The Witan, 2014-2015 Academic Year Issue 5, September 22, 2014

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The Witan, 2014-2015 Academic Year Issue 5, September 22, 2014


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St. Mary’s University School of Law Issue 5 September 22, 2014 By VMM
Submit articles to be published to Ms. Bebe Gonzalez ( in electronic format by noon Thursday





Historically, fundraising at the law school has been the province of the Dean of the Law School, with the exception of student organizations seeking in-kind (i.e. non cash) contributions from individuals or organizations. Therefore, neither students nor student organizations were permitted to approach individual donors to request monetary donations, unless this was coordinated through the Office of the Dean. If, however, a student organization approached an individual and/or organization such as HEB for an in-kind contribution of hamburger meat, chips and salsa, such a donation did not have to be coordinated with the Office of the Dean. Dean Sheppard wishes to maintain this approach, with some process changes. Effectively immediately, all efforts to seek in-kind and monetary contributions will be coordinated through the law school’s Office of Advancement. In the near future, Mr. Joel Lauer, Executive Director of the Office of Advancement, will have a form that must be filled out when students and/or student organizations seek an in-kind contribution. This will allow the law school to properly thank those who make in-kind donations, which should increase the likelihood of these individuals and organizations continuing to support our student organizations. Mr. Lauer will also coordinate any and all efforts from students seeking monetary contributions.

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, 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 help desk 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 You are invited to visit the helpdesk at either of the two locations Cotrell Commons in the Blume Library or Charles Francis 1st floor.

Join the Business Law Society’s Golf Networking Event on Tuesday, September 23, 2014, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. at the Quarry Golf Club. This event is open to everyone. A $5 donation will be 3

accepted at the door. If interested in the networking event or for more details, please contact Eric Michael Garza at

The American Association for Justice (AAJ) and the Oil, Gas and Energy Resources Law Society (OGERLS) are co-sponsoring War Stories: Representing Plaintiffs in Oil and Gas Issues with presentations by St. Mary’s University of Law Graduates: Luke C. Kellogg, J.D. ’89 and Laura H. Burney, J.D. ‘84. The event is Monday, September 29, 2014 from 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. in the Alumni Room of the Sarita Kenedy East Law Library. AAJ will be giving away a $100 prepaid debit card as a door prize and providing FREE lunch. All students are welcome to attend. For more information, contact Brittani Booker,, or Paul Gaines,

All students are invited to meet with Dean Sheppard and Associate Deans Mather and Valencia in an open-format, town hall meeting scheduled from 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. and 5:00 – 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday October 8, 2014 in Law Classroom 105. Students are encouraged to attend, come with questions, comments or concerns and talk with Dean Sheppard.

Lawcountability, JD is a new cloud-based platform to help promote consistency, creativity, and accountability in your job search and career development. It is available to all students and offers fun, informative and creative ways to stay on track with networking. There are leader boards with points and the Office of Career Services will award Starbucks cards to students on the top of the leader board each month. This program will also be used as a follow up to all counseling sessions. It was launched last week in our Weekly Update. Last week's 10-minute webinar - Week # 1 - The Key to Relationship Building, and this week’s 10-minute webinar - Week # 2 Cultivating Your Personal Brand, are both now available on the Lawcountability J.D. dashboard. If you haven’t seen it, check it out. There is a link to Lawcountability in the Shortcuts in Symplicity.

Come on out on Friday, October 17, 2014 to FLINT FEST. Learn about the Institute on World Legal Problems in Innsbruck. This year’s event will be held at Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church Hall, 223 E. Summit Avenue, San Antonio, Texas 78212 starting at 6:00 p.m. Your $10 contribution at the door will get you food, drink and a chance at door prizes. This event is sponsored by Law Ministry. For more information, please contact Sister Grace Walle at


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. 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,

If you would like to attend a particular workshop, please contact Professor Martinez at so that he may plan for refreshments. Food will be provided for workshop attendees. Choosing a Paper Topic Tuesday, October 7, 2014 12:30 - 1:10 p.m. Law Classroom, Room 101 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.


New in Town? I can help!: Government Information for Everyday Life Tuesday, October 14, 2014 12:30 - 1:10 p.m. Law Classroom, Room 103 Need help finding the perfect apartment or a wonderful doctor? How about a good part-time job? From health to safety to voting, let me show you some government resources that can help ease the stress of getting settled in a new city.

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 to set up an appointment.

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.

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 or contact Maria Calixto 210.436.3953 to volunteer.

Appointments can now be made with L1 Identity Solutions to 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 and times. 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. LFB 207 LFB 207 LFB 207 LFB 207 LFB 207

Detailed instructions on making your appointment were sent to your St. Mary’s Student Email account.

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,, 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: 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 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.

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. 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 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 program is limited to 10 students. Sarah Minter, a local insurance defense attorney at the law firm of 8

Goldman and Associates will present this program. You may bring a brown bag lunch. Collegiate Meet the Professionals Series: Texas A&M Aggies Wednesday, October 1, 2014 12:00 – 1:00 p.m., Office of Career Services, Room 216, Law Library Lunch will be provided. Calling all Aggies! The Collegiate 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 program is limited to 10 students. This program will be presented by Devin ""Buck"" Benson, who obtained his Bachelors of Science at Texas A&M College Station and his law degree from St. Mary's University School of Law. Mr. Benson is a partner at the San Antonio law firm of Pulman, Cappuccio, Pullen, Benson & Jones, LLP. Join us for this great networking opportunity. This program is being held in conjunction with the Aggie Bar Association Student Group. Collegiate Meet the Professionals Series: Texas Tech Red Raiders Thursday, October 2, 2014 12:00 – 1:00 p.m., Office of Career Services, Room 216, Law Library Lunch will be provided. Calling all Red Raiders! The Collegiate 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 program is limited to 10 students. This program will be presented by Marc Stroope, who obtained his undergraduate degree in Zoology at Texas Tech and his law degree from St. Mary's University School of Law. He is an attorney with The Gardner Law Firm in San Antonio. Join us for this great networking opportunity. This program is being held in conjunction with the Red Raider Bar Association Student Group.

Join the fun on Sunday, October 19, 2014 at the St. Mary’s 5k for the Neighborhood Run/Walk to support the neighborhood and your good health. There will be a $10 registration fee. You may pre-register at or register on the day of the race. Proceeds will go to neighborhood revitalization. Mass and race registration begins at 7:30 a.m. The timed 5k run and walk will start at 9:00 a.m. Meet at the Pecan Grove. Dogs welcome!

Get fit with Zumba, Water, Dance, CrossFit and many other fitness classes offered by the Recreation Department in the Alumni Athletics Convocation Center (AACC). Please go to for a complete schedule.


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 Stop by for a cup of coffee or a PBJ sandwich, available at no cost, just outside of her office.

If a link is not provided below for detailed information to any of the below writing competitions and scholarships, please email Bebe Gonzalez at Additional scholarships may be available in the “Writing Contests and Competitions” section of Symplicity. 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. NEW – The National Academy of Social Insurance and its sponsoring partner, The Borchard Foundation Center on Law and Aging is pleased to announce its first annual law student writing award for an outstanding paper on social insurance. The $2,500 award will be given to the best paper or article in the social insurance field. Papers must have been written between January 1, 2013 and September 14, 2014. For more information please go to The application deadline has been extended to 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" 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 NEW – The Association of Securities and Exchange Commission Alumni, Inc. (ASECA) is pleased to announce their 2014 Securities Law Writing Competition. First prize is $5,000, second prize is $3,000 and third prize is $2,000. The topic may be any subject in the field of securities law. Unpublished papers, papers published in any law journal or other publication during calendar year 2014, and papers scheduled for publication in 2014 or 2015 are eligible for submission. Co-authored 10

papers are not eligible. Mail two copies of submission to ASECA, P. O. Box 5767, Washington, D.C., 20016. Deadline to submit a paper is November 15, 2015. 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 All entries must be received by November 17, 2014. NEW – The International Section of the New York State Bar Association, with the support of Cleary, Gottlieb, Stern & Hamilton LLP, is pleased to announce the annual Albert S. Pergam International Law Writing Competition. Students may submit an article regarding any area of public or private international law or practice. Award is $2,000. For rules please visit re.html. Deadline to apply is 4:00 p.m., Friday, November 21, 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 The deadline for entry is December 1, 2014. NEW – The Institute for Energy Law of The Center for American and International Law announces its 2014 Hartrick Scholar writing competition. The general subject for this year’s competition is any topic related to energy development. Winner will receive a $2,500 cash award. For more information and guidelines please visit The article must be submitted no later than December 19, 2014. The Reeves Law Group is now accepting submissions for their 2014 Scholarship Contest. For complete rules please visit Deadline to apply is December 31, 2014. NEW – Thomas Jefferson School of Law announces the first annual Jameson Crane III Disability and the Law Writing Competition. Papers may be on any topic relating to disability law. The winner will be awarded $1,500 and two second place winners will each receive a $1,000 cash prize. For more information, please visit: Deadline to apply is midnight, PST, January 15, 2015. 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 Deadline to apply is January 16, 2015. 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 11 for details. Deadline to apply is April 1, 2015.





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