Law Notes: St. Mary's University School of Law Newsletter Spring 2012

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Spring 2012



St. Mary’s on the Bench:

Two Groundbreaking Federal Judges

M a s t e r o f L aw s On Trend and On the Rise

Dear Fellow Graduates, As we’ve showcased on the cover, the Fourth Court of Appeals was recently on campus hearing oral arguments in our Courtroom. This is one example of the innovative learning and networking experiences we strive to provide our students; another example is the clinical programs directed by Associate Dean Ana Novoa. Her dedication to the program is paying off with exciting opportunities for students, such as Meghan Kempf, a third-year student chosen for the selective Equal Justice Works Fellowship sponsored by the Texas Access to Justice Foundation. This is the first time a St. Mary’s law student has been selected. For her fellowship, Meghan will spend the next two years at Family Violence Prevention Services as a domestic violence litigation attorney. As you will read in this issue, I visited India this semester related to our evolving LL.M. program. I’ve also traveled around the state visiting new Law Alumni Association chapters in Laredo and El Paso, which are in addition to our new San Antonio chapter. If you haven’t already, I encourage you to join your local chapter and get to know our new Director of Alumni Relations and Development Collanne Bramblett West ( J.D. ’10). For those who may not have heard, the St. Mary’s University Board of Trustees in February appointed Thomas Mengler, J.D., as the University’s 13th president. While he will not be officially on board until June 1, Tom has already visited the St. Mary’s campus several times, getting to know the people and traditions of our great University. A double graduate of the University of Texas (masters in philosophy and juris doctor), Tom currently serves as Dean of the University of St. Thomas School of Law in Minneapolis, where he also holds the Ryan Chair in Law. Please join me in both congratulating and welcoming Tom Mengler and his family to St. Mary’s. Enjoy reading Law Notes, come back to St. Mary’s often and keep up the good work in your lives and communities. Sincerely, Charles E. Cantú ( J.D. ’64) Dean and South Texas Distinguished Professor of Law

St. Mary’s on the Bench: Two Groundbreaking Federal Judges
Hawaii’s Longest-Serving Judge to Step Down
This summer, U.S. District Court Judge David Alan Ezra ( J.D. ’72), will take senior status at the age of 65. In his almost 25-year career as a federal judge, Ezra logged many firsts in his home state of Hawaii. He was nominated to the U.S. District Court for the District of Hawaii by President Ronald Reagan and was confirmed in 1998 as the youngest federal judge in the state’s history. Now, he is the longest-serving active federal judge in state history. He was the first from Hawaii to serve as president of the Ninth Circuit U.S. District Judges Association, and the U.S. District Court Judge first and only Hawaii judge to be elected a David Alan Ezra (J.D. ’72), the longest-serving member of the Judicial Conference of the active federal judge in United States. Hawaii’s history, spoke at Ezra grew up in Hawaii, attended a St. Mary’s School of Law Chaminade University (then called Commencement in 2010. Chaminade College) and the University of Hawaii, before coming to the mainland to graduate magna cum laude with a bachelor’s of business administration degree from St. Mary’s University. He then graduated first in his class at St. Mary’s School of Law. After his military service, Ezra began his legal career as a partner in the firm of Anthony, Hoddick, Reinwald & O’Connor in 1976, focusing on construction litigation, and in 1980, he formed Ezra, O’Connor, Moon & Tam. Since 1978, he has taught courses in Legal Remedies and Federal Courts at the University of Hawaii. A nationally respected judge, Ezra has worked in several other districts with the permission of the Chief Judge of the Ninth Circuit and the Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court. Currently, Ezra is the vice president of the U.S. Federal Judges Association. As Senior U.S. District Judge, Ezra will travel to other districts in need of experienced federal judges and have more power in selecting the cases he oversees. In Hawaii, he has ruled over some of the state’s most controversial cases including a fishing case brought by Earthjustice Legal Defense Fund on behalf of the Center for Marine Conservation and Turtle Island Restoration Network against the National Marine Fisheries Service. The plaintiffs charged the agency with violating the National Environmental Policy Act by not protecting endangered sea turtles from long line fishing, which was killing turtles. Ezra ruled for the plaintiffs and was in turn picketed by the fishing industry. On the docket for this fall, he has a high profile death penalty trial involving the parents of a murdered 5-year-old. Hawaii has no capital punishment law in place which might increase the drama in this case.

A Leader in Laredo
The St. Mary’s School of Law is proud to claim one of the country’s newest federal judge as one of its own. Marina Garcia Marmolejo ( J.D. ’96) was nominated to the U.S. District Court by President Barack Obama and confirmed in June 2011. Marmolejo was born in Nueva Laredo, Mexico, and became a U.S. citizen in 1995. She graduated cum laude from St. Mary’s University School of Law in 1996. While at St. Mary’s, she was an associate editor of the St. Mary’s Law Journal and Marina Garcia Marmolejo’s concurrently earned a master’s degree (J.D. ’96) appointment to the federal bench was in international relations. celebrated in March at the Before joining the federal bench, kickoff reception of the Laredo Marmolejo was a partner in the Chapter of the St. Mary’s Law firm of Reid Collins & Tsai LLP in Alumni Association. Austin. Prior to private practice, she was a federal prosecutor and public defender, beginning her legal career as an assistant federal public defender in the Western and Southern Districts of Texas. She prosecuted hundreds of public corruption, money laundering, illegal narcotics and human trafficking as an assistant U.S. attorney. Utilizing her unique skill set as a native Spanish speaker and a sharp prosecutor, she often worked with witnesses and clients in foreign countries in preparation for U.S. litigation. She frequently taught trial advocacy skills to foreign prosecutors and agents on behalf of the Department of Justice’s Office of Overseas Prosecutorial Development, Assistance and Training. At age 29, she prosecuted a complex corruption case against several Laredo public officials and their family members in a fiveweek jury trial that resulted in unanimous guilty verdicts against all defendants. For her work on that case and several other public corruption cases, Marmolejo was honored by the Executive Office of the Department of Justice with one of its most prestigious awards, the Attorney General’s Director’s Award for Superior Performance. Among her many recognitions, she was named to Hispanic Business’s 100 Influential-Thought Leaders 2010 list, Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s 2007 Outstanding Service Award, Drug Enforcement Administration’s 2006 Outstanding Service Award and the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Recognition of Outstanding Prosecutorial Skills 2006.

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Master of Laws:

On Trend and

on the Rise
Sometimes staying on the cutting edge of legal education means taking a

fresh look at programs that have been around for a while. Along that line, the School of Law has begun revamping a sometimes overlooked, but important, sector of the law Program (LL.M.). school: the Masters of Laws

This February, School of Law Dean Charles Cantú traveled with Winston Erevelles, Ph.D., Dean of St. Mary’s School of Science, Engineering and Technology, and Preyal Shah ( J.D. ’08), Associate Director of Academic and Student Affairs, on a diplomatic tour of India to explore the school’s options in recruiting Indian students to study at St. Mary’s in the Masters of Laws Program. “India offers an exciting opportunity for us,” Cantú said. “More Indian students are taking jobs with American companies doing business in India than ever before. This requires more knowledge of our legal systems and how they work. These students are looking to study in the U.S., and we would like to encourage them to come here to St. Mary’s. We have not reached out to this market before, and I’d like to change that.” Cantú most recently broadened the School of Law’s borders by creating the Institute on Chinese Law and Business in Bejing, which
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Right: Cantú speaks to law school faculty in New Delhi. below: Indian law school students discuss St. Mary’s with Cantú in Hyderabad.

starts its third year this summer. And while he has experience navigating the complex waters of international educational partnerships, doing educational bidding with India is a complicated business. American administrators must do some meeting-andgreeting of Indian officials and diplomats to pave the way for schools to be considered an acceptable destination and for visas to become approved. That is what Cantú, Erevelles and Shah were doing in India in February— touring universities and law schools, meeting dignitaries and even participating in a press conference. This was part of the preparation and refurbishment of the LL.M. Program, consistent with St. Mary’s Vision 2012, which calls for both expanding the borders of the University and advancing academic quality and innovation. “By putting more emphasis on the LL.M. Program, we are opening new doors for our law school and our students,” Cantú said. “We have a lot to offer students from India and China and in return, they have a lot to offer our students.”

“A stronger LL.M. program will be mutually beneficial to all involved,” agreed Chenglin Liu, Co-director of St. Mary’s LL.M. Programs and Professor of Law. “Students who have already completed a law school education have experience and knowledge that enriches the classroom environment and can be mentors to students in earlier phases of their legal careers. International students have a new perspective that is invaluable in the classroom setting.” Many American law schools offer LL.M. programs in specialties such as Global Health Law, Taxation and Regulation, Family Law or Intellectual Property Law. In some schools LL.M. degrees do not require a specialization, but students must take as many as 26 hours of legal courses. Currently, St. Mary’s offers two LL.M. degrees on either a full-time or parttime basis: International and Comparative Law and American Legal Studies. The International and Comparative Law program is designed primarily for U.S. or foreign-trained attorneys who already have a law degree and want specialized training. This program includes a comprehensive offering of

By putting more emphasis on the LL.M. Program, we are opening new doors for our law school and our students.”

both public and private international law as well as a number of comparative courses. The American Legal Studies option is designed for graduates of foreign law schools to enhance their understanding of the American legal system. Many graduates of LL. M. programs have different goals than those earning a juris doctor. International students generally study here and return to their native country to practice. Most American students earning master of laws degrees are concentrating on a specialty or planning an academic career. St. Mary’s law school faculty also has approved a new International Criminal Law program. It is under review by the American Bar Association and once it is approved, it will be the third LL.M. degree option and headed by Robert Summers, Professor of Law, Co-director of St. Mary’s LL.M. Program and Co-chair of the International Legal Studies Program. As St. Mary’s prepares to double—or even triple—the size of the program, which currently has 14 students, much must be done behind the scenes, from allocating faculty advisers to adding courses. For international students, the law school locates housing and strives to provide social outlets and peer groups to ease their transition, lower their stress and better their educational experience. “We are working to get organized for an influx of new students,” Liu said. “This is different than adding 15 new first-year students or transfers, where we have had those provisions in place for years. The needs of LL.M. students are more taxing on our faculty and staff. They need more mentoring. We provide that, and many times, we also need to provide the basics of living in a new country.” ■

- Dean Charles Cantú

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process to daily life, including a live mock trial competition. As part of the symposium, the Chicano Civil Rights Banquet celebrated the life and work of the late José A. Cárdenas, Ed. D., with the Lifetime Achievement Award. Cárdenas, whose groundbreaking educational theories were instrumental in many Chicano civil rights cases, argued before the U.S. Supreme Court, U.S. Courts of Appeal and District Courts throughout the Southwest, including the landmark case of Keyes v. School District No. 1. Additionally, the Intercultural Development Research Association was given the Chicano Civil Rights Award.

Bar Foundation Adds Professor
St. Mary’s Professor of Law Bernard D. Reams Jr., Ph.D., was recently elected to membership in the Texas Bar Foundation. One of the highest honors that can be given to a member of the State Bar of Texas, less than one percent of Texas attorneys are invited to be Texas Bar Foundation Fellows. Nominations are based on outstanding contributions to the legal profession and a commitment to the community. Reams is Co-director of the St. Mary’s Institute of World Legal Problems, a guest professor at Leopold-Franzens University of Innsbruck, Austria, and a visiting research fellow at the Max Planck Institute for Foreign and International Private Law in Hamburg, Germany. He is a member of the American Law Institute, the American Bar Foundation, the American Society of Law, Medicine and Ethics, and the Order of the Coif. Reams, who also has degrees from Lynchburg College and Drexel University, earned his juris doctor at the University of Kansas and his doctorate at Saint Louis University. He is an expert in medical jurisprudence and bioethics, as well as education law and policy.

St. Mary’s faculty ALI members from back left: Robert Hu, Ph.D.; Gerald Reamey; Michael Ariens; Bernard Reams, Ph.D.; front: Vincent Johnson; Cantú; David Schlueter; and Colin Marks.

ALI Elects New Members
St. Mary’s School of Law professors Robert H. Hu, Ph.D, and Colin P. Marks, and graduate Kathryn A. Stephens ( J.D. ’04), a partner in the San Antonio law firm Clemens & Spencer, have been elected to membership in the American Law Institute (ALI). Widely considered the most prestigious law reform organization in the United States, ALI generates scholarly work to clarify and modernize the law. This year, 52 new members were elected, raising its membership to 4,330. Hu is a professor, Director of the St. Mary’s Sarita Kenedy East Law Library and Co-director of the Institute of Chinese Law and Business. He specializes in library information management and Chinese intellectual property law. Hu earned degrees from Beijing University and the University of Illinois. He joined the St. Mary’s School of Law faculty in 2005. Marks specializes in commercial and corporate law, teaching and writing on commercial law, contracts and business associations. Marks came to St. Mary’s in 2006 from the Houston firm Baker Botts, where he concentrated on commercial

litigation. Marks earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Missouri and his juris doctor from the University of Houston Law Center. Other St. Mary’s law faculty who are ALI members are Michael Ariens, Vincent Johnson, Geary Reamey, Bernard Reams Jr., and David Schlueter. St. Mary’s graduates who are members of ALI are Dean Charles E. Cantú, Texas Supreme Court Justice Paul Green, Texas Court of Criminal Appeals Judge Barbara Hervey, Fulbright & Jaworski LLP partner Robert Newman, Michael S. Goodrich, partner at the firm of Goodrich Postnikoff Albertson & Petrocchi LLP, and former Chief Justice of the Second Court of Appeals and partner at Kelly Hart & Hallman John Hill Cayce Jr. ( J.D. ’82).

10th Minority Pre-Law Symposium Held
The School of Law and the Center for Latina/o Legal Studies held the 10th Minority Pre-Law Symposium for high school and college students this March. About 300 students from across the state spent a day on campus learning about the law school experience from the application

West New Alumni Director
Collanne Bramblett West ( J.D. ’10) has joined the School of Law as Director of Alumni Relations and Development. She is a dual graduate of St. Mary’s, earning her Bachelor of Arts degree in 2006 as well as her juris doctor.

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The Fourth Court of Appeals heard oral arguments in two cases on campus this spring (as seen on the cover). Pictured here are the Fourth Court Justices with the 12 finalists for the Alma L. Lopez Woman in Law Leadership Award, which was won by Adriane Meneses, an evening student who is currently the top student of her class.

West worked as a briefing attorney for the Hon. Marialyn Barnard ( J.D. ’92), Fourth Court of Appeals. During law school, she served on the editorial board of the St. Mary’s Law Journal as Symposium Editor, and was a member of the Phi Delta Phi legal fraternity. She also interned for the Hon. Edward C. Prado, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. The El Paso native comes from a line of St. Mary’s School of Law graduates including her parents, the Hon. Mary Anne Bramblett ( J.D. ’81) and Coll Bramblett ( J.D. ’80), grandfather C.R. Kit Bramblett ( J.D. ’75) as well as her husband, Christopher West ( J.D. ’10).

Free CLE Series for Alumni
St. Mary’s is offering a new Alumni CLE Webinar Series. The series will include quarterly webinars available to alumni to watch free of charge from their offices or homes on their lunch hours. The first session was held recently and presented by Juliana Ashley ( J.D. ’91), a professional coach. The next webinar, Inside the Mind of an Appellate Justice, will be presented by the Hon. Phylis Speedlin ( J.D. ’83) and is scheduled for April 24. It has been approved for one hour of CLE credit. The webinar series is

sponsored by the Offices of Career Services and Alumni Relations and Development as a service to alumni. Visit the School of Law’s website at to register.

Cantú Honored by Marianists
This semester, St. Mary’s University honored Dean Charles E. Cantú ( J.D. ’64) with the 2012 Marianist Heritage Award. The award has been given since 1981 and is awarded to individuals who embody Marianist characteristics, express interest in Marianist Heritage, and put this knowledge into practice in their community. The Rev. Rudy Vela, S.M., D.Min., Vice President for Mission and Identity, said that Cantú embodies the Marianist characteristics of educating in family spirit, educating for formation in faith, educating for justice and peace and educating for adaptation and change. He noted that Cantu’s impact on the community and in the classroom is evident. For example, the Class of 1997 honored him for providing them with excellent teaching and a spirit of involvement in law ministry service programs with a scholarship in his honor. ■

Ron Herrmann’s (J.D. ’59) portrait now hangs on the School of Law’s Wall of Honor. Pictured from left are wife Karen Herrmann, Ron Herrmann, Assistant Dean Al Hartman (J.D. ’73), Dean Cantu and Herrmann's daughter Emilie Petty (J.D. ’08).
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Edward V. Dylla, J.D., San Antonio, finished the 2011 San Antonio Rock ‘n’ Roll Half Marathon, his fourth consecutive, in 2:11:47. Frank R. Southers, LL.B., Austin, has published his first novel, The Grievance Committee – Book One.

Peter E. Hosey, J.D., San Antonio, a partner with Jackson Walker LLP, has been named to the San Antonio Business Journal Outstanding Lawyers list.

has been named to the San Antonio Women’s Hall of Fame. Laura Surovic, J.D., and her husband, Gregory, San Antonio, were promoted to the ranks of Lady Commander and Knight Commander in the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem, a Catholic chivalric order dedicated to supporting the Church in the Holy Land.

Denise Voigt Crawford, J.D., Austin, has been named the M.D. Anderson Public Service Visiting Professor of Law at Texas Tech University School of Law. J. Thomas Rhodes III, J.D., San Antonio, received the Pat Maloney Sr. Courage Award from the San Antonio Trial Lawyers Association and was named the Medical Malpractice Lawyer of the Year by the 2012 Best Lawyers San Antonio legal directory.

Frank Herrera Jr., J.D., and his wife, Cecilia Elizondo-Herrera, San Antonio, were invested with the ranks of Knight and Lady into the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem, a Catholic chivalric order dedicated to supporting the Church in the Holy Land.

Patricia Hubert Booth, J.D., Corpus Christi, was invested with the rank of Lady into the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem, a Catholic chivalric order dedicated to supporting the Church in the Holy Land. J. Matthew Dow, J.D., Austin, managing partner of the Austin Office of Jackson Walker LLP, has been named to the Best Lawyers in America 2012 legal directory.

Thomas M. Braniff, J.D., Houston, has been appointed by Gov. Rick Perry to the Joint Interim Committee to Study Seacoast Territory Insurance. Edward M. Johnson, J.D., San Antonio, has been named chairman of the American Anti-Cancer Institute’s Advisory Board.

Patrick B. Tobin, J.D., San Antonio, a partner at Jackson Walker LLP, has been named to the Best Lawyers in America 2012 legal directory.

Michael L. Dinnin, J.D., Flower Mound, has joined Andrews Kurth LLP as a partner in the firm’s Dallas office. Christopher M. Flood, J.D., Houston, and John T. Flood, J.D. ’90, Corpus Christi, were selected for the 2011 Texas Super Lawyers list of the state’s top attorneys. They are partners in Flood & Flood, along with their brother Charles. Mary T. Green, J.D., San Antonio, was named Prosecutor of the Year by the Texas District and County Attorneys Association. Green has been

Mary M. Thomas, J.D., San Antonio, was promoted to the rank of Lady Grand Cross in the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem, a Catholic chivalric order dedicated to supporting the Church in the Holy Land.

The Hon. David A. Ezra, J.D., Honolulu, Hawaii, a judge of the United States District Court for the District of Hawaii, will retire at the end of June. Judge Ezra, who is the longest-serving active federal judge in Hawaii’s history, was appointed to the court in 1988 and served as Chief Judge from 1999 to 2005. Richard G. Thomas, J.D., Richardson, a partner at Thomas, Feldman & Wilshusen LLP in Dallas, has been selected as a fellow of the American College of Construction Lawyers.

The Hon. Barbara Hanson Nellermoe, J.D., San Antonio, judge of the Texas 45th District Court,

Joe Edd Boaz, J.D., Anson, has been appointed by Gov. Rick Perry as District Attorney of the 259th Judicial District in Jones and Shackelford counties.

The Hon. Robert E. Corlew III, J.D., Milton, Tenn., has been elected to a two-year term as a director of the International Association of Lions Clubs. Jon R. Ray, J.D. San Antonio, a shareholder with Cox Smith Matthews Incorporated, was a 2011 San Antonio Business Journal Outstanding Lawyer Awards honoree in the field of Energy Law.

Lawrence A. Waks, J.D., Austin, a partner at Jackson Walker LLP, has been named to the Best Lawyers in America 2012 legal directory.

Texas State Bar President Bob Black presented the Bastrop County Bar Association and its president David M. Collins (J.D. ’04), center, with a resolution honoring volunteer efforts after the Bastrop wildfires, which included free legal clinics for a two-month period, staffed by local attorneys and attorneys from across central Texas. During the first seven days, more than 200 families and individuals were assisted by the clinics, with more than 400 helped by the time the emergency declaration was signed, and more than 1,000 helped by the time the clinics were closed. The Austin County Bar Association and its president David Chamberlain (J.D. ’78) and Central Texas Wildfire League Response Team Co-Chairs Karin Crump (J.D. ’97) and David Courreges (J.D. ’05) were also honored with resolutions.

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LAA president’s Corner
by David Courreges, LAA President
an assistant district attorney in the Bexar County District Attorney’s Office for 25 years.

The Hon. Laura Lee Parker, J.D., San Antonio, judge of the Texas 386th District Court, has been appointed by Gov. Rick Perry to the Texas Juvenile Justice Board.

The Hon. Carol Villarreal Bush, J.D., Waxahachie, County Judge of Ellis County, has been appointed by Gov. Rick Perry to the Texas Juvenile Justice Board.

Alison J. Logan, J.D., Corpus Christi, is chief of the litigation division of the City of Corpus Christi City Attorney’s Office. David S. Morales, J.D., Austin, is general counsel to the Texas Governor’s Office. Charlotte P. Youchem, J.D., Corpus Christi, is a senior city attorney with the City of Corpus Christi.

Elizabeth Caples Rogers, J.D., Austin, is Chief Privacy Officer for the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts.

Michael B. Clark, J.D., Bergheim, Senior Vice President and General Counsel for The Scooter Store, was a 2011 San Antonio Business Journal Outstanding Lawyer Awards honoree in the field of General Counsel. Lt. Col. Michael D. Harbart, J.D., Hattiesburg, Miss., was promoted to lieutenant colonel in the United States Air Force Reserve. An attorney in the general counsel’s office at Stennis Space Center, he is an assistant judge advocate at Columbus Air Force Base.

Yvonne M. Acosta, R.N., J.D., El Paso, a registered nurse and licensed attorney, is Executive Nursing Officer for Operations and Innovation at the University of Texas at El Paso College of Nursing. Thomas L. McCracken, J.D., Meridian, Miss., is an associate vice president at Citizens National Bank.

Grace G. Kunde, J.D., Seguin, has been re-elected as chair of the Guadalupe-Blanco River Authority, which provides stewardship for water resources in 10 Central Texas counties. Lt. Col. Karen A. Pike, J.D., San Antonio, who recently graduated from the U.S. Army War College Correspondence Course, is a staff judge advocate with the Medical Readiness Training Command. Kimberly M. Pankonin, J.D., Omaha, Neb., has been appointed by Gov. Dave Heineman as a judge in the 4th Judicial District of Nebraska. The Hon. Dibrell W. Waldrip, J.D., New Braunfels, judge of the Texas 433rd District Court, has been appointed by Gov. Rick Perry to the Governor’s Criminal Justice Advisory Council.

Burton D. Brillhart, J.D., Dallas, has been elected a member of McGlinchey Stafford PLLC. J. Marty Truss, J.D., San Antonio, a shareholder with Cox Smith Matthews Incorporated, was a 2011 San Antonio Business Journal Outstanding Lawyer Awards honoree in the field of Litigation.

Elliott S. Cappuccio, J.D., San Antonio, a partner with Pulman Cappuccio Pullen and Benson LLP, was a 2011 San Antonio Business Journal Outstanding Lawyer Awards honoree in the field of Litigation.

Elizabeth C. Boddy, J.D., San Antonio, an attorney with Drought, Drought & Bobbit, is a 2011 San Antonio Business Journal “40 Under 40” honoree.

Welcome to spring at the School of Law. Flowers are blooming, the weather is warmer, and Fiesta Oyster Bake is well on its way to overtaking campus. There are also a few law student-specific benchmarks that signal the start of spring: 1L moot court competitions, finals preparation and the frantic search for summer employment. As the spring moves forward and quickly gives way to summer, student dread of moot court briefs and finals will be left behind; however,for many, the worry of securing summer employment will not. Their worry is valid, not because of the task, but because of the increased importance of hands-on legal education. In a former lifetime, budding young lawyers commonly entered into apprenticeships that allowed them to learn local law, customs and practices while under the watchful eye of mentors. Though the concept is not extinct, it is becoming significantly less common. Today’s young lawyers—whether they enter the practice of law as firm associates, government attorneys or solo practitioners—are expected to hit the ground running in an exercise of survival. This practice makes pre-graduation internships and clerkships more important now than ever. One of the many missions of the Law Alumni Association is to assist our current students and recent graduates in acclimating to the legal community. To date, we have attempted to accomplish this through networking opportunities for both students and alumni, sponsorships of student events and support of our local chapters. Though I am proud of the strides we have taken, with today’s job climate we need to do more, and we need your help. So how can you help? You know the answer. Hire St. Mary’s law students. See the stack of papers in the corner? A summer intern would be more than happy to organize them for you. Find yourself spending more time filing documents with the Clerk’s Office than doing substantive work? A summer law clerk would be happy to file that motion for you. Need a simple document prepared? You bet they can help! As Professor Wayne Scott famously says at the conclusion of each class: “What questions do you have?” Cost? If you ask a law student, it is the experience, not the pay that is needed. The Federal Fair Labor Standards Act does require that individuals, including interns and clerks, be paid a minimum wage for work performed in the private sector. Current minimum wage $7.25. That is less than the cost of a dry-cleaned suit and close to the price of coffee. Why a St. Mary’s law student? Your law degree is an investment. The more you cultivate that investment, the more it is worth. By hiring St. Mary’s law students, you are helping ensure a bright future for them, as well as the law school. You are also increasing the value of the parchment hanging on your wall. How do I find a law clerk? Contact the Law School Career Services Office at 210-436-3546. Through the leadership of Assistant Dean Faye Bracey, Suzanne Patrick and Alicia Mendoza, the office assists our current students and graduates in finding opportunities in a challenging legal market. They will be happy to assist you in getting in touch with potential summer clerks. Have more questions? Feel free to contact me at any time at or 512-467-6060. As always, thank you for your time and your dedication to the St. Mary’s University School of Law.
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Don F. Tobin, LL.B. ’44, died June 28, 2011.
Heath C. Poole, J.D., College Station, is a partner at Hoelscher, Lipsey, Elmore & Poole PC.

Joseph B. Baucum, J.D., San Antonio, is an attorney with Upton, Mickits & Heymann LLP. Sarah B. Blackstone, J.D., San Antonio, is an attorney with Upton, Mickits & Heymann LLP. Joshua J. Caldwell, J.D., Brownsville, is a briefing attorney with the Texas Thirteenth Court of Appeals. Fernando D. Gireud, J.D., El Paso, is an associate with Mounce, Green, Myers, Safi, Paxson, Galatzan PC. Cathryn Anne Ibarra, J.D., Austin, is a program attorney for the Legal Services Support Division of the State Bar of Texas. Carolyn Rangel, J.D., San Antonio, is an associate counsel with Travelers Insurance. Collanne Bramblett West, J.D., San Antonio, is Director of Law Alumni Relations and Development at St. Mary’s University.

Roland A. Eisenhauer, LL.B. ’48, died Jan. 4, 2012.

R. Tate Gorman, J.D., Dallas, has been named a partner at Thompson Coe Cousins & Irons LLP. John P. Jennings, J.D., San Antonio, has been named a partner at Fulbright & Jaworski LLP.

Charles E. Biery, LL.B.’42, died Jan. 4, 2012.

Frank P. Christian, LL.B. ’56, died Jan. 5, 2012. William R. Davis, LL.B. ’58, died Sept. 26, 2011.

Rebecca A. Copeland, J.D., Honolulu, Hawaii, has been named chair of the Hawaii State Bar Association’s Appellate Section and has started a five-year term on the City and County of Honolulu’s Zoning Board of Appeals.

Stanley R. Baker, J.D. ’69, died July 26, 2011. Jeffrey M. Morehouse, J.D. ’69, died Sept. 6, 2011. Juan Rocha Jr., J.D. ’69, died Oct. 24, 2011. Robert H. Spicer, J.D. ’67, Boerne, died March 5, 2012. John R. Taylor, LL.B. ’65, Albuquerque, N.M., died March 2, 2012.

Nancy H.F. Chang, LL.M., Beijing, People’s Republic of China, is an associate with Mayer Brown JSM.

M. Alexander Nava, J.D., San Antonio, a partner in Allan Nava & Glander PLLC, has been named vice chairman of the Port of San Antonio Board of Directors.

Paul S. Kendall, J.D. ’73, died Dec. 14, 2011. Elvis G. Schulze, J.D.’73, died Sept. 23, 2011. Roger E. Henderson, J.D. ’75, died Nov. 17, 2011. Henry S. Meyer, J.D. ’75, died April 1, 2011. John F. Guerra, J.D. ’77, died May 10, 2011. William H. Johnson III, J.D. ’78, died Jan. 30, 2012. James B. Parks Jr., J.D. ’78, died Feb. 19, 2012. Thomas K. Robinson, J.D. ’78, died Aug. 27, 2011. Linda Fay Jenkins, J.D. ’79, died Oct. 15, 2011.

Preston J. Dugas III, J.D., Fort Worth, has been named by his peers as a “Fort Worth Top Attorney” in an annual survey conducted by Fort Worth, Texas magazine. Maria Carmen Garcia, J.D., Killeen, has opened a solo practice. Lane Greer, J.D., Austin, is an associate in the Health Care Practice Group of Brown McCarroll LLP. Lesley C. Paniszczyn, J.D., Corpus Christi, is an attorney with the Law Offices of Thomas J. Henry. ■

Katherine A. Tapley, J.D., San Antonio, an associate with Fulbright & Jaworski LLP, is a 2011 San Antonio Business Journal “40 Under 40” honoree.

Michael D. DeNuccio, J.D., San Antonio, is an associate with Winstead PC. Laura G. Jacobs, J.D., Austin, is an attorney with the Texas Legal Services Center.

Donald F. Killingsworth, J.D.’81, died Dec. 13, 2011.

Rebecca J. Carrillo, J.D., San Antonio, along with Robert J. Hayes Jr., J.D. ’06, and Agatha L. Rode, J.D. ’09, has formed the law firm Hayes, Rode & Carrillo PLLC. Robby D. Chapman, J.D., Austin, is an assistant city attorney with the City of Cedar Park.

Ralph E. Williamson, J.D. ’96, died Sept. 21, 2011.

Elaine M. Ferguson, J.D. ’00, died Sept. 21, 2011. Shelly M. Siegfried, J.D. ’03, died Jan. 30, 2012.

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