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Page 5 [Newspaper Page] — Annotations — 1 November 1996
November 1996 Page 5 Academic policy is changing By Arthur Grimaldo Staff writer Beginning with the spring semester of 1997, the Academic Deficiency Policy is changing so that anyone with a cumulative GPA be- low 2.000 after the first se- mester of study will be auto- matically dismissed for aca- demic deficiency. Any stu- dent who started in the fall of 1996 can elect to have the old rule apply. Under the old rule, if a student has a cumu- lative GPA below 2.000 at the end of the first three enroll- ment periods or at the completion of the first 24 hours of instructions, the stu- dent will be dismissed for academic deficiency. Another policy change concerns deferred ex- ams. Under the old rule, a student could defer exams under extreme circumstances or emotional trauma result- ing from extreme circum- stances. The new rule states that an exam will be deferred if a student becomes personally ill (with a physician's certifi- cation to the Assistant Dean and Registrar's office), a stu...
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Page 6 Editorial November 1996 Plan presents clear vision for the future With finals looming just ahead, many students are in the dark about the plan Dean Frank T. Read has presented for the future of South Texas College of Law. We hope you will take a moment to read the article on the front page about the plan because it presents a clear, fo- cused, and, most importantly, achievable vision for the school. The plan calls for the construction of a high-tech wing to the library, increased faculty scholarship, student enrichment, inore symposiums, anda long-coveted membership to the Americal Association of Law Schools (AALS). Some exciting facets of the plan include a semester study abroad program, estab- lishment of an LL.M. program, and, of course, the five-story wing to the library that will fea- ture cutting edge technology. After a year as dean of STCL, Dean Read has shown himself to be a man who has a firm handle on what President Bush once called, "the vision thing." He has alre...
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November 1996 Page 7 Dealing with feelings is part of the job By Héctor Garza-Trejo Assistant editor Here recently I have heard comments that make be- lieve that many law students refuse to even discuss issues dealing with feelings; more spe- cifically, clients' feelings. "Here we go again, talking about that touchy, feel- ings stuff," I have heard them say whenever the subject of feelings or emotions came up in private conversations or in class discussions. "Why do we have to worry about that stuff. That is not law. We are not counselors." In fairness to female students, I must point out that in practically all cases these kinds of comments came from men. But whether it was men or women who made them, I wonder why students of a pro- fession that inevitably deals with people would feel that way. Are these future attor- neys incapable of dealing with feelings? Are they afraid of it? Perhaps they believe that real lawyers are like mediaeval warriors, hired guns or merce- naries: they ...
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Page 8 November 1996 I Passed! "I could not have passed the Texas Bar Exam without your program. THANK YOU! I can honestly recommend the WestBar course to all STCL students, without reservation. West is truly Best!" -David Boyle STCL Graduate and Successful West Bar Student, Summer 1996 / Vfet (iBar Review™ Toll Free: 1-888-TEXAS BAR 713-785-WEST
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November 1996 Docket Call Page 9 Aggie Law Student Association The Aggie Law Stu- dent Association's networking dinner was a great success. ALSA members dined with local attorneys in a relaxed dining atmosphere in late Oc- tober, having the opportunity to learn from the attorneys' real experiences and "war stories." ALSA officers en- courage all members to attend the organization's networking events and keep informed about what is happening in the legal community. ALSA is also working on its yearly clothing drive, which will continue to the end of the semester. Donations should be taken to Room 217. Environmental Law Society The Environmental Law Society held its most re- cent meeting on October 31, 1996. We hosted two speak- ers from the Houston environ- mental law community—Roger Haseman, Assistant Harris County District Attorney, Chief of Pollution, and Cathy Sisk, Harris County Attorney, Division Chief, Environmental Division. Thanks to everyone who came out to hear their in- fo...
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Page 10 November 1996 South Texas team places fifth Michael DePonte and Charlotte Rainwater placed fifth in the ABA Regional Ne- gotiation Competition, which was held Nov. 1 and 2, at Texas Tech University, in Lubbock. Twenty-four teams from 10 law schools in the Southwest participated. The states represented included Ar- kansas, Oklahoma, Kansas, and Texas. Health law was the subject. The teams were coached by South Texas gradu- ate Larry Daniel, who won ABA National Negotiation Competition in 1986. D aniel was assisted by South Texas graduates Linda Kuhn and Tim Williams. 1995 and 1996 Robert Merhinge Jr. Environmental Negotiation Competition winners respec- tively. Jan McCartney was the traveling assistant coach. James Kincade and Tracy Cruse also represented South Texas at the competition. Other negotiation team members included Linda Kubena and Ken Pajak. CROSSW RD® Crossword Edited by Stan Chess Puzzle Created by Richard Silvestri ACROSS 40 Friday 68 Pieces of 28 How do the 1 ...
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November 1996 Page 11 it All the ingredients for success Congratulations to the Hispanic Law Student Association (HLSA) for taking all the first places during the SBA Annual Chili Cook-off, Nov. 6. Receiving the awards for "Best Chili" and "Best Table Decorations" were Ephraim Del Pozo, who concocted his own personal chili recipe for the contest, HLSA President Maria Elena Navarro, and Melissa Mad- rigal. When asked for the secret recipe, Del Pozo only said "all fresh ingredients ... that's all." When asked who decorated the table, Navarro replied "it was team work." Plans American Heart Association Ignore chest pain and it'll go away. II you have chest pain, got medical help immediately. Otherwise w hen the pain stops, vour lile could too. I o learn more, contact your nearest American Heart Association at l-800-A.I I A-l SA I or online at http://\\\\ w.amhrt.oriz Space provided as a public, sei vio< ican Head Asbooat €fee ya neat Library Continued from page 2 1.- Rate overall th...
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SOUTH TEXAS COLLEGE OF LAW) Annotations Volume XXV, Number 5 The Student Newspaper of South Texas College of Law January 1997 lee storm delays grades líisp Anxious students check the board outside the registrar's office Tuesday to see if any new grades have been posted. As of Jan. 15 at 5:30 p.m., five grades had still not been received and posted by the registrar's office. By Arthur Grimaldo Staff writer December 14, 1996, a day that will burn in the memory of all 1 Ls, was the last day of exams for the fall 1996 semester and the starting point for the countdown for grades to be posted. The professors had 30 days from that date to get their grades to the Registrar's office. The official deadline was originally 10:00 a.m., Tuesday, Jan. 14. As of the first of Janu- ary, there were no grades posted, but, hey, it was the be- ginning of a new year, and there was little or no student body activity on campus. However, by Jan. 6, students began nervously pac- ing in front of the wall of t...
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January 1997 Page 3 Be a lawyer first, attorney second By Ralph Nader and Wesley J. Smith Harvard law graduate. Ansel Chaplin, a corporate lawyer with 30 years of prac- tice under his belt told us that many of his colleagues are big firm "spin control artists" who put the best face on the "outra- geous or close-to-outrageous behavior" of their clients. As a consequence, cli- ents view their legal represen- tatives not so much as profes- sionals but "hired guns" creat- ing a "system [that] promotes a kind of fundamental moral dishonesty." These are not very en- couraging words to read while you are a law student spending three years of your life in rig- orous preparation for a license to practice law. But they are words that need to be taken to heart. The legal profession has devolved into a mercantile business where the ethical ob- ligation to "zealously represent clients" has become the be all and end all of legal representa- tion, resulting in the surrender of professional indepen...
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Page 4 January 1997 New book is guide to dream job Each year, more than half of the nation's 46,000 law school graduates leave school without a job. As rejection letters stack up next to student loan notices, these would-be law- yers become discouraged at their lack of success in the job market. Now, many of these students are finding assurance that they didn't waste several years of their lives attending law school. Their inspiration is Guerrilla Tactics For Getting The Legal Job Of Your Dreams, the hottest new text among law students nation- wide. Written by Kimm Alayne Walton and published last year by Harcourt Brace, the book has already become one of the company's top sell- ers and is the talk of law school campuses across the country. According to Lawyer's Weekly, "Guerrilla Tactics is poised to become the bible of job seek- ers everywhere." Instead of repeating the standard rules of job hunt- ing, Walton based her book on hundreds of students' success- ful experiences finding...
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January 1997 Editorial Page 5 Cowboys deserve an apology Once again the media have fumbled a crime story by judging individuals in the court of public opinion before they have all the facts. This time, the victims of the media's bloodthirsty blitz are Michael Irvin and Erik Williams of the Dallas Cowboys, and, as al- ways, the truth. The story involved ac- cusations by a former exotic dancer that Williams and an- other man sexually assaulted her at Williams' house while Irvin held a gun on her. All of lliis, reportedly, was caught on videotape. From the very begin- ning, however, something about this story did not pass the smell test. First, the Dallas TV station that initially broke the story had used the complain- ant as a source before. Sec- ond, Irvin claimed that he was not even at Williams' house on the night of the alleged rape. And third, the complainant's estranged husband informed police that she had fabricated sexual assault charges in the past. Nevertheless, the me- dia ...
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Page 6 January 1997 'A INVITES SOUTH TEXAS COLLEGE OF LA W STUDENTS AND FACUL TY. RECIEVE A 10% DISCOUNT ON ALL BREAKFAST AND LUNCH PURCHASES FACULTY AND STUDENTS MUST SHOW COLLEGE I D OR EMPLOYMENT PROOF TO CASHIER TO RECEIVE DISCOUNT DAILY FEATURES HOT HOMESTYLE ENTREES, FRESH BAKED PIZZA SALAD BAR,HEALTHY FOOD OPTIONS Dai PRODUCTION SANDWICHES DEMONSTRATION DISPLAY COOKING, CHAR-BROILED BURGERS SOFT-SERVE FROZEN YOGURT FRESH BAKED DESSERTS AND COOKIES Open Monday through Friday Breakfast 6:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. Lunch 11:00 a.m. -1:30 p.m. Locatad acroas tha afewt flnom STCL 1301 Fannin Bufcfing, 13th Floor AHA: Get blood pressure checked High blood pressure is a major modifiable risk factor for heart disease and stroke, yet many don't even know they have the condition. This Feb- ruary, American Heart Month, the American Heart Associa- tion is encouraging Housto- nians to get their blood pres- sures checked. "It's important for Houstonians to know if they have high blood pressure," ...
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January 1997 Docket Call Page 7 Students fill liaison spots By Monica Thompson ABA Representative This year four students from South Texas College of Law were selected to fill liai- son positions with the Law Stu- dent Division of the American Bar Association. Each November, the LSD-ABA accepts applica- tions for student liaisons to the more than 50 ABA sections and committees. The position allows the student to provide direct input into a specific area of the law. The student liaisons are required to communicate with his or her ABA section and the Law Student Division officers and members. They are also responsible for attend- ing their section's or committee's meetings, attend- ing and reporting to their circuit's meetings, producing a newsletter for ABA/LSD mem- bers and writing reports for Student Lawyer. Bill Blair is the student liaison for the Public Utility, Communication and Transpor- tation Division. During the ABA annual meeting in Or- lando, Florida, he had the op- portu...
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Page 8 January 1997 Driscoll shares his heart attack scare After a full day of meetings with city leaders and constituents, Houston City Councilman Driscoll was head- ing home the evening of Feb. 15, 1996. He had topped to gas up his car when he started feel- ing poorly. When he arrived home, he told his wife Donna that he was feeling bad, as if he had muscle aches in his chest. But Donna instinc- tively knew it was something much more serious. He changed clothes and planned to just relax for a while, hoping the pain would go away, but his wife per- suaded him to go to the hospi- tal. It was a decision that probably saved his life. On the way to the emergency room at Memorial Hospital Southwest, Driscoll asked his wife to pull the car over because he was feeling nauseated. He got out of the car, walked around for a few min- utes, and the feeling passed mo- mentarily. They proceeded to the hospital, and the council- man was able to walk into the emergency room under his own power, st...
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SOUTH TEXAS I COLLEGE OF LAW An notations Volume XXV, Number 6 The Student Newspaper of South Texas College of Law February 1997 STCL sanctions student A South Texas Col- lege of Law 2L student was found to have failed to disclose and/or had misrepresented ma- terial information on his appli- cation for admission to South Texas College of Law. The student, with knowledge of the nondisclosure and/or misrepresentation, failed to voluntarily update his application as required by the certification on the application for admission signed by the stu- dent. The matter was sent to a Hearing Committee which unanimously found that the stu- dent had engaged in conduct HLSA: Reading glasses will go to needy people By Ilcctor Garza-Trejo Assistant Editor The Hispanic Law Student Association (HLSA) has a great plan for South Texas students to put their old reading glasses to good use. All students need to do is bring their old reading glasses to school and leave them in the drop boxes that HLSA m...
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February 1997 Page 3 Softball tournament is set for March 8 Due to the over- whelming success of last year's charity Softball tourna- ment at Memorial Park, this year South Texas College of Law will be co-hosting the event with the University of Houston College of Law as well as Thurgood Marshall School of Law. This joint charity tour- nament will be held Saturday, March 8 at Memorial Park, with the finals being held Sun- day, March 9. Team sign-ups arc $75.00. Teams will consist of at least 10 members, and the tournament is co-ed. Players are limited to law students and significant others, and faculty are encour- aged to participate. Official co-ed rules re- quire a minimum of at least four female players on the field at all times. Like last year's tour- nament, each team member will 4 ¥¥ Ut 3oscpftmes A ITALIAN RISTO I I ITALIAN RISTOKANTE ' "Downtown Houston's Premier Italian Cuisine" 713.759.9323 • Fax 713.759.6812 1209 Caroline @ Djllas • Houston, Texas 77002 | liciunJ the Four...
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Page 4 Editorial February 1997 Somebody pull plug on Dershowitz Finally, the O.J. Simpson civil trial is over. The media are licking the plate clean The American people arc collectively breathing a huge sigh of re- lief, ready for a new national obsession, ¿is pre-production begins on "O.J. Ill: The Ap- peal." Casting probably has gotten under way already for the next O.J. sequel, and there is at least one charac- ter we wish would be writ- ten out of the script: Alan Dershowitz. Dershowitz is the egotistical I larvard law pro- fessor and, in parlance, "spotlight-chaser" who shows up on every talk show on every channcl on televi- sion. Geraldo. Nighllinc. Crossfire. Court TV. If someone is talking about a big legal story near a camcra, Dershowitz will be there, interrupting other guests while whining about being interrupted himself, refusing to ever admit he's wrong, bad-mouthing other lawyers and judges, and making arrogant predictions about the way eases will turn out. Assuredly, ...