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

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


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Anonymous Donor Gives $1 Million to Center for Terrorism Law, Law School Bar Passage Rate Highest in Nine Years, Alumnus Takes Pro-Bono Work to Next Level Helps Free Slaves, St. Mary's Law Journal Third Most Frequently Cited Legal Periodical by State and


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Continuing the CLE Homecoming Tradition
School of Law alumni once again have the opportunity to partake in a variety of activities during Homecoming Weekend. This year's Homecoming festivities will be held March 31- April 4. In addition to the Homecoming Oyster Bake on Saturday, April 2, to which alumni from the entire University are invited, alumni from the School of Law will get the opportunity to enrich their minds and their law practices at the annual Continuing Legal Education sessions put on by the school and many of its faculty. The CLEs offer alumni an opportunity to come back to campus for good fellowship and to relive some of the more inspiring moments of their law school days. The free all-day classes will be held Friday, April 1, in the Law Classroom Building. "We want alumni to come back to campus, to see all the good things that are happening here, reminisce with some of their former professors and meet some of our current students," said Bill Piatt, dean. "We hope they take advantage of the CLE, which we try to make relevant to contemporary legal issues." St. Mary's law professors once again will offer alumni insight into some of today's important legal issues and they can earn continuing education credit in the process. Among the courses offered and the professors who will teach them are: "U.S. Intelligence Law: Is it Adequate to Protect Us in the Age of Terror?", Robert Summers; "Land Use Update," Victoria Mather; "Morals from the Courthouse: A Study of Recent Texas Cases Affecting a
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Anonymous Donor Gives S Million 1 to Center for Terrorism Law
The Center for Terrorism Law at St. Mary's University School of Law received a $1 million anonymous gift for operations and to strengthen its commitment to study emerging legal issues in the war on terror. The center, led by assistant professor of law Jeffrey Addicott, is dedicated to studying legal issues associated with antiterrorism and counterterrorism, with particular emphasis on cyberspace and information assurance technologies. Currently housed in the Sarita Kenedy East Law Library, the gift will provide for expansion of legal courses and seminars in terrorism law, future office expansion and additional staff members. Currently, the School of Law offers classes in Global Security Law and Terrorism Law. The goal of the center is to increase professional and public understanding of terrorism law and the balance between ensuring global security and protecting civil justice through seminars and workshops with national experts in the field. "This gift increases the capacity of the center and School of Law to create dialogues on the myriad areas of terrorism law and its worldwide implications," said Charles L. Cotrell, Ph.D., president of St. Mary's University. "We have all seen the need to address these important issues and

Jeffrey Addicott, assistant professor of law and director of the (enter for Terrorism Law, stresses a point at a symposium in Arlington, Va., on "Promoting a Sensible Rule of Law in the War on Terror," sponsored by the center in January.
how they impact the national security, not just of the United States, but of every other country as well, coupled with the need to protect the civil liberties of our citizens."
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Law School Bar Passage Rate Highest in Nine Years
Almost 80 percent of St. Mary's University School of Law students taking the Texas Bar Exam for the first time in July passed, the highest percentage in nine years. The results, issued by the Texas Board of Legal Examiners, moved the school's ranking to sixth out of the nine Texas law schools. Of the 149 St. Mary 's students who sat for the bar exam this past July, 119, or 79.87 percent, passed the exam. That is nearly 5 percentage points above the
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Message from the
Dear Alumni,
The momentum continues to build at the law school. Applications are rolling in at the same record pace as last year's all-time high, and the entering qualifications of our students continue to rise. The most important example of our success: Our students posted an overall pass rate of just under 80 percent for firsttime takers in Texas on the July 2004 bar exam, the highest in nine years. In doing so, we exceeded our predictors by 10 percent, exceeding that of any other law school in the state. Additionally, the law school garnered more recognition in national publications. We have been ranked first in the nation by Hispanic Outlook on Higher Education magazine for the number of Hispanics graduating from law school, and fourth for Hispanics by Hispanic Business Magazine. In a survey by Washington and Lee University, the St. Mary's Law Journal is now the third (up from fourth last year) most frequently-cited Bill Piatt, Dean and Ryan Professor of Law legal publication in America in state and federal judicial decisions, putting us behind only Harvard and Columbia law schools. success of our graduates beyond our Our alumni in Texas and beyond make borders. Tom Corbett (ID. '75) is the contributions to society in many areas. For attorney general of Pennsylvania for the the first time in many years, alumni of St. second time, and Peter Kinder (ID. '79) is Mary's now hold seats on both the the lieutenant governor of Missouri. We Supreme Court of Texas - Justice Paul continue to be proud of U.S. Sen. John Green (ID. '77) - and the Texas Court of Cornyn (ID. '77) and U.S. Congressman Criminal Appeals - Judge Barbara Charles Gonzalez (ID. '72), and all of our Hervey (ID '70). Chief Justice of the alumni holding regional and local offices, Fourth Court of Appeals Alma Lopez as well as those in private practice, on the (ID. '69) is one of our alumnae, as are all bench, in the public sector and in industry. but one of her colleagues on that bench. Support for our programs is increasing Several of our alumni hold high elected due to the generosity of alumni and other offices in other states demonstrating the benefactors. The $1 million gift to our Center for Terrorism Law is but one example. But even with all this good news, there are even better things on the horizon and in our future. There is a spirit here among our students our future alumni - which is going to guarantee their and our success. You can almost feel it as you enter the classrooms or gather with our students in the courtyard and at their functions. Our students are demonstrating a commitment to helping others and a level of maturity that is impressive. For example, we were all saddened by the death of one of our first-year students, Noah Myal, in January. Yet as a tribute to Noah's spirit, our student body conducted a memorial service and is raising money for a book scholarship in his memory. In conjunction with University Ministry and Sister Grace Walle, F.M.!, students have participated in numerous civic and social projects here. Another group will go to work on Habitat for Humanity projects in New Mexico over Spring Break. I am so very proud of our students. It would take too much of your time to tell you all the great things that are going on here. If you can, please come to our campus on April 1 for our annual Homecoming. If you cannot attend, however, I hope to meet with you as I travel around the state and beyond. Maybe then I can fill you in on all the other really exciting things that are taking place here. I am honored to serve as dean at this time in our schoor s history. •


Terrorism Law Center Gets S1 Million Donation
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The center was created on Oct. 1,2003 with a $190,000, one-year grant from the University of Texas at San Antonio's Center for Infrastructure Assessment and Security (CIAS), through the US. Air Force Research Laboratory. The CIAS conducts research, exercises and analysis of terrorism to develop counterterrorism emergency plan models for municipalities. "This center is the first of its kind in the United States and is addressing issues that directly affect and will continue to affect us all for many years to come. It is crucial that we continue to expand the discourse that we have initiated as the courts and Congress grapple with these same issues," said Bill Piatt, dean of the School of Law. "This generous gift will help us do that and gives us the potential for further partnerships down the road. We are extremely grateful to the donor who shares our desire to continue these important discussions." The center sponsors a variety of seminars that bring together experts who discuss aspects of the war on terror. The center also sponsors the publication of books, white papers and other research-

Texas Supreme Court Justice Paul Green (left) catches up on old times with fellow 1977 graduate R. Kenneth Hurrington (right) and his wife, Cynthia, at a reception in Arlington, Va. The Law Alumni Association, in conjunction with the Center for Terrorism Law, held a gathering for Washington, D.C.-area alumni in January prior to a conference on "Promoting a Sensible Rule of Law in the War on Terror," sponsored by the center. generated material to further the discussion, understanding and ramifications of the various legal issues under consideration. "This support means we will continue to build on the data that we already have collected and disseminated through our seminars and Web site," said Addicott, a retired lieutenant colonel in the US. Army Judge Advocate General Corps, where he was a senior legal adviser on national security and human rights law to the US. Army Special Forces. "There are so many legal and operational areas in the war on terror to address and integrate to ensure the safety of our country and yet keep our civil liberties that are paramount to a democratic government." •

Alumnus Takes Pro-Bono Work to Next Level, Helps Free Slaves
Always interested in helping those less fortunate, Larry Warren, 1.D. '87, and three other volunteers posed as a documentary filmmakers at a brick kiln in South Asia and helped rescue some 86 of the more than 300 bonded laborers that were held in slavery. "From my law school days at St. Mary's and in practice I have always had an interest in pro-bono work," Warren said. "This has opened my eyes to a multitude of ways to serve in a pro-bono capacity." Warren, an attorney with Ball & Weed pc., volunteered through his church with the International Justice Mission to enter the kiln and document evidence of slavery. "We were in the kiln for two and a half hours filming. The workers or slaves ranged in age from 5 years old to 70. Many were sold by their families to pay for a debt - a funeral bill or a wedding or some other debt," he said, adding that those sold into slavery virtually never get out because they can never repay the debt with what little they make. Children as young as 8 years old, he said, were required to tote 750 bricks on their heads each day for about 45 cents a day. From that 45 cents the owners of the kiln took out payment for food and sleeping quarters, eating up most of the money. During their visit, the volunteers were able to take 27 Indian slaves to a Hindu festival where they conducted additional interviews. "That formed the basis for the cases the Indian government was able to make that helped free 86 slaves from that one kiln," he said. "Tbis gave me a completely new-found appreciation for the gifts we have in this country and a new appreciation for what we can do as individuals," he said . •


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Bar Passage Rate on Upward Swing

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Students gather in the (ourtyard of the law s(hool to (elebrate the suuess of the 2004 graduates on the Texas Bar Exam. The su((ess rate for first-time test takers was the highest in nine years.

success rate of the July 2003 test takers when 74.37 percent passed and is almost 30 percentage points above the February bar results when a smaller number of students sit for the exam. It is the highest pass rate for St. Mary's since 1995 when 80.35 percent of the students sitting for the exam for the first time passed. "I want to recognize the hard work of our students, faculty and staff in this endeavor," said Bill Piatt, dean. The latest results mean St. Mary's students have exceeded the overall firsttime score calculated among all Texas examinees (79.33 percent), and the rate is less than 1 percent below the average of examinees who graduated from Texas schools (80.63 percent). Charles L. Cotrell, Ph.D., president of St. Mary 's, had set the goal of exceeding the statewide average in his Vision 2006 Plan.

James N. Castleberry (J.D. 152)1 former dean of the law s(hool, (ongratulated the Class of 2004 on their su((ess on the bar exam.
According to Piatt, the increase in the pass rate is due to restructuring the curriculum instituted by the law school administration and faculty over the past several years, improved recruitment methods and a larger applicant pool. "We are now on an upward swing," Piatt said, adding that he expects the bar pass rates to continue improving . •

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Alum, Adiunct named ISuper Lawyers' by Texas Monthly Magazine
A St. Mary's law school alum and an adjunct professor have been named "Super Lawyers" in a survey by Texas Monthly magazine for 2004. Charles A. Beckham Jr. (J.D. '79), of Haynes & Boone in Houston, and Gerald H. Goldstein, Goldstein Goldstein & Hilley, San Antonio, adjunct law instructor, were named in the Top 100 Texas Super Lawyers. The magazine also listed Mary Johanna McCurley (J.D. '79), of McCurley Orsinger McCurley Nelson & Downing in Dallas, in the Top 50 Female Super Lawyers list. In regional recognition, Stephen F. Malouf (J.D. '82), of the Law Offices of Stephen Malouf, was named in the 2004 Top 100 Dallas/Fort Worth Region Super Lawyers list. ' In the Houston region, Charles A. Beckham Jr.; J.A. "Tony" Canales (J.D. '69), of Canales & Simonson in Corpus Christi; and Shelby Arthur Jordan (J. D. '73, B.B.A. '70), of Jordan Hyden Womble & Culbreth, Corpus Christi, were recognized on the Top 100 Houston Region Super Lawyers list. In the Central and West Texas Region Tim Patton (J.D., '80), Timothy Patton PC, San Antonio, and Gerald H. Goldstein made the list . •

Wills, Probate and Trusts Practice," Gerry W. Beyer; "Terrorism Law," Jeffrey E. Addicott; "Struck by Lightning: How Texas Criminal Law Punishes the Unlucky," Gerald S. Reamey; and "Deciding When to Model the Model Rules: Examining How and Why the Texas Ethics Rules Differ from the Model Rules," Michael Ariens. Attendees also are invited to the Alumni Luncheon at 12:30 p.m. At the end of the day's activities, don't miss out on the Dean's Homecoming Reception in the Alumni Room of the Sarita Kenedy East Law Library. For more information or to register, contact the Law Alumni Relations Office at 431-4361 . •


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Elected St. Mary's Alumni Committed to Serving Communities
Congratulations to all S1. Mary's University School of Law alumni from both political parties who won elections this past fall. Our alumni have a stellar history of contributing to society and their success throughout the country in recent elections is testament to their public service commitment. S1. Mary's alumni still have a presence in the U.S. Congress even though the number went down by one this past election. Charles A. Gonzalez (1.D. '72), was re-elected to the 20th Texas Congressional District and Michael T. McCaul (1.D. '87), was elected to the 10th Texas Congressional District. Scott McInnis (1.D. '80), stepped down from the 3rd Colorado Congressional District after Chief Justi(e Walla(e Jefferson (left), swears in Justi(e Paul six terms. Green (J.D. '17), to the Supreme Court of Texas, as Green's In statewide races, several alumni wife, Judy, looks on. prevailed. In Pennsylvania, Thomas elected to Place 5 of the Supreme Court W. Corbett Jr. (1.D. '75), won election to of Texas the attorney general post, a position he In local or regional elections, S1. Mary's had previously held in 1995-96 as an alumni also fared well. Most of our alumni ran for posts in Texas, but not exclusively. appointee of then-Gov. Tom Ridge. In Missouri, Peter D. Kinder (1.D. '79), For instance, in Indiana, Matthew Cox won election as lieutenant governor. (1.D. '00), was elected to the Union Circuit In Texas, Paul Green (J.D. '77), was Court in Union County.
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Pennsylvania Lt. Gov. Thomas W. Corbett Jr. (J.D. '7S).

Lytton Honored with Faculty Appreciation Award
Lee Lytton, the Hermann Professor of Law, was one of six faculty members honored in January by the St. Mary's University Alumni Association for teaching excellence at the 22nd annual Faculty Appreciation and Awards Dinner. Lytton, a former FBI special agent, briefing attorney for the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals, and in-house counsel of a Texas corporation involved in oil and gas operations, has taught at St. Mary's School of Law since 1987. He holds a law degree from St. Mary's and received his bachelor's degree from St. Edward's University. •

U.S. Congressman Mi(hael M(Caul (J.D. '87), shown in a (eremonial swearing in, with wife, Linda, and family.


St. Mary's Law Journal: Third Most Frequently Cited Legal Periodical by State and Federal Courts
The St. Mary's Law Journal, now in its 36th year, ranked third among legal periodicals most frequently cited in state and federal court cases over the sevenyear period 1997-2004, according to a survey just released by Washington and Lee University. The survey ranked 537 US. and foreign journals. The St. Mary's Law Journal was cited 136 times by courts throughout the country. That number was surpassed only by the Harvard Law Review and the Columbia Law Review. Among those tribunals citing the work of the journal since 1997 were 28 state supreme courts, five federal circuit courts, and courts in two territories. Other journals ranked in the top 10 include (in descending order): Houston Law Review, Yale Law Journal, University of Chicago Law Review, Georgetown Law Journal and New York University Law Review (tied for seventh) , Texas Law Review, and Fordham Law Review. This is the third straight year the St. Mary's Law Journal was ranked in the top 10 by the survey. Last year it was listed as the fourth most cited legal periodical by state and federal courts, and in 2002 it ranked 10th. Since 1997, the St. Mary's Law Journal has been cited in more than 250 Texas decisions, but its influence is much broader. For example, between 1997 and 2004 the highest court in New York cited articles published in the St. Mary's Law Journal in deciding five different cases. The St. Mary's Law Journal has a long history of publishing articles of importance to the practicing bar and courts. A 20-year survey covering 1970 to 1989 in the Texas Bar Journal showed the St. Mary's Law Journal was more frequently cited by courts than any law review published by a law school in Texas. The St. Mary's Law Journal publishes articles on a wide range of legal topics, but has an especially strong reputation in the fields of trial and appellate procedure, legal ethics, tort liability, criminal law, and evidence. The St. Mary's Law Journal is published quarterly by students of St. Mary's University School of Law. It has won numerous awards, including the Texas Bar Foundation's Outstanding Article Award on several occasions. The 29 states in which courts, between 1997 and 2004, cited articles from the St. Mary's Law Journal include: Alabama, California, Connecticut, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, and Wisconsin. Courts in Washington, D.c., Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands also cited articles published in the law journal. Additionally, among those tribunals citing the work of the journal during the survey period were the US. Court of Appeals for the Second, Third, Fifth, Seventh and Ninth federal circuits. •

Alums Klein, Benedict Named to Law Firm Posts
Rebecca Armendariz Klein (1.D. '96), former chairman of the Texas Public Utility Commission, is the managing partner of the Austin office of Loeffler Tuggey Pauerstein Rosenthal LLP. Klein has more than 16 years of experience at the state and federal level, including extensive legal, regulatory and government affairs expertise in energy and telecommunications. Gov. Rick Perry appointed her to the Texas PUC as a commissioner and later she became chairman. She previously served as a policy director for then-Gov. George W. Bush, with particular focus on telecommunications, energy, housing, technology and banking issues. Klein's federal experience dates back to 1988 when she worked on legislative affairs matters for the Secretary of the Air Force. She also served as associate director in the White House Office of Presidential Personnel under President George H.W. Bush. From 1991 to 1993, she was associate director of the US. Trade and Development Agency, where she oversaw accounts in various multi-lateral banks. Most recently she was a candidate for the US. Congress to represent the state's 25th Congressional District. A major in the US. Air Force Reserve, she was awarded the National Defense and Southwest Asia Service Ribbons for her service in Saudi Arabia during Desert Shield/Desert Storm. Klein graduated from Stanford University with a bachelor of arts degree and obtained her master's degree at Georgetown University. Cyndi M. Benedict has been named administrative partner of the San Antonio office of Fulbright & Jaworski LLP. Benedict has been a partner in Fulbright's San Antonio office since 1990. She received a bachelor of arts degree in 1978 from Virginia Tech and a juris doctorate with honors from St. Mary's University School of Law in 1981. She concentrates her practice in labor and employment matters and is certified in Labor and Employment Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization . •


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Law Alumni Directory in the Works
The Law Alumni Association will be asking all graduates to become involved in its latest venture. While it won't be a physical gathering of all alumni, the association is hoping every graduate will be included. The association is about to embark on the latest version of the Law Alumni Directory and wants to make it the most comprehensive yet. Each alumnus will be contacted by Harris Publishing Co. for inclusion in the directory. "The goal is to provide every graduate of the law school a quick and reliable resource to stay in touch with their classmates and fellow graduates," said Al Hartman, assistant dean for Alumni Relations and Development. "We are urging 100 percent participation from the 7,000 plus alumni across the country." The directory, when it is published this fall, will be available in a bound book and on compact disc. •

H.F. IIHippo" Garcia Portrait Hanging
Fourth Court of Appeals Justice Karen Angelini (J.D. '80); Joe Casseb Jr. (J.D. '77); and Fourth Court of Appeals Justice Sandee Bryan Marion (J.D. '80), president of the Law Alumni Association; stand below the portrait of u.s. District Judge H.F. "Hippo" Garcia (J.D. '51), which was hung in the u.s. District Courthouse. Garcia, the 1980 Distinguished Law Graduate, was appointed to the federal bench for the Western District of Texas in 1980 by President Carter and served in that capacity until his death in 2002 .•

The Scholar Seeks Increased Subscriptions
The law school's second law journal, The Scholar: St. Mary's Law Review on Minority Issues, is seeking to expand its subscription base. Now in its seventh year, The Scholar is a forum in which practicing lawyers, academicians and students can discuss legal topics affecting the minority community. The editors and faculty committee want to get those messages out to a broader audience. The Scholar currently is published twice a year and expects to add an additional issue next academic year, said Al Leopold, chair of the faculty committee for The Scholar. "We want this to be a well-read, award-winning national publication," Leopold said, adding that increasing the subscription base and the number of publications each year will help advance the cause of getting "minority issues before the public." ' The Scholar gives students another opportunity - in addition to the Law Journal-to participate in an advanced research and writing program, as well as an opportunity to write commentary on issues that focus on minority concerns. Subscriptions per volume are $30 for individuals; $35 for institutions and $15 for students. To subscribe to The Scholar, contact William S. Hein & Co. Inc., 1285 Main St., Buffalo, N.Y 14209 . •

Hispanic Outlook: Law School No. 1
The School of Law is rated No. 1 in the country in granting degrees to Hispanics in a survey by the National Center for Education Statistics, according to the Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education magazine. Of the 50 law schools ranked, St. Mary's tops all others in both the number of Hispanic students earning a law degree and the percentage of its law degree earners being Hispanic. The survey, using numbers from the 2002 graduating law school classes, listed St. Mary 's as having 227 total graduates. Of the 90 Hispanics - 39 percent of the class - graduating from St. Mary's that year, 48 were men and 42 were women. "Among the top 50 schools, St. Mary's University which, among other programs emphasizes trade and international business and projects such as the Free Wills Clinic, Border Assistance Project and Colonias Immigration Initiative, tops all others on the list," the magazine stated. Five other Texas law schools were included in the top 50 in the country for granting degrees to Hispanics. •


. 1954 Robert H. Hohenberger, J.D., Houston,
celebrated 50 years of law practice on April 14,2004.

Party of Bexar County. J. Preston Silvernail, J.D., Melbourne, Fla. , is circuit judge of the 18th Judicial Circuit of Florida.

• 1988 Roger G. Bresnahan, J.D., San
Antonio, has formed the law firm of Pulman Bresnahan & Pullen LLP. Kay L. Reamey, J.D., is an attorney with the San Antonio offices of Cox Smith Matthews Inc. Adriana Majul Virgen, J.D., B.A. '88, and Alberto Virgen, J.D., B.B.A. '89, San Antonio, welcome Javier Adrian M. , born Aug. 6, 2003.

• 1978 Richard D. Hayes, J.D., Denton,
received the Silver Beaver Award from the Boy Scouts of America for his outstanding service to youth. William Wood, J.D., B.A. '71, San Antonio, received the Galen Sparks Award for Outstanding Public Service from the Texas City Attorneys Association.

• 1955 Clyde J. B. Johnson, J.D., San Antonio,
died Aug. 23,2004.

. 1989 Charles J. CHfone, J.D., San Antonio, is
an attorney with Shelton & Valadez Pc. Leslie J.A. Sachanowicz, J.D., has been elected to a three-year term on the San Antonio Federal Credit Union Board of Directors.

• 1960 Stanley S. Studer, J.D., San Antonio,
died Aug. 25,2004.

• 1979 John E. Alexander III, J.D., Dallas, is a
partner in the law firm of McCurley Orsinger McCurley Nelson & Downing LLP. Eduardo A. Rodriguez, J.D., EI Paso, has been elected to the Oneok board of directors. Joseph W. Ruppert, J.D., is partner and attorney in the Indianapolis firm of Ruppert & Schaefer Pc.

• 1962 Filemon B. Vela, J.D., Brownsville, died
April 13,2004.

. 1968 Richard Clarkson, J.D., Beaumont,
received the John Minor Wisdom Award in 2003 from the American Bar Association's Litigation Section.

• 1990 Charlene Preszler Bartolo, J.D., The . 1981 Mary M. Potter, J.D., is an attorney
with the San Antonio offices of Cox Smith Matthews Inc. Woodlands, and husband , Greg, welcome Charles Gregg and Andrew AI, born Sept. 26, 2003 . John D. Bray, J.D., is an attorney with the San Antonio offices of Cox Smith Matthews Inc. John W. Bull, J.D., is a presiding judge of the San Antonio Municipal Court. Thomas E. McElyea, J.D., Southlake, has a personal injury law practice in Grapevine.

• 1969 Richard E. Haynes Sr., J.D., B.B.A. '65,
portrayed the first U.S president for Laredo's 2004-2005 George Washington's Birthday Association celebrations. Steve H. Walsh, J.D., B.A. '65, Houston, died July 31,2004.

• 1982 David J. Buck, J.D., San Antonio, is
assistant vice president of real estate development for USAA Real Estate Co. Gloria L. Scott, J.D., joined the San Antonio offices of Fulbright & Jaworski as counsel in the firm's litigation department.

• 1971 Robert E. Kozlowski, J.D., B.B.A. '65,
League City, died March 31,2004.

. 1991 Suzanne Schorlemer Bailey, J.D., is
senior staff attorney with H-E-B Grocery Co. in San Antonio. She and husband, Jay, welcome Robert Steven, born March 12, 2004. Stuart W. Bowen Jr., J.D., Arlington, Va., an appointed inspector general of the U.S.-led interim authority in Iraq, was the subject of an article in the Washington Post. Jeffrey R. Davis, J.D., San Antonio, is a partner in the law firm of Malaise & Davis LLP. A. Inez M. McBride, J.D., is an attorney with the San Antonio offices of Cox Smith Matthews Inc. Roderick J. Regan, J.D., is an attorney with the San Antonio offices of Cox Smith Matthews Inc. Jennifer Setser Rymell, J.D., Fort Worth, was named the 2003-2004 Outstanding Young Lawyer of that city. Mark D. Wesbrooks, J.D., Phoenix, and his wife, Mia, have a law practice that specializes in civil litigation and bankruptcy law.

. 1983 Barbara NeUermoe, J.D., San Antonio,
is chairperson of the board of directors for the College of the State Bar of Texas.

• 1972 U.S. Rep. Charles A. Gonzalez, J.D.,
San Antonio, received the U.S. Oncology Medal of Honor for his support of community cancer care clinics.

• 1984 Kathleen Miller McKee, J.D., Wheaton,
Ill., is an assistant attorney with the Cook County State Attorney's Office in Chicago. Belinda Mendez, J.D., B.A. '81, Laredo, was appointed as the fifth regional Title IVMaster of the Fourth Administrative Judicial Region. Charles A. Stephens, J.D., Fair Oaks Ranch, is judge of Comal County Court at Law No.2. Danny C. Williams, J.D., a selfemployed rancher in Rush Springs, Okla., is licensed to practice law in both Texas and Oklahoma.

• 1974 Michael Baucum, J.D., has been
included on the San Antonio Business Journal's 2004 "Who's Who in Law and Accounting" list. Ellsworth A. Weinberg Jr., J.D., McKinney, died Nov. 16,2003.

• 1975 William W. Sommers, J.D., has been
included on the San Antonio Business Journal's 2004 "Who's Who in Law and Accounting" list.

• 1976 Katherine L. Chapman, J.D., Fort
Worth, wrote "Sweatt v. Painter," which was featured in the Texas Bar Journal. C. Michael Montgomery, J.D., New Braunfels, is an attorney with the San Antonio offices of Cox Smith Matthews Inc. Peter S. Vogel, J.D., Dallas, received the State Bar of Texas Computer and Technology Section's inaugural Lifetime Achievement in Promoting Technology in Law award.

• 1985 Karen W. McMurry, J.D., has joined
the San Antonio offices of Fulbright & Jaworski as counsel in the firm's health law department.

. 1992 Lennon G. Briley Jr., J.D., is an
attorney with the San Antonio offices of Cox Smith Matthews' Inc. Brian DeVaney, J.D., San Antonio, is an attorney with Malaise & Davis LLP. Richard A. Gonzales, J.D., is a staff attorney with the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals in Austin. Daniel W. Lanfear, J.D., B.A. '89, is an attorney with the San Antonio offices of Cox Smith Matthews Inc. Elizabeth Lakey McCrory, J.D., Spring, and husband, Daniel, welcome William Campbell, born June 2, 2003.

• 1986 Joseph P. Rubin, J.D., San Antonio, is
an attorney with Plunkett & Gibson Inc.

• 1987 Jeff B. Brey, J.D., San Antonio, is
counsel at the law firm of Ball & Weed Pc. David L. Roland, J.D., Houston, is vice president, general counsel and corporate secretary of Input/Output Inc. Earl K. Straight, J.D., with his own law office in Austin, became a member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum.

• 1977 J. Alex Huddleston, J.D., has been
included on the San Antonio Business Journal's 2004 "Who's Who in Law and Accounting" list. Richard E. Langlois, J.D., San Antonio, is chairman of the Republican






M. Cristina (Gonzalez) Tijerina, J.D., is an attorney with the San Antonio offices of Linebarger Goggan Blair & Sampson.

• 1993 Frank L. Carrillo, J.D., San Antonio,
died July 20, 2004. Diana E. Morales, J.D., Plano, married Stephen Piccolo, May 29, 2004. Diana Lynn Roberts, J.D., Austin, married Jeffery W. Gerhardt, April 24,2004. Raul M. Rodriguez, J.D., Austin, manager of global sales and marketing for the 3M Co., earned a master's in business administration from the University of Texas at Austin. Lisa Carson Wolff, J.D., is president-elect of the Junior League of San Antonio. Jared R. Woodfill IV, J.D., Seabrook, is chairman of the Republican Party of Harris County.

associate judge for Mansfield and Pantego, is also presiding judge for the city of Burleson. Gregg P. Kosterlitzky, J.D., is an attorney with the San Antonio offices of Cox Smith Matthews Inc. Fernando D. Laurel, J.D., B.B.A., '93, Laredo, died May 31,2004. Federico Longoria III, J.D., B.B.A. '91, M.B.A. '94, San Antonio, is an attorney with the law firm of Pulman Bresnahan & Pullen LLP. Lori Peterson Perez, J.D., has opened a law practice in Rio Grande City. She and husband, Xavier, welcome Bryan Ray, born Jan . 3,2004. Paul T. Wendland, J.D., B.A., '92, San Antonio, is an attorney with Winstead Sechrest & Minck .

welcome Nicholas Kristian, born June 27, 2003. Raymond Meza Jr., J.D., Rancho de Taos, N.M. , married Esmeralda Esparza, June 12,2004. Vanessa Martinez Villanueva, J.D., San Antonio, is an attorney at Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld.

• 2001 Clarissa Garza-Gongora, J.D., married
Roel Canales, May 29,2004. Maria E. "Nena" Gutierrez, J.D., B.A. '97, San Antonio, married Ryan A. Byrd, J.D., July 31,2004. Travis C. Headley, J.D., is an attorney with the San Antonio offices of Cox Smith Matthews Inc. Z. Heather Miller Hollub, J.D., Seguin, and husband, Gerald, welcome Jordan Elizabeth, born, March 26, 2004. Amy J. Romo, J.D., Kingwood, is an associate attorney with Jim S. Adler & Associates. Alexis Ashley Schultz, J.D., opened a law practice in San Antonio. Diana Y. Vega, J.D. B.A. '98, Fort Worth, is an associate attorney with Shannon, Gracey, Ratliff & Miller LLP.

• 1998 Elliott S. Cappuccio, J.D., San Antonio,
is a partner in the law firm of Pulman, Bresnahan & Pullen LLP. Pamela J. Chaney, J.D., is an escrow officer and closing agent for Guardian Title Co. in Eastland. Sabrina A. Hall, J.D., Dallas, is deputy chief counsel with the US. Department of Homeland Security. Scott Houston, J.D., is legal services director for the Texas Municipal League in Austin. Shannon P. Moralez, J.D., San Antonio, is in-house counsel for Zachry Construction Corp. Sandra Rodriguez, J.D., B.A. '98, San Antonio, is director of human resources at Millennium Home Health Care Inc. She and husband, Maximillian Rodriguez, B.A., welcome Henry, born Jan. 23,2003. Shoshana L. Thoma-Isgur, J.D., Fort Worth, is an enforcement attorney with the US. Securities and Exchange Commission.

• 1994 Elisabeth A. Earle, J.D., has received
the Austin Young Lawyers Association Outstanding Young Lawyer Award. Sharon N. Humble, J.D., Berwin, Pa., is on the board of directors for Commercial Real Estate Women-Philadelphia Chapter. Sean B. McNelis, J.D., San Antonio, is an attorney with Japhet & Duncan & McNelis PLLC Anita and Edwin D. "Ned" Smith, J.D., Overland Park, Kan. , welcome Evan, born June 8,2003.

. 2002 Lesslie (Torres) Eanes, J.D., and David
T. Eanes, J.D., McAllen, welcome Ethan David, born Jan. 24, 2004. Joanne M. Ericksen, J.D., Houston, is an associate attorney at Cokinos, Bosien & Young. Sarah Oatman Eyssen, J.D., and Alex B. Eyssen, J.D., Abilene, welcome Emma Kate, born May 6,2004. Patty Hurtado, J.D., B.A. '98, Jackson Heights, N.Y., is a staff attorney with Legal Services-Hudson Valley, in Yonkers. L. Melanie Martin, J.D., opened a law practice in George West. Roxana I. Perez, J.D., B.B.A. '98, Corpus Christi, married Aaron Stevens, Nov. 1,2003. Mynor E. Rodriguez, J.D. and M.A., B.A. '97, is an associate attorney with Silber Pearlman LLP in Houston. Cynthia E. Rosen, J.D., is an attorney with the San Antonio offices of Cox Smith Matthews Inc. Jesus Ruiz-Velasco, J.D., Dallas, is a shareholder in the law office of M. Ruiz-Velasco. Michelle M. Traher, J.D., Houston, married William M. "Trey" Gerhardt, J.D., June 19,2004. Rudy R. Wattiez, J.D., opened a law practice in San Antonio.

• 1995 Rob G. Dickinson, J.D., Boise, Idaho, is
general counsel to Hawkins Co. LLC Jodi Dannielle Lauterbach McDermott, J.D., Vienna, Va., has left the US. Patent and Trademark Office after eight years as an examining attorney, to care for her sons Tyler and Rory. Roxann Pais, J.D., Dallas, assistant city attorney and chief community prosecutor, is a special assistant US. attorney for the Northern District of Texas.

. 1999 Kristin Fiacco Dow, J.D., San Antonio,
and husband, David , welcome Noah Frank, born Feb. 7, 2004. Melissa Araiza Elam, J.D., has a solo law practice in San Antonio. Jack D. Nichols, J.D., Haddonfield, N.J., is chief of the claims division for the Office of the Staff Judge Advocate at Fort Dix. Rene D. Ruiz, J.D., is an attorney with the San Antonio offices of Cox Smith Matthews Inc.

• 1996 D aphne Previti Austin, J.D., San
Antonio, and husband, John, welcome Sage Alexander, born April 25,2004. Brandy Byrd, J.D., Round Rock, is a prosecutor in the Open Records Division of the Office of the Texas Attorney General. Margarita Manzano Corbett, J.D., Round Rock, is staff attorney to Patrick Keel, 345th District Court Judge of Travis County. She and husband , Jay, welcome Cynthia Nicole, born April 2, 2003. David R. Eagle, J.D., is a shareholder in the San Antonio law firm of Ball & Weed PC Larry E. Gee, J. D., San Antonio, is an attorney with Dunn & Lindberg. Troy A. Glander, J.D., is a shareholder in the San Antonio law firm of Davis Cedillo & Mendoza Inc. John T. Malaise, J.D., San Antonio, is a partner in the law offices of Malaise & Davis LLP.

• 2000 Linda J. Browning, J.D., San Antonio,
and Mark A. Kammer, B.S. '80, opened the patent law firm of Kammer Browning PLLC John R. Casias, J.D. and M.A., B.B.A. '91, is a full-time judge on the San Antonio Municipal Court. LaTonya Davis, J.D., Washington, D.C, was inducted into the National Consortium of Doctorates, comprised of African American female doctorates. Judith A. Gray, J.D., San Antonio, is an attorney with Japhet & Duncan & McNellis PLLC Maricela (Briones) Hernandez, J.D., B.B.A. '97, and Lee Hernandez, B.B.A. '98, Corpus Christi,

• 2003 Ana M. Arrazola, J.D., San Antonio, is
an associate attorney with Davis Cedillo & Mendoza Inc. Megan O. Delaney, J.D., Kyle, an attorney with 'I11ornton Summers Biechlin Dunham & Brown, married John Rogers, March 13,2004. Tina Campbell Harris, J.D., and Harry B. "Trey" Harris, J.D. '01, Houston, welcome Jacob Dean , born Jan. 6, 2004. Candace Kunz-Freed, J.D., Houston, and husband, Corky, welcome Cameron Diane and Bailey Nicole, born March 25, 2004. C. Dixon Mosty, J.D., is an attorney with the San Antonio offices of Cox Smith

• L997 Karin Crump, J.D., Austin, is vice
president of the Texas Young Lawyers Association. Teresa Weaver Evans, J.D.,


Matthews Inc. Angela Guerra Romero, J.D., B.A. '99, San Antonio, is an attorney in the Law Offices of Paul Esquivel. Mercedes M. Salinas, J.D., McAllen, is an associate attorney with Atlas & Hall LLP Miguel Villarreal Jr., J.D., San Antonio, is a patent attorney with Gunn & Lee Pc.

• 2004 Irene Ramos, J.D., has been elected to
the Poteet City Council Place 2.

Our Fondest Farewell
Shelton E. Padgett, J.D. '73, died of a heart attack on July 31,2004, at the age of 56. He attended the School of Law on a full academic scholarship, subsequently graduating summa cum laude. While a student, he also served as vice president of the student body and was elected to Who's Who in American Colleges and Universities. He was the first St. Mary's law school graduate to clerk for the Texas Supreme Court. Padgett headed the Labor and Employment Law section of Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer & Feld in San Antonio and, as such, served as counsel to the St. Mary's Board of Trustees and assisted the University with labor and human resources issues for many years. At the time of his death, he also was Chairman of the Board of the VIA Transit System of San Antonio. At its Sept. 10,2004, meeting, the University's Board of Trustees recognized Padgett for his generosity and commitment of time, talent and treasure to the uplifting of countless lives in San Antonio and within the St. Mary's community. He is survived by his wife, Marie, and children Shelton Edward (Ted) Jf. and Daniela (Nellie) . •

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Elected Alumni

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C following is a listing of some of The our alums who were either elected or reelected in Texas. Glenn A. Hegar Jr. (J.D., M.A. '97), reelected, Texas 28th House District (Katy) Carter Casteel (J.D. '85), re-elected, Texas 73rd House District (New Braunfels) David Lebowitz (J.D. '82), elected, Texas 117th House District (San Antonio) Carlos Uresti (J.D. '92, B.A. '85), reelected, Texas 118th House District (San Antonio)

Joe Nixon (J.D. '82), re-elected, Texas 133rd House District (Houston) Justice Sandee Bryan Marion (J.D. '80), re-elected, Texas Fourth Court of Appeals Place 6 Phylis J. Speedlin (J.D. '83), re-elected, Texas Fourth Court of Appeals Place 7 John E. Neill (J.D. '86), re-elected, Texas 18th District Court (Johnson County) David Berchelmann (J.D. '73, B.A. '70), re-elected, Texas 37th District Court (Bexar County) Mickey R. Pennington (J.D. '77), re-elected, Texas 38th District Court (Uvalde County) Mary A nne Bramblett (J.D. '82), re-elected, Texas 41st District Court (El Paso County) Thomas F. Lee (J.D. '73), re-elected, Texas 63rd District Court (Val Verde County) Donald J. Cosby (J.D. '80), re-elected, Texas 67th District Court (Tarrant County) Andy Mireles (J.D. '75), re-elected, Texas 73rd District Court (Bexar County) Richard C. Terrell (J.D. '80), elected, Texas 79th District Court (Jim Wells County) Earl B. Stover III (J.D. '78), re-elected, Texas 88th District Court (Hardin County) N. Campbell Cox II (J.D. '87), re-elected, Texas 145th District Court (Nacogdoches County) Martha Tanner (J.D. '68), re-elected, Texas 166th District Court (Bexar County) Mary R oman (J.D. '84), re-elected, Texas 175th District Court (Bexar County) William T. Harmon (J.D. '76), re-elected, Texas 178th District Court (Harris County) Mario E. Ramirez Jr. (J.D. '74), re-elected, Texas 332nd District Court (Hidalgo County) Elma Teresa Salinas Ender (J.D. '78), reelected, Texas 341st District Court (Webb County) Bert Richardson (J.D. '87), re-elected, Texas 379th District Court (Bexar County) John A. Pope III (J.D. '55), re-elected, Texas 381st District Court (Starr County) Laura Parker (J.D. '92), re-elected, Texas 386th District Court (Bexar County)

Patricia A. Macias (J.D. '89), re-elected, Texas 388th District Court (El Paso County) Julie Kocurek (J.D. '90), re-elected, Texas 390th District Court (Travis County) Vicki Barbee Isaacks (J.D. '82), re-elected, Texas 393rd District Court (Denton County) George W. Gallagher (J.D. '82), re-elected, Texas 396th District Court (Tarrant County) Wayne Mallia (J.D. '87), re-elected, Texas 405th District Court (Galveston County) Karen Pozza (J.D. '91), re-elected, Texas 407th District Court (Bexar County) William C. Bosworth Jr. (J.D. '91), re-elected, Texas 413th District Court (Johnson County) R. Graham Quisenberry (J.D. '81), re-elected, Texas 415th District Court (Parker County) Mark Edwards (J.D. '83) re-elected, District Attorney, Texas 32nd Judicial District (Nolan County) Anton E. "Tony" Hackebeil (J.D. '83), re-elected, District Attorney, Texas 38th Judicial District (Uvalde County) David M. Green (J.D. '81), re-elected, District Attorney, Texas 69th Judicial District (Moore County) Martha W. Warner (J.D. '80), District Attorney, Texas 156th Judicial District (Bee County) Donna R. Bennett (J.D. '86), re-elected, District Attorney, Texas 173rd Judicial District (Henderson County) Ronald L. Sutton (J.D. '69), re-elected, District Attorney, Texas 198th Judicial District (Kimble County) H eriberto Silva Jr. (J.D. '74), re-elected, District Attorney, Texas 229th Judicial District (Starr County) Marcia S. Weiner (J.D. '70, B.A. '65), re-elected, Bexar County Justice of the Peace, Pct. 2, PI. ,1 E duardo Arredondo (J.D. '94), elected, Burnet County Attorney Charles A. Stephens II (J.D. '84), reelected, Comal County Court at Law No.2 Jana Duty Hunsicker (J.D. '97), elected, Williamson County Attorney Richard E. Glaser (J.D., B.A. '69), Fannin County Attorney .


Calendar of
Thursday, March 31: Distinguished Graduate Dinner Friday, April 1: Homecoming CLE Program, Law Classroom Building Friday, April 1: Homecoming Reunion, 5:30 p.m., A lumni Room , Sarita Kenedy East Law Library Saturday, April 2: Hispanic Law Students Association Banquet Saturday, April 2: H omecoming Mass, 4:30 to 6 p.m., Guadalupe Chapel, Treadaway H all Saturday, April 2: Homecoming Oyster Bake, 6 to 11 p.m., Alu mni Pavilion , Pecan Grove Monday, April 4: Homecoming Golf Tournament Friday, Saturday, April 15-16: Fiesta Oyster Bake Saturday, April 16: Law Journ al Banquet Friday, May 7: Baccalaureate Mass, 7 p.m. , Blume Academic Library Quadrangle Saturday, May 14: Law School Graduation, 1 to 3 p.m. , Bill Greehey Arena. Speaker: Judge Barbara Hervey, Texas Court of Criminal Appeals Wednesday, May 18: Classes Begin - Summer Session 1 Monday, July 4-Aug. 5: Institute on World Legal Problems at the University of Innsbruck, Austria Tuesday, July 5: Classes Begin - Summer Session 2 Tuesday, July 26-Thursday, July 28: Texas Bar Exam Friday, Aug. 12: MPRE Exam Monday, Aug. 22: Classes begin - Fall 2004

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A ceremony honoring the 10 students who received their juris doctorate was held in the Atrium of the Law Administration Building. After the ceremony, graduates in attendance stood for a group photo with San dee Bryan Marion (J.D. '80), president of the Law Alumni Association (far right) and Judge John specia (J.D. '15), (second from right). Those completing their legal education included: (left to right) Kimberly Frost-Gonzales, Veronica Villarreal, Oliver Byington, Jennifer Conaster, Gary O'Malley and Victor Valdez. Others graduating, but not pictured were: Angel Cruz, Jose Gonzalez, Naomi McCuistion and Lauren Zamora.




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