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Inside: Special Supreme Court Report... p. 4-5 Volume XXXI, Number n Ken Starr Speaks to Students p. 6 Bar Association Updates. p. 9 October 2000 Annotations The Student Newspaper ofSouth Texas College of Law Students' Perspectives Where is your secret studying place? By Manpreet Singh "I spend most of my time at home- that's where i study the best, de- spite all the distractions there." at Rice Library, that's not the case." people: Bibas. ally big tables." Abigail Placke, 2L "I don't think it's a secret because I go there with other They have re- Students Break Record With "Can Do" Effort Students and Faculty Help Set Record Collection for Houston Food Bank Vicki Mendoza, 3L "When I choose to study- and if I study it is But normally Mark Diamond, 3L ['"The O'Quinn Law Library attheUniver- jsity of Hous- Iton because there is way too much construc- tion here and the library is always closed." By SJ Davidson Staff Writer Setting a new STCL record for the annual can drive, the Studen...
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Page 2 Editorial October2000 KUDOS It was a proud month for South Texas Col- lege of Law, and rightly so. First off, the tremendous effort of the stu- dents and participating faculty for the can food drive has shown that the size of our hearts far exceed the size of our school. We should ac- knowledge that although the success of the can food drive depended on the contributions, it would not have been possible without the herculean efforts by the members of the SBA in coordinating, collecting and counting the 25,000+ cans. SBA president Haikimi rightfully thanks students and faculty, but the students and faculty should in turn also thank the SBA. This was effort well spent for a worthwhile cause. Also, South Texas has shown our capacity to be fantastic hosts. The Texas Supreme Court visit went off without a hitch, and this was no small task. The logistical concerns alone must have been a huge challange. But with proper planning by administration and flawless execu- tion by property ...
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October 2000 Amicus Brief Page 3 "Put Me In Coach!" By Craig E. Bohn Business Manager Many things about a law school's environment are different from an un- dergraduate college cam- pus. One difference is the lack of the intercollegiate sports teams. Though we don't have massive line- men and towering for- wards treading the halls, we do have varsity inter- collegiate competitors. And not unlike Notre Dame, Nebraska and Penn State on the gridiron, South Texas College of Law has a legacy for be- ing a "powerhouse." However, the competitive courts we dominate are Moot Court and Mock Trial competitions. As most people know, the "Lou Holtz" of South Texas is "Coach" Dean T. Gerald Treece. Likewise, people know of the advo- cacy program he has con- sistently grown since join- ing the STCL faculty in 1977. But, not so well known are some of the details of why the pro- gram is so successful, earning South Texas sev- enty-two national titles, and brief-writing and speaker awards too nu- mer...
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Page 4 Special October2000 THIS COURT IS NOW IN SESSION By SJ Davidson Staff Writer The Texas Supreme Court is once again "trav- eling the circuit." Some Justices indicated they liked conducting hearings around the state. How- ever, participants' and observers' opinions var- ied as to the merits of the Justices hearing oral argu- ments outside Austin . Chief Justice Thomas R. Phillips remarked at the reception following the oral arguments that both the Court and the commu- nity profited by the Jus- tices coming out. He said, "The Supreme Court ac- tually used to be required to travel around the state to hear cases, and really traveled quite a lot. From 1845 to 1891 the court regularly toured the circuit and heard cases in Galveston and Tyler as well as Austin. The Jus- tices eventually got so tired of traveling that they asked it be written into the new constitution that they would only have one court, so for over 100 years the court has remained in Austin." "In 1997, the Legisla- t...
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October2000 STORIES BY SJ DAVIDSON Special PageS Justice O'Neill Honored by PDP The Honorable Harriet O'Neill of the Texas Su- preme Court was sworn in as an honorary initiate to the Wood Inn Chapter of Phi Delta Phi fraternity on October 1,2000. The fra- ternity chose Justice O'Neill as the honorary Justice O'Neill gave the fraternity and its new in- ductees some practical advice. She said, "I have learned a lot of things from my experiences, but they all boil down to about three main things." "First, do something Robbie Gail Charette, PDP Harriette O'Neil at the Phi O'Neil was the Wood Inn's Photo by SJ Davidson magister and Texas Supreme Court Justice Delta Phi Induction Ceremony. Justice honorary initiate. initiate because she ex- emplifies the organization's goal of high standards of profes- sional ethics and culture in law schools and in the legal profession at large. After she was sworn in, in her keynote address, scary every day. Try something new, step out- side of your com...
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TT Page 6 News October 2000 Ken Starr Offers Advice to Students By Richard Weaver Assistant Editor On October 3, 2000, Judge Kenneth W. Stan- spoke at South Texas College of Law in the Garrett-Townes Audito- rium. Starr has served as Independent Counsel, Solicitor General of the United States, and United States Circuit Judge for the District of Columbia. His visit consisted of a question and answer ses- sion where Dean Read served as moderator. Before the question and answer session com- menced, Judge Starr prof- fered students life advice. He requested his listeners to think "globally" and "locally." In order to think glo- bally, Starr said, "be mindful of transnational issues." Starr reminded all attendees that going to law school in Texas al- lows students closer con- tact with South America, and other parts of the world. He stressed the importance of maintaining kindred relationships with other countries. Starr ex- plained that study abroad programs could help achieve desired gl...
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October2000 News Page 7 SOUTH TEXAS STUDENTS HOST MUSIC FEST 2000 The South Texas College of Law Sports and Entertainment Law Society and the Student Bar Association will be sponsoring the third annual Music Fest. The event will feature live bands from 5:30pm to midnight on Friday, October 20 at the Engine Room, 1515 Pease Street. Kicking off the evening's music will be Giancario, followed by Groove Central Station, Taryn Collins Band, Simpleton, and Gearbox. Proceeds from the event will be donated to a local children's charity. Admission is $6.00 for South Texas students. SOUTH TEXAS couece of law - ,-i. Ar i i ? ... vi U h ' l > I MUSIC FEST s^OO Sports i Entertainient Law Society Student Bar Association Friday-October 20, 2000 @ The Engine Room Tickets: $6 with STCL ID 1515 Pease St. $10 without (between Crawford & LaBranch)
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Page9 News October2000 New Orleans Hosts ABA Regional Roundtable By Alexzandra Taylor Staff Writer Approximately 150 law students and law- yers gathered in New Orleans to discuss upcoming projects and programs for the fall and spring semes- ters. Several students and ABA representatives from STCL partici- pated in the meeting this year. Kirsten Barron, represented the students of South Texas. At the meeting, fellow lawyers and students not only brain-stormed about different ways of raising money for the ABA, but pondered over ways encourage law students to take a more active role in community projects and ABA programs. According to Kirsten Barron, "[t]his semester's project will be much like Habitat for Humanity, the ABA calls working for Today." Instead of having stu- dents and volunteers when STCL will join Houston area schools for a Run against Drugs. After a day of meetings, STCL students enjoy the charms of the "Big Easy." From Left to Right: Clay Rooker; LaNetra Lary (ABA Lias...
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Page 10 Calendar October2000 Calendar of Events by SJ Davidson, Staff Writer and Calendar Girl STCL EVENTS - Octo- ber Phi Alpha Delta fra- ternity will conduct a Gen- eral Meeting on Tuesday, October 17 at 4:30 p.m. in Room 314. The STCL Texas Exes will meet on Tues- day, October 17 at 5 p.m., room TB A. The Board of Advo- cates will hold a General Meeting on Wednesday, October 18 at 4:30 p.m., room TB A. The late application receipt deadline to take the November 10 MPRE exam is Thursday, Octo- ber 19. Call 319/341- 2500 for info. Workaday is the Run Against Drugs on Satur- day, October 21. The race will be held at Bear Creek Park beginning at 8 a.m. and benifts local, state, and federal law en- forcement officers. The $10 sign-up fee includes a T-shirt. Register at the table by the student mail- boxes or in Dean Moorrow's office room 236T. Clean out your clos- ets. Phi Alpha Delta and the Women's Legal Forum will collect warm cloth- ing from October 24 - November 6 in conjunc- The...
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Page 11 Round-Up October2000 From ADVOCACY, pg. 3 ters to represent the school before graduation ends the competitor's ca- reer and someone else must pick up the torch. Dean Treece urges, "It's essential students get into these classes early." Both courses culminate in intramural competitions where students develop and demonstrate their skills. Appellate Advo- cacy, taken in the fall re- quires a student to partici- pate in the Leroy Jeffers Memorial Moot Court In- tramural Competition. Spring students compete in the Spurgeon E. Bell Memorial Moot Court In- tramural Competition. There are three intramu- ral mock trial competi- tions each year. Follow- ing ACL in the fall is the Garland R. Walker Me- morial Intramural Compe- tition, sponsored by Dunn, Kacal, Adams, Pappas & Law, PC; in the spring it's the Gallagher, Young, Lewis, Downey & Kim In- tramural Competition; then over the summer it's the Abraham, Watkins, Nichols, Sorrels, Matthews & Friend Intra- mural competit...
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Inside: Indian Wedding. p. 3 Volume XXXI, Number in Death Penalty Symposium p. 6 Mind Your Manners p. 9 November2000 Annotations The Student Newspaper of South Texas College of Law Students' Perspectives How did Fall Recruiting treat you this year? By Manpreet Singh Enrique Salinas, 3L "It was helpful. It's not Career Services' fault I didn't get the job, it was just that the firm wasn't hiring. But it gave me some great expe- rience. Although most of them are strikes, all you need is one hit— you can't knock it." Herandez, 2L "This year I didn't particpate in Fall Re- cruiting because I've heard that it is geared mainly towards the top percentage-whatever that may be. I thought I should spend time with my family while I can before I have to work." "I did inter- view with a lot of law firms but I got one clerkship. So I guess it was it was a bust because these law firms are looking for one particular thing and you just don't know what it is." Josh Davis, 3L "You only get out of what...
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Page 2 The Death Penalty Debate: Let's Ask the Right Questions Comment November2000 By Richard Weaver As a place of higher learning, where legal and political issues are dis- cussed daily, South Texas is the appropriate place for discussions of cutting edge legal, political, and ethical issues that are shaping our community and nation. This is why it was ideal for the recent forum on the Death Pen- alty to take place here at STCL. The Black Law Students Association did a great job of putting the forum together. And un- like Jim Lehrer during the presidential debates, Pro- fessor Shelby Moore maintained order and took no guff from the some- times-enthusiastic speak- ers. While Jermaine Tho- mas, President of the BLSA at STCL, intro- duced an excellent foun- dation for the forum, the discussions strayed from what he posed, a topic which any person with some ethical standards should take time to reflect on. He asked, "can a per- son be punished without paying the ultimate price: life?"...
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November2000 Amicus Brief Page 3 Summer (7l£roa(f /Beads io SJncfian OCupiials for SUG/3 S/ucfen/ By James G. Durham India Program Administrator Law student Marie Flores was married in a Hindu- style wedding this summer in Shimla, India, during the school's "New India" study abroad program. Marie's fiancé, Carl Fowler of Houston, flew to India in mid-June for the ceremony at the Oberoi Clarkes Hotel, nestled in the foothills of the Hima- layan Mountains. Hotel staff and local attorneys participated in the fes- tivities, along with stu- dents and faculty. Rajiv and Trisha Sharma, both practicing attorneys in the courts of the Indian state of Himachal Pradesh, per- formed the duties of the bride's parents during the ceremony. Mrs. Sharma shopped with Marie in the bazaars of Shimla for a traditional crimson-and-gold Hindu wedding sari. She also arranged a bridal shower, com- plete with traditional Hindi songs and dance. During the shower, fe- male members of the wedding party were deco...
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Page 4 News November 2000 One Year After Hearing, Still No Ruling on Affiliation Agreement Joint Programs Between STCL & TAMU Still Move Forward By SJ Davidson Staff Writer The Affiliation After three years of fighting and several mil- lion of dollars in legal ex- penses, South Texas Col- lege of Law's proposed affiliation with Texas A&M University is still up in the air. There has been no indication when the legal challenge to the affiliation, pending for over a year in a Texas appeals court, will be re- solved. In January of 1998, STCL and TAMU an- nounced the signing of an affiliation agreement, and the law school's name changed to "South Texas College of Law of Texas A&M University." The affiliation would give the oldest public higher edu- cation institution in Texas a direct name relationship with a law school. In turn, the private law school would gain the recognition of being affiliated with a major university. Jerry Thorn, STCL's general counsel, explains, "Our m...
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November 2000 Tuition Equilization Grant Means Free $$ For Texans News Page 5 By SJ Davidson Staff Writer In mid-September, some STCL students found a pink notice in their mail- box directing them to the Business Office to pick up a check for their TEG award. Many students wondered: What is a "TEG"? Why do only some students receive it? Why are the individual award amounts so differ- ent? Sergio Gonzalez, As- sistant Director of the college's Financial Aid Office (FAO) offers an explanation to the curious students. Gonzalez says, "'TEG' stands for Tuition Equalization Grant, a project of the State of Texas' Higher Education Coordinating Board. This is the only real 'grant' available through STCL, which like scholarships and unlike loans, does not require repayment after graduation." As to why not every- one receives the TEG, Gonzalez explains, "The FAO automatically con- siders every financial aid student for the grants. Although there is not spe- cial application form a student mus...
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Page 6 News November2000 BLSA Hosts Partisan Panel on Texas Death Penalty By Alexzandra Taylor Staff Writer On October 25,2000, the Black Law Students Association of STCL hosted a Death Penalty Symposium in Garrett TownesHall. Students, professors, and guests gathered to listen to a panel of speakers dis- cuss the current death penalty system in Texas. With a panel of speakers ranging from an Assistant District Attorney to the Execu- tive Director of the Texas ACLU, those in attendance were able to digest differing opin- ions and views con- cerning the death pen- alty system here in Texas. Frank T. Read, Dean and President of STCL, welcomed the panel of guests and stu- dents. "One of the great joys of being a law school is that we are a place where all important legally related issues should be discussed. We like to have a forum for all sides of all important issues that have a law aspect," said Read in his welcome. Dean Read then ex- pressed the importance and timeliness of the cho...
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November2000 News Page7 National Victories Mark Fall Advocacy Season At the end of this fall, South Texas will have com- peted in a total of nine var- sity regional and national competitions. The school's number of national wins is now 73, more than any other law school in the nation. Student advocates claimed top prizes in four different competitions recently. The South Texas team of Alexandra Hogan, Matt Caligur, and Mark Callendar was named Best Team at the National Moot Court Competition in Infor- mation Technology & Pri- vacy Law at John Marshall Law School in Chicago. Defeating advocates from Queensland College in Australia to claim the top prize, the team's brief was also named the best overall and best petitioner's brief of the competion. At the Texas Ad- ministrative & Public Law Moot Court competition, the brief written by the South Texas team of B.J. Bell, J-D Schacht, and Chris Volf was declared best of the competi- tion, and the second best brief award went to t...
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