The Witan, 2014-2015 Academic Year Issue 4, September 15, 2014

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The Witan, 2014-2015 Academic Year Issue 4, September 15, 2014

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St. Mary's University School of Law

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2014-09-15

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WITAN
St. Mary’s University School of Law Issue 4 September 15, 2014 By VMM
Submit articles to be published to Ms. Bebe Gonzalez (bgonzalez4@stmarytx.edu) in electronic format by noon Thursday

EMAIL PASSWORD CHANGE

APPLICATION FOR DEGREE CARDS DUE THIS WEEK
CALL FOR BAILIFFS & MARSHALS RARE BOOK ROOM TOURS ACADEMIC SCHOLAR PROGRAM ATTENTION ALL OFFICERS OF REGISTERED STUDENT ORGANIZATIONS (RSO) WOMEN’S LAW ASSOCIATION GENERAL MEETING VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR ST. MARY’S DACA PROJECT 1L FINGERPRINTING - RESERVE THE DATE TEXAS BAR EXAMINATION FILING DEADLINES PRACTICE CREDIT PROGRAMS (PCP) FITNESS CLASS SCHEDULE OFFICE OF CAREER SERVICES PROGRAMS HEALTH INSURANCE ENROLLMENT DEADLINE THIS WEEK EVENT SET-UP FOR STUDENT ORGANIZATIONS TOBACCO PRODUCTS LAW MINISTRY FAITH FORMATION CLASSES 1

JOIN AUSTIN YOUNG LAWYERS ASSOCIATION POSTING NOTICES WRITING COMPETITIONS, FELLOWSHIPS AND SCHOLARSHIPS

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EMAIL PASSWORD CHANGE
Security of confidential information is everyone’s responsibility. This past summer all employees were required to change their password under a newly approved Password Policy for St. Mary’s University. Effective this Fall 2014 semester, all students are required to change their password every 180 days. Students are encouraged to visit the Reset Password tool located on the login page of Gateway at gateway.stmarytx.edu, to initiate the change of password. Information on the Password Policy, Frequently Asked Questions, and other helpful information describing the password requirements is available in Gateway under the Resource tab. Take a few moments to review the details. It is important to be aware of the October 1st due date to change your password. All students must change their password PRIOR to the October 1st due date, as all accounts that have not had the password changed will be disabled. Disabled accounts will not be able to access wifi, (wireless services), email, Gateway, Blackboard, or any other online services. The helpdesk staff members are ready to assist you with this important time sensitive action. The Helpdesk can be reached by phone at 210. 431.4357 or by email at helpdesk@stmarytx.edu. You are invited to visit the helpdesk at either of the two locations Cotrell Commons in the Blume Library or Charles Francis 1st floor.

APPLICATION FOR DEGREE CARDS DUE THIS WEEK
Are you anticipating graduating December 2014, May 2015 or August 2015? If so your completed Application for Degree card is due this week, Friday, September 19, 2014 to Ms. Yvonne Olfers, Director of Student Records, Law Administration Building, Room 121. If you intend to graduate but did not receive a card in your student box, you can pick one up from her in Room 121.

CALL FOR BAILIFFS & MARSHALS
The 2014 Lone Star Classic® will be held on October 16 – 18, 2014 in San Antonio, Texas. The competition is open to all law schools that are accredited by the American Bar Association. We anticipate having 16 teams compete. This year’s problem will be a criminal case. It will take place in the State of Lone Star, a hypothetical venue, and will utilize the Federal Rules of Evidence. If you are interested in serving as a bailiff or marshal for the preliminary rounds, please stop by the Board of Advocates (BOA) office or contact Ms. Rebecca Fischer for an entry form. Students serving in one of these capacities will receive two (2) BOA points for each round in which they serve—enabling those seeking to join BOA in the future to meet the required participation points set out by the organization.

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The preliminary rounds will take place on Thursday and Friday, October 16th and 17th, in the Bexar County Courthouse, Probate Court 2. The teams will break to semi-final rounds on the morning of Saturday, October 18th. The final round will take place on this same day, the afternoon of the 18th. Both the semi-final and final rounds will be held on campus, at St. Mary’s University School of Law. If you are interested in advocacy, joining a mock trial team, or just want to see what these competitions are all about, this is an excellent opportunity to witness some of the best mock trial teams in the nation compete. BOA looks forward to hearing from you. If you have any questions, please contact Ms. Rebecca Fischer, beccafischer@mac.com.

RARE BOOK ROOM TOURS
The Sarita Kenedy East Law Library is offering brief tours of the Rare Book Room. The Law Library has an 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. The tours are 10-15 minutes long. Please contact Reference and Special Collection Services Librarian Fang Wang at 210.436.3435 x1366 or email fwang@stmarytx.edu to set up an appointment.

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

ATTENTION ALL OFFICERS OF REGISTERED STUDENT ORGANIZATIONS (RSO)
At least one officer from each RSO must receive risk management training from the University. The easiest way to do this is to attend the Presidents’ Council meeting at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, September 16, 2014 in University Center Conference Room B. The meeting should last about 45 minutes. If you have questions, please contact Director Tullos at ktullos@stmarytx.edu.

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WOMEN’S LAW ASSOCIATION GENERAL MEETING
The first meeting of the Women’s Law Association will be held on Thursday, September 18, 2014, 12:00 – 1:30 p.m. in the Sarita Kenedy East Law Library, Alumni Room. The Women’s Law Association addresses the concerns of women law students. Seminars, speakers, and fundraisers are frequently sponsored by the organization. In addition, the Association has established a mentor program that pairs its members with local lawyers. Membership in the Association is open to both women and men. For more information, contact the Women's Law Association at bfrisaura@mail.stmarytx.edu.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR ST. MARY’S DACA PROJECT
The St. Mary’s Immigration & Human Rights Clinic DACA Project is seeking volunteers for the Fall semester. The St. Mary’s DACA Project assists “Dreamers” — young immigrants brought to the United States as children, to apply for Deferred Action status pursuant to the Presidential announcement of June 15, 2012. Volunteering with the St. Mary’s DACA Project offers hands-on experience and exposure to a growing field of law. Volunteers will assist with completing and assembling the client’s application and forms. Volunteers may also be asked to assist with community outreach sessions dedicated to finding additional eligible applicants. Volunteering is easy, and no experience or immigration law knowledge is required. Hours are flexible and easily accommodated to not interfere with class schedules. The DACA Office is located right by the law school at the St. Mary's Center for Legal and Social Justice. Speaking Spanish is useful, but not a requirement of volunteering. Finally, hours worked count towards the Texas Pro Bono College Certificate. If interested please email StMarysDream@stmarytx.edu or contact Maria Calixto 210.436.3953 to volunteer.

1L FINGERPRINTING - RESERVE THE DATE
L1 Identity Solutions will conduct fingerprinting for all first-year law students for the Declaration of Intent for the Board of Law Examiners (BLE) on the below listed dates. Wednesday, October 22 Friday, October 24 Monday, October 27 Wednesday, October 29 Monday, November 3 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. 8:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Please reserve the dates. Instructions for the registration process, which is completed after the Declaration has been filed, as well as the location will be announced at a later date. Please check your

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St. Mary’s Student Email account for more details on the 1L Fingerprinting process.

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

Examination Dates February July

Timely File No Postmark Earlier Than Deadline June 30 August 30

Absolute Postmark Deadline Late Fee Required October 30 March 30

November 30 January 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.

PRACTICE CREDIT PROGRAMS (PCP)
It is not too late for FALL externships! Start planning ahead for the SPRING OR if you have an internship and want to earn credit. Contact AMANDA RIVAS as soon as possible! Email or call to schedule a one-on-one meeting, arivas@stmarytx.edu, office telephone 210.431.5712. PCP office hours in Career Services are Monday’s, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. and Thursday’s, 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. The below positions are available NOW: o Veterans Administration, Audie Murphy- MedMal/Torts- (San Antonio) o Equal Justice Center- Employment Law- (San Antonio) o Texas RioGrande Legal Aid (San Antonio-tax, property, others) o Catholic Charities- Immigration (San Antonio) o Disability Rights Texas- Education/Civil Rights/ADA (San Antonio) o UTSA Commercialization- IP/Trademarks (San Antonio) o Office of Attorney General- Child Support (San Antonio) o Texas Civil Rights Project (Austin) o Office of the Governor (Austin) 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/. PLAN ahead: PCP Externship program (including In House Counsel) MANDATORY orientation 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.

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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.

FITNESS CLASS SCHEDULE
Get fit with Zumba, Water, Dance, CrossFit and many other fitness classes offered by the Recreation Department in the Convocation Center. Go to https://www.stmarytx.edu/wpcontent/uploads/2012/12/2014-2014-Fitness-Class-Schedule-Sheet1.pdf for a complete schedule.

OFFICE OF CAREER SERVICES PROGRAMS
Please RSVP to attend any of the below listed programs: RSVP in the “Events” section of Symplicity under “Workshops”. You will not be included in the head count for food if you do not RSVP at least 24-hours before the event. You may still attend the event; however we ask that you do not eat until after the program concludes. Charting Your Course over your Last Year in Law School (Class of 2015) Wednesday, September 17, 2014 12:00 – 1:00 p.m., Law Alumni Room Lunch will be provided. This program will refresh your game plan as your start your last year of law school. Topics will include:  Refreshing your Resume  Using Symplicity  Gaining additional job skills in your last year  Preparing for solo practice  Learning about exit interviews and much more. SABA/3L Mentor-Mentee Program Reception Thursday, September 18, 2014 5:30 – 7:00 p.m., Law Alumni Room Food and drinks will be provided. The Office of Career Services and the San Antonio Bar Association (SABA) invite you to the SABA-3L Mentor-Mentee Program Reception. Please join us to learn about the program and tell us what area of the law you are interested in so we can find the right mentor for you. Dress code is business casual. Ask a Counselor Hour Monday, September 22, 2014 8:00 – 9:00 p.m., Online Through Symplicity Chat Feature Need to ask a question about career planning but don't have enough time to stop by the Office of Career Services? Director Patrick will be available to answer your questions through the live chat 7

feature in Symplicity. Log into Symplicity and click on the Chat with an Office of Career Services Staff Member. Year Two, Now What to Do? (Class of 2016) Wednesday, September 24, 2014 12:00 – 1:00 p.m., Law Alumni Room Lunch will be provided. This program is designed to help you stay on task with your career planning. Did you work your first summer? Are you worried about gaining experience? It is not too late! There are tons of opportunities for second year students and this program will highlight them for you. We will also discuss how to update your resume, maximize your use of Symplicity including the various resume books and take advantage of networking opportunities. Meet the Professionals Series: Insurance Defense Law Tuesday, September 30, 2014 12:00 – 1:00 p.m., Office of Career Services, Room 216, Law Library 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. The programs are limited to 10 students. Space is limited. Sarah Minter, a local insurance defense attorney at the law firm of Goldman and Associates will present this program. You may bring a brown bag lunch.

HEALTH INSURANCE ENROLLMENT DEADLINE THIS WEEK
St. Mary’s University requires all students living on campus and all F1 international students to show proof of health insurance. All students who live on campus and all F1 international students are automatically billed for the Student Health Insurance program. If you already carry private insurance and wish to have the charge for the Student Health Insurance removed from your bill, then you may complete the waiver process by going to the following link: https://www.academichealthplans.com/stmarytx/ Deadline to waive the Student Health Insurance is September 19, 2014. There are no extensions to this deadline. F1 international students are NOT allowed to waive the Student Health Insurance for any reason. Commuter students who are interested in enrolling on the Student Health Insurance program can do so online by visiting: https://www.academichealthplans.com/stmarytx/index.php. Students have until September 19, 2014 to request that the insurance premium be added to your business account at STMU. The insurance brochure and FAQ’s are available online as well at http://www.stmarytx.edu/healthcenter. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the St. Mary’s Student Health Center 210.436.3506.

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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.

LAW MINISTRY
Sister Grace Walle, FMI is the Campus Minister for the St. Mary’s University School of Law. Her office is located in Room 105 of the Ernest Raba (Law Faculty) building. Sister Grace is available for pastoral counseling and spiritual guidance. Sister Grace also coordinates service programs that provide outreach to the community. You may reach Sister Grace by telephone at 210. 436.3063 or by email at gwalle@stmarytx.edu. Stop by for a cup of coffee or a PBJ sandwich, available at no cost, just outside of her office.

FAITH FORMATION CLASSES
The Office of University Ministry is offering faith formation classes to interested students, faculty, staff and alumni as follow: RCIA: Baptism, communion, and confirmation. Class will meet on Monday, September 15th at 11:15 a.m. in the University Center Alumni Room. Students will be asked to attend a second session each week with Mass at 11:00 a.m. on Sunday and dialogue starting at 12:15 p.m. CONFIRMATION: For those seeking the sacrament of Confirmation alone, class will begin September 15th at 4:30 p.m. in Alkek 104. Students will be asked to attend a second session each week with Mass at 11:00 a.m. on Sunday and dialogue starting at 12:15 pm. To register for these classes or for more information please contact Irene Quesnot, University Ministry at iquesnot@stmarytx.edu.

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

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

POSTING NOTICES
A student organization may publicize an event or deadline through announcements:  In the Witan (provide a copy to Ms. Bebe Gonzalez (bgonzalez4@stmarytx.edu) by noon Thursday.  On its organization bulletin board  On the posting walls in the east and west foyers of the law classroom building and in the west foyer of the law faculty building, provided the notice is: (1) (2) not greater than 11” x 17” (legal size) and not posted more than ten days before an event;

Except as provided above, do not tape, staple, pin, or otherwise display any notice on walls or furniture of any building at the Law Center (including classroom entry doors). Announcements posted in violation of this rule will be removed.

WRITING COMPETITIONS, FELLOWSHIPS AND SCHOLARSHIPS
If a link is not provided below for detailed information to any of the below writing competitions and scholarships, please email Bebe Gonzalez at bgonzalez4@stmarytx.edu. Additional scholarships may be available in the “Writing Contests and Competitions” section of Symplicity. 10

The Dallas Asian-American Bar Association (DAABA) will award a scholarship of up to $5,000 to a law student enrolled at the time of the application and scholarship. The purpose of this scholarship is to encourage Asian-American law students to enter the practice of law in the DallasFort Worth area and to become active members of DAABA and the Asian-American community. The Law Student Scholarship Application must be postmarked by September 19, 2014. The Public Investors Arbitration Bar Association (PIABA) is pleased to announce the James E. Beckley writing competition. This is a writing competition for students who are interested in Securities Arbitration and Securities law. First prize is $1000, Second prize is $750 and third prize is $500. For more information please visit www.piabafoundation.org. Submission deadline is 5:00 p.m., September 19, 2014. Latham & Watkins is pleased to announce the Latham Diversity Scholars Program which will award a $10,000 non-renewable scholarship to six law students for use during their second year of law school. Details and application forms may be found here. Deadline to apply is September 26, 2014. 1-800-LAW-FIRM, PLLC is now accepting essay entries through October 5, 2014 on the topic “What would you do to improve the legal system.” $10,000 grand prize. Please go to http://www.1800lawfirm.com/scholarship" for more information. Each year, Texas Young Lawyers Association (TYLA) awards a $1,000 scholarship to one minority student at each Texas law school. The scholarship promotes diversity in the legal profession by assisting members of minority populations within the bar to: (1) enter the legal profession; and (2) participate in the programs and activities of TYLA and the State Bar of Texas. The application deadline is October 10, 2014. More information is available on the TYLA website at http://www.tyla.org/tyla/index.cfm/resources/law-students1/scholarships/. The Center for Alcohol Policy is accepting submissions for their national essay contest. The topic for this year’s contest is: “As states contemplate the legalization of prohibited products, like marijuana, what are some lessons policymakers and regulators can learn from the movement to end alcohol Prohibition in the 1930s?” Prizes are $5,000, 2,500 and 1,000. For more information, please visit www.centerforalcoholpolicy.org. All entries must be received by November 17, 2014. The American College of Consumer Financial Services Lawyers is pleased to announce awards to be presented for (a) the best book chapter or book, (b) the best publishable article or substantial book review, and, (c) the best student case note or comment on a topic dealing with consumer financial services law. For more information please visit http://www.accfsl.org/writingcompetition/. The deadline for entry is December 1, 2014. Pacific Legal Foundation’s Program for Judicial Awareness announces its law student writing competition. Prizes are $3,000, 2,000 and 1,000. For rules and information please visit http://www.pacificlegal.org/pja/writingcomp.

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The Florida State University Center announces the Mollie and Paul Hill Student Writing Competition in Medical-Legal Interprofessional Collaboration for 2015. Award is $250. Go to http://med.fsu.edu/userFiles/file/2015%20Student%20Writing%20Competition.pdf for details. Deadline to apply is April 1, 2015.

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