The Witan, 2012-2013 Academic Year Issue 31, April 22, 2013

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The Witan, 2012-2013 Academic Year Issue 31, April 22, 2013

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WITAN
St. Mary’s University School of Law Issue 31 April 22, 2013 By VMM
Submit articles to be published to Ms. Bebe Gonzalez (bgonzalez4@stmarytx.edu) in electronic format by noon Thursday

NEW LIBRARY SERVICES FOR STUDENTS PHONE CHARGE STATION AND SHREDDERS LEGAL RESEARCH ACCOUNTS FOR SUMMER: BLOOMBERG LAW TECHNOLOGY SURVEY STUDENT LOCKERS DONATE YOUR STUDY MATERIALS GRADUATION CORDS FOR PHI DELTA PHI USHERS NEEDED FOR CLASS OF 2013 GRADUATION CEREMONY ORIENTATION LEADERS NEEDED FOR 1L ORIENTATION BAR SKILLS PREPARATION CLASS INNSBRUCK DEADLINES 2013 COMMENCEMENT INFORMATION VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR ID RECOVERY PROGRAM TEXAS LAWYERS CONCERNED FOR LAWYERS CONVENTION JOIN AUSTIN YOUNG LAWYERS ASSOCIATION CLINIC APPLICANTS FOR SUMMER/FALL/SPRING 2013-14 JOIN THE AMERICAN BAR ASSOCIATION BIBLE STUDY CLASSES 1

NOISE LEVEL EVENT SET-UPS FOR STUDENT ORGANIZATIONS WRITING COMPETITIONS, FELLOWSHIPS AND SCHOLARSHIPS

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LEGAL RESEARCH ACCOUNTS FOR SUMMER: BLOOMBERG LAW The School of Law recently received access to Bloomberg Law. This is a new database launched by Bloomberg which will compete with Westlaw and Lexis Nexis as a high end legal research tool. It includes:  comprehensive material for legal, finance, business, and news research  federal dockets and filings, including all material found in PACER  case law and statutes similar to Westlaw and Lexis Nexis  ability to update case law research with BCite, similar to Shepard's or Key Cite Why use Bloomberg Law?  You can use it over the summer.  You can use it doing paid work for a private employer.  New grads can use Bloomberg Law for 6 months after graduation. How to register your Bloomberg Law account: 1. Go to http://bloomberglaw.com/activate. 2. Fill out the required information. Leave activation code blank. You do not need an activation code. You must use your St. Mary's email address ending in stmarytx.edu or @mail.stmarytx.edu. (For what law school you attend, select "St. Mary's University School of Law" from the drop down menu.) 3. Click "Submit." 4. Check your email account for the confirmation email from Bloomberg. Click the link in that email. If you do not receive a user account within 3 days, then contact Electronic Services Librarian, Wilhelmina Randtke (wrandtke@stmarytx.edu; 210.436.3512) for assistance.

NEW LIBRARY SERVICES FOR STUDENTS PHONE CHARGE STATION AND SHREDDERS
We are pleased to announce that the library has recently purchased two paper shredders and a cell-phone charging station for use by students. The charging station is mounted on the wall by the printers in the Computer Lab. The shredders can shred paper, CDs, and other similar items. One shredder is located in the copy room on the second floor, and the other is located in the first floor copy room next to the stairwell. Next time you have confidential papers to discard, please use the shredder for appropriate disposal. For comments or questions, email Robert Hu at rhu@stmarytx.edu.

TECHNOLOGY SURVEY
We want to hear from you! The Annual Student Technology Survey provides St. Mary's University with insight into the technical needs of students. This is an opportunity for Law Students to give input as to what is working well, and what additional options are needed. Four participants 3

will be randomly selected to win a $25 gift certificate from the Bookstore. Please click or copy and paste the below link into your browser to take the survey. http://stmarys.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_1AZSTBxsyAr5aGV

STUDENT LOCKERS
Students, it is time to renew your rental locker agreement. Please stop by the Student Bar Association, room 106D in Raba to renew your agreement. If you will not be renewing your agreement, please return your locker key no later Friday, May 10, 2013. All lockers will be emptied on June 2nd. Third year students who need their locker for bar purposes, please email d_andreas01@yahoo.com so that your locker items are not discarded.

DONATE YOUR STUDY MATERIALS
If you have study materials that you will not want after the end of this semester, please consider donating them to the Office of Academic and Student Affairs. Materials such as commercial outlines, commercial flashcards, CDs, and books such as Examples and Explanations or Nutshells will be accepted. All donations may be dropped off at the office, Raba 106. The students who will benefit from these materials in the future thank you for your generosity!

GRADUATION CORDS FOR PHI DELTA PHI
3L’s: Graduation cords are in! You can pick up graduation cords for $10 (exact cash or check) with Yvonne Olfers. She has a list of those students eligible for cords. Potential New Initiates - Phi Delta Phi is an invitation only honor’s society. Invitations have gone out. Please check your St. Mary’s email and campus mail box for a formal invitation. The invitation outlines the procedure for joining Phi Delta Phi. If you did not receive an invitation and believe you qualify, please check the PDP bulletin board in the Law Classroom Building for instruction on how to verify your qualification. Questions? Please email stmarypdp@gmail.com.

USHERS NEEDED FOR CLASS OF 2013 GRADUATION CEREMONY
Please volunteer to be an usher at the law school graduation on Saturday, May 18, 2013 located in the Alumni Athletics & Convocation Center. Ushers will be invited to attend the graduation reception at the St. Anthony Hotel immediately following graduation. Please e-mail StephMay17@gmail.com for more information.

ORIENTATION LEADERS NEEDED FOR 1L ORIENTATION
Help welcome the new Class of 2016 to St. Mary’s! Volunteer to be an Orientation Leader this August during 1L Orientation. Please e-mail StephMay17@gmail.com for more information. 4

BAR SKILLS PREPARATION CLASS
Students who are taking the Texas Bar in February 2014 and who want to take the Bar Skills Preparation Class should contact Professor Tullos at ktullos@stmarytx.edu for information on enrollment.

INNSBRUCK DEADLINES
May 1 is the deadline to register for Innsbruck courses and pay the $100 registration fee, which is credited toward tuition. It’s not too late to apply. May 1 is also the deadline to apply for the Emiliano Infante Segrera Scholarship, which will be awarded to one or more Innsbruck students. A description of the scholarship appears on the Innsbruck web page under “Tuition.” See Professor Reamey for details.

2013 COMMENCEMENT INFORMATION
Please visit http://www.stmarytx.edu/law/pdf/EventSheet2013.pdf for a complete schedule of activities and events leading to 2013 law school commencement.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR ID RECOVERY PROGRAM
St. Mary’s Center for Legal and Social Justice is looking for volunteers to assist with the ID Recovery Program at Haven for Hope, San Antonio’s largest homeless shelter. Obtaining an ID is particularly important to the homeless population as a picture ID is required to gain employment, housing, public benefits, cash a check, and the like. Lack of valid identification continues to be a large barrier to people experiencing homelessness. Volunteers will work with current student attorneys and supervising attorneys at an office in Prospects Courtyard (PCY), Haven for Hope on Friday afternoons (1:00 – 4:00 p.m.) and the last two (2) Saturdays of each month (9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.) After a brief training and interview shadowing, volunteers will begin conducting interviews with clients on their own to determine what documentation is necessary to obtain a Texas State Identification Card. In addition to interview experience, volunteers will benefit from interacting with persons from a variety of backgrounds including persons experiencing homelessness, social workers, case managers, law student attorneys, and supervising attorneys. This is a great opportunity to earn pro bono hours, so please bring your pro bono tracking sheets for us to fill out. If you are interested in volunteering and can commit to at least three (3) separate days please contact Jessica Sprague (jsprague@stmarytx.edu) or Trey Cammack at tcammack3@yahoo.com for training, directions, and schedule.

TEXAS LAWYERS CONCERNED FOR LAWYERS CONVENTION
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The 24th Annual Texas Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers Convention will be held in San Antonio on May 31 - June 2, 2013. Law students, who are affected by substance abuse issues, mental health challenges, or both, can receive a scholarship to attend this convention, which offers information sessions, networking, and six hours of ethics CLE credit. Interested students should contact the Texas Lawyers Assistance Project (TLAP) at 1.800.343.8527. Information shared with TLAP is confidential. For more information, contact the Office of Academic and Student Affairs at 210.436.3541.

JOIN AUSTIN YOUNG LAWYERS ASSOCIATION
Do you live in Austin or are you planning on practicing in Austin? Join Austin Young Lawyers Association (AYLA). A one year student membership is $25 or $50 for a three year membership (good even after graduation). Other reasons to join AYLA:         Networking/social opportunities Free monthly "Docket Call" Happy Hours and the Annual Holiday Party Pro Bono and Community Service Volunteer Opportunities Austin Bar Association/AYLA Joint Luncheons Annual Bench-Bar Conference Opportunities to mix, mingle, and make new friends Opportunity for participation in various athletic events and tournaments Other Benefits All members receive the Austin Lawyer, a monthly newsletter

The Bottom Line This is a great opportunity to meet and work with young Austin attorneys - any one of which could be your connection to a job! To join, please go to the AYLA website at www.ayla.org.

CLINIC APPLICANTS FOR SUMMER/FALL/SPRING 2013-14
Couldn’t make it to the Clinic Information Sessions but still want to apply to the Clinical Education Programs? Check out our TWEN page “Clinic Applicants for Summer/Fall/Spring 2013-2014” For questions, please call Marisa Santos at 210.431.5703 or email msantos@stmarytx.edu. Applications are now being considered on a rolling basis. For more information on the clinical programs please visit the Center for Legal and Social Justice Clinic website at http://www.stmarytx.edu/law/index.php?site=centerForLegalAndSocialJustice.

JOIN THE AMERICAN BAR ASSOCIATION
The American Bar Association can help you meet the challenges of law school and also prepare you for your career. Join the American Bar Association Law Student Division today to start building your professional network. Join now for the special law student rate of just $25 a year 6

at www.ambar.org/JoinFor1 or $60 for three years at www.ambar.org/JoinFor3.

BIBLE STUDY CLASSES
Bible study classes with Professor Addicott are ongoing this semester. The Bible study classes are non-denominational and expository in nature. Instruction is based on the original languages of Scripture, on a line-by-line basis in the context of historical reality and categorical doctrines. Professor Addicott was trained for 30 years under the direct ministry of R. B. Thieme, Jr. (1918-2009). Stop by the Center for Terrorism Law for details.

NOISE LEVEL
If you are in the Law Classroom Building or in Raba while classes are in session, please be considerate of the students who are in class and keep the noise level in the hall to a minimum. Your fellow students thank you!

EVENT SET-UPS FOR STUDENT ORGANIZATIONS
Work Order requests for event set-ups for student organizations should be submitted 10days in advance to Ofilia Rodarte, Dean’s Office, orodarte@stmarytx.edu. Please note this is a St. Mary’s University Housekeeping Division policy. This advance notice allows the Housekeeping Division to appropriately schedule staff, set-up, and breakdown of your event. Work Orders received after this deadline will be accommodated when possible, however not guaranteed.

WRITING COMPETITIONS, FELLOWSHIPS AND SCHOLARSHIPS
If a link is not provided below for detailed information to any of the below writing competitions and scholarships, please email Bebe Gonzalez at bgonzalez4@stmarytx.edu. Federal Bar Association, Southern District of Texas Chapter, Blask Fellowship Grants for Summer Federal Interns now being accepted. Grants of at least $2,000 are available for a limited number of law students who serve as legal interns for a minimum of six weeks during the summer of 2013 in the offices of a federal court or agency located within the Southern District of Texas. Send resume with GPA and class rank together with a letter: identifying your federal employer(s), date(s) of employment, and other stipends or awards received and any paid employment either during the school year or planned for the sumer; describing your interest in federal public service; and discussing any special circumstances you would like considered to: Fba.southtx@gmail.com. Deadline to apply is Monday, April 29, 2013. Administrative Law and Regulatory Practice Gellhorn-Sargentich Law Student Essay Award Competition. Prize $5,000 and possible publication. Entry deadline is May 1, 2013. http://www.americanbar.org/groups/administrative_law/initiatives_awards/gellhorn_sargentich_law_ student_essay_competition.html.

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Entries for The Symposium XXVI Chief Justice John B. Doolin Writing Competition are now being accepted. The subject matter of the paper may be on any area of the law relating to Native Americans or other indigenous peoples. First, second, and third prizes in the amounts of $750, $500 and $250 will be awarded. Entry criteria and requirements may be found at www.thesovereigntysymposium.com or contact Julie Rorie at (405) 556-9371 or email julie.rorie@oscn.net. Entries must be received by May 1, 2013. IT-Lex, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to educational, literary, and scientific advancement in the field of technology law, is proud to announce its first Technology Law Writing Competition. Top three winning submissions will receive $5,000, $1,000, $500. For more information, please visit www.it-lex.org/writing-contest. Deadline to apply is May 1, 2013. National Association of Women Lawyers is seeking entries for its 2012-13 Selma Moidel Smith Law Student Writing Competition. Entrants should submit a paper on an issue concerning women’s rights or the status of women in the law. Cash prize of $500 will be awarded for first-place essay. Entries must be received by May 1, 2013. Writing guidelines may be found at http://nawl.timberlakepublishing.com/files/2013National%20Association%20of%20Women%20La wyers%20Selma%20Moidel.pdf. The Women Trial Lawyers Caucus of the American Association for Justice (AAJ) announces the 2013 Mike Eidson Scholarship. The Scholarship, traditionally given in the amount of $5,000, is awarded annually to a rising 3L (or rising 4L in a night program) female student who has demonstrated a commitment to a career as a plaintiffs’ lawyer or criminal defense lawyer, along with a dedication to upholding and defending the principles of the Constitution, and to the concept of a fair trial, the adversary system, and a just result for the injured, the accused, and those whose rights are jeopardized. For more information on this scholarship, please go to the AAJ website at http://www.justice.org/cps/rde/xchg/justice/hs.xsl/8514.htm. Application deadline is May 1, 2013. The College of Labor and Employment Lawyers and American Bar Association Section of Labor and Employment Law announces their annual law student writing competition. Entries may address any aspect of public or private sector labor and/or employment law relevant to the American labor and employment bar. First place: $1500, second place, $1000 and third place is $500. Articles must be submitted by 5:00 p.m. EDST, May 15, 2013. Rules may be found at http://www.laborandemploymentcollege.org/products/Writing%20Competition.aspx. The International Law Section of the State Bar of Texas is sponsoring the 2013 Texas Law Student Legal Writing Contest. Entries should address any area of international law. First place entry will be awarded $1,000 and $500 for second place. Entries must be received by May 31, 2013. For more information on this writing completion, please visit the ILSTexas website at http://www.ilstexas.org/International%20website%20scripts%20%20do%20not%20touch%20!!!/Student%20Outreach/2013/contest2013.pdf The American College of Employee Benefits Counsel is pleased to announce the Ninth Annual Employee Benefits Writing Competition. Papers must deal with employee benefit topics. 8

Cash prizes will be awarded for up to two winning papers. Deadline is June 1, 2013. For competition rules please go to www.acebc.com. The American Judges Association (AJA) announces its Twenty-Fifth Annual Law Student Essay Competition. Essays submitted must be under the category of “Comparing Hearsay Rules in Different Courts.” First prize is $3,000, second prize is $1,500, and third prize is $1,000. Entries must be postmarked no later than June 1, 2013. For more information, please see http://aja.ncsc.dni.us. LexisNexis Matthew Bender is pleased to announce the Fourteenth Annual James William Moore Federal Practice Award. The award is intended to recognize outstanding scholarship in federal and civil practice and procedure. Articles must be postmarked by June 3, 2013. Eligibility requirements can be found at http://bit.ly/Moore-2013. The University of Connecticut Law School announces their legal writing competition. Prizes include $750 for the first-place winner, $500 for the second-place winner and $250 for the third-place winner. The competition rules and intent to enter form are available online at http://www.law.uconn.edu/node/9541. The deadline to enter is June 3, 2013. Applications are now being accepted for the Sovereignty Symposium XXVI Ed Edmondson Scholarship. One-hundred (100) Symposium tuition only scholarships are being offered. Applicants should demonstrate an interest in and dedication to Native American law issues and the need for scholarship in a simple letter of application. For further information please contact Julie Rorie at (405) 556-9371 or email julie.rorie@oscn.net. Deadline to apply is June 4, 2013. The Judge John R. Brown Scholarship Foundation is pleased to announce their twentieth annual Brown Award to recognize Excellence in Legal Writing. The 2013 recipient of the Brown award will received $10,000 for their winning paper. For contest guidelines and rules, please go to www.brownsims.com/judgebrownaward.htm. Deadline for submission is June 7, 2013. The Theodore Tannenwald, Jr. Foundation for Excellence in Tax Scholarship and The American College of Tax Counsel are pleased to announce the 2013 Tannenwald Writing Competition. The subject may be on any federal or state tax topic. First prize is $5,000; second prize is $2,500; and third prize is $1,500. For competition rules, please go to www.tannenwald.org. Entry deadline is July 1, 2013. The Committee on Animals and the Law of the New York State Bar Association announce the Fifth Annual Student Writing Competition. Articles in any area of animal law are being accepted. The first place winner will receive a $1,000 scholarship and second place will receive $500 scholarship. Deadline to enter is July 1, 2013. For rules please visit http://www.nysba.org/AM/Template.cfm?Section=Student_Writing_Competition. The Public Investors Arbitration Bar Association (PIABA) is pleased to announce the James E. Beckley writing competition. This is a writing competition for students who are interested in 9

Securities Arbitration and Securities law. First prize is $1000, Second prize is $750 and third prize is $500. For more information please visit www.piabafoundation.org. Submission deadline is September 10, 2013. Criminal Justice Citizen Amicus Brief Project. Prize: $500 and possible publication in a future Criminal Justice Section periodical. For more information please visit: http://www.americanbar.org/groups/criminal_justice/citizen_amicus.html.

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