s t. M a r y ’ s U n i v e r s i t y | s c h o o L o f L aw Spring 2012
What’s St. Mary’s on the Bench: M a s t e r o f L aw s
InsIde: Two Groundbreaking Federal Judges On Trend and On the Rise
A nOTe FROM THe deAn
Dear Fellow Graduates,
As we’ve showcased on the cover, the Fourth Court of Appeals was recently on campus hearing oral arguments
in our Courtroom. This is one example of the innovative learning and networking experiences we strive to
provide our students; another example is the clinical programs directed by Associate Dean Ana Novoa. Her
dedication to the program is paying off with exciting opportunities for students, such as Meghan Kempf, a
third-year student chosen for the selective Equal Justice Works Fellowship
sponsored by the Texas Access to Justice Foundation. This is the first time
a St. Mary’s law student has been selected. For her fellowship, Meghan
will spend the next two years at Family Violence Prevention Services as a
domestic violence litigation attorney.
As you will read in this issue, I visited India this semester related to our
evolving LL.M. program. I’ve also traveled around the state visiting new
Law Alumni Association chapters in Laredo and El Paso, which are in
addition to our new San Antonio chapter. If you haven’t already, I encourage
you to join your local chapter and get to know our new Director of Alumni
Relations and Development Collanne Bramblett West ( J.D. ’10).
For those who may not have heard, the St. Mary’s University Board of
Trustees in February appointed Thomas Mengler, J.D., as the University’s
13th president. While he will not be officially on board until June 1, Tom
has already visited the St. Mary’s campus several times, getting to know the people and traditions of our great
University. A double graduate of the University of Texas (masters in philosophy and juris doctor), Tom currently
serves as Dean of the University of St. Thomas School of Law in Minneapolis, where he also holds the Ryan
Chair in Law. Please join me in both congratulating and welcoming Tom Mengler and his family to St. Mary’s.
Enjoy reading Law Notes, come back to St. Mary’s often and keep up the good work in your lives and
Charles E. Cantú ( J.D. ’64)
Dean and South Texas Distinguished Professor of Law
St. Mary’s on the Bench: Two Groundbreaking Federal Judges
Hawaii’s Longest-serving Judge to step down A Leader in Laredo
This summer, U.S. District Court Judge David Alan Ezra ( J.D. ’72), The St. Mary’s School of Law is proud to claim one of the
will take senior status at the age of 65. In his almost 25-year career as country’s newest federal judge as one of its own. Marina Garcia
a federal judge, Ezra logged many firsts in Marmolejo ( J.D. ’96) was nominated
his home state of Hawaii. to the U.S. District Court by President
He was nominated to the U.S. Barack Obama and confirmed in June
District Court for the District of Hawaii 2011.
by President Ronald Reagan and was Marmolejo was born in Nueva
confirmed in 1998 as the youngest federal Laredo, Mexico, and became a U.S.
judge in the state’s history. Now, he is the citizen in 1995. She graduated cum
longest-serving active federal judge in state laude from St. Mary’s University
history. He was the first from Hawaii to School of Law in 1996. While at
serve as president of the Ninth Circuit St. Mary’s, she was an associate editor
U.s. District court Judge U.S. District Judges Association, and the Marina Garcia Marmolejo’s of the St. Mary’s Law Journal and
David alan ezra (J.D. first and only Hawaii judge to be elected a (J.D. ’96) appointment concurrently earned a master’s degree
’72), the longest-serving member of the Judicial Conference of the to the federal bench was in international relations.
active federal judge in United States. celebrated in March at the Before joining the federal bench,
hawaii’s history, spoke at Ezra grew up in Hawaii, attended kickoff reception of the Laredo Marmolejo was a partner in the
a st. Mary’s school of Law chapter of the st. Mary’s Law
Chaminade University (then called firm of Reid Collins & Tsai LLP in
commencement in 2010. alumni association.
Chaminade College) and the University of Austin. Prior to private practice, she
Hawaii, before coming to the mainland to graduate magna cum laude was a federal prosecutor and public defender, beginning her legal
with a bachelor’s of business administration degree from St. Mary’s career as an assistant federal public defender in the Western
University. He then graduated first in his class at St. Mary’s School of and Southern Districts of Texas. She prosecuted hundreds of
Law. public corruption, money laundering, illegal narcotics and human
After his military service, Ezra began his legal career as a partner trafficking as an assistant U.S. attorney.
in the firm of Anthony, Hoddick, Reinwald & O’Connor in 1976, Utilizing her unique skill set as a native Spanish speaker and a
focusing on construction litigation, and in 1980, he formed Ezra, sharp prosecutor, she often worked with witnesses and clients in
O’Connor, Moon & Tam. Since 1978, he has taught courses in Legal foreign countries in preparation for U.S. litigation. She frequently
Remedies and Federal Courts at the University of Hawaii. taught trial advocacy skills to foreign prosecutors and agents
A nationally respected judge, Ezra has worked in several other on behalf of the Department of Justice’s Office of Overseas
districts with the permission of the Chief Judge of the Ninth Circuit Prosecutorial Development, Assistance and Training.
and the Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court. Currently, Ezra is the At age 29, she prosecuted a complex corruption case against
vice president of the U.S. Federal Judges Association. As Senior U.S. several Laredo public officials and their family members in a five-
District Judge, Ezra will travel to other districts in need of experienced week jury trial that resulted in unanimous guilty verdicts against
federal judges and have more power in selecting the cases he oversees. all defendants. For her work on that case and several other public
In Hawaii, he has ruled over some of the state’s most controversial corruption cases, Marmolejo was honored by the Executive Office
cases including a fishing case brought by Earthjustice Legal Defense of the Department of Justice with one of its most prestigious
Fund on behalf of the Center for Marine Conservation and Turtle awards, the Attorney General’s Director’s Award for Superior
Island Restoration Network against the National Marine Fisheries Performance.
Service. The plaintiffs charged the agency with violating the National Among her many recognitions, she was named to Hispanic
Environmental Policy Act by not protecting endangered sea turtles Business’s 100 Influential-Thought Leaders 2010 list, Immigration
from long line fishing, which was killing turtles. Ezra ruled for and Customs Enforcement’s 2007 Outstanding Service Award,
the plaintiffs and was in turn picketed by the fishing industry. On Drug Enforcement Administration’s 2006 Outstanding Service
the docket for this fall, he has a high profile death penalty trial Award and the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Recognition of
involving the parents of a murdered 5-year-old. Hawaii has no capital Outstanding Prosecutorial Skills 2006.
punishment law in place which might increase the drama in this case.
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Master of Laws: on trend
on the rise
Sometimes staying on the
cutting edge of legal
education means taking a
fresh look at programs that
have been around for a while.
Along that line, the School
of Law has begun revamping
a sometimes overlooked, but
important, sector of the law
school: the Masters of Laws
This February, School of Law Dean Charles
Cantú traveled with Winston Erevelles,
Ph.D., Dean of St. Mary’s School of Science,
Engineering and Technology, and Preyal Shah
( J.D. ’08), Associate Director of Academic and
Student Affairs, on a diplomatic tour of India to
explore the school’s options in recruiting Indian
students to study at St. Mary’s in the Masters of
“India offers an exciting opportunity for us,”
Cantú said. “More Indian students are taking jobs
with American companies doing business in India
than ever before. This requires more knowledge
of our legal systems and how they work. These
students are looking to study in the U.S., and
we would like to encourage them to come here
to St. Mary’s. We have not reached out to this
market before, and I’d like to change that.”
Cantú most recently broadened the School
of Law’s borders by creating the Institute on
Chinese Law and Business in Bejing, which
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right: Cantú speaks to law school
faculty in New Delhi.
beloW: Indian law school
students discuss St. Mary’s with
Cantú in Hyderabad.
starts its third year this summer. And “A stronger LL.M. program will be both public and private international law as
while he has experience navigating the mutually beneficial to all involved,” agreed well as a number of comparative courses. The
complex waters of international educational Chenglin Liu, Co-director of St. Mary’s American Legal Studies option is designed
partnerships, doing educational bidding with LL.M. Programs and Professor of Law. for graduates of foreign law schools to
India is a complicated business. American “Students who have already completed a enhance their understanding of the American
administrators must do some meeting-and- law school education have experience and legal system.
greeting of Indian officials and diplomats to knowledge that enriches the classroom Many graduates of LL. M. programs have
pave the way for schools to be considered an environment and can be mentors to students different goals than those earning a juris
acceptable destination and for visas to become in earlier phases of their legal careers. doctor. International students generally study
approved. That is what Cantú, Erevelles and International students have a new perspective here and return to their native country to
Shah were doing in India in February— that is invaluable in the classroom setting.” practice. Most American students earning
touring universities and law schools, meeting Many American law schools offer LL.M. master of laws degrees are concentrating on a
dignitaries and even participating in a press programs in specialties such as Global Health specialty or planning an academic career.
conference. Law, Taxation and Regulation, Family Law St. Mary’s law school faculty also has
This was part of the preparation and or Intellectual Property Law. In some schools approved a new International Criminal Law
refurbishment of the LL.M. Program, LL.M. degrees do not require a specialization, program. It is under review by the American
consistent with St. Mary’s Vision 2012, which but students must take as many as 26 hours of Bar Association and once it is approved, it
calls for both expanding the borders of the legal courses. Currently, St. Mary’s offers two will be the third LL.M. degree option and
University and advancing academic quality LL.M. degrees on either a full-time or part- headed by Robert Summers, Professor of Law,
and innovation. time basis: International and Comparative Co-director of St. Mary’s LL.M. Program
“By putting more emphasis on the LL.M. Law and American Legal Studies. and Co-chair of the International Legal
Program, we are opening new doors for our The International and Comparative Law Studies Program.
law school and our students,” Cantú said. “We program is designed primarily for U.S. or As St. Mary’s prepares to double—or
have a lot to offer students from India and foreign-trained attorneys who already have a even triple—the size of the program, which
China and in return, they have a lot to offer law degree and want specialized training. This currently has 14 students, much must be done
our students.” program includes a comprehensive offering of behind the scenes, from allocating faculty
advisers to adding courses.
For international students, the law school
locates housing and strives to provide
social outlets and peer groups to ease their
transition, lower their stress and better their
“We are working to get organized for
an influx of new students,” Liu said. “This
is different than adding 15 new first-year
students or transfers, where we have had
those provisions in place for years. The needs
of LL.M. students are more taxing on our
faculty and staff. They need more mentoring.
We provide that, and many times, we also
need to provide the basics of living in a new
By putting More eMphasis on the LL.M. Program, we are country.” ■
openinG new Doors for our law school and our students.”
- Dean charles cantú
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process to daily life, including a live mock
As part of the symposium, the Chicano
Civil Rights Banquet celebrated the life
and work of the late José A. Cárdenas,
Ed. D., with the Lifetime Achievement
Award. Cárdenas, whose groundbreaking
educational theories were instrumental in
many Chicano civil rights cases, argued
before the U.S. Supreme Court, U.S. Courts
of Appeal and District Courts throughout
the Southwest, including the landmark case
of Keyes v. School District No. 1.
Additionally, the Intercultural
Development Research Association was
given the Chicano Civil Rights Award.
St. Mary’s Professor of Law Bernard D.
Reams Jr., Ph.D., was recently elected to
membership in the Texas Bar Foundation.
st. Mary’s faculty aLi members from back left: robert hu, ph.D.; Gerald reamey; One of the highest honors that can be given
Michael ariens; Bernard reams, ph.D.; front: vincent Johnson; cantú; David schlueter; to a member of the State Bar of Texas, less
and colin Marks. than one percent of Texas attorneys are
invited to be Texas Bar Foundation Fellows.
Nominations are based on outstanding
aLi elects new Members litigation. Marks earned his bachelor’s degree
from the University of Missouri and his juris contributions to the legal profession and a
doctor from the University of Houston Law commitment to the community.
St. Mary’s School of Law professors
Center. Reams is Co-director of the St. Mary’s
Robert H. Hu, Ph.D, and Colin P. Marks,
Other St. Mary’s law faculty who are Institute of World Legal Problems, a guest
and graduate Kathryn A. Stephens ( J.D.
ALI members are Michael Ariens, Vincent professor at Leopold-Franzens University of
’04), a partner in the San Antonio law firm
Johnson, Geary Reamey, Bernard Reams Jr., Innsbruck, Austria, and a visiting research
Clemens & Spencer, have been elected
and David Schlueter. St. Mary’s graduates fellow at the Max Planck Institute for
to membership in the American Law
who are members of ALI are Dean Charles Foreign and International Private Law in
Institute (ALI). Widely considered the most
E. Cantú, Texas Supreme Court Justice Paul Hamburg, Germany. He is a member of the
prestigious law reform organization in the
Green, Texas Court of Criminal Appeals American Law Institute, the American Bar
United States, ALI generates scholarly work
Judge Barbara Hervey, Fulbright & Jaworski Foundation, the American Society of Law,
to clarify and modernize the law. This year,
LLP partner Robert Newman, Michael S. Medicine and Ethics, and the Order of the
52 new members were elected, raising its
Goodrich, partner at the firm of Goodrich Coif.
membership to 4,330.
Postnikoff Albertson & Petrocchi LLP, and Reams, who also has degrees from
Hu is a professor, Director of the
former Chief Justice of the Second Court Lynchburg College and Drexel University,
St. Mary’s Sarita Kenedy East Law Library
of Appeals and partner at Kelly Hart & earned his juris doctor at the University of
and Co-director of the Institute of Chinese
Hallman John Hill Cayce Jr. ( J.D. ’82). Kansas and his doctorate at Saint Louis
Law and Business. He specializes in library
University. He is an expert in medical
information management and Chinese
jurisprudence and bioethics, as well as
intellectual property law. Hu earned degrees
from Beijing University and the University
10th Minority pre-Law education law and policy.
of Illinois. He joined the St. Mary’s School symposium held
of Law faculty in 2005.
The School of Law and the Center
west new alumni Director
Marks specializes in commercial and
corporate law, teaching and writing on for Latina/o Legal Studies held the 10th Collanne Bramblett West ( J.D. ’10) has
commercial law, contracts and business Minority Pre-Law Symposium for high joined the School of Law as Director of
associations. Marks came to St. Mary’s in school and college students this March. Alumni Relations and Development. She is
2006 from the Houston firm Baker Botts, About 300 students from across the state a dual graduate of St. Mary’s, earning her
where he concentrated on commercial spent a day on campus learning about the Bachelor of Arts degree in 2006 as well as
law school experience from the application her juris doctor.
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the fourth court of appeals heard oral arguments in two cases on campus this spring (as seen on the cover). pictured here are the
fourth court Justices with the 12 finalists for the alma L. Lopez woman in Law Leadership award, which was won by adriane Meneses,
an evening student who is currently the top student of her class.
West worked as a briefing attorney for the
Hon. Marialyn Barnard ( J.D. ’92), Fourth Court
free cLe series for alumni sponsored by the Offices of Career Services and
Alumni Relations and Development as a service
of Appeals. During law school, she served on the St. Mary’s is offering a new Alumni to alumni. Visit the School of Law’s website at
editorial board of the St. Mary’s Law Journal as CLE Webinar Series. The series will include www.stmarytx.edu/law to register.
Symposium Editor, and was a member of the quarterly webinars available to alumni to watch
Phi Delta Phi legal fraternity. She also interned
for the Hon. Edward C. Prado, U.S. Court of
free of charge from their offices or homes on
their lunch hours.
Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. The El Paso native The first session was held recently and by Marianists
comes from a line of St. Mary’s School of Law presented by Juliana Ashley ( J.D. ’91), a
graduates including her parents, the Hon. Mary professional coach. The next webinar, Inside the This semester, St. Mary’s University
Anne Bramblett ( J.D. ’81) and Coll Bramblett Mind of an Appellate Justice, will be presented honored Dean Charles E. Cantú ( J.D. ’64)
( J.D. ’80), grandfather C.R. Kit Bramblett ( J.D. by the Hon. Phylis Speedlin ( J.D. ’83) and is with the 2012 Marianist Heritage Award.
’75) as well as her husband, Christopher West scheduled for April 24. It has been approved for The award has been given since 1981 and is
( J.D. ’10). one hour of CLE credit. The webinar series is awarded to individuals who embody Marianist
characteristics, express interest in Marianist
Heritage, and put this knowledge into practice
in their community.
The Rev. Rudy Vela, S.M., D.Min., Vice
President for Mission and Identity, said that
Cantú embodies the Marianist characteristics
of educating in family spirit, educating for
formation in faith, educating for justice and
peace and educating for adaptation and
change. He noted that Cantu’s impact on the
community and in the classroom is evident.
For example, the Class of 1997 honored him
for providing them with excellent teaching and
a spirit of involvement in law ministry service
programs with a scholarship in his honor. ■
ron herrmann’s (J.D. ’59) portrait now hangs on the school of Law’s wall of honor. pictured
from left are wife Karen herrmann, ron herrmann, assistant Dean al hartman (J.D. ’73),
Dean cantu and Herrmann's daughter emilie petty (J.D. ’08).
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KUdOs & CLAss nOTes
’60 ’79 has been named to the san antonio women’s
hall of fame.
edward V. dylla, J.d., san antonio, finished the Peter e. Hosey, J.d., san antonio, a partner with
2011 san antonio rock ‘n’ roll half Marathon, Jackson walker LLp, has been named to the San Laura surovic, J.d., and her husband, Gregory,
his fourth consecutive, in 2:11:47. Antonio Business Journal outstanding Lawyers san antonio, were promoted to the ranks of
list. Lady commander and Knight commander in
Frank R. southers, LL.B., austin, has published the equestrian order of the holy sepulchre of
his first novel, The Grievance Committee – Book ’80 Jerusalem, a catholic chivalric order dedicated
One. denise Voigt Crawford, J.d., austin, has been to supporting the church in the holy Land.
named the M.D. anderson public service visiting
’67 professor of Law at texas tech University school ’84
Frank Herrera Jr., J.d., and his wife, cecilia of Law. Patricia Hubert Booth, J.d., corpus christi, was
elizondo-herrera, san antonio, were invested invested with the rank of Lady into the equestrian
with the ranks of Knight and Lady into the J. Thomas Rhodes III, J.d., san antonio, received order of the holy sepulchre of Jerusalem, a
equestrian order of the holy sepulchre of the pat Maloney sr. courage award from the catholic chivalric order dedicated to supporting
Jerusalem, a catholic chivalric order dedicated san antonio trial Lawyers association and was the church in the holy Land.
to supporting the church in the holy Land. named the Medical Malpractice Lawyer of the
year by the 2012 Best Lawyers San Antonio J. Matthew dow, J.d., austin, managing partner
’70 legal directory. of the austin office of Jackson walker LLp, has
Thomas M. Braniff, J.d., houston, has been been named to the Best Lawyers in America
appointed by Gov. rick perry to the Joint interim ’81 2012 legal directory.
committee to study seacoast territory insurance. Patrick B. Tobin, J.d., san antonio, a partner at
Jackson walker LLp, has been named to the Best ’86
edward M. Johnson, J.d., san antonio, has been Lawyers in America 2012 legal directory. Michael L. dinnin, J.d., flower Mound, has
named chairman of the american anti-cancer joined andrews Kurth LLp as a partner in the
institute’s advisory Board. ’82 firm’s Dallas office.
Mary M. Thomas, J.d., san antonio, was
’72 promoted to the rank of Lady Grand cross in Christopher M. Flood, J.d., houston, and John T.
The Hon. david A. ezra, J.d., honolulu, hawaii, the equestrian order of the holy sepulchre of Flood, J.d. ’90, corpus christi, were selected for
a judge of the United states District court for the Jerusalem, a catholic chivalric order dedicated the 2011 Texas Super Lawyers list of the state’s
District of hawaii, will retire at the end of June. to supporting the church in the holy Land. top attorneys. they are partners in flood &
Judge ezra, who is the longest-serving active flood, along with their brother charles.
federal judge in hawaii’s history, was appointed ’83
to the court in 1988 and served as chief Judge The Hon. Barbara Hanson nellermoe, J.d., san Mary T. Green, J.d., san antonio, was named
from 1999 to 2005. antonio, judge of the texas 45th District court, prosecutor of the year by the texas District and
county attorneys association. Green has been
Richard G. Thomas, J.d., richardson, a partner
at thomas, feldman & wilshusen LLp in Dallas,
has been selected as a fellow of the american
college of construction Lawyers.
Joe edd Boaz, J.d., anson, has been appointed
by Gov. rick perry as District attorney of the
259th Judicial District in Jones and shackelford
The Hon. Robert e. Corlew III, J.d., Milton, tenn.,
has been elected to a two-year term as a director
of the international association of Lions clubs.
Jon R. Ray, J.d. san antonio, a shareholder
with cox smith Matthews incorporated, was a
2011 San Antonio Business Journal outstanding
Lawyer awards honoree in the field of energy
texas state Bar president Bob Black presented the Bastrop county Bar association and its president
David M. collins (J.D. ’04), center, with a resolution honoring volunteer efforts after the Bastrop
wildfires, which included free legal clinics for a two-month period, staffed by local attorneys and
’78 attorneys from across central texas. During the first seven days, more than 200 families and
Lawrence A. Waks, J.d., austin, a partner at individuals were assisted by the clinics, with more than 400 helped by the time the emergency
Jackson walker LLp, has been named to the Best declaration was signed, and more than 1,000 helped by the time the clinics were closed. the
Lawyers in America 2012 legal directory. austin county Bar association and its president David chamberlain (J.D. ’78) and central texas
wildfire League response team co-chairs Karin crump (J.D. ’97) and David courreges (J.D. ’05)
were also honored with resolutions.
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LAA president’s Corner
by David Courreges, LAA President
Welcome to spring at the School of Law. Flowers are blooming,
an assistant district attorney in the ’92 the weather is warmer, and Fiesta Oyster Bake is well on its way
Bexar county District attorney’s
The Hon. Laura Lee Parker, J.d., to overtaking campus. There are also a few law student-specific
office for 25 years.
san antonio, judge of the texas benchmarks that signal the start of spring: 1L moot court
’87 386th District court, has been competitions, finals preparation and the frantic search for summer
appointed by Gov. rick perry to the employment. As the spring moves forward and quickly gives
The Hon. Carol Villarreal Bush, texas Juvenile Justice Board.
J.d., waxahachie, county Judge way to summer, student dread of moot court briefs and finals will
of ellis county, has been appointed be left behind; however,for many, the worry of securing summer
by Gov. rick perry to the texas ’94 employment will not.
Juvenile Justice Board. Their worry is valid, not because of the task, but because
Alison J. Logan, J.d., corpus
christi, is chief of the litigation of the increased importance of hands-on legal education. In a
’88 former lifetime, budding young lawyers commonly entered into
division of the city of corpus
elizabeth Caples Rogers, J.d., christi city attorney’s office. apprenticeships that allowed them to learn local law, customs and
austin, is chief privacy officer for
practices while under the watchful eye of mentors. Though the
the texas comptroller of public david s. Morales, J.d., austin,
concept is not extinct, it is becoming significantly less common.
is general counsel to the texas
Today’s young lawyers—whether they enter the practice of law as
’89 firm associates, government attorneys or solo practitioners—are
Michael B. Clark, J.d., Bergheim, Charlotte P. Youchem, J.d., corpus expected to hit the ground running in an exercise of survival. This
senior vice president and General christi, is a senior city attorney with practice makes pre-graduation internships and clerkships more
counsel for the scooter store, the city of corpus christi. important now than ever.
was a 2011 San Antonio Business One of the many missions of the Law Alumni Association is to
Journal outstanding Lawyer ’95 assist our current students and recent graduates in acclimating to
awards honoree in the field of Yvonne M. Acosta, R.n., J.d., the legal community. To date, we have attempted to accomplish this
General counsel. el paso, a registered nurse and through networking opportunities for both students and alumni,
licensed attorney, is executive
Lt. Col. Michael d. Harbart, J.d., sponsorships of student events and support of our local chapters.
nursing officer for operations and
hattiesburg, Miss., was promoted innovation at the University of texas Though I am proud of the strides we have taken, with today’s job
to lieutenant colonel in the United at el paso college of nursing. climate we need to do more, and we need your help.
states air force reserve. an So how can you help?
attorney in the general counsel’s Thomas L. McCracken, J.d., You know the answer. Hire St. Mary’s law students. See the
office at stennis space center, he Meridian, Miss., is an associate stack of papers in the corner? A summer intern would be more than
is an assistant judge advocate at vice president at citizens national
columbus air force Base. happy to organize them for you. Find yourself spending more time
filing documents with the Clerk’s Office than doing substantive
’90 ’96 work? A summer law clerk would be happy to file that motion for
Grace G. Kunde, J.d., seguin, has you. Need a simple document prepared? You bet they can help!
Burton d. Brillhart, J.d., Dallas,
been re-elected as chair of the has been elected a member of As Professor Wayne Scott famously says at the
Guadalupe-Blanco river authority, McGlinchey stafford pLLc. conclusion of each class: “What questions do you
which provides stewardship for have?”
water resources in 10 central J. Marty Truss, J.d., san antonio, Cost? If you ask a law student, it is the experience, not the pay
texas counties. a shareholder with cox smith that is needed. The Federal Fair Labor Standards Act does require
Matthews incorporated, was a that individuals, including interns and clerks, be paid a minimum
Lt. Col. Karen A. Pike, J.d., san 2011 San Antonio Business Journal
antonio, who recently graduated wage for work performed in the private sector. Current minimum
outstanding Lawyer awards
from the U.s. army war college honoree in the field of Litigation. wage $7.25. That is less than the cost of a dry-cleaned suit and close
correspondence course, is a staff to the price of coffee.
judge advocate with the Medical ’98 Why a St. Mary’s law student? Your law degree is an investment.
readiness training command. The more you cultivate that investment, the more it is worth. By
elliott s. Cappuccio, J.d., san
antonio, a partner with pulman hiring St. Mary’s law students, you are helping ensure a bright
Kimberly M. Pankonin, J.d.,
omaha, neb., has been appointed cappuccio pullen and Benson LLp, future for them, as well as the law school. You are also increasing the
by Gov. Dave heineman as a was a 2011 San Antonio Business value of the parchment hanging on your wall.
judge in the 4th Judicial District of Journal outstanding Lawyer How do I find a law clerk? Contact the Law School
nebraska. awards honoree in the field of
Career Services Office at 210-436-3546. Through the leadership of
Assistant Dean Faye Bracey, Suzanne Patrick and Alicia Mendoza,
The Hon. dibrell W. Waldrip, J.d.,
new Braunfels, judge of the texas ’00 the office assists our current students and graduates in finding
433rd District court, has been elizabeth C. Boddy, J.d., san opportunities in a challenging legal market. They will be happy to
appointed by Gov. rick perry to antonio, an attorney with Drought, assist you in getting in touch with potential summer clerks.
the Governor’s criminal Justice Drought & Bobbit, is a 2011 San Have more questions? Feel free to contact me at any time at
advisory council. Antonio Business Journal “40 email@example.com or 512-467-6060. As always, thank you for
Under 40” honoree. your time and your dedication to the St. Mary’s University School
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1940s Heath C. Poole, J.d., college station, is ’10
a partner at hoelscher, Lipsey, elmore Joseph B. Baucum, J.d., san antonio,
don F. Tobin, LL.B. ’44, died June 28, 2011. & poole pc. is an attorney with Upton, Mickits &
R. Tate Gorman, J.d., Dallas, has been sarah B. Blackstone, J.d., san antonio,
Roland A. eisenhauer, LL.B. ’48, died Jan. 4, 2012. named a partner at thompson coe is an attorney with Upton, Mickits &
cousins & irons LLp. heymann LLp.
1940s John P. Jennings, J.d., san antonio, Joshua J. Caldwell, J.d., Brownsville,
has been named a partner at fulbright is a briefing attorney with the texas
Charles e. Biery, LL.B.’42, died Jan. 4, 2012. & Jaworski LLp. thirteenth court of appeals.
’02 Fernando d. Gireud, J.d., el paso, is
1950s Rebecca A. Copeland, J.d., honolulu, an associate with Mounce, Green,
hawaii, has been named chair of Myers, safi, paxson, Galatzan pc.
Frank P. Christian, LL.B. ’56, died Jan. 5, 2012.
the hawaii state Bar association’s
William R. davis, LL.B. ’58, died sept. 26, 2011. appellate section and has started Cathryn Anne Ibarra, J.d., austin, is a
a five-year term on the city and program attorney for the Legal services
support Division of the state Bar of
1960s county of honolulu’s Zoning Board of
stanley R. Baker, J.d. ’69, died July 26, 2011. Carolyn Rangel, J.d., san antonio, is
Jeffrey M. Morehouse, J.d. ’69, died sept. 6, 2011. an associate counsel with travelers
nancy H.F. Chang, LL.M., Beijing, insurance.
Juan Rocha Jr., J.d. ’69, died oct. 24, 2011. people’s republic of china, is an
Robert H. spicer, J.d. ’67, Boerne, died March 5, associate with Mayer Brown JsM. Collanne Bramblett West, J.d., san
2012. antonio, is Director of Law alumni
’04 relations and Development at
John R. Taylor, LL.B. ’65, albuquerque, n.M., died
M. Alexander nava, J.d., san antonio, st. Mary’s University.
March 2, 2012. a partner in allan nava & Glander
pLLc, has been named vice chairman ’11
1970s of the port of san antonio Board of
Preston J. dugas III, J.d., fort worth,
has been named by his peers as a
Paul s. Kendall, J.d. ’73, died Dec. 14, 2011. “fort worth top attorney” in an annual
’07 survey conducted by Fort Worth, Texas
elvis G. schulze, J.d.’73, died sept. 23, 2011.
Katherine A. Tapley, J.d., san antonio, magazine.
Roger e. Henderson, J.d. ’75, died nov. 17, 2011. an associate with fulbright & Jaworski
Henry s. Meyer, J.d. ’75, died april 1, 2011. LLp, is a 2011 San Antonio Business Maria Carmen Garcia, J.d., Killeen,
Journal “40 Under 40” honoree. has opened a solo practice.
John F. Guerra, J.d. ’77, died May 10, 2011.
William H. Johnson III, J.d. ’78, died Jan. 30, 2012. ’08 Lane Greer, J.d., austin, is an associate
in the health care practice Group of
James B. Parks Jr., J.d. ’78, died feb. 19, 2012. Michael d. denuccio, J.d., san
Brown Mccarroll LLp.
Thomas K. Robinson, J.d. ’78, died aug. 27, 2011. antonio, is an associate with winstead
Linda Fay Jenkins, J.d. ’79, died oct. 15, 2011. Lesley C. Paniszczyn, J.d., corpus
christi, is an attorney with the Law
Laura G. Jacobs, J.d., austin, is an
offices of thomas J. henry. ■
attorney with the texas Legal services
donald F. Killingsworth, J.d.’81, died Dec. 13, 2011. ’09
Rebecca J. Carrillo, J.d., san antonio,
1990s along with Robert J. Hayes Jr., J.d.
’06, and Agatha L. Rode, J.d. ’09, has
Ralph e. Williamson, J.d. ’96, died sept. 21, 2011. formed the law firm hayes, rode &
2000s Robby d. Chapman, J.d., austin, is an
assistant city attorney with the city of
elaine M. Ferguson, J.d. ’00, died sept. 21, 2011. cedar park.
shelly M. siegfried, J.d. ’03, died Jan. 30, 2012. ■
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