Law Notes: St. Mary's University School of Law Newsletter Summer and Fall 2001

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Law Notes: St. Mary's University School of Law Newsletter Summer and Fall 2001


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1985 Alum Leads White House Inter-Agency Task Force, Two Appellate Courts Visit, 2001 ABA Pro Bono Publico Awards, Fiesta Farewell, Border Assistance Project


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The St. Mar's University School of Law Newsletter Summer/Fall 2001

Alum Debra Carr

Two Appellate

Courts Visit
April was a month of visits by the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals and the Armed Forces Court of Appeals that presented opportunities for students to show their ability to argue before higher courts.

1985 Alum Leads White House Inter-Agency Task Force
The Black Allied Law Students Association hosted 1985 law graduate, Debra Carr, at its annual BALSA banquet in March. Carr, now the Chair of the White House Inter-Agency Task Force on the United Nations World Conference Against Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia and Other Related Intolerance, will be one of the U.S. representatives at the World Conference this summer to address "obstacles to achieve a world where race is no longer an issue we face." Representatives from more than 200 countries will attend the conference to draw a declaration and plan of action that outlines each country's commitment and prescribed action for change. Some of the issues facing the United States are immigration, the role of women in the concept of double discrimination, problems facing those of African descent and the rights of indigenous peoples. Carr emphasized the United States is also taking a proactive role to introduce the idea of "educational excellence" based on the Bush administration's initiative that "no child will be left behind," which focuses on closing education achievement gaps, the role of personal responsibility and empowering parents to choose with available information about schools. Prior to the World Conference, Carr is informing others about the conference, its purpose, and to make sure, as she remarked, "we have every voice at the table." •

First-year students Robert J. Kraemer (left) and Christopher J. Parks (right) pose with (I.r) John Primono (J.D. '76), Henry Poliu and Orlando Garcia.

5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals
After eight preliminary rounds of the Freshman Moot Court Competition, first-year students and finalists, Christopher J. Parks and Robert 1. Kraemer, counsel for petitioner, prevailed over opponents Ana M. Bustamante and Tina M. Campbell, counsel for respondent, before three judges of th~ 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, Senior Circuit Judge Henry Politz, U.S. District Court Judge Orlando Garcia, and U.S. Magistrate Judge John Primomo (J.D. '76), Testing the students' research abilities and consideration of all possible scenarios, the court posed numerous "what if' questions to both sides that ultimately set Parks and Kraemer

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I hope you enjoy this issue of LawNotes in which we highlight many of the activities, accolades and accomplishments over the past academic year. We have made many strides, but we must be ever vigilant in our efforts to make St. Mary's University School of Law the premiere law school in this region. The law school's bar passage study committee completed its work and released its final report last fall. Several recommendations, including measures that tighten academic requirements, were approved by the faculty and took effect in the spring 2001 semester. We are optimistic that the research and subsequent measures approved by the faculty will ultimately impact the bar passage rates, and we are committed to allocating the necessary resources to improve our exam performance. One of the many benefits of teaching this past semester was having the opportunity to hear directly from students about the new requirements. The consensus is that they're willing to meet the new challenges. Associate Dean Victoria Mather chaired the bar passage committee, which i c uded law faculty and representatives from the San Antonio area bench and bar. Our efforts have brought the attention of The National Jurist, a magazine for law students, which published an article in the March 2001 issue offering a national perspective on the slipping bar rates and highlighted the cutting-edge research that St. Mary's School of Law has undertaken to assess the issue. I delivered the keynote address entitled "Training Lawyers for a Global Economy" at the 21st Century Forum of International Law School Deans at Renmin University of China in December. Professor Vincent Johnson also attended the conference where he had previously taught during his stay as a Fulbright Scholar in 1998.

Dean Bill Piatt
While there, we met with representatives of the administration and faculty of the law department of China University Political Science and Law to discuss the structure of legal education in the United States and China. The exposure our law school received at this international conference is immeasurable. And, because of Johnson's association with the university and its faculty, St. Mary's has enrolled a former student from Renmin in its LL.M program. I also recruited another Chinese student who will begin her studies at St. Mary's this fall. Back on campus in April, we hosted several events that brought us more exposure. The 5th Circuit Court of Appeals and the Armed Forces Court of Appeals held oral arguments on campus that afforded our law students the opportunity to observe and argue before these high level courts. Henry Politz, senior circuit judge for the 5th Circuit, presided over oral arguments for our annual Moot Court Competition among first-year law students. As required for accreditation, we also hosted the American Bar Association inspection team chaired by David Shipley, dean of the University of Georgia School of Law. Team members met with students, faculty, staff, administrators and alumni. I welcome the external evaluation expected in August and will use it to guide the strategic planning and goal setting during my second three-year term as dean. Finally, in the midst of our formal academic events, we did manage to participate in some Fiesta-style events including our successful second annual homecoming and mini-oyster bake for our law alumni. This year, we filled the Law Alumni room to its maximum occupancy with many alumni having participated in the Continuing Legal Education courses offered prior to the social events. One of our goals is to maintain better communication with our alumni and friends . As such, we plan to continuously develop LawNotes so alumni can keep up with fellow classmates and current news at the law school. As always, I welcome your suggestions and feedback. I look forward to working with you to bring St. Mary's Sch90l of Law the recognition it deserves as we approach the 75th anniversary since its founding in 1927 by the San Antonio legal community. •


2001 ABA Pro Bono Publico Awards
The law finn of visiting clinical supervising attorney Miguel A. Negron, Marcos & Negron LLP, has been selected as a recipient of the 200 I ABA Pro Bono Publico Awards due in part to Negron's service to the Center for Legal and Social Justice. The award recognizes those who have enhanced the human dignity of others by improving or delivering legal services to our nation's poor and disadvantaged. Negron's work has been rewarding for St. Mary's University and second-year students Dax Deason, Christopher Todd St. John, Miriam Brubek and Sara O'Connor, who were elated to hear in March that a case they had been working on since July 2000 had come to a happy ending. The client, an undocumented person living in the United States since 1983, was granted permanent status due to special circumstances with her children. Negron, a native of the Bronx, N.Y., was formerly a student of Bill Piatt's during a study-abroad program in Guanajuato, Mexico. "Miguel has had to overcome tremendous obstacles throughout his career. I am thrilled that his contributions are being recognized, and that St. Mary's can bask in some of Miguel's glory," says Piatt . •

Fiesta Farewell
Campus Ministry and the Law Alumni Association co-sponsored a Fiesta Farewell on April 18 to address the 2001 graduates and present awards to several students for their contributions and service on behalf of St. Mary's University School of Law. ~ The Class of 1977 Educating for Justice Award was presented by Justice Paul Green (J.D. '77) to Ryan Byrd, also a recipient of the University President's Distinguished Leader award; ~ Law Alumni teamed with Campus Ministry to award the CM Alumni Service Award to Nikki Chargois, presented by Sharon Breckenridge Thomas (J.D. '85). Chargois also is a recipient of the San Antonio Business Journal Rising Star Award; ~ The Spirit of Service Award went to the Student Bar Association; ~ The Marianist Service to Community Award was given to Cindy Hudson;
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Professor Charles Cantu is flanked by members of the Student Bar Association.
Ninfa Carillo and Rosa Gonzalez both received the Adele Advocate for the Poor Award; Robert Hayes, Misty Pensham and Ralph DeShane all received the San Antonio Bar Foundation Peacemakers Award presented by Sue Bentch, (J.D. '87), clinical professor, who is also a director of the SABA Foundation.

Regional Moot Court Championship
For the first time in school history, St. Mary's University School of Law has won the ABA National Moot Court Regional competition. Coached by Ricky Poole (J.D. '90) and Martin Phipps (J.D. '94), the team of third-year students Ricardo Benavides, Beth Watkins and Laura Ruiz outscored more than 30 teams representing law schools from seven states. Benavides defeated more than 60 individual competitors and was awarded Second Best Advocate . •

Nikki Chargois, 2000-2001 president of the Student Bar Association, says to her fellow classmates, "We've accomplished a remarkable feat in just gaining our law degrees. And now as we go into the world, we need to remember the reason we have these law degrees is to make a difference. I know my classmates are hardworking and dedicated, and I know we'll make a big impact on the legal community and, therefore, the community as a whole." •

School of Law Celebrates 75 Years
With the upcoming 150th anniversary of the University and the 75th anniversary of the law school occurring simultaneously in 2002, we want to encourage alumni to send us any photos and stories that may significantly portray an era at the law school. The information may be used in one of several ways: in a book with a historical perspective; a display at the Sarita Kenedy East Law Library; or in a special 75th anniversary LawNotes newsletter. Please send your photos and/or stories to Rebecca Garcia, Communications & Development Coordinator. •


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apart. Before announcing the team with the best presentation, the judges expressed their appreciation for the ability of both sides to respond to questions quickly while exhibiting professionalism. Parks was recognized for making the best presentation. At the 2001 Homecoming, Parks and Kraemer each were honored with the Charles L. Smith

Advocacy Award of $500 sponsored by Jenkens & Gilchrist. Parks' advice to fellow students is to "find what you're good at and stick with it." He described the experience as exhilarating. According to Bill Piatt, professor Bonnie Roberts was instrumental in making the Court of Appeals' visit a real success for everyone. Thanks are in order to Emilio Garza for arranging the visit. •

Masters of Law Program Offers Part-time Courses
New this fall, the LL.M. in International and Comparative Law will be offered on a part-time basis in the evening. The part-time curriculum will emphasize private commercial international law subjects as they relate to the western hemisphere, in particular, Mexico. This concentration is unique and provides a level of specialization that is quite desirable in the current NAFTA environment. Additionally, legal Spanish training will be offered. St. Mary's University School of Law also offers an LL.M. in American Legal Studies for graduates of foreign law schools. The LL.M. in American Legal Studies will continue to focus on topics essential to an understanding of the U.S . legal system. Opportunities to improve ' English language skills as well as internships with appropriate private and public legal entities will complement the commercial emphasis of this program. Applications for the LL.M. programs continue to be accepted. For additional information, please contact Robert Summers, director of LL.M. Programs, at (210) 436-3606 or . •

Second-year Student Presents Before the Armed Forces Court of Appeals

Rebecca Copeland 2L (second from left), Mikel Eggert 3L (center) and Julie Nelson (second from right) join Armed Forces Court of Appeals judges after presentations.
Within two weeks of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals visit, the School of Law played host to the Armed Forces Court of Appeals. Second-year student Rebecca Copeland, with just one week left to concentrate on finals, prepared and presented a lO-minute oral argument Thursday, April 19. Previously, she wrote and submitted an amicus brief with fellow students, third-year student Julie Nelson and second-year student Mikel Eggert. In the case of U.S. vs Grijalva, Copeland argued that the military judge improperly used appellant's admissions when pleading guilty to a lesser-included offense as proof that he was guilty of the greater offense, in violation of the Fifth Amendment to the Constitution, Military Rule of Evidence 410, Article 45, UCMJ, the intent of Congress, and case law. Asked about the experience, Copeland says "The judges were easy on me - you just have to know how to answer the questions and still be able to get back to argument without losing your train of thought." Professor David Schlueter, who provided students with guidance, said the court was impressed with Copeland's efforts. "She is a real credit to the University and all the students." "When you're up there it's like there is nothing else in the world, just you and the judges. I feel more confident now going out into the real world," Copeland says. Among the student audience were several judge advocate generals from the local Air Force and Army bases including Maj . Jeff Bovarnick, an eight-year JAG of Fort Sam Houston, who said Copeland, in his opinion, was phenomenal. "There were no flaws in her delivery. The substantive law argued was incredible, and it was apparent to me that she had done so much research on military law." Chief Judge Susan J. Crawford also lauded Copeland as a wonderful advocate. "She did a super job today - as good as any that we've had." •


Commencement Ceremonies on Campus for the First Time

Alumni Publish in Law Journal
St. Mary's University law alumni have recently published articles in the St. Mary's Law Journal, a 32-year-old publication, covering a variety of topics, such as: ~ Bitter Medicine: A Critical Look at the Mental Health Care Provider's Duty to Warn in Texas, Charles E. Cantu (J.D. '64), Margaret H. Jones Hopson (J.D. '99) ~ A Speaking Analysis of ADR Legislation for the Divorce Neutral, John P. Palmer (J.D. '88) with R. Michael Rogers ~ Attorney Referral for Medical Treatment: A Wolf in Disguise?, Martin J. Phipps (J.D. '94) The upcoming issue will feature other alumni-authored articles: ~ Addressing Estate Planning, Christopher Pettit (J.D. '91) ~ Implied Conflict Preemption: Post Geier, Charles Fridge III (J.D. '99) ~ Relationship Between Primary and Excess Carriers in Texas, Christopher "Kipper" Burke (J.D. '95) If you're interested in publishing an article, please contact Alex B. Eyssen, solicitation editor, (210) 436-3439. Subscription price is $25. Single issues $7.50; symposium issue $15; add $2 (domestic) or $5 (international) for postage and handling. Texas residents add 7.875% sales tax. All inquiries may be e-mailed to the business manager at

Justice Alma L Lopez (J.D. '68) was the commencement speaker at the 2001 graduation ceremonies, held for the first time on campus in the Bill (jreehey Arena of the Alumni Athletics & Convocation Center. Several awards were presented: the St. Thomas More Award was given posthumously to Justice Carlos Cadena (law professor from 1952·1954 and 1961·1965); Judge John Specia (J.D. '75) received the Rosewood (javel Award; and, the Pro Bono Award went to Juan (jil (J.D. '01).

Campus Ministry Receives National Recognition
Law Campus Minister Sister Grace Walle, F.M.I., received national recognition for her pastoral work in educating for justice. Walle presented the components of the law school's campus ministry program during a reception in Washington, D.C. last fall. Three national organizations, Catholic Campus Ministry Associations, National Association of Diocesan Directors of Campus Ministry and National Catholic Student Coalition, hosted the event for U.S . bishops. Two St. Mary's third-year law students, Nikki Chargois, president of the Student Bar Association, and Ryan Byrd, accompanied Walle . •

Sister (jrace Walle F.M.I., campus minister, beams after receiving a donation from Renee McElhaney (J.D. '93), president, Bexar County Women's Bar Foundation, presented at the San Antonio Bar Foundation Law Day.

Students Build Habitat in New Mexico
Building a house during spring break was more about charity and service than hammering nails for Bill Piatt, law school dean, his wife, Rosanne Piatt, instructor of law, Sister Grace Walle, F.M.!. (B .A.'77), law campus minister, Sister Gretchen Trautman F.M.!. (B.A.'73), St. Mary's trustee, and St. Mary's staff member Joe Bravo. The staff was joined by third-year law students John Gil and Marie Gutierrez, and firstyear students Adriana Bernal, John Mooney and Laura Martinez. The participants traveled to Las Vegas, N.M., where Mary Louise and Joe Trujillo were finally getting the opportunity to own a house after losing their mobile home twice to floods. The Trujillos willingly put 'in their share of "sweat equity" and gave the team their own hand-made outdoor garden decorations as a token of appreciation. Piatt, enthusiastic about his experience says, "This project enables law students to see first-hand that many times clients need more than legal service; they need a roof over their heads and food on the table." •





Border Assistance Project:
Students Get Two-fold Benefits with Externships
Partners and Students of Public Interest Law Program
Summer 2000
Texas Rural Legal Aid, Eagle Pass Marisol Flores 3L, Susana Gomez 2L Webb County Public Defender's Office, Laredo Nelly Vielma 3L Federal Public Defender's Office, Laredo Natalie Rodriguez 3L, David Lopez 3L Federal Public Defender's Office, McAllen Deborah Cordova 2L Federal Public Defender's Office, Brownsville Ryan Byrd 3L

Summer 2001
Webb County Public Defender's Office, Laredo David Lopez, 3L Federal Public Defender's Office, Laredo Melinda Vidaurrin, 3L Federal Public Defender's Office, Brownsville Phelicia Kossie, 2L

A new group of students is preparing to embark on externships provided through the St. Mary's University School of Law's Public Interest Law Program, now in it's second year. Last year, Program Director Joaquin Amaya established collaboration with Texas Rural Legal Aid, the Webb County Public Defender's Office, the Federal Public Defender's Office for the Southern District of Texas and other law-related agencies to create the Border Assistance Project (BAP). The BAP was formed to provide students work opportunities with agencies serving clients of modest means. Amaya's reasons for selecting the border towns are twofold: border towns present extensive criminal defense work in the areas of drug trade and immigration issues, and, have the highest poverty rates in Texas; therefore, most clients are unable to pay for defense legal fees. "The students have the opportunity to practice law and the added benefit of providing community service to the needy." Last summer, eight students gained experience in federal criminal procedure and advocacy, federal sentencing guidelines, criminal defense and civil litigation. They participated in pretrial hearings, jury selections, arraignments and trials. Third-year student Marisol Flores spent five weeks as a legal assistant for the Texas Rural Legal Aid Office in Eagle Pass, an opportunity she says she would encourage other students to take on. "It's a chance to get hands-on experience and the lawyers are very helpful and provide encouraging advice," she says. Flores participated in interviews with potential clients who lacked literacy skills. She had to translate legal documents for the clients. She also conducted extensive research, which she describes as an

Marisol Flores, third.year student, develops research skills at the Texas Rural Legal Aid Office in Eagle Pass.
"We strongly support the St. Mary's University Border Assista1lce Project, not only because we receive valuable assistance from capable law students, but also because it allows us to introduce these students to our work on behalf of the indigent accused. Ultimately, all sides be1lefit from this arrangeme1lt."
- Marissa Perez-Garcia, managing attorney at the Federal Public Defender's Office in Laredo.
eye-opener as she had to manually gather information to cut back on the cost of computerized research. Flores, a native of Eagle Pass, is working part-time for the local Texas Rural Legal Aid Office. Third-year student Natalie Rodriguez was "submerged," as she puts it, in the federal court system, to learn procedure, as well as practical advocacy skills. "It is because of this externship that I feel I have undergone a transformation from a jaded, tired third-year student to an inspired and prepared legal professional." Rodriguez worked for the Southern District of Texas Federal Public Defender's office in Laredo and is now a solo practitioner expecting to take the bar exam in July. "We strongly support the St. Mary's University Border Assistance Project, not only because we receive valuable assistance from capable law students, but also because it allows us to introduce these students to our work on behalf of the indigent accused. Ultimately, all sides benefit from this arrangement," says Marissa Perez-Garcia, managing attorney at the Federal Public Defender's Office in Laredo. Rewards of the BAP program exceeded third-year student Ryan Byrd's expectations. Byrd was offered a job as a judicial clerk with the U.S. Magistrate's office in Brownsville, where he had conducted his BAP externship. The Public Interest Law Program ,and the Scholarship Fund finance the BAP program to pay student stipends up to $800 for a summer session. St. Mary's University School of Law is the only institution offering externship opportunities to students at Texas border towns . •


• 1937 Ernest Raba, B.A., J.D., of San Antonio, dean emeritus of the St. Mary's University School of Law, was named one of the 102 most influential Texas attorneys of the 20th century by the Texas Lawyer newspaper.

• 1951 The late Justice Blair Reeves, J.D., who served as chief justice of the Fourth Court of Appeals, was named one of the 102 most influential Texas attorneys of the 20th century by the Texas Lawyer newspaper. • 1956 Tony Armendariz, J.D., was appointed by President George W. Bush to the Federal Labor Relations Authority.

• 1969 Alma L. Lopez, B.B.A., J.D., of San Antonio, was re-elected justice of the Fourth Court of Appeals. Raymond E. Taylor, B.A., J.D., attorney at the San Antonio law offices of Taylor & Correa PC, is hosting a German law student under agreement with the German Bar Association. Irma L. Rangel, J.D., of Kingsville, has been re-elected to the Texas Legislature from the 35th District.

Richard J. Clarkson (J.D. '68) and Charles L Smith (J.D. '55)

• 1970 Marcia S. Weiner, B.A., J.D., was elected justice of the peace for Bexar County Precinct 2, Place 1. Virginia Van Steenberg, J.D., was appointed to the San Antonio City Council Historic and Design Review Commission. Michael J. McCormick, J.D., of Lockhart, has retired from the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals.

Dan Price Award: Richard J. Clarkson
The Texas Bar Foundation awarded Richard Clarkson (J.D. '68) the Dan Price Award in recognition of his unreserved commitment to clients and to the legal profession as a volunteer and legal writer.•

• 1963 Charles E. Ebrom, B.B.A., J.D., of San Antonio, was installed as a Knight in the Order of St. Gregory the Great. • 1964 St. Mary's law professor Charles E. Cantu, J.D., is a member of the American Law Institute, a group devoted to improving the law. • 1965 Rose Spector, J.D., San Antonio, a former Texas Supreme Court Justice, was named one of the 102 most influential Texas attorneys of the 20th century by the Texas Lawyer newspaper. • 1966 Nelson Wolff B.B.A., J.D., was unanimously chosen county judge to the Bexar County Commissioners Court. • 1967 San Antonio attorney Frank Herrera Jr., B.A., J.D., was honored for his contributions to the legal community by the La Prensa Foundation at its fourth annual Hispanic Heritage Awards Gala. • 1968 Luther Jones, J.D., EI Paso, former EI Paso County Judge, was named one of the 102 most influential Texas attorneys of the 20th century by the Texas Lawyer newspaper. Martha B. Tanner, J.D., of San Antonio, was re-elected judge of the Texas 166th District Court.

Lola Wright Foundation Award: Charles L. Smith
Charles Smith (J.D. '55) was chosen by the Texas Bar Foundation to receive the Lola Wright Foundation Award presented in memory of Coleman Gay, a distinguished Texas lawyer who exemplified the highest standards of professional ethics. The award is presented in recognition of Smith's outstanding public service in advancing and enhancing legal ethics in Texas. Smith graciously donated the $5,000 stipend that goes with the award to the Law School for student programs . •

• 1973 Rep. John A. Longoria, B.A., J.D., has been re-elected to the Texas Legislature from the I I 7th District. David A. Berchelmann Jr., B.A., J.D., of San Antonio, was reelected judge of the Texas 37th District Court. Patrick J. Boone, J.D., of San Antonio, was re-elected judge of the Texas 57th District Court. Charles A. Gonzalez, J.D., was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives from the Texas 20th District. Albert W. Hartman III, J.D., became director of alumni relations at St. Mary's University School of Law. • 1975 Martin E. Richter, J.D., of Dallas, was re-elected justice of the Texas Fifth Court of Appeals. Andy Mireles, B.A., J.D., of San Antonio, was re-elected judge of the Texas 73rd District Court. Paul W. Green, J.D., of San Antonio, was re-elected to the Texas Fourth Court of Appeals.

• 1977 Tony L. Chauveaux, J.D., at Crutchfield Decordova & Chauveaux in Beaumont, was appointed to a six-year term as chairman of the Texas Commission on the Arts. John Cornyn J.D., Texas Attorney General, was named Alumnus of the Year at Trinity University. • 1978 Diann M. Bartek, J.D., an attorney and shareholder at Cox & Smith Inc., received the 2000 Award of Excellence from the San Antonio Legal Secretaries Association. Glynda Thrner, J.D., hired as the first executive' vice president of the Medical Equipment Suppliers Association, was elected deputy mayor pro tern of Addison.


• 1980 San Antonio attorney Robert E. Valdez, B.A., J.D., president of Valdez Management Group Inc., has been named a director of the Advisory Board for NBC Bank-San Antonio. Steve F. White, J.D., established White & Davis in October 2000. Alfred E. Hernandez, J.D., living in Huntsville, was named chief appellate attorney for the Texas Special Prison Prosecution Unit. San Antonio attorney J. Thomas Rhodes, J.D., has been selected for inclusion in the 9th edition of "The Best Lawyers in America," a referral guide for the legal profession. U.S. Rep. Scott E. McInnis, J.D., reelected from the Colorado 3rd District, has been named chairman of the House Resources Subcommittee on Forests and Forest Health, which handles forest management issues and oversees the U.S. Forest Service. • 1981 Philadelphia, Pa. lawyer Joseph C. Cascarelli, J.D., has earned the certified mutual fund designation from the Institute of Business and Finance. He authored two law review articles, "The Catholic's Role in the Legal Profession in Republic Government," and "Natural Law and the Prudent Man Standard in Negligence Theory of Tort Law." Rep. Arthur C. Reyna Jr., B.A., J.D., of San Antonio was re-elected to the Texas Legislature from the 125th District. • 1982 John H. Cayce Jr., J.D., who lives in Keller, was re-elected chief justice of the Texas Second Court of Appeals. Joseph M. Nixon, J.D., of Houston, was re-elected to the Texas Legislature from the 133rd District. Catherine M. Stone, J.D., of San Antonio, was re-elected justice of the Texas Fourth Court of Appeals. • 1983 Winfred E. "Gene" Burden Jr., J.D., lives in Anchorage, Alaska, and is president of Tesoro Alaska Co., a subsidiary of Tesoro Petroleum Corp. David Dowd, J.D., of St. Louis, Mo., has been named a judge for the Missouri 22nd Judicial Circuit Court. Phylis J. Speedlin, J.D., of San Antonio, was re-elected judge of the Texas 408th District Court. • 1984 Mary R. Roman, J.D., of San Antonio, was re-elected judge of the Texas 175th District Court. Rep. Miguel D. Wise, B.A., J.D., of Weslaco, was re-elected to the Texas Legislature from the 39th District. Joseph L. Walsh III, J.D., was appointed municipal judge for Frontenac, Mo., and continues to practice personal injury law.

• 1985 Tanya Marlatt Davis, J.D., of Gainesville, was re-elected as Cooke County Attorney. Jon A. Hill, B.A., a lieutenant commander in the U.S. Navy, is missile department officer at the Naval Surface Warfare Center in Port Hueneme, Calif. Kimberly Kay Kaufman, J.D., retired from practicing law and is living in Boulder, Colo., pursuing her interest in skiing. Peter M. Koelling, J.D., is the chief administrative officer/clerk of court for the King County District Courts and lives in Issaquah, Wash. Michael W. McCrum, J.D., of San Antonio, formed a partnership McCrum & McCrum Attorneys at Law, which focuses on criminal defense and personal injury law. • 1986 Dallas attorney Steven J. Berry, J.D., works at the law firm of Goodman, Odom, Lacy, Floyd & Midgley LLP. San Antonio attorney James P. Plummer, J.D., has been promoted to partner at Fulbright & Jaworski LLP. Joseph P. Rubin, J.D., is an attorney and certified public accountant at Matthews & Branscomb in San Antonio. • 1987 Esmeralda Garcia-Walker, J.D., lives in Edinburg and was appointed municipal court judge for the nearby city of Alton. Robert C. "Bert" Richardson, J.D., of San Antonio, was re-elected judge of the Texas 379th District Court. San Antonio attorney Larry D. Warren, J.D., shareholder at Ball & Weed PC, has been named secretary-treasurer of the firm. • 1988 Kimberly K. Cauthorn, J.D., works at Litigation Risk Management, an intellectual property and patent law firm in Houston. San Antonio attorney James K. Leonard, J.D., a shareholder at Ball & Weed PC, has been named senior vice president of the firm. • 1989 Lynn Bell Berryman, J.D., is vice president and trust officer at Jefferson State Bank in San Antonio. Kenneth W. Brown, J.D., and David L. Earl, B.A., J.D., have formed the San Antonio law firm of Earl & Brown. John H. Shields, J.D., of San Antonio, was re-elected to the Texas Legislature from the 122nd District.

Professor Sue Bentch (J.D. '87) visits with Jill Torbert (J.D. '87) during People's Law School held on campus.
• 1979 John S. Gilmore Jr., J.D., of Portland, was named Defense Lawyer of the Year for 2000 by the Coastal Bend Criminal Defense Lawyers' Organization. San Antonian Barbara Parker Hervey, J.D., was elected to the Court of Criminal Appeals, the highest appeals court for criminal cases in Texas. Peter D. Kinder, J.D., of Cape Girardeau, Mo., is president pro tern of the Missouri State Senate. Phyllis B. Siegel, J.D., president of Biomedical Development Corp. and St. Mary's University trustee, received the San Antonio Woman to Watch Award from the Northwest Noon Business and Professional Women. She also received the Entrepreneurial Leadership Award presented by the San Antonio Business Journal. Mark A. Thornton, J.D., is vice president and chief counsel at Citizens Inc. in Austin. Karen A. Angelini, J.D., of San Antonio, was re-elected justice of the Texas Fourth Court of Appeals.


• 1990 Mae A. Brudner, J.D., is assistant general counsel at AIG Global eBusiness Solutions in New York City. Joe W. Christina Jr., J.D., is a shareholder at Porter, Rogers, Dahlman & Gordon PC in Corpus Christi. Irene Alarcon Rios, J.D., of San Antonio, was re-elected judge of the Bexar County Court-at-Law No. 10. San Antonio attorney Bradley S. Wilder, M.B.A., J.D., has been named counsel with Ball & Weed Pc. • 1991 San Antonio attorney Glenn D. Levy, J.D., is senior counsel at Strasburger & Price LLP. Karen H. Pozza, J.D., of San Antonio, was elected judge of the Texas 407th District Court. Teresa J. Waldrop, J.D., is name attorney at Robinson Waldrop in Houston and practices family and civil litigation.

• 1992 Dina L. Bernstein, J.D., is a major and trial attorney with the U.S. Air Force and lives in Alexandria, Va. Carlos I. Uresti, B.A., J.D., of San Antonio, was reelected to the Texas Legislature from the 118th District. Lennon G. Briley Jr., J .D., was named shareholder at Matthews & Branscomb. He serves on the San Antonio Downtown Advisory Board. Laura Lee Parker, J.D., of San Antonio, was re-elected judge of the Texas 386th District Court. • 1993 R. Rene Escobedo, J.D., was selected president of the University of Texas at San Antonio Alumni Association. Christopher C. LeUnes, J.D., of Cypress, is an attorney with Kemper Insurance Co. Renee A. McElhaney, J.D., senior associate at Fulbright & Jaworski LLP, is the 2001 president of the Bexar County Women's Bar Association. • 1994 Alex G. Mabry, J.D., is an associate attorney at Sheehy, Serpe & Ware PC in Houston. • 1995 San Antonio attorney Christopher "Kipper" Burke, J.D., is shareholder at Miller & Burke Pc. Daniel J. Chalker, J.D., is an associate attorney with Gardere Wynne Sewell LLP in Dallas, focusing on intellectual property law. J. Carter Meyer, J .D., is an associate attorney at Vinson & Elkins LLP in Dallas. Libby L. Wiedermann, J.D., is an associate attorney in the medical malpractice defense section at Cooper & Scully PC in Dallas. • 1996 Karla Smith Swann, J.D., of Sugar Land, is vice president and trust officer at Southwest Guaranty, the personal trust division of Houston-headquartered National Fiduciary Services. • 1997 Julie C. Jared, B.B.A., J.D., is an associate attorney with Altman, Kritzer & Levick PC of Atlanta, Ga., practicing commerciallitigationfbankruptcy section. Paul Thomas Wendland III, B.A., J.D., is an assistant district attorney for Bexar County. David L. Hanna, J.D., is an associate attorney at San Antonio's Ball & Weed Pc. Phong D. Nguyen, J.D., of Houston, is a patent attorney with Thomason Moser & Patterson. • 1998 Rolando Ramos, J .D., of San Antonio, is principal attorney at Rolando Ramos Attorney at Law. Erin A. McAuliffe, B.A., J.D., of San Antonio, is business development consultant at the Hartford Insurance Group.

• 1999 M. Scott Carol, J.D., is an attorney at Haynes & Boone LLP in Dallas. James Norman Krug, J.D., is managing attorney at the law offices of Gary Green-Louisiana PLLC in Longview. Pamela J. Peiser, J.D., of Kingman, Ariz., is a prosecutor in the City Attorney's Office. Mony Ruiz-Velasco, J.D., is asylum attorney coordinator at Heartland Alliance in Chicago, Ill. Jeffrey A. Walsh, J.D., living in Cibolo, is an associate attorney with the real estate practice group of Jenkens & Gilchrist.

Alumni Publications
By: Joseph C. Cascarelli (J.D. '81) "Is Judicial Review Grounded in and Limited by Natural Law" Vol. 30, No. 3, Cumberland Law Review 373 (Samford University School of Law 1999-2000). "The Catholic's Role in the Legal Profession in Republican Government." Vol. 39, No. 4, The Catholic Lawyer 291 (St. John's University School of Law, Winter 2000). "Natural Law and The Prudent Man Standard in Negligence Theory of Tort Law: Pollock, Prosser, Aquinas and Cicero." Vol. 7, The Digest 1 (National Italian-American Bar Association Law Journal, Syracuse University School of Law 1999-2000. "Practical Summary of the Regulatory Environment of Registered Investment Advisors," Vol. Lrv, Journal of Financial Service Professionals 43 (November 2000). By: Tricia S. Heil (J.D. '94) "From Gatekeeping To Disbarment and Back Again: Chemical Dependency and Mental Health Issues in Licensing and Discipline," Texas Lawyers' Assistance Program (February 2001). By: Sabrina A. Hall (J.D. '98) and Tammy R. Wavle (J.D. '98) "A Vision For The Future: Mandatory Pro Bono Programs In Texas Law Schools," The Houston Lawyer (January/February 2001).

Justice Karen Angelini (J.D. '79), Law Alumni Association board member, looks on at the awards ceremony during Fiesta Farewell.

• 2000 Mark T. Craig, J.D., is an associate attorney at Strasburger & Price LLP in Dallas, specializing in business and commercial litigation. La Tonya Davis, J .D., of Silver Spring, Md., is a 2000-2001 fellow at the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, assigned to Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton. Sandra K. Gray, J.D., is a hearing attorney for the Texas Department of Public Safety in Corpus Christi. Michael W. Massiatte, J.D., is a briefing attorney for' the Texas Sixth Court of Appeals living in Texarkana. Marcelo Rivera, B.B.A., J .D., is an associate attorney at Scott, Hulse, Marshall, Feuille, Finger & Thurmond PC in El Paso. San Antonio attorney F. Denise Rios, J.D., works in the labor and employment group at Cox & Smith Inc. Steven D. San Felippo, J.D., is an associate attorney with Ball & Weed PC in San Antonio.


• Frank Herrera Jr., B.A. 64, J.D. 67, to Cecilia Bridget Elizondo, Nov. 11,2000. • Glynda 'furner, J.D. 78, to Buddy Frazer, Aug. 20, 1999. • Joe N. Smith, J.D. 88, to Maureen Clancy, B.A. 90, Jan. 12,2001; Stacy E. Goodbread, J.D. 95, to Robert A. Irons Jr., Oct. 7, 2000; Lucinda Lynn Orosco, J.D. 98, to Xavier Guerra, Jan. 13, 2001; Lori Irene Valenzuela, J.D. 98, to R. Sean McCleskey, J.D. 98, Nov. 24, 2000; Pamela J. Peiser, J.D. 99, Timothy Linnins, Aug. 5, 2000. •

In Memoriam
• Hilmer Louis Schmidt, J.D. 38, Nov. 17, 2000. Henry B. Gonzalez, J.D. 43, Nov. 28, 2000; Joseph S. Petsch, J.D. 47, May 15, 2000.

Justice Paul Green (J.D. '77), AI Hartman, alumni relations director, (J.D. '73), and Sharon Breckenridge Thomas (B.B.A. '82, J.D. '85) share thoughts after Fiesta Farewe".
to • Analise Isabel to Dinorah Allred Casias, B.B.A. 91, and John R. Casias, B.B.A. 91, M.A., J.D. 2000, Jan. 8, 2001; Margaret Ann to Elizabeth Friday Savage, J.D. 92, and Michael T. Savage, J.D. 92, Nov. 16, 2000; Lily Camille to Kimberly Land Cormier, J.D. 93, and Philip A. Cormier, Jan. 19, 2000; Annie Campbell to Catherine and Christopher "Kipper" Burke, J.D. 95, June 2, 2000, joins sister Addison Caroline born Sept. 5, 1998; Elena Esther to Laura Gutierrez Tamez, J.D. 95, and George J. Tamez, June 7, 2000; Jason Eli to Lori L. Perez, J.D. 97, and Xavier E. Perez, May 19, 2000; Megan Kathryn to Heather Feik McElroy, J.D. 98, and Thorn McElroy, Oct. 31, 2000; Rachel Valentine and Sarah Elaine to Kathleen and Danny J. Wallis, J.D. 98, June 17,2000; Kathryn Ann-Marie to Kathryn and James Norman Krug, J.D. 99, July 12, 1999.

• Richard M. Casillas, J.D. 51, April 26, 2000; Brunson L. McLeroy, J.D. 51, June 22, 2000; Joseph L. Bart Jr., J.D. 52, July 25, 2000; Marvin T. Deane, J.D. 52, Dec. 18,2000; George H. Goodwin, J.D. 52, March 5, 2000; Herbert A. Alves Jr., J.D. 54, Dec. 17,2000; Evelyn Mae Kubala, J.D. 59, April 2, 2000. • Richard I. Miller, J.D. 70, Oct. 27, 2000; Clay C. Berry, J.D. 73, April 20, 2000; Mark Anthony Sosa, B.B.A. 73, M.B.A. 92, Nov. 19,2000; John S. McCabe, J.D. 74, Oct. 3, 2000; Michael L. Cannon, J.D. 75, Sept. 13, 2000; Paul J. Raleigh, J.D. 79, June 6, 2000. • William M. Brookman, J.D. 95, Nov. 3, 2000; Timothy N. Conolly, J.D. 98, Nov. 11,2000. •

• Audrey L. Lewis, J.D. 2000, to James M. Juranek Jr., J.D. 2000, Aug. 19, 2000; Sharee Diane Willis, J.D. 2000, to Chris J. Varelas, Nov. 6, 2000.

• John Paul Jr. to Sylvia and John Paul Bogran, B.B.A. 81, J.D. 84, May 25, 2000; Katie Kerr to Amy and James K. Crain III, B.B.A. 86, J.D. 89, Jan. 7, 2000; Benjamin Michael to Margaret Ann Brumfield, J.D. 87, and Burton John Brumfield, July 8, 2000; Jessica Clare to Karen A. Schroeder-Tabary, B.B.A. 88, J.D. 93, and Michael J. Tabary, Jan. 23, 2001; Katie Lynne to Amy Bitter Scheiber, J.D. 89, and Bruce Scheiber, July 19,2000.

2001 Homecoming
More than 160 alumni mingled at the "A" Classes" reunion in April, which featured graduation class photos from 1937 through 2000, a 10-minute mock trial demonstration by third-year student Laura Perez, and the presentation of the Charles L. Smith Advocacy Award. The reunion was preceded by three Continuing Legal Education classes on Estate Planning for Pets, a Texas Supreme Court Update and Ethics. Shown at left are Dean Bill Piatt, Donato Ramos (J.D. '71), Ty Griesenbeck (J.D. '76), and Jack Paul Leon (J.D. '55).


Calendar of
The St. Mary's University S,hool of Law Newsletter

2001 Law Alumni Association Board of Directors

July 1-Aug. 4: "Institute on World Legal Problems" Summer Program, Innsbruck, Austria Wednesday, July 11: 12 p.m., Laredo BarWebb County luncheon, "LL.M. Programs at the Law School and the Future of Distance Education" Wednesday, Aug. 15: 12 p.m., CLE - Ethics and LL.M. Programs, Corpus Christi Bar Association Friday, Sept. 14: 6:30 p.m., President's Dinner, by invitation only Thursday, Oct. 4: 5:30 p.m., Red Mass, San Fernando Cathedral Thursday, Oct. 23: 6 p.m., St. Mary's University Alumni Association Distinguished Alumni Dinner, Omni Hotel

Saturday, Oct. 27: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Open House, prospective law students, Law Classroom Building, lunch provided Tuesday, Oct. 30: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Scholarship Luncheon, University Center, law school recipients and donors


Harold "Hal" H. Walker. Jr. ' 80 - President Justice Karen Angelini, '79 - President-elect Joseph Casseb, '77 - Vice President R. Chris Pittard, '95 - Treasurer Christine Reinhard, ,99 - Secretary
Development & Communications Linda Lopez-George

Saturday, Jan. 19: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. - Open House, prospective law students, Law Classroom Building Friday, March 1: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Law Journal Annual Symposium: "Legal Malpractice," Plaza Club. Co-sponsor: Texas Center for Legal Ethics and Professionalism Friday, April 5: 5 to 6 p.m., 75th Anniversary Homecoming Celebration

Rebecca Garcia

Contributing Writers

Bonnie Roberts, Professor David Schlueter, Professor Sister Grace Walle, EM.I.. Campus Minister Joaquin Amaya Jr., Director, Public Interest Law Program

Melanie Russ Davis
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