The Witan, 2002-2003 Academic Year Issue 26, March 24, 2003

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The Witan, 2002-2003 Academic Year Issue 26, March 24, 2003

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St. Mary's University School of Law

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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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2003-03-24

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St. Mary's University School of Law Issue 26 March 24, 2003
By VRJ&LW

WITAN
PEOPLE'S LAW SCHOOL

The ninth annual People's Law School will be held here at St. Mary's on Saturday, April 5, 2003 from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. The People's Law School is a free public seminar that features local attorneys who are experts in their field. This year's agenda includes presentations in the following areas: consumer law, family law, employment law, wills and probate, mediation, criminal procedure, landlord-tenant, and small claims. Volunteers are needed for this event, which is co-sponsored by the San Antonio Bar Foundation and Sister Grace's Campus Ministry. It is an excellent opportunity to meet local attorneys while providing a valuable service to the community. Volunteer hours also qualify for pro bono credit from the law school. Assistance is needed for set up on Friday afternoon April 4 , registration on Saturday morning April 5th, and clean up early Saturday afternoon. Volunteers are welcome for any or all of these times! Sign up with Mary Alfaro in the Career Services Office in the Library or call Bob Kraemer at 436-3011 ext. 1577. OFFICE OF CAMPUS MINISTRY Fiesta Farewell: The Fiesta Farewell will be held on Wednesday, April 9, from 11:45 a.m.-1:00 p.m. in the Law School Plaza. Graduation pictures (wear business attire) will be taken and Campus Ministry Service Awards presents. All are invited. ATTENTION 3Ls $200 PMBR REBATE St. Mary’s will, as announced earlier, rebate $200 to any graduate taking the Texas Bar Examination for the first time in July 2003 who registers for the combined 6-day and 3-day workshops.

If you did not lock in an earlier rate, the cost is $790 (ABA/LSD members) or $890 (NonABA/LSD members) for the combined workshops. The rebate works this way: PMBR periodically submits to the law school a list of students who have paid for the combined workshops. If you are on the list, the law school will then credit your student account with $200. You can sign up with the following PMBR Reps: 3L Reps Sheri Palma #151 Rolando Charles #39 Edward Castillo #33 Gaylia Brunson #25 2L Reps Sarah Schroeder #388 Chuck Ruhmann #380 Willie McAllen #339 Susan Goodson #305 TRANSIENT GRADES Effective June 1, 2003, the following language replaces Section IV-J on page 27 of the current Student Handbook: J. Transient Grades Grades earned at other law schools while a student is in transient status are not used in calculating the student’s cumulative grade-point average. A transient-status course is listed on the student’s transcript with a grade of “CR” (credit) assuming the grade was a passing one. Credit hours earned in transient-status courses count toward the 90-credit-hour requirement for graduation, but do not count against the limit on “ungraded elective credit hours” (that is, the pass/fail hours limitation), if the student received a letter grade or a numerical grade (rather than a generic “pass”) in the transient-status course. THE SCHOLAR: ST. MARY’S LAW REVIEW ON MINORITY ISSUES The Scholar: St. Mary's Law Review on Minority Issues is currently recruiting Staff Writers for the 2003-2004 school year. Current 1Ls and 2Ls are eligible for the positions. Application packets are now available. Applications will be distributed during the turn-in times for the 1L briefs, at tables in the Law Classroom Building, and at any time in The Scholar (Law Library, Room 215). Application packets are due by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, April 4. There will be an informational meeting on Monday, March 31 at 4:00 p.m. in the Atrium of the Law Administration Building. Current and former law review Editors and Staff Writers will be present to answer questions. Professor Rey Valencia will speak briefly on the benefits of law review membership. All students are welcome for food and drinks. 1L Reps Annabel Lewis #573 Kim Frost Gonzales #503 Brooklynn Chandler #466

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OFFICE OF FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE Endowed Scholarship Applications: Applications may be requested at nluna@stmarytx.edu or in the Financial Aid Office, Room 109 of the Law Faculty Building. The deadline for submitting the completed application to the Financial Aid Office is 5 p.m. on Monday, April 7, 2003. No exceptions will be made. FAFSA Reminder: If you have not yet renewed your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for 2003-2004, please complete and transmit online immediately. The website address is www.fafsa.ed.gov. The FAFSA for 2003-2004 covers the academic periods Summer 2003/ Fall 2003/Spring 2004. The recommended date was February 15. Grant and scholarship opportunities will be missed if this process is delayed. COURT OF CRIMINAL APPEALS INTERNSHIP A summer internship with the Staff Attorneys' Office at the Court of Criminal Appeals in Austin, Texas is available for a limited number of students during the summer of 2003. Students who are selected for the program will work under the supervision of staff attorneys on criminal appeals, petitions for discretionary review and habeas corpus petitions. Those interested in applying should send a resume and a cover letter to Professor Schmolesky in Room 224 of the Law Faculty Building. In the letter please indicate if you have any preference for first or second summer session. Students will receive 2 pass/fail credits upon successful completion of the program that requires a minimum of 120 hours of work. Students will receive credit as if for a course offered on the home campus rather than transient credit and accepted students will be required to pay tuition to the law school for their participation in the program. Preference will be given to students who have completed 2 years of law school, but students who have completed their first year may apply. The deadline for applications is 12 noon on Monday, March 31, 2002. Students who have previously expressed an interest in this program should reaffirm their interest by contacting Professor Schmolesky in writing. APPLICATIONS FOR ORDER OF THE BARRISTERS THE ORDER OF BARRISTERS is a national honorary organization whose purpose is the encouragement of oral advocacy and brief writing skills. National recognition for individuals who have excelled in advocacy and service at their respective schools is also provided by the ORDER. Each year, St. Mary's is entitled to select 10 students for this honor. To be considered for THE ORDER OF BARRISTERS, please complete an application form, available in Professor Schlueter's office (LFB 270), and return it to his office by Monday, March 24, at 5:00 p.m. To be eligible you must meet at least two of the criteria listed on the back of the application form and be a THIRD YEAR student. Questions should be addressed to Professor David -3-

Schlueter. The faculty’s Advocacy Committee will review and select the ten new members. Contacting any faculty member other than Professor Schlueter concerning your application is strictly prohibited. STUDENT ORGANIZATIONS Attention WLA Members: Elections for next year’s Board are just around the corner! Current Board members will be available to answer your questions on Wednesday, March 26, from 12:30 - 1:30 p.m. in the Alumni Room of the Law Library. If you are unable to attend, send a friend or e-mail your questions to the Board members at stmaryswla@yahoo.com. Bring a sack lunch. We hope to see you there. HLSA Announcements: LAST CHANCE TO BECOME A HLSA MEMBER FOR THIS SCHOOL YEAR!! All law students who wish to become HLSA members, for this academic year, can do so until Monday, March 24. Remember, the $25.00 annual fee pays for your HLSA t-shirt, and your non-transferable ticket to HLSA’s Annual End-of-the-Year Banquet, as well as voting privileges during HLSA elections. Membership forms can be picked up at the HLSA bulletin board and returned to Jessica Gomez, Box #298. Questions? Contact Jenee at jeneemargo@msn.com. CELEBRATION! RECOGNITION! FUN! HLSA’s Fourth Annual End-of-the-Year Banquet will be on Saturday, March 29, at 8:00 p.m. at the Menger Hotel in downtown San Antonio. All paid HLSA members are entitled to their own non-transferable ticket. Tickets for guests are $25.00. Tickets will be passed out and sold Tuesday through Thursday, March 25th – 27th, in the LC Foyer; Tuesday and Thursday from 11:15 a.m. – 3 p.m. and Wednesday from 10:20 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. Questions? Contact Jenee at jeneemargo@msn.com. SPEECH, SPEECH!! Please join HLSA on Monday, March 24, from 12:00 noon-1:00 p.m. in the Atrium of the Law Administration Building for HLSA Candidate Speeches. LETS ROCK THE VOTE!! HLSA Elections will be held Tuesday through Thursday, March 25th-27th, in the LC Foyer; Tuesday and Thursday from 11:15 a.m. – 3 p.m. and Wednesday from 10:20 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. All paid HLSA members are encouraged to come out and vote! Questions? Contact Jenee at jeneemargo@msn.com. WRITING COMPETITIONS, FELLOWSHIPS AND SCHOLARSHIPS Unless otherwise noted, copies of detailed information regarding these writing competitions, fellowships and scholarships are available from Ms. Lucille Wideman, Room 105 of the Law Administration Building. -4-

Animal Law Review Annual Writing Competition. Papers must be a minimum of 25 doublespaced pages. A prize of $500 and an offer for publication in volume 10 will be awarded to one winning entry. Entries must be postmarked by July 31, 2003. The Review may be contacted at the following e-mail addresses: animalaw@lclark.edu or www.lclark.edu/org/animal law. Attorney-CPA Foundation 2002-2003 Essay Contest: This essay contest has a specific topic for students in the graduate/professional degree and is listed in the material regarding the contest. The grand prize will be $2,500, Runner up will received $1,500, Third and Fourth, each $500 and 4 Regional Prizes, each $250. Essays must be received by May 16, 2003. The Brown Award for Excellence in Legal Writing: This award is sponsored by the Judge John R. Brown Scholarship Foundation. This year the stipend has increased to $7,500. The submission must be postmarked no later than April 25. The recipient will be notified by July 18, and the award will be presented at the American Bar Association convention in San Francisco, California, August 8-12. The Howard C. Schwab Memorial Award Essay Contest: This contest is sponsored by the Family Law Section of the American Bar Association. First prize will be $1,500; second prize will be $1,000 and third prize will be $500. The deadline for submission is April 4.

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St. Mary's University School of Law, “The Witan, 2002-2003 Academic Year Issue 26, March 24, 2003,” St. Mary's Law Digital Repository, accessed December 9, 2019, http://lawspace.stmarytx.edu/item/STMUlaw_TheWitan_2003March24_issue26.

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