Law Notes: St. Mary's University School of Law Newsletter Spring 2007

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Law Notes: St. Mary's University School of Law Newsletter Spring 2007


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Law School Web Site Offers Live Video Webcasts of Texas Supreme Court Oral Arguments, Professor Leopold and Alumna Crump Honored at Homecoming Events, Professor Charles Cantu Named Interim Dean, Message from the Dean, Law School Dedicates New High-tech Co


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Law School Web Site Offers Live Video Webcasts of Texas Supreme Court Oral Arguments
Live video webcasts of oral arguments before the Supreme Court of Texas are now available to the public for the first time in history through an innovative collaboration between the court and St. Mary's University. Anyone with access to a computer can listen to and view the court's live proceedings via the School of Law Web site, Those Internet transmissions will be recorded and stored on the law school's Web site for public access. "Providing remote public access to the proceedings of the Supreme Court of Texas will be not only a valuable teaching tool for our students, it speaks directly to
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AI Leopold watches os Bill Piatt, dean of the School of Law, and Charles L. Cotrell, president of St. Mary's University, unveil his portrait marking 40 years of service as o low professor. The portrait now hangs in the Low Alumni Room of the Sorito Kenedy Eost Law Library.

Professor Leopold, Alumna Crump Honored at Homecoming Events
Aloysius Leopold, who marked 40 years as a law professor at St. Mary's this academic year, was honored at the annual Homecoming festivities in March for his service to the School of Law. A portrait of Leopold was unveiled during the Dean's Homecoming Reception, capping off a full day of activities, including free continuing legal education courses presented by members of the law school faculty. Earlier, at the Alumni Luncheon, Karin Crump, a 1997 graduate, was honored with the Distinguished Young Alumnus Award, presented by the Law Alumni Association.
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Professor Charles Cantu Named Interim Dean
For the better part of a half-century, Charles E. Cantu has been immersed in St. Mary's University School of Law, first as a student, and then as professor, mentor and fellow alumnus. On June 1, Cantu will assume his next role, thjs time at the helm of the law school as interim dean. "I am very excited to be given the opportunity to lead an institution that has been a major part of my life since I first arrived on campus as student in 1961. St. Mary's is a part of who I am, both personally and professionally, and I am honored to serve in this way," Cantu said. Cantu, the St. Mary's University Distinguished South Texas Professor of Law and the longest-tenured Hispanic law professor in the country, has spent more than 40 years on the St. Mary's law faculty. "In that time, I have had the opportunity to know and interact with probably 90 percent of living graduates," he said. Cantu will take over for current dean Bill Piatt, who will return to the classroom as a member of the St. Mary's law faculty. As interim dean, Cantu plans to focus on several areas, including recruiting highly qualified students, promoting excellence in the classroom, and encouraging alumni to take a more active role in their alma mater. To that end, he would like to develop additional alumni chapters in areas with large law alumni populations, with an eye toward creating networking opportunities that will benefit both students and alumni. Cantu also wants to increase students'
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Charles Cantu will become interim dean of the School of Law on June I.

Message from the
Dear Alumni,
Our year is drawing to a close with a series of events and accomplishments which serve your alma mater well. By the time this reaches you, our webcasting project with the Supreme Court of Texas will be in full swing. In March, we began carrying on our Web site live, streaming video of oral arguments before the court. We will continue to give the public access to the live proceedings during each month that the court is in session. We will archive those sessions on our Web site where they will be available 24 hours a day. This historic collaboration between the school and the state's Bill Piatt, Dean and Ryan Professor of Law highest civil appellate court was made possible by utilizing our new high-tech courtroom facilities for the Competition and the Hispanic National transmission. Justice Paul Green, (J.D. Bar Association tournament. '77), heard my proposal in this regard, Our students also continue to show the discussed it with the other members of the initiative, enthusiasm and good oldcourt, and with their enthusiastic fashioned spirit that makes this school approval, our project was begun. Be sure such a wonderful place. Reviving a to visit the School of Law Web site at dormant tradition, the students recreated to view the live a satirical program called "Puttin' on the proceedings or anytime to see the Writs" to showcase their talent. Proceeds archived sessions. from the event go toward programs at the Speaking of our new courtroom, if you Center for Legal and Social Justice. have not had the chance to see it, I hope On a more serious note, our students you will do so in the near future. Many of provide pro-bono services in our clinic, our donors and supporters joined us at the and provide assistance to the poor in courtroom dedication ceremony earlier other ways, such as our annual Habitat for this semester. Once again I want to thank Humanity project in New Mexico. Over all who assisted in the creation of this spring break I accompanied some 20 marvelous teaching and practice venue. students and staff of the law school to Our students will be the beneficiaries Taos, N.M., where our students helped in from your generosity for many years the construction of three homes. The to come. effort originally grew out of efforts 'of my Our students continue to excel in mother, Betty Piatt. Our program is now various arenas around the country. This spearheaded by Sister Grace Walle, F.M.I., semester alone, four separate teams in our who continues to inspire our students to External Advocacy Program won regional live a life of service and commitment. competitions, and competed in national competitions, including the National Mock Trial Competition, the Thurgood Marshall Mock Trial Competition, the National Appellate Advocacy
I especially want to thank everyone who has supported me as dean of the law school over the past nine years. I have worked diligently to upgrade the quality of our students' educational experiences, and I think we have made significant strides in that direction.

Final planning is taking place regarding the implementation of our part-time evening program. We are accepting students for the fall 2007 entering class and will continue to do so through July. We are proud to again offer a legal education program in South Texas that has the potential to help many achieve their dreams and who might otherwise not be able to attend law school. We are also close to completing our self-study report, as required every seven years by the American Bar Association, which is a prelude to the ABA's reaccreditation inspection this fall. And, we expect that you will hear some very good news soon regarding development efforts. As always, there are too many accomplishments to list in a brief column. Thank you once again for helping'to make these successes possible. I especially want to thank everyone who has supported me as dean of the law school over the past nine years. I have worked diligently to upgrade the quality of our students' educational experiences, and I think we have made significant strides in that direction. Many wonderful things have transpired during my tenure as dean. I am proud to have been given the opportunity to contribute to the achievements of our students and the law school. As many of you know, I will be returning to the classroom. I will continue to work to improve our law school and the university. Sincerely, Bill Piatt Dean and Ryan Professor of Law •



Professor Leopold, Alumna Crump Honored
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Some 145 alumni and guests came back to campus to attend the CLE courses, which covered a variety of topics including: Internet legal research, balancing 9/11 and humanitarian concerns on immigration issues, Texas Supreme Court update and trends, international law the Just War Theory, courtroom technology in the 21st century utilizing the school's new courtroom technology components, and other sessions. Attendees received 6.5 hours of CLE credits, including 2.75 hours of ethics credits. More than 150 friends, family, students and former students gathered in the Law Alumni Room of the Sarita Kenedy East Law Library in the evening to honor Leopold for his service to St. Mary's and dedication to legal education. He told the crowd he had several job offers after graduating from St. Mary's law school in 1962, including one from thenDean Ernest Raba to teach law. He turned them all down , deciding he did not want to go to either the East or West coast and felt he should have some practical experience rather than go directly to teaching. Instead, he and his wife, Agnes, moved to the Rio Grande Valley where he practiced real estate law. Five years later Raba visited Leopold at his office and convinced him he was ready to teach. He promised Leopold he could teach real estate law. When Leopold

Bill Piatt, dean, and Claude Dudoux (J.D.'76), president of the Law Alumni Association, present Karin Crump (J.D.'97) with the Distinguished Young Alumnus Award during homecoming activities. joined the law faculty in June 1967, however, he was instead assigned to teach wills and estates. He finally did get to teach real estate law and estimates that over the years, some 7,000 students have passed through his classroom. Crump, of counsel in the Austin office of Martin, Disiere, Jefferson & Wisdom, was the first recipient of the Distinguished Young Alumnus Award, which , recognizes an alumnus who has graduated from

Members of the Class of 19S7were recognized at this year's Homecoming activities. The four members of the doss who came back to campus included (left to right) the Hon. Max Fuentes Jr., of Dallas; William Beuhler; Earle E. Cobb; and Jack A. Efron, all of San Antonio. Joining them for lunch were thirdyear law students Andy Valenson, Graham Baker, Nick Sisoian and Aldo Lopez. St. Mary's University within the past 10 years and has shown outstanding achievement in the legal profession and service to the community. "Karin Crump is well-deserving of this honor," said Claude Ducloux, an Austin attorney and president of the Law Alumni Association. "She is an outstanding inaugural honoree. She brings honor to St. Mary's and to the legal profession, and we are proud to present her with this award." Crump, president of the Texas Young Lawyers Association, is a civil litigator and mediator. Prior to joining the Austin law firm in 2003, she was in private practice in Dallas. •

Professor AI Leopold is surrounded by some of his current students ot the reception honoring his 40 years of service. Leopold estimates he hos taught about 7,000 students during his tenure at the law school.


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Sims Awarded TYLA Minority Scholarship
Sonja Sims, a candidate to receive her J.D. degree in May, received the Texas Young Lawyers Association Minority Scholarship for St. Mary's University. Sims is president of the Black Law Students Association and serves as vice chair for the Rocky Mountain Region of the National Black Law Students Association. •

Law School Dedicates New High-tech Courtroom
St. Mary's University School of Law in January dedicated its new $1.6 million high-tech courtroom, designed to give students the opportunity to learn advocacy in one of the most advanced university courtrooms in the country. The courtroom was made possible through the generous support of many donors, including a $300,000 challenge grant from the AT&T Retired District Judge John Specia, (J.D. '75), presides over a demonstration by Foundation, as well as law student attorneys during the School of Law's ceremony dedicating the school's new firms, alumni, the Law technologically enhanced courtroom. Alumni Association, The original courtroom was constructed in St. Mary's University, and faculty and staff of the 1960s when the law school moved from the law school. downtown San Antonio to the main university "Many of our graduates, including jurists on campus, and had received only minor cosmetic the state's highest courts, learned the enhancements over the past 40 years. essentials of advocacy in the law school's "This is truly a first-class, state-of-the-art courtroom," said Charles L. Cotrell, Ph.D., courtroom that gives our students the president of St. Mary's University. "This new opportunity to learn advocacy in one of the courtroom enhances and extends that best, if not the best, law school courtrooms in tradition of teaching effective legal advocacy the country," said Bill Piatt, dean of the by providing succeeding generations of School of Law. "They will be able to use the St. Mary's law graduates the opportunity to technology in this courtroom that they will learn and practice their skills with state-ofencounter in real-world settings." • the-art technology."

Hervey to Serve as President of LAA
Texas Court of Criminal Appeals'''"' Judge Barbara Hervey, (J.D. '79) will take the reins as president of the Law Alumni Association on June 2. She replaces Claude Ducloux who will move to the St. Mary's University Board of Trustees as immediate past president of the LAA. Hervey was elected to the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals in November 2000. Prior to her election, she was an assistant criminal district attorney in the appellate section of the Bexar County District Attorney's office for 16 years. Previously, she was in private practice for five years with the Law Office of M.M. Pena, Jr., of San Antonio. Hervey has served on the Gov. Rick Perry's ad hoc committee to rewrite the Texas Code of Criminal Procedure, and supervised continuing legal education training for attorneys in the D.A.'s office. She is also a faculty member of the National College of District Attorneys. Judge Hervey is currently a member of the State Bar of Texas, Bexar County Women's Bar Association, and the Bexar County Republican Women. •

On hand for the courtroom dedication ceremony were (left to right): Retired District Judge John Specia; Texas Supreme Court Justice Paul Green; Charles L. Cotrell, president, St. Mary's University; Bill Piatt, dean of the School of Law; and Jim Callaway, AT&T Senior Executive Vice President - Business Development.

Jim Callaway, AT&T Senior Executive Vice PresidentBusiness Development, addresses the audience at the dedication ceremony.


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Live Webcasts of Oral Arguments

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Pullin' on the Writs
Third-year law student Jack Reid performs with his guitar at "Puttin' on the Writs" law revue and talent show, sponsored by the Student Bar Association, this past semester at the Josephine Theater in San Antonio. The Bar Association resurrected the show after many years of hibernation. Students performed various comedy and musical sketches, many of which parodied law professors. The money raised went toward programs at the Legal and Social Justice Center. Reid, the grand prize winner, walked away with $50. •

the mission of the University by opening a window into our legal system for the citizens of Texas," said Charles L. Cotrell, Ph.D., St. Mary's University president. "It is the goal of St. Mary's School of Law to graduate students with the education and training to become skilled legal practitioners and the foundation in faith and ethics to dedicate themselves to the common good of society." St. Mary's is one of only a few universities nationwide to provide such public access to a state supreme court. Bill Piatt, dean of St. Mary's law school, suggested the collaboration last year in a meeting with Justice Paul W. Green, a 1977 law school graduate, to take advantage of St. Mary's role in providing high-tech connections and training for

its students. The school recently completed a $1.6 million renovation of its own courtroom, which incorporates state-of-the-art equipment and technology. "We are honored that the court is allowing us to assist in making these important proceedings accessible to the public over the Internet," Piatt said. "The court's initiative in bringing oral arguments to the people will greatly improve the understanding of the court's work, thereby enhancing the administration of justice in this state." The schedule of arguments for a particular session, including a brief description of the parties and issues involved, also will be available on the St. Mary's School of Law Web site. •

Dean, Students Build Humanity House
Some 20 law students joined Dean Bill Piatt, far left, Rosanne Piatt, third from left, and Sister Grace Walle, F.M.I, law campus minister, far right, to help build a Habitat for Humanity home in Taos, N.M. during spring break. This the fifth year that students, faculty and staff have used their spring break to participate in the Habitat for Humanity project that Piatt initiated. •

Ronald J. Herrmann Honored
Ronald J. Herrmann (J.D. '59, B.A. '57) was honored by the St. Mary's University Alumni Association at the annual Distinguished Alumni Dinner during Homecoming. Herrmann is chair of various family-owned businesses including manufacturing, retail, restaurant and real estate investments, including Columbia 300 Industries, the industry leader in manufacturing bowl balls and equipment recently acquired by Ebonite. He was named a Distinguished Law Graduate by the St. Mary's Law Alumni Association in 1978, and has served a member of the executive committee of the Board of Directors and as chair of the St. Mary's School of Law Advisory Council. •

Professors Ariens, Hampton Named Associate Deans
Law professor Michael Ariens has been named associate dean of the evening law program, effective June 1. Ariens, a faculty member of the School of Law since 1987, teaches constitutional law, church and state, American legal history and evidence. The evening law program will be reestablished this fall in a move that is expected to Mi(hael Ariens attract professionals and others who might not be able to attend day classes. Applications will be accepted to the program through July. Law professor Andre Hampton has been named associate dean for Andre Hampton administration, effective June 1. In addition to his administrative duties, Hampton teaches in the areas of health law, general business and alternative dispute resolution. •


School of Law Ranks 2nd in Number of Hispanic J.D. Degrees
St. Mary's University School of Law ranks second in the nation for graduating Hispanic students, according to a survey published in the Dec. 4 issue of Hispanic Outlook magazine. The rankings are based on 2005 graduation figures. That year, St. Mary's conferred 235 juris doctorate degrees. Of those, 59 degrees, or 25 percent, were granted to Hispanic students. St. Thomas University School of Law in Miami conferred the most degrees to Hispanics with 63, followed by St. Mary's, and the University of Miami with 57. Nine states (Florida, Texas, California, New York, Massachusetts, Michigan, Colorado, New Jersey and Pennsylvania) and Washington, D.C. were represented on the list. California had the most schools (eight) on the list followed by Texas and Florida (four). •

Moot Court, Mock Trial Teams Compete in National Tournaments
Four external advocacy teams from St. Mary's competed in national tournaments this semester after earlier participating successfully in regional competitions. "To have four teams go to national tournaments is a remarkable achievement," said Bill Piatt, dean of the School of Law. "This success is another indication that the External Advocacy Program at St. Mary's is among the best in the nation. I know all these students worked extremely hard. I am very pleased with the effort and dedication they have shown." The competitions and outcomes of the four teams include: rounds of the competition, while Jason Petty received the fifth best brief award.

Hispanic National Bar Association Moot Court Competition
In Minneapolis, third-year law students Robert Almonte and Pete Serrano went undefeated in the preliminary rounds and reached the quarterfinals. They finished as one of the top eight schools at the competition from an original field of 32 teams. In addition, they were recognized as having the best respondent's brief at the competition.

National Appellate Advocacy Competition
In Chicago, St. Mary's finished as one of the top 10 schools in the nation in the competition sponsored by the American Bar Association. The moot court team of thirdyear law student Kimberly Phillips and second-year law student James Rodriguez missed the round of eight by less than a point. In addition to their success as a team, both Phillips and Rodriguez were individually recognized. Phillips was recognized as the best advocate in the nation while Rodriguez received the sixth best oral advocate award. This marks the first time that two St. Mary's students have received such high individual awards at the same competition and the second time that St. Mary's has been recognized as having the best advocate in the largest moot court competition in the country. To get there, the team went undefeated in the National Appellate Advocacy Competition Regional Tournament in St. Louis. About 180 teams competed in the five regional competitions across the country, 35 in the St. Louis region. Additionally, a second team consisting of third-year law student Halina Radchenko and second-year law students Jennifer McCullough and Jason Petty lost on a split ballot. Rodriguez and Radchenko were individually recognized as the sixth and ninth best oralists, respectively, in the preliminary

National Trial Competition
In Houston, third-year students Jessica Baruch, Rebecca Lively and Brian Lewis finished in the top 10 teams from the country in the 32nd annual competition sponsored by the American College of Trial Lawyers. The team lost on a split ballot to Pepperdine. To get there the team won the Texas and Louisiana Regional competition, the second time in four years that a St. Mary's team won the regional tournament and was represented in the finals. Additionally, the team of third-year students Hailey Mullican and Scott Davis also did very well at the regionals, reaching the semi-final round before losing by a single point on one ballot.

Professor Meets President

NBLSA Thurgood Marshall Mock Trial Competition
In Atlanta, third-year students Mark LaHood, Keaton Kirkwood, Sonja Sims and Patricia Aguayo made it to the quarter-finals of the competition sponsored by the National Black Law Students Association. Even though the team won their quarter-final round, they did not generate enough points to advance. To get there, the team placed second at the Rocky Mountain Regional competition in Tulsa, Okla. in January where 14 teams from four states competed. It is the second consecutive year St. Mary's has fielded a team at the national tournament. Last year the St. Mary's team came in fifth. •

Professor Jeff Addicott, left, director of the Center for Terrorism Law at St. Mary's, attended a Republican National Committee dinner on Kiawah Island, South Carolina last fall where he met President Bush. A day earlier, Addicott attended a breakfast meeting, which was also attended by Vice President Cheney. •


Prominent Alumni to Receive Awards
Rosewood Gavel, St. Thomas More, Longevity Award Winners
The faculty of the School of Law have chosen the winners of this year's Lifetime Achievement, Rosewood Gavel and St. Thomas More awards, which will be presented at commencement ceremonies May 19 in the Bill Greehey Arena of the Alumni Athletics & Convocation Center. Charles L. Smith, of counsel in the litigation section of San Antonio office of Jackson Walker, will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award. Smith, who graduated magna cum laude in 1955, has Charles Smith more than 50 years of litigation experience, focusing primarily on tort litigation in state and federal courts. Stuart Bowen Jr. , a 1991law school graduate and the Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction since 2004, will receive the 2007 St. Thomas More Award, presented annually to a judge, lawyer, law teacher or layperson who has made exceptional contributions to legal education, the legal profession or government. Stuart Bowen David A. Ezra, U.S. District Judge for the District of Hawaii, who received his bachelor of business administration in 1969 and his J.D. degree in 1972 from St. Mary's, will receive the 2007 Rosewood Gavel Award, presented annually to an outstanding Judge David Ezra judge or justice in recognition of his or her contribution to our system of constitutional democracy. •

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Professor Charles Cantu Named Interim Dean

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opportunities to Jearn and study internationally, particularly in the many Asian nations with growing global influence, such as China. Strengthening the law school's relationship with the university also will be a major focus of Cantu's administration. "The Jaw school is an integral part of the university. Strengthening that collaboration will benefit students, faculty and the institution," he said. Cantu, a 1964 graduate of the law school, received his bachelor of business administration from the University of Texas in 1961, his M.C.L. in 1965 from Southern Methodist University and his LL.M. in 1978 from the University of Michigan. The St. Mary's Law Alumni Association recognized him with the Distinguished Law Graduate Award in 1999. Before joining the St. Mary's law faculty in 1966, Cantu traveled extensively in South America, and for one year was a Fulbright Scholar at the Universidad de Rene Gabriel Moreno, Santa Cruz, Bolivia. His legal specialties include: common law, statutory damages, products liability and the

Texas Deceptive Trade and Practices Act. Cantu has published numerous articles in Jaw reviews, many of which relate to products liability. He also contributed a chapter to a leading Texas treatise, "Texas Torts and Remedies." He has written many law articles for law journals across the country. His steadfast dedication to students and his involvement in many social and civic causes throughout the region exemplify his commitment to South Texas and St. Mary's University School of Law. That dedication is characterized by the law school class of 1997, which thought so much of Cantu's mentorship that it started the Charles E. Cantu Fund which is used by Jaw campus ministry to fund many ongoing activities throughout the year. Cantu has been a member of many legal and civic associations including: Gov. Rick Perry's ad-hoc Criminal Justice Committee, American Bar Association, St. Mary's Admissions Committee, Law School Admissions Council, Winston School, San Antonio Hospice, the Witte Museum, The Fund, the San Antonio Public Library Foundation and the San Antonio Fiesta Commission. •

In a tribute to the late U.S. Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist, Professor Vincent R. Johnson tells the story of Rehnquist's tour summers teaching tor St. Mary's in lnnsbruck (Rehnquist, lnnsbruck, and St. Mary's University, 38 St. Mary's L.J. 1-45 (2006)). The article is filled with many colorful vignettes that attempt to capture this important part of the law school's history. For a pdf copy, send an e-mail to or click on Johnson's faculty Web site at http://law/pdf/2006_2007IJohnsonRe hnquist.pdt. •

Distinguished Law Graduates Honored

St. Mary's University School of Law and the Law Alumni Association honored Texas Supreme Court Justice Paul W. Green and San Antonio attorney Joseph Casseb with the 2006 Distinguished Law Graduate Award. Pictured at the event are (lett to right): Bill Piatt, dean of the School of Law; Charles L. Cotrell, Ph.D., president of St. Mary's University; Green (J.D. '77); and Casseb (J.D. '77). •


Students Recognized at Fiesta Farewell
July Bar Passage Rate Highest Since 1993
More than 80 percent of first-time test takers from the School of Law passed the July 2006 bar exam, the best showing on the July test since 1993, according to the Texas Board of Law Examiners. The results, released this past November, moved the school's ranking to fifth out of the nine Texas law schools. Of the 203 St. Mary's students who sat for the bar exam this past July, 171 , or 84.24 percent, passed the exam. That is more than 12 percentage points above the success rate of the July 2005 test when 72.33 percent passed. "This confirms that the programs and initiatives that we have instituted are paying off," said Bill Piatt, dean of the law school. "It reflects the hard work of our students. " The most recent results of the Texas Bar Exam for St. Mary's students bear that out. "First-time test takers scored an 84.24 percent passage rate on the July 2006 exam, our highest score on the July exam in 13 years. That passage rate exceeded the statewide first-time test taker average of 82.99 percent, the third time out of the last five bar administrations where we have exceeded the overall first-time average. We are very proud of our students and their accomplishments," Piatt said. •
Recipients of the Sarah Thompson memorial honorarium for the lnnsbruck program are first-year student Kristen Pate and second-year student Steven Fraley. Junella Gideon, a third-year law student, was given the Adele Advocacy for the Poor Award.

Second-year student Andria Brannon (right) received the Alma Lopez Woman in Leadership Award, named after Alma Lopez (left), chief justice of the Fourth Court of Appeals, the first Hispanic woman in the country to be chief justice of an appeals court.

Nick Sisoian, president of the Student Bar Association received the Law Alumni/Campus Ministry Leadership for Service Award from Alma Lopez, chief justice of the Fourth Court of Appeals.

The James Derrek Ill Constitution Law Writing Competition award went to Paul Townsend (center), a third-year law student. With Townsend are members of Derrek's family (left to right): Corrin Patman, Derrek's stepmother; James Derrek Jr.; Rebecca Millikin, Derrek's mother; Stephanie Porter, aunt; and Bill Piatt, dean.

Joe Casseb (far right) presented the Class of 1977 Educating for Justice Award to Student Bar Association members Robert Almonte, Omar Carmona, Andy Valenson, Amos Pardo, William Clanton, Barrett Shipp, Ashley Brown (who also received the St. Thomas More Catholic Leadership award), Nick Sisoian and Juvie Cruz. Joe Casseb (far right) presented the Pro Bono Service Award, sponsored by the San Antonio Bar Foundation, to second-year law student Andrea Koch and third-year students Barrett Shipp and Sonia Sims.

The Charles Cantu Spirit of Service Award was co-presented to the Women's Law Association by Chief Justice Alma Lopez (second from right). Members include: Sarah Waldrip, Andria Brannon, Evia Higginbotham and Sharon Chu. The award also was presented to the Board of Advocates.

The Charles Cantu Spirit of Service Award, was co-presented to the Board of Advocates whose members include (left to right): Preyal Shah, Morgan Figueroa, Rebecca Lively Oetlers, Eric Vornsand, Franklin Hopkins IV, Hailey Mullican, Sareta Davie, Barrett Shipp, Mo Heinrichs and Adrian Senyszyn. Not pictured is James Hamilton. The award also was presented to the Women's Law Association.


• 1932 A1lan C. Skinner, J.D., Kerrville, died
April 19, 2006. for attorneys.

• 1.976 'llmothy T. ''Ty" Griesenbeck, J.D., has been elected president of the San Antonio Chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates.

East. Daniel M. Kowalski, J.D., in solo practice in Austin, bas launched a Web site on immigration news, law and policy (www.bibdai and is editor in chief of Bender's Immigration Bulletin.

• 1942 Arthur C. Lesher Jr., J.D., Houston,
died Oct. 20, 2006.

• 1977 Donald C. Duncan, J.D., Seguin , has
been named director of Hope Hospice and serves as an advisory director of the Department of Parks and Recreation in New Braunfels.

• 1985 Sharon Breckenridge Thomas, J.D, B.A
'82, spoke on " Cultural Considerations in International Arbitrati on" at the Conference on International Arbitration and Mediation, sponsored by the Center for International Legal Studies, in Salzburg, Austria.

• 1978 David E. Chamberlain, J.D., senior
• 1950 William A. Badders, J.D., Nacogdoches,
died Oct. 28, 2006. partner in the Austin law firm of Chamberlain•McHaney, was named Outstanding Defense Bar Leader in the nation by DRI, an association of defense lawyers. John M. Vaught, J.D., Denver, has been selected as one of the inaugural members of Colorado's "Super Lawyers" list featured in 5280 magazine. Lawrence A. Waks, J.D., a partner with the Austin offices of Jackson Walker LLP, has been selected for the 2007 edition of "The Best Lawyers in America."

• 1986 Stephen C. Haynes, J.D., has joined the
Edi nburg law offices of Brin & Brin PC.

• 1987 Jeffrey L. Rosenfield, J.D., Dallas, has
been elected judge of the Dallas County Criminal Court of Appeals No. 2. Katherine A. Staton, J.D., a partner with the Dallas office of Jackson Walker LLP, is vice president of communications and public relations for the International Aviation Women's Association.

• 1951 Glenn B. Lacy, J.D., Portland, died
Nov. 23, 2005 .

• 1952 The Hon. Eligio Kika de Ia Garza, J.D.,
McAllen, and his wife, Lucille received the " Golden Eagle Award" by the McAllen Hispanic Chamber of Commerce at a dinner in January. The award is presented annually for unselfish contributions to the community in education, leadership and many other areas. RusseU T. Johnson, J.D., San Antonio, died July 15, 2006.

• 1988 Lisa Dreyer BaD, J.D., Dallas, is cofounder and partner of the law firm of Tollefson, Bradley, Ball & Mitchell LLP. Thomas Buie McClain, J.D., Tyler, and his spouse, Johnna, welcome Jackson Buie, born July 18, 2006. Angela J. Moore, J.D., Boerne, has been appoin ted chief of the new Appellate Public Defenders Office.

• 1980 Mark G. Daniel, J.D., Fort Worth, is
president of the Tarrant County Bar Association. The Hon. Morton V. "Dean" Rucker, J.D., Midland, received a State Bar of Texas Presidential Commendation for his leadership in improving justice.

• 1956 John A. Pope m, J.D., Rio Grand City,
is a partner with the law firm of Atlas & Hall LLP.

• 1958 Morris L. Collins, J.D., B.A. '56, San
Antonio, died Aug. 8, 2006.

• 1990 David C. CoUey, J.D., Coppell, is a
partner with the Dallas law firm of Fee Smith Sharp & Vitullo LLP. Kathryn M. Kase, J.D., Houston, staff attorney for Texas Defender Service, has been elected to membership in the American Law Institute. Joan M. Labay-Marquez, J.D., B.A. '87, recently named Woman of the Year by the San Angelo Business and Professional Women's Club, co-founded and is president of the Concho Valley League of Women Voters. She has relocated her solo law practice to Boerne. L Stanton Lowry, J.D., Argyle, a name partner in the Irving law firm of Boyle & Lowry LLP, was named to Texas Monthly magazine's 2006 "Super Lawyer" list.

• 1981 Kathryn "Kitty" MuUen Casseb, J.D.,

• 1960 Edward V. DyUa, J.D., B.A., San
Antonio, was elected to the Texas SilverHaired Legislature for a fourth term, and installed as president of the Alamo Heights Rotary Club.

• 1968 The Hon. Arthur A. Estefan, J.D., San
Antonio, died Aug. 17, 2006. Robert L. MueUer Jr., J.D., Seguin, died Sept. 6, 2006.

San Antonio, has earned a master's of law degree in real property development from the University of Miami Law School. Nick A. Catoe Jr., J.D., Bulverde, has opened his own law office in San Antonio. Mary Brennan Stich, J.D., B.A. '78, San Antonio, is vice president, associate general counsel for Clear Channel Comm unications. Patrick B. Tobin, J.D., a partner with the San Antonio offices of Jackson Walker LLP, has been selected for the 2007 edition of "The Best Lawyers in America."

• 1972 Lawrence E. "Larry" NoD, J.D., B.A. '67, San Antonio, elected judge of the 408th Judicial District Court of Bexar County, assumed his duties Jan. 1, 2007. • 1.973 The Hon. David V. Haigler, J.D., Irving, is federal judge of the Dallas region for the U.S. Office of Disability Adjudication and Review. • 1.974 Jacob D. Davis, J.D., Checotah, Okla. , died July 22, 2006. Michael J. Noonan, J.D., Sugar Land, died Sept. 10, 2006. • 1.975 Larry W. Harrison, J.D., Sugar Land, is the 2006-2007 president of Fort Bend Lawyers Care, a pro bono organization

• 1983 David M. Kennedy, J.D., with a solo practice in Sherman, was named to Texas Monthly's 2006 "Super Lawyers" list. Stephen Nicholas, J.D., San Antonio, is the oversight attorney for the Family Law and Criminal Law Sections at Carabin & Shaw PC. • 1984 Julie K. Hasdorff, J.D., sen ior partner at Hasdorff & Convery, PC, has been selected for promotion to colonel in the U.S. Army Reserves (Judge Advocate General Corps). She is scheduled to serve on active duty in 2007 as a military judge with the U.S. Army Trial Judiciary, serving with the 5th Judicial Circuit in Europe and the Middle

• 1991 Suzanne Schorlemer Bailey, J.D., San Antonio, and spouse, Jay, welcome Ann Marie, born March 23, 2006. Tena T. CaUahan, J.D., has been elected judge of Dallas Coun ty's 302nd District Court. Robert C. Donohoo, J.D., Fort Worth, is senior vice president, general counsel and secretary for EFJ Inc. in Irving. Cathy Raba Turcotte, J.D., Olmos Park and The Woodlands, retired from the practice of law in April 2005 and married Robert H . Wolfe in April 2006.


• 1992 Candace (Pinnell) Griflithe, J.D.,
Burlington, Ky. , and her spouse, Mark , welcome William Daniel, born Aug. 12, 2006. Jennifer Norwood Littman, J.D., Mansfield, is a shareholder and director at McDonald Sanders Law Firm in Fort Worth. David Renshaw, J.D., Greenville, and spouse, Connie, welcome Justin Lee, born Feb. 24, 2006. Elizabeth (Friday) Savage, J.D., and Michael Savage, J.D., Dallas, welcome Claire Elizabeth, born Sept. 18, 2005. Carlos L U resti, J.D., B.A. '86, San Antonio, was elected to the State Senate, District 19.

S.A. magazine's listing as one of the "Best Lawyers in San Antonio." Pamela J. (Kea) Chaney, J.D., Eastland, and spouse, Mark, welcome Cadence Jean, born May 4, 2005.
Nicole (Peffer) Graham, J.D., The

• 1993 Wayne L. Burges, J.D., San Antonio,
has opened a solo law and accounting practice. Laurie J. Elza, J.D., is an attorney with the Dallas law firm of MacDonald Devin. J. Steven Orr, J.D., Rockwall , is vice president of investments for Communities Foundation of Texas in Dallas.

Woodlands, and spouse, Patrick, welcome Abigail Virginia, born April 12, 2006. Erin McAuliffe Killian, J.D., B.A. '95, San Antonio, and spouse, James, welcome Graelen Anne, born Aug. 1, 2005. Yvette J. Mabbun, J.D., Dallas, an attorney with Quilling Selander Cummiskey & Lownds PC, married A lie Ray Fisher, Oct. 22, 2005. Anne E. Ohlrich, J.D., San Antonio, on leave from the U.S. Department of State, is an adjunct professor at St. Mary's University. John P. Tomaszewski, J.D., San Francisco, is vice president of legal policy and compliance for TRUSTe. Rosamaria Villagomez-Vela, J.D., is a partner in the Brownsville law firm of Rodriguez Colvin Chaney & Saenz LLP.

born Jan. 24, 2006. Isaac J. Huron, J.D., B.A. 'fYT, San Antonio, is an associate attorney with Davis, Cedillo & Mendoza Inc. Damian L Martinez, J.D., Las Cruces, N.M., associate attorney at Holt Babington Mynatt PC, and his spouse, Annabella, welcome Alicia Marisol, born Aug. 25, 2006. J. Michael Pool, J.D., Arlington , and his spouse, Nicole, welcome Kayley Rose, born Sept. 15, 2006. Nora Jane Wardell Simpson, J.D., Euless, has opened her own law offices in Flower Mound. Christopher Scott Walker, J.D., Irving, married Pamela Ann Covarrubias, May 6,2006.

• 2002 Jason S. Bashara, J.D., is an associate
attorney with the San Antonio law offices of Ball & Weed PC. Laura E. Perez, J.D., B.A. 'fYT, Los Angeles, is a producer, consultant and writer for the company she founded , Alma Libre Films LLC.

• 1994 Maricela Cavazos, J.D., B.A. '91, has
been appointed to the San Antonio Housing Authority Board of Commissioners. Jason R. Cliffe, J.D., San Antonio, died Oct. 16, 2006. Amy Eubanks Perkins, J.D., has opened her own law office in San Antonio. Tabetha Thorpe Plummer, J.D., B.A. '91, Winnetka, Calif. , is owner of Plummer Law Group PC, in Sherman Oaks.

• 1999 Jennifer Warbritton Knapp, J.D., San
Antonio, married Jason E. Berridge, March 18, 2006. Mary Elizabeth Vaughn, J.DJM.B.A., Bullard, married Leighton Ansley, June 30, 2005. Frederick Saporsky III, J.DJM.A., B.A. '96, San Antonio, and his spouse, Jamaica, welcome Ethan Ryan, born April 12, 2006.

• 2003 Andrea Champagne Goode, J.D., San
Antonio, is on a one-year deployment to Iraq as a member of the Marine Corps Staff Judge Advocate in Baghdad. R enee R. Hollander, J.D., Austin, is an assistant attorney general in the office of the Attorney General of Texas. Kelly Wright Kelly, J.D., B.A. '00, has opened his own law offices in San Antonio. Ronald R. Macken, J.D., and Donna S. San Miguel, J.D., opened a law office in San Antonio. Erika D. Stolz, J.D., and Ryan C. Moe, J.D. '04, San Antonio, were married April 29, 2006. Leigh D. Rumfield, J.D., Corpus Christi, is an attorney in the Social Security and Disability Section at the offices of Carabin & Shaw PC. Pamela L Swank, J.D., Houston, married Jason Virgadamo, June 10, 2006.

• 1995 Scott A. Nelson, J.D., with a solo
practice in Corpus Christi, was named to Texas Monthly's 2006 "Super Lawyers Rising Stars" list. Walter T. Price IV, J.D., Amarillo, is a name partner with the law firm of Irwin Merritt Hogue & Price PC. Alice L. Whitten, J.D., Fort Worth, and spouse, Paul Heckathorn , welcome Jacob Milton , born March 17, 2006.

• 2000 Matthew R. Cox, J.D., Liberty, Ind.,
and his spouse, Nicole, welcome Grant Carter, born Aug. 11, 2006. George P. Escobedo, J.D., San Antonio, an attorney at Carabin & Shaw PC, heads th eir Worker's Compensation Section. Christopher T. Massey, J.D., Tyler, is an associate attorney with Wilson Sheehy Knowles Robertson & Cornelius PC. MonicaL. McClure, J.D., Houston, is an associate attorney with Lambright & Associates. Emeline "Emma" (Guzman) Ramon, J.D., San Antonio, an attorney at Carabin & Shaw PC, heads their Immigration Section. Carmen A. Samaniego, J.D., San Antonio, recipient of the 2005 Belva Lockwood Outstanding Young Lawyer Award, is chair for the State Bar of Texas Women and the Law Section. J. Steve Toland, J.D., Austin, an attorney with the criminal defense firm of Joseph A. Turner, and his spouse, Debbie, welcome Brighton Callen, born Nov. 8, 2005.

• 1.996 Barbara (Zimmerman) Armstrong,
J.D., B.A. '88, Fort Worth, who has a solo law

• 2004 Kellie E. Billings, J.D., Austin, is an
attorney specializing in advising commissioners for the Public Utility Commission of Texas. Amanda (Barton) Jouett, J.D., College Station, is an assistant district attorney for Brazos County.

practice, has begun mediating with O 'Neal Mediations. Angelica B. Carreon, J.D., El Paso, a minority at-large director of the Texas Young Lawyers Association, married Hector A. Beltran, Sept. 3, 2005. Larry E. Gee, J.D., San Antonio, is an attorney with the law offices of Ball & Weed PC. Sheri Bryce D ye, J.DJM.B.A., Helotes, and her spouse, David, welcome Grant Dawson, born June 5, 2006. Scott Simpson, J.D., and Monica Maya Simpson, B.S., San Antonio, welcome Alessandra, born Feb. 19,2006.

• 2005 Riann C. Bensel, J.DJM.A., Dallas, and
Stevenson Moore were married Aug. 12, 2006. David C. Courreges, J.DJM.P.A., Austin, is an attorney with De Leon, Boggins & Icenogle PC. Armistead Mason Long, J.D., San Antonio, is law clerk to the Hon. Ronald B. King, U.S. Bankruptcy Court of the Western District of Texas. Kason S. Mobley, J.D., Burleson, is an attorney for Johnson County. Sara-Jane (Phillips) Mobley, J.D., Burleson, is a criminal district courts staff attorney for Dallas County. Daniel J. Rodriguez, J.D., San Antonio, is an assistant district attorney for Bexar County.
• 2006 Tracy Canto, J.D., and Alejandro Almanzan, J.D., El Paso, were married Nov. 25,2006. .

• 1997 A.D. Mach, J.D., M.A. '98, has
reopened his law practice in San Antonio. Susan Burnett Mattox, J.D., Dallas, and her spouse, Matt, welcome Molly McCollum, born Aug. 4, 2006.

• 2001 Nicondra S. Chargois-Allen, J.D., is an
attorney with Atlas & Hall in McAllen. Kevin 0. Henrichson, J.D., Austin, an attorney with Byrd Davis Furman, was recognized by Texas Monthly as a "Rising Star" in 2005 and 2006. Michelle R. Holleman, J.D., Corpus Christi, and spo use, Gerardo Ochoa, welcome Matthew Ochoa,

• 1998 Elliott S. Cappuccio, J.D., a partner
with Pulman, Bresnahan, Pullen & Cappuccio LLP, has been listed in Scene in


Calendar o
Friday, May 11: Law Graduate Mass, 5:30 p.m., St. Mary's Catholic Ch urch, 202 N. Saint Mary's St. Baccalaureate Mass, 7 p.m. Bill Greehey Arena, Alumni Athletics & Convocation Ce nter Saturday, May 19: Law School Graduation, 1 p.m., Bill Greehey Arena, Alu mni Athletics & Convocation Center. Speaker: Martin Beirne Tuesday, May 22: Classes Begin - Summer Session 1 Monday, July 2: Classes Begin - Summer Session 2 Monday, July 2-Aug. 3: Institute on World Legal Problems at the Un iversity of Innsbruck, Austria Tuesday, Jnly 24-Thursday, July 26: Texas Bar Exam Thursday Aug. 10: MPRE Exam Monday, Aug. 27: Classes Begin - Fall 2007 Friday, Oct. 19: Law Alumn i Association Distinguished Law Graduate D inner, 6:30 p.m., Westin Riverwalk Hotel, 420 Market St.

The St. Mary's University S<haal al Law Newsletter

Contributors Matt Schultz

President C harles L. Cotrell, Ph.D. (B.A . '62, M.A. '64) School of Law Dean Robert William "Bill" Piatt Jr. Associate Dean for Student and Academic Affairs Victoria Mather Associate Dean for Administration Jeffery Addicott Editor R ob Leibold (M.A. '03)

Martin D. Beirne, J.D. '69, will deliver the keynote address at the Law School Graduation Ceremony at 1 p.m. Saturday May 19 at the Bill Greehey Arena. Beirne is a founding partner of Beirne, Maynard, & Parsons in Houston. He has extensive trial experience in complex business litigation, intellectual property, oil and gas, products liability, automotive litigation and antitrust. In 2003, Corporate Legal limes named Beirne as one of only three "Top Drawer Litigators" on its list of "go to" lawyers in the United States.

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Alumni Reception Set During State Bar Annual Meeting in S.A.
St. Mary's University School of Law alumni are invited to attend a reception during the State Bar of Texas Annual Meeting, held this year at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center in San Antonio. The reception will be held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, June 21 , at the San Antonio Marriott Rivercenter Hotel, 101 Bowie Street. For more information contact the Office of Alumni Relations at 431-4361.

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Completion of Legal Studies

Aceremony honoring the 17 students who completed their legal studies 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: (bottom row, left to right) Chayah Saahene, David James Attwood (second row, left to right) Bradley Ross, Kristen Belcher, Monica Munoz, (third row) Oscar Jackson Ill, Andrew Bernwanger, (top row) Tucker Royall and Sarah Tasker. Not pictured are: Casey Champion, Liliana De La Peiia, Susan Dumph, Kymberly Foley, April Glass, Esteban Miguel Guerra, Amanda Spencer Aylen and Wells Wakefield.




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