To celebrate Founder’s Day, we started #STCLGiveDay with an ambitious plan of reaching 100 donors in 24 hours from the South Texas community. Nicholas J. Lanza ’89, Sharon M. Schweitzer ’89, and Brant J. Stogner ’06 pledged to donate an additional $10,000 when the goal was met. Before noon we blew past that goal!
More than 200 South Texas College of Law Houston alumni have been named to the 2017 Texas Super Lawyers – Rising Stars list. Each year, no more than 2.5 percent of the lawyers in the state are selected to receive this honor. The annual selections are made using a multiphase process that includes a statewide survey of lawyers, an independent research evaluation of candidates, and peer reviews by practice area. The result is a credible, comprehensive, and diverse listing of exceptional attorneys.
In early March we announced that South Texas College of Law Houston and the University of Houston System (UHS) had reached a tentative settlement agreement in the dispute regarding our June 2016 name change. Both parties have since approved and signed the agreement, the full text of which can be viewed here
A recent mock law school class, taught by Professor Tobin Sparling for freshman and sophomore students from Houston Gateway Academy, was a part of the Discover Law program presented by the Office of Admissions, the Black Law Student Association (BLSA), and the Hispanic Law Student Association.
In February, the Jewish Law Students Association collaborated with the STCL Houston Alumni Association to welcome Holocaust survivor, Charles Kurt, father-in-law of Denise Kurt ’88, to speak about his experience fleeing the Nazi invasion of Vienna.
U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg will teach during the third session of South Texas College of Law Houston’s study abroad program at the University of Malta’s Valletta campus the week of July 4. The Honorable Justice Ginsburg will provide a retrospective of prominent Supreme Court cases over the past year, conduct a Q&A session, and attend a reception for participating students and faculty in her honor.
Have you made plans to join us for Alumni Weekend April 7-8 in Houston? We are welcoming all alumni back to campus and honoring the classes of 1967, 1972, 1977, 1982, 1987, 1992, 1997, 2002, 2007, and 2012. Now is the time to make plans to reconnect with your classmates and favorite faculty!
As a child and even as a collegian, Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg ’86 never imagined she would become the leader of what she calls “the largest public law firm in town.” Two months into her term as DA, Ogg has already shaken things up in Harris County, starting with major updates to the office’s internal and external policies.
Many students begin the school day with the same two words as they walk through the front doors of South Texas: “Hey, Jerome.” Jerome Crews, security supervisor, is a special part of our community. For the past two decades, he has been the first person to welcome students to campus during orientation and the last to shake their hands as they enter the auditorium for graduation.
A graduate of 1989, Nick Lanza is a civil trial litigation lawyer and partner at Lanza Law Firm, a statewide practice with offices in Houston and Austin. He is an avid reader who enjoys traveling and has an extensive collection of sports memorabilia.
This fall, the Alumni Association of South Texas College of Law Houston awarded nearly $47,000 to 11 deserving South Texas Law students. Learn more about each of the students who were selected.
Students from South Texas College of Law Houston donated approximately $38,000 to the Houston Food Bank’s 2016 “Share Your Holidays” food drive, equating to nearly 114,000 meals for hungry Houstonians.
Success on the bar exam always has been a priority when developing curriculum, academic policies, and support services at South Texas Law. Discover what programs and services are being implemented to help our students. Get involved as an alumni mentor or learn about our new partnership with Themis Bar Review.
South Texas College of Law Houston recently launched a new campaign to highlight the features that we are most proud of as a law school community. The Points of Pride campaign is an opportunity for you to share what you think makes South Texas Law special while supporting scholarships, educational programs, and other academic opportunities.
Have you visited our website recently? The newly redesigned stcl.edu features a more modern look, mobile responsive capabilities, and improved navigation for a better user experience. Check it out!
From preparing for mock trial competition to traveling to Spain 40 years later, Donna M. Hilsher ’79 and Jim Evans ’79 have stayed close friends. In a letter from Donna, learn about their lifelong connection.
More than 350 South Texas College of Law Houston alumni have been named to the 2016 Texas Super Lawyers list. Each year, no more than five percent of lawyers in the state are selected to receive this exclusive honor.
Chastiti Horne ’98 is the recipient of the 2016 Public Service Award, which is presented each year to a graduate who has done significant and sustained work in a public service position. Horne is an equity partner with Horne Rota Moos, LLP; her primary practice is healthcare and personal injury defense and hospitality litigation. While she has received numerous professional awards, she is honored this year for her exceptional service outside the courtroom.
With a new $43,000 grant from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), South Texas College of Law Houston recently established a pro bono, Low-Income Taxpayer Clinic (LITC) to educate Houstonians on tax issues and help them resolve tax problems.
Brant J. Stogner ’06, a partner at Abraham, Watkins, Nichols, Sorrels, Agosto & Friend, is the first alumnus to receive the Young Alumni Award. New in 2016, the award is presented to an alumnus/a who has graduated in the 10 past years and has made significant leadership and service contributions to South Texas Law and to the legal profession.
This year’s Distinguished Alumnus is Gordon Quan ’77, managing partner of the Quan Law Group. Quan has been helping clients navigate the U.S. immigration system for nearly four decades. He has witnessed and engaged in the rapid growth and continual evolution of the U.S. immigration system, particularly as Houston has developed into an international economic hub.
Launched in 2007 to unite South Texas College of Law Houston graduates for a common purpose, the Law Firm Challenge is a friendly competition among local firms, offices, and corporations with 3 or more alumni. Competing groups aim to achieve 100 percent participation from their colleagues in giving to the law school during a fiscal year. In fiscal year 2015-2016, 23 law firms or companies met the challenge, raising more than $239,000 for the law school.
This fall, South Texas College of Law Houston welcomed 301 new students from 88 undergraduate institutions and 12 home states. We know this group of bright, enthusiastic students will find in the law school a home where they can flourish as future attorneys.
South Texas College of Law Houston announced recently the appointment of five new members to the law school’s board of directors for the 2016-2017 academic year. Joining the board are South Texas Law alumni Judge Robert Eckels ’93, Randy Howry ’85, Joseph “Joe” Lopez ’78, Andrew “Andy” Sommerman ’86, and Ruthie Nelson White ’96.
Leslie Schweinle Ginzel ’08 and her team at Beacon Law are going beyond food and temporary shelter to help clients overcome the legal barriers that keep them from regaining stability. The Beacon is the only legal aid in Texas that specifically focuses on the legal challenges of the homeless, who often cannot access mainstream legal representation.
Texas attorneys have elected Tom Vick ’81 of Weatherford as the next president-elect of the State Bar of Texas. Vick is the third State Bar President to come from South Texas College of Law Houston following Lynn Liberato ’80 (SBOT President 2000-2001) and Charles R. Dunn ’65 (SBOT President 1991-1992).
The Alumni Association presents the Distinguished Alumni Award and the Public Service Award to notable alumni for extraordinary achievements and contributions to their professions, local communities, and South Texas College of Law Houston. This year, the Alumni Association also will present a new Young Alumni Award.
South Texas College of Law Houston instills in its students the importance of public service and a sense of responsibility to use their knowledge and skills to promote access to justice. It may not occur to many students and alumni, however, that their talents outside the courtroom—namely singing, dancing, and stage production—can have a powerful impact toward positive change, too.
Jeremy Dunbar ’15 is what most would regard as an exceptional scholar. He has a half dozen moot court and mock trial awards and a national championship under his belt. He graduated summa cum laude and was valedictorian of the December 2015 class. And, most recently, he received news that he earned the highest score on the February Texas Bar exam.
The Alumni Association proudly recognizes its 2015-2016 scholarship recipients and congratulates them on their outstanding academic achievements, leadership and community service. Since 1989 when the first scholarship fund was created through the Alumni Association, more than half a million dollars has been awarded to deserving students.
More than 180 South Texas College of Law Houston alumni have been named to the 2016 Texas Super Lawyers – Rising Stars list. Each year, no more than 2.5 percent of the lawyers in the state are selected to receive this honor.
South Texas College of Law Houston was named the recipient of the Texas Access to Justice Commission’s 2015 Law School Commitment to Service Award at the November New Lawyer Induction Ceremony. This award is granted to the law school that has distinguished itself by actively educating students about access to justice issues.