The Witan, 2013-2014 Academic Year Issue 20, February 3, 2014

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The Witan, 2013-2014 Academic Year Issue 20, February 3, 2014

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WITAN
St. Mary’s University School of Law Issue 20 February 3, 2014 By LHB
Submit articles to be published to Ms. Bebe Gonzalez (bgonzalez4@stmarytx.edu) in electronic format by noon Thursday

FEDERAL BAR ASSOCIATION SPRING MOOT COURT COMPETITION RESULTS TOWN HALL MEETINGS WOMEN IN PERSONAL INJURY LAW - LUNCHEON FREE IP/PATENT WEBINAR AND A $50 THANK YOU PEOPLE’S LAW SCHOOL THE SCHOLAR: ST. MARY’S LAW REVIEW ON MINORITY ISSUES JUSTICES OF THE FOURTH COURT OF APPEALS AND AWARDS LAW LIBRARY OFFERS RARE BOOK ROOM TOURS FITNESS CLASSES RESEARCH SYMPOSIUM AND EXHIBITION VITA TEACHING ASSISTANT NEEDED PRACTICE CREDIT PROGRAMS (PCP) AT&T EXCELLENCE IN PRO BONO LEGAL SERVICE AWARD QUIET, PLEASE! CLASSES ARE NOW IN SESSION 2014 PRO BONO PROGRAM SCHEDULE OFFICE OF CAREER SERVICES PROGRAMS 2014 SPRING JOB FAIRS 1

STUDENT WORKSHOPS APPLYING TO A FEDERAL CLERKSHIP TEXAS BAR EXAMINATION FILING DEADLINES EXPOSITORY BIBLE CLASS TEXAS LAWYERS ASSISTANCE PROGRAM FOR LAW STUDENTS ATTENTION STUDENT ORGANIZATIONS TOBACCO PRODUCTS WRITING COMPETITIONS AND SCHOLARSHIPS

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FEDERAL BAR ASSOCIATION SPRING MOOT COURT COMPETITION RESULTS
The Board of Advocates would like to congratulate all those who competed in the Federal Bar Association Moot Court Competition. The winners of the competition were Courtney Miller and Mariel Puryear. They competed against Andrew Stephens and Scott Walther in the final round. Courtney Miller was awarded best speaker. TOWN HALL MEETINGS Students are invited to join the Dean and some of the Associate Deans for a Town Hall meeting. Two dates and times are available: Monday, February 3, 2014 at 5:00 p.m. or Monday, February 10, 2014 at noon in LC 105 (the new large classroom). Bring questions and concerns and the Deans will do their best to address them.

AMERICAN ASSOCIATION FOR JUSTICE LUNCHEON WOMEN IN PERSONAL INJURY LAW
The Student Chapter of the American Association for Justice (AAJ) is hosting a luncheon on Wednesday, February 5, 2014 from 12:00 –1:00 p.m., in the Alumni Room, Sarita Kenedy East Law Library. Laura Tamez, J.D. ‘95, partner at the prestigious Herrera Law Firm will speak about the increasing amount of women in personal injury law and what she wished she had known in law school about practicing law. There will be a free lunch and a $100 pre-paid debit card awarded as a door prize.

FREE IP/PATENT WEBINAR AND A $50 THANK YOU
PatBar® produces the Patent Bar Review Home Study Course for law school students and others interested in Intellectual Property and Patent Law with an eye toward taking and passing the Patent Bar Exam. You are invited to attend a free IP and Patent Law Webinar “The Life and Times of an Associate Attorney” so that you can be a successful associate after completing law school. During the presentation on Friday, February 7, be ready to write down a special Web code valued at $50. It is PatBar’s way of saying "thank you." Also, they will be taking questions during the Webinar, which runs about 40 minutes. For more information and to register please visit http://patbar.com/webinar.

PEOPLE’S LAW SCHOOL
People’s Law School is an annual event to which members of the San Antonio community are invited to attend seminars on various areas of law lead by licensed attorneys at the law school. We now have enough volunteers for the day of the event! Thank you! However, if you would still like to volunteer and help with the mission of People’s Law School, we need volunteers to distribute flyers to libraries and community centers to advertise this event to the public. Volunteers can email Naomi or Julia at the email addresses listed below. 3

People’s Law School will be held on Saturday, February 22, 2014. The seminars will be held from 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. and students are welcome to attend. If you still haven’t decided on a practice area this would be a great opportunity to listen to attorneys speaking on various legal specializations. Learn more about this opportunity by adding the Pro Bono/Community Service page on TWEN, and clicking on the People’s Law School tab on the left. Questions may be directed to Naomi Howard, People’s Law School student organizer, at naomihoward13@gmail.com, or the Pro Bono and Public Interest Research Assistant, Julia Neely Null, at StMarysProBono@gmail.com.

THE SCHOLAR: ST. MARY’S LAW REVIEW ON MINORITY ISSUES
The Scholar Volume 16 Editorial Board would like to congratulate the following staff writers for having their comments selected for publication: Jonathan Ashton: Citizen Suits and the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill: An Assessment of Multidistrict Litigation and the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals Decision in Center for Biological Diversity Inc. v. BP America Production Co. et al. Meredith English: A Decade’s Legacy: Dashed Hopes for Gender Equality and the Status of Afghan Women in Light of the Ensuing Drawdown Brendan Villanueva-Le: When Silence Requires Speech: Reviving the Right to Remain Silent in the Wake of Salinas v. Texas Samantha Coleman: The Crossover Court—An Integration of Child Welfare and Juvenile Justice—The Next Step in the Reformation of the Juvenile System in Texas Tyler Lowe: Mapping the Matrix: Defining the Balance Between Executive Action and Legislative Regulation in the New Battlefield of Cyberspace Liz Resendez: In the Aftermath of Shelby County: Texas Should Be Required to Pre-clear All Voting Changes But the Route to Coverage is Uncertain Nathan Torok: What Happened to the American Dream? An Analysis of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act’s Ability to Repay and Qualified Mortgage Standards and Their Effect on Homeownership Deepak Ahluwalia: Muslim's Denied: How the USCIS Uses a Formerly Secret Program to Delay and Reject Naturalization Applications from Muslims and Other Minorities

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Jared Ryan Anderson: Yearning to be Free: An Argument for Advancing the Rights of Undocumented Children through the Improvement of the Special Immigrant Juvenile Status Procedure Congratulations to the following staff writers for having their comments selected to receive Credit with Honors: Jessica Pritchett: Early Childhood Education: Anamnesis of American Initiatives, Prospective Resolutions, and Eugenics as a Valid Rationale for Investing in America’s Greatest Future Asset Elizabeth Woodruff: Ain’t No River Wide Enough: International Battle For the Waters of the Rio Grande The Blossoming

LAW CAMPUS MINISTRY
JUSTICES OF THE FOURTH COURT OF APPEALS AND AWARDS
Campus Ministry and Women’s Law Association will be hosting the Justices of the Fourth Court of Appeals on Tuesday, March 18, 2014 in the Law Classroom Building Courtroom to hear two moot court arguments. The first hearing will begin at 9:00 a.m. The second hearing will begin at 10:00 a.m. Anyone who wants to attend must be seated by 8:50 a.m. An afternoon reception will follow in the Alumni Room at 12:00 p.m. for presentation of the Alma Lopez “Women in Law” Leadership Award and the inaugural Catherine M. Stone "Rock of Justice" Award in honor of Justice Stone's retirement from the bench. All students, faculty and staff are welcome. Nominations: If you know an outstanding woman in law who you would like to nominate for the mentioned awards please stop by Sr. Grace's office in RABA building, room 106 to pick up a nomination packet or email agraham3@mail.stmarytx.edu to have one emailed to you. All nominations will be due to Sr. Grace's office by March 4, 2014 at 12:00 p.m.

LAW LIBRARY OFFERS RARE BOOK ROOM TOURS
This spring semester, the Sarita Kenedy East Law Library will offer brief tours of the Rare Book Room for interested faculty and students. The tours will be led by a librarian and will last 10-15 minutes. The Library has a small but outstanding collection of rare law books and special collections housed in a humidity and temperature controlled environment. The rare books collection consists of Mexican law, Texas Law, international law, and a number of valuable works in English, American, Spanish, and European law. If interested, please contact Ms. Fang Wang, Reference and Special Collection Services Librarian, at 210.431.3435 ext. 1366 or email at fwang@stmarytx.edu to set up an appointment.

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

RESEARCH SYMPOSIUM AND EXHIBITION
The Undergraduate Research Office is currently accepting applications for the 15th Annual StMU Research Symposium and Exhibition taking place April 9, 2014, from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. in the AACC. ALL St. Mary's faculty, undergraduate, graduate, and law students are encouraged to apply. To apply go to https://www.stmarytx.edu/academics/researchprograms/uro/symposium-and-exhibition/. Deadline is Friday, March 28, 2014. For more information contact Amber Aubone, URO Director, at 210.436.3100 or aaubone@stmarytx.edu.

VITA TEACHING ASSISTANT NEEDED
ITIN SPECIALIST Each year, St. Mary’s University runs a VITA site at the Center for Legal and Social Justice during the spring tax season. This position involves preparing individual tax returns and applications for undocumented individuals and foreign students to receive their Individual Tax Identification Number (ITIN). Student will also be responsible for submitting the applications to the Internal Revenue Service. Student must be fluent in English and Spanish (verbal/written). The ITIN Specialist will have the opportunity to work on interviewing, tax preparation, advising, and file management skills. Student will also become familiar with tax law research. Total hours per week may not exceed twenty. All work is done at the St. Mary’s Center for Legal and Social Justice. Student must go through Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) training. Position pays the standard St. Mary’s Law School teaching assistant rate and lasts for the Spring 2014 semester only. If interested, please contact Rachael Rubenstein at rrubenstein@stmarytx.edu or 210.431.5757. Previous experience as a VITA volunteer is preferred.

PRACTICE CREDIT PROGRAMS (PCP)
Start planning for Summer & Fall NOW!  Check out Symplicity or use your own contacts to secure an eligible position. Visit the Office of Career Service for assistance with Symplicity—get some coffee and snacks while you are there. Contact Amanda Rivas, Associate Director of Practice Credit Programs, for a one-on-one meeting that can make sure you find the right fit. Email: arivas@stmarytx.edu, office phone: 210. 431.5712, or in person during office hours. SPRING OFFICE HOURS for PCP in Career Services Office Mondays 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. 6



Thursdays 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. 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/ Don’t forget : In-House Counsel Externship for Summer & Fall. Interested in working a general counsel’s office? Contact Amanda Rivas immediately because there are LIMITED SLOTS AVAILABLE. PLAN ahead: The PCP Externship program (including In House Counsel) requires a MANDATORY class before you start working. The PCP Independent Study Program does NOT require this class. Summer Class: Saturday, May 10th and Saturday, June 7th Fall Class: TBD 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.

AT&T EXCELLENCE IN PRO BONO LEGAL SERVICE AWARD Spring 2014
The AT&T Excellence in Pro Bono Legal Service Award is designed to encourage law students to develop a strong commitment to pro bono legal service while in law school, with a goal toward fostering a lasting commitment to pro bono service in their future professional practice. The award recipient will provide legal and administrative support to the San Antonio Bar Association’s Community Justice Program (“CJP”) by serving as a student intern. One St. Mary’s University School of Law student will be selected each semester to receive a $2,500 award based on the eligibility criteria. Applications are available on the Pro Bono TWEN site. Deadline to apply is February 15, 2014.

QUIET, PLEASE! CLASSES ARE NOW IN SESSION
For the benefit of professors trying to teach and students in classes trying to focus and learn, please keep the noise volume in the hallways of the Law Classroom Building down. With the two new classrooms, traffic has increased in the law classroom building. Please be mindful when entering or exiting a class hour and be as quiet as possible when in the common areas of the building.

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2014 PRO BONO PROGRAM SCHEDULE
FAMILY LAW Texas RioGrande Legal Aid February 11 March 18 April 22 May 13 June 10 July 22 August 12 September 9 October 28 November 11 October 21– WILLS July 15 – WILLS April 15 – WILLS WILLS CLINIC St. Mary’s Center for Legal & Social Justice VETERANS CLINIC @ Audie L. Murphy VA Hospital February 21 March 21 April 4 or 11 May 16 June 20 July 18 August 15 September 18 October 17 November 21
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CARITAS LEGAL SERVICES
(formerly known as “Ask a Lawyer”)

BORDER OUTREACH at Laredo & Eagle Pass February 8 March 1

FAMILY LAW CLINIC Texas RioGrande Legal Aid (TRLA) Clinic starts at 5:30 p.m. 1111 North Main Avenue San Antonio, TX 78212 WILLS CLINIC St. Mary’s Center for Legal & Social Justice Clinic starts at 5:30 p.m. 2507 N.W. 36th Street San Antonio, TX 78228

VETERANS CLINIC Audie L. Murphy Veterans Hospital Clinic starts at 5:30 p.m. 7400 Merton Minter St. San Antonio, TX 78229 CARITAS LEGAL SERVICES (formerly known as “Ask a Lawyer”) Clinic starts at 6:00 p.m. Location Varies

BORDER TRIP CLINIC Students meet at School Parking Lot at 7:00 a.m.

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OFFICE OF CAREER SERVICES PROGRAMS
Please RSVP for all events in the Events Section of SYMPLICITY under WORKSHOPS Symplicity (Job Bank and Online Recruiting System) Access: https://law-stmarytx-csm.symplicity.com/students/ Business of Practicing Law Series Part 1: Law Practice Management from 30,000 Feet Monday, February 3, 2014 12:00 – 1:00 p.m., Law Alumni Room Lunch will be served. This will kick off a series of programs that center around issues solo practitioners and those wishing to practice in small firms need to be aware of as they start their own practice. This series is cosponsored by San Antonio Young Lawyer’s Association (SAYLA). This first session will be on law practice management. This will be a high level overview of tips to be successful as you start your career as a solo practitioner or an attorney in a small firm. Jim Cramp, 2013 graduate of St. Mary’s University School of Law who successfully opened his own practice will present this program. Meet the Professionals: Consumer Law Wednesday, February 5, 2014 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 Genevieve Hébert Fajardo, who is a clinical professor at the Center for Legal and Social Justice who focuses on consumer law and recently published in the area of consumer protection. Business of Practicing Law Series Part 2: Important Tips for Lawyers regarding Tax Issues This series of programs centers around issues solo practitioners and those going to small firms need to be aware of as they start their practice. This series is cosponsored by San Antonio Young Lawyer’s Association (SAYLA). Monday, February 10, 2014 12:00 – 1:00 p.m., Law Alumni Room Lunch will be served. The second session will focus on important information lawyers need to be aware of when filing their taxes. It will also discuss issues related to self-employment including how to prepare for the self-employment tax, payroll taxes and calculating estimated quarterly income tax payments as well as other important topics for small firms and solo practitioners. Rachael Rubenstein, a 2010 graduate of St. Mary’s University School of Law and a Senior Tax Fellow at the Center for Legal and Social Justice, will present this program.

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Careers in International Law Tuesday, February 11, 2014 12:00 – 1:00 p.m., Law Alumni Room Lunch will be served. The International Law Section of the State Bar of Texas and The Office of Career Services present an informal talk by lawyers who practice international law. Come learn the different paths each of the participants took out of law school to become international lawyers. Learn about what their practice is like (in-house, boutique and big firm) and learn the pros and cons of practicing international law. The presentation will be informal with ample opportunity for questions and to meet the participants. If you are interested in international law, don’t miss this presentation! Women’s Law Association and Office of Career Services Present: A Day in the Life of a Business Lawyer Wednesday, February 12, 2014 12:00 – 1:00 p.m., Law Alumni Room Lunch will be served. Come hear from attorneys who practice in various areas of business law. They will share their experiences during law school and how they landed in their current roles. This program is cosponsored by WLA, OCS and The Business Law Section of The State Bar of Texas. All Students are welcome and there is no fee to attend regardless if you are a WLA member or not. Doing Public Service Right: Reaping the Benefits in Law School and Beyond. Sponsored by the Center For Legal and Social Justice, Equal Justice Works and the Office of Career Services Wednesday, February 12, 2014 4:00 p.m., Law Alumni Room Food will be served. Concerned about jobs? Student loans? Come hear Isaac Bowers of Equal Justice Works talk about postgraduate fellowships, public interest opportunities during law school; and how students may become more engaged on their campus and with Equal Justice Works. We’ll also cover managing your student debt and earning loan forgiveness in return for public service work. We hope to see you there! Meet the Professionals: Air Force JAG Thursday, February 13, 2014 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 Capt. Sarah Huerta, who is a Captain in the United States Air Force and a JAG attorney.

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Meet the Professionals: Appellate Law Tuesday, February 18, 2014 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 Chris Deeves, a local appellate attorney, and Phillip Lynch, a former Appellate Federal Public Defender now solo appellate attorney and adjunct professor will present this session. Practicing Law in the Public Sector. Sponsored by ABA Government and Public Sector Lawyer’s Division Thursday, February 20, 2014 12:00 – 1:00 p.m., Law Alumni Room Lunch will be served. Come hear from practitioners and judges about their experiences practicing law in the public sector. Panelists will include: The Honorable Xavier Rodriguez, United States District Court for the Western District of Texas; The Honorable Pamela Mathy, United States Magistrate Court for the Western District of Texas; John Paniszcyzyn, United States Attorney’s Office, Western District of Texas; Chief of the Civil Division Donna Coltharp, Deputy Federal Public Defender, Office of the Federal Public Defender, Western District of Texas; Carah Helwig, United States Attorney’s Office, Western District of Texas, Criminal Division; Captain Elvis Santiago, Judge Advocate General, United States Air Force; and Eric Friedland, Assistant City Attorney, City of San Antonio. This event will be moderated by Gary Anderson, Assistant United States Attorney for the Western District of Texas, San Antonio. Business of Practicing Law Series Part 3: IOLTA Accounts: Opening Them and Best Practices for Maintaining Them This series of programs center around issues solo practitioners and those wishing to practice in small firms need to be aware of as they start their own practice. This series is cosponsored by San Antonio Young Lawyer’s Association (SAYLA). Monday, February 24, 2014 12:00 – 1:00 p.m., Law Alumni Room Lunch will be served. The third session will continue with a financial theme and discuss important information on opening and maintaining IOLTA accounts correctly and in accordance with the State Bar of Texas rules. This program will be presented by Allan DuBois, a graduate of The University of Texas Law School and a recent recipient of the Association of Corporate Counsel, South/Central Texas Chapter’s 6th Annual Lee Cusenbary Ethical Life Award. He also has held various leadership positions in local and state bar associations.

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Innocence 101 Wednesday, February 26, 2014 12:00 – 1:00 p.m., Law Alumni Room Come and meet the Who’s Who of Criminal Defense in San Antonio. Learn from one of the best Criminal Defense Lawyers in Texas. Meet and greet in an open discussion forum. Ask the questions you have always wanted to ask about this area of the law and practice. Lunch will be provided. This program is sponsored by the Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association.

2014 SPRING JOB FAIRS
       February 18 – Small Firm Interviewing/Networking Night February 21 – Austin Legal Job Fair February 28 – Metroplex Legal Job Fair (Dallas/Ft. Worth) March 3 – Deadline to apply for El Paso and Midland/Odessa Virtual Job Fairs March 7 – Corpus Christi Legal Interview Day at TAMUCC March 14 – Rio Grande Valley Job Fair in Edinburg March 21 – Houston Legal Job Fair Stay tuned to the OCS weekly updates for information on how to apply.

STUDENT WORKSHOPS
IN THE LAW LIBRARY Workshop: Topic Selection for Seminar Papers Date: February 5, 2014 (Wednesday) Location: Law Library, Room 106 You've selected a class that sounded interesting. A few days into it and you realize your grade is based on a scholarly paper due at the end of the semester. How do you transform the lectures you are receiving and all the information into a paper? Join the Law Library Faculty as they help you with tips on gathering information, selecting a topic, and mastering this daunting task. Workshop attendees will be provided with free lunch. Workshop: HeinOnline, Your Answer to Life Date: February 12, 2014 (Wednesday) Location: Law Library, Room 106 Would you like to find out how and why people with Japanese ancestry were prohibited from the Pacific coast in 1942? What was the first regulation published in the Federal Register? Would you like a drawing of Lord Chief Justice Cockburn, which was published in the earliest law review published in America? Where would you go if the answers were not on LexisNexis, Westlaw, or Bloomberg Law? Answers to all the above can be found in a wonderful database called HeinOnline. Workshop attendees will be provided with free lunch.

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Workshop: Google for Lawyers Date: February 19, 2014 (Wednesday) Location: Law Library, Room 106 Fact finding on the Internet is an important lawyering skill. Attorneys have used information in a Google search they found to benefit their cases and judges are admitting information on the Internet into evidence. Everyone uses Google but how many of us really know how to use Google effectively not only for research here at school but also in future law practice? If you think you know everything about searching on Google, come to this workshop to find out if that’s the case. We will cover essential Google search tips, features and many more. Free lunch will be provided to attendees. Workshop: Electronic Discovery Date: February 26, 2014 (Wednesday) Location: Law Library, Room 106 How does electronic discovery work? What is predictive coding? Come find out! If anyone ever asks you about this over wine and cheese, or *gasp* in a job interview, you will know enough to say something smart.

CLASS OF 2015 STUDENTS APPLYING TO A FEDERAL CLERKSHIP
The Office of Career Services (OCS) has received information that OSCAR is now open to all 2Ls. Please visit the site at https://oscar.uscourts.gov and see judges that are hiring for your class and apply to them through OSCAR or their preferred method of receipt. If you are interested in pursuing a federal clerkship after graduation OCS is here and ready to work with you to get your applications completed. Below is a list of things you should begin doing to prepare for this process: 1) Review the court websites for all courts you are interested in applying to and create an excel spreadsheet that includes the names of the judges and the courts you are interested in. You can do this by Googling the court; go to their website and look up their list of judges. 2) Once you have created a list, meet with Alicia to discuss a timeline. She may be able to reach out to the courts and find out when the judges are hiring. Note: Alicia will be calling all state and federal judges in the state of Texas and will post their hiring timelines as an announcement in Symplicity as we get the information. 3) Start seeking out recommenders as you will need 2-3 and they are usually law school professors. Ask the recommenders to send their letters to Alicia at

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amendoza1@stmarytx.edu in Word format. She will upload them to OSCAR and will print them for hard copy applications. 4) We strongly recommend you make an appointment with OCS to review your game plan if you plan to apply to judges. If you have any questions please contact Office of Career Services at 210.436.3511, email Director Patrick at spatrick@stmarytx.edu or Alicia at amendoza1@stmarytx.edu or come visit OCS on the 2nd floor of the Law Library, room 216.

TEXAS BAR EXAMINATION FILING DEADLINES
The next deadline for the Texas Bar Examination application is January 30, 2013. File No Earlier Than June 30 November 30 Timely Postmark Deadline August 30 January 30 Absolute Postmark Deadline
Late Fee Required

Examination Dates February July

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.

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

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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 American Constitution Society for Law and Policy is pleased to announce its seventh annual Richard D. Cudahy Writing Competition on Regulatory and Administrative Law. This competition is open to practicing lawyers, policy makers, academics, and law students. The author of the winning paper in each category will receive a cash prize of $1,500. For competition details and more information please visit the ACS website at http://www.acslaw.org/cudahycompetition?mgs1=b0005ASpIx&mgs1=6824d8VBxx. Deadline for submissions is February 7, 2014. The 2014 Bert W. Levit Essay Contest, sponsored by the Standing Committee on Lawyers’ Professional Liability of the American Bar Association is now accepting entries. The winner will be awarded a cash prize of $5,000. For more information or to enroll, please visit http://ambar.org/LPLLevitEssay. Deadline for entries is February 21, 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.

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The Center for International Law at The John Marshall Law School in Chicago is pleased to announce the 2014 Global Markets Law Journal Writing Competition. The author of the winning essay will receive a cash prize of $3,000. First runner-up will receive $1,500 and second runner-up will receive $500. For competition details and application go to http://globalmarkets.jmls.edu/competition. Deadline for submission is February 14, 2014. American University Washington College of Law Center for Human Rights and Humanitarian Law and the American Society of International Law’s (ASIL) Lieber Society seek submissions of papers for the fourth annual International Humanitarian Law Student writing competition. Deadline for submissions is Sunday, February 16, 2014 at 11:59 p.m., Eastern Standard Time. For more information please visit the ASIL website at http://www.wcl.american.edu/humright/center/2014internationalhumanitarianlawihlstudentwritin gcompetition.cfm. National Association of Bond Lawyers (NABL) is pleased to announce that it is offering up to five scholarships to law school students to attend its 2014 Fundamentals of Municipal Bond Law Seminar. The seminar is April 30-May 2, 2014 at the Grand Hyatt in Atlanta, Georgia. The 2014 seminar brochure and details will be available on the NABL website (www.nabl.org) in mid-February. Click here to view the 2013 seminar brochure. Review the application and seminar information. Completed applications are due no later than March 3, 2014. Entries for The Symposium XXVII 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 . Entries must be received no later than March 31, 2014. Defense Research Institute (DRI) announces its annual Law Student Diversity Scholarship program open to incoming second and third-year African American, Hispanic, Asian, Pan Asian and Native American students. Incoming second and third-year female law students are also eligible, regardless of race or ethnicity. Incoming second and third-year law students who also come from backgrounds that would add to the cause of diversity, regardless of race or gender are eligible to apply. Students who are members of the American Association for Justice (AAJ), Law School or Law Student members of AAJ or students otherwise affiliated with or employed by AAJ are not eligible for DRI Law Student Diversity Scholarships. To qualify for this scholarship, candidate must be a full-time student or evening student who has completed two-thirds or more of the total credit hours requirement for a degree by the applicant’s law school. The goal of these scholarships is to provide financial assistance to two worthy law students from ABA accredited law schools in order to promote, in a tangible way, the DRI Diversity Statement in Principle. Two scholarships in the amount of $10,000 each will be awarded to applicants who best meet the following criteria: Demonstrated academic excellence, service to the profession, service to the community, service to the cause of diversity. Deadline to apply is April 19, 2013. For more information please visit http://www.dri.org/about.

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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 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. 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 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 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. Fellowship Opportunity – The Hispanic National Bar Association (HNBA) is pleased to announce a partnership with Prudential Financial, Inc. and Lowenstein Sandler, LLP to provide a fellowship opportunity to a highly-motivated third year law school student. The Fellow will be hired to the position of a full time first year associate or entry level associate at Lowenstein Sandler and will be expected to begin work on a date to be determined between the Fellow and Lowenstein Sandler. The date is expected to be set after law school graduation and completion of the July 2014 bar examination. For more information and to apply, please click http://gallery.mailchimp.com/df9a27c10b6d6ba38ba001440/files/2014_HNBA_Prudential_Fello wship_Announcement.pdf. Deadline to apply is 5:00 p.m. EDT on January 31, 2014. Internship Opportunity – The 2014 Legal Studies Institute in Washington, DC, sponsored by The Fund for American Studies is now accepting applications from first and 17

second year law students who may be interested in spending their summer in DC. The dates are May 22 – August 1, 2014. Faculty are invited to nominate outstanding students for the program. Nominated students will receive priority consideration for admission and scholarships. You may nominate students by visiting the link: www.DCinternships.org/Nominate. Students are encouraged to apply by the early deadline of February 6, 2014 to receive priority admissions consideration and a 5% discount on their tuition balance. Please visit www.DCinternships.org/LSI for more details. Questions may be directed to Colin Parks, Legal Studies Institute Program Manager, at LEGAL@tfas.org or 202.986.0384.

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St. Mary's University School of Law, “The Witan, 2013-2014 Academic Year Issue 20, February 3, 2014,” St. Mary's Law Digital Repository, accessed December 14, 2017, http://lawspace.stmarytx.edu/item/STMUlaw_TheWitan_2014Feb03_issue20.

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