase opportunities for students in markets outside of their immediate school. Employers with hiring needs for the summer or fall of 2014 or who are seeking recent graduates for permanent positions will have the opportunity to screen the materials of law students and recent graduates and preselect their candidates for interviews. The law schools will work together to schedule selected candidates to interview at the employers’ offices or designated interview site on the day of the job fair in their area. Registration for employers to interview is now open. For more information contact Suzanne Patrick at 210-436-3511 or spatrick@stmarytx.edu.

Mock Trial Team Excels at National Event
St. Mary’s mock trial team once again performed well, reaching the semifinals in the 2013 National Trial Advocacy Competition hosted by Michigan State University School of Law. The team includes Joe Patton, Brad Runcie, Jessica Pritchett, Travis Rodriguez and Leslie Rodriguez. They faced teams from Southern Methodist University, Columbus and Cooley in the preliminary rounds, and John Marshall in the semifinals. The team is coached by adjunct Professor Nicole Thornbro.

New Professor Joins Law Faculty
The School of Law has welcomed a new faculty member this fall, David A. Grenardo, who specializes in commercial litigation. Grenardo, a graduate of the Duke University School of Law, practiced law for three major firms — Jones Day, DLA Piper and King & Spalding — for nearly a decade before joining the legal academy. During his practice, he represented clients, ranging from Fortune 100 companies to small businesses and individuals, in a wide variety of complex commercial litigation matters. He also dedicated a significant part of his practice to pro bono work, including protecting the rights of domestic violence victims, the developmentally disabled and First Amendment litigants. He has received numerous awards, including the Frank J. Scurlock Award from the State Bar of Texas, the Wiley W. Manuel Award from by the State Bar of California, the San Diego Volunteer Lawyer Program Distinguished Service Award, and Texas Civil Rights Project Pro Bono Champion.

Law School Comes Together for Boo Bash
School of Law this year hosted its 15th annual Boo Bash celebration on campus for faculty, staff, students and their families to enjoy a night of fun. The event is hosted each year by the Law Campus Ministry Office, with Sister Grace Wall, F.M.I., and more than 40 student volunteers facilitating the games, food and candy giveaway. Participants are encouraged to wear costumes and the Pecan Grove was filled with everything from princesses to monsters. The School of Law’s Boo Bash is a tradition that started in 1998, allowing law students, faculty, staff and their families to enjoy Halloween festivities on campus, promoting community and fun.
Ryan Patrick, age 2, sports his Lightning McQueen costume. Ryan is the son of Suzanne Patrick, director of the Law Career Services Center.
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Alumni Association Honors Distinguished Law Graduates
The St. Mary’s University Law Alumni Association honored three graduates — The Hon. Karen H. Pozza ( J.D. ’91), 407th District Court of Bexar County; Peter E. Hosey ( J.D. ’79), Jackson Walker LLP in San Antonio; and David C. Courreges ( J.D./M.P.A. ’05), Courreges PC in Austin — at the annual Distinguished Law Graduate Dinner in October. Pozza received the Distinguished Law Graduate Award for a judge, and Hosey received the Distinguished Law Graduate Award for a practicing attorney. Courreges was honored with the Distinguished Young Alumnus Award. Pozza practiced civil litigation privately before election to her current seat on the bench, which she has held since 2001. Pozza serves on the Alamo Breast Cancer Foundation Advisory Board, the Bexar County Juvenile Board, and the Texas RioGrande Legal Aid and St. Mary’s Alumni Association boards. She is also the co-founder of the Community Justice Program, which has allowed her to give back to the community and provide free legal service for individuals who cannot afford an attorney. Hosey has more than 30 years of experience practicing energy law and is board-certified in oil, gas and mineral law with the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. He is also an Adjunct Professor at St. Mary’s, President of the St. Mary’s Law Foundation and a member of the Board of Directors for the St. Mary’s School of Law Alumni Association. Hosey has given back to St. Mary’s by creating the Leopold-Hosey Scholarship for deserving law students studying real property law. Courreges is the founding shareholder of Courreges PC and has more than a decade of direct experience in government law. He has remained dedicated to the University, serving as an Adjunct Professor and helping create and administrate the Frank J. Madla and Irma Rangel Legislative Internship Program, as well as the legislative externship programs for the School of Law. Courreges is the immediate past president of the St. Mary’s Alumni Association — the youngest in the Association’s history — and the Law Alumni Association’s representative on the University’s Board of Trustees.

Cantú, at left; Dent, at right

McCaul

Portrait of Dent, McCaul Added to Law School
Dean Charles Cantú and University President Thomas Mengler unveiled a portrait of Dwain Dent ( J.D. ’76) in September and Congressman Michael T. McCaul ( J.D. ’87) in August in the Law Alumni Room’s Wall of Honor. Dent is an experienced attorney and has tried numerous cases throughout Texas. Dent is also the founder of the Dent Law Firm and the Spencer B. Dent Memorial Foundation. During last year’s annual Distinguished Law Graduate Dinner, Dent received the 2012 Distinguished Law Graduate award. He is a Board Certified in Personal Injury Trial Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, the State Bar of Texas, and the National Board of Trial and Advocacy. Dent is also a member of the Law Alumni Association and president of the Fort Worth Chapter. McCaul is currently serving as Chairman of the House Committee on Homeland Security and also co-chairs the Congressional Childhood Cancer Caucus, which he founded shortly after he was elected to Congress in 2005. He was also a recipient of the School of Law’s Distinguished Graduate Award in 2009.

San Antonio Celebrates Red Mass
The 61st annual Red Mass, which celebrates the San Antonio area legal community and invites blessings on the judicial year, was held in October at San Fernando Cathedral. The Most Rev. Gustavo García-Siller, M.Sp.S., Archbishop of San Antonio, was the principal presider, and The Rev. Martin Leopold served as homilist. The Hon. Larry Noll (B.A. ’67, J.D. ’72), of the 408th Civil District Court of Bexar County, offered reflections. The tradition of Red Mass dates to 13th century Europe when both the bench and bar attended the Mass together at the beginning of each judicial session. The name is derived from the scarlet robes worn by judges and red vestments worn by priests in honor of the Holy Spirit. The tradition was revived in San Antonio 61 years ago by the School of Law and the Catholic Lawyers Guild of San Antonio, which organize the event with San Antonio legal organizations, the judiciary and the State Legislature.

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KUDOS & CLASS NOTES
1956
Charles L. Smith, LL.B., San Antonio, of counsel at Dennis C. McCabe, J.D., Vestal, N.Y., has been

Jackson Walker LLP, was named to S.A. Scene’s 2013 Best S.A. Lawyers list.

appointed by New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo to serve on the Binghamton University Council.
Patrick B. Tobin, J.D., San Antonio, managing

The Hon. Gregory T. Perkes, J.D., Corpus

1969
Ronald F. Ederer, J.D., San Antonio, was reappointed

by Gov. Rick Perry to the Texas Racing Commission.

partner of the San Antonio office of Jackson Walker LLP, was named to S.A. Scene’s 2013 Best S.A. Lawyers list and to the 2014 edition of The Best Lawyers in America.

Christi, associate justice of the Texas Thirteenth Court of Appeals, received the Judge Paul W. Nye Professionalism Award from the Corpus Christi Bar Association.
Earl K. Straight Jr., J.D., Austin, is an attorney with

the Wenholz Law Firm.

1972
The Hon. Charles A. Gonzalez, J.D., San Antonio,

1982
The Hon. John Cayce, J.D., Fort Worth, retired chief

1989
Malcolm L. Rigsby, Ph.D., J.D., Donaldson, Ark.,

chief of public engagement for VIA Metropolitan Transit, was an honoree at the 2013 Westside Honors sponsored by the Westside Development Corporation.
The Hon. Ted G. Seel, J.D., Victoria, is the Victoria

justice of the Texas Second Court of Appeals and a partner with Kelly Hart & Hallman LLP, was appointed by the Supreme Court of Texas to a six-year term as a member of the Texas Board of Law Examiners.

who completed his doctorate in Sociology from Texas Woman’s University in December 2012, is an Assistant Professor of Sociology and coordinator of the Criminal Justice Program at Henderson State University.

County Precinct 4 Justice of the Peace.

1983
Richard G. Garza, B.A. ’78, J.D., San Antonio, a

1990
Vincent Gonzalez, J.D., Kingsville, is an assistant

1975
Warren A. Wolf, J.D., San Antonio, received the Percy

partner at Jackson Walker LLP, was named to S.A. Scene’s 2013 Best S.A. Lawyers list.
Charles E. Hardy, J.D., San Antonio, a partner

district attorney with the Kleberg County District Attorney’s Office.

Foreman Lawyer of the Year Award from the Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association. A 1966 Eagle Scout Award recipient, he also received the 50-year Veterans Award from the Boy Scouts of America.

Robert J. “Bobby” Perez, J.D., San Antonio, is

1976
Claude E. Ducloux, J.D., Austin, a name partner

with Higdon Hardy & Zuflacht LLP, has been elected president of the Texas Academy of Family Law Specialists and been named a Texas Super Lawyer in Family Law by Texas Monthly magazine.

senior vice president general counsel and corporate relations for Spurs Sports & Entertainment.
Moises V. Vela Jr., J.D., Gaithersburg, Md., a partner

with Scarinci Hollenbeck PC, is the founding director of the firm’s Washington, D.C., office.

with Hill, Ducloux, Carnes & de la Garza, received the 2013 Lola Wright Foundation Award from the Texas Bar Foundation.

1984
J. Matthew Dow, J.D., Austin, managing partner

1991
Kevin P. Yeary, B.A. ’88, J.D., San Antonio, is the

1978
Dawn Finlayson, J.D., San Antonio, a member of

of the Austin office of Jackson Walker LLP, has been named to the 2014 edition of The Best Lawyers in America.
Rebecca Fe de Montreve-McMinn, J.D., LL.M. ‘06, San Antonio, is vice chair of the Biotechnology,

first chair assistant district attorney in the Appellate Division of the Bexar County District Attorney’s Office.

1992
Dana Dunlap Clarke, J.D., Arlington, has been

Barton East & Caldwell PLLC, has been named a fellow of the Texas Bar Foundation.
Rebecca A. Gregory, J.D., Dallas, who is of counsel

Medical Research and Clinical Ethics Interest Group of the American Bar Association Health Law Section.
Susan C. Mathews, J.D., Houston, is of counsel in

with Curran Tomko LLP, has been appointed by Gov. Rick Perry to the Texas Juvenile Justice Board.
Mark H. Miller, J.D., San Antonio, a partner at

named Assistant Attorney General of the Year for the Texas Office of the Attorney General’s Child Support Division Fort Worth Region.
Craig A. Harlow, J.D., Pearsall, has been appointed

the Financial Institutions Advocacy Group of Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz PC.

Jackson Walker LLP, was named to S.A. Scene’s 2013 Best S.A. Lawyers list.
The Hon. Victor H. Negron Jr., B.A. ’75, J.D.,

1985
Peter M. Koelling, Ph.D., J.D., Oak Park, Ill.,

an immigration judge for the U.S. Department of Justice Executive Office for Immigration Review’s Pearsall Immigration Court.
D. Wade Hayden, J.D., San Antonio, managing

former judge of the Texas 438th District Court, is of counsel with the Ford Law Firm.
John M. Vaught, J.D., Denver, a partner at Wheeler

director and chief counsel of the American Bar Association Justice Center, has received a doctorate in Political Science from Northern Illinois University.
John P. Mitcham, J.D., San Antonio, is a soldier’s

partner of Hayden & Cunningham PLLC, has been appointed to the Texas Private Security Board by Gov. Rick Perry.
Thomas J. O’Brien, J.D., Dallas, is a partner at

Trigg O’Donnell, is president-elect of the Denver Bar Association and will become president in 2014.

Lawrence A. Waks, J.D., Dallas, a partner at Jackson

Walker LLP, has been named to the 2014 edition of The Best Lawyers in America.

counsel in the U.S. Army North Office of the Staff Judge Advocate at Fort Sam Houston. He previously spent 17 years as the chief of legal services for the Military District of Washington Office of the Staff Judge Advocate and recently retired from the U.S. Army Reserve as a colonel of armor/cavalry.
Sharon Breckenridge Thomas, B.A. ’82, J.D.,

Rose•Walker LLP.

1993
Lauren Ranly Duke, J.D., Corpus Christi, is a senior

trust officer at American Bank.

1979
Peter E. Hosey, J.D., San Antonio, a partner at

Jackson Walker LLP, was named to S.A. Scene’s 2013 Best S.A. Lawyers list.
Frank Z. Ruttenberg, J.D., San Antonio, is a partner

San Antonio, has been appointed to the Texas Workforce Commission’s Commission on Human Rights by Gov. Rick Perry.

Robert E. Longo, J.D., Paradise Valley, Ariz., vice

1986
Laura J. Tocci, J.D., Alquippa, Penn., a partner with

president and general counsel-western areas for Waste Management Inc., has been elected to the board of directors of the Fiesta Bowl organization, which hosts the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl and the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl.
The Hon. Renée Forinash McElhaney, J.D., San

with Haynes and Boone LLP.

F. Scott Spears Jr., J.D., Austin, has been

reappointed by Gov. Rick Perry to the Lower Colorado River Authority Board of Directors.

McMillen Urick Tocci Fouse and Jones, received the Judge James E. Rowley Service Award from the Beaver County Bar Association and has become a certified member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum.

Antonio, former judge of the Texas 73rd District Court, has joined Beirne, Maynard & Parsons LLP as a partner.
Cheryl Ann Oldham, J.D., Alexandria, Va., who is

1981
Sara E. Dysart, B.A. ’74, J.D., San Antonio, has been

1987
The Hon. Carol V. Bush, J.D., Waxahachie, who is

elected to the State Bar of Texas Board of Directors and admitted to membership in the American College of Real Estate Attorneys.
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County Judge for Ellis County, has been appointed by Gov. Rick Perry to the Texas Juvenile Justice Board.

vice president of education policy for the United States Chamber of Commerce, is a member of the board of trustees of Ashford University, located in Clinton, Iowa.

Note: Locations in Texas and all major U.S. cities do not have the state identified.

1994
Julia C. Mann, J.D., San Antonio, a partner with

2000
Jason W. Fatheree, J.D., Dallas, and wife Nancy

Daniel M. Martinez, J.D., San Antonio, has been

elected a shareholder of Winstead PC.

Jackson Walker LLP, has been selected as a fellow of the Texas Bar Foundation, and was named to S.A. Scene’s 2013 Best S.A. Lawyers list.
Whitney M. Reilly, J.D., Dallas, is an attorney

welcome son John Walker, born Dec. 11, 2012. He is a partner at Crouch & Ramey LLP and was named to the 2013 Texas Rising Stars list by Texas Super Lawyers.
Ina Marie Minjarez, J.D., San Antonio, is an attorney

Kathryn A. Stephens, J.D., San Antonio, is a staff

attorney with the Texas Fourth Court of Appeals. with Vidaurri, Lyde, Rodriguez & Haynes LLP.

Vanessa E. Valdez, J.D., San Antonio, is an associate

recruiting specialist with Legal Network.

with the Espinoza Law Firm PLLC.

1995
Yvonne M. Acosta, J.D., El Paso, executive nursing

2001
Capt. Thomas H. Marrs, J.D., Edwardsville, Ill.,

2005
Lauren S. Ciminello, J.D., San Antonio, senior

officer for operations and innovation for the University of Texas at El Paso College of Nursing, is presidentelect of Hospice El Paso.
The Hon. Robb D. Catalano, J.D., Fort Worth, judge

who serves in the U.S. Air Force, is a Judge Advocate General Officer assigned to the U.S. Central Command Joint Theater Supporting Contracting Command at Camp Phoenix, Afghanistan.
Jon G. Moog, J.D., Helena, Mont., is deputy

counsel at Jackson Walker LLP, was named to S.A. Scene’s 2013 Best S.A. Lawyers list.
David C. Courreges, J.D./M.P.A., Austin, is the

founding shareholder of Courreges PC and a 2013 Austin Under 40 Awards legal professional honoree.
Sara Jane del Carmen, J.D., Grand Prairie, has

of Tarrant County Criminal District Court No. 3, has been appointed by Gov. Rick Perry to the Texas Board of Criminal Justice on Offenders with Medical or Mental Impairments.
Jason D. Hawkins, J.D., Frisco, is federal public

disciplinary counsel in the State of Montana Office of Disciplinary Counsel.
Norma O. Ortiz, J.D., Edinburg, has been named

been appointed as an associate judge/magistrate for the Town of Pantego Municipal Court.
Kathleen M. Kilanowski, J.D., Dallas, is an associate

defender for the Northern District of Texas.

1996
L. David Anderson, J.D., Dallas, is a partner in the

Assistant Attorney General of the Year for the Texas Office of the Attorney General’s Child Support Division McAllen Region.
1st Lt. Brandt E. Schneider, J.D., Spring, who

with Deans & Lyons LLP.

Lt. Col. James F. Korth, J.D., Fort Worth, an

commercial litigation group of Wick Phillips.

Terra L. Bay, J.D., Chattanooga, Tenn., is an assistant

serves in the Army National Guard, is a Judge Advocate General officer assigned to the Kabul Base Cluster Staff Judge Advocate’s office at Camp Phoenix, Afghanistan.
C. Clark Welder, J.D., Beeville, has been appointed

associate at Cantey Hanger LLP, was promoted to lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve and appointed battalion commander of the 1st Battalion, 23rd Marines.
Jose J. Treviño Jr., J.D., San Antonio, has been

attorney with the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Tennessee.
Linda Everett Moyé, J.D., Washington, D.C., is chief

of labor relations and performance management for the Federal Communications Commission.
Derek L. Seal, J.D., Austin, a shareholder in

by Gov. Rick Perry to the Real Estate Research Advisory Committee, which advises the Texas Real Estate Research Center at Texas A&M University.

named a shareholder at Ray Valdez McChristian & Jeans PC.

2006
Alysha Travis Bissell, J.D./M.A., San Antonio, and

2002
Blakley Latham Fernandez, J.D./ M.A., San

Winstead PC, has been selected for the Chambers USA Guide 2013, a listing of the leading lawyers and law firms in the country.

1997
Charles P. Koutras, J.D./M.A., San Antonio, is chief

Antonio, received the Brenda Vickrey Johnson Award for Small Business at the Greater San Antonio Chamber of Commerce 2013 Tribute to Women Business Leaders Awards.
Harold Oliver, M.S. ’91, J.D., San Antonio, is chief

husband Jacob welcome daughter Dylan Margaret, born Nov. 20, 2012.

Jason E. Cruz, J.D., and wife Catherine R. Casiano, J.D./M.B.A. ‘07, San Antonio, welcome daughter Paloma Vida, born Aug. 6, 2012. with Slates Harwell LLP.
Giselle Finne Gafford, J.D., Dallas, is an attorney

of legal assistance in the U.S. Army South Office of the Staff Judge Advocate.

external affairs officer for Accion Texas, the nation’s largest nonprofit micro lender.
Melinda A. Vidaurri-Galvan, B.A. ’96, J.D.,

F. Scott de la Garza, J.D., San Antonio, is a name

1998
Rolando B. Pablos, B.A. ’92, J.D., El Paso, is the

Laredo, is director of the Community Supervision and Corrections Department for Webb and Zapata Counties.
David M. Wildes, J.D., Houston, is legal counsel with

partner with DLG Luce Salazar PLLC. Viscuso PLLC.

Michael Y. Kim, J.D., Dallas, is a partner with Scott Zachary O. Luce, J.D., San Antonio, is a name

chief executive officer of the Borderplex Bi-national Economic Alliance, an economic development organization serving the El Paso-Las Cruces-Ciudad Juárez region.
Shoshana L. Thoma-Isgur, J.D., Fort Worth, is

LINN Energy.

2003
Bradley B. Clark, J.D., Austin, who has opened his

partner with DLG Luce Salazar PLLC.

Brian F. O’Gorman, J.D., San Antonio, and Gretchen

of counsel with K&L Gates LLP.

1999
The Hon. Luz Elena Chapa, B.A. ’95, J.D., San

own law firm, the Bradley B. Clark Law Group PC, and launched a legal startup, Lawful.ly, was selected for the 2013 Texas Rising Stars list by Texas Super Lawyers.
Daniel Esparza, J.D., Austin, a senior adviser to

Jean Stieren married on March 23, 2013. with Clayton & Ramirez PLLC. Villarreal & Romero PLLC.

Richard A. Ramirez, J.D., Houston, is a partner Eduardo Romero, J.D., Laredo, is a partner at The Hon. Adrian A. Spears II, J.D., San Antonio,

Antonio, was elected to the Texas Fourth Court of Appeals.

Christine E. Reinhard, J.D., San Antonio, a partner

with Schmoyer Reinhard LLP, has been selected as a fellow of the Texas Bar Foundation.
Frederick Saporsky III, B.A. ’96, J.D./M.A.,

Texas State Senator Eddie Lucio Jr., received the Texas Houser Award, which honors Texans committed to improving availability and access to shelter for lowincome families, from the Texas Low Income Housing Information Service.
Kelly Wright Kelly, B.A. ’00, J.D., Spring, is

was appointed as an associate municipal judge for the city of Von Ormy.
Emily Kinney Stroup, J.D., San Antonio, an associate

San Antonio, and wife Jamaica welcome son Eric Hudson, born Aug. 10, 2012.
The Hon. Fred T. Van Soelen, J.D., Colvis, N.M.,

managing partner of the Law Office of Kelly Kelly.
David R. Rangel, J.D., San Antonio, is of counsel with

with Tinsman & Sciano Inc., has been appointed to the Nueces River Authority Board of Directors by Gov. Rick Perry.
Lorien K. Whyte, J.D., San Antonio, is an attorney

Davidson Troilo Ream & Garza PC.

was appointed a judge of the New Mexico Ninth Judicial Circuit Court by Gov. Susan Martinez.

2004
Angelica M. Campos-Beach, LL.M., San Antonio,

with Brin & Brin PC.

is an attorney with DLG Luce Salazar PLLC.

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2007
John G. George Jr., J.D., San Antonio, an associate

Aldo Salazar, J.D., San Antonio, is a name partner

with DLG Luce Salazar PLLC.

Andrew J. Skemp, J.D., San Antonio, is an attorney

with the Janicek Law Firm PC.

with Beirne, Maynard & Parsons LLP, was named to the 2013 Texas Rising Stars list by Texas Super Lawyers.
Lori Ann Hall, J.D., Kerrville, is corporate counsel for

Maurine Heinrichs Shipp, J.D., San Antonio,

the SALT Group.

served on the planning committee for the University of the Incarnate Word’s Annual ELEVATE Women’s Conference and spoke on practical planned giving.

2011
Michael D. Holcomb, J.D., Conroe, is an associate

with the Ward Law Firm.

Kimberly P. Mabel, J.D., Dallas, an associate with

2009
Jeremy D. Allen, J.D., San Antonio, is an associate

James J. O’Brien, J.D., San Antonio, is an attorney

Gardere Wynne Sewell LLP, was named to the 2013 Texas Rising Stars list by Texas Super Lawyers.

with Mazurek Alford & Holliday PC.

with Hoblit Ferguson Darling LLP.

Brett L. VanGheluwe, J.D., San Antonio, is a staff

The Hon. Arturo I. Martinez de Vara, J.D./M.A.,

Von Ormy, was reelected to a third term as mayor of Von Ormy.
J. Barrett Shipp, J.D., San Antonio, an associate with

Capt. Nancy E. Carlson, J.D., M.B.A. ’10, Houston,

attorney for the Bexar County Civil District Courts.

is a trial counsel in the Judge Advocate General’s Office of the 36th Combat Aviation Brigade, an Army National Guard unit from Texas currently deployed to Kuwait.
Kacy L. Dudley, J.D., Austin, is an associate with the

2012
Victoria Marie Bongat, J.D., Converse, is a clinical

Heinrichs & De Gennaro, PC, was named a 2013 Rising Star by S.A. Scene Magazine.
Jason A. Smith, J.D., Houston, a senior associate

teaching fellow at the St. Mary’s University School of Law Center for Legal and Social Justice.
Jose E. Galvan, B.A. ’08, J.D., San Antonio,

Vaught Law Firm P.C.

with Burleson LLP, was board certified in oil, gas and mineral law.
Amanda N. Torres, J.D., Corpus Christi, is an

Benjamin E. Farish, J.D., Raleigh, N.C., has opened

is an attorney with the Poncio Law Offices.

a solo practice, the Farish Law Firm. with the Lambert Firm PLC.

Roy Neal Linnartz, J.D., New Braunfels, a solo

Emily C. Jeffcott, J.D., New Orleans, is an attorney Ashley N. Patton, J.D., and Chase W. Butler, J.D. ’10, San Antonio, married on June 1, 2013. She is an

associate with Branscomb PC.

2008
Matthew R. Adams, J.D., Asburn, Va., is in-house

practitioner, has been named to the College of the State Bar of Texas, an honorary society for attorneys who complete at least double the required hours of continuing legal education each year.
Courtney J. London, J.D., Bartlesville, Okla.,

counsel for DTREDS LLC.

associate at the Law Office of Arthur G. Augustine. He is a partner at LaHood & Butler.
Austin M. Sanford, J.D., San Francisco, is an

is an attorney with the Heskett Law Firm.

Sareta M. Davis, J.D., Austin, is an assistant district

Natalee B. Marion, M.B.A. ’09, J.D., Eastland, has

attorney with the Travis County District Attorney’s Office.
Emily L. Jirovec, J.D., Corpus Christi, is a staff

assistant district attorney with the San Francisco District Attorney’s Office.
J. Austin Smithson, J.D., Washington, D.C., is

completed a judicial clerkship with the Texas Eleventh Court of Appeals.

attorney for the Texas 5th Administrative Judicial Region.
Harvey Wayne Johnson II, J.D., San Antonio, and Jennifer K. Loftin, J.D., Corpus Christi, is an

legislative director for Congressman Louie Gohmert, who represents the First District of Texas.

Brittany J. Martineau, J.D., and Brendan C. Holm, J.D. ’13, San Antonio, married on Jan. 5, 2013. She is a

commercial escrow officer with Stewart Title Company.
Mary E. Neal, J.D./M.A., San Antonio, and Todd

2010
Capt. Andrew J. Ashford, J.D., Killeen, is a Judge

Lauren Michelle Thompkins married on May 18, 2013. associate with Royston, Rayzor, Vickery & Williams LLP.
Jeffrey W. Martin, J.D., Dallas, has joined the Willis

Grubbs married on Aug. 4, 2013. attorney for Hunt County.

Advocate General officer with the Army National Guard and is assigned to the Kabul Base Cluster Staff Judge Advocate’s office at Camp Phoenix, Afghanistan.
Paige M. Frankenberry, J.D., Austin, has opened

Joseph T. O’Neill, J.D., Plano, is an assistant county Natalie E. Zertuche, J.D., San Antonio, is a

Law Group PLLC as an associate.

compliance portfolio officer for Accion Texas Inc.

Frankenberry Law, a solo practice.

Brandy D. Marty, J.D., Austin, is chief of staff to

Gov. Rick Perry and has worked in the Governor’s Office since 2007 and has been appointed by Gov. Perry to the Public Utility Commission of Texas.

Fernando D. Gireud, J.D., San Antonio, is an

2013
Rachel M. Ambler, J.D., San Antonio, is a law clerk

associate attorney with Eric M. Bernal & Associates.
John T. Hicks, J.D./M.A., San Antonio, has opened

with Pulman, Cappuccio, Pullen, Benson & Jones LLP.
Hilary Ann Bell, J.D., San Antonio, has opened the

The Hon. James A. Rodriguez, J.D., San Antonio,

his own firm, the Law Office of John T. Hicks PLLC.

Law Office of Hilary A. Bell.

received the 2013 Outstanding Young Lawyer Award from the San Antonio Young Lawyers Association. He was reappointed as a municipal judge for the city of Von Ormy.

Emileigh Hubbard, J.D., Sherman, is a law clerk for

Magistrate Judge Amos L. Mazzant of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas.

David R. Quintanilla, J.D., Austin, has enrolled in

the London School of Economics where he is pursuing a master’s in Philosophy and Public Policy.

L AW A L U M N I A S S O C I AT I O N

PRESIDENT’S CORNER
By Marty Truss, LAA President If you were one of the 1,000 or so guests at this year’s Law Alumni Association Distinguished Law Graduate Dinner, you enjoyed a reminder of the bonds that connect us as graduates of St. Mary’s School of Law. This year’s event boasted a record 114 table sponsorships — the largest crowd of any Distinguished Law Graduate Dinner to date. The extraordinary support and attendance was due to the efforts of Assistant Dean Al Hartman ( J.D. ’73), Director of Law Alumni Relations Collanne Bramblett West ( J.D. ’10) along with sponsorship chair and previous Distinguished Law Graduate, Joe Casseb ( J.D. ’77). Thanks to each of you. In addition to moving tributes to each of the honorees, the night was made even more special by accolades and thanks to Dean Charles E. Cantú, who will retire as dean in 2014. Because this is his last academic year as dean, the Board of the Law Alumni Association gathered on stage along with the many attending former Distinguished Law Graduate honorees to say a special thanks. The tribute to Dean Cantú at this year’s dinner is surely just the first of many to come before his official retirement at the end of the academic year. In his nearly five decades with the School of Law and his service as dean over the past six-plus years, Dean Cantú has left an indelible mark on St. Mary’s and on tens of thousands of students and graduates of St. Mary’s. He left his mark on me first by giving me my first law-related job as his research assistant after my first year of law school. I knew right away that Dean Cantú was an extraordinary man, as a teacher, mentor, scholar, diplomat and gentleman. On behalf of that first-year law student and the countless others that he has influenced over the years, thank you, Dean Cantú. Thank you for everything.

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IN MEMORIAM
1940s
1942 Aubrey Elliott Jr., LL.B., Austin, died April
28, 2013.

1970s
1970 John J. Jandt, J.D., Seguin, died May 11,
2013.

17, 2013.

1985 Glenn M. Douglas, J.D., Houston, died Aug.

1987 Mark M. Ferguson, J.D., San Antonio, died
July 7, 2013.

1950s
1950 Maj. Travis E. Alley, LL.B., Granbury, died
July 19, 2013. The Hon. Roy W. Stroud, LL.B., Selma, died March 9, 2013.

1971 John L. Gamboa Jr., J.D., Fort Worth, died
July 29, 2013.

1989 Tamara Farris Gordon, J.D., Fort Worth, died
March 25, 2013.

1957 The Hon. Earl W. Tracy Jr., LL.B., San
Antonio, died Aug. 23, 2013. 26, 2013.

Oct. 28, 2013. Homero C. Canales, J.D., Alice, died March 25, 2013. Rogers T. Storey Jr., J.D., San Marcos, died March 24, 2012.

1972 Larry J. Benson Sr., J.D., San Antonio, died

1990s
1990 Charles D. Grant Jr., J.D., Austin, died March
16, 2013. 2013.

1959 Ronald A. Piperi, LL.B., Houston, died April

1974 David L. Clarkson, J.D., San Antonio, died
June 12, 2013. 2013.

1992 Ross H. Ehlinger, J.D., Austin, died March 3, 1993 Clinton T. Harmon, J.D., San Angelo, died
Feb. 21, 2013. 2013.

1960s
1962 Robert Norvell Graham Jr., LL.B., San
Antonio, died Feb. 22, 2013. Antonio, died Aug. 8, 2013. July 30, 2013. July 11, 2013.

1976 Richard Gabriele, J.D., Dallas, died Jan. 26, 1977 Emmett Moore, J.D., Houston, died April 9,

1966 The Hon. Michael B. O’Quinn, J.D., San 1967 Donald A. Williams, J.D., Salem, Va., died 1969 Eugene S. Prashner, J.D., San Antonio, died

2013. Col. Homer L. Walker, J.D., Frisco, Colo., died May 24, 2013. Christopher B. “Kim” Weixel, J.D., San Antonio, died June 28, 2013.

1998 Kevin T. Shea, J.D., Spring, died April 28, 1999 James Ashley Herring, J.D., Biloxi, Miss.,

1979 Jack B. Lee, M.D., J.D., Beaumont, died
March 30, 2013.

died July 30, 2013.

1980s
1980 Randall C. Stegall, J.D., Keller, died Feb. 27,
2013. Thomas W. Wallace, J.D., San Antonio, died July 12, 2013.

2000s
2001 John C. Frausto, J.D., San Antonio, died Aug.
19, 2013.

CALENDAR
Dec. 14, 2013  Law School Hooding Ceremony, December Completion of Legal Studies Jan. 27-31, 2014  Board of Advocates Federal Bar Association Spring Moot Court Competition Feb. 28, 2014 Symposium on Legal Malpractice & Ethics

St. Mary’s University School of Law Newsletter
President Thomas M. Mengler, J.D. School of Law Dean Charles E. Cantú ( J.D. ’64) Editor Anndria Flores (B.A. ’12)

March 21, 2014  Law Homecoming CLE Day April 4, 2014  The Scholar’s Immigration Symposium April 11-12, 2014 Fiesta Oyster Bake May 17, 2014 School of Law Commencement

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For more information on these or other events, please check our website at www.stmarytx.edu/law. For alumni event information, please contact Al Hartman at ahartman@stmarytx.edu.

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Brock Person Guerra Reyna, P.C. Burt Barr & Associates, L.L.P. Canales & Simonson, P.C. SA Liquors at Costco Courreges P.C. William R. Crow and Richard Noll Davidson Troilo Ream & Garza Davis, Cedillo & Mendoza, Inc. Davis Law Firm The Hon. and Mrs. Rudy Delgado Dwain Dent Dilley Law Firm Drought, Drought & Bobbitt, L.L.P. Ruben Gabriel Duarte Duncan, Bressler & Liu, Inc. Sara E. Dysart Jeff and Renna Embry The Francis Law Firm, P.C. Frost Bank Gardner Aldrich, L.L.P. The Hon. Ana Lisa Garza Law Office of Robert Garza Arnulfo and Janice Gonzalez Gonzalez Chiscano Angulo & Kasson, PC Goode Casseb Jones Riklin Choate & Watson, P.C. Gravely & Pearson, L.L.P. The Hon. Paul W. Green The Law Office of Sue M. Hall and the Law Office of Carl Robin Teague Albert Hartman Haynes & Boone L.L.P. Senator and Mrs. Glen A. Hegar A.L. and Charlotte Hernden The Herrera Law Firm

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