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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

STCL Give Day raises more than $82,000

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!

Alumni Selected for 2017 'Texas Super Lawyers- RIsing Stars'

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.

Settlement reached in name change litigation

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.

Teens in Discover Law program experience a day as a law student

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.

Jewish Law Students Association hosts luncheon with Holocaust Survivor

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.

US Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg to teach students in Malta Summer Program

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.

An Interview with Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg '86

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.

Get to know: Jerome Crews

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.

Alumni Weekend one month away!

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!

Alumni Association awards scholarships to 11 students

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.

A Look Ahead: Q&A with incoming Alumni Association President Nick Lanza '89

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.

South Texas Law Named Largest Academic Donor to Houston Food Bank’s 2016 “Share Your Holidays” Drive

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.

Special bonds forged at law school last a lifetime

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.

New campaign invites alumni to share their pride

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.

New website for South Texas Law

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!

STCL Houston Alumni Named to SuperLawyers List for 2016

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.

2016 Public Service Award: Chastiti N. Horne '98

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.

South Texas College of Law Houston Establishes Low-Income Taxpayer Clinic to Benefit the Community and Students

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.

23 companies complete the 2016 Law Firm Challenge

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.

South Texas College of Law Houston welcomes new 1L class

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.

2016 Distinguished Alumni Award: Gordon Quan '77

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.

2016 Young Alumni Award: Brant J. Stogner '06

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.

Board of Directors welcomes five new members

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.

Tom Vick '81 elected State Bar of Texas president-elect

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).

Alumni Association award nominations due July 1

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.

Randall O. Sorrels Civil Practice Clinics selected as Night Court 2016 beneficiary

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.

Alumni Spotlight: Jeremy Dunbar '15

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.

Alumni Spotlight: Leslie Schweinle Ginzel '08

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.

Alumni Association awards annual scholarships

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.

South Texas College of Law Houston alumni selected for 2016 'Texas Super Lawyers- Rising Stars'

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 Receives Texas ATJ Law School Service Award

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.

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