The Witan, 1976-1977 Academic Year, V. 4 No. 2, September 1976

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The Witan, 1976-1977 Academic Year, V. 4 No. 2, September 1976

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Battle Over Water, Willie Nelson Loves St. Mary's, Student Organizations Reassessment Called For, Bexar County Juvenile Programs, An Old San Anton for the Unsuspecting, The Professors: Media Mediocrity, How I Spent My Summer Vacation, Hall's Helpful Hints

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David Hendricks, Jesse C. Rickman, Dean Raba, Kayo Mullins, Kim Weixel, Claude Ducloux, Lucinda Julia Garcia, Shannon Salyer, Mary Beth Carmady, Kayo Mullins

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

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1976-09

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The Witan

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Volume 4 No. 2

September, 1976

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Student Newspaper Of St. Mary's University School Of Law, San Antonio, Texas

Battle OYer Water
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By David Hendricks

(EDITOR 'S NOTE: David Hendricks is an urban affairs ews writer for the San Antonio Express and an nglish graduate student at the University of Texas at San Antonio.)

For lack of a better term, a "battle" is raging over the Edwards aquifer. The land over the aquifer is not the battleground; it is the prize. Like a seaside tide gathering strength, opposing forces in the battle are swelling for coming confrontations. Somehow, the aquifer has become an issue at every level of government - city, local, regional, state and federal. Basically, the conflict shapes up to be between the San Antonio business community (especially homebuilders and developers) and an environmental and economic concern over the Edwards water A upply, which is the sole source for San Wlntonio and its surrounding area. It is a conflict worth watching because it is a classic example of what happens when a natural resource dwindles in the face of a spiralling human demand. What is now happening to fossil fuel resources may soon be the same for water. The area of concern is called the recharge zone, a 195-mile long area extending west and northeast of San Antonio where limestone outcroppings surface to take in water, mostly from rain, rivers, streams and some ponds. The water is "percolated" and purified in the limestone and then channeled into an underground reservoir upon which San / Antonio lies. In Bexar County, the recharge lies north of San Antonio, and much of that land is owned by developers or a syndicate of land investors-developers. The land was purchased, for the most part, at low prices (Continued on Page 8)

Willie Loves St. Mary's
Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity initiated Country & Western Super-Star Willie Nelson as an honorary member of PAD, on Saturday. September 25,1976. Justice Hugh Scott, Treasurer Mike Holmes and Member John Aldridge were present back stage to present the honorary membership certificate. The presentation was made before Willie Nelson's concert in the Convention Center Arena. Hopefully, Willie will be attending P.A.D. functions in the future.

Student Organizations

Reassessment Called For
Anyone who emerged from the Student Awards ceremony last Law Day without an award was a rare bird indeed. It seems there were hardly enough students upon which to bestow awards. Many individuals carried out an entire armload of them. Granted. the majority of scholarships and awards given were earned by hard working students and faculty members. These persons deserve recognition and distinction. However. there were superfluous awards doled out. Not many would deny this fact. nor would many refuse to accept such an award. Meaningless awards lessen the importance of those earned and are no benefit to anyone. Upon examination. many law school organizations have slipshod procedures for deciding who receives awards. Such procedures. although explixitly followed. lend an air of impropriety to the entire process. Such was the case of one law school organization whose constitution provided for the executive board to make the decisions as to whom awards would go. The board met and made the provided decisions. However. each person on that board received an award of scholarship. Regardless of how strictly the rules were adhered to, that situation reeks of "cronism". Such lackadaisical proceedures are not unique to the above mentioned organization, but occur in most law school organizations. Unprofessional conduct ~f law school organizations in giving awards and scholarships demeans the award and lessens the status of the recipient. These proceedures need to be upgraded to give those persons of worthy distinction. true recognition. The Criminal Law Associations has recently adopted an excellent and much needed method for awarding scholarships and awards. It would behoove all law school organizations to follow suit.

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WITAN

September. 1976

Witan Editorial
My remarks for this edition are directed toward the many organizations at the law school. The students are indeed fortunate ~ in having access to such a diverse array of clubs and fraternities and no one doubts that the social and non~lass room aspects that they provide fill a much needed void in one's legal education. Yet, I am concerned with the plethora of, in my opinion, poor judgements exercised by some of our organizations. Linda Lampe herein discusses the traversity that befell award's day. An award was about as hard to receive as a 55. An award is received, or supposed to be, upon "considerable deliberation of judgement", but in last award day's endeavors the only similarity between that occasion and the aforemen· tioned definition is that in the former there was deliberately a considerable

amount of awards handed out. And although it seems to be efficacious to "pepper" your resume with them, a community of serious professional students should NOT tolerate the present practice. Slipshod screening and the absence of judicious deliberation pervaded the entire process. That is not to say that many of those who were awarded did not deserve his(her) respective accolade, however, the lackadaisical manner of selection initiated by some organizations, disparaged those recipients who really deserved recognition by their fellow students. Enough said. Each organizations sh~)Uld make every effort to upgrade their selection and award process by initiating a more unbiased and limited program. A few remarks concerning recent "rushing" techniques initiated by two of the school frats. There seems to be prevalent a counter-productive drive for new members, at the expense of the very existence of the other fraternity. Certainly energetic membership drives are acceptable and to be encouraged but not to the extent of rendering another fraternity extinct. The Witan hopes that the overzealous parties involved will direct their energy into other endeavors.

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WITAN STAFF
Editor-in Chief. . . . . ... . ...... . Mac Secrest Managing Editor .... .. • . ..... . .. Kayo Mullins Articles Editor ....... . ..•. .. . . Denny Callahan Features Editor . . .. . . _. . . . ... Claude Ducleux Copy Editor ......... ..... .. . Tony Chauveaux Associate Editor ..... •...... .. . .. . . Bill Crow Business Manager .. . .....• . .. . .. .. Geri Mery Faculty Advisor .. . .... . ....... Wm. Francisco Staff Writers ........ . ........ . John Aldridge, David Antonini. Mike Holmes. Tim Johnson, Barbara Jones, Ken Kreis, Linda Lampe, Andrew Leonie, Tim O'Shaughnessy, Ruth Russell, John Stempfle, Jim Seifert, Lucinda Garcia, Mary Beth Carmady, Cathy Casey, Shannon Salyer Contributors . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. David Hendricks, Virginia Jordon, Sophie Olfers, Kim Weixel, Mike Sadler, Sue Hall, R.K. Harrington. Witan is published by students of SI. Mary's Law School, monthly except June and July. views expressed herein are those of the individ writers and do not necessarily reflect those of the WITAN, its editors, the administrators, or faculty, unless otherwise Stated. The Editor is responsible fo·r the views expressed in unsigned articles. Articles in WITAN may be reproduced and quoted provided that credit is extended to the publication and the author of the article so used, and notice of such use is given to the publication.

Dear Editor: At the first Student Senate meeting of this year, a proposal that the law school conduct graduation ceremonies apart from those of the undergraduate school was raised once again. A committee was formed to study the feasibility of such a move, but they were cautioned that past efforts along these lines had been vetoed by "The Hill." Now is the time for law students to express their feelings on this matter to. their senators so that these sentiments can be conveyed to the University administrators. After three grueling years of work, a student achieves a Juris Doctor-a "professional" degree. A graduation ceremony bestowing that degree should be a fitting capstone to one's academic efforts. It should be an appropriate and dignified ceremony that represents the transition from the status of a student to that of a professional. In the past, however, any semblance of such an "appropriate" ceremony has been lacking. One only had to attend the graduation this past May to be painfully aware of this fact. First, the commencement address was uninspiring and totally boring. The

Letters to the Editor
speaker was most capable and distinguished, but his remarks were neither pertinent nor interesting to any of the law graduates. Second, the law graduates were the last group to be presented their degrees. By the time the numerous undergraduate and graduate degrees had been presented, much of the crowd had begun to leave; many of those that remained ·were totally disinterested in the pending presentations to the law graduates. As the moment arrived for the presentation, one could sense the feeling of "hurry and let's get this over" throughout the auditorium. As a result, the law graduates were all but hustled across the stage.

impressive ceremonies of Red Mass and Law Day, a fitting graduation ceremony should pose no major problems. Additionally, it would seem that that alumni relations would be benefitted by' such a move. Perhaps if the graduates the school on a more "positive note," might result in more active support of our school than has been evidenced in the ' past. If the student body expresses enough concern to the appropriate people, ' such a move will finally be successful and the law students can have a graduation ceremony that is commensurate with their newly acquired status. Jess C. Rickman

Such a "carnival" is to be contrasted with the small, but dignified, and highly successful, August graduation ceremony. This exercise featured a timely and pertinent address by Associate Justice Jack Pope of the Texas Supreme Court. Afterwards; a party was held where it was, for some, a chance to "!sit with friends and faculty that they might not see again for some time. For a school that stages the very

Thank You
Dear Editor: The Women's Law Assn. would like to extend their gratitude for the law faculty & student support contributing to the success of our first fund raiser in the Pecan grove. The Women's Law Assn.

September, 1976

WITAN

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Dean's Desk
We welcome the 690 students who have registered for the Fall Term of 1976, and wish them success in all of their endeavors and personal lives. This is quite a contrast to the enrollment figure in the Fall of 1934 which marked the operation of the School of Law under the auspices of St. Mary's University with a total enrollment of 31 part-time Evening Division students at 113 College Street. The student body consists of 550 males, and 140 females - the 1976 beginning class for the Fall Term numbers 170 males and 47 females. Twenty-four minorities registered; in addition thereto, 35 minority applicants applied and were accepted but did not show. The average LSAT of the beginning class was 562.57, Writing Ability 53.45, a ,nd G.P.A. 2.88. . ' This is an indication of quality applicants. It is interesting to note that 35.8% indicated St. Mary's as first choice, 36.4% second choice, 18% third choice, and 9.81% miscellaneous. Geographically the entering class represents the residents of 32 states and the District of Columbia, and 106 colleges and universities throughout the United States. Beginning students are kindly re-

by Dean Raba

Long

Addresses
CLA
by Kayo Mullins

quested to confer with their Faculty Advisor. It is improvident to wait until scholastic difficulty is evident. Your Advisor may be able to help you to escape this type of dilemma. Detailed information concering the School of Law will be given to you later by the Law Alumni Newsletter which will be available to you in the early part of October.

Summer '76 Frosh Grades
by Mike Sadler A look at the summer grade averages for beginning students reveals some interesting points. It appears that the grades were held low, probably curved. The range was narrow, 62.3 to 81.1 (a 19.8 point spread). Fifty-three (53) students completed 10 hours of contracts and torts, with grade averages as follows: 0 Grade Number of Percentage of Average Students Students
A B C

NONE 5
39 9

NONE
10% 73% 17%

The Criminal Law Association had their first meeting Tuesday, September 24. After C.L.A. business was conducted the Association was addressed by George Long a local attorney whose practice consists, in part, of representing strippers on the river and about town. Long related experiences he had in law school including the experience of sitting through the three month murder trial of an Oklahoma State Representative when he was in his first year. He also told about how he became involved in representing strippers. It seems that a few years ago he had occasion to represent a stripper who was a Cuban refugee. She had come into this country by using her brothers identification. When she was arrested the F.B.l's report described her as a male. Since the fingerprints matched, the police were forced to testify that she was male. When this hit the papers, the stripper became famous. A Houston man who wanted to open a (Continued on Page 7)

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Bexar County Juvenile Progra.s
Much can be said and has been said about the many problems with the system in Bexar County. , the emphasis today is on the local community solving its own juvenile probl~ms. by providing the programs necessary to rehabilitate the youth so he will not have to be "sent off somewhere". These programs, whi.ch need your support, are designed to help the juvenile in trouble and to solve the child's problems which have caused him to commit an offense that has or might bring him before the court-eall it "preventive medicine". If the juvenile can be reached at early stage, it will be the last time the court will need to see him. At the top of the list of these activities is the Volunteers in Probation program. This group consists of people from all walks of life; singles and couples acting as a big brother or sister to a juvenile with problems. The program is coordinated by Jerry Jimenez who not only sets up the but follows them up with activities for the kids and their volunteers. He works totally from donations. The success of this program is astonishing. You can't go to one of their meetings without joining. Next is the foster parent, who serves as and provides a temporary parent and home for a child who can not or will not go home. Some juveniles need the special closeness and attention that only a foster parent can provide. More support of the comrpunity is needed so that more parents will feel proud to be a foster parent and join the program. Many youth groups such as Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, and Camp Fire Girls need the continual support of this community so they can expand their programs to provide alternatives for the numerous children who feel they have nothing to do after school except shoplift, paint-sniff, or joy-ride because they don't want to go home. Great problem solving programs can begin with the help of volunteers giving a little time and brain power. Finally, and most importantly, Bexar County is in great need of group homes and placement facilities for juveniles who need short or long term placement. There are places like Boysville and Alamo Boys Ranch that are available, but these facilities unfortunately, are unable to provide accomodations for all the children in need. Federal and State money has been made available to communities where interested groups have submitted plans for group homes. Such a case is "The Bridge" - opened on Sept. 1 by a group of concerned citizens, to provide emergency shelter for runaway boys. Let us follow this example and establish a similar home for runaway girls. You in the law school or you in the Bexar County Courthouse can work to alleviate the juvenile problem by participating in any of these programs briefly discussed above, or by sharing your own ideas for programs. The need is great and the work extremely fulfilling COME JOIN USI Call 732-4824 for more information. I by Virginia Jordan

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Kim Answers Your Legal Questions
by Kim Weixel by R.K. advantage of Texas' businessmen. Three new rules promulgated by our farsighted legislature kept your award within tolerable limits. The first is a corollary of the "No Shirt No Shoes No Service rule. It is felt in sedentary jobs like yours the loss of your lower extemities e.g. your feet are of no consequence during the working day, thus 1I3rd of your award is disallowed_ You lost another 1I3rd pursuant to the 'Sweet Dreams' Proviso. Good workers should be a home asleep 113 of the day instead of fermenting dissent among fellow workers during the night time hours. Exemplary employees do not use their feet at these times. It is true that one may recover for injuries resulting from pranks but, this award may be diminished if the prank was in fact funny and brought pleasure to those who observed. This is known as the hilarity index. As the hilarity index increased, the amount of your award decreased. I read from the trial transcript that at the time of your fall you were carrying a large cream pie. (I'll leave it to my readers' imagination to complete the scene.) The jury obviously thought this was funny and your award was diminished proportionally. Dear Kim; I am 41 years old and recently wrote my will. Among other things I stated that it was my desire to be buried in my blue leisure suit, white belt, and a snappy pair of white buck shoes. My daughter and son-in-law have threatened to contest- the entire will because of this provision. ':Fhey say I've become a little foggy in the old attic! I think this is a reasonable request. Isn't their something I can do? Lukewarm Courts will usually bend over backwards to uphold even the most bizarre provision of a will. For instance, I once had a client who refused his legal heirs any part of his estate until they sent complimentary Vego-Matics to all the living decendents of Heidegger, Kierikegaard and Wayne Newton. The heirs were required by the court to honor the request. In the instant case though, it is difficult to imagine one sporting such apparel when living, much less when one is dead. Any court would conclude that presently your mind has the same consistency as tapioca and void the will. So, you come to San An Tone to attend law school. To those of you who have never lived in a medieval city in the latter quarter of the twentieth century. Let me introduce you to some of the peculiarities of this serfdom. (I feel this to be important, because others will give you information on how to enjoy yourself . here.) I want to acquaint you with some of the drawbacks of this metropolitan-berg. TO THE JOB HUNTER: Your salary will be five meals a week and no bus fare. Sign up for food stamps, sell the stamps to one of the driving students and use that get to work. If you have a spouse, (he or she) can get a job which provides quarters instead of meals as pay. If you have no spouse; Brackenridge Park is cool in summer, warm in winter, there aren't very many mosquitos and, if the tree is large enough, you will not get overly wet when it rains. TO THE PEDESTRIAN: Wear bright clothes when going from place to place. You see, there are only a small number of streets with sidewalks in Olde San An Tone. This is especially true when walking from Brackenridge Park to St. Mary's University. Of those streets without sidewalks, the majority also do not have curbs. No sidewalk, curb-yes, sidewalk-maybe. along these curbless, sidewalkless streets, you will probably like to walk facing the flow of traffic. The Test: let ten cars pass when entering a strange street, if eight of these cars travel in opposite directions, on the right hand side for such direction, you may assume that you are on a two-way street and should then walk to your left. However; if the number is less than eight, you may be entering a one way street. DO NOT, DO NOT take short cuts in determining the direction of traffic; cars parked along the side of the roadway are pruposely parked to deceive you. There are very few signal lights. One last Caveat to the pedestrian: Never, Never, Never walk at night; some drivers cannot afford to waste their batteries on headlights. TO THE BIKE RIDER: Texas law J'equires the riding of bicycles on the :ight side of the roadway

Dear Kim, I was employed at a Kleenex refurbishing plant for nearly 20 years until I fell victim to 'practical joke' served upon me by my fellow employees. One day as I sat at my machine during lunch break several employees snuck under the machine and cut my feet off at the ankles. You can imagine my embarassment as I stood to discard the waste paper from my lunch. I feel in a very unladylike manner to the floor, generating hardly gaffaws from those around me. Totally unable to bear further abuse I was forced into an early retirement and sou~ht relief under the Workmans Compensation Act. In court I was awarded only $12.00 by a jury. Can you explain this outrage! Constance Rash Dear C. Rash The Workmans Compensation Act was designed to keep pinko cry-baby laborites like yourself . from taking unfaire

St. M.U. -Welcomes Gregory
The Witan extends its welcome to William Gregory, this years Paul E. Casseb professor of law. Professor Gregory is currently teaching Agency and Partnership and Securities Regulations. Additionally, he and Dean Reuschlein are working together on a one volume work on agency and partnership, tentatively to be submitted for publication in September of '77. Professor Gregory received a BA from Case-Western Reserve University in Cleveland and a masters in history from the University of Michigan. After grad school, he considered teaching history but decided to first get a law degree, with the idea of teaching law in the back of his mind. He graduated from Harvard Law School in 1969 and practiced law the following four years in Los Angeles. Since then he has been a law professor at the University of Tulsa, where he was acquainted with Bernard Strickland, who formerly taught at St. Mary's. Professor Gregory s.aid his decision to take the special one year appointment here was influenced by the many good things Professor Strickland said about our -[ school.

WITAN

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The Professors:
by Claude Ducloux - refer to the above passage, when trying
to ascertain two way or one way streets.)

media mediocrity

Caveat: Although you will find persons in Olde San An Tone riding their bicycles on the left, do not fall a victim to this ploy. If some one hits you, you might be liable for the damage caused to their car. TO THE AUTOMOBILE DRIVER: Unless you have a lot of money, do not spend precious time looking for a place with a paved driveway and cement floor garage, or unless you live in Plastic City (Apartment complexes, here-in-after, Plasticide). This is but a pipe dream. W raveling on the "streets" (a/k/a catfle-trails) of Olde San An Tone (here in after, OSAT), do not rely on the turn signals of those in front of you being correct. Moreover, do not even expect to see a turn signal. Just be ready to hit those brakes. Until you learn your way, always travel on the right in OSAT, because many times you will not be able to determine whether that line of buttons in the middle of the cattle trail is yellow or white (two way or one way, respectively), Rely on the test outlined above for pedestrians when attempting to discern the type of thoroughfare you have entered. Never plan to arrive anywhere on time by pressing the speed limit (i.e. . The traffic lights are not Drivers travel below the freeway's minimum speed limit - in fact, they engage in turtle - snail competitions. Driving abreast, they vie for the title of most slowest. There are few six lane streets to enable the hare to pass the turtle and snail. Caveat: Never drive when it rains! Although the City Council and Chamber of Commerce of OSAT swear that it does not rain often in OSAT, don't believe them. Every time it rains it floods. You see, OSAT lacks adequate storm sewers~ Golf courses are more important!!! Unless you want to tell your friends that you lost your car in the Colorado flood this past summer, stay on high ground when it rains, or buy oars for your auto. With the above information any new arrival in OSAT should be able to put up a facade of surviving. If you wish more insight into the perils of OSAT, I am always available to help you eat one of your five meals.

Every year bout this time the new fall viewers on a guided tour of some of the shows hit the air. The past few years have most daring and fascinating Partnership seen various trends: crime shows, cases in legal history. Sponsored by outrageous sit-combs per Norman Lear, Sominex. and a few nostalgic looks at the past, the These are just a few of the local way it wasn't. With this year's crop, it offerings for national broadcast. Too bad seems that "media mediocrity" has hit all of them were rejected. Maybe PBS new heights. We have decided that what would be interested. Oh yeah, there was television needs is more programs with one more pilot that did not quite make it relevance, insight, and truth. A true on the air: reflection of life in lesser publicized cities "I Love Losing" - sit-com about a senior of the United States; sort of a compromise law student who gets kicked out of law between Kojak's New York and Andy's school for writing articles about the faculty. Mayberry. But unfortunately, television is not ready for such innovative looks at real people: none of our pilot shows have been bought by the networks. So it seems, until John Q. Public "matures", none of the programs based on life at St. Mary's Law school will be seen. Here is a brief review of some of the pilots that didn't quite make A pastoral Scene it: par mik Lexiew "The Streets of Bill Francisco" - crime drama featuring Det. Col. William Francisco and his adventures helping poor The ironing board was piled high pitiful people in their never ending battle with cole slaw, against mean corporate defendants. Not a And had been so since my first born Left when the evening sky looked family show. "Charlie's Angels" - a fun-filled sit-com like a bruised thigh. featuring the humorous escapes of Prof. Cantu from adoring freshman groupies. My Uncle and I would ply the narrow mountain trails Rated G. "Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hobbs" - sci-fi- And would be wary of brown bears adventure series of a friendly, mild-man- hurling diaper pails at the small mammals nered professor whose brutality only We saw God all around us surfaces' while writing final examinations. and would often rest and suck our socks and groan. Adult entertainment. "The Unteachables" - a comedy variety series based upon the study habits of We would munch on kitty Mr. Black's Sales classes. Rollicking fun litter, And wait for the lebanese for the whole family. "Cannin'" - Consumer reporting on women to come and tune their study aids most used by senior law saxophones. students giving oral briefs. Narrated by The day would soon end and professors Gilbert and Ziontz. "The Young and The Restless" - the we would sell our shoes to continuing Horror program, which follows the otters for trolly fare. a group of students through a semester The end. consisting of countless hours of Agency and Partnership, Environment/Law, (EDITOR 'S NOTE : Rarely can a publication afford to Sales, and Professional Responsibility, pass up such material as the above in light of the Parental discretion advised. May be too competitiveness that we experience in our line of work, Rarely are professional students afforded such intensely boring for children. "The Bionic Burgermeister" - sci-fi show a unique 'opportunity to experience new dimensions in artistic ingenuity, Rarely is the Witan so hard up for which exposes how Prof. Leopold can space, We openly invite all of you latent degenerates possibly understand all that he does about to contribute your creative endeavors to the Wilan for total student body enjoyme nt. ,You have nothing to property law. "Mild Kingdom" - Your Host and lose but your good ,name l('fI iC,h, j ncidentially, can be spelled backwards) and at least you can say in your narrator "Marlin" Reuschlein takes the resume that you have been published,)

Half Dead Pajamas

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WITAN

September, 1976

By God! I Love La~!
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by Casey

Whenever someone calls my name now, I immediately rise to my feet. It's a natural reaction after almost three weeks of law school. The only real problem that I have is trying to overcome the weak feeling in my knees and the trembling in my voice. They ("they" being the upperclassmen, of course) tell me that it gets better, that the briefs come easier, and that the shakes go away. I hope so. I'd hate to spend the rest of my life wincing everytime someone addresses me by my last name. The other day at lunch someone made the comment that he had gotten so neurotic about his studies that he had begun taking his books into the bathroom with him, so that he could continue studying without interrupting his train of thought. His house mates, afraid that this would give him an unfair advantage, promptly removed the bathroom door from its hinges so that no one could study "on the sly" and get ahead of anyone else. I guess we can all take comfort in knowing that we are not alone, that there are some two hundred fifteen students in the freshman class. Besides getting acquainted with the study of law, we have the opportunity to know and meet people from all over the United States - our class is made up of people from twenty-eight different states and the District of Columbia. For those interested in a little extra-curricular activity, you might be interested in knowing that the male/female ratio is 21% women and, of course 74% male. Somewhere in the freshman class there is someone who is really going to throw off the curve come December. This person is ( walking around with a 696 on his LSAT's. Or, maybe it's the person wil;h the 3.92 undergraduate G.P.A. Then, there are some of us who tread the tightrope of anonymity-the average ones-those of us who have a 574.78 LSAT score, a 54.22 writing ability score, and an undergraduate G.P.A. of 2.897. We're the ones who are going to have to sweat out those 70's in December. And, what happens if I don't make it? (God forbid!!) Besides the humiliation of it all, my whole way of life has changed so drastically that I don't know if I could ever read just to the real world after being here. First of all there is this problem that I'm starting to have with my vocabulary. Words that I used to have categorized and defined in my head have somehow taken on totally different meanings. I used to think that consideration was,-kindness toward my fellow man. It took a course in

\ contracts to make me realize that "consideration" is really the big payoff that binds an individual to a "contractual relation". Then there's this other problem I've been having with foreign words .•.. these trite little Latin phrases come unbidden into my otherwise normal manner of speaking.

To top it all off, the other day I sent my parents a postcard of San Antonio so that they could get an idea of the area where I am living. It was a picture of the Alamo and on the back I wrote: "I'm enjoying San Antonio, and law school. Here's a picture of my dorm room. It's not crymodern, but it's cheap."

Breach of Honor
by Lucinda Julia Garcia There are many exigent circumstances that law students have to endure in their perservance of a law career. Theft should not have to be one. A female law student experienced theft of her wallet containing credit cards, sixteen dollars, and a dri vers license while at the law library. The time involved in replacing the credit cards and drivers license is an unwarranted inconvenience. The Criminal Law Association experienced theft of its membership fund either during the time a membership table was maintained in the law classroom building or during the time it was stored in a file box in the SBA office. The time involved in replacing the money is equally unwarranted. What is the solution to such a problem that exists in a society where the eommon principle of ownership and respect thereof is basic to its survival? Should law students desirous of preventing theft have alarm systems attached to their purses, wallets, books, briefcases and lockers? Should law students have their purses and wallets permanently attached to their bodies? The solution is not a simple one, but I believe a viable solution to prevent such recurrences of theft can be found in the Honor Code. When dealing with lawyers or theives the common principle of ownership and respect thereof should be adamently upheld and any unbecoming behavior resulting thereof should be admonished.

San Marcos Flash

Student Makes Chili Heat
by Shannon Salyer Bob Aldrich of the St. Mary's Law School Chili Team won third place in the 1976 San Marcos Chilympiad Beer Drinking Contest. In his qualifying heat Bob was victorious by over a two second margin. Then in the championship heat, Bob took home the third place trophy. Eyewitnesses were in dispute over the judge's decision and sOII}e thought that "Catfish" had been robbed. Of course the trophy was proudly displayed on the chili table. Bob is second spoon to Grider Hayes on the Chili Team. The other team members are Steve Marshall, Mack McMann, Phil Koren, Shannon Salyer, Earl Stover, Tom Quirk, Halten Brick and Jim Widener. Approximately 100 law students visited the booth to enjoy ' free beans, chili and beer. Other activities included an outstanding wet T-shirt contest, an aerial display by the Texas Confederate Air Force and the frequent shootouts OVer at the Piedras Negras Jail. Among the culinary delights were rattle snake, pickled quail eggs and fire house chili. Tort professor W .P. Francisco agreed with the name for the law school's chili which was, "Volente Non Fit Injuria Chili", or as expressed in English, "he who consents cannot receive an injury." The sponsors for the Law School Chili Team this year were the Student Bar Association, Phi Delta Phi, Phi Alpha Delta and Delta Theta Phi. Also, Fatso's Bar-b-q, 1743 Bandera, graciously contributed a keg. The Chilympiad is on the third week in September every year and always a great time. Be sure not to miss the party next year when the chili team returns with a new and improved recipe for another try at the chili title.

September, 1976

WITAN

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Hovv I Spent My SUII1111er Vacation
by Mary Beth Carmady & Kayo Mullins or firm to whom they could offer their On or about May 6, 1976, we all trudged perhaps even the attorney and a member homeward expecting a well deserved services. What many, in their idealism, of the House of Representatives or two. hero's or heroine's welcome for at least did not realize, was that those worthy All these photos, it goes without saying surviving yet another semester's final attorneys and firms had no great need for are duly autographed. exams. Many of the shell-shocked and the services they might render - especially These are just a few specimens; there battle-worn soon woke up, only to find those of a mere first year student. (After are many more, with a great variety of another task at hand - that of finding a all there is only so much you can do . colorful combinations. without evidence and civil proceedure, summer job. On the brighter side, a clerking job or . Naturally, all law students (and . right?) an internship somewhere in the legal In making the rounds, however, there especially those who had just survived world, can be an exciting and valuable their first year's indoctrination into the are some interesting observations that education in office proceedure, client legal profession) wanted to use their can be made about the different styles relations and everyday courtroom attorneys use in practicing law. A great newly acquired wealth of knowledge. So, practices. These can only be learned first soon they were all out pounding the deal can be learned simply from office hand. It's amazing what little things can pavement in search of a worthy attorney decor. To describe just a few: Type A is be picked up through observations from the "omniscient sage" who lines his office the sidelines, little things that can prevent with law books on every conceivable topic. a very embarrassing situation when a He leads the client to believe he has the young attorney walks into the courtroom, law (continued from page 3) the at his fingertips, at all times. Type B is on their own, for the very first time. veteran trail attorney - he fills his few clubs in San Antonio heard about this office with clippings of cases past, Although that first job in the real world and retained Long to help avoid legal victories, of course, and hopefully can of lawyers and judges can be harrowing confrontations in his business. leave at least one magazine in the . and confusing at first, with bizarre fact situations (right out of Mr. Francisco's To find out what his client could and reception room that makes mention of his exams, perhaps?) it is also a challenging could not do, Long talked to the name. Then there are the political enthusiasts and dynamic world that brings no greater Commander of Vice of the San Antonio satisfaction than when a clients' case is Police Department. The Commander said - type C. They decorate the office with resolved favorably, by virture of your that if the business was run in San pictures of the attorney and the mayor, the attorney and the Governor, and legal gymnastics. Antonio like it was run in Houston, then it ?---'-'W-a-n-t--..... would be closed down. Long concluded by saying laws such as the recent San Antonio ordinance which To Be 1734 Bandera Road forbids employees of businesses where 432·9439 performers undress from communicating Pub lis h ed? with the patrons are the first step toward Wr i t e NOW SERVING BREAKFAST AND FLOUR TACOS and oppressive govern-

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WITAN

September. 1976

From the Placement Office

Hall's Helpful Hints
The following is a list of on-campus interviews scheduled between now and semester break: Oct. 4, US Army . Oct. 5-6 Exxon. Houston Oct. 13 SEC Oct. 26 Peat, Marwick & Mitchell Nov. 16 Peace Corps Nov. 18 FBI Sometime in Nov.-Dec., Justice Department (for honors program) If you have not already signed up for the interviews through Oct. 13, it is too late. Do watch the Placement Board for additional interviews! Don't be one of those ·students who saw the notice too late, or who never saw it but heard about it through a friend-but too late. Some students have told me that they didn't sign up for certain firms because they had heard the list was already full. Don't forget our overflow list. If you sign up in time for us to submit your resume with the rest of the resumes, you may still have a chance to interview. Recently a firm divided up -its interview team to accommodate our overflow list. Another firm started early and stayed late. Once we have mailed in resumes, it is too late to operate through the Placement Office. Remember, however, you can always communicate directly with the firm. Those of you who have yet put together a resume-feel free to talk to us in the Placement Office for ideas, etc. We are happy to look over resume drafts and make suggestions. In the end, you decide how you want to do it. We only make suggestions. Please feel free to make suggestions to us for additions and/or improvements to our service. We have already gotten some excellent ideas from students which we are putting into operation. Sue Hall

years ago with the knowledge that large On the state level, the Texas Water American cities, historically, have grown Quality Board enforces an order designed toward the direction of water. The aquifer to keep things like heavy industrial or chemical plants and cattle feed lots away is north of the city, and so is Canyon Lake. from the aquifer. However, moves this Medina Lake is to the northwest. Plans for summer to make the order optional on a Cibolo Reservoir southeast of San Antonio county basis came under heavy fire at a were scrapped several years ago by developer-dominated city officials who hearing held in Uvalde. TWQB has yet to wanted to keep attention focused to the decide whether to make enforcement of its north. order more lax. A rural vs. urban conflict arises Also, many people feel the placement of regionally whenever discussion turns to the large USAA office building in North surface water development to supplement San Antonio, rather than downtown, and the aquifer water supply in the future. the University of Texas at San Antonio Who will pay for the reservoir over the recharge zone itself was construction? Should it be the urban users purposeful, to draw residential and or should the cost be shared by all aquifer commercial growth into that area and water users in seven counties? enhance land values there. Farmers west of San Antonio depend The major question in all this is what heavily upon aquifer water for irrigation will happen to the aquifer water supply if it is exposed to urban storm water runoff? and will be even more depend as food and fiber costs rise, making irrigation more Federal studies have shown urban runoff profitable. Since the water generally flows to have high pollution potential, virtually westward toward San Antonio, the the same as raw sewage. farmers feel they have first rights, and A major confrontation occurred early in surface water should be paid for by San 1976 when zoning was requested for a Antonians. large mall over the recharge zone. The However, regional share-cost advocates zoning was made controversial by the point out that "we all drink out of the Aquifer Protection Agency, a privately organized group, who forced City Council same trough," and that some plan should be implemented so one segment, to take the zoning matter to city voters. In urbanites for instance, will not be a referendum which saw a surprisingly burdened with the total cost of surface high voter turnout, San Antonians overwhelmingly told council it wanted no water development. This problem is a long way from a solution. chances taken with the water supply. As a result of the mall controversy, City Nationally, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is getting into the act. Council has hired the prestigious Boston consultant firm of Metcalf & Eddy to Under the Safe Water Drinking Act of study the aquifer and recommend zoning 1974, EPA has designated the Edwards as designed to protect adequately the water the sole water source for San Antonio and supply. The report is due in about one the surrounding area. year. Under the designation, EPA now is

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writing guidelines under which they can judge building projects over the aquifer which are aided in any way by federal funds or loans, including home loans from FHA or VA. If such projects or subdivisions are deemed hazardous to the aquifer, EPA can axe the federal aid. The measuring stick EPA intends to use in such circumstances is to make sure the possible pollution danger they are studying does not pollute the water to the point it will require additional treatment. Currently, the water is so clean, the City of San Antonio only lightly chlorinates the water supply before pumping it into homes. However, the government entity which sees the most of the battle is City which eventually must decide by what it will allow over the aquifer. Even now, councilmen are trying to come up with interim zoning standards for the aquifer while the consultant study is going on. It is a hot issue politically. Many councilmen feel they cannot lose the support of the business community which has a vested interest in development over . the aquifer and, for them, the decisions are tough. In summary, it seems the battle over the Edwards aquifer is part of man's larger war with Nature. The final question, and it is a question of survival, is whether man will continue to threaten the natural existence of his environment by bending and shaping it to his ideals and for profit. Or can there be a truce where man will provide Nature the room she needs to continue delivering her gift to us. -in the case of the Edward - sparking, clean and healthy water?

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David Hendricks, Jesse C. Rickman, Dean Raba, Kayo Mullins, Kim Weixel, Claude Ducloux, Lucinda Julia Garcia, Shannon Salyer, Mary Beth Carmady, Kayo Mullins, “The Witan, 1976-1977 Academic Year, V. 4 No. 2, September 1976,” St. Mary's Law Digital Repository, accessed December 9, 2019, http://lawspace.stmarytx.edu/item/STMUlaw_TheWitan_1976Sept_v4n2.

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