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    Five tips for first-year J.D. students

    August 20, 2021

    In your first year of law school, it’s easy to feel like you’re drowning. Everything feels so different from your undergraduate experience. The assigned readings never seem to end. Here are five tips I learned as a J.D. student in the Class of 2023 that may help incoming law students find success from the very start.

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    J.D. students with military backgrounds click with St. Mary’s values

    July 28, 2021

    Despite having no family or connections in San Antonio, U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Rachel Barr found comfort in one of the core values of the St. Mary’s University School of Law — service.

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    J.D. students juggle law school challenges while raising their families

    July 28, 2021

    Law school isn’t easy, but in addition to all of the usual challenges, some students at the St. Mary’s University School of Law must also balance school life with raising a family.

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    St. Mary’s Law celebrates five-year anniversary of Master of Jurisprudence Program

    July 06, 2021

    This year marks the five-year anniversary of the St. Mary’s University School of Law Master of Jurisprudence Program.

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    San Antonio’s City Clerk uses Master of Jurisprudence degree to advance her career

    July 01, 2021

    At age 12, desperate for healthy home life, Tina Flores (M.Jur. ’17) fought to be in foster care. Her mother was battling drug addiction, unable to care for Flores and her siblings. Her father was in prison. They had no food, electricity or hope. Even as a child, Flores knew she had to escape the toxic environment and sought emancipation from her parents to begin her life anew.

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    St. Mary’s lawyer heads new civil rights division in Bexar County

    June 30, 2021

    One of alumnus Daryl Harris’ favorite quotes comes from Charles Hamilton Houston, an attorney who played a role in dismantling the Jim Crow laws: “A lawyer is either a social engineer or a parasite on society.”

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    Mentor Circles Program connects J.D. students with the legal community

    June 30, 2021

    Last fall, St. Mary’s University School of Law Dean Patricia Roberts, J.D., led the law school in a new effort to partner with its alumni and the San Antonio Bar Association and connect second- and third-year J.D. students with experienced lawyer mentors.

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    Legal tech CEO invents new approach to common legal service

    June 30, 2021

    Even before becoming an expert on expunctions as CEO of San Antonio-based Easy Expunctions, Yousef Kassim (J.D. ’13) was familiar with the process of removing information pertaining to an arrest, charge or conviction from a person’s record.

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    After a lengthy pursuit, St. Mary’s alum earns two master’s degrees

    June 24, 2021

    Roberto Ruiz dreamed of earning his master’s degree in Industrial Organizational Psychology (IO) from St. Mary’s University. He made many attempts to get into the program, but after 13 years, he felt the possibility slipping away.

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    Law student powers through COVID-19, February winter storm, to finish strong

    June 07, 2021

    Rising second-year J.D. student Michael Tucker, from San Antonio, was halfway through his 47-page brief in the Spring 2021 semester at the St. Mary’s University School of Law when he caught COVID-19 and was out of commission for nearly two weeks.

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    Recent graduate honed legal writing skills at St. Mary’s Law

    May 26, 2021

    For most of her undergraduate career, Rebecca Fuller (J.D. ’21) thought she wanted to go into the medical field. It wasn’t until one of her professors called her into his office and asked her to consider pursuing at least a minor in writing that she realized she had a talent for it.

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    Graduating J.D. student works toward expanding rights of sexual violence survivors

    April 28, 2021

    In March 2020, Senate Bill 146 was signed into law in Indiana. The legislation expanded the rights of sexual violence survivors to receive trauma-informed care.

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    Health care professional overcomes personal obstacles to graduate law degree

    February 25, 2021

    In 2016, Becky Keller’s (M.Jur. ’19) husband was diagnosed with cancer.

    A mother of two, Keller was about to begin her graduate studies when this news hit. Though she was unsure how to balance everything occurring in her personal life, she knew what she needed to do next.

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    Military veteran continues to serve community through pro bono work

    January 25, 2021

    Third-year J.D. student and decorated U.S. Army veteran Tanya Burke zipped through the pro bono hour requirement for graduation in her first semester at the St. Mary’s University School of Law.

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    New dean to build on spirit of service at St. Mary’s Law

    January 12, 2021

    The mark of a great law school to Patricia Roberts, J.D., is weaving values of service into the educational mission, while training skilled, competent lawyers — both ethical and formed in faith.

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    Pivoting with excellence: St. Mary’s Law adapts in response to pandemic

    January 12, 2021

    This year, the St. Mary’s University School of Law community joined together as never before to meet the needs of its student body and the San Antonio region.

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    Pivoting with excellence: Law students and alumni unite to provide remote services to health care workers

    January 12, 2021

    Several St. Mary’s Law students and alumni joined an effort by the San Antonio Legal Services Association (SALSA) to draft wills for health care workers battling COVID-19 on the frontlines in San Antonio this summer.

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    Pivoting with excellence: Law associate dean hones sense of gratitude through online transition

    January 06, 2021

    This fall, Ramona L. Lampley, J.D., Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Professor of Law, kept students engaged through a hybrid of synchronous and asynchronous components, coupled with multiple assessments and a flipped classroom model.

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    Pivoting with excellence: Law assistant dean forges new digital connections

    January 06, 2021

    In some ways, going virtual has made it easier for the Office for Law Student Affairs to meet with students, said Alan K. Haynes, J.D., Assistant Dean for Law Student Affairs. Setting up meetings with students before could be difficult, especially if they lived outside
    San Antonio. Even if it’s just a conversation, Haynes will use Zoom instead of the phone to talk to the student.

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    Pivoting with excellence: Law externship director helps prep students for virtual practice

    January 06, 2021

    Hustling to move the law school’s Externship Program online by summer, Amanda Rivas (J.D. ’09), Director of Externships, said her main focus was on supporting externship supervisors and externs as they switched to remote working environments, ensuring that students would continue to receive challenging work and feedback.

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    Pivoting with excellence: Law associate dean brings legal topics into focus through online instruction

    January 06, 2021

    Even before COVID-19 hit, Colin P. Marks, J.D., Associate Dean for Graduate and Summer Programs and Ernest W. Clemens Professor of Law, was certified to teach classes online. So, when he pivoted his approach mid-semester last spring, his students continued to learn through short video lectures with quizzes and a once-a-week Zoom session to discuss learning objectives and questions.

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    Pivoting with excellence: All-star professor leads the way for national virtual advocacy competitions

    January 06, 2021

    The day that A.J. Bellido de Luna, J.D., Hardy Director of Advocacy and Service Professor, was supposed to cancel the St. Mary’s University School of Law’s Lone Star Classic for the fall, three other advocacy competitions had been canceled.

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    Law alumna creates paths for the overlooked and underserved

    January 05, 2021

    Law alumna creates paths for the overlooked and underserved. After a 20-year law career, Raquel Tamez (J.D. ’98) set on a new course as CEO of the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE).

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    Big Solve: Housing as a Human Right

    July 02, 2020

    Before the COVID-19 pandemic, on any given day in the Bexar County court system, you could find a long line of unrepresented tenants and homeowners about to lose their homes. The outcome was almost certain. Tenants would be evicted.  Homeowners would be foreclosed.

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    School of Law project aids the wrongfully convicted

    June 17, 2020

    It took 15 years in prison to understand who she was, but Gricelda Moreno knows — she is strong, she has found her faith and she understands what domestic abuse is.

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    Colorado lawyer fights to bring high-speed internet to rural America

    June 17, 2020

    In some parts of rural Colorado, access to high-speed internet could look like a trip to the local Walmart parking lot or the public library, a barrier which can affect access to justice.

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    Assistant Dean of Law Admissions experiences a defining moment with new J.D. students every fall

    April 22, 2020

    As the School of Law’s Assistant Dean of Admissions, Cathy Casiano says her favorite time of year is seeing the new faces of each fall’s incoming J.D. class.

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    Donations help put School of Law vision within grasp

    November 19, 2019

    The St. Mary’s University School of Law challenges each of its students to become knowledgeable and skilled leaders in the law, working to improve their community through justice.

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    Gifts to the Law Success Program help boost legal education

    November 19, 2019

    The mission of the Law Success Program is to help prepare students for success in school, on the bar exam and in practice. To accomplish this mission, the program takes an innovative, data-driven approach to student growth by using assessments and data gathering to plan legal skills development, bar exam initiatives and individual academic counseling.

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    Multitalented law alum rises to the top of his field

    November 13, 2019

    Claude Ducloux (J.D. ’76) of Austin is all these things but, most of all, he is the “Dear Abby” for lawyers who need advice on handling sensitive situations. He educates more than 900 attorneys each month through a legal education webcast. 

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    Law professor champions civil rights, education issues

    November 13, 2019

    The public school education finance case, Edgewood ISD v. Kirby, had previously been won at the district court level, but was overturned by the Court of Appeals for the Fifth District of Texas. Now, it was before the Supreme Court of Texas in 1989.

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    Distinguished alumna has volunteered with St. Mary’s for more than 20 years

    June 26, 2019

    As a board-certified commercial real estate lawyer, Sara E. Dysart (B.A. ’74, J.D. ’81) is as comfortable making deals as she is baking up shellfish at Fiesta Oyster Bake year after year.

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    Law student who gives back surprised with custom suit in return

    June 21, 2019

    When third-year St. Mary’s University School of Law student Tanisha Taylor walked into the Patel Gaines San Antonio law office for a small reception last week, the last thing she expected was that she’d be fitted for a custom-tailored suit.

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    Law Commencement student speaker succeeds despite personal trials

    May 13, 2019

    Though John Brown’s heart is set on a future in trial law after he graduates from the St. Mary’s University School of Law this week, he will take across the commencement stage the personal trials that have been part of his journey — the loss of his brother and father.

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    NFL agent has represented more than 400 players

    March 12, 2019

    Jordan Woy (J.D. ’87) negotiated his first major league contract while attending St. Mary’s University School of Law. The contract was for now-retired Major League Baseball left fielder Pete Incaviglia, making Incaviglia one of a handful of players to ever get a major league contract straight out of college.

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    Law student launches workshop for adults with disabilities and their families

    March 12, 2019

    For most people, adulthood is a seamless transition. When someone turns 18 in Texas, in the eyes of the law they can sign a contract, make their own medical decisions, get married and vote, among many other things.

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    Former college footballer leads discussions on sports law, legal civility

    March 12, 2019

    Professor of Law David Grenardo, J.D., invites students to pray before class. At the end of the prayer, he asks them to treat each other with dignity and respect.

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    St. Mary’s Law Journal celebrates 50th year

    March 12, 2019

    For the past 50 years, the St. Mary’s Law Journal has been punching well above its weight class, becoming one of the most influential legal journals in the nation.

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    LL.M. graduate fulfills his calling to help immigrants

    March 11, 2019

    His father worried when Andrei Aranda (LL.M. ’17) told him he was leaving home to further his legal education in the United States. Aranda, who grew up in Chihuahua, Mexico, was already trained as an attorney there but felt a calling to help Mexican and Latin American immigrants navigate the complex U.S. immigration system.

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    Assistant AG sets legal precedent in Saipan

    November 13, 2018

    When Jonathan Robert “Robby” Glass Jr. graduated from the St. Mary’s University School of Law in 2012, the last place he thought he would end up was on an island in the middle of the Pacific Ocean.

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    D.C. attorney wields sanctions expertise

    November 08, 2018

    From his sanctions law practice perched on Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington, D.C., Erich Ferrari (J.D. ’06) is always upfront with his clients, even if he knows they won’t always be happy with what he has to say.

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    Fourth Court Chief Justice leads statewide committee of chief justices

    November 08, 2018

    In her first year of study at the St. Mary’s University School of Law, Chief Justice Sandee Bryan Marion (J.D. ’80) of the Fourth Court of Appeals almost dropped out. She had awful anxiety about public speaking.

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    Law Assistant Dean races in every state

    November 08, 2018

    After finishing his first marathon in 2002, St. Mary’s University School of Law Assistant Dean Mike Barry, J.D., swore he would never run another.

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    Professor leads law students in immigration courts, detention centers

    November 06, 2018

    Arguing cases in immigration court. Visiting clients detained by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Filing court motions. Building evidence. Reuniting families.

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    Runaway carnival worker becomes attorney of international reputation

    July 12, 2018

    Dallas-based attorney John Barr keeps a few things on his desk: his mother’s cards, photos of his daughter, a photo of St. Louis Hall and a card from the late Rev. Louis Reile, S.M. (B.A. ’49), a former Associate Professor of English at St. Mary’s University.

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    Law student juggles motherhood, volunteering, work

    June 12, 2018

    St. Mary’s University School of Law student Aisha Denis (B.A. ’17) — a single mom and frequent volunteer — knows a bit more about time management than the average J.D. student.

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    Law student’s art book brightens futures for refugees

    April 16, 2018

    When the Syrian refugee crisis seemed to reach its peak, future St. Mary’s University School of Law student Annie Bright felt compelled to do something. One particular scene shown on TV struck her: a mother and her children gathering necessities from the remains of an apartment, badly damaged by a bomb.

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    Privacy Pioneer

    March 22, 2018

    Before becoming a cybersecurity business lawyer in Austin, Rogers was the first chief privacy officer for the State of Texas. She created the Statewide Information Privacy Advisory Council, which is now the Statewide Information Security Advisory Committee (SISAC).

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    Bow ties in Burma

    March 22, 2018

    Until recently, the teaching of political science in Myanmar had been banned for five decades. That is why South Texas Professor of Law and Fulbright Scholar Vincent R. Johnson, J.D., LL.D., considers his stay in the country such a treat.

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    The Mighty Pen

    March 22, 2018

    Twenty years ago, six second-year J.D. students shared a vision: Create a law review, a scholarly journal focusing on legal issues facing minorities, to “give a voice to the voiceless,” as their mission states.

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    Law professor takes world of Bitcoin and blockchain

    December 14, 2017

    Angela Walch, J.D., Associate Professor of Law, calls herself “a questioner and a critic” when it comes to the overhyped world of cryptocurrencies (think: Bitcoin) and the underlying record-keeping system behind them, known as blockchain technology.

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    Serving those who have served

    December 14, 2017

    When combat veteran Marine Sgt. Nestor Lopez returned to civilian life in his early 20s, he found himself faced with some harsh realities.

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    St. Mary’s Law embarks on largest campaign with University

    December 13, 2017

    The St. Mary’s University School of Law turned 90 years old in 2017. As we celebrate this benchmark and look ahead to our centennial, we are aware of our responsibilities to our alumni, to our students, to the law and to our Catholic and Marianist mission.

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    New Law Success Program carves out national niche

    December 13, 2017

    Boosting scores on law school tests. Improving bar exam results. Gaining skills to last a career. Helping students achieve academic excellence and serve justice.

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    Law students contribute thousands of pro bono hours

    November 06, 2017

    Even before licensure, St. Mary’s Law students have made pro bono legal aid a part of their practice.

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    Triple St. Mary’s alum tackles law school while leading oncology group

    September 11, 2017

    As Patrick Magallanes walked around St. Mary’s University as a re-enrolled undergraduate student in Fall 1998, he couldn’t help but feel emotional.

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    Courtroom Juggernauts

    July 12, 2017

    When Sophia George began her legal studies at St. Mary’s University School of Law, she was set against doing litigation work after graduation.

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    From Prosecutor to Priest: Law alumnus Jason Martini follows his faith

    March 15, 2017

    The Rev. Jason Martini (J.D. ’02) sensed a calling to join the priesthood from an early age. He remembered first feeling the pull after First Communion when he started serving at Mass.

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    Unique seminar prepares law students for child abuse cases

    March 15, 2017

    The St. Mary’s School of Law began piloting an innovative course this spring that teaches law students about issues related to representing clients in the abuse and neglect docket of Bexar County’s Children’s Courts Division.

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    Law alums use unique method to ease destructive nature of divorce

    December 01, 2016

    In a perfect world, the services of John and Laura Roach would not be needed. But as a district court judge and a family law attorney, respectively, they know that’s far from reality.

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    Law Success Instructor plays with fire

    December 01, 2016

    Clegg, a Law Success Instructor at the School of Law, said fire hooping helped keep her sane during her own law school experience.

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    The Law Clinics at 25: The Hon. Karin Crump

    March 28, 2016

    From inexperienced undergraduate to seasoned alumna, the Hon. Karin Crump (J.D. ’97), Presiding Judge of the 250th District Court in Travis County, credits the civil justice clinical program for the significant role it played in her transformation.

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    Law Clinics at 25: Attorney Marisol Pérez

    March 28, 2016

    On an evening in December 2000, Marisol Pérez recalled gathering in prayer for the resolution of a case the School of Law’s Immigration and Human Rights Clinic had filed on behalf of factory workers from Matamoros, Mexico.

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    The Law Clinics at 25: Attorneys Sam and Jeb Lock

    March 28, 2016

    Brothers Sam Lock (J.D. ’98) and Jeb Lock (J.D. ’05) still recall the first cases they handled while students in the St. Mary’s Law Criminal Justice Clinic — from traffic tickets to alleged assaults.

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    St. Mary’s Law student Eric Michael Garza’s pro bono efforts add up

    January 04, 2016

    Even among St. Mary’s University School of Law students, where a commitment to public service and social justice is the norm, Eric Michael Garza’s dedication to service stands out.

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    St. Mary’s Law student Stephanie Green strives to increase student engagement

    January 04, 2016

    For some students, achieving a top class ranking and taking the helm of the St. Mary’s Law Journal as editor-in-chief would be the ultimate triumph.

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    Law alum’s high-flying career makes for model mentor

    November 10, 2015

    Her interest in corporate and securities law led her to the San Antonio law firm Oppenheimer, Rosenberg, Kelleher and Wheatley, at which she was the first woman to become a partner.

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    Summer Jobs for a New Generation: Luis Medina, Third-year Law Student

    November 10, 2015

    If Luis Medina learned one lesson during his summer legal clerkship with the Public Defender Service (PDS) for the District of Columbia, it would be that justice is not meted out equally without a strong defense.

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    Leopold makes – and breaks – the mold for law faculty

    July 22, 2015

    Professor of Law Aloysius A. Leopold (B.A. ’70, J.D. ’62) espouses the firm opinion that teaching is not learned. “It’s a talent you are born with, but you can always refine it.”

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    St. Mary’s Students Experience the Legislative Process

    April 27, 2015

    Each year the Frank Madla & Irma Rangel Texas Legislative Internship Program at St. Mary’s University provides St. Mary’s undergraduate and graduate students with opportunities to experience the state legislative process through hands on application.

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    Law professor advocates for access to water as a basic human right

    March 23, 2015

    While other little girls would have been throwing tea parties for their dolls, a young Hardberger and her dad, former San Antonio Mayor Phil Hardberger, would run outside in the rain and dance in what she described as impromptu “thunder parties.”

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    Man of Mexico

    November 19, 2014

    Roberto Rosas’ résumé is impressive: consultant to the Mexican government on public administration projects, the CEO of a business consulting firm, a business manager, a former engineer for Kodak, and a canon lawyer.

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    Politics, Race and Numbers

    June 18, 2014

    Let me start by tossing a few numbers at you. In the November 2012 presidential election, 68 percent of eligible black voters cast a ballot, compared to 64 percent of eligible white voters.

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    Law Grad Looks to Move People Back to the City

    April 05, 2013

    Terry Mitchell (J.D. ‘83) doesn’t want to talk about the woeful realities of modern city living, like stark landscapes and excessive traffic snarls.

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    Law Alum Says No to Graffiti, Yes to Giving Back

    February 05, 2013

    Burke Marold (J.D., MBA ’11) is a young, entrepreneurial attorney full of ideas and plans for the future. He is taking it upon himself to stimulate corporate philanthropy in the legal community, and he intends to do it leading

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