The Witan, 2013-2014 Academic Year Issue 23, February 24, 2014

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WITAN
St. Mary’s University School of Law Issue 23 February 24, 2014 By LHB
Submit articles to be published to Ms. Bebe Gonzalez (bgonzalez4@stmarytx.edu) in electronic format by noon Thursday

DISTINGUISHED COMMENTS ASH WEDNESDAY SERVICES HLSA NETWORKING MIXERS AND CLE VOLUNTEERS FEDERAL COURT JUDICIAL INTERNSHIPS IN SAN ANTONIO GRADUATION APPAREL, INVITATIONS & ANNOUNCEMENTS STUDENT BAR ASSOCIATION EXECUTIVE OFFICER ELECTIONS SCHOLARSHIPS FOR STUDY ABROAD PROGRAMS NOMINATIONS SOUGHT FOR OUTSTANDING WOMEN IN LAW FOURTH COURT OF APPEALS TO HEAR ORAL ARGUMENTS ORDER OF BARRISTERS APPLICATIONS COURT OF CRIMINAL APPEALS INTERNSHIP LAW LIBRARY OFFERS RARE BOOK ROOM TOURS RESEARCH SYMPOSIUM AND EXHIBITION PRACTICE CREDIT PROGRAMS (PCP) COMMENCEMENT 2014 – SCHEDULE OF EVENTS FITNESS CLASSES QUIET, PLEASE! CLASSES ARE NOW IN SESSION 1

2014 PRO BONO PROGRAM SCHEDULE OFFICE OF CAREER SERVICES PROGRAMS 2014 SPRING JOB FAIRS STUDENT WORKSHOP – ELECTRONIC DISCOVERY 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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DISTINGUISHED COMMENTS
St. Mary’s Law Journal The Editorial Board of the St. Mary’s Law Journal is proud to recognize the following distinguished Comments: PUBLICATION IN THE ST. MARY’S LAW JOURNAL Sovereign Immunity: Exploring the Texas Department of Transportation’s Duty to Maintain Roadways Ravaged by the Oil & Gas Boom of the Eagle Ford Shale — Lasca A. Arnold Revenge Pornography: Exploring Tortious Remedies in the Lone Star State — Kevin B. Bennett Cueing Democracy: Replacing the Texas Election Code’s Title Prohibition — Christopher M. Childree An Employer’s Relationship with Its Recruiting Firm—Something More than an Arm’s Length Transaction — Hannah L. Cottrill In Pursuit of Just Compensation in Texas: Assessing Damages in Takings Cases Using the Property’s Tax-Appraised Value — Alexander B. Lutzky Indemnification Agreements for Intentional Misconduct: Balancing Public Policy and Freedom to Contract in Texas — Meagan E. McKeown The Accommodation Doctrine Revisited: Implications in Law and in Policy — Courtney Potter The Aftermath of Mexico’s Fuel-Theft Epidemic: Examining the U.S. Black Market and the Conspiracy to Trade in Stolen Condensate — Luke B. Reinhart CREDIT WITH HONORS Don’t Mess with Texas Email and Cloud Storage: How the Rest of the Country Can Follow the Example of the Lone Star State — Landry M. Redding Please join the Editorial Board in congratulating these Staff Writers for their excellent work!

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ASH WEDNESDAY SERVICES
Ash Wednesday Mass for all law students, faculty and staff will be held on March 5, 2014 at 12:00 p.m., Alumni Room of the Sarita Kenedy East Law Library. Rev. Jim Tobin, S.M., Presider will give the liturgy. A Lenten lunch will follow. Mass will be completed before 1:00 p.m. classes. University Ministry will offer additional services at 7:30 a.m. in Assumption Chapel and 11:20 a.m. in Bill Greehey Arena. At 7:00 p.m. a Taize service to include Mass will be offered in Guadalupe Chapel. Everyone of all faiths is invited to attend.

HLSA NETWORKING MIXERS AND CLE VOLUNTEERS
The Hispanic Law Student Association (HLSA) encourages all members to attend the Hispanic Law Alumni Association's networking mixer, on February 25, 2014, at 5:30 p.m., in the Alumni Room. Come eat, drink, and mix with St. Mary's alumni! The San Antonio Bar Association is presenting their 12th Annual Extreme Family Law Makeover CLE, on February 28, 2014, and are looking for volunteers. All law students are encouraged to sign-up for a volunteer time slot, as it's a great opportunity to network with local family law attorneys and attend some of the CLE sessions. A sign-up sheet is available on the HLSA TWEN page. All law students are invited to attend the HLSA/CHLSA Austin Mixer, on March 1, 2014. We will make the trip from San Antonio to Austin, tour the Capitol and network with students from the University of Texas School of Law. The HLSA board will be tabling Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday. Come by if you have any questions about the upcoming events, or if you would like to sign-up to volunteer.

FEDERAL COURT JUDICIAL INTERNSHIPS IN SAN ANTONIO
Semesters: Summer 2014, Fall 2014, and Spring 2015 Deadline: Noon, Wednesday, February 26, 2014 Applications are now being accepted for pre-graduation judicial internships with six federal judges who have chambers in San Antonio. This is the only time that applications will be solicited for internships with these courts during the next three semesters. Successful candidates typically have a strong academic record. The United States Court of Appeals There are two different internships available with judges on the Fifth Circuit. One is a four-credit, graded internship; the other is a two-credit pass/fail internship. The Honorable Emilio M. Garza, a judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the 4

Fifth Circuit, will offer an internship position to one student each semester. Under the supervision of a law clerk in the judge*s chambers (which are located on IH-10 near Callaghan), interns will assist the judge with the drafting of opinions in cases pending before the nation’s second highest court. Interns can expect to deal with perhaps three or more different cases. Interns are required to work 240 hours in chambers on a regular schedule during the semester, and earn four graded credits toward graduation, for which tuition must be paid. It is possible for the student to meet this time obligation by working four hours every weekday afternoon (e.g., 15 p.m. or 2-6 p.m.) for 12 of the 15 weeks in the fall or spring semesters. Other schedules are possible, but such arrangements must allow for intensive supervision of research and writing on a regular basis. Judge Garza is particularly interested in candidates with demonstrated writing ability. High academic standing is essential. The Honorable Edward C. Prado, a judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, will offer an internship position to one student during each semester. Under the supervision of a law clerk in the judge*s chambers (which are located on Rt. 281 near Trinity University), interns will assist the judge with pending cases. The work will involve research and writing. Interns are required to work 120 hours in chambers on a regular schedule during the semester, and may earn two pass/fail credits toward graduation, for which tuition must be paid. It is possible for the student to meet this time obligation by working ten hours per week for 12 of the 15 weeks in the fall or spring semesters. Other schedules are possible. High academic standing is essential. The United States District Court At the United States District Court for the Western District of Texas, one internship will be available each semester with the Honorable David Ezra and the Honorable Xavier Rodriguez. Interns will assist the judges with a variety of tasks, which may include rulings on motions, preparation of jury charges, and other forms of research and writing related to trial court litigation. While it is unlikely that interns will work on opinions that are published, interns at the U.S. District Court (in contrast to those at the U.S. Court of Appeals) will have the opportunity to observe courtroom proceedings on a regular basis. United States District Court interns are required to work 120 hours during the semester at the federal courthouse at Hemisfair Plaza in downtown San Antonio. Interns may earn two pass/fail credits, for which tuition must be paid. Successful candidates typically have a strong academic record. The United States Magistrate Court At the United States Magistrate Court, one internship will be available each semester with the Honorable Pamela Mathy and the Honorable Henry Bemporad during each of the next three semesters. (Judge Bemporad’s spring 2015 intern will be selected from students in his fall 2014 seminar at the Law School, rather than through this process.) Magistrate judges handle motions and other matters at the request of the United States District Court and may preside over trials with the consent of the parties. This internship provides an excellent opportunity for a 5

student to improve his or her research and writing skills while assisting the federal courts in their important work. Successful candidates typically have a strong academic record. Pass/Fail Credit Limitations Students may not count toward graduation more than eight ungraded (pass/fail) elective credit hours earned at St. Mary’s. Applications Interested students should submit an application to Professor Vincent R. Johnson. Please give your application materials to Ms. Nolvia Ramos on the second floor of the Raba Law Faculty Building. Questions can be directed to Professor Johnson at: vjohnson@stmarytx.edu. An application should include: (1) One federal court internship form, available from Ms. Ramos. (The form asks a student to indicate the judges to which the student is applying and the semesters the student is available to serve as an intern.) (2) For each judge by whom a candidate would like to be considered: • One resume, including cumulative GPA and current class rank; • One cover letter in business-letter format (return address, date, judge’s address, proper salutation (e.g., Dear Judge Garza), and signature. In terms of tone, the letter should be restrained, professional, factual, interesting, and confident; • Please staple the cover letter to the front of the resume. Please do not use special folders or bindings; they will be removed before the applications are sent to the judges. (3) Applicants for a U.S. Court of Appeals internship with Judge Emilio Garza should, if possible, furnish one writing sample (e.g., a Legal Writing memo or brief, a copy of an exam essay, a law journal comment, etc.). Writing samples should not be included for the other courts.

GRADUATION APPAREL, INVITATIONS & ANNOUNCEMENTS
Orders for graduation invitations and announcements can be made on-line at www.collegegrad.herffjones.com. Click on “Place Your Order,” select “College Graduation Products, Graduation Announcements” then select “St. Mary’s University School of Law.” The completed orders will be delivered directly to the graduates’ address listed on the order. Orders for tams, gowns and hoods must be made on-campus on Wednesday, March 5, 2014, 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. and Thursday, March 6, 2014, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon in the 6

Atrium of the Law Administration building. Orders not placed on this day will need to be made at the store location, 5118 San Pedro Avenue, San Antonio, or order by telephone at 210.829.7393. Orders for graduation apparel cannot be made on their website. A late fee of $25, to pay for additional shipping and handling fees, will be assessed to the graduate for any order placed after Saturday, March 15, 2014.

STUDENT BAR ASSOCIATION EXECUTIVE OFFICER ELECTIONS
Attention 1Ls & 2Ls – Interested in serving as an EXECUTIVE OFFICER for the 2014-2015 Student Bar Association? Email SBA Special Prosecutor Stephanie May at StephMay17@gmail.com by 12:00 p.m., Thursday, February 27 in order to be considered for candidacy. Available positions are President, Vice President, Treasurer, Secretary and Special Prosecutor. Elections will be held March 4-6, 2014. Results will be announced March 7, 2014. Elections for 2L/3L Senators & Honor Court Justices will be held after Spring Break.

SCHOLARSHIPS FOR STUDY ABROAD PROGRAMS
Are you interested in attending one of our summer study abroad programs in Innsbruck or China? Scholarship applications will be available starting this week. They will be posted on the law school bulletin boards, in Sr. Grace's office (RABA 106), with Innsbruck and China faculty, and eventually will be posted online. There are two scholarships for students attending the Innsbruck program; the Sarah Thompson Memorial Fund and the Flint Fund. There is one for students attending the China trip; the China Pioneer Fund. Applications are due to Sr. Grace's office by 5:00 p.m. March 20, 2014 and the recipients of the awards will be announced April 2, 2014.

NOMINATIONS SOUGHT FOR OUTSTANDING WOMEN IN LAW
Nominations are now being accepted for 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. If you know an outstanding woman in law who you would like to nominate for either of these 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 a packet sent to you. All nominations are due to Sr. Grace's office by March 4, 2014 at 12:00 p.m.

FOURTH COURT OF APPEALS TO HEAR ORAL ARGUMENTS
The Fourth Court of Appeals will hear oral arguments in two appeals on Tuesday, March 18, 2014 at St. Mary’s Law School beginning at 9:30 a.m. The first case, 04-13-00386-CR Deshawn Ondrey Williams v. The State of Texas, will be heard before the following panel of justices: Justice Karen Angelini, Justice Patricia Alvarez and Justice Luz Elena D. Chapa. Appellant Deshawn Ondrey Williams was found guilty by a jury for the offense of terroristic threats against a public servant. In his first issue on appeal, 7

Williams argues the evidence is legally insufficient to prove that the alleged threat was made with the specific intent to place the witness in fear of imminent serious bodily injury or death. More specifically, Williams argues that even assuming the alleged facts were accurate, the alleged threat was for an event to occur the following week and, therefore, the threat could not have been imminent. In his second issue, Williams contends that because he was indigent, the trial court erroneously ordered Williams to pay attorneys’ fees. The second case, 04-13-00326-CR Benny Alonzo v. The State of Texas, will begin at 10:30 a.m. and be heard by the panel of: Chief Justice Catherine Stone, Justice Sandee Bryan Marion, and Justice Rebeca C. Martinez. Appellant, Benny Alonzo, appeals his conviction for unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon. In two issues on appeal, appellant asserts (1) the trial court erred in denying his motion to suppress, and (2) the evidence is legally insufficient to support his conviction. A 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. All students, faculty and staff are welcome. This event is sponsored by the Women’s Law Association and Campus Ministry.

ORDER OF BARRISTERS APPLICATIONS
The Order of Barristers is a national honorary organization whose purpose is the encouragement of oral advocacy and brief writing skills. The Order – which is open only to third-year law students – provides national recognition for individuals who have excelled in advocacy and service at their respective schools. St. Mary's School of Law is permitted to select up to ten new members each year. If you are interested in being considered for The Order of Barristers, please pick up an application form from Professor Dave Schlueter, Chairman of the faculty Advocacy Committee, LFB 270. The applications will be posted on his office door, beginning February 24th. The faculty’s Advocacy Committee will review and select the new members and announce their names at the Barristers’ Ball on Friday, April 11, 2014. These applications will also be used, in part, to determine the recipients of the various faculty awards for outstanding advocacy. Please note that seeking or obtaining advice or assistance from any faculty member (full-time, visiting, or adjunct) other than the Chair of the Advocacy Committee (Professor Schlueter) concerning your application or its contents is strictly prohibited. All completed applications must be returned to Professor Schlueter's office no later than 12:00 noon on Wednesday, March 19, 2014.

COURT OF CRIMINAL APPEALS INTERNSHIP
A summer internship with the Staff Attorneys' Office at the Court of Criminal Appeals in Austin, Texas is available for a limited number of students during the summer of 2014. Students who are selected for the program will work under the supervision of staff attorneys on criminal appeals, petitions for discretionary review and habeas corpus petitions. Those interested in applying should send a resume and a cover letter addressed to Professor Schmolesky in Room 224 of the Law Faculty Building. In the letter please indicate if you have 8

any preference for first or second summer session. Students will receive 2 pass/fail credits upon successful completion of the program that requires a minimum of 120 hours of work. Students will receive credit as if for a course offered on the home campus rather than transient credit and accepted students will be required to pay tuition to the law school for their participation in the program. Preference will be given to students who have completed 2 years of law school, but students who have completed their first year may apply. The deadline for applications is 12 noon, Friday, March 21, 2014. Students who have previously expressed an interest in this program should reaffirm their interest by contacting Professor Schmolesky in writing.

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 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.

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 to apply is Friday, March 28, 2014. For more information contact Amber Aubone, URO Director, at 210.436.3100 or aaubone@stmarytx.edu.

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.



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SPRING OFFICE HOURS for PCP in Career Services Office Mondays 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. 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.

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/.

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!

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. 10

2014 PRO BONO PROGRAM SCHEDULE
FAMILY LAW Texas RioGrande Legal Aid 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 March 21 April 4th or 11th May 16 June 20 July 18 August 15 September 18 October 17 November 21 BORDER OUTREACH at Laredo & Eagle Pass 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 BORDER TRIP CLINIC Students meet at School Parking Lot at 7:00 a.m.

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 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 11

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. 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. Business of Practicing Law Series: Making it Rain: How to Obtain and Keep Clients Monday, March 3, 2014 5:00 – 6:00 p.m., Law Alumni Room Happy Hour drinks and food will be served. In a competitive legal climate, it is crucial to be able to develop the skills needed to successfully create business, and more importantly, keep it. R.C. Rondero de Mosier will guide you through processes to help you find new business through networking and readily available resources, and also provide guidance on fostering the client relationships you build in order to increase your cash flow. The format of this program will be a 30-minute informational talk on how to network followed by a 30-minute happy hour to allow SAYLA attorneys and students to put the skills they learned into practice. Meet the Professionals: Oil and Gas Law Tuesday, March 4, 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 Jaime Trevino. Jaime is an associate at Mazurek, Alford and Holliday in San Antonio. Meet the Professionals: Elder Law Wednesday, March 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. 12

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 Patty Sitchler who is an adjunct professor at St. Mary’s University School of Law and practitioner in this area of law. Alternative Careers Panel Wednesday, March 19, 2014 12:00 – 1:00 p.m., Law Alumni Room Lunch will be served. Come and meet attorneys who have chosen to use their law degree in an alternative way and learn about various careers you can do with a law degree. What Do Transactional Lawyers Do? Wednesday, March 26, 2014 12:00 – 1:00 p.m., Law Alumni Room Lunch will be served. Attorneys who have a transactional practice do very different work than litigators. Come hear from attorneys from a variety of practices including transactional lawyers in big firms, small firms, in-house counsel, and government about what their jobs are like. The panel will be moderated by Leslie Hyman, a partner at Pulman, Cappuccio, Pullen & Benson, LLP. "Bar" Luncheon for Class of 2014 Students Monday, April 7, 2014 12:00 - 1:00 p.m., Law Alumni Room Lunch will be served. Andy Kerr and Sara Dysart Present: State Bar of Texas: Serving Texas Lawyers. Come learn about the services the State Bar of Texas provides to lawyers and the benefits available to you after graduation. Dress code is business casual attire.

2014 SPRING JOB FAIRS
     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 WORKSHOP
IN THE LAW LIBRARY Workshop: Electronic Discovery Date: February 26, 2014 (Wednesday) 13

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.

TEXAS BAR EXAMINATION FILING DEADLINES
The next deadline for the Texas Bar Examination application is March 30, 2014.
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

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

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. 14

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 February 2014 Law Student Writing Contest with the winner's article to be published on the National Law Review website, the National Law Forum blog, and included in their October newsletter. For more information please visit their website at http://www.natlawreview.com/NLR-law-student-writing-competition. The HNBA Legal Education Fund & Arrastia, Capote & Phang, LLP have created a new scholarship program. The Fund will award the Arrastia, Capote & Phang Scholarship to a different law school student via a direct grant of $1,500. Deadline to apply is 11:59 pm (EST) on February 28, 2014. For more information or to apply, click here http://hnba.us4.listmanage1.com/track/click?u=df9a27c10b6d6ba38ba001440&id=6ec377acf8&e=664a19e4cb. 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. Transnational Law & Contemporary Problems a Journal of the University Of Iowa College of Law announces its 2013-2014 Trandafir International Business Writing Competition. A $2,000 cash prize will be awarded. Winning essay will also be published in Transnational Law & Contemporary Problems, a Journal of the University of Iowa College of Law. Entry deadline is March 21, 2014. For more information and contest rules, please see: http://www.uiowa.edu/~tlcp/trandafir_competition.html. 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. The American Bar Association Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources 15

(ABA-SEER) is pleased to announce the 2014 Student Writing Competition on Public Land Law and Policy, in conjunction with the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation’s Special Institute on Public Land Law, Regulation, and Management scheduled for May 8-9, 2014 in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Awards are $1,000, $500, and $250 cash prizes for first, second and third place submissions. Entries should demonstrate original thought on a question of legal and/or policy significance relating to the topic of the role of public lands and policy. Deadline for entries is 5:00 p.m., MT on April 1, 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. 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. 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. 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 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 16

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. 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 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. 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. Internship Opportunity – The 2014 Legal Studies Institute in Washington, DC, 17

sponsored by The Fund for American Studies is now accepting applications from first and 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. March 18, 2014 is the final deadline. 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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