Law Notes: St. Mary's University School of Law Newsletter Winter 2003

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Bar Passage Rate Up, Law Students Capture 3rd Straight Championship, Association Honors Haberman Knight-Sheen as Distinguished Graduate

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St. Mary's University School of Law San Antonio Texas, St. Mary's University School of Law, Sarita Kenedy Law Library

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2003

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Bill Piatt, Melanie Rush Davis, Christ Chavez, Will Elliott, Karen Persyn, Rob Leibold

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The St. Mary’s University School of Law Newsletter

Winter 2003

Bar Passage Rate Up
First-time test takers from St. Mary’s University School of Law experienced a 74.37 percent pass rate – the best since 1998 – on the July bar exam, according to the Texas Board of Law Examiners. That is a 20 percent increase over the July 2002 rating. St. Mary’s graduates showed the greatest improvement in bar exam scores among the nine law schools in Texas. “The faculty and administration of the school have worked diligently over the past few years to increase the bar passage rate by toughening the academic standards and requiring students to take more bar-related courses,” said Bill Piatt, dean. “This is an indication that what we’re doing is working, but I don’t think this is the best it’s going to get,” Piatt said. “I’m expecting the scores to continue rising over the next several years.” Even though the school did not move up in the ranking, the increase in the number of St. Mary’s graduates who passed helped push the school closer to the statewide average, a goal set by President Charles L. Cotrell, Ph.D., in his Vision 2006 Plan. “We may not have moved up in the rankings, but we are getting closer to the state average. I think if we continue on the path that we have constructed, that goal is attainable,” Piatt said. This year 82.74 percent of those who took the Texas Bar exam for the first time passed. “This year’s numbers are huge and we are closing in on our goal,” he added.
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Bill Piatt, dean, and Martin Phipps (J.D. ’94) flank members of the Lone Star Classic National Mock Trial championship team – Sandrine Shelton, Chris Terrill, Jessica Macklin and Scott Mechler – at a rally on campus.

Law Students Capture 3rd Straight Championship
St. Mary’s University School of Law students took top honors for the third consecutive year at the Lone Star Classic National Mock Trial competition, held at the Bexar County Courthouse in October. The team of Jessica Macklin, Scott Mechler, Sandrine Shelton and Chris Terrill defeated a team from Florida State University, receiving all five of the judge’s votes. Additionally, Macklin was named the best speaker of the championship round and second best speaker of the tournament. The team was undefeated during the three-day tournament. Also, the team of Michael Brownlee, Suzanne Jost, Shannon Cottle and Damond Garza went to the semi-final round before losing to the Florida State team. Some 28 teams from 18 law schools in 12 states competed for the championship. In addition to St. Mary’s and Florida State, teams represented the law schools of University of Alabama, Buffalo, Campbell, University of Connecticut, John Marshall, Hastings, Loyola, St. John’s, Southwestern, South Texas, Southern Methodist, University of Houston, Weidner, Thomas Cooley, Wesleyan and William and Mary. “This tournament is an excellent opportunity for St. Mary’s to not only showcase the excellence of our students but our law school and our town,” said Martin Phipps, coach of the mock trial teams. More than 200 lawyers from across San Antonio volunteered as judges. s

Association Honors Haberman Knight-Sheen as Distinguished Graduate
Nearly 400 people turned out at the Distinguished Law Graduate Awards dinner this past fall as the Law Alumni Association honored retired District Judge Carol Haberman KnightSheen. Haberman Knight-Sheen, a 1956 graduate, is the 33rd graduate to be so honored since the inception of the award in 1973. A host of members of the judiciary also were honored that night as the association paid tribute to St. Mary’s Legacy of Judicial Service.
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Message from the Dean
Dear Alumni,
This has been an extremely productive semester and we have many exciting things to report. Applications to our law school have nearly doubled since my arrival. This year, more than 1,800 applicants vied for some 300 seats in our first-year class. As a result, we were able to be much more selective in our admissions than in the past. Indeed, each year has seen an increase in the total applicant pool and in the qualifications of our first-year class. Thank you for your help in our recruitment efforts. We continue to focus on enhancing the academic environment at St. Mary’s. The faculty has enacted a more rigorous academic program which includes tightened grading standards, a “menu” plan that will result in more students taking more bar courses, and stricter attendance requirements. A Faculty Teaching Excellence Committee continues to work to improve our teaching. Another committee reviews examinations to ensure our exams are of sufficient length and rigor. It is now more difficult to get into St. Mary’s – and more difficult to graduate from St. Mary’s – than it Bill Piatt, Dean and Ryan Professor of Law has been in many years. These enhancements are competition. Our Student Bar Association has beginning to pay off. Just this fall, we saw a developed a remarkable initiative in identifying remarkable increase in the bar passage rate. the needs of students and is working with the The bar passage rate of first-time test takers in administration to ensure those needs are met. July rose to more than 74 percent. That is the And, our students recognize the importance of best showing is the past five years, and was the studying the courses tested on the bar exam. greatest improvement of all nine law schools in This year marks the implementation of Texas. While we are not yet where we want to additional technology at the law school. All law be regarding the bar pass rate, we have made students now have e-mail accounts; we have steady improvement, and I expect even better implemented electronic distribution of the results over the next few years. Witan (the law school’s weekly campus Our students continue to perform in an newsletter to faculty and students); and Career exemplary fashion in regional and national Services materials are now available competitions. We recently took top honors in electronically. We also have improved the Lone Star Classic National Mock Trial classroom technology with the addition of three “smart” classrooms. And, we just installed a wireless network in our law library so that students are able to access the Internet from any point in the Sarita Kenedy East Law Library without regard to connection through a traditional data port. We continue to explore the development of new courtroom technology in the Moot Courtroom in our Law Classroom Building. Additionally, we continue to add to the research capabilities of the Sarita Kenedy East Law Library, and have increased significantly the acquisitions budget to provide the best research tools available to our students. To improve access to those holdings, we have purchased and installed the Innovative Millennium software system at our library. There is an important, tangible benefit to our students from all these improvements: more employers are conducting on-campus interviews this year at our law school than in the recent past. I am very, very pleased with the increasing enthusiasm among our law alumni. In the past several months I have had the opportunity to meet with alumni in St. Louis, Dallas, Fort Worth and San Antonio. At every gathering, I see the renewed pride in St. Mary’s University School of Law. I am particularly pleased that alumni participation at our events includes graduates from the ’60s, ’70s, ’80s, ’90s and from ’00, ’01, and ’02. The Class of 2003 will soon join us – they were busy studying for the bar this summer! It is my hope during this coming year to visit as many of you as possible at the various alumni gatherings. You are the heart and soul of our institution. You were our students for three years; you are our alumni for life. I am very much aware that the value of your degree is a direct function of the reputation of our institution. I will continue to do all I can to improve that reputation. s

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Law Briefs
Texas Court of Criminal Appeals Hears Arguments on Campus
The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals offered St. Mary’s law students a first-hand look at the workings of the state’s highest criminal court when it heard arguments in two cases on the law school campus this fall. This is only the fourth time the highest state court for criminal appeals has heard cases away from its courtroom and the third time outside Austin, according to Judge Barbara Hervey, a 1979 graduate of the law school. It previously visited the University of Texas, a high school in Longview and Southern Methodist University. The court listened to arguments in two Bexar County cases: a direct appeal in the capital murder case of Reginald Blanton, sentenced to death in the fatal shooting of Carlos Garza on the city’s Southwest Side in April 2000, and a state’s petition for discretionary review in the driving while intoxicated case of Dawn Kuretsch Stewart. Each side in both cases gave 20 minutes of arguments in presenting their cases to the court. Three of the four attorneys who presented cases before the court are St. Mary’s University School of Law alumni, and one, Stephanie Stevens, is currently a clinical professor of law at St. Mary’s. Hervey said it is advantageous for the court to hear cases outside Austin because it gives the public an opportunity to see the legal system up close. “Less than 3 percent of the people in Texas know what the Court of Criminal Appeals does,” she said. Eight of the nine judges from the court were present for the arguments. Some 350 students and other observers filled all seats in the Moot Court classrooms. Amanda Garza, a first-semester law student at St. Mary’s, admitted she didn’t catch all of the technical legal points being made during the oral arguments, but she said watching the procedures in person was worthwhile. “There’s a lot of stuff you don’t get to see,” Garza, from Las Cruces, N.M., told the Associated Press. “It’s nice that it’s accessible.” s

Members of the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals pause before heading into the Law Classroom Building where they heard two cases. The court includes, left to right: Michael Keasler, Charles Holcomb, Cheryl Johnson, Paul Womack, Presiding Judge Sharon Keller, Tom Price, Cathy Cochran, and Barbara Hervey, (J.D. ’79). Judge Lawrence E. Meyers did not attend the session in the Moot Court classroom.

Bar Passage Rate on the Upswing
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Piatt said he has received congratulatory calls, letters and e-mail from “judges, lawyers, alumni from all over the state and beyond.” He expects the increased scores will continue the trend of attracting even better-qualified students. “I know students look at the scores. This will help us recruit qualified students and that, along with our rigorous academic requirements, will help our bar passage rate.” It is a cycle he hopes to continue. s

Mike Simpson (J.D. ’98), far right, with the Christian Legal Society, leads bar takers in a prayer prior to the two-day exam this past July at the Alzafar Shrine Temple. 3

Law Briefs

Association Honors Retired Judge
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“I don’t know of anyone more deserving of this award than Judge Haberman KnightSheen,” said Joe Casseb, president of the Alumni Association. “She has had such a tremendous influence on so many people over the years.” “This is a wonderful honor,” Haberman Knight-Sheen said. It is the second time I have been hung today,” she quipped, referring to a ceremony earlier in the day when her portrait, which now hangs in the courtroom she presided over for 25 years, was unveiled. Haberman Knight-Sheen began her judicial career in January 1975 when she was elected a county court-at-law judge. In 1977, she was appointed by former Gov. Dolph Briscoe as the first female district judge in Bexar County, a post she held for the next 25 years. As a county court judge she handled wills and estate matters, acting as one of two probate judges in San Antonio. As the 45th District

She also served as chairman of the Alamo Area Council of Governments. In addition to her juris doctorate degree from St. Mary’s, she also holds a master’s degree from the Worden School of Social Service at Our Lady of the Lake University. She served on the St. Mary’s University Board of Trustees and is a past president of the Law Alumni Association. In 1982, the St. Mary’s University Alumni Association named her a Distinguished Graduate. She has been affiliated with a School of Law dean Bill Piatt and president Charles L. Cotrell, number of organizations over the Ph.D., congratulate Carol Haberman Knight-Sheen, named the years including: the Texas Business 2003 Distinguished Law Graduate. and Professional Women’s Club, Court judge, she handled a variety of civil Altrusa International, District Nine, the San matters. Antonio Women’s Federation, the Equestrian Haberman Knight-Sheen has been a major Order of the Holy Sepulchre, the San Antonioforce in San Antonio and Bexar County over Air Force Community Council and the Alamo the years. Before entering the judiciary she Area Boy Scouts. practiced law for more than 15 years and served She has won numerous awards including the on our San Antonio City Council from 1970Outstanding Women’s Award from the San 1973, a portion of that period as mayor pro tem. Antonio Express-News. s

School of Law Gets National Acclaim
Two national publications have ranked the School of Law among the top five in the country for its service to Hispanics. Hispanic Business magazine ranked St. Mary’s among the top 10 law schools in the country for the fifth straight year. St. Mary’s is ranked number four. Other law schools in the top 10 include: The University of Texas, the University of Miami, the University of New Mexico, the University of Arizona, the University of Southern California, Nova Southeastern University, Southwestern University, Loyola University of Los Angeles, and Stanford University. Hispanic Outlook for Higher Education ranked St. Mary’s second in its ranking of the top 50 law schools granting law degrees to Hispanics. “We are committed to bringing Hispanics into the legal profession,” said Bill Piatt, one of only three Hispanic law school deans in the country. “We’re committed to producing ethical attorneys who will work for social justice in their communities. s

Elizabeth Huth Coate’s Dean’s Scholar Scholarship

Carmina Moreno, center, recipient of the Elizabeth Huth Coates Dean’s Scholar scholarship, visited with trustees of the Elizabeth Huth Coates Charitable Foundation of 1992 during the Law Scholarship Luncheon at the University Center this fall. Representing the foundation are: Trustees George L. Stieren, left, and Betty Kelso, second from right, and their spouses, Teri Stieren and Col. Robert Kelso.

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Dean, University Officials Make South American Pitch
Dean Bill Piatt and three other officials from St. Mary’s University visited two campuses in South America this past summer to discuss a student and faculty exchange program. The delegation met with their counterparts at the University of Valparaiso in Chilé, and the National University of Cuyo Law School in Mendoza, Argentina. Piatt was accompanied by Minita Santizo, director of International Education Programs, Zaida Martinez, Ph.D., director of Southern Cone Studies, and Eva Bueno, Ph.D., of the Department of Languages. The delegation visited law students, faculty, staff and administrative officials at both institutions. Both schools expressed interest in additional exchanges with St. Mary’s University School of Law students and faculty. Plans are already underway for a return visit to Valparaiso during this academic year. “The timing of the beginning of this exchange is ideal,” Piatt said. “The United States and Chilé have entered into a free trade agreement which will take effect on Jan. 1, 2004. The implications of additional trade between our countries, coupled with the unique cultural perspective which many of our students share, make this a fascinating opportunity for our institution at this point in its history,” Piatt added. The St. Mary’s delegation had the opportunity to visit important sites in the region, including the Godoy Lemus (left), associate dean of the school of law of home of Pablo Neruda, a Chilean the Universidad Nacional de Cuyo in Mendoza, Argentina, poet who was the recipient of the visits with Bill Piatt, law school dean, and law professor Nobel Prize in Literature in 1977. Geary Reamey at a St. Mary’s reception following Lemus’ Piatt also met with Edgardo Pique, presentation of the “Judicial System in Argentina” during Regional Justice Minister in International Week. Valparaiso, who discussed the selection of the recipient of a scholarship for a ongoing reformation of Chile’s criminal justice Valparaiso graduate who will attend the St. system. Highlights of the Argentinean visit Mary’s University School of Law LL.M. included a gathering of leaders of other program, and then return to teach on the faculty universities in the region, and the presentation of the University of Valparaiso Law School. of a Manu Ginobili basketball jersey to Luis Having a St. Mary’s alum on the Valparaiso Enrique Abbiati, dean of the Cuyo Law School, faculty could encourage others to consider who, along with many in his country, is a big studying at St. Mary’s. Spurs fan. “I am excited at the possibility of opening St. Mary’s expects to receive a visit from these marvelous new opportunities for our officials of the University of Valparaiso in students and our institution,” Piatt said. s January. Among the topics for discussion is the

Dean Bill Piatt visits with students, faculty, staff and alumni of the law school of the Universidad de Cuyo, in Mendoza, Argentina.

Women’s Bar Association Honors 2 Law Graduates
Two St. Mary’s School of Law grads were honored by the Bexar County Women’s Bar Association at the 21st Bench Brunch at Westin La Cantera. Elizabeth J. Lindell, a 1985 graduate, received the 2003 Belva Lockwood Outstanding Lawyer award, and Amber M. Liddell, a 1996 graduate, was chosen as the 2003 Belva Lockwood Young Lawyer. For the past 10 years, Lindell, who works at Soules and Wallace, has volunteered as a local liaison for the State Bar of Texas Lawyers Assistance Program She serves on the board of directors for the San Antonio Alcoholism Rehabilitation Center and participates in the Big Brother/Sister program. She is a member of the board of directors of the San Antonio Bar Foundation and is newly elected to the board of directors for the San Antonio Bar Association. Liddell, a staff attorney for the civil district judges of Bexar County, has developed the San Antonio Pro Se Assistance program, created to assist those proceeding through litigation without an attorney. Additionally, she supervises Fox Tech High School students who participate in the school’s Law and Research Program. Liddell has been involved in Jennifer’s Camp, a program dedicated to providing children suffering from AIDS or HIV with a special camp experience. She assists the St. Mary’s Law School Board of Advocates by judging mock trials, speaking at continuing legal education programs and teaching a paralegal course at the University of Texas at San Antonio. s

Law Alumni Elected to Board
Three law school alumni have been elected to the St. Mary’s University Board of Trustees. San Antonio attorney Jack Paul Leon, Laredo attorney Donato Ramos and Chief Justice Alma Lopez will serve on the board until May 31, 2005. Throughout his 43-year law practice, Leon (J.D. ’59) primarily has focused on litigation, including criminal law. Recently, he has concentrated on white-collar and financial cases. He was recognized as a Distinguished Law Graduate of St. Mary’s in 1985. Ramos (B.B.A. ’68, J.D. ’71), practices law in his newly founded law firm, the Law Offices of Donato D. Ramos. A specialist in oil, gas and mineral law, he is admitted to practice before the Texas Supreme Court, the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals and the U.S. Supreme Court. He is a member of the Texas Park and Wildlife Commission. Lopez (B.B.A. ’65, J.D. ’68), the first Hispanic woman to take over as chief justice of the Fourth Court of Appeals, was appointed to the court in 1993. She was elected in 1994 and reelected in 2000. In April 2003 she was honored as a St. Mary’s University Alumni Association Distinguished Alumna. s

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Law Feature

Law Briefs

Castleberry Chair Established at School of Law
The first endowed chair, the Dean James N. Castleberry Jr. Chair in Oil and Gas Law, has been established at the School of Law. It was established this past spring to honor the former law school dean through the generosity of an anonymous donor. Lee Lytton III, an oil and gas law professor at the school since January 1987, currently holds the chair. Prior to joining the St. Mary’s faculty Lytton was in-house counsel of a Texas corporation involved in oil and gas operations. He also has practiced law extensively as a title examiner and in property law. s

Amirra Thurow, a second-year law student, paints the face of a young trick-or-treater during the annual Halloween Mini Boo Bash held in the Courtyard of the law school. Some 200 children of law school families and area shelters enjoyed games, treats, food and fun. The event, now in its 10th year, is sponsored by Law Campus Ministry and the Student Bar Association.

Celebrating Red Mass

Jay Bender, right, president of the Student Bar Association, enters San Fernando Cathedral as he leads the St. Mary’s University delegation in the procession from the Bexar County Courthouse to participate in the 51st Annual Red Mass, in which members of the judicial, executive and legislative branches join together to invoke God’s blessings on the judicial year. 6

San Antonio Archbishop Patricio Flores presided at this year’s Red Mass, coordinated annually by St. Mary’s University in conjunction with the Catholic Lawyers Guild.

Class Notes
1950s
s 1952 James N. Castleberry, J.D., is one of 11 internationally renowned legal scholars to be honored by the Facultad Libre de Derecho de Monterrey by having a classroom named in his honor. For the past several years, Castleberry has given lectures in comparative law at the school. s 1956 Othoniel “Tony” Armendariz, J.D., San Antonio, has been named one of the “100 Most Influential Hispanics” by Hispanic Business magazine’s annual ranking of leading Latinos.

1970s
s 1970 Marcia (Spitzer) Weiner, J.D., B.A. ’65, justice of the peace of Bexar County Precinct 2, Place 1, and her husband, Bernard, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary Sept. 15, 2002. s 1972 John P. Davis, J.D., Beaumont, has been re-elected judge of Jefferson County’s Court at Law No. 3. William E. Donovan, J.D., B.A. ’70, has been re-elected justice of the peace for Precinct 2, Place 2, in Bexar County. Charles A. Gonzalez, J.D., U.S. representative for Texas’ 20th District, received the Zapatista Award from San Antonio’s LULAC No. 4416 for his commitment to civil rights. Robert A. Shivers, J.D., partner in Shivers & Shivers of San Antonio, is among 135 attorneys selected for Texas Lawyer magazine’s listing of “Go-To Lawyers.” s 1973 John T. “Jack” Bode Sr., J.D., has joined the Waukesha (Wis.) law offices of Godfrey & Kahn, S.C. Jim A. Hogan, J.D., Wichita Falls, has been re-elected judge of the Wichita County Court at Law No. 1. David J. LaBrec, J.D., Dallas, a partner in the law firm of Strasburger & Price LLP, has been elected director at large of the Texas Association of Defense Counsel. He also recently was awarded the 2003 Defense Research Institute State Leadership Award. Jack M. Partain Jr., J.D., attorney with the San Antonio offices of Fulbright & Jaworski, has been certified for 10 years by the American Board of Certification. s 1974 Howard G. Baldwin Jr., J.D., Austin, has been named vice president of business development for Children and Family Services at Affiliated Computer Services Inc. s 1975 Raymond C. Angelini, J.D., San Antonio, has been re-elected judge of Texas’ 187th District Court. Martin J. Chiuminatto Jr., J.D., Kingsville, has been re-elected judge of the Kleberg County Court at Law. James N. Higdon, J.D., San Antonio, has been elected vice chair, military law section, of the State Bar of Texas. Margaret (Knodell) Hoffman, J.D., is executive director of the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality in Austin. Michael P. Peden, J.D., San Antonio, has been re-elected judge of Texas’

285th District Court. Martin E. Richter, J.D., Dallas, of the Fifth District Court of Appeals, was honored as the 2002 American Board of Trial Advocates Judge of the Year. Michael W. Shuff, J.D., Orange, has been re-elected judge of the Orange County Court at Law. Edwin J. “Ted” Terry Jr., J.D., Austin, is among 135 attorneys selected for Texas Lawyer magazine’s listing of “Go-To Lawyers.” s 1976 Timothy T. “Ty” Griesenbeck, J.D., managing shareholder at Plunkett & Gibson Inc., is secretary of the San Antonio Witte Museum’s Board of Trustees. s 1977 Amado J. Abascal III, J.D., B.A. ’75, Eagle Pass, has been re-elected judge of Texas’ 365th District Court. Tony Chauveaux, J.D., chairman of the Texas Arts Commission, has been appointed deputy chairman for grants and awards by the National Endowment for the Arts. James R. Dowd, J.D., has stepped down as judge after 23 years in the Missouri judiciary to rejoin the St. Louis-based law firm of Dowd & Dowd PC. Robert G. Dowd Jr., J.D., of the Eastern District of the Missouri Court of Appeals, was honored at the Lawyer’s Association of St. Louis’ judicial appreciation awards dinner for 25 years of judicial service. Donald C. Duncan, J.D., Seguin, is general counsel for The Alamo Group Inc. Randolph N. Osherow, J.D., sole proprietor of his San Antonio law practice, has been certified for 10 years by the American Board of Certification. James F. Pigg, J.D., B.A. ’69, has been named chief counsel for the Department of Energy, Waste Isolation Pilot Plant, in Carlsbad, N.M. Polly Jackson Spencer, J.D., has been re-elected judge of Bexar County Probate Court No. 1. s 1978 David E. Chamberlain, J.D., Austin, has been elected president-elect of the Texas Association of Defense Counsel, and was appointed to the Sunset Review Committee of the State Bar of Texas. Timothy F. Johnson, J.D., has been re-elected judge of Bexar County Court at Law No. 5. Paula Jean Yukna, J.D., was named Woman of the Year in New Britain (Conn.) for her work as chairwoman of the Charter Revision Commission.

1960s
s 1964 Charles E. Cantu, J.D., St. Mary’s law professor, is vice chairman of the Witte Museum’s Board of Trustees and is a member of the Fiesta Commission. Olin B. Strauss, J.D., B.A., Jourdanton, has retired from serving as judge of Texas’ 81st District Court and presiding judge of Texas’ 4th Administrative Judicial Region, and now has senior judge status. s 1967 W. Gene Knize, J.D., B.B.A. ’64, Ennis, has been re-elected judge of Texas’ 40th District Court. s 1968 Alfonso E. Alonso Jr., J.D., has been re-elected judge of Bexar County’s Court at Law No. 1. Alma L. Lopez, J.D., B.B.A. ’65, has been elected chief justice of the Texas Fourth Court of Appeals. Martha J. Trudo, B.A., J.D. ’70, Harker Heights, was re-elected judge of Texas’ 264th District Court. s 1969 David A. Ezra, B.B.A., J.D. ’72, Honolulu, chief judge of the U.S. District Court of Hawaii, has been elected as a member of the Judicial Conference. Thomas E. Rickhoff, J.D., B.A. ’66, has been re-elected judge of Bexar County’s Probate Court No. 2. Antonio R. “Tony” Sanchez, J.D., B.B.A. ’65, was named “Señor International” by LULAC Council No. 12 in Laredo.

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Class Notes
s 1979 Peter D. Kinder, J.D., Cape Girardeau, is president pro-tem of Missouri’s State Senate. James N. Walker, J.D., is senior marketing representative and legal publications editor of Viserv Inc. in Austin.

1980s
s 1980 Sid L. Harle, J.D., San Antonio, has been re-elected judge of Texas’ 226th District Court. Mark R. Luitjen, J.D., San Antonio, has been re-elected judge of Texas’ 144th District Court. Sandee Bryan Marion, J.D., San Antonio, has been elected to serve the remainder of an expired term on the Texas Fourth Court of Appeals. Kenneth A. Mayfield, J.D., Cedar Hill, has been re-elected as commissioner for Dallas County’s 4th Precinct. Scott E. McInnis, J.D., Grand Junction, U.S. representative from Colorado’s 3rd District, has been reelected to a sixth term. Mark Nancarrow, J.D., Dallas, has been re-elected judge of Texas’ 204th District Court. Donna. S. Rayes, J.D., Pleasanton, has been elected judge of Texas’ 81st District Court. Jack H. Robison, J.D., New Braunfels, has been reelected judge of Texas’ 207th District Court. Morton V. “Dean” Rucker, J.D., Midland, has been re-elected judge of Texas’ 318th District Court. s 1981 Steven W. Bruneman, J.D., board certified in family law, is a partner in the Dallas office of Koons, Fuller, Vanden Eykel & Robertson. Sarah E. Garrahan, J.D., has been re-elected judge of Bexar County Court at Law No. 4. Homero R. Garza, J.D., Edinburg, has been re-elected judge of Hidalgo County Court at Law No. 3. F. Chris Schneider, J.D., Lockhart, has been elected district attorney for Caldwell County. Mary Brennan Stich, J.D. B.A. ’78, is president-elect of the San Antonio Chapter of the American Corporate Counsel Association. Mark H. Stroeher, J.D., Fredericksburg, has been re-elected Gillespie County Judge. s 1982 Pamela Willis Baschab, J.D., Montgomery, Ala., has been re-elected to the Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals. Mary Anne Bramblett, J.D., 41st District Court judge in El Paso, was named Outstanding Jurist by the Criminal Justice Section of the State Bar of Texas at the

2003 Judicial Section Annual Conference in Corpus Christi in September. Rhonda S. Jolley, J.D., Hondo, an attorney with Matthews & Branscomb, is among 135 attorneys selected for Texas Lawyer magazine’s listing of “Go-To Lawyers.” Joseph M. Nixon, J.D., Houston, state representative from Texas’ 133rd District, has been re-elected to a fifth term. James F. Shrewsbury, J.D., has been elected president of the St. Louis Board of Aldermen. Michael S. Wenk, J.D., B.A. ’79, San Marcos, has been re-elected as district attorney of Hays County. s 1983 W. Eugene Burden Jr., J.D., is senior vice president of human resources and governmental relations for Tesoro Petroleum Cos., in San Antonio. William R. Davis Jr., J.D., San Antonio, an attorney with Langley & Banack Inc., has been certified for 10 years by the American Board of Certification. David L. Dowd, J.D., St. Louis, has been re-elected judge on Missouri’s 22nd Judicial Circuit. s 1984 Belinda Mendez, J.D., B.A ’81, is an associate municipal court judge in Laredo. Miguel D. Wise, J.D., B.A. ’81, Weslaco, state representative from Texas’ 39th District, has been re-elected to a fourth term. s 1985 Carter Casteel, J.D., New Braunfels, has been elected to the Texas House of Representatives where she represents the 73rd District. Karen A. Crouch, J.D., has been re-elected judge of Bexar County Court of Law No. 8. K. Randall Hufstetler, J.D., Pearland, has been reelected judge of Texas’ 300th District Court. Linda L. Jones, J.D., Seguin, has been reelected judge for the Guadalupe County Court at Law. s 1986 Philip A. Kazen Jr., J.D., San Antonio, has been re-elected judge of Texas’ 227th District Court. Martin M. Van Brauman, J.D., Dallas, is a partner in the law firm of Lowden Van Brauman LLP. Rosemarie Vela, J.D., Corpus Christi, has been re-elected judge of Texas’ 148th District Court. s 1987 R. Wayne Pritchard, J.D., is a shareholder in the El Paso law offices of Ray Valdez McChristian & Jeans PC. J. Homero Ramirez, J.D., Laredo, Webb County Attorney, has been elected to the

board of the Texas District and County Attorneys Association. John T. Wooldridge, J.D., Houston, has been reelected judge of Texas’ 269th District Court. s 1988 James K. Leonard, J.D., a partner in the San Antonio law firm of Ball & Weed PC, has been named president of the firm’s board of directors. Kenneth Wayne Mullen, J.D., associate city judge for Weatherford, has opened a second law office in that city. s 1989 H. Dustin “Dusty” Fillmore, J.D., is a partner in The Fillmore Law Firm in Fort Worth. Daniel H. Jones, J.D., Houston, had his novel “St. Jude’s Secret” reviewed in the April 2002 issue of Journal of Maritime Law and Commerce.

1990s
s 1990 Patricia Lynn Barsalou, J.D., has joined the bankruptcy, reorganization and creditors rights department of Fulbright & Jaworski LLP, in San Antonio. Matthew J. Booth, J.D., Austin, is a partner in the virtual law firm of Booth & Wright LLP. Irene Alarcon Rios, J.D., has been reelected judge of Bexar County Court at Law No. 10. David J. Rodriguez, J.D., elected judge of Bexar County Court at Law No. 3, will wear judicial robes bequeathed to him by his late uncle, federal judge H.F. “Hippo” Garcia (J.D. ’51). Dibrell W. Waldrip, J.D., New Braunfels, has been reelected district attorney for Comal County. s 1991 Martin J. Cirkiel, J.D., Hutto, has been serving as municipal judge and magistrate in the Probate Court-Mental Health Court for Travis County. Michael P. “Dexter” Eaves, J.D., Victoria, has been re-elected district attorney of Victoria County. Michael R. Fields, J.D., Houston, has been re-elected judge of Harris County Court at Law No. 14. Jennifer A. Rymell, J.D., Fort Worth, has been elected judge of Tarrant County Court at Law No. 2. Teresa J. Waldrop, J.D., has been named president of the Association of Women Attorneys.

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s 1992 C. Lee Cusenbary, J.D., is general counsel for Mission Pharmacal Co. in San Antonio. Vada L. (Seward) Staha, J.D., Corpus Christi, is a partner in the law offices of Barker, Leon, Facher & Matthys LLP. Carlos I. Uresti, J.D., B.A. ’85, San Antonio, state representative from Texas’ 118th District, has been re-elected to a fourth term. s 1993 Sean P. Brennan, J.D., has been named partner in the Dallas offices of Fulbright & Jaworski LLP. Mary Belan Doggett, J.D., partner at Linebarger Goggan, Blair & Sampson LLP, is secretary of the San Antonio Bar Association and treasurer of the Hidalgo Foundation of Bexar County. J. Tracy Fults, J.D., is an attorney with Cushman & Wakefield Inc., in Addison. Amy (Ahrens) Geistweidt, J.D., is a partner in the San Antonio law firm of Higdon, Hardy & Zuflacht LLP. Frank L. Leffingwell, J.D., has joined Winstead Sechrest & Minick PC, in Austin. Barbara Hanson Nellermoe, J.D., San Antonio, has been elected judge of Texas’ 45th District Court. Jason C. Spencer, J.D., is of counsel at the law firm of Lloyd, Gosselink, Blevins, Rochelle, Baldwin & Townsend PC, in Austin. s 1994 Susan E. Anderson, J.D., Dallas, has been board certified in criminal law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. J.T. Cody, J.D., has been named to the San Antonio Business Journal’s list of San Antonio’s “Forty Under 40 Rising Stars.” Dan L. Hargrove has formed the law firm of Hargrove & Rea PC in San Antonio. Michael L. McCaig, J.D., is an associate attorney with Barker, Leon, Fancher & Matthys LLP, in Corpus Christi. Mark A. Randolph, J.D., is a partner in the San Antonio law firm of Cauthorn Hale Hornberger Fuller Sheehan Becker & Beiter Inc. Thad Spalding, J.D., with the Dallas law firm of Hermes Sargent Bates LLP, was appointed to the State Bar of Texas’ Pattern Jury Charge General Negligence and Motor Vehicle Committee. s 1995 Scott E. Bialek, J.D., Austin, senior contracts counsel at Dell Computer in Round Rock, is president and co-founder of Property Crossing. Kristen L. (Raring) Bixby, J.D., is executive director of the Coalition Against Rape and Abuse, in Cape May Court House, N.J. Reid Nelson, J.D.,

an associate in the San Antonio office of Strasburger & Price, LLP, received the “Mike Joplin Ambassador Award” for his efforts in recruiting. Walter T. Price, J.D., is an associate attorney in the Amarillo law offices of Mullin Hoard & Brown LLP. Russell D. Thomason, J.D., Eastland, has been elected district attorney for Eastland County. s 1996 Burton D. Brillhart, J.D., is a partner in the Dallas law firm of Godwin Gruber LLP. Paul M. Gonzalez, J.D., is an attorney with San Antonio’s City Public Service. Ann E. Greenberg, J.D., has formed The Shaunessy Law Firm in Austin. Aaron I. Vela, J.D., owner of a solo practice in Edinburg, is president of the Hidalgo County Bar Association. David L. Wiley, J.D., has opened his own law firm in Dallas. s 1997 Glenn A. Hegar Jr., M.A., J.D., Katy, has been elected to the Texas House of Representatives from the 28th District. Scott O. Renick, J.D., an associate with Strong Pipkin Bissell & Ledyard in Beaumont, has been named Jefferson County Pro Bono Attorney of the Year s 1998 Gabriella S. Canales, J.D., Premont, has been elected to the Texas House of Representatives from the 35th District. Douglas R. Gwyther, J.D., Corpus Christi, is the firm-wide administrative partner of the five-city, 30-attorney Watts Law Firm LLP. Shawn M. McCaskill, J.D., Dallas, is an associate attorney with Godwin Gruber LLP. Jeffrey J. Morgan, J.D., M.B.A. ’94, is an attorney with the Washington, D.C., law offices of Kilpatrick Stockton LLP. Barbara (Brown) Riddle, J.D., M.B.A., Clearwater Fla., passed the Florida bar exam and is working in a transactional firm. Melvin A. Todd, J.D., is practicing law at the Washington, D.C., law offices of Kilpatrick Stockton LLP. John P. Tomaszewski, J.D., is chief privacy officer for CheckFree Corp., in Duluth, Ga. Laura M. VecchioMcCaskill, J.D., a partner at the Grand Prairie law firm of Vecchio & Vecchio, is counsel for Arlington Career Institute. s 1999 Calvert T. “Tucker” Anderson, J.D., Alexandria, Va., is senior legislative assistant and legal counsel for U.S. Congressman Pete Sessions. Luz Elena D. Chapa, J.D., B.A. ’95, is an associate attorney with the Corpus Christi law offices of Hartline Dacus

Barger Dreyer & Kern LLP. Ehren S. Ezzell, J.D., and Christopher Grandinetti, J.D., have formed a law partnership Grandinetti & Ezzell in Austin. Michele N. Gonzales, J.D., is a partner in the McAllen law firm of Skaggs & Associates. Janice Leverett, J.D., and B.S., M.S. ’95, has been named to the San Antonio Business Journal’s list of San Antonio’s “Forty Under 40 Rising Stars.” Joshua C. NelsonArcher, J.D., Sugar Land, is an attorney with the Houston law offices of Smith, Rymer, Moor & Moos PC. Donald K. Pollard, J.D., is an associate attorney with the Dallas law offices of DeHay & Elliston LLP. Frederick Saporsky III, J.D., B.A., M.A. ’96, is an attorney with the San Antonio law offices of Krenek & Heinameyer.

2000s
s 2000 Matthew R. Cox, J.D., Hagerstown, Ind., is deputy prosecutor for Wayne County. Michael J. Dimino, J.D., Fairfax Station, Va., is practicing law at the Washington, D.C., law offices of Kilpatrick Stockton LLP. Lisa M. Gonzales, J.D., is an associate attorney with the San Antonio law offices of Davidson & Troilo PC. Christopher T. Massey, J.D., Littleton, Colo., is an attorney with Mountain States Legal Foundation. Billy B. Mullens, J.D., is a commissioner’s aide at the Texas General Land Office in Austin. David W. Navarro, J.D., is an associate attorney with the San Antonio law offices of Cauthorn Hale Hornberger Fuller Sheehan Becker & Beiter Inc. Lewis Palomino, J.D., is sole practitioner in his law office in El Paso. J. Steve Toland, J.D., is an associate attorney with the Austin law offices of Watson, Bishop, London & Galow PC. Dawn Zell, J.D., Long Beach, Calif., is an associate attorney with the Los Angeles law firm of Aleccia & Conner. s 2001 Mariana Peralta Sharp Dannelley, J.D., is executive director of the nonprofit organization Boys Hope Girls Hope-S.A., in San Antonio. Rosa María González, J.D., B.A. ’87, San Antonio, is sole proprietor of her own law firm. Alejandro R. Hernandez, J.D., is an attorney with Chaves Gonzales & Hoblit LLP, in Corpus Christi. John G. Moog, J.D., is assistant public defender in the Lewis and Clark

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Class Notes
County Public Defender’s Office in Helena, Mont. J. Michael Pool, J.D., Laredo, is assistant attorney for Webb County. Christine Marie Villarreal, J.D., B.A. ’98, Dallas, is an associate attorney with Godwin Gruber LLP. Christopher Yetman, J.D., is an attorney with Moss Law Office in Corpus Christi. s 2002 Elizabeth M. Galvan, J.D., B.A. ’98, Corpus Christi, is an attorney with Chaves Gonzales & Hoblit LLP. Priscilla J. Guajardo, J.D., is an associate attorney in the Corpus Christi law offices of English, Clemons & Rodriguez LLP. L. Melanie Martin, J.D., is an associate attorney in the Corpus Christi law offices of Matthews & Branscomb PC. JoAnn San Miguel, J.D., M.B.A. ’99, Lampasas, is an associate attorney with the Killeen law offices of Smith & Carlson. Melinda A. Vidaurri, J.D., B.A. ’96, Laredo, is an assistant public defender for Webb County. Rudy-Raul Wattiez, J.D., is an associate attorney with Vicente Gonzalez & Associates in McAllen.

Cardone Installed as U.S. District Judge
Judge Kathleen Cardone, (J.D. ’79), center, is congratulated by her husband, Bruce Neugebauer, and Judge Mary Anne Bramblett (J.D. ’82), at a breakfast reception in El Paso celebrating her investiture as a U.S. District Judge for the Western District of Texas. Cardone was appointed in 1995 by thenGov. George W. Bush to Texas’ new 383rd Judicial District Court. The gathering was sponsored by the Law Alumni Association and the School of Law. Bramblett, a co-host of the event, is the judge of the 41st District Court in El Paso.

Marriages
Anne More Burnham, J.D. ’96, to Edward B. Garcia, Oct. 12, 2002; Jeffrey T. Majors, J.D. ’96, to Sandra L. San Miguel, July 27, 2002. Kimberly R. Schmidt, B.B.A. ’93, to Steve Chiscano, J.D. ’97, Oct. 12, 2002. Matthew M. Cowart, J.D. ’98, to Shirley Ann Castillo, Nov. 9, 2002; Christian Geise Herff, J.D. ’98, to Mary Frances Fraley, Nov. 23, 2002; Courtney C. Solcher, J.D. ’98, to Charles Andrew Marcus, Oct. 19, 2002. Luz Elena de la Garza, J.D. ’99, B.A. ’95, to Miguel J. Chapa, J.D. ’99, Aug. 10, 2002; Robin Hopkins, J.D. ’99, to Ehren S. Ezzell, J.D. ’99, Nov. 10, 2002. Natalie A. Rodriguez, J.D. ’01, to Terry L. Leader II, March 8, 2002; Mariana Peralta Sharp, J.D. ’01, to David Dannelley, June 25, 2002; Elizabeth M. Galvan, J.D. ’02, B.A. ’98, to Christopher Yetman, J.D. ’01, Nov. 8, 2002; Dawn Zell, J.D. ’01, to Greg Wright, March 2, 2002. Dalila Padilla, J.D. ’02, to Jeff Paxton, Oct. 12, 2002; Kimberly Ann Raiford, M.A. ’01, to David Wildes, J.D. ’02, Aug. 17, 2002.

Births
Connor James to Amy and James K. Crain III, J.D. ’89, B.B.A. ’86, Jan. 21, 2002. Katie Lynne to Amy Elizabeth (Bitter) Scheiber, J.D. ’89, and Bruce Scheiber, July 15, 2000. Emma Ruth to Joan Ely Carlson, J.D. ’93, and David Carlson, Dec. 8, 2002; Emily Rose to Monica (Ramirez) Trollinger, J.D. ’96, B.A. ’93, and John Michael Trollinger, Oct. 8, 2002. Mariano Agustin to Anna Gordon-Torres, J.D. ’97, and Rudy V. Torres Jr., B.B.A. ’89, June 14, 2002. Madeleine Marie to Laura M. VecchioMcCaskill, J.D. ’98, and Shawn M. McCaskill, J.D. ’98, Dec. 5, 2002. Natalie Corinne to Kristin Fiacco Dow, J.D. ’99, and David Dow, June 20, 2002. Thomas Bradford to Christina and John T. Kirsch, J.D. ’99, Oct. 21, 2003. Andres Nicolas to Lisa M. Sanchez, J.D. ’00, and Alejandro Sanchez, Dec. 17, 2002; Dominick Giovano to Griselda VillarrealSolis, J.D. ’00, and David L. Solis, J.D. ’00, April 26, 2002.

Caroline Grace to Nicole and J. Michael Pool, J.D. ’01, Sept. 1, 2002.

In Memoriam
Horace Preston Shelton, J.D. ’47, died Jan. 11, 2003. Maury Maverick Jr., J.D. ’49, died Jan. 28, 2003. Frank Manuppelli, J.D. ’50, died Jan. 8, 2003. John F. Tafolla, J.D. ’51, died Aug. 1, 2002. Etelka McCluer, J.D. ’52, died Feb. 1, 2003. Ernest I. Wohlschlebel, J.D. ’57, died Sept. 27, 2002. Jack M. McGinnis, J.D. ’68, died Feb. 2, 2003. Patrick S. Bryant, B.A. ’70, J.D. ’73, died Nov. 10, 2002. Geoffrey Edward Goring, J.D. ’77, died Dec. 16, 2002. Melanie M. “Misty” Dixon, J.D. ’01, died Oct. 13, 2002. s

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February
Friday, February 27: Third Annual Law Journal Symposium on Legal Malpractice, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Plaza Club, 100 W. Houston St., San Antonio

Program, Law Classroom Building Friday, April 2: Homecoming Reunion, Alumni Room, Sarita Kenedy East Law Library Saturday, April 3: Homecoming Oyster Bake Friday, Saturday, April 16 and 17: Oyster Bake Saturday, April 17: Barrister’s Ball. Time and location: TBA

Barrister’s Basketball Bash to Cheer Rattlers
The Law Alumni Relations Office is sponsoring the first Barrister’s Basketball Bash to help cheer on the Rattlers. Join us at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 22, when the Rattlers take on Oklahoma Panhandle State in the Bill Greehey Arena. All law alumni will be admitted free. “This should be a really fun night for everyone,” said Al Hartman, director of alumni relations. “I hope we have a really large turnout of our law alums.” For more information or to get a free ticket to the game, call the Alumni Relations Office at 431-3600. s

President Charles 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 Vincent R. Johnson Associate Dean for Administration Bonita Roberts Editor Rob Leibold (M.A. ’03) Contributors Will Elliott, Karen Persyn Photography Melanie Rush Davis Christ Chavez
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March
Monday, March 15-19: Spring Break Friday, March 26: Law Journal 35th Annual Banquet. Time: 7 to 10 p.m. Location: TBA

May
Saturday, May 15: Law School Graduation, 1 to 3 p.m., Bill Greehey Arena

April
Friday, April 2: Homecoming CLE

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Members of the judiciary from around the country were honored at the Distinguished Law Graduate Dinner this fall as the Law Alumni Association, in addition to honoring retired Judge Carol Haberman Knight-Sheen, celebrated St. Mary’s Legacy of Judicial Service. Nearly three dozen members of the judiciary attended the gala event at the Westin Riverwalk Hotel in San Antonio.

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