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Page 5 [Newspaper Page] — Annotations — 1 October 1997
Page 5 this nerve-racking practice years ago in favor of a less intense format. South Texas' student advocacy teams, which compete intramurally and nationally, are as revered at the school as any football team at a Texas university. The team's trophies occupy an entire hallway, and more keep coming in. Last month, for the seventh year in a row, South Texas swept the national appellate advo- cacy competition, beating 124 other law schools to take all the honors. But for all that, South Texas' reputation continues to suffer. While its advo- cacy training has recently been rated in the top 10 in an annual survey by U.S. News & World Report magazine, South Texas overall has ranked in the survey's bottom tier in each of the past several years. Professor Gerald Treece, who has mentored the moot-court and mock-trial national championship teams for 20 years, suspects the school is "not taken seriously" because it has no university affiliation. Mr. Treece says that if South Texas did not...
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Page 6 October 1997 By Maston Allen ANNOTATIONS THE LAW STUDENTS M any types of legal information such as cases, statutes and legislative history, are becoming available for free on the World Wide Web portion of the Internet. The Web is the Internet's largest and most popular component because of its appealing graphics and the ability to link various sites with one another. The number of sites offering legal information, already in the thousands, is growing daily. This flood of information is both a blessing and a curse. The availability of information, housed in user friendly Web sites, is appealing, but the ability to navigate through the vast amount of data and resources is not always easy. In a survey by the Internet Lawyer. 72% of legal professionals (54% of whom are attorneys) were using the Internet for legal research at the beginning of 1997. This percentage will continue to grow as the Internet becomes the dominant means of retrieving electronic information, eventually surp...
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October 1997 Page ON THE INTERNET GUIDE TO THE INTERNET online legal study abroad materials in existence and features downloadable law outlines and law exams. This site also features links to many law student associations and has resources specifically tailored for One-L's in- cluding legal citation, case briefing and fre- quently asked questions. Law Student Web http:// darkwing.uoregon.edu/ ~ddunn/I schl.htm The Law Student Web was developed in 1994 by D. Kevin Dunn a 2-L at the University of Oregon. The coolest thing about this site is it contains links to over 100 personal web pages from law students who attend law schools all over the country. Un- fortunately South Texas is not represented so if you have a web page you should get it posted. Another amusing area of this site is the page of Offbeat Court Opinions, statutes and amusing law review articles. Ill LEGAL HUMOR Wacky Patents colitz.com/site/ wacky.htm Michael J. Colitz's Wacky Patent of the Month is a site that dishes o...
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Page 8 October 1997 Reversible Error Mr. Pajak, Will You Please Recite . . . by Ken Pajak - Editor Webster's Dictionary defines "random" as "1. Having no specific pattern or purpose: haphazard. 2. Selected in such a way that each member of a set [of law students] has an equal chance of being chosen." The important words in this definition are "no. . . purpose" and "haphazard." This semester a majority of the faculty decided that it would be in our best in- terest to impose a random reci- tation policy in the classroom. It would be nice to say that random recita- tion serves no purpose and that it is hap- hazard, but that is something I cannot honestly advocate. I vividly remember my first semester and Professor Wheeler's Criminal Law course. A healthy dose of fear will prompt any student to not walk into class unpre- pared. Even then, no matter how much you knew the material in the text, law school requires you to think in the class- room. I recall fellow students (not me of course)...
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October 1997 Page 9 Reversible Error ... (continued) Letters to the Editor. . . STCL Leaves Christmas Stockings Bare For Future December Graduates To most third year students the word "graduation" truly does bring a smile to our faces. It is the moment we have all been waiting for, a moment of celebration and rejoice. Those long nights in the library, the bad coffee in the vending machine and the fears of getting called on in class are soon to be part of our everlasting memories. For those of you that do not know already, this December's graduation shall be the last of its kind at South Texas. Unfortu- nately, despite our efforts to prevent this decision from taking place, the stu- dent body has once again gone unheard. The Administration has decided to do away with December graduation in order to have a grand ceremony in May, which supposedly shall be bigger and better than those held in the previous years. At the end of the spring '97 semester, over four hundred and fifty students...
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Page 10 October 1997 DOCKET CALL AGGIE LAW STUDENTS ASSOCIATION (ALSA) ALSA will have its next general meeting on October 6 at 5:00 p.m. Watch for more information, includ- ing the room number, on the ALSA poster. Come join us at Double Dave's for Wild and Wooly Wednesday held the first Wednesday of every month. Double Dave's is located at 21212 Richmond. CHRISTIAN LEGAL SOCIETY Come join in fellow- ship every Friday morning at 8:00 a.m. in room 221c. Free coffee and donuts are provided. Interesting guest speakers are usually sched- uled. Come and read the Bible with us. Watch for more information on a fu- ture Study Skills Seminar and look for our newsletter coming in October. COUNCIL FOR ALTERNATIVE RESOLUTIONS (CAR) The Council for Alternative Resolutions held its first meeting of the Fall semester on Wednes- day, September 10, 1997. The meeting focused on the upcoming competitions that C.A.R. members will be competing in and the guest speakers thatwe are currently pursuing for t...
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October 1997 Page 11 Sports &l Entertainment Staehely has practiced law in the music and film busi- ness since 1979 and has dealt with almost every major record company and many major performers over the course of his career. He has also taught music business law at the college level and was a successful recording artist and songwriter himself Mr. Staehely will also be happy to answer ques- tions at the end of his presentation. This event will be presented as an atrium party in conjunction with the SBA—you won't want to miss it! Finally, the Society would like to solicit your interest in a trip to the Alley Theatre later in the month. If such a trip sounds interesting to you please contact us at extension 1735 or stop by the office. We are also recruiting volunteers to help cook the best chili in the west for our annual chili cook-off. Please let us know if you wish to participate. The next meeting of the Sports & Entertainment Society will be coming up soon. Until then, ple...
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SOUTH TEXAS Volume XXVI, Number 3 The Student Newspaper of South Texas College of Law November 1997 Team Takes First In STCL Intramural Mock Trial The Winners of the Garland Walker Intramural Mock Trial Competition. Pictured (L-R): Alice Rutledge, Thomas Scott, Andreas Jones and Bob Breen. Vote November 4 by Ken Pajak Profit from Pro Bono TALA Offers Arts & Entertainment Experience by Jim Intermaggio Contributing Writer When many people, including law students, think of practicing law, visions of grim-faced attorneys in dark suits and high rise offices come to mind. But in a little brick clapboard house in the Montrose area, law is practiced everyday by people who wear shorts, sneakers and big smiles. The little gray building at the corner of Mandell and Sul Ross is the office for Texas Accountants and Lawyers for the Arts (TALA), the nation's largest and most active provider of pro bono legal services to the arts community. Founded in 1979, TALA is a statewide organization whic...
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November 1997 Page 3 Dean Read Honors Legal Writing Award Recipients Dean Read recently presented the awards for the 1996 school year in a short ceremony honoring the winners of the W.J. Williamson Legal Writing Award and the Houston Bar Association Appel- late Practice Section's Best Brief Award. The awards are presented to the students who wrote the best memorandum of law and the best appellate brief in their respective sections of Legal I and Legal II. The legal writing professors nominated the best memos and briefs from their sections as finalists, and then chose the best memos and briefs overall for the school year. The winners and runners-up received tuition awards. Stephanie Finch won the 1996 W. J. Williamson Legal Writing Award and Pamela Frasier won second place. The win- ner of the 1996 Houston Bar Association Appellate Practice Section's Best Brief Award was Alfred Wittmann. The second best brief was awarded to Charles E. Felderhoff. Congratulations on a job well done! p...
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Page 4 November 1997 Chili Cookoff pictures... Sports and Entertainment Law Society President Jim Intermaggio and Vice-President James Kincade are all smiles after winning 1st place in the Chili CookofT. Dean Reed is all business when judging the Chili CookofT. The Outlaws tied for second place. Criminal Law Society serves up "prison chili." ■ vo,Ams Ken Pajak entertains the crowd with his Leann Rimes impersonation Who said there are no rednecks from Florida?
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November 1997 Page 5 DOCKET CALL Christian Legal Society Everyone is invited to join us every Friday at 8:00 a.m. for Bible Study in room 221 C. We know its early but free coffee and donuts are available. In November we will be hosting a Study Skills Seminar, which will feature academic plan- ning for lL's and top students giving advice about finals. Check with us for exact time and date. Our terms in office are coming to a close. Anyone interested in running for office needs to stop by the CLS office before the end of the semester. Stay tuned for details on elections. The CLS T-shirts are in! Please stop by and pick up your 100% cotton shirt for only $10.00. Help us update our outline file in the CLS office! Please stop by the CLS office during our office hours and drop off your old out- lines. Your help is appreciated. Also feel free to stop by and check out an outline with student ID. Council for Alter- native Resolutions The Council for Alterna- tive Resolutions will be holding ...
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Page 6 November 1997 ir¡ lift' i ; r ■ 1 Docket Call. . , Con't from page 5 Sports & Entertainment Law Society October was an exciting month for the Sports & Entertainment Law Society. We'd like to thank every- body who came out to our table at the Chili CookofF and made it such a good time. The "white chili" we had was different but delicious and it won us First Place in the competition! The Society followed that victory with one of the best turnouts ever for a guest speaker. The October 15th Atrium Party featured Entertainment Lawyer Al Staehely, Jr. who provided insight into the practice of law in the music and movie fields as well as exciting stories about his own experience as a musician. All who attended enjoyed and learned from what Mr. Staehely shared with us. The weekend of October 17 & 18 saw Society President Jim Intermaggio, Vice President James Kincade, and Mem- bership Co-ordinator Erik Karst representing the school at the ABA national convention on Enterta...
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November 1997 Page 7 Letters to the Editor ... Dear Editor, I have read the articles in the last two editions of Annotations and agreed with almost everything that has been said. Good job! I am compelled to comment on the article in the last issue, "Mr. Pajak, Will You Please Recite..." As students, we should be prepared for class every day, but we pay too much money to miss class in fear of losing points off our final grade if we are unprepared. It makes no sense to penalize those who go to class unprepared more that those who skip class altogether We do not get points taken off our final grade for being absent (unless, of course, we are absent and get randomly called to recite). In addition to skipping class because of lack of preparation, there are some very legitimate reasons students miss class. Recently I missed class to attend the Family law Mediation Training Seminar, and the next week I missed class for intramural mock trial. I do not understand why professors appear resent...
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Page 8 November 1997 Just for Fun Editor's Note: The following jokes were forwarded to me on the internet. In addition to beir\g just plain funny, I think we can all benefit by knowing the public's perception of some lawyers. It is our duty to char\ge the current perception. However, we have to maintain the strength to laugh at ourselves. What do lawyers use for birth control? Their personalities. What is the difference between a tick and a lawyer A tick falls off of you when you die. Why does the legal society prohibit sex between lawyers and clients? To prevent clients from being billed twice for essentially the same service. What do you have when 100 lawyers are buried up to their neck in sand? Not enough sand. What's the difference between a dead dog in the road and a dead lawyer in the road? There are skid marks in front of the dog. What is black and brown and looks good on a lawyer? A Doberman. Why are lawyers like nuclear weapons? If one side has one, the other side has to ge...
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November 1997 Page 9 STCL WINS 60th National Title Continuing unparralleled success, South Texas College of Law reclaimed the top spot at the John Marshall Moot Court Competition in Information Technology and Privacy Law in Chicago last weekend. The competition pits the best speakers and legal writers from over 30 schools across the country in a mock Supreme Court setting. During the three- day tournament, the students argue both sides of a legal issue that this year involved a move by state government to ban Internet access to questionable materials at local libraries. In the final rounds, South Texas defeated Pepperdine University School of Law and New Jokes . . "But every lawyer in the world has just received $20,000,000," the genie said. "I've always wanted a Ferrari," the man said. "That's my second wish." Instantly a Ferrari ap- peared. "But every lawyer in the world has just re- ceived two Ferraris," the genie said. "And what is your last wish?" "Well," said the man, "I've al...
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Page 10 November 1997 LAWYER VIEWPOINT: Attorney, Counselor, or Lawyer By John Ritter Syndicated Columnist Mr. Dooley knew when to call an attorney "lawyer" or "counselor"-- it was a matter of paying him a little or a lot. "Now when my doctor calls himself a "physician" and my lawyer an "attorney" I know they're preparing a big bill," explained the famous bartender. "And when I want to flatter my lawyer before asking him to lower my fee, I call him "Counselor " Lawyer letterheads today confirm this analysis of "lawyer" being the least and "counselor" the most preten- tious title, with "attorney" in between. A majority of sole practitioners have stationary that uses "Attorney at Law" after the name at the top; however, most big firms expand this to "Attorneys and Counselors at Law," while a few old-line, Eastern firms use only "Counselors at Law." Head west to California and the frontier state of Alaska and you find anti-elitist letterheads with "Lawyer" under the attorney's name. Th...
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