June 2017

Alumni travel to DC to be sworn into the Supreme Court

On June 5, 2017, 27 alumni stood before all nine justices and sworn into practice before the Supreme Court of the United States. After the ceremony Chief Justice John Roberts and Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg greeted the group.
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Alumni Spotlight: Bradford Gilde ’04 hopes recent verdict will prompt meaningful change for Harris County

Bradford Gilde ’04 recently tried a case, Amron v. Harris County, that he hopes will transform the way Harris County deputies approach their daily interactions with the public.

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Alumni Spotlight: Judge Robert “Bobby” Francis ’85 pioneered criminal justice reform in Texas

In 2007, Texas legislators resolved to rethink the state’s prison system. Fortunately, Judge Robert Francis ’85, a criminal district court judge in Dallas, already was seven years into the development of a drug court that focused on alternative methods to reduce repeat offenses.
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South Texas College of Law Houston receives nearly $1.3 million to launch criminal defense certification program

South Texas College of Law Houston recently received a $1.27 million multi-year gift to launch a Criminal Defense Certification Program to develop a pipeline of well-trained defense attorneys to effectively represent indigent criminal defendants in Houston’s courts. Funded by an anonymous donor, this unique pilot program is the first of its kind in the state and has the potential to significantly impact the criminal defense system in Texas. The program could be replicated by other law schools located near court systems that use court appointments to handle indigent defense work all across Texas, and potentially, the nation.
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May 2017 graduates receive personal messages from alumni

May 2017 graduates were greeted at their commencement ceremony with personal messages from members of the STCL Houston Alumni Association, welcoming them to the community and providing advice and encouragement for their next chapter. It was a special and meaningful addition to the event that we hope to continue in the future.
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Nominate friends and colleagues for upcoming Alumni Association Awards

There is no doubt STCL Houston alumni are trailblazing, leading, and making a difference in the profession and in their communities. Each year, the Alumni Association honors alumni achievements with three awards: Distinguished Alumnus, Young Alumnus, and Public Service. Review criteria and make a nomination by July 1 at my.stcl.edu/AlumniNomination.
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