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                      Docket Call
What: A Chance to Socialize with the
      Judiciary and Friends with Open Bar
When: Thursday, June 19th
       5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Where: Cassidy’s Irish Pub
        601 Water Street
Cost: There is NO cost for members (non-members pay $10.00), BUT we would
     appreciate your making reservations so we can have name tags prepared in
     advance and make it possible for you to start quenching your thirst earlier.
     Please Reserve Your Place by e-mailing, faxing
     883-0353, or calling 883-4022
                                                                                                 the American system of justice by instill-         Edward Charles Prado, Circuit Judge,

                                                                                                 ing a better understanding and apprecia-           the United States Court of Appeals, Fifth
                                                                                                 tion of the law. Its purpose is to recog-          Judicial Circuit. The 186 in attendance
                                                                                                 nize community service that promotes a             were treated to an informative and inspir-
                                                                                                 better understanding of government, es-            ing history of the pivotal role played by
                                                                      May 2008                   pecially the Bill of Rights, encourages
                                                                                                 greater respect for the law and the courts,
                                                                                                                                                    the Fifth Circuit in making the Supreme
                                                                                                                                                    Court’s ruling in Brown v. Board of Edu-
                                                                                                 stimulates a deeper sense of individual            cation the law. Absent rulings by the
 “Augie” Rivera Recipient of                                                                     responsibility so that citizens recognize          Fifth Circuit in key cases, the Supreme
the Judge Paul W. Nye Award                                                                      their duties and their rights, contributes to      Court’s ruling in Brown would not have
                                                                                                 the effective functioning of our institutions      had the impact on the civil rights law of
Augustin “Augie” Rivera, Jr., is the re-
                                                                                                 of government, and instills a better under-        our country that is attributed to it. Judge
cipient of this year’s Judge Paul W. Nye
                                                                                                 standing and appreciation of the law.              Prado explained how four Caucasian
Professionalism Award. His selection
                                                                                                                                                    Judges, with privileged backgrounds and
was announced during the Law Day                                                                  Robert C. Wolter Honored as                       residing in New Orleans, bucked their
Reception on Tuesday evening, April                                                                 CCALP Boss of the Year                          societal environs by giving effect to the
22nd, at the Omni Bayfront Hotel. Mr.
                                                                                                 The Corpus Christi Assocation of Legal             holding in Brown.
Rivera is a partner with Dunn, Weath-
ered, Coffey, Rivera, Kasperitis & Rodri-                                                        Professionals has named Robert C.                    Gib Walton, SBOT President
                                                                                                 Wolter of Wood, Boykin & Wolter, P.C.,
guez, P.C. The Judge Nye award hon-
                                                                                                 as the 2008 Boss of the Year.
                                                                                                                                                      Addresses April Luncheon
ors the local attorney who best meets       “Augie” Rivera, the 2008 Judge Paul W. Nye Profes-
the qualities for which Judge Nye is        sionalism Award recipient, and Omar Leal, the 2008                                                      Gib Walton, President of the State Bar of
known, i.e, well respected not only for     Outstanding Young Lawyer Award recipient, at the             CCALP Names                                Texas was the speaker at the April
his/her legal knowledge but also for his/
                                            Law Day Luncheon.                                           Belinda Damerow                             Luncheon. He explained “Let’s Do Jus-
her professionalism, honesty, integrity,                                                          Legal Professional of the Year                    tice for Texas,” an initiative to help Tex-
kindness, fair play, and respect for oth-    Sheryl Mann CCYLA’s Liberty                                                                            ans better understand their essential role
                                                                                                 Belinda Damerow of Hilliard & Munoz is
ers. The award is given annually. Nomi-         Bell Award Recipient                             the 2008 Corpus Christi Association of
nations for the award are submitted by      The Corpus Christi Young Lawyers Asso-               Legal Professionals Legal Professional of
the general membership                      ciation presents the Liberty Bell Award              the Year.
      Omar Leal Named                       annually. Sheryl Mann, a legal assistant
                                                                                                  Judge Edward Charles Prado
                                            with Branscomb, P.C., was selected as
  Outstanding Young Lawyer                                                                             of the Fifth Circuit
Omar Leal, Branscomb, P.C., has been                                                                   Law Day Speaker
selected as the 2008 Outstanding Young
Lawyer of the Year. Awarded annually,                                                            The guest speaker for this year’s Law
the Outstanding Young Lawyer Award                                                               Day Luncheon was the Honorable
recognizes one young lawyer who has
demonstrated exemplary professional
proficiency, service to the profession,
and service to the community. In order                                                                                                              State Bar of Texas President Gib Walton addresses
to be eligible, the attorney must be li-                                                                                                            attendees at April Luncheon
censed to practice law in Texas, be a
                                                                                                                                                    in protecting and preserving the rule of
member of the Corpus Christi Young
                                                                                                                                                    law. He noted that while the defining
Lawyers Association, be a member in
                                                                                                                                                    ideal of our system of justice is to guar-
good standing of the State Bar of Texas,
                                            Sheryl Mann making her Liberty Bell Award accep-                                                        antee a fair hearing to all Texans, evi-
and have been 36 years of age or            tance remarks during the Law Day Reception                                                              dence suggests that huge numbers of
younger on June 1, 2007. For the first
                                                                                                                                                    citizens are apathetic or pessimistic
time, the recipient was chosen by the       the 2008 recipient. The Award recog-
                                                                                                                                                    about our justice system. Mr. Walton
Corpus Christi Bar Association Board of     nizes an outstanding non-lawyer who has
                                                                                                                                                    urged all to take every opportunity to
Directors from young lawyers nominated      made selfless contributions to our com-
                                                                                                                                                    educate the public, especially of the need
by the general membership.                  munity to strengthen the effectiveness of            The Honorable Edward Charles Prado addresses the   for an independent judiciary.
                                                                                                 Law Day Luncheon attendees
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         Important Dates                 19 —- Docket Call, 5:30 p.m. to 7:30         American Trial Lawyers Association is           35th Annual Estate Planning
                                          p.m., Cassidy’s Irish Pub                                                                    Seminar Monday, May 19th
Bold indicates seminar or new entry on   26 — 28 — State Bar of Texas
the calendar                              Annual Meeting                                                                            The Corpus Christi Estate Planning
              May 2008                                                                                                              Council’s “35th Annual Estate Planning
                                                       July 2008
1 —- CCYLA Board Meeting                                                                                                            Seminar” will be Monday, May 19th, at
                                         9 —- Luncheon
8 —- CCYLA Luncheon, 12:00 p.m.,                                                                                                    University Center, Texas A&M Univer-
                                         18 & 19 — SBOT Bar Leaders
 Katz 21                                                                                                                            sity—Corpus Christi. It will cover the
                                          Conference at The Woodlands
15 —- CCYLA Happy Hour, 5:30—                                                                                                       “traditional” family, the “blended” family,
 7:30 p.m., Cassidy’s Irish Pub          Should you have any questions about                                                        new developments, pros and cons of
20 — Board of Directors Meeting          any of the events listed, please call 883-                                                 recent trends, and common problem ar-
21 —- Criminal Defense Luncheon,         4022.                                                                                      eas. This seminar is co-sponsored by
 12:00 p.m., Katz 21                                                                                                                the College of Business, Texas A&M
                                             Bill Edwards Selected                                                                  University—Corpus Christi. May 12th is
23 —- Criminal Law Seminar
26 — Holiday, Office Closed                ATLA Executive Committee                             William R. “Bill” Edwards           the deadline for early registration. The
                                         William R. “Bill” Edwards, who had previ-                                                  cost for CCEPC members will be
              June 2008                                                                                                             $160.00. Non-members will have to pay
                                         ously been selected for membership in        extended to civil plaintiff and criminal
Docket Call                                                                                                                         $185.00. After May 12th, add $20.00 for
                                         the American Trial Lawyers Association,      defense attorneys by special invitation.
5 —     Baseball with the Bench                                                                                                     the registration cost. For more informa-
                                         has become a member of the Executive         Candidates are considered for member-
12 —- CCYLA Board of Directors,                                                                                                     tion, call 825-2829 or e-mail
                                         Committee of the organization. There are     ship in The American Trial Lawyers As-
Joint Meeting                                                                                                              Send
                                         twenty-four lawyers on the Executive         sociation based on superior qualifica-
17 — Board of Directors Joint                                                                                                       checks payable to “CCEPC” to Eugene
                                         Committee. The American Trial Lawyers        tions, leadership, reputation, influence,
 Meeting                                                                                                                            Bland, College of Business, Texas A&M
                                         Association is a national organization       stature, and profile in the Trial Lawyer
18 —- Criminal Defense Luncheon,                                                                                                    University — Corpus Christi, 6300
                                         composed of the Top 100 Trial Lawyers        community.
 12:00 p.m., Katz 21                                                                                                                Ocean Drive, Corpus Christi, TX 78412.
                                         from each state. Membership in The

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                                                                             library on the Web.” You can find it at
                                        Don’t Miss the June        
Mediation Services                         Docket Call
                                                                                 Baseball with the Bench
    Family Law                  The annual June Docket Call will be
                                Thursday, June 19th, at Cassidy’s Irish      The Corpus Christi Young Lawyers As-
                                                                             sociation’s annual “Baseball with the
    Probate Law                 Pub from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. What better
                                                                             Bench” will be Thursday, June 5th. The
                                way is there to wind down after a busy
                                June afternoon than to commune with          event will begin in the Federal Court-       Education for Families in Transition
     Civil Actions              colleagues and members of the Judiciary      house Jury Room at 4:00 p.m. with a
                                in Cassidy’s Irish Pub? It is FREE for       two-hour trial tactics CLE. Immediately
  $395 per party, full day      members and $10.00 for non-members.          following the CLE all will adjourn to the
                                Reservations are not required, but you       Hooks “Champions Club” for comradery                  Online Classes
  $250 per party, half day                                                   with jurists and colleagues, free food,
                                can begin quenching your thirst earlier if                                                      in English & Spanish
                                you do because your name tag will be         free libation, and baseball watching the                  $39.00
                                waiting for you. You can reserve your        Hooks beat the Midland Rockhounds.
     F. Lakhani                 place by e-mailing                           The cost will be $95.00 for members,
                      , calling 883-4022,       $110.00 for non-members.
    Attorney-Mediator           or faxing 883-0353. If you have any          Look for the e-mail arriving next week for   Our classes meet the requirements of
     1205 Airline Rd.           questions, please contact Dick King at       a registration form and instructions.         Texas Family Code §105.009
                                883-4022.                                    They will also be located on our website        and are accepted by the
 Corpus Christi, TX 78412                                                    by Monday, May 12th.
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                                            organizing and administering the pro-
     Adopt A Family Thanks                                                              Criminal Law. The topics to be covered             Lawyer Referral Service
                                            ject.                                       include “Jury Selection,” “The Adam
Nineteen families had a much more                                                                                                              Renewals Due
                                                                                        Walsh Act or Why 24 Months Might Mean
pleasant holiday season than they would            New CCBA Members                                                                    It is time to renew your Lawyer Referral
                                                                                        24 Years,” “Recent Appellate Cases You
otherwise have had thanks to members        We welcome the following new members:       Can Use,” “Ethics,” “Immigration Law’s         Service Membership. The new panel will
of the Corpus Christi Bar Association .                                                 Interrelationship with Criminal Law,” “Trial   take effect May 15th. Those who have
Eighteen firms and individuals partici-     Yvette Agilar, City of Corpus Christi Le-
                                                                                        Evidence — Making and Meeting Objec-           not renewed by then will be removed
pated in this year’s Adopt a Family Pro-    gal Department, phone 826-3894
                                                                                        tions,” “Opening and Closing State-            from the active panel and will not be
ject. A big “Thanks” goes to the partici-   Jenny Cron Boyd, Nueces County Attor-       ments,” Commitment Questions in Voir           given any more referrals until they renew.
pants:                                      ney’s Office, phone 888-0391                Dire,” Traffic and DWI Laws,” “Handling        If you have questions, please call us at
   Wilson Calhoun; Rudy Lerma; Jerry        Stephen W. Byrne, Federal Public De-        the Media,” and Expunctions and Peti-          883-4022.
   Guerra; Susanne Bonilla; Susan                                                       tions for Non-Disclosure by the Num-
                                            fender’s Office, phone 888-3532
                                                                                                                                           Advanced Civil Trial Law
   Hutchison; Brantley White; Josh
   Nieto; Michael Maldonado; The
                                            Candice J. Paiz, Gonzales, Hoblit & Fer-                                                         Seminar a Success
                                            guson, L.L.P., phone 888-9392               The flyer is on the street and is available
   Huerta Law Firm; Shelby Jordan;                                                      on our website ( Cost for           The Corpus Christi Bar Association’s
   Huseman, Dodson & Hummell,                 2008 Criminal Law Seminar                 members is $185.00 on or before May            2008 Advanced Civil Trial Seminar was
   PLLC; Wigington Rumley, L.L.P.;
                                               Will Be Friday, May 23rd                 21st. After that members pay $205.00.          held Friday, April 11th. 58 lawyers at-
   Michael Schmidt; Upton, Mickits,                                                     The cost for non-members is $210.00 on         tended, and once again it garnered rave
   Hardwick & Heyman, L.L.P.;               The 2008 Criminal Law Seminar will be       or before May 21st. After that it is           reviews. Special thanks go to David
   Brunkenhoefer & Nielson, P.C.;           presented Friday, May 23rd, at the Ortiz    $230.00. Please submit the registration        Bright and John Gsanger, the course
   Baker & Baker; the Honorable Jose        Convention Center. It will provide 6.75     form in the flyer to register. If you have     directors, who brought in such an
   Longoria and Judy Ramos; and             hours of CLE with 1.0 hour of ethics. The   any questions, please e-mail                   array of highly respected and talented
   Randall Barrera.                         seminar has been approved for 6.75 or call 883-4022.          speakers.
                                            hours of Specialization Credit for
Special thanks go to Jerry Guerra for

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                                            CCBA Newsletter May 2008 Page 9                                                             CCBA Newsletter May 2008 Page 10
           Law Day Thanks                          Law Day Contest winners also won prizes             March Docket Call Held                               Law Day Contest Winners
                                                   in the State Bar of Texas Law Day Con-                    April 17th
We thank the following for helping to                                                                                                                 This year’s Law Day Contest winners were,
                                                   test. Rachel Spiering (Yes, she is Susan
offset the expenses of the Law Day Re-                                                                                                                as is the practice, recognized at the Law
                                                   Spiering’s daughter.), first place winner in   Docket calls are docket calls regardless
ception and Luncheon:                                                                                                                                 Day Reception. First place winners re-
                                                   the CCBA high school poster contest,           of when they are held, and ours are no
                                                                                                                                                      ceived checks for $100.00. Second place
                                                   placed third in the statewide contest.                                                             winners received checks for $50.00, and
   Royston, Rayzor, Vickery & Williams,            Jack Gsanger (Yes, he is John and Ce-                                                              third place winners received checks for
   L.L.P.; Donnell, Abernethy &                    cile Gsanger’s son), first place winner in                                                         $25.00.
   Kieschnick, P.C.; Hartline, Dacus,              the CCBA kindergarten through second                                                                 First Place Editorial Contest:
   Barger, Dreyer & Kern, L.L.P.;                  grade poster contest, was the third place                                                               Christopher Perkes (Greg’s son)
   Jordan, Hyden, Womble, Culbreth &               winner in the statewide contest. The first                                                           High School Poster Contest
   Holzer, P.C.; Perry & Haas; Watts               place winner in the CCBA third grade                                                                    First Place: Rachel Spiering
   Law Firm; Hermansen, McKibben,                  through fifth grade poster contest, Alyssa                                                                (Susan’s daughter)
   Woolsey & Villarreal, L.L.P.; Hilliard          De Los Santos, also placed third in the                                                              Middle School Poster Contest
   & Munoz; Law Office of Michael B.               statewide competition.                                                                                  First Place: Jeron M. Hoelscher (Jon
   Schmidt; Porter, Rogers, Dahlman &                                                                                                                        Paul’s nephew)
Gordon, P.C.; The Rangel Law Firm;                    Immigration Topic at April                                                                        3rd through 5th Grade
   Huseman, Dodson & Hummell,                        Criminal Defense Luncheon                                                                             First Place: Alyssa De Los Santos
   PLLC; The Law Office of Audrey                                                                   Mark Gilbreath and Robert Morris at Docket Call        Second Place: Jessica Rivera
   Mullert Vicknair; Baker & Baker;                The April Criminal Defense Section’s           different. The one-month delay changed                   Third Place: Mariela Mayen
   Welder Leshin LLP; Canales &                    Luncheon was held April 16th at Katz 21        nothing. All who spent the evening at                 Kindergarten through 2nd Grade
   Simonson, P.C.; English & Clemons,              Steaks and Spirits. Marc Cervantes was                                                                  First Place: Jack Gsanger (John and
   L.L.P., Harrell Z. Browning, Attorney           the speaker. He spoke about the                                                                           Cecile’s son)
   at Law; Law Office of Matthew A.                “Immigration Consequences of Criminal                                                                   Second Place: Arianna Trevino
                                                   Cases.” Over thirty were in attendance.                                                                 Third Place: Benjamin N. Sanchez
   Rosenstein; and the Law Office of
   L. Gayle Nelson.                                      Postal Rates Increase                                                                                   Law Day Photo Ops
    CCBA Law Day Contest                                  Monday, May 12th
   Winners Also Win at SBOT                        Effective Monday, May 12th, the cost to
Three of Corpus Christi Bar Association            mail a first class letter increases $0.42,
                                                   but the cost of an additional ounce will
                                                   remain $0.17. The weight limit will re-
                                                   main 3 1/2 ounces. $0.83 will be the new          Dan Garcia, Ted Bonilla, and Cammie Bonilla
                                                   first class rate for large envelopes weigh-    Cassidy’s Irish Pub and those who just
                                                   ing one ounce or less while the cost for       stopped by for a for a short visit said it
                                                   additional ounces will remain $0.17 for        was fun. Our next one will be in June
                                                   each additional ounce. Check the Post          19th.
                                                   Office’s website for additional information,
                                                                         CCYLA Kids Law Library                         Justice Dori Contreras Garza, Justice J. Bonner
                                                                                                                                                      Dorsey, and Judge Edward Charles Prado
                                                                                                        Book Report Winners
                                                      Want to Get the Word Out?
                                                                                                  When the Kids Law Library was estab-
                                                      Up to Date Mailing Labels                   lished at Los Encinos Special Emphasis
                                                               For Sale                           Elementary School, an annual book re-
                                                   The Bar Association has up to date mem-        port contest for 5th grade students was
                                                   bership mailing labels for sale. The mem-      established to encourage students to
                                                   bership data base is updated daily. The        read about the law. This year’s winners
                                                   cost for members is $50.00 plus tax and        were Alyssa Puebla, first place ($75.00
                                                   shipping and handling when applicable.         gift certificate), Mariah Cavazos, second
                                                   Just call us at 883-4022 or e-mail us at       place ($50.00 gift certificate), and Mer-
                                          to order. We           randa Aguirre, third place ($25.00 gift
Alyssa De Los Santos, Rachel Spieriing, and Jack   provide same day service.                      certificate). Gift certificates were to Half-       Judge Nannette Hasette, Judge Jose Longoria, and
Gsanger show their SBOT award certificates                                                        Price Books.                                        Judge Edward Charles Prado

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                                       CCBA Directory Errata Sheet
                                              May 2008
Additions                                Corrections:
Aguilar, Yvette                          Cervantes, Gabriel “Marc”
City of Corpus Christi – Legal Dept.     Law Office of Marc Cervantes, PLLC
1201 Leopard (78401)                     4220 S.P.I.D., Ste. 104 (78411)
P.O. Box 9277 (78469)                    Office, 334-4221
Office, 826-3894                         Fax, 334-1227
Fax, 826-3239                            E-Mail,
E-Mail,              Immigration

Byrne, Stephen W.                        Day, Kathleen
(Veronica De Ojeda Byrne)                E-Mail,
Federal Public Defender
606 N. Carancahua, Ste. 401 (78476)      Gonzales, Frank
Office, 888-3532                         Gonzales Law Office
Fax, 888-3534                            101 N. Shoreline, Ste. 204 (78401)
E-Mail,             Office, 356-1000
Criminal Defense                         Fax, 356-1001
Paiz, Candice J.
Gonzales, Hoblit & Ferguson, L.L.P.      Hardwick, Harvey
Frost Bank Plaza                         San Isidro Development Company
802 N. Carancahua, Ste. 2000 (78470)     400 FM 534
Office, 888-9392                         Sandia, TX 78383
Fax, 888-9187                            Office, 361-547-9111
E-Mail,            Fax, 361-547-0159

                                         Sibley, David
                                         P.O. Box 276
                                         Gregory, TX 78359
                                         Office, 361-643-3083
                                         Fax, 1-888-800-9561
                                         Cell, 882-2377

                                         Schmidt, Scott D.

                                         Stewart, Joy H.
                                         Gonzales, Hoblit Ferguson, L.L.P.
                                         Frost Bank Plaza
                                         802 N. Carancahua, Ste. 2000 (78470)
                                         Office, 888-9392
                                         Fax, 888-9187

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