The Witan, 2013-2014 Academic Year Issue 30, April 14, 2014

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The Witan, 2013-2014 Academic Year Issue 30, April 14, 2014

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WITAN
St. Mary’s University School of Law Issue 30 April 14, 2014 By LHB
Submit articles to be published to Ms. Bebe Gonzalez (bgonzalez4@stmarytx.edu) in electronic format by noon Thursday

FIESTA FAREWELL – LUNCH & CLASS PHOTO TODAY GOOD FRIDAY CLASS SCHEDULE 2014 CHINA PIONEER FUND RECIPIENTS LAWYERING THROUGH THE YEARS – NETWORKING EVENT 5TH ANNUAL CJP GOLF TOURNAMENT THIS WEEK FALL 2014 ACADEMIC SCHOLAR APPLICATIONS DUE THIS WEEK CLINICAL EDUCATION COURSES FOR CREDIT LAST WEEK TO REGISTER FOR SUMMER AND FALL COURSES COURSE ADVISING SUMMER & FALL EXTERNSHIPS – PRACTICE CREDIT PROGRAM CELEBRATE NATIONAL LIBRARY WEEK 40 CANS FOR LENT – FOOD DRIVE RESEARCH STUDY OF STUDENTS WITH MENTAL ILLNESS RESEARCH ASSISTANT NEEDED COMMENCEMENT 2014 – SCHEDULE OF EVENTS TEXAS BAR EXAMINATION FILING DEADLINES ST. MARY’S UNIVERSITY HOLY WEEK SERVICES FITNESS CLASSES 1

EXPOSITORY BIBLE CLASS TEXAS LAWYERS ASSISTANCE PROGRAM FOR LAW STUDENTS EVENT SET-UP FOR STUDENT ORGANIZATIONS TOBACCO PRODUCTS WRITING COMPETITIONS AND SCHOLARSHIPS

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FIESTA FAREWELL “ALMOST LAW ALUMNI”
Join the “Almost Law Alumni” for Fiesta Farewell on Monday, April 14, 2014 at 12:00 noon in the Law School Plaza. All students, faculty and staff are invited. Charles E. Cantú, J.D., M.C.L., LL.M., Dean and St. Mary’s University Distinguished South Texas Professor of Law will offer remarks, followed by welcome, service awards, blessing of all third year students and a luncheon. A class graduation picture will follow the luncheon. Please dress appropriate. Pictures will be available for sale.

GOOD FRIDAY CLASS SCHEDULE
St. Mary’s University will be closed on Friday, April 18 in observance of Good Friday. Friday classes WILL MEET on Thursday, April 17th. Thursday classes are cancelled.

2014 CHINA PIONEER FUND RECIPIENTS
Congratulations to Kody Dobecka, Olivia Mallary and Brittani Booker, all 1Ls who are the recipients of the 2014 China Pioneer Fund. Law Ministry thanks everyone for their participation.

LAWYERING THROUGH THE YEARS
Defense Counsel of San Antonio Student Chapter – Networking Event Defense Counsel of San Antonio Student Chapter is hosting "Lawyering Through the Years" networking event. The event will be a panel discussion followed by a reception for judges, attorneys, and students. Members and non-members are invited to attend Tuesday, April 15, 2014 from 6:00 - 7:30 p.m. in the Alumni Room, Sarita Kenedy East Law Library. Hors d'oeuvres and wine will be served.

5TH ANNUAL CJP GOLF TOURNAMENT
The Community Justice Program (CJP) of the San Antonio Bar Association is holding its 5th Annual Golf Tournament on Thursday, April 17, 2014, at the Quarry Golf Club. Registration begins at 12:00 p.m. with a 1:00 p.m. shotgun start. There will also be a BBQ dinner. To sign up as a Team or as an Individual, to participate, or to simply donate, on behalf of yourself or for your organization, please contact Suzanne DeWalt by telephone at (210) 227-8822, ext. 26, or by e-mail at suzanned@sabar.org. To register online or to download a registration form, please visit the San Antonio Bar Association link at http://www.sanantoniobar.org/displaycommon.cfm?an=1&subarticlenbr=107.

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FALL 2014 ACADEMIC SCHOLAR APPLICATIONS
The Office of Academic & Student Affairs is seeking second- and third-year law students to serve as Academic Scholars to teach skills to first-year students during the Fall 2014 semester. This is a paid position. Prospective Scholars should be conscientious, possess a personal standard of academic excellence, work well with students from diverse educational backgrounds, communicate effectively, and exhibit a desire to teach and learn. QUALIFICATIONS 1. 2. 3. 4. Be currently enrolled at St. Mary’s. Be interested in teaching basic law school skills to a diverse group of 1Ls. Be conscientious and creative. Be able to demonstrate academic achievement.

Please stop by the Office of Academic and Student Affairs in Raba 106 E to pick up an application. For more information, please call Kevin Robinowich, Director of Academic Support, at 210.436.3987. Applications are due in the Office of Academic & Student Affairs by 12:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 17, 2014.

CLINICAL EDUCATION COURSES FOR CREDIT
It’s not too late to Register for Summer and Fall/Spring – Accepted on a Rolling basis! Are you interested in hands-on, real life experiences practicing law, and helping those who otherwise wouldn’t receive legal assistance? St. Mary’s Law offers three exciting courses in clinical education: Civil Justice (Open to 2 and 3Ls), Criminal Justice (Open to 3Ls) and Immigration/Human Rights (Open to 2 and 3Ls). Upload your Student Interest Form and Resume onto the TWEN page – “Clinical Applicants. Summer/Fall/Spring 2014/2015” or drop off a hard copy at the front desk of the CLSJ. Contact person – Marisa Santos, (210) 431-5703, msantos@stmarytx.edu.

LAST WEEK TO REGISTER FOR SUMMER AND FALL COURSES
Students may register for Summer 2014 and Fall 2014 as noted below. Students should use the hours earned at the end of the fall 2013 semester to determine when you can register. Beginning at 8:00 a.m. on April 12 through midnight April 19, 2014 - all year groups Please check Gateway for information regarding any holds that might be placed on your online registration screen. If there is a hold, the office that placed the hold is the only authorized 4

office to remove the hold. For any questions or concerns, please contact Ms. Catherine Mery at cmery@stmarytx.edu.

COURSE ADVISING
The Office of Academic and Student Affairs will once again offer course advising to all law students in an effort to help plan Summer and Fall 2014 schedules. To make a course advising appointment, students should contact Patricia Solano at 210.431.4340 or academicaffairs@stmarytx.edu. All 1Ls who have been required to complete the 2014 Spring Fundamental Skills Workshop are also required to schedule and attend a course advising appointment before your registration period begins. Failure to do so will prevent registration for Summer and Fall 2014 courses.

PRACTICE CREDIT PROGRAMS (PCP)
It’s not too late for SUMMER externships! Don’t forget to think about your FALL experiences! Contact AMANDA RIVAS Schedule a one-on-one meeting. arivas@stmarytx.edu ; Office phone: 210.431.5712 Office Hours Mondays 10:00 a.m. – Noon Thursdays 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. (@ Career Services Office)  SUMMER positions: 1. Kinetic Concepts, Inc. a.k.a KCI (In House Counsel) 2. V.A. Audie Murphy- MedMal/Torts- (San Antonio) 3. Equal Justice Center- Employment law- (San Antonio) 4. Texas RioGrande Legal Aid (San Antonio-tax, property, others) 5. 14th Court of Appeals (Houston) 6. District Courts (South Texas) 7. Federal Public Defender (San Antonio) 8. Bexar County Juvenile Probation (In House Counsel- San Antonio) FALL positions: 1. MALDEF (San Antonio) 2. Legislative Counsel’s Office (Austin) 3. Kinetic Concepts, Inc (In House Counsel- San Antonio) 4. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission a.k.a. EEOC (San Antonio) 5. Bexar County Juvenile Probation (In House Counsel- San Antonio)



Read about the two program options (PCP Externship or PCP Independent Study) on our website: https://www.stmarytx.edu/academics/law/centers/practice-credit-program/ 5

PLAN ahead: PCP Externship program (including In House Counsel) MANDATORY class.The PCP Independent Study Program does NOT require this class. Contact Amanda Rivas with any questions about the program or class at arivas@stmarytx.edu In House Counsel Class Summer- Monday, May 12th 10:00 a.m. – Noon Summer Class Saturday, May 10th Saturday, June 7th Fall Class Friday, August 22nd In House Counsel Class Thursday, August 21st, 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.
DISCLAIMER: You may attend the class even if you are not formally registered and you are still trying to solidify a placement. If you get a qualified job later and have not attended the class, you will be precluded from registering for the Externship course and gaining the maximum amount of credits.

CELEBRATE NATIONAL LIBRARY WEEK
April 13-19, 2014 The Law Library staff is conducting activities for National Library Week, an annual national observance sponsored by the American Library Association and libraries across the United States. National Library Week is April 13-19 and the theme is Lives Change at Your Library. During this week-long celebration, library staff will host different activities daily, including movie trivia questions, book display, rare book room tours, and the library’s 30th anniversary ceremony and reception. All students are invited to take part in this weeklong celebration. Participants will be entered into drawings of prizes including a library carrel, movie tickets, and thumb drives. A detailed schedule will be displayed at the Law Library entrance. For questions, please contact Ms. Fang Wang, Reference and Special Collection Services Librarian, Email: fwang@stmarytx.edu.

40 CANS FOR LENT – FOOD DRIVE
The Law Ministry Office in partnership with Catholic Charities is collecting canned food through April 26, 2014 to help fight hunger in our community. Suggested non-perishable food items include canned tuna/chicken, canned soups, canned vegetables/fruits, peanut butter/jelly, rice/beans, pastas and noodles. Collection barrels are located by the Law Ministry Office and at the Legal & Social Justice Center. 6

RESEARCH STUDY OF STUDENTS WITH MENTAL ILLNESS
Michael McCue, J.D., doctoral student at Michigan State University’s Higher Adult, and Lifelong Education program needs second- and third-year law students who have been diagnosed with mental illness for a research study. Participation in this study may help future law students with mental illness find ways to succeed in law school. Study participants must be currently enrolled as a 2L or 3L, be diagnosed with a mental illness; and, currently receiving treatment. Participation in the study is confidential and participants will be identified with a pseudonym. The process consists of three interviews of approximately 1-hour each. The study has been granted IRB approval from Michigan State University. Please contact Mr. McCue, at mccuemi@msu.edu or via phone at 517.391.6594.

RESEARCH ASSISTANT NEEDED
Professor Wayne Scott seeks to hire a 2 or 3L research assistant to help him in preparing a law review article. Please email ruarkg@aol.com, telephone 210.431-2271 or stop by his office in Raba, LFB 278.

COMMENCEMENT 2014 – SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
Are you graduating in May? Please see the below link for the schedule of events for Commencement. This information and link is also available on the Law School website at https://www.stmarytx.edu/academics/law/currentstudents/graduation2014/.

TEXAS BAR EXAMINATION FILING DEADLINES
Deadlines are strictly enforced
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

Examination Dates February July

ST. MARY’S UNIVERSITY HOLY WEEK SERVICES
Holy Thursday, April 17, 7:00 p.m., Mass at the Lord’s Supper, Guadalupe Chapel Good Friday, April 18, 3:00 p.m., Good Friday Service, Guadalupe Chapel Saturday Vigil, April 19, 8:00 p.m., Guadalupe Chapel Easter Sunday, April 20, 11:00 a.m., Guadalupe Chapel

FITNESS CLASSES
Looking to get into shape or stay in shape? Check out the Spring 2014 fitness classes at https://www.stmarytx.edu/campuslife/activities/recreation/fitness-classes/. These classes are 7

available to all students, faculty and staff. Be sure to sign up today!

EXPOSITORY BIBLE CLASS
Anyone interested in learning the methodology and mechanics of the Bible are invited to attend Professor Jeffrey Addicott’s “Bible Class”. The classes are free and open to the public. Bible classes are held in the small conference room at the Center for Terrorism Law in the Raba building. Time: 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. on Tuesday and Thursday, and 10:00 a.m. on Sunday. The classes cover individual books of the Bible using categorical, theological, and analytical teaching. Bring a pen and notebook. For more information contact Evan Anders at evananders13@gmail.com or (361) 920-3504.

TEXAS LAWYERS ASSISTANCE PROGRAM FOR LAW STUDENTS
The State Bar’s Texas Lawyers Assistance Program (TLAP) has produced a quick video about how TLAP can help law students navigate the pressures of law school. It’s on the Bar’s web page and Twitter Account. Twitter (https://twitter.com/texasbartoday); YouTube http://youtu.be/eubczDDH8Q0.

EVENT SET-UP FOR STUDENT ORGANIZATIONS
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 National Law Review is hosting its 2014 Law Student Writing Contest with the winner's article to be published on the National Law Review website, the National Law Forum 8

blog, and included in their October newsletter. For more information please visit their website at http://www.natlawreview.com/NLR-law-student-writing-competition. NEW – The Council of the Municipal Judges Section of the State Bar of Texas will award two $500 scholarships to a first or second year law student. Topic is “What are the merits (or drawbacks) of requiring that municipal court judges be licensed attorneys? Should it be state law that requires that municipal court judges be licensed attorneys, or should any such requirement be left up to the individual cities? If the requirement should be by state law, should there be a distinction between home-rule cities and general-law cities?” 500 or less word response submitted to: Judge Michael Culling, P.O. Box 465, Manvel, Texas 77578 or email to cullinglaw@att.net no later than April 15, 2014. The Honorable T. John Ward American Inn of Court is proud to offer the Franklin Jones, Jr. Memorial Scholarship for law students from the Eastern District of Texas. Financial award is $7,500. For more information and an application, please go to http://www.innsofcourt.org/inns/tjohnwardinn/. Applications will be accepted through April 17, 2014. Applications for the Spring 2014 ALDF Advancement of Animal Law Scholarship are now available to law student members of the Student Animal Legal Defense Fund (SALDF) chapters. These scholarships are awarded based on demonstrated commitment to ALDF's mission while in law school and intended participation in the field after graduation. Application deadline is April 18, 2014. For more information, please Visit our website. NEW – The Federal Bar Association, Southern District of Texas Chapter is accepting applications for BLASK Fellowship Grants for summer federal interns. Grants up to $3,000 are available for a limited number of law students who serve as legal interns for a minimum of six weeks during the summer of 2014 in the offices of a federal court or agency located within the Southern District of Texas. Eligibility – full-time students who have completed at least 30 hours of course work by June 1, 2014; at the time of application, have a GPA which ranks in the top half of the applicant’s law school class; and have secured or will secure an internship with a federal court or agency within the district. Deadline to apply is Friday, April 25, 2014. The Federal Circuit Bar Association is pleased to announce the 2014 George Hutchinson Writing Competition. $3,000 cash prize. Entries may discuss any topic that lies within the procedure, substance, or scope of the jurisdiction of the Court. Deadline to apply is July 1, 2014. Notre Dame Law School Smith-Doheny Legal Ethics Writing Competition Call For Papers. The competition is open to all law students. Entries should concern any issue within the general category of legal ethics. Entries must be original, unpublished work and must not exceed 50 pages, including notes. Coauthored essays may be submitted. Prize money is $2,500. Submit Entries to: Smith-Doheny Legal Ethics Writing Competition, Notre Dame Law School, Post Office Box 780, Notre Dame, Indiana 46556. For more information, please visit 9

www.nd.edu/~ndlaw/writing_competitions/smith_doheny.pdf. Entries must be received by 5:00 p.m.,

Friday, April 25, 2014. NEW – Broden & Mickelsen announces their new $1500 scholarship for students who desire to pursue employment or are currently employed by a Federal or State Public Defender's Office. Please visit http://www.brodenmickelsen.com/criminal-law-student-scholarship.html for qualifications and an application. Deadline to apply is May 1, 2014. The Law School Admission Council (LSAC) announces its first LSAC Diversity Committee Writing Competition. Three winners (1L, 2L and 3-4L) will be eligible for cash prizes of $5,000.00. Submissions must be received by 5:00 p.m. EST on Thursday, May 1, 2014. Email bgonzalez4@stmarytx.edu for more information. Administrative Law and Regulatory Practice Gellhorn-Sargentich Law Student Essay Award Competition, $5,000 cash prize, round-trip airfare and accommodation to attend the Section’s Fall Conference in Washington, DC and possible publication in the Administrative and Regulatory Law News or the Administrative Law Review. Entry deadline is May 1, 2014. The Women Trial Lawyers Caucus of the American Association for Justice (AAJ) announces the 2014 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. Application deadline is May 1, 2014. 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. Foley & Lardner LLP is pleased to announce their 2014 Technology Law Writing Contest. Submission topics must address technology law and meet the criteria and specifications listed at www.it-lex.org/writing-contest. Cash prizes of $6,000, $2,000, and $1,000 will be awarded. Deadline to apply is May 2, 2014. The Animal Law Section of the State Bar of Texas announces its third annual student writing competition. The purpose of the Animal Law Section is to promote the study and understanding of laws, regulations and court decisions relating to legal issues involving animals. The top three papers will receive awards of $1500, $1000, and $500, respectively, and an offer to publish in the Texas Animal Law Journal. Entries may be on any topic that is related to Animal Law. The submission deadline is May 2, 2014. Full rules and writing guidelines are available at http://www.animallawsection.org/student-writing-competition/. The Intellectual Property Law Section of the State Bar of Texas announces the 2014 Women and Minority Scholarship. Two $5,000 scholarships will be awarded to a woman and/or minority law student. Any woman or member of a recognized minority group, including but not limited to African Americans, Hispanics, Asian Americans, and Native Americans who intends 10

to practice IP law in the State of Texas, is eligible to apply. The scholarships will be awarded at the IP Section’s meeting during the 2014 State Bar of Texas Annual Meeting held in Austin. Applications must be postmarked no later than May 12, 2014. 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 midnight (EDST) on May 15, 2014. Competition rules are available at www.laborandemploymentcollege.org. Energy Law Student Writing Competition, $700 cash prize. Write on any issue relating to energy law. Deadline to apply is May 16, 2014. The International Association of Defense Counsel invites you to participate in its 2014 Legal Writing Contest. First prize, $2,000, second prize is $1,000 and third prize is $500. Deadline for articles is May 16, 2014. Contest rules, writing guidelines, and entry forms can be found at http://www.iadclaw.org/publications/contest.aspx. The creators of the “Student Award Search Aid” website are renewing their $1,000 scholarship for 2014. Please visit http://www.studentawardsearch.com/scholarships.htm to learn more. The deadline for applications is May 26, 2014. 11th Annual Law Student Writing Competition, Award: Publication in the American University Journal of Gender, Social Policy & the Law Resolution from the ABA Commission on Domestic & Sexual Violence and honorarium. Topic: Domestic violence and the law from a national or international perspective. Deadline for submission is May 30, 2014, 5:00 p.m. EST. No extensions will be granted. Applications are now being accepted for the Sovereignty Symposium XXVII Ed Edmondson Scholarship. One-hundred (100) Symposium tuition only scholarships are being offered to attend the symposium on June 4-5, 2014 at the Skirvin Hilton Hotel, Oklahoma City, OK. Applicants should demonstrate an interest in and dedication to Native American law issues and the need for scholarship in a simple letter of application. There is no formal application form. For further information please telephone (405) 556-9371 or email sovereignty.symposium@oscn.net. Deadline to apply is May 31, 2014. The International Law Section of the State Bar of Texas is sponsoring the 2014 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. For more information please go to www.ilstexas.org. Entries must be received by May 31, 2014. Cole, Schotz, Meisel, Forman & Leonard, P.A. is committed to the advancement of diverse law students. Fostering diversity in the legal profession contributes to the quality of the profession and strengthens our ability to serve our clients and communities. As part of Cole 11

Schotz’s continuing commitment to inclusion in the legal community, the Cole Schotz Diversity Scholarship was created and is open to a diverse, second-year, full time law student in good standing. The recipient will receive a one-time $5,000 scholarship. For eligibility requirements and an application, please email bgonzalez4@stmarytx.edu. Deadline to apply is July 1, 2014. The Theodore Tannenwald, Jr. Foundation for Excellence in Tax Scholarship and The American College of Tax Counsel are pleased to announce the 2014 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, 2014. The Judge John R. Brown Scholarship Foundation is pleased to announce the twentyfirst annual Brown Award to recognize Excellence in Legal Writing. This year the stipend for the winner is $10,000. For contest guidelines and rules, please go to www.brownsims.com/judgebrownaward.htm. Deadline for submission is June 6, 2014. The Brett Murphy Law Firm is offering an annual $2,000 scholarship for law students who are working towards a Juris Doctorate Degree and who have an interest in personal injury law. For information or to apply, go to http://www.washingtoninjury.com/library/future-leadersscholarship. Deadline to apply is July 15, 2014.

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