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Page 1 [Newspaper Page] — Annotations — 1 August 1996
SOUTH TEXAS COLLEGE OF LAW An notations Volume XXV, Number 1 The Student Newspaper of South Texas Col lege of Law August 1996 Read extends his welcome By Dean Frank T. Read Next to graduation, the most exciting time of the year is the beginning. The last quiet few weeks have now erupted into crowded halls, eager faces, and a great sense of anticipation. I want to ex- tend my personal congratula- tions to our new entering class. On behalf of all of us -faculty, staff and advanced students - we welcome you. To our returning stu- dents, welcome home. We are glad you are back and we know you are ready to begin again. This should prove to be one of the most exciting years in the history of the Col- lege. In late September, the American Bar Association will SBA plans another award-winning year By Chris Samuelson SBA president Welcome back to an- other fun-filled and exciting year at South Texas College of Law! For those of you who are new on campus, congratula- tions on your decision to j...
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Page 2 August 1996 Mock trial tourney winner is team #12 The winners of the 1996 Abraham, Watkins, Nichols, Ballard & Friend Mock Trial Competition con- ducted during the summer semester is the team consist- ing of Wendy Wood, Ashton Bachynsky, Paul Lamp and Leslie Johnson. Second place went to the team of Brett Podolsky, Mike Love, Tracy Cruse and Kevin Sunn. The top ten oralists for the competition were as follows: 10) Brett Podolsky; 9) Ashton Bachynsky; 8) Deborah Thompson; 7) Brian Coolidge; 6) Lori Rickert; 5) Scott Nelson; 4) Dean Herms; 3) Matthew Beatty; 2) Kelly Kowis; 1) Bill Pendergraft. Semi-finalist teams were the team of Deborah Th- ompson; Lori Rickert, Simon Pumell and Kelly Cobb and the team of Chadd Parker, Amy Hunter, Phil Fouts and Charlie Rojas. The competition problem was the mock trial of a murder case. SBA Continued from page 1 1-L mentor program and a full calendar of atrium parties. In addition to these plans, the SBA's goal to implement new programs f...
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August 19S6 Page 3 Students rate Malta program a success By Arthur Grimaklo Staff writer South Texas College of Law with Golden State Uni- versity sponsored this four week study abroad program in Malta located in the Mediter- ranean Sea. Three courses were of- fered: International Business Litigation, International Envi- ronmental Law and Law of the Sea, and International Human Rights taught by our own Pro- fessor Ursula H. Weigold. Professor Weigold said there were between 35-36 students in the program: 12 from South Texas, 3-4 from other schools, and the rest from Golden State. Many of the students took side trips to nearby Sic- ily, Italy, Tunisia, and even Egypt. She said that she was pleased with the students work given that there were so many temptations so close by. One of the South Texas students was Monica Thompson. She said the trip over to Malta was uncomfortable, but there was a 17 hour lay over in London which allowed her to see Buckingham Palace, the Parliament buildin...
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Page 4 August 1996 Students must be wise in borrowing Editor's note: The following article will also appear in the Texas Law Reporter. By Dean Frank T. Read A law school dean plays many roles. To a faculty, the dean is akin to a manag- ing partner. To a university administration, the dean is a middle manager expected to carry out university policy. To the alumni, the dean is the leader of their school; and to students, the dean is a some- times judge, jury, advisor, and boss. And, rarely, to the pro- fession, the dean plays the role of a Paul Revere warning of a coming crisis. It is that latter role I would like to play in this article. For a long time, we in legal education have ignored the growing problem of exces- sive student debt. We have seen tuition rates rise too fast, particularly at private law schools affiliated with univer- sities desperate for revenue from their law schools Many universities now retain 20-40% of their tuition paid by law students, to sup- port non-law s...
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August 1996 Editorial Page 5 Terrorism bill should have wiretapping The downing of TWA Flight 800 off the coast of Long Island, the bombing of the Air Force barracks in Saudi Arabia and the bombing at the Atlanta Olympics have driven home a disturbing point. Terrorist ac- tivity, both foreign and domes- tic, is now an omnipresent threat to Americans. These recent events follow the Oklahoma City bombing this past year and the bombing of the World Trade Center a few years ago in what is now a sad history of terror- ist attacks aimed at the heart of democracy. The Congress and President Clinton have been quick to respond by passing a new law that punishes foreign firms who invest in Iran and Libya, countries known to ac- tively sponsor terrorist groups. Also, the House has passed other anti-terrorism leg- islation to increase airport se- curity and establish a blue-rib- bon panel on terrorism. Miss- ing from that bill are two pro- visions Clinton wanted in it: an increase in the govern...
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Page 6 August 1996 Judge Gist offers his thanks Editor's note: The following is a "thank you " note from Judge Larry Gist, who this past year received another Adjunct Teaching Excellence Award. Annotations previ- ously was unable to run it be- cause of the summer hiatus period, but we thought this would be a good opportunity to introduce new students to one of the most respected judges in Texas anda favorite here at South Texas. By Judge Larry Gist Adjunct Professor I am so proud to have received the Adjunct Teaching Excellence Award, and I want to sincerely thank all of the stu- dents who helped me get this enormous honor. The fact that this came from students makes it all the more valuable to me. I wrote the enclosed article for the Texas State Trooper magazine after my first semester of teaching at South Texas, which I thought then was also my last. It reflects my feelings about having the wonderful opportunity to teach such outstanding students at one of the nation's best law sc...
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August 1996 Page 7 The American rican Bar Association has selected BAR REVIEW as an Official Law Student Division Membership Benefit So should you. ABA Law Student Division Members can receive: Reduced BAR/BRI enrollment deposits for 1 Ls & 2Us One FREE Legalines each year Scholarships for BAR/BRI Courses Discounts on Gilbert & Legalines Outlines and Law School Legends Audio Tapes BAR/BRI & The ABA: Your best choices for success during and after law school
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Page 8 Docket Call August 1996 Aggie Law Society The Aggie Law Soci- ety was established to facilitate the recruitment of Texas A&M University graduates to South Texas, to bring programs to South Texas for the benefit of all South Texas students, and to increase awareness of South Texas in the Texas legal com- munity. Society members also seek to enrich the educational experience and professional de- velopment of South Texas stu- dents, as well as develop a strong sense of community by building the bonds already shared by Aggies. For more information, stop by the group's office in room 217. Asian Pacific American Law Students Association Welcome to STCL. APALSA is an active student organization established to help STCL students, cspccially new ones, meet the challenges of law school. During this academic year, we will offer (1) lots of study aides (tapes, cards, briefs, notes, books, and out- lines); (2) a speaker's forum discussing the legal career; (3) an international food pa...
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August 1996 Docket Call Page 9 lo extend a special welcome and wish good luck lo all the new first year students. Wel- come to South Texas! We hope that everyone has a great fall semester and a very good year. The Jewish Law Stu- dents Association is the new name for the Hillel Law Stu- dents Organization at South Texas College of Law. A new name, new officers, new ideas and a new beginning towards a bright future. The name change was made to reflect the growth that we feel has oc- curred and is continuing in the Jewish Students at South Texas. Our officers for the 1996-97 Academic Year are: Alan Rosen, President; Eric Pullen, Vice President; Scott Fishman, Treasurer; and Mar- tin Zimmerman, Secretary. We have plans for this year that include social mixers with Jew- ish Students at South Texas and the other professional schools in Houston, our Meet the Jew- ish Judges Night, thought-pro- voking programs with Jewish Lawyers on Judaism and the Law, and much more. We are looking for- w...
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August 1996 Docket Call Page 11 Phi Delta Phi International Law Fraternity A fraternity chartered in 1982, Phi Delta Phi pro- motes the intellectual, social and professional qualities that a law student is expected to bring to the bar. Phi Delta Phi is the oldest national legal fra- ternity. The South Texas Chap- ter has a GPA minimum for membership eligibility. Part-time Students Association The Part-Time Stu- dents Association (PTSA) formed in 1992-93 to help part- time students assimilate into the law school environment and to serve as advocates on behalf of part-time students. The Part-Time Stu- dents Association has an active membership and provides so- cial, educational and mentor support to its diverse member- ship. For membership informa- tion please call the PTSA at 659-8040 ext. 1658. Order of the Lytae An honorary frater- nity, the Order of the Lytae rec- ognizes outstanding academic achievement. Students must Save $50 on your joining fee through September 30, 1996 at the...
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SOUTH TEXAS I COLLEGE OF LAW Annotations Volume XXV, Number 2 The Student Newspaper of South Texas College of Law September 1996 South Texas' eighth wonder Advocates sweep ABA national moot court championship again By Prof. T. Gerald Trecce This past August, the advocates of South Texas Col- lege of Law fought the Second Battle of New Orleans and ul- timately prevailed in the 1996 ABA National Appellate Ad- vocacy Moot Court Champion- ship. The team of Jill Willard, Christopher Nease, and Melina Cain swept all of the award categories, taking the Best Team and Best Brief titles. Jill Willard was also named Best Oralist and Chris Nease was named 4th Best Oralist. I was assisted in coaching this team by Dale Jefferson, a former top advo- cate at Soutli Texas. More than 134 law school teams from around the country participated at four re- gional competitions with the top ¡^qualifiers earning the right to participate at the ABA Finals in New Orleans. The South Texas team was the top qual...
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Page 2 September 1996 For SBA, it's a small world By Tracy Cruse SBA senior senator Imagine Mickey Mouse and Lawyers as far as the eyes can see. During the first week of August, more than 18,000 lawyers, law students and their families gathered for the 119th Annual ABA Meeting at Disneyworld in Orlando. South Texas faculty and students played important roles throughout the confer- ence. This year, STCL stu- dents served the ABA Law Stu- dent Division in elected and ap- pointed positions including: Circuit Governor, Lt. Governor and as Liaisons to ABA sec- tions. In order to increase the nation's awareness about South Texas College of Law, it is important to have students, as well as, faculty and alumni representing STCL at these national meetings. Highlights of the meet- ing included a visit from incom- ing ABA President N. Lee Coo- per and confirmed sightings of U.S. Attorney General Janet Reno. First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton spoke at a din- ner for the Fellows of the Young Lawy...
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September 1996 Page 3 Successful STCL Students Know Bar Review Course is to Take a Close Look at its "Passed." STCL Pass Rate Summer 1995 Non-MB/BRl OnlylGpassed out of 31 takers I 51.61% I Percentages based upon all Summer '95 first-time Texas bar exam takers from STCL School of Law. Everyone at South Texas knows that you don't get a second chance to do something right the first time. At BAR/BRI, we understand just how much you need to pass the bar-the first time. That's why the vast majority of STCL Law ■F' Students count on BAR/BRI to help them r pass the bar exam-the first time. You should too. i See your BAR/BRI rep today or call (713) 739-9482.
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Page 4 September 1996 'Sovereign Wings' adorns atrium By Hcctor Garza-Trcjo Assistant editor Try to ignore it, if you like. But, frankly, it will be nearly impossible for you to walk into the school's atrium without noticing the magnifi- cence of "Sovereign Wings." That is the title of the newest piece of art that adorns South Texas. It is an impressive sculpture of a soaring eagle, double life size. The bird is 8.5 feet tall and has a wing span of 14 feet. The entire piece stretches 11.5 feet high from the ground. On its pedestal it has engraved the word "Light of liberty. Force of Reason." The sculpture was do- nated by the Hon. Lynn N. Hughes, U.S. District Court judge and assistant professor at South Texas for 23 years. It was designed and produced by Sandy Scott, a renown wildlife sculptor from Colorado. Sovereign Wings ar- rived at South Texas in the summer, but it was officially dedicated at the beginning of the fall semester. At the dedication cer- emony Dean Tom Read said t...
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September 1996 Page 5 New profs enrich STCL By Dean Tom Read Wclconie back lo ev- eryone. I trust that you've had the opportunity to get your feet wet and delve into the rigors of another academic year. There is a great deal taking place be- hind the scenes. There is also much occurring on the front lines. I'd like to address one of the most significant changes this year, the addition of five new faculty members. Any law school's wealth lies in the arms of its faculty. They are the purvey- ors of thought and reason. They are the people most dedi- cated to enhancing the future of the bar. South Texas always has had a strong faculty, and the introduction of these new professors will certainly enrich your experience here. Each of these new fac- ulty members has earned a great deal of respect in their re- spective fields. They have gained knowledge in practice that will be invaluable as they teach you the theory behind the execution of the law. Each pre- viously distinguished him or her...
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Page 6 Editorial September 1996 Faculty stars shine bright, do us proud Annotations would like to take the opportunity to congratulate three of South Texas' shining stars on the fac- ulty for recent achievements: Professor Michael Wheeler, Asst. Dean T. Gerald Treece and Professor Leonard Duffy. First, Prof. Wheeler has received the Vinson and Elkins Award for Excellence in Teaching, voted on by the STCL faculty, and we cannot think of a more deserving pro- fessor to receive such an honor. Prof. Wheeler has set the standard for teaching excel- Icncc at South Texas for more than a decade and it is gratify- ing to those of us who have sur- vived his first year Criminal Law class to see this recogni- tion bestowed upon him. Although many stu- dents arc initially intimidated by Prof. Wheeler's tough and demanding style, they realize sometime during the first se- mester of law school that his style derives from a genuine caring for the profession and a desire to make sure that those ente...
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September 1996 Page 7 GOP's American Dream is a nightmare By Lauri Andress Guest columnist From my perspective, two prevailing themes com- prise the Republican message - the restoration of our ability to live the "American Dream" and a disdain for government. The first idea - Ameri- can Dream - taken in its sim- plest form is both appealing and unappealing for reasons that I'll explain later. The sec- ond idea - a dislike for govern- ment - is dangerous, and a non- productive concept to perpetu- ate. As an American I am concerned about our commu- nities, children and the ability of this Nation as a whole to prosper in our global system. And I believe that the Republican's "American Dream" theme as actualized by a values-based society can as- sist us in addressing the prob- lems with our youth and with our communities. However, as a young person who accepts that the failing of our society can be traced to a failure to strive for virtuousncss, common values, and a public morality, I g...
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Page 8 September 1996 West Bar Review Has the Texperts West Bar Review's Multistate and Texas Faculty Includes: Prof. Richard M. Alderman U. of Houston Law Center Prof. Gerry W. Beyer St. Mary's School of Law Prof. Charles P. Bubany Prof. Catherine G. Burnett Texas Tech School of Law South Texas College of Law Prof. Elaine Carlson South Texas College of Law Prof. Lee H. Lytton, III St. Mary's School of Law Stanley D. Chess, Esq. CEO, West Bar Review •X Prof. Neil C. McCabe South Texas College of Law Prof. Rafael Guzman University of Arkansas, Fayetteville Prof. Aloysius A. Leopold St. Mary's School of I.aw Prof. Arthur Miller Harvard Law School Prof. John Moye Former Associate Dean of U. of Denver College of Law i 9i Prof. Alan Parker Prof. Robert A. Ragazzo Former Prof of Univ. of Houston St. Mary's School of Law Law Center Prof. Robert E. Scott University of Virginia Prof. Joseph Shade Texas Wesleyan School of Law n'± Dean Trccce South Texas College of Law / Yfest Toll Free: (888)...