Law Notes: St. Mary's University School of Law Newsletter Spring 2006

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Law Notes: St. Mary's University School of Law Newsletter Spring 2006


St. Mary's University School of Law


Free CLE Program on Tap for Law School Homecoming, Courtroom Renovation Initiative Surpasses $1.6 Million Goal, Center for Terrorism Law Gets $1 Million DoD Appropriation, Message from the Dean, Washington and Military Hold Appeal for Law School Students


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Free CLE Program on Tap for Law School Homecoming
Homecoming is just around the corner. That means we are gearing up for a variety of on-campus events, including free Continuing Legal Education courses which feature a variety of our professors and judges offering insights into some of today's important legal issues. This year's Homecoming festivities will be held April 7-8.

Courtroom Renovation Initiative Surpasses S1.6 Million Goal
St. Mary's University School of Law has reached its $1.6 million goal to renovate the courtroom, a setting where students receive hands-on courtroom training. The AT&T Foundation made an initial $300,000 challenge grant to kick off the fundraising effort. St. Mary's University contributed more than $700,000 to the initiative with the remainder coming from individual alumni contributors, corporations and law firms, the Law Alumni Association and faculty and staff of the law school. "We will now begin construction to create a truly Construction on the courtroom renovation project is scheduled to begin first class courtroom that will this spring and is expected to be completed by the time the fall semester begins. give our students the opportunity to work firstSt. Mary's graduates, including jurists on hand with technology that they will the state's highest courts, learned the encounter in real-world settings," said Bill essentials of advocacy. However, it has Piatt, dean of the law school. received only minor cosmetic The original courtroom was constructed in the 1960s where many distinguished Continued on page 3 ~

Aspedaltribute honoring Charles E. Cantu for 40 years as a law professor at St. Mary's wnl be held during the Dean's Rec:eption following the CLE classes on Friday, April 7. Cantu, the St. Mary's Distinguished South Texas Professor of Law and associate dean for administration, has influenced thousands of young lawyers as the longest-Inured Hispank law professor in the country. Please join us as we rec:ognize this exceptional achievement at 5:30 p.m. in the Law Alumni Room of the Sarita Kenedy East Law Library.
In addition to the annual Homecoming Oyster Bake on Saturday, April 8, in which alumni from the entire University are invited, alumni from the School of Law get the opportunity again to enrich their minds and their practices at the annual CLE sessions put on by the school and many of its faculty. The free ali-day classes will be held Friday, April 7 in the Law Classroom Building. "We'd like to see as many of our alumni as possible come back to campus and take
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Courtroom Construction

Center for Terrorism Law Gets S1 Million DoD Appropriation
The U.S. Congress has approved a $1 million U.S. Department of Defense appropriation for the Center for Terrorism Law at St. Mary's University School of Law to study and analyze cyber terrorism-related legal issues, according to Jeffrey Addicott, director of the center. The funding will help the center study legal ramifications associated with privacy and freedom of information laws, also known as open government laws, and how security planners can stay within these laws to secure the cyber world from terrorist attacks, said Addicott, also an associate professor of law at St. Mary's. The center, in conjunction with subject matter experts, will engage in a top to bottom research study and analysis of the
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Message from the
Dear Alumni,
What a glorious spring! There are many good things taking shape here. We are very grateful to all who so generously contributed to the Courtroom Renovation Initiative. We have now surpassed our fundraising goal of $1.6 million, have scheduled construction during this summer, and plan a gala reception and courtroom opening soon after classes resume this fall. Professor Jeff Addicott continues to bring recognition and resources to our law school through the Center for Terrorism. Sister Grace Walle's excellent work has once again brought national attention to our law school. Grace was recently named the recipient of the Charles Forsyth Award for Outstanding Leadership of Roman Catholic Bill Piatt, Dean and Ryan Prafessar of Law Campus Ministry, which was given by the National Catholic Campus Ministry Association. Our students are working hard and continue to be blessed by the generous I hope to see you at our Homecoming support of our alumni. Most recently, the in April, at alumni events throughout the Law Alumni Association funded partial year, and any time your travel and your scholarships allowing our third year heartstrings bring you back to our students to take an intensive bar essay beautiful campus. writing seminar conducted at our Please let us know how we can law school. assist you. • We continue to work toward opening our evening program in the fall, 2007. We welcome three new tenure-track professors to our law school this fall: Cheryl George, Dorie Klein, and Colin Marks. Each of these very talented individuals brings new perspectives and energy to our faculty. On a personal note, Instructor of Law Rosanne Piatt and I became grandparents for the first time in February. Our little grandson is perfect. It just does not get any better than this!


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Washington, Military Hold Appeal for Law School Students and Grads
St. Mary's law students and graduates are finding success in Washington D.C. in the federal government, military and private sectors. A number of students have secured positions as law clerks, while others have joined various Judge Advocate General Corps. Some are turning summer internships into full-time jobs, and others are receiving fellowships. "We're having some success in placing our students in Washington and in the military and civilian positions," said Annette Wilson, director of the Office of Career Services. Here's a look at what some of our recent graduates and current students are doing. Jonathan Hardt, class of 2006, worked as a summer associate at Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP and has accepted a post-graduation position with them as associate attorney. But before that he will spend a year working as a law clerk for Judge David Folsom, U.S. District Judge for the Eastern District of Texas. "They really like their associates to get this type of training, Hardt said. "I will do a lot of research and writing. It is an excellent opportunity." Franklin Hopkins IV, class of 2007, is excited to be chosen as an intern at the Contract , Appellate Division of the Army JAG in Arlington, Va. He first served as an intern with the Army JAG Corps at Fort Sam Houston last summer after his first year of law school. He was one 25 first-year law students in the Franklin Hopkins IV country to intern in the Army JAG. This summer he is one of 75 second year students selected nationally. He was exposed to a variety of legal disciplines-administrative law, legal assistance, criminal law and claims-his first summer. This summer he will concentrate in one area. "They want to see how in-depth and detailed I can be. I think it will be a challenge, but I'm hoping to prove myself," he said, adding that he

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enhancements over the past 40 years. "This renovation will directly benefit our students," Piatt added. "We have strengthened our external advocacy program, and once we complete the new courtroom more of our students will have the opportunity to participate in advocacy training." The project is expected to be completed by the beginning of the 2006-2007 academic year. A key component of the project includes the latest computer and audiovisual technologies. Plans call for computer monitors at each counsel table and at the judges' bench, sophisticated sound and video systems, and document cameras and plasma screens for viewing exhibits offered into evidence. These will allow for hands-on learning experiences as well as the ability to videotape students for playback evaluation and feedback. Additionally, the new technology will provide access to remote transmissions of trials and proceedings from federal and state courts. With access to advanced programs and training made possible by a renovated moot courtroom, graduates of St. Mary's University School of Law will be well prepared to enter a workforce that is expected to be proficient and comfortable working within a technological environment in the nation's 21st century courtrooms. •

Michael and Danielle Copes
plans to apply full-time to the JAG Corps when he graduates. James Bagby Ill, class of 2007, nabbed one of only two student intern positions that are awarded in the Office of the General Counsel, Department of the Navy. He will be a summer law clerk working for the Commandant of the Marine Corps at the Pentagon. The General Counsel of the Navy is the principal legal adviser to the Secretary of the Navy, and his staff provides legal services to his staff and personnel throughout the Navy and Marine Corps. Danielle and Michael Copes, both 2005 graduates, were selected as one of an extremely small number of married couples who have been accepted in the Army JAG Corps. Christopher Gee, J.D. '05, is a Presidential Management Fellow with the Department of Homeland Security. Sharon Chu, class of 2007, Navy JAG Corps. Joanna Ballard, class of 2006, Army JAG Corps. Rebecca Milligan, class of 2006, interned last summer and will go with the U.S. Army after graduating this May. Mario Cortes, class of 2006, worked last summer as a summer law clerk at the Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia. Matthew Ottoway, class of 2007, will be spending the summer in the Washington D.C. area with the FBI Honors Internship Program. Regina L. Stone-Harris, J.D. '97, is completing a two-year term as a U.S. Supreme Court Fellow where she serves on the United States Sentencing Commission. •


Center for Terrorism Law Gets Appropriation
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privacy and freedom of information laws of each of the 50 states to assist in infrastructure and information assurance planning and training initiatives. In addition, a model open government law exception will be proposed for consideration. "We will develop a model that all states can adopt," Addicott said. The funding for the study will be channeled through the Air Force Research Laboratory in Rome, N.Y. , which is the Air Force's center of expertise for research and development of command, control, communications, computers, intelligence and related surveillance technologies. U.S. Sen. John Cornyn (J.D. '77) was instrumental in helping the center obtain the funding for the one-year study. "This $1 million authorization, together

with the $1 million gift we received last year for our center from an anonymous donor, will enable us to stay at the forefront regarding legal issues in the struggle against global terrorism," said Bill Piatt, dean of the law school. Part of the $1 million gift to the center in 2005 went toward constructing permanent office, conference and classroom space in the Ernest A. Raba Building. That facility opened earlier this year. According to Addicott, the study will identify specific state legal requirements associated with securing the cyber world from terrorist attack and will identify areas of conflict and agreement across the full spectrum of state law, including privacy concerns, compliance issues and government/business relationships. To do that, he said, state legislation associated with cyber security will be collected, referenced and analyzed as it impacts specific cyber security issues. When the study is completed a benchmark book will be produced that will include all collected data.



Centerfor Terrorism

The Center for Terrorism Law, unique among law schools, is a research center dedicated to the study of legal issues associated with terrorism with particular emphasis on cyber terrorism and infrastructure assurance. 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 . The center is affiliated with a variety of military, federal and civilian organizations dedicated to conducting detailed research and risk analysis regarding homeland security. •

Free CLE Program on Tap for Law School Homecoming
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advantage of the CLE classes," said Bill Piatt, law school dean. "There are many great things happening on campus and we are excited to be able to share them with our alumni. " St. Mary's law professors once again will offer alumni insight into some of today's important legal issues where they can earn continuing legal education credits in the process. The professors who have agreed to share insights into current topics include: Richard Flint, "Catholic Intellectual Tradition and Law;" Wayne Scott, "Texas Supreme Court Update;" Jeff Addicott, "Terrorism Law;" Rosanne Piatt; "Family Law" issues; Vincent Johnson, serving as a visiting professor at the University of Notre Dame Law School this academic year, "Cybersecurity, Identity Theft, and the Limits of Tort Liability" on videotape; Geary Reamey, ethics presentation, "Life in the Early Days of Lawyer Advertising: Personal Recollections of a Bates Baby;" Bob Summers, "Intellectual Intelligence Law;" and Mike Martinez, assistant professor, "Internet Legal Research for Lawyers. " Additionally, Fourth Court of Appeals Justice Sandee Bryan Marion and Probate Court No. 1 Judge Judge Polly Jackson Spencer will give a

Michael Ariens, assodate dean for Student and Academic Affairs and professor of law, makes a point during a lecture at the Homecoming CLE program last year.
"Probate Law Update," and Texas Court of Criminal Appeals Judge Barbara Hervey and 144th Judicial District Court Judge Mark Luitjen will give a "Criminal Law Update." Attendees also are invited to the Alumni Luncheon at noon. At the end of the day's activities, don't miss out on the Dean's Homecoming Reception from 5:30 to 7 p.m. 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. •


Professor Accolades
Schlueter Recognized for 17 Years of Service to Federal Rules Committee
Professor Dave Schlueter was recognized recently for his 17 years of service as the reporter for the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure Advisory Committee. In his job as reporter, Schlueter drafted proposed amendments and accompanying notes to the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure, prepared agendas for committee meetings and wrote reports of the committee's activities for the Judicial Conference of the United States and the U.S. Supreme Court. " It was a privilege and an honor to have worked with a distinguished list of federal judges, state jurists, and members of other law faculties these 17 years," Schlueter said. Schlueter joined the law faculty at St. Mary's in 1981, having worked for nine years in the U.S. Army JAG Corps and for two years as in-house counsel to the U.S. Supreme Court of the United States. He teaches Evidence, Constitutional Law and · Trial Advocacy. He has authored or co-authored eight books on procedure and evidence. •

Cantu, Hervey on Governor's Criminal Justice Council
Professor Charles Cantu and Texas Court of Criminal Appeals Judge Barbara Hervey (J.D. '79) are members of the Criminal Justice Advisory Council created by Gov. Rick Perry to study potential flaws and recommend changes to the state's justice system. Among the issues the panel reviews are the death penalty, the mishandling of evidence by local crime labs, the fairness and accessibility of the appellate system, the use of new technology to improve the justice system and police investigations, and changes in state laws or procedures. Perry created the council in March 2005 to enhance public confidence in Texas' justice system and improve pubic safety Hervey is a council member and Cantu is an ex-officio member. •

Association Gives Johnson Administration of Justice Award
Vincent R. Johnson, professor of law at St. Mary's University School of Law and visiting professor of law at Notre Dame Law School during the 2005-06 academic year, received the Administration of Justice Award from the Supreme Court Fellows Alumni Association in January. Johnson, a Fellow from 1988-1989 received the award at a dinner attended by U.S. Chief Justice John Roberts. Johnson was honored for his work to advance understanding of the American legal system through multiple seminars abroad on the rule of law. He has spoken in the Republic of Moldova; was a Fulbright Senior Scholar at the University of Bucharest, Romania; conducted ethics workshops in Mongolia; was a visiting professor at Shandong University in China; was a visiting professor at St. Petersburg State University in Russia; and was a Fulbright senior scholar at Renmin University in Beijing, China. He has guest lectured at more than 15 Chinese universities. One of his books on American tort law has been published in two Chinese translations. •

Rice Honored with Faculty Appreciation Award
Professor of Law Willy E. Rice was one of six faculty members honored in January by the St. Mary's University Alumni Association for teaching excellence at the 23rd annual Faculty Appreciation and Awards Dinner. Rice, who has taught at St. Mary's for six years, earned his J.D. from the University of Texas at Austin, a Ph.D. and master's from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, was a postdoctoral fellow in law and psychiatry at The John Hopkins University, and his bachelor's from the University of Alabama at Tuscaloosa. •


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Congratulations, Distinguished Law Graduates Karen Angelini and W. Wendell Hall
San Antonio attorney Wendell Hall (J.D. '81) and Texas Fourth Court of Appeals Justice Karen Angelini (J.D. '80) were honored by the St. Mary's Law Alumni Association as the Distinguished Law Graduates. Nearly 500 people, including many of members of San Antonio's judiciary and others in the legal community were on hand at the Westin Riverwalk Hotel last fall to recognize Angelini and Hall for their accomplishments. Angelini has been a Fourth Court of Appeals justice since January 1997. Hall has been a partner with the San Antonio office of Fulbright & Jaworski L.L.P since 1990 where he focuses on appellate litigation. •

Honorees Wendell Hall (J.D. '81) and Karen Angelini (J.D. '80).

U.S. Congressman Charles A Gonzalez (J.D. '73), the . 2002 Distinguished law Graduate, and Bill Piatt, school of law dean.

John Cayce (J.D. '82), chief justice of the Second Court af Appeals in Fort Warth; Catherine Stone (J.D . '82), justice of the Fourth Court of Appeals; the Rev. John A. leies, S.M; and Gabriela and Jeff Davis, (J.D.'92) an attorney with Maliase & Davis, catch up on old times.


Law Alumni Association President Renee McElhaney (J.D. '93) and President-Elect Claude Ducloux (J.D.'76).

Rosanne and Bill Piatt with 2004 Distinguished Law Graduate Martin D. Beirne (J.D. '69) and his wife, Kathleen.

St. Mary's University President Charles L. Cotrell, Ph.D., and wife, Abbey.

Agnes and Professor AI Leopold (J.D. '62, B.A. '70) flank honorees Wendell Hall and Karen Angelini.

Texas Supreme Court Justice Paul Green (J.D. '77) introduces Angelini.


BLSA Mock Trial Team Wins Regional Tournament
A mock trial team of four St. Mary's University School of Law students won the Rocky Mountain Regional competition of the Thurgood Marshall Mock Trial Competition in Houston on Jan. 28. The Black Allied Law Student Association team of Ken Bell, Rick Ramirez, Amanda Stephenson and Angelle Adams, all third-year students, now will compete in the national competition in March at the National Black Law Students Association's 38th annual convention in Washington, D.C "This is only the second time we have ever competed in this competition, so we are extremely pleased that these students competed so well," said Martin Phipps, an adjunct professor at St. Mary's and coach of the external advocacy team with Daryl Harris. Adams also won the award as the Regional Best Advocate. "I congratulate the team on their showing and wish them well as they close in on the national championship competition," added Bill Piatt, dean of the law school. Eight law schools from Colorado, New Mexico, Texas, Louisiana and Oklahoma competed in the regional tournament. In the nationals, 12 teams, two from each of the six regions, will compete. •

Law students (front row, left to right) Angelle Adams, Amanda Stephenson, (back row) Rick Ramirez and Ken Bell with their coach Martin Phipps (J.D. '94) were on the BLSA mock trial team that took first place in the Rocky Mountain Regional competition.

Completion of Legal Studies
Aceremony honoring the 23 students who completed their legal studies - 21 who received juris doctorate degrees and two who received LLM. degrees - in December was held in the rotunda of the Ernest A. Raba Law Building. After the ceremony, those in attendance stood for a group photo. Pictured are: (battom row, left to right) Tammy Wincott; Katrina Korkus; Sommer Seidel; (middle row) Uonel Richardson; David Jewett; Jose Venen, LLM.; (top row) James Korth; Johnathon Rightmeyer; and Brian Smith. Others completing their studies but not pictured include: Arthur Carter, Raymond Carr, Amirra Dittfurth, Robert Everett, Emile Harmon, Ann Jex, Leah Kirchner, Kandice Sanaie, Jeremy McKey, Jason Spencer, Robyn Traywick, Jerome White, Debra Paiz, and LLM. graduate Rebecca McMinn. •


• 1947 Joseph Y. Stateson, J.D., San Antonio, died April 20, 2005.

• 1981 Steven W. Bruneman, J.D., Dallas, was named, for the second consecutive year, as a 2005 Texas Monthly Texas Super Lawyer. Colleen McHugh, J.D., Corpus Christi, managing partner at Bracewell & Giuliani LLP, was appointed by Gov. Rick Perry to The University of Texas Board of Regents. • 1983 John A. Convery, J.D., is treasurer of the San Antonio Bar Association. James C. Woo, J.D., is on the board of directors of the San Antonio Bar Association.

of the San Antonio Bar Association.

• 1950 Howard F. Sudduth, J.D., Georgetown, died Feb. 3, 2005. • 1953 Arthur L. Luethcke, J.D., Houston, died Nov. 19, 2004. • 1957 Jack Pasqual Ill, J.D., is the deputy city attorney for San Antonio.

• 1994 Sean B. McNelis, J.D., San Antonio, married Mary M. Meek, Oct. 22, 2005. Thad D. Spalding, J.D., board certified in civil appellate law, opened a law practice in Dallas. • 1995 Carla D. Buckner, J.D., Alexandria, Va. , is an attorney with Booz Allen Hamilton in Falls Church. Bradford E. Bullock, J.D., B.A. '92, San Antonio, is an associate attorney with the law offices of William M. McKamie PC. Pia R. Lederman, J.D., Arlington, married Joseph Paul Rodriguez III, June 20, 2005. • 1996 Andrew R. Del Cueto, J.D., San Antonio, is a partner with the law firm of Price & Del Cueto PC. Peter E. Goodyear, J.D., Tampa, Fla., is business executive and director of Citigroup's Global Anti-Money Laundering Operations and Monitoring team. Liza Marie (Crow) McGinn, J.D., B.A. '88, Tulsa, Okla. , and husband, Timothy McGinn, welcome Christine Frances, born March 10, 2005, who joins brother, Robert Maxwell "Max," born March 31, 2003. • 1997 Kathleen Kennedy, J.D., Vidor, and husband, Mark Lambert, welcome Lauren Marie, born Jan. 30, 2005. • 1998 Scott N. Houston, J.D., Pflugerville, legal services director at the Texas Municipal League, received the American Bar Association's "State and Local Government Law Up and Comers Award." Steven T. Schammel, J.D., Edinburg, and wife, Cynthia Garza Schammel, J.D., welcome Olivia, born April29, 2005. James M. Terry Jr., J.D., Lexington, married Coral Noonan, July 3, 2005. • 1999 Miguel J. Chapa, J.D., San Antonio, is partner and founder of Chapa & Nevarez PC. Travis G. Edwards, J.D., Victoria, an attorney with Cole, Cole & Easley who was named to Texas Monthly's 2005 Rising Star list, and wife, Mary Christine, welcome Harper Claire, born Sept. 7, 2005. Kelley Hempson, J.D., Alexandria, Va. , married Tim Brown, Sept. 17,2005. Stefani Nguyen Hobrecht, J.D., Aviano, Italy, is center faculty chair for Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University's Sigonella, Italy and Incirlik, Turkey centers. Alfonso C. Nevarez, J.D., San Antonio, partner and founder of Chapa & Nevarez PC, and wife, Rosa I. Guadarrama de Nevarez, welcome Rommina Maria, born July 25, 2005. Sonia M. Rodriguez, J.D., San Antonio, named a "Texas Rising Star" by Texas Monthly and Law & Politics magazine

• 1984 John A. Molchan, J.D., Pensacola, Fla.,
is supervisor of the 1st Judicial Circuit State Attorney's office.

• 1964 Robert C. Cowan Sr., J.D., San Antonio, died June 25,2005.

• 1966 Charles R. Shaddox, J.D., San Antonio,
died June 3, 2005.

• 1972 Thomas L. Even, J.D., B.B.A. '60, San Antonio, died Nov. 13, 2005. David A. Ezra, J.D., B.B.A. '69, Honolulu, Hawaii, Chief U.S. District Judge, is the first St. Mary's alumnus elected to the Judicial Conference of the United States which governs the federal court system. • 1973 Phylis Speedlin, J.D., San Antonio, justice on the Fourth Court of Appeals, is on the board of directors at Central Catholic High School. • 1975 P. Andy Mireles, J.D., B.A. '72, San Antonio, 73rd District Court Judge, received the "Damn Good Judge" award from the 1,900-member Texas Gang Investigators Association. Victor IL Negron Jr., J.D., B.A. '75, is secretary of the San Antonio Bar Association for 2005-2006. John J. Specia Jr., J.D., San Antonio, judge of the 225th District Court, is on the board of directors at Central Catholic High School. • 1976 William E. Black, J.D., Austin, is legal counsel to Elizabeth Ames Jones, chairman of the Railroad Commission of Texas. • 1978 David E. Chamberlain, J.D., a partner in the law firm of Chamberlain & McHaney in Austin, has been named a 2005 Texas Super Lawyer by Texas Monthly and the Center for Law and Politics. Gary W. Hutton, J.D., is on the board of directors of the San Antonio Bar Association. Willis W. Luttrell Jr., J.D., Leander, died Jan. 18, 2005.

• 1985 Daniel J. Davis, J.D., Corpus Christi, is an attorney with Upton, Mickits, Hardwick & Heymann LLP. Peter M. Loelling, J.D., Englewood, Colo., a policy analyst at the State Court Administrator's Office, is a doctoral candidate at Northern Illinois University, studying public administration and policy. • 1986 Daniel A. Kopra, J.D., El Paso, died June 11, 2005 • 1987 Michael D. Bernard, J.D., is the new city attorney for San Antonio. • 1988 Randall C. Jackson, J.D., San Antonio, died Oct. 16, 2005. Angela D. Moore, J.D., Boerne, is the chief appellate public defender for Bexar County. Corbin L. Snow, J.D., is on the board of directors of the San Antonio Bar Association.

• 1991 Clifford C. Herberg, J.D., B.A. '87, San Antonio, was promoted to first assistant district attorney in the Bexar County District Attorney's Office. Suzanne Schorlemer Bailey, J.D., senior corporate law attorney for HEB Grocery Co., was named one of San Antonio's Best Corporate Law Attorneys by Scene in SA magazine. • 1992 Barbara A. Armstrong, J.D., B.A. '88, Fort Worth, has opened a solo law practice and was named to Texas Monthly's 2005 Texas Rising Stars list. Daniel Lanfear, J.D., B.A. 89, has been named a partner in the San Antonio office of Strasburger & Price, LLP. David Renshaw, J.D., a partner with Renshaw Davis & Ferguson in Greenville, married Connie Dishong, June 4, 2005. • 1993 Mary Belan Doggett, J.D., is president



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Women's History Month:
in 2005 and 2006, and recently appointed by Mayor Phil Hard berger as chair of the Mayor's Commission on the Status of Women in San Antonio, is a shareholder in the firm Branton & Hall, P.C. Melanie A. Sedlak, J.D., Denver, Colo., is an attorney with the law firm of Folkestad & Fazekas PC in Castle Rock.

Fourth Court of Appeals Hears Cases on Campus
The Fourth Court of Appeals, the nation's only all-women appeals court, heard oral arguments in two cases in the Law Classroom Building courtroom on Tuesday, March 21 as part of Women's History Month activities. Arguments were heard in a criminal appeals case styled Sammy Naranjo vs. State of Texas and a civil appellate case styled Claymex Brick vs. Oscar Garza. Five of the seven justices are St. Mary's graduates. A reception in the Law Alumni Room of the Sarita Kenedy East Law Library followed at 4:30p.m. where a portrait of Chief Justice Alma Lopez was unveiled. The event was co-sponsored by the St. Mary's Law Alumni Association, the St. Mary's Women's Law Association, St. Mary's Law Ministry and the Bexar County Women's Bar Association. •

• 2000 Billy B. Mullens, J.D., Austin, married Sophie Claire Roark, June 4, 2005. Karen L. Orsinger, J.D., San Antonio, died July 6, 2005. Cynthia M. Riffe, J.D., New Braunfels, is executive director of the Children's Advocacy Center of Comal County Inc. • 2002 Rosemarie Alvarado-Hawkins, J.D., B.A. '99, San Antonio, a partner in the law firm of Alvarado & Alvarado PLLC, and her husband, Derrick Hawkins, welcome Evangeline Raquel, born July 7, 2005. • 2003 Catherine Bernal, J.D., Fairfax, Va. , married Jeffrey Rogers, J.D., July 11, 2005. Jennifer L. Mast, J.D., New York City, is an associate attorney with the law firm of Cassin, Cassin & Joseph LLP, specializing in commercial real estate finance. • 2004 Amanda L. Jouett, J.D., Flagstaff, Ariz. , is deputy county attorney in the Coconino County Attorney's Office. • 2005 David C. Courreges, J.D., M.P.A., Austin, chief of staff for Texas State Rep. Jim Dunnam, married Erin McKinnerney, Oct. 1, 2005. Gabor "Gabi" Orosz, J.D., San Antonio, married Stephanie Lee Cangelosi, Oct. 15, 2005. Jose de Jesus Treviiio Jr., J.D., San Antonio, married Laura Kathleen Overstreet, Aug. 13, 2005. •

Current members of the court are: (left to right) Phyllis Speedlin (J.D. '83); Karen Angelini (J.D. '79); Sara Duncan, Chief Justice Alma lopez (J.D. '69, B.B.A. '65); Catherine Stone (J.D. '82); Sandee Bryan Marion (J.D. '80); and Rebecca Simmons. Areception following the hearings Wl11 be held in the law Alumni Room where a portrait of lopez will be unveded.

Missouri Lt. Governor Gets Warm Welcome Back
Law school graduate and Missouri Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder (second from left) came back to campus to give the keynote address (see photo on page 12) at the December graduation ceremony for undergraduate and graduate students. Joining Kinder at a reception in his honor were: (left to right) Bill Piatt, dean of the School of Law; St. Mary's President Charles L. Cotrell, Ph.D. ; and Keith Russell, dean of the Bill Greehey School of Business. Kinder was elected Missouri's 46th lieutenant governor in November 2004. •


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Court of Appeals Reception, 4:30p.m., Law Alumni Room, Sarita Kenedy East Law Library

President Charles L. Cotrell, Ph.D. (B.A. '62, M.A. '64)

Friday, May 12: Baccalaureate Mass, 7 p.m., Blume Academic Library Quadrangle Saturday, May 20: Law School Graduation, 1 p.m., Bill Greehey Arena. Speaker: Fourth Court of Appeals Justice Sandee Bryan Marion Monday, May 22: Classes Begin - Summer Session 1

School of Law Dean Robert William "Bill" Piatt Jr. Associate Dean for Student and Academic Affairs Michael Ariens Associate Dean for Administration Charles E . Cantu (J.D. '64) Editor Rob Leibold (M.A. '03) Contributors Will E lliott (B.A. '93), Karen Persyn Photography Melanie R ush Davis Kim Workman Articles and news from alumni should be sent to: St. Mary's University School of Law Communications Office One Camino Santa Maria San Antonio, Texas 78228-8602 Web site: Phone: (21 0) 431 -437 4 Fax: (21 0) 431-4388 E-mail: l.ilwNotes is published twice a year by the S Mary's University t. School of Law for alumni, friends and members of the community.

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Friday, April 7: Homecoming CLE Program, Law Classroom Building Friday, April 7: Homecoming Reunion, 5:30 p.m., Law A lumni Room, Sarita Kenedy East Law Library Saturday, April 8: Homecoming Mass, 4:30 p.m., Guadalupe Chapel, Treadaway Hall Saturday, AprilS: Homecoming Oyster Bake, 6 p.m., Pecan Grove Friday, April 21: Barrister's Ball, time TBA, and Raba Law Building. Friday-Saturday, April21-22: Fiesta Oyster Bake Saturday, April 22: Law Journal Banquet, 5 p.m., La Mansion del Rio Hotel, 112 College St.

Fourth Court of Appeals Justice Sandee Bryan Marion will be the keynote speaker at the Law School Graduation Ceremony at 1 p.m., Saturday, May 20 at the Bill Greehey Arena.

Thursday, July 5: Classes Begin - Summer Session 2 Monday, July 3-Aug. 4: Institute on World Legal Problems at the University of Innsbruck, Austria Tuesday, July 26-Thursday, July 28: Texas Bar Exam

Tuesday, March 21: Fourth Court of Appeals Convenes, 2 p.m., Courtroom, Law Classroom Building Tuesday, March 21: Fourth

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Missouri Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder, a 1979 graduate of St. Mary's University School of Law, delivered the keynote address at the December undergraduate and graduate commencement ceremony in the Bill Greehey Arena.




St. Mary's University School of Law, “Law Notes: St. Mary's University School of Law Newsletter Spring 2006,” St. Mary's Law Digital Repository, accessed May 23, 2019,

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