The Witan, 2002-2003 Academic Year Issue 27, March 31, 2003

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The Witan, 2002-2003 Academic Year Issue 27, March 31, 2003


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St. Mary's University School of Law Issue 27 March 31, 2003


All students are invited to ask questions at a free “brown bag” lunch with Dean Bill Piatt on Wednesday April 2, 2003, in the Law Alumni Room beginning at 11:00. Lunch will be served at 11:00; questions and answers will begin after first-year classes let out at 11:20. OFFICE OF CAMPUS MINISTRY Peace in the Family: On April 3, at 12:15 p.m, there will be a lunch program sponsored by University Ministry and Counseling Center on improving family communications. Fr. Terry Weik, S.M. and Dr. Kurt Weber will facilitate the program. The program will be presented in the Campus Ministry Office/Life Directions Building adjacent to Law Faculty Building. 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. Easter Extravaganza: On Tuesday, April 15, from 4:30 - 6:00 p.m. the Law Campus Ministry and Phi Delta Phi will co-sponsor a Easter Extravaganza. On Monday, April 14, at 3:30 p.m., in the Foyer of the Law Faculty Building, volunteers are needed to stuff Easter eggs. All law school families are invited to participate in games and egg hunt. Volunteers are needed to help host children from area shelters and George Gervin Youth program. First-Year Section Candy and Plastic Easter Egg Competition: The section that brings in the most bags of candy or plastic Easter eggs receives an end of the year social. Barrels are located near the Law Campus Ministry office for donations. Any Phi Delta Phi member that participates will also have a donation pledged in their behalf to a Phi Delta Phi event. Donations must be received by noon Monday, April 14. Baby Shower at Healy Murphy: The Women's Bar Association in conjunction with

campus ministry will be sponsoring a baby shower for infants and toddlers at the child care center at Healy Murphy on April 11. Healy Murphy is a alternative educational program that provides child care and support service for at risk youth in order to assist them in completing their high school education. Anyone who wishes to donate new or gently used baby items can drop them off at the Law Campus Ministry office. PEOPLE'S LAW SCHOOL The ninth annual People's Law School will be held 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. FACULTY KUDOS Jeffrey F. Addicott, Assistant Professor of Law, has published Storm Clouds on the Horizon of Darwinism: Teaching the Anthropic Principle and Intelligent Design in Public Schools, in Volume 63, Number 6, Ohio State Law Journal. The law review article addresses the future legal ramifications that the fledgling intelligent design movement and the scientific concept known as the Anthropic Principle will have on the teaching of Darwinian evolution in the public schools. Both ideas are associated with the concept that an “unnamed” intelligent designer is responsible for the creation and sustainment of life. After covering all sides in the debate, the article argues that the Supreme Court will ultimately allow, for instance, school boards to incorporate intelligent design in the science curriculum. EXAMSOFT ExamSoft has just posted a MANDATORY Service Pack that should be installedprior to taking any additional exams. The Service Pack is available at the link provided below and will only take a few minutes to download, even on a slow dial-up connection. If you already took the Qualification Examwhen you initially installed SofTest, it need NOT be retaken. -2-

At the end of the SofTest Service Pack installation, you will be prompted to enter your Student ID and Password, both of which are provided at the bottom of this email message. Once again this is a MANDATORY Service Pack so you are required to install it if you intend to use SofTest to take exams this semester. The address is: Among the functionality enhancements included are: 1) Significantly improved spell checking program for those schools that permit its use. 2) Under the VIEW menu, a new "Hide Exam" option is available to block your screen when/if you walk away from your laptop during an exam (i.e. for restroom breaks). 3) Enhanced character & word count feature providing information on selected text, the current essay answer and for all essay answers combined. If you have any questions, please contact Joe Bravo at (210) 431-6702. ATTENTION STUDENTS If you are graduating this semester, the deadline for registering for PMBR is April 18. Also, April 18 is the deadline to pay your balance and receive the tapes or CDs you ordered. This deadline and notice supercedes all other notices regarding the deadline for paying your balances. This includes those students who paid a deposit during their first or second year, or the fall of their third year in order to get the CD’s you ordered for free, you must pay your balance by April 18. If you have any questions, please contact any PMBR Rep. If you need to know your balance, please contact PMBR at 1-800-523-0777. 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 -3-

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 PRO BONO CERTIFICATE The following 3Ls will be recognized at graduation with the Pro Bono Certificate. To qualify for the certificate a student must perform 50 hours of pro bono legal work, participate in the Border Assistance Project or successfully complete a clinical course. If a student believes he or she has been overlooked please call Joaquin Amaya at 431-5765. Carey Antwine Ana M. Arrazola Brooke A. Bauman Teresa M. Benitez Adrianna Bernal Linda Brandmiller Ana Maria Bustamante Lynn Cafiso Roger Calhoun Eduardo Castillo Maria Elena Castillo Dee Marlo E. Chico Laura Colunga Martinez Judith Anne Gres DeBerry Cynthia De Leon Suzanne Doughty Eduardo Xavier Escobar Analisa Figueroa Jason Galvan Ida Garcia Rose Elena Garza Charles E. Gold Jenee M. Gonzales Teresa Gonzales Hernandez Nancy G. Hardy Ronald Hope Renee Jaime Adriaan Jansee Gilbert Juarez Phelicia Kossie Takeshia Lane Julie Link Ronald R. Mackell, Jr. Mary Karin Magnelli Rachel Major Rosa Medina Victoria Meza Hayat F. Nassour Laura C. Oliveira George Christopher Peters Hugo Pina Griselda Ponce Laura Rodriquez Maria Ross Leigh Dayna Rumfield Veronica M. Segovia Shelly Marie Siegfried Corinne Smith Pamela Swank Aida Trevino Veronica Vallejo David Walton 1L Reps Annabel Lewis #573 Kim Frost Gonzales #503 Brooklynn Chandler #466

ST. MARY’S LAW JOURNAL ATTENTION FIRST-YEAR STUDENTS All first-year law students are encouraged to apply to be staff writers for the St. Mary’s Law Journal. There are many benefits to being a staff writer, including the chance to publish a comment in the Journal, which is one of the country’s top ten law reviews most frequently cited by state and -4-

federal courts. For more information on the application process, the St. Mary’s Law Journal invites all firstyear law students to an informational dinner on Tuesday, April 15, 2003 at 4:30 p.m. in the Alumni Room. Please join us for an informal discussion on the benefits of being a Journal staff writer and what the application process entails. In addition, on Tuesday, April 22, 2003 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., the Journal will have an Open House. Please stop by the Journal office for refreshments and an office tour. Representatives from the Journal will be there to answer any questions you may have concerning Journal membership. Please join us to consider this rewarding endeavor. THE SCHOLAR: ST. MARY’S LAW REVIEW ON MINORITY ISSUES The Scholar: St. Mary' Law Review on Minority Issues is currently recruiting Staff Writers s 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 office (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.

OFFICE OF FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE Endowed Scholarships: Applications may be obtained by requesting them at or at the Office of Financial Assistance. Deadline for the applications is 5:00 p.m., Monday, April 7. We recommend that you review the list of Endowed Scholarships on the St. Mary's School of Law website (, under the “admissions” section). If you find that you fit the criteria for one or more of those scholarships, it would be to your benefit to address in detail how you meet the criteria and include it in the narrative. For instance, there is one scholarship that is awarded to a student who is from a single parent family, whose parent works or worked in the legal community. The detailed information, such as the name of the parent, the description of the type of employment and place of employment would be appropriate to list on the narrative attached to the application. If you feel that you meet that or some other criteria and you have already turned in your application, you are still able to turn in the narrative statement so that we can attach it to your application. FAFSA Reminder: If you plan on receiving financial assistance for this coming year, you -5-

should have already completed your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for the 2003-2004 year. If not, please submit online immediately. The website is Summer Financial Assistance: Budgets for summers sessions as well as the Innsbruck program are now available in our office. In order to receive financial assistance for the summer, the 2003-2004 FAFSA must be completed as well as The Loan Information Form, which is now available in our office. DO NOT TURN IN UNTIL YOU HAVE REGISTERED FOR YOUR SUMMER COURSES. The form is due April 16 and allows for sufficient time to make any course changes you might need. Please note that you must be enrolled for a minimum of 2 hours in either Summer I or Summer II sessions to be considered eligible for financial assistance. If you are planning to attend another institution during Summer 2003, and want to be considered for financial assistance, you must complete a Student Consortium Agreement Form This form is available at the Law School Office of Financial Assistance. Any grade earned while attending another institution must appear on your academic transcript in order to avoid jeopardizing future loan disbursements. Due to recent changes in federal regulations, disbursement of the Stafford Loans will be different for those students who will only be attending one summer session, whether here at St. Mary's, at another institution, or any study abroad program. Half of the disbursement will come at the start of the summer session with the remaining half coming mid-way through the session. If this disbursement schedule is inconvenient, an Alternative Loan will allow one disbursement for the one summer session. For that reason you may want to process the Alternative Loan instead of the Stafford Loan. The Alternative Loan also allows us to request the funds a little earlier for those students who will be participating in a study abroad program. If however, you plan to attend two summer sessions, then half of the funding will come at the beginning of the first summer session and the remaining half at the beginning of the second summer session. PHI DELTA PHI To all new members, WELCOME! We are glad to have you. Voting for the 2003-2004 Executive Committee of Phi Delta Phi will take place Tuesday, April 1, 2003 at a general meeting from 4:30 to 5:30. Voting is anonymous and by ballot. Location of the meeting is LC 102. Due to a time conflict for some of our new members, votes may also be placed in the Law Classroom Building at a designated table from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00, April 1, 2003. Ballot's will include voting for outstanding students and Professors. Easter Extravaganza: Volunteers are needed on April 15, from 3:45 - 6:30 p.m. for Campus Ministry's Annual Easter Extravaganza 2003. It is a wonderful opportunity to have fun and give back to the community. There are a lot of games as well as the Easter Egg Hunt scheduled and we need volunteers to join in the Fun! We also need help with stuffing the eggs on April 14, at 3:30 p.m. A sign-up sheet is on the Phi Delta Phi Board in the Law Classroom Building. If you have -6-

any questions please contact Candace Kunz-Freed (Box 109) or Sister Grace. The Annual Spring Mixer will be on April 10. Look for the posted time and location on the Phi Delta Phi Board. NEED A FUN BREAK BEFORE FINALS HIT... JOIN US FOR A Diversity Festival at the Law School Courtyard Tuesday April 1, from 11:00 a.m. -1:00 p.m. (rain location: Alumni Room) We'll CELEBRATE!! the gains made nation-wide in creating a more diverse student body. The event is organized to coincide with oral arguments for the two University of Michigan affirmative action cases the U.S. Supreme Court will hear addressing whether 1) creating a diverse student body is a compelling government interest and 2) whether race can be used as a factor for admissions. Bringing students of different backgrounds together allows students to learn from people’s different experiences, backgrounds and perspectives. With this in mind, we have invited various organizations who represent minorities and who strive to bring forth different perspectives about society's concerns. Come have a good FREE meal and listen to music by a local DJ as you visit with representatives from these organizations! Sponsored by St. Mary’s Law Students for Diversity in Higher Education, HLSA, SBA and BALSA. For more information or to help out contact Griselda Ponce at 325-7090 or STUDENT ORGANIZATIONS Christian Legal Society will be meeting on Tuesday, April 1, at 11:30 a.m. in the Alumni room. Lunch will be provided. We will be discussing our Spiritual Gifts and plans for the end of the year barbeque. 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. Animal Law Review Annual Writing Competition. Papers must be a minimum of 25 double-spaced 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: or law. -7-

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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