The Witan, 2013-2014 Academic Year Issue 2, September 2, 2013

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The Witan, 2013-2014 Academic Year Issue 2, September 2, 2013

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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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2013-09-02

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WITAN
St. Mary’s University School of Law Issue 2 September 2, 2013 By LB
Submit articles to be published to Ms. Bebe Gonzalez (bgonzalez4@stmarytx.edu) in electronic format by noon Thursday

STUDENT BAR ASSOCIATION ELECTIONS 2013 LARRY G. HYDEN MOCK TRIAL COMPETITION VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR CONSTITUTION DAY LAW FOOD CART MANDATORY MEETING WITH THE TEXAS BOARD OF LAW EXAMINERS FOR FIRST-YEAR DAY AND EVENING STUDENTS 1L FINGERPRINTING - RESERVE THE DATE TEXAS BAR EXAMINATION FILING DEADLINES ACADEMIC SCHOLAR PROGRAM FIRST YEAR SECTION LUNCHES OFFICE OF CAREER SERVICES PROGRAMS RESEARCH ASSISTANTS NEEDED NEED A LOCKER? HEALTH INSURANCE ENROLLMENT DEADLINE CONSTRUCTION ON CAMPUS LAW MINISTRY YOUR LAW FRIEND FLINT FEST 1

JOIN AUSTIN YOUNG LAWYERS ASSOCIATION STUDENT ABA MEMBERSHIP POSTING NOTICES ATTENTION STUDENT ORGANIZATIONS EVENT SET-UPS TOBACCO PRODUCTS WRITING COMPETITIONS, FELLOWSHIPS AND SCHOLARSHIPS

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STUDENT BAR ASSOCIATION ELECTIONS
The Student Bar Association (SBA) will be holding elections for the 2013-2014 school year on September 10-11, 2013. The following positions are available:       Vice President (2L or 3L) 2L Senator 1L Senators (2 per Section) 1L Honor Court Justice American Bar Association Representative (2L) San Antonio Young Lawyers Association Representative (2L)

In order to run for a position, IT IS MANDATORY that candidates attend only one (1) of the following meetings: Tuesday, September 3: 11:30, 12:00, 12:30, 4:00, 4:30, 5:00, 5:30 Thursday, September 5: 1:00, 3:30, 5:30 All meetings will be held in the SBA Office on the first floor of the Raba Building, room 106D. Election results will be announced at Docket Call on September 12, 2013. If you cannot attend a meeting or have any questions, please contact Stephanie May, SBA Special Prosecutor, at StephMay17@gmail.com.

2013 LARRY G. HYDEN MOCK TRIAL COMPETITION
The Board of Advocates will be hosting the Larry G. Hyden Mock Trial Competition. Interested teams must sign up for the competition by Thursday, September 5, 2013 in the Law Classroom building or by e-mail to laurenvallykleinschmidt@gmail.com. Each team member is required to sign a consent form in order to be registered for the competition. The competition will consist of two-person teams. This year’s mock trial problem involves a criminal case. During the preliminary rounds each team will argue on two of three evenings, once as prosecution and once as defendant. Preliminary Rounds: September 9th, 10th and 11th Quarterfinal: September 16th Semi-Final Rounds: September 18th Final Round: September 20th 1L’s are not eligible to compete. However they are welcome to volunteer as a bailiff or witness. This is an excellent opportunity to observe the format of a mock trial competition.

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VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR CONSTITUTION DAY TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 17, 2013
The San Antonio Bar Association and San Antonio Chapter of the Federal Bar Association are offering an exciting volunteer opportunity to lawyers (and law students!) seeking to participate in the Constitution Day celebrations on Tuesday, September 17, 2013. High schools throughout San Antonio are in need of volunteers to present programs on the United States Constitution. Those desiring to participate, will be placed with a volunteer team of 3-4 members at a local high school. Easy-to-follow materials will be provided. Classroom or assembly presentation times are flexible and will range from 45 minutes to one hour and a half. This is a great opportunity to network with participating lawyers and judges while promoting the legal profession and educating a new generation on the Constitution. If you would like to volunteer or seek additional information regarding the volunteer opportunity, please contact Soña Ramirez, Ogletree Deakins at (210) 277-3626 or email sona.ramirez@ogletreedeakins.com or Teo Seger, Strasburger & Price, LLP at (210) 250-6000 or email teo.seger@strasburger.com and provide your name and contact information (office name and address, telephone number, and email address). You may also contact Naomi Howard, St. Mary’s student liaison to the San Antonio chapter of the Federal Bar Association, for more information about this volunteer opportunity or joining the student division of the FBA (512.699.5988 or naomihoward13@gmail.com).

LAW FOOD CART
Come get your tacos, soups, salads, sandwiches, snacks and drinks at the Law Food Cart located in the Law Classroom building, Student Lounge. The Food Cart is open Monday through Thursday. Breakfast is served 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. You pick up lunch from 10:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Rattler Card, credit cards and cash accepted. No checks please.

MANDATORY MEETING WITH THE TEXAS BOARD OF LAW EXAMINERS FOR FIRST-YEAR DAY AND EVENING STUDENTS
All first-year students, both day and evening, are required to attend the information meeting with the Board of Law Examiners that is scheduled for Tuesday, September 10, 2013, at 4:00 p.m. in Law Classrooms 101-102-103. Ms. Lori S. Adelman, Director, Character and Fitness, will conduct the meeting and impart crucial information for filing the Declaration of Intention to Study Law, as well as answer student questions about the process.

1L FINGERPRINTING - RESERVE THE DATE
L1 Identity Solutions will conduct the fingerprinting for all first-year law students for the Declaration of Intent for the Board of Law Examiners on Wednesday and Thursday, November 67, 2013 from 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. both days. Please reserve the date. Instructions for the

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registration process, which is completed after the Declaration has been filed, as well as the location will be announced at a later date. Please check your St. Mary’s Student Email account for more details on the 1L Fingerprinting process.

TEXAS BAR EXAMINATION FILING DEADLINES
Application deadlines for the Texas Bar Examination are noted as follow:

Examination Dates February July

File No Earlier Than June 30 November 30

Timely Postmark Deadline August 30 January 30

Absolute Postmark Deadline
Late Fee Required

October 30 March 30

Deadlines are STRICTLY enforced. Please refer to the Texas Board of Law Examiners website http://www.ble.state.tx.us/exam_info/deadlines_tbe.htm for more information.

ACADEMIC SCHOLAR PROGRAM
ALL 1Ls are encouraged to attend their designated Academic Scholar sessions. Academic Scholars are 2Ls and 3Ls who are here to help you learn and perfect the skills you need to succeed in law school. Each Academic Scholar will hold a weekly 50 minute session beginning the week of September 2, 2013. This is an excellent source of help as you learn to brief cases, develop outlines, and begin to prepare for exams later in the semester. WHO IS YOUR ACADEMIC SCHOLAR AND WHEN WILL THEY MEET? Beginning on the first day of class, please check the colorful spreadsheet posted on the bulletin board just inside the doors of the Law Classroom Building. You can find your name associated with your assigned Academic Scholar as well as the time and location of your Academic Scholar Sessions. We look forward to seeing all of you there.

FIRST YEAR SECTION LUNCHES
First year students – come on out to the Raba Faculty building and meet Sister Grace Walle, Law School Campus Minister. Enjoy a free lunch and learn all about service opportunities. Section B will meet Wednesday, September 4, 11:00 – 12:00 p.m. Section C will meet Wednesday, September 4, 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. Section D will meet Wednesday, September 4, 5:15 – 6:00 p.m. Section A will meet Thursday, September 5, 11:30 – 12:30 p.m.

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OFFICE OF CAREER SERVICES PROGRAMS
Please RSVP to attend any of the below listed programs: RSVP in the “Events” section of Symplicity under “Workshops.”. You will not be included in the head count for food if you do not RSVP at least 24-hours before the event. You may still attend the event; however, we ask that you do not eat until after the program concludes. Year Two Now What to Do? Tuesday, September 3, 2013 12:00 - 1:00 p.m., Law Alumni Room Lunch will be served. Class of 2015 you are invited to attend this program to learn about steps to take to stay on task with your career planning. Meet the Professionals Series: Oil and Gas Law Wednesday, September 4, 2013 12:00 - 1:00 p.m., Office of Career Services, Room 216, Law Library You may bring a brown bag lunch. LIMITED TO 10 STUDENTS, FIRST COME FIRST SERVE, SIGN UP IN SYMPLICITY The Meet the Professionals Series is a series of programs that provide students with an opportunity to learn from practitioners in a small setting. The practitioners will talk about their career and experiences and how they got to their current positions as well as answer student questions. This program will be presented by Ryan R. Murphy, who is a solo practitioner and has his own practice, Law Offices of Ryan R. Murphy, P.C. Meet the Professionals Series: Estate and Probate Law Tuesday, September 10, 2013 12:00 - 1:00 p.m., Office of Career Services, Room 216, Law Library You may bring a brown bag lunch. LIMITED TO 10 STUDENTS, FIRST COME FIRST SERVE, SIGN UP IN SYMPLICITY The Meet the Professionals Series is a series of programs that provide students with an opportunity to learn from practitioners in a small setting. The practitioners will talk about their career and experiences and how they got to their current positions as well as answer student questions. This program will be presented by alum Barrett Shipp of Heinrichs & De Gennaro, P.C. LL.M. Informational Meeting and Luncheon Wednesday, September 11, 2013 12:00 - 1:30 p.m., Atrium Lunch will be served. The Office of Academic and Student Affairs and the Office of Career Services will be holding a lunch meeting with LL.M. students to discuss questions related to academic skills, career resources, gaining experience through the Pro Bono program and the changing New York Bar Exam requirements.

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Charting Your Course over Your Last Year in School Tuesday, September 17, 2013 12:00 – 1:00 p.m., Law Alumni Room Lunch will be served. This program will refresh your game plan as your start your last year. Topics will include: Refreshing your resume, using Symplicity, gaining additional job skills in your last year, preparing for solo practice, learning about exit interviews and much more. Meet the Professionals Series: Intellectual Property Law Thursday, September 19, 2013 12:00 - 1:00 p.m., Office of Career Services, Room 216, Law Library You may bring a brown bag lunch. LIMITED TO 10 STUDENTS, FIRST COME FIRST SERVE, SIGN UP IN SYMPLICITY The Meet the Professionals Series is a series of programs that provide students with an opportunity to learn from practitioners in a small setting. The practitioners will talk about their career and experiences and how they got to their current positions as well as answer student questions. This program will be presented by alum Allan Braxdale of The Toler Law Group in Austin, Texas.

RESEARCH ASSISTANTS NEEDED
Professor David Grenardo is seeking two research assistants who are highly motivated with proficiency in Bluebook citing. The topics of the articles that will require research include: (1) getting a job as a law student and (2) pro bono. Strong grades and writing ability are also required. Work on a law journal is preferable. Please email your resume and a previous writing sample to Professor Grenardo, directly at dgrenardo@stmarytx.edu. Professor Wayne Scott also seeks two research assistants, who are motivated and proficient in Bluebook citing. Research will be conducted in Texas Civil Procedure and Mediation topics. Strong grades required as well as writing ability and work on a law journal is preferable. Please email your resume to Professor Scott at wscott@stmarytx.edu.

NEED A LOCKER?
Contact the Student Bar Association (SBA) for a locker to rent. Rental period is for the 2013-14 academic year and lockers rent for $50.00 each. Students must empty lockers by the last day of final exams on May 9, 2014. The SBA office is located in Raba, room 106D.

HEALTH INSURANCE ENROLLMENT
St. Mary’s University requires all students living on campus and all F1 international students to show proof of health insurance. All students who live on campus and all F1 international students are automatically billed for the Student Health Insurance program. If you already carry private insurance and wish to have the charge for the Student Health Insurance removed from your bill, then you may complete the waiver process by going to the following 7

link: https://www.academichealthplans.com/stmarytx/index.php. Deadline to waive the Student Health Insurance is September 5, 2013. There are no extensions to this deadline. F1 international students are NOT allowed to waive the Student Health Insurance for any reason. Commuter students who are interested in enrolling on the Student Health Insurance program can do so online by visiting: https://www.academichealthplans.com/stmarytx/index.php. Students have until September 5, 2013 to request that the insurance premium be added to your business account at STMU. The insurance brochure and FAQ’s are available online as well at http://www.stmarytx.edu/healthcenter. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the St. Mary’s Student Health Center (210) 436-3506.

CONSTRUCTION ON CAMPUS
Heads up in the parking areas! Because of construction on campus, we can anticipate substantially increased pedestrian traffic in the parking areas. Also, be aware that new stop signs were installed over the summer, so even if you are used to driving in the St. Mary’s lots, please learn new traffic patterns and slow down.

LAW MINISTRY
Sister Grace Walle, FMI is the Campus Minister for the St. Mary’s University School of Law. Her office is located in Room 105 of the Ernest Raba (Law Faculty) building. Sister Grace is available for pastoral counseling and spiritual guidance. Sister Grace also coordinates service programs that provide outreach to the community. Her telephone number is (210) 4363063 and her email address is gwalle@stmarytx.edu. Stop by for a cup of coffee or a PBJ sandwich, available at no cost, just outside her office.

YOUR LAW FRIEND
Interested in joining a free online community for law students? YourLawFriend seeks to encourage, collaborate and stimulate learning with all students who join their network. They even have a free online competition this month. Check it out at www.yourlawfriend.com.

FLINT FEST
Come one, come all to the annual Flint Fest on Friday, September 27, 2013, 6:30 p.m. at Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church Hall, 223 E. Summit Avenue, San Antonio, Texas, 78212. For a $10 donation you can enjoy food, drinks and door prizes. Contributions will benefit the Flint/Innsbruck Fund. Learn more about the Institute on World Legal Problems in Innsbruck. This event is sponsored by Law Ministry Office. For more information please contact Sister Grace Walle at gwalle@stmarytx.edu.

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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 All members receive the Austin Lawyer, a monthly newsletter

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.

STUDENT ABA MEMBERSHIP
The American Bar Association can help you meet the challenges of law school and prepare 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 at www.ambar.org/JoinFor1 or $60 for three years at www.ambar.org/JoinFor3 to: Watch your resume rise to the top of the stack through internships, fellowships, clerkships, public service volunteer opportunities and competitions. Discover your passion through free and affordable special interest groups with webinars and networking events. Get help through school and beyond with the Student Lawyer magazine, the ABA Journal, discounts on study aides and bar review courses and valuable health insurance.

Enroll today by visiting www.ambar.org/JoinFor1 or www.ambar.org/JoinFor3 or call 800-285-2221 and mention code RMM12ELSA. Start preparing for your future today.

POSTING NOTICES
A student organization may publicize an event or deadline through announcements:

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 In the Witan (provide a copy to Ms. Bebe Gonzalez (bgonzalez4@stmarytx.edu) by noon Thursday.  On its organization bulletin board  On the posting walls in the east and west foyers of the law classroom building and in the west foyer of the law faculty building, provided the notice is: (1) not greater than 11” x 17” (legal size) and (2) not posted more than ten days before an event; Except as provided above, do not tape, staple, pin, or otherwise display any notice on walls or furniture of any building at the Law Center (including classroom entry doors). Announcements posted in violation of this rule will be removed.

ATTENTION STUDENT ORGANIZATIONS EVENT SET-UPS
Work Order requests for event set-ups should be submitted 10-days 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.

TOBACCO PRODUCTS
Smoking is prohibited in all law school buildings. Please refrain from the use of all tobacco products in the library and in the classrooms. Chewing tobacco, in particular, can stain furniture and carpets and the waste disposal process is distracting to others.

WRITING COMPETITIONS, FELLOWSHIPS AND SCHOLARSHIPS
If a link is not provided below for detailed information to any of the below writing competitions, fellowships or scholarships, please email Bebe Gonzalez, Office of Academic and Student Affairs at bgonzalez4@stmarytx.edu. 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 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. 10

Submission deadline is September 10, 2013. The Association of Securities and Exchange Commission Alumni, Inc. (ASECA) is pleased to announce their 2013 Securities Law Writing Competition. First prize is $5,000, second prize is $3,000 and third prize is $2,000. The topic may be any subject in the field of securities law. Unpublished papers, papers published in any law journal or other publication during calendar year 2013, and papers scheduled for publication in 2013 or 2014 are eligible for submission. Co-authored papers are not eligible. Mail two copies of submission to ASECA, P. O. Box 5767, Washington, D.C., 20016. Deadline to submit a paper is November 15, 2013. The Association of Securities and Exchange Commission Alumni, Inc. (ASECA) is pleased to announce their 2013 Securities Law Writing Competition. First prize is $5,000, second prize is $3,000 and third prize is $2,000. The topic may be any subject in the field of securities law. Unpublished papers, papers published in any law journal or other publication during calendar year 2013, and papers scheduled for publication in 2013 or 2014 are eligible for submission. Co-authored papers are not eligible. Mail two copies of submission to ASECA, P. O. Box 5767, Washington, D.C., 20016. Deadline to submit a paper is November 15, 2013. The Florida State University Center for Innovative Collaboration in Medicine and Law will present awards for the outstanding original papers submitted by a law student. Prize is $250. Deadline to submit a paper is January 2 2014. For more information please go to http://med.fsu.edu/?fuseaction=news.viewArticle&usemenu=innovativeCollaboration&newsID= 493 UCLA School of Law, The Dukeminier Awards Best Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Law Review Articles 2013 Student Writing Competition. Submission deadline is January 17, 2014. Prize is $1,000. http://williamsinstitute.law.ucla.edu/dukeminierstudentwriting-competition/.

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