1 NEWSLETTER Official newsletter of the San Antonio Bar Association May 2009 Vol. LXXXIV Number 10 in this issue Ethics Follies Ain t Misbehavin The Bar Auxiliary visits Austin Criminal Law Institute photos SABA photography contest info Practicing from the Shadows Justice Jefferson to address Hofstra National Trial Competition results Peacemaker Gala photo spread departments President s Message Community Justice Program Committee Corner San Antonio Bar Foundation news New Member Welcome Briefly Announcements Listings Calendar Bench Motions & Trials Bexar County Style Anatomy of a Civil Trial gets a face lift! For it s 13 th anniversary, the Bexar County civil district judges acclaimed seminar, formerly known as Anatomy of a Civil Trial, has been given a face lift! The Bexar County civil district judges have completely revamped the annual seminar, gearing it toward motions and trials before the Bexar County bench. This seminar, which is co-chaired by 73 rd District Court Judge Andy Mireles and 408 th District Court Judge Larry Noll, is your one-stop shop to everything you need to know about getting through a bench trial in Bexar County. This seminar is a MUST for civil practitioners in Bexar County or out-of-town attorneys who try cases in Bexar County. Wouldn t it be great to know the next time you re at the Courthouse what the judges are looking for or, just as important, what they re NOT looking for? Gain practical tips on using motions to win your next bench trial which will often make or break your client s case. Move your practice to the next level by utilizing these tools to make you a more powerful advocate for your clients. You ll hear insights from the decision makers themselves on: - continued on page 5 - Save the Date: Law Day Luncheon, 5/1 Subpoena deadline, 5/11 Ethics Follies Video, 5/20 Last Chance Videos, 5/21-22 Bexar County holiday, 5/25 Ethics in Private Practice, 5/27 SABA Monthly Luncheon, 5/28 Bench Trials Bexar County Style, 5/29 Congratulations 2009 Law Day honorees! The prestigious Joe Frazier Brown, Sr. Award of Excellence, a long-term tribute in honor of the distinguished attorney who taught and influenced many attorneys, recognizes a lawyer(s) who demonstrate service to others, idealism, intelligence and a high degree of integrity. This year s recipient will be former San Antonio Bar Association President Sue Hall. The San Antonio Young Lawyers Association will also present a series awards at the luncheon. The Liberty Bell Award recognizes an outstanding non-lawyer who has - continued on page 4 -
2 2 President s Message Since I began writing the columns about substance abuse and mental health issues among the legal profession, I have received numerous letters and s of gratitude from individuals who have, at one time or another, suffered tragedies directly related to their own problems. I was so moved by one of these letters that I have decided to reprint it in its entirety (with the author s permission, of course). Those of us who remember practicing law with the author recall him as an extremely gifted lawyer. He has since been disbarred, but his reflections are nonetheless a lesson to all of us that we are, indeed, our brother s keeper. My sincere and profound gratitude to Mr. Long for allowing me to share such a private matter with the entire Bar. His letter to me follows: Dear Victor: It was nice to see you and chat, ever so briefly, in the courthouse elevator on Wednesday. As I relayed to you in the short trip, I recently moved back to San Antonio and have had the opportunity to read your articles in the last two editions of the Subpoena where you focus on attorney alcohol and substance abuse as well as mental health issues. As you may or may not know, or recall, I accepted a suspension from the practice of law in the late 90 s and then, two years later, was disbarred. Though I cannot deny that I had culpability in the circumstances surrounding what transpired, because I certainly did, I must also relay to you that your article s mentioning of mental health issues in the legal community rings a very familiar tune as a precursor to my fate and the effects it had on my family, life and future. I had entered my 40s when I initially found myself caught up in moods of depression. At first, the depression was circumstantial: the day went badly, a child brought a bad grade home, the dog died or a judge had made a clearly foolish ruling. Then, the depression got progressively worse at an almost undetectably slow rate until I found myself periodically in pits of despair where I could see no light, the world was closing in on me and I could not imagine any possibility of hope. As an attorney, I didn t let it get to me. I had to appear before the Court, make my arguments and promote the interests of my clients. While before the bench the depression would disappear I thought. However, it would immediately return if the judge ruled against my client or it would appear as a shadow when I left the Courtroom that followed me to the next legal battle of the day. While I was walking, talking and functioning in my state of depression, the simplest thing ranging from a slow clerk or a dysfunctional stapler to a smart-mouthed opposing counsel would set me off whereupon I would execute a tirade of insults, expletives, and rude and obnoxious verbal attacks upon all who dared to cross me. This heightened excitement would be followed immediately by an even deeper depression than before and I would be riddled with guilt over what I had just done. During this time my family suffered, my practice and clients were slighted and my friends suffered for me, ever concerned for what is wrong with Steve? Fortunately, I was eventually diagnosed as bi-polar, a mental health disorder shared among over five million Americans characterized by bouts of depression interrupted by fits of aggressiveness with potential harm to self and others. I was never physically violent, though some Bipolars find themselves in that situation. Rather, as my wife put is so succinctly, I could destroy more with words than any weapon. The hardest part was accepting that I WAS Bipolar. After all, I had always been DAVID B. PERSON h LLM-ADR Mediator (Cedr) and Arbitrator (FCIArb) 7744 Broadway, Suite 240, San Antonio, Tx Tel: (210) Fax: (210)
3 3 DWI REPRESENTATION LAW OFFICE OF ROBERT A. PRICE IV Board Certified in Criminal Law Since 1979 Past President, San Antonio Bar Association Past Director, Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association 405 S. Presa St San Antonio TX Specializing in DWI and all other State and Federal offenses including TRAFFIC TICKETS in charge, in total control with no distractions and took no prisoners. Now, I found myself at the mercy of the balance of chemicals in my body, which is EXACTLY what Bipolar is. Just as the diabetic cannot control the fact that he or she has diabetes, the Bipolar cannot dictate if his body will naturally produce the chemicals in the proper proportion necessary to maintain his feelings, his demeanor and outlook on life. With similarity to the diabetic, however, the Bipolar has options at his disposal to keep in-check the issues which affect his life and those he cares about. These options include self-evaluation and awareness, diet, therapy, listening techniques and extremely important, medication. I was fortunate I think. Many fellow Bipolars argue against any kind of medication, asserting that prescribed drugs will reduce their edge in life and make them a sedated zombie. I did too at first. However, I am fortunate because I discovered very early on that with medication (Paxil being my prescribed drug) the edge merely got sharper with the benefit that my thinking became clearer and my ability to recognize my environment and deal with tasks properly was ever so much more enhanced because of my new found assistance. Interestingly even the most educated and intelligent, among whom I consider attorneys, find themselves supporting bias and prejudice against mental health care matters and refuse to learn the facts and truth about them. The stigma of mental health remains even among the informed. Those who know me now, and who knew me then, I am confident will assert that I am anything but a zombie and the medication has not trimmed my wit, though some might suggest my wit could use a good buzz-cut. Though the cause of Bipolar is unknown, I can tell you, Victor, that once I learned of my Bipolarism, it was a short putt for me to investigate my family history and ascertain that I am not the first in the gene pool to have this disorder. I have since watched my children closely for signals and to date everything seems well in that arena. The focus of my letter is not to seek sympathy or empathy but to make you aware that when I was going through the described turmoil of discovering my disorder, I saw the iceberg approaching me and felt helpless to avoid it. By the time I discovered I was Bipolar and sought assistance, the problems in my practice were too deep to steer the ship away to survive. Thankfully, something more important was salvaged, that being my relationship with my children. My wife and I divorced for multiple issues, but have remained friends through it all. My children and I are closer than ever with a mutual respect, lots of love and acknowledgement of our family history and how we got to who we are today. Though I am not proud of being disbarred I have learned to own it as it is part of who I am, just as being Bipolar is a part of my being. To ignore either as aspects of my life is a denial that is way too dangerous and I beg you to continue to inform others that owning up to your disease, disorder, needs or shortcomings in mental health is a truth that sets you free. When I fell from grace from the legal - continued on page 8 -
4 4 Law Day honorees announced (cont.) - continued from front page - made a selfless contribution to his or her community to strengthen the effectiveness of the American system of justice by instilling a better understanding and appreciation of the law. This year, the award goes to Bexar County District Clerk Margaret Montemayor. Laura Mason of Oppenheimer Blend Harrison & Tate, Inc. will receive the Outstanding Young Lawyer Award, which annually recognizes an individual who has exhibited professional proficiency, service to the profession and service to the community. Finally, the Outstanding Mentor Award, which recognizes an attorney who serves as a role model to young lawyers in his or her community; fosters the development of young lawyers and significantly contributes to the profession and/or the community will be presented to Brett W. Schouest of Cox Smith Matthews. Joe Frazier Brown, Sr. Award of Excellence Sue M. Hall Oustanding Young Lawyer Award Laura Mason Liberty Bell Award Margaret Montemayor Outstanding Mentor Award Brett W. Schouest Ethics Follies Ain t Misbehavin coming to the Empire Theatre! ACC s Ethics Follies committee has wrapped up the season after four performances of the ethical tale Decent s Descent, the last of which was at the USLAW Network s national client conference in Charleston, South Carolina in March, The show is available as a three-dvd set from the San Antonio Bar Association (contact In-house legal departments can get up to 3.0 hours ethics CLE credit from watching the DVDs. Some companies have set up ethics CLE lunches, one hour each week, to get their in-house attorneys low cost and entertaining CLE. The DVDs are also shown each month at the Courthouse by SABA as an ethics CLE course. The committee has started work on a new production featuring timely ethics issues found in headlines like Bernard Madoff s purported $50 billion fraud, deadly peanut butter, unethical litigation tactics, Facebook antics, and many other interesting corporate ethics topics and legal ethics rules brought to life by the Follies performers. Mark you calendars for November 4, 2009 at 2 p.m. for the next performance of Ethics Follies, Ain t Misbehavin, at the Empire Theatre. Or plan on attending the evening of November 5, 2009 for a special gala performance at 7 p.m. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to The Community Justice Program. CLE, a great time AND a donation to charity all in one fun event! If you would like to join the committee, or just give us ideas on ethics issues, we always welcome your input. Please contact Lee Cusenbary with ideas for ethics issues to be covered, or if you would like to get involved a little or a lot with the Follies. There s always room on the Committee so please join us! Check out the Ethics Follies Alumni page on and clips of the show Decent s Descent on
5 5 Not to be missed: Bench Motions & Trials, Bexar County Style, May 27 (cont.) - continued from front page - Bench Trial v. Arbitration Summary Judgments Daubert/Robinson Motion Practice Protective & Temporary Orders in Family Law Cases from Judges Perspective Estate Planning for Lawyers (special lunch topic) Evidence in a Bench Trial Discovery Disputes Visitation Orders for Unique Circumstances 2009 Legislative Update Case Update from the Fourth Court Best & Worst Things to do Before the Bench (panel discussion) The seminar will be held at the Bright Shawl (819 Augusta Street) on Friday, May 29, beginning at 8:30 a.m. Early bird registration is $125 to SABA/SAYLA members and $150 to nonmembers through 5 p.m. on May 22. After May 22, registration is $175 to SABA/SAYLA members and $200 to nonmembers. Register early for the best deal! The course is accredited for 7.5 hours of CLE credit, including 0.75 hours of ethics. This course has also been approved by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization in the areas of Civil Appellate Law, Family Law, Personal Injury Trial Law and Civil Trial Law. Lunch and materials are included in the cost of registration. To register, send your check made payable to the San Antonio Bar Association, Bexar County Courthouse, 100 Dolorosa, Suite 500, San Antonio, TX You may also pay with a credit card (MasterCard/Visa/AmEx/ Discover) by phone or fax. Be watching for your brochure in the mail. For more information, visit or contact Jimmy Allison at ; The girls at the Bob Bullock Museum Members of the San Antonio Bar Auxiliary spent a full day in Austin on Tuesday, March 24 starting at 7 in the morning when they boarded the bus and headed north. First stop was a tour of the capitol, followed by a visit to the Bob Bullock Museum and the IMAX theater. The ladies enjoyed a fun lunch at Sun Harvest before heading home. The trip, which was organized by chairs Rhonda Canales and Patsy Noll, was educational and fun and everyone who attended enjoyed the camaraderie. The final meeting for the auxiliary will be held Tuesday, May 26, in the home of Virginia Van- Cleave. All past presidents will be honored and scholarships will be awarded during the meeting. Installation of the new officers for will conclude the business and lunch will be served. All attorney spouses (and attorneys) are invited to join the San Antonio Bar Auxiliary. For further information contact Rita Thompson, President, at , or incoming president, Melissa Richard at
6 6 Thank You APRIL Volunteers TRLA Allen, Stein & Durbin Jenny Durbin Clay Morgan John Howell Mark Jordan Vincent Vasquez Blair Fassburg Brian Jacob Tom Newton Shelton & Valadez Wade Shelton Cassandra Ortiz Mark Giltner Quico Canseco Charlie Cilfone Steve Medina Other Volunteer Attorneys Stanley Eisenberg David Whipple Tammy Wincott Allan DuBois Robin Teague Mentors Abe Ribak Kay Martinez Vicky Valerga Pay Reyna Judge Karen Pozza Court Reporter Yvonne Gonzalez Volunteer Support Staff Patti Giuliano District Clerks Amanda Muth Maria Herrera Margie Avila Desserts Mary Jean Stolhandske, San Antonio Bar Auxiliary ST. MARY S San Antonio Criminal Defense Lawyers Association Adam Kobs Cindy Hudson John Longoria Angela Luthi Kenton Longaker Rebecca Bustamante Chuck Wedin Jeanette Burney Sullivan Shannon Salmon Joel Rodriguez George Taylor Phil Bozzo Robert Jimenez Other Volunteer Attorneys Ben Chappell Tracy Ross John Battiato Mentors Robert Shaffer Yvonne Trevino Judge Richard Garcia Volunteer Support Staff Mary Pena Gloria Rathmell Marianne Ramirez Dora Garza District Clerks Amanda Muth Margie Avila Angie Stone Judge Karen Pozza (center) and Judge Michael Peden (far right) welcomed volunteers at the April 7 CJP clinic at Texas RioGrande Legal Aid. Members of the Allen, Stein & Durbin law firm came out to Just Take One on April 7 at TRLA. Judge Richard Garcia and Judge Larry Noll (far left and second from left) were on hand as members of the San Antonio Criminal Defense Lawyers Association and other volunteers attended the April 14 CJP clinic at St. Mary s.
7 7 If you would like to volunteer to Just Take One pro bono case, we welcome and appreciate your participation. Volunteer attorneys are eligible to receive five free CLEs, including one hour of ethics, for taking a case. The Community Justice Program will hold two regular clinics during the month of May. Tuesday, May 12 at Texas RioGrande Legal Aid, 1111 N. Main Ave. Tuesday, May 19 at St. Mary s Center for Legal & Social Justice, 2507 NW 36 th St. If you need to finalize your CJP case at this clinic or have questions about a current CJP case, please contact Amanda Reimherr Buckert at or , x24. CJP CO-CHAIRS Judge Larry Noll & Judge Michael Peden CJP COORDINATOR Amanda Reimherr Buckert Special Clinic Announcement The Association of Corporate Counsel South/Central Texas Chapter and the Community Justice Program are excited to announce their first-ever clinic for needy nonprofit organizations. The ACC, in conjunction with the CJP, is holding the San Antonio Ask A Lawyer Non-Profit Legal Clinic on May 14 at the St. Mary s Center for Legal & Social Justice. The nonprofits must apply and be screened through the United Way. The San Antonio Ask A Lawyer Non-Profit Legal Clinic will only address transactional related issues. For more information, please contact Ingrid Etienne at (210) You can also visit: LAD COORDINATOR (TRLA) Patricia Giuliano SALSA COORDINATOR (ST. MARY S) Mary Peña WESLEY CLINIC COORDINATOR Lisa Santos MANAGING ATTORNEY, SA OFFICE Ann Zaragoza (TRLA) PARALEGAL CLIENT COORDINATOR Maria Lulu Villanueva (TRLA) To volunteer to Just Take One pro bono case per year; call Amanda Reimherr x24
8 8 Prez. column (cont.) - continued from page 3 - profession there were not the programs you mention in your articles or at least I was not aware of them. I wish someone would have come to me from the State Bar and talked to me about it. I wish those who saw my demeanor alter, or witnessed my decrease in proper functioning would have approached me or refered me to the proper authority, service or mentor, but alas it didn t happen that way. I blame no one, not even myself. My mental health issue is mine to own, keep and deal with. I only wish that others in a similar circumstance will have the opportunity to learn about their condition in a timely manner and seek the same assistance we would seek for our cars when they are not firing on all cylinders because that is as good a metaphor as I can conjure. Through the years I have made it known that I am Bipolar. To many I tell, I see apprehension in their eyes. I even had a Registered Nurse once tell me oh, you people are dangerous. So much for the educated medical community! However, in making my disorder known to others it has allowed me the opportunity to counsel with fellow Bipolar and help them realize that life is not about despondency and guilt. The frank discussions have likewise been therapeutic to me over the years. Part of being in control of one s life is learning HOW to be in control of yourself. I encourage the local Bar Association to consider seminars on mental health and to encourage outreaches to those in the profession. Though I am no longer a member of the profession, I am happy to assist in any manner if you ever need me. Thank you for your time to read this and especially for your dedication to the topics I have read. Please keep up the good work. Some of us are listening closely! Local attorney and San Antonio Bar Association member, Tina Torres, shown in picture with mother, Yolanda P. Torres, received the St. Mary s Hispanic Law Students Association s 2009 Outstanding Latina in Law of the Year award on Friday, April 3, Tina is the daughter of the late attorney, Peter Torres, Jr., and continues in her father s footsteps with her law practice that focuses on consumer issues and family law. She is partners in The Torres Law Firm, P.C. with her brother, Paul A. Torres, also a graduate of St. Mary s University School of Law. Sincerely, Steven Long Remember, if you know someone who needs help, or whom you suspect is starting to flounder, please help them. Talk to them. Have them contact Texas Lawyers Assistance Project ( ). Or you do it. But do not wait, because if sufferers have one enemy, it is the passage of time.
9 9 The 46 th annual Criminal Law Institute (CLI), in honor of the late Honorable A.A. Semaan, was held on April 17-18, Over 200 attorneys attended the seminar at the DoubleTree Hotel to hear such speakers as Judge Royal Furgeson (pictured below) talk about the essentials of practicing criminal law. Special thanks to the Texas Criminal Defense Lawyer s Association (TCDLA) for their support of this seminar, the oldest criminal law seminar in the state of Texas. A couple of special awards were presented at the seminar. Long-time CLI co-chairs John Convery and Robert Price presented Judge James Barlow with the Criminal Law Seminar Hall of Fame Award, which recongnizes stand-out attorneys and judges in the field of criminal law. Robert Price was also presented with a President s Award from the San Antonio Bar for his service and dedication to furthering the success of this acclaimed seminar. ATTENTION CRIMINAL DEFENSE ATTORNEYS! Nominations are being solicited for the Criminal Law Practitioner member of the Bexar County Bail Bond Board. (this is a non-paid position) Please send letters of nomination to the San Antonio Bar Association c/o Jimmy Allison, 100 Dolorosa, Suite 500, San Antonio, TX no later than 5 p.m. Monday, June 1, You may cast your ballot at the SABA offices between 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. on Monday, June NO mail-in ballots.
10 10 Committee Corner DISTRICT COURTS COMMITTEE On April 2, the District Courts Committee held its monthly meeting and planning session. Gary Hutton provided an update on the courthouse and legislative matters. The County continues to provide information to Senator Wentworth and the legislature on the data regarding the weighted case load study and how it is a more detailed analysis than the State s data collected by the Office of Court Administration. Judge John Longoria, Sr. also commented on the backlog of cases in the County Courts and the resources needed to resolve the backlog. Senator Wentworth s bill 445 (relating to juror questions and juror notetaking during civil trials) was approved by the Senate and is currently before the House. Senator Duncan s bill 992 (relating to the jurisdiction and administration of, and procedures relating to, certain courts in this state, including procedures for appeals) remains in the Senate Committee on Jurisprudence. The Tower II, Courthouse and Justice Center construction projects (discussed at our January meeting) reportedly continue to move forward despite the recent hiring freezes and economic slowdown. The security system in the Courthouse and Justice Center are being analyzed to see if any changes need to be made. This review is being done in light of the threatening statements reportedly directed to Judge Saldana during a family law matter. The remainder of the meeting involved discussing what subcommittees to form and future topics to cover. The subcommittees for this year are: Jury Trial and Pre-Trial Submission: Ben Wallis (Chair), Rusty Biechlin, George Carson, Bruce Spindler, and Robin Teague will finish interviewing the District Court judges and then write a report detailing the procedures used by each judge. Motion in Limine: Rusty Biechlin (Chair), Roger Bresnahan, David Stephenson, and Steve Weakley will seek to draft model form Motions in Limine for various types of cases or, alternatively, if a model form is not practical, proposed Plaintiff and Defendant Motions in Limine for such cases. The model forms seek to incorporate language that has been traditional approved by the courts in Bexar County (assuming such limine request applies to your case) in order to expedite the pre-trial submission and conferring process. These model forms will give parties an option to start with the model form, with the parties adding their own case-specific limine requests as needed. Bench Bar Book: Dan Vana, Ben Wallis and West Winter will update the original 2006 publication. This second edition will include the new judicial information, layouts for each courtroom, the technology available, incorporate the projects of other subcommittees (Jury Trial and Pre-Trial Submission, and Motion in Limine) and create unified format to make it more user friendly and easier to update in the future. Everyone is invited to attend the 51 st annual Law Day celebration on May 1 at 11:30 a.m. at the AT&T Community Center (located at the San Fernando Cathedral at 231 W. Commerce Street). The keynote speaker is San Antonio native U.S. District Judge Royce C. Lamberth. Also, the 13 th annual seminar will be presented by the Civil District Judges on May 29 at 8:30 a.m. at the Bright Shawl (819 Augusta Street). This newly revamped seminar, entitled Bench Motions & Trials, Bexar County Style: Anatomy of a Civil Trial Gets a Face Lift!, is geared toward motions and trials before the Bexar County bench. It is a must-see seminar for all who practice in the civil courts. Also, come join us at our next meeting, which will be held on May 7 at noon. Judge Antonia Arteaga of the 57 th District Court is our judicial guest. Our guest speaker is Melissa Munoz, an attorney with the Office of the Attorney General. Ms. Munoz will cover a range of topics such as child support issues, paternity actions and determination of paternity, and also address questions from the audience about the AG s office and how to communicate with the AG s office. - Dan Vana, Chair Subpoena Subpoena (USPS #010728) (ISSN # ) is published monthly at the annual rate of $20 by the San Antonio Bar Association, Bexar County Courthouse, Suite 500, San Antonio, Texas Periodicals postage paid at San Antonio, TX POSTMASTER send address changes to: Subpoena, San Antonio Bar Association, Bexar County Courthouse, Suite 500, San Antonio, Texas Press releases, calendar announcements and inquiries about the Subpoena must be sent by the 10 th of the month preceding publication to the attention of: Kimberly Palmer Editor ; Fax: ; SABA website: SABA office hours: Monday-Friday 8-5 p.m.; Closed weekends and County holidays
12 12 Calling all amateur photographers! Here is the chance to showcase the results of your work, whether photography is a hobby or just an occasional pastime. We invite you to participate in SABA s 1 st Photography Contest, and celebrate our profession and the beauty of our world. Winning photos will be displayed in the Subpoena and in the SABA offices and may also be framed and auctioned off at the SABA Installation Gala. Photos must be submitted as both prints and in digital format. Entries for the Photography Contest must be received by June 15, 2009, at 5 p.m. Visit the SABA website for detailed contest rules and submission guidelines. Your mental health in tough economic times Uncertainty about the current economic situation has created a burden for legal professionals who already struggle with depression. A State Bar video, Practicing from the Shadows: Depression and the Legal Profession, offers support and resources. The video is available in Windows Media format on the State Bar website, For free DVD copy, call the Texas Lawyers Assistance Program at Nabers Mortgage The Most Competitive Mortgage Broker in Texas Brad Nabers Nabers Mortgage 8620 N. New Braunfels Ave #424 San Antonio, TX Office: (210) Cell: (210) Nabers Mortgage is committed to securing the lowest rates available in the market. Our personalized and efficient service from application to closing results in a trusted loan process. Secure the Lowest Rates in the Market Personalized Service from Application to Closing Loan Programs to Fit Your Needs Conforming Loans to $417,000 Jumbo Loans up to $2,000,000
13 13 The Legal Marketing Association (LMA) is forming a San Antonio Group! Who should join? Anyone involved in marketing legal services. Attorneys, administrators, para-professionals & marketing managers. Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn are they just for fun or powerful marketing tools? Join us for our inaugural meeting and program, June 3 at the office of Langley & Banack, 745 East Mulberry, Suite 900. Thom Singer will present, Social Media, Networking and Ethics, with a focus on utilizing social media in a law firm....is Time Running Out? G your CLE with SABA-sponsored Last Chance Videos Evaluating, Negoitating, Proving & Colle ing Damag May 21 st and 22 nd Videos start promptly at 8:30 a.m. 5 th floor, Bexar County Courthouse Walk-ins welcome! Thom Singer is a professional speaker, author of five books on the power of business relationships and networking. Singer is the author of the Some Assembly Required Blog and creator of the online Networking Quotient Quiz www. thomsinger.com Sponsored by the San Antonio Business Journal Wednesday, June 3 11:30 Registration Noon - 1 p.m. Program LMA Members: $20 Guests: $25 Cash or check only. Please make checks out to Legal Marketing Association. More information or RSVP Jane C. Fritz Prichard Hawkins McFarland & Young
14 14 Chief Justice Wallace Jefferson to deliver commencement address at Hofstra Law School Texas Supreme Court Chief Justice and former San Antonio Bar Association President Wallace B. Jefferson will be the featured speaker and will receive an honorary degree at Hofstra Law School s commencement ceremony to be held on Sunday, May 17, 2009, at 7:30 p.m. at the David S. Mack Sports and Exhibition Complex. Hofstra Law School is honored to have Chief Justice Jefferson deliver the commencement address, said Dean Nora V. Demleitner. He is exceptionally accomplished, and has already made history. He is a role model for all of our graduates. Law Office of Appeals Briefed/Argued Error Preservation Dispositive Motions Original Proceedings Jury Charges Research Flexible Arrangements (Hourly, Contingency, Flat Fee) Not certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization YOU VE WON NOW COLLECT POST-JUDGMENT RECEIVERSHIP SERVICES FOR HARD TO COLLECT JUDGMENTS Law Office of Kenneth B. Leeds 909 N.E. Loop 410, Suite #100 San Antonio, Texas Tel: (210) Fax: (210) FEES MOSTLY PAID BY DEBTOR 38 Years Experience Not Board Certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization Governor Rick Perry first appointed Jefferson to the Court in March 2001, and in 2004 he became chief justice. Jefferson is the first African American Justice and Chief Justice on the Supreme Court of Texas. He joined the Court from a private practice in San Antonio. As a partner in the appellate-specialty firm Crofts, Callaway & Jefferson, he successfully argued two cases before the U.S. Supreme Court. In August 2008, Jefferson was elected to be first vice president of the Conference of Chief Justices, and is scheduled to lead the organization as its president in As president, Chief Justice Jefferson will be chair of the National Center for State Courts, a policy and resource organization in Williamsburg, Virginia. Chief Justice Jefferson received a B.A. from James Madison College at Michigan State University and a J.D. from the University of Texas School of Law. Jeff Small Civil Appeals Litigation Support Appellate Mediation f: Thank You to the Sponsors & Supporters of the 34 th Annual National Trial Competition! LIST OF COURTROOMS 4 th Court of Appeals 37 th District Court Judge David Berchelmann 45 th District Court Judge Barbara Nellermoe 73 rd District Court Judge Andy Mireles 131 st District Court Judge John Gabriel, Jr. 150 th District Court Judge Janet Littlejohn 225 th District Court Judge Peter Sakai 285 th District Court Judge Michael Peden 288 th Ditrict Court Judge Solomon Casseb, III 408 th District Court Judge Larry Noll Bexar Commissioner s Court County Court #2: Judge H. Paul Canales County Court #3: Judge David Rodriguez County Court #6: Judge Ray Olivarri County Court #9: Judge Laura Salinas County Court #10: Judge Irene Rios Probate Court #1: Judge Polly Jackson Spencer Probate Court #2: Judge Tom Rickhoff Child Support Courtroom #1: Assoc. Judge James Rausch Child Support Courtroom #2: Assoc. Judge Delia Carian Bankruptcy Courts: Judge Leif Clark and Judge Ronald King LIST OF SPONSORS Texas Young Lawyers Association The American College of Trial Lawyers Fulbright & Jaworski Beck, Redden & Secrest Polsinelli Shughart P.C. Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson Sprouse Shrader Smith Langley & Banack Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP The Harbour Law Firm, P.C. Barefoot Digital Solutions
15 15 San Antonio hosts 34 th Annual National Trial Competition Students, lawyers & judges from all over the country come to S.A. for Mock Trial Nationals If you were in the Bexar County Courthouse anytime during the day on March 26 and 27 then you probably noticed the invasion of law students we had in town! San Antonio was proud to host the 34 th Annual National Trial Competition which is sponsored annually by the Texas Young Lawyers Association and the American College of Trial Lawyers. This competition is the preeminent mock trial competition and brought law students, lawyers, and judges from all over the country. The National Trial Competition was established in 1975 with the purpose to encourage and strengthen law students advocacy skills. TYLA has strived to enable these law student competitors to gain invaluable experience through a quality competition filed with interaction with members of the bench and bar. Just like clinical programs found in most law schools, the NTC is designed to supplement a law student s education with hands on experience in as close of a trial setting as they can be exposed to prior to being licensed. San Antonio s local county courthouses were the site for the preliminary and quarterfinal rounds. A total of 15 trials were held on Thursday morning and afternoon and Friday morning, with four trials held Friday afternoon during the Quarterfinal round. The semifinal and final rounds were hosted by our Federal Bankruptcy courtrooms. The Texas Young Lawyers Association, American College of Trial Lawyers and Thank you for all the support, and now drum roll please board of the San Antonio Young Lawyers Association would like to thank all of our local lawyers and staff who volunteered to be witnesses and/or judges during the competition. We would especially like to thank our local judges, courtroom staff, district and county court coordinators who were assisted with securing courtroom space during this competition. Most of the judges who generously donated their courtrooms worked from their jury rooms and/or chambers in order to allow our competitors to present in a real courtroom! The praise our city has received for this year s competition has been extraordinary and it is all due to the generosity of time, talent, and courtroom space provided by our local bench and bar! And the Winner is... Baylor Law School (Team A) Joel Bailey and Eric Policastro Finalist Teams Baylor Law School (Team A) University of Kentucky Best Oral Advocate Award Christopher E. Schaefer University of Kentucky Semi Finalist Teams Loyola Law School, Los Angeles University of Georgia School of Law (Team B) TYLA and SAYLA members of the National Trial Committee 2009 Quarterfinalist Teams Loyola Chicago School of Law Temple University Beasley School of Law University of Georgia School of Law (Team A) University of Virginia School of Law
16 Jenny Durbin, Rick Cavender, Judge Sol Casseb and emcee Ron Aaron. AIM coordinators Marlene Labenz-Hough (far right) and Anita Sitz-Castillo (second from right) present the 2009 School Peer Mediation Award to Colleen Bohrmann, principal of Encino Park Elementary School. Above: Kim Tindall and her son, Brandon Tindall, were indispensable volunteers at the Peacemaker Gala. Left: Rev. Buckner Fanning delivers the invocation as Ron Aaron looks on. Above: Cecilia Corso, Dan Naranjo, Nancy Shivers and Robert Shivers Left: Eric Cooper accepts the 2009 Peacemaker Award from Joe Casseb (right) on behalf of the San Antonio Food Bank. Below: SABF Chair Gilbert Vara (left) and SABA President Victor Negrón (right) with Peacemaker recipients Tommy Smith, Rick Cavender and Eric Cooper Above left: Volunteer law stundents (left to right) Kristal Thurmond, Theresa Scioli, Jonathan Geserick, Amanda Rivas and Agatha Rode help with registration at the Peacemaker Gala. Left: Tommy Smith (left) accepts the 2009 Carolyn Thurmond Community Service Award.
17 Wright Elementary School wowed the crowd with a clever mediation-themed parody of Old Time Rock & Roll. The 2009 Peacemaker Awards Gala Celebrating 25 years of service! Above right: Bobby Treviño and Joe Casseb Right: Judge Sol Casseb on the drums Above left: The Court Jesters Wall of Sound (left to right): Brett Rowe, Doug Walsdorf, Jim Frost and Ruben Barrera Above right: Michael Jackson, special guest and Peacemaker recipient Rick Cavender, Bobby Treviño and Mark Luitjen Right: Stephen Barrera, Doug Walsdorf, Rick Cavender, Michael Jackson, Judge Sol Casseb and Mark Luitjen rock out to Mustang Sally.
18 Thank you to ALL who helped to make the 2009 Peacemaker Gala a success! Platinum Sponsors Cox Smith Matthews Incorporated Fulbright & Jaworski L.L.P. Valero Energy Foundation Gold Sponsors Bracewell & Giuliani LLP H-E-B David Ladensohn/Plowshare Mediation, L.L.C. Langley & Banack, Inc. The McMullans Thomas J. Smith and Sara E. Dysart Weston Centre Silver Sponsors Ariel House Association of Corporate Counsel South/Central Texas Bexar County Women s Bar Foundation Burns & Black, P.L.L.C. Rick and Suzanne Cavender Federal Bar Association San Antonio Chapter Ford & Massey, P.C. Friends of TJS Frost Dan Naranjo & Sue M. Hall Phil and Linda Hardberger Foundation Haynes and Boone, LLP Mission Pharmacal St. Mary s University School of Law and Law School Alumni Association San Antonio Bar Association San Antonio Bar Association Family Law Section Wade B. Shelton, Jo Chris G. Lopez and Conflict Solutions Gilbert Vara, Jr. and Sylvan S. Lang, Jr. Friends of Peacemaker Senior District Judge James E. Barlow Beldon Roofing Law Office of Graciela Cigarroa BG (Ret.) M. Scott Magers Robert Russo SACU San Antonio Young Lawyers Association Shivers & Shivers Special Thanks Ron Aaron Amanda Reimherr Buckert Jason Marshall Jesse Steedle and Steel Video Productions Brandon Tindall Kim Tindall & Associates Wright Elementary School, Harlandale Independent School District Raffle Item Donors Diann Bartek Bracewell & Giuliani LLP Canyon Springs Golf Club Chris Casseb Clothing Cox Smith Matthews Incorporated Jeanne & Damond Garza David Gonzalez, Ajuua Mexican Restaurant Natalie L. Hall Dick & Flora Jones Julian Gold La Cantera Golf Club Oak Hills Golf Club Pecan Valley Thomas Rice San Antonio Symphony Spurs Sports & Entertainment Tapatio Springs Resort & Country Club The Bandit Golf Club The Buckhorn The Club at Con Can The Club at Sonterra The Dominion Country Club The Quarry Golf Club The Republic Golf Club The Watts Law Firm Corey F. Wehmeyer
19 19 Congratulations & WELCOME to the NEWEST members of the San Antonio Bar Association! Photo by Melanie Rush Davis SABF Chair Gilbert Vara, pictured with the recipients of the 2009 San Antonio Bar Foundation Pro Bono Awards for Law Students. Left to right: Third year law student Austin Sanford worked with the Ask-a-Lawyer Clinic helping over 300 clients with 100 law student and 40 attorney volunteers in conjunction with Catholic Charities. Third year law student Matt Wade started the Restorative Justice Initiative. Third year law student Elena Serna coordinated the student volunteers for People s Law School. Third year law student Randy Langford worked as a coordinator for the Restorative Justice Initiative. Since 1998, The Bar Foundation has assisted with honoring law students who have worked with Sister Grace Walle, FMI in law ministry and with pro bono efforts with the legal community and Bar Foundation. The awards and recognition is presented at Fiesta Farewell which incorporates the graduation picture and service awards. In memory of... James L. Brister Roy C. Brock Robert L. Eschenburg, II Harvey L. Hardy Douglas Sloan Harlan Earl Hill from James and Barbara Higdon Carol Haberman Knight-Sheen Sidney G. Ordway Henry G. Schuble Carol Weir Gus E. Wilcox, Jr. Norris Yates Darrell E. Anderson Judge Toni Arteaga Mark Coffee Courtney S. Floyd Jon A. Hyde Louis D. Martinez Kelley S. McGaha Richard C. McSwain Phylis West Offerman Gregory Jay Peterson Lilia S. Rode Scott R. Taylor Vincent P. Vasquez Bianca Zuniga-Goldwater
20 20 Briefly Violence Task Force. In addition, Mysti Murphy was a member of the Texas Governor s Subcommittee on the Violence Against Women Act and she is a member of the State Bar of Texas Family Law Section. In 2005, Mrs. Murphy received the prestigious Outstanding Criminal Justice Award for Dallas County. For more info, please go to Woodfill, Salazar & Pressler is pleased to announce the relocation of its San Antonio office to One International Center 100 N.E. Loop 410, Ste. 655 San Antonio, TX Tel and Fax , effective immediately. Jon M. Haynes, Attorney at Law is pleased to announce the re-location of his law office, Haynes Immigration Law, P.C. to The Acropolis, N.W. Military Hwy, San Antonio, TX Haynes Immigration Law, P.C. is a professional corporation dedicated solely to the practice of Immigration Law. Attorney Jon M. Haynes is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA). Mr. Haynes handles employment based visas, family based visas, family based permanent residence and other immigration services. For more information, please go to www. haynesimmigration.com. de la Riva & Associates, P.C. is pleased to announce it re-location to The Acropolis, N.W. Military Hwy, San Antonio, TX Isabel de la Riva and her Legal Team, including Charles I. Goldman, NALI Board Certified Legal Investigator, Margie Lopez, Managing Paralegal, and Diane Gonzales-Bagley, Legal Assistant, practice and assist in matters dealing with personal injury, contract litigation (negotiation and creation), product liability, business litigation, civil and commercial litigation, as well as the representation of small businesses. de la Riva & Associates also partners with other firms to associate on cases for mediation and/ or trial. If a law firm requires assistance with its cases, de la Riva & Associates can assist and get results. Isabel de la Riva has ten years experience in civil litigation and received her J.D. magna cum laude from St. Mary s Law School. During law school, Ms. de la Riva received several awards for her advocacy skills including being a finalist in the American Trial Lawyers Association Mock Trial and the Novice Mock Trial. She was also the co-founder and editor of a new law review, The Scholar: St. Mary s Law Review on Minority Issues, and was listed on the Dean s List every semester attended. Ms. de la Riva is admitted to practice in all Texas state courts, the Western District of Texas U.S. District Court, and the Southern District of Texas U.S. District Court. She is a member of the American Bar Association, the Texas Trial Lawyer s Association, the San Antonio Trial Lawyer s Association, the Mexican-American Bar Association, and the San Antonio Bar Association. She has also been an Adjunct and Visiting Professor at both the University of Texas, San Antonio and the University of the Incarnate Word in the areas of civil rights and law. You may reach Isabel de la Riva and the Legal Team at , at or visit McKamie Law proudly announces that Bradford E. Bullock is now a shareholder in the firm. McKamie Law is located at 941 Proton Road, San Antonio, TX 78258; phone ; fax ; website Mysti Murphy, Attorney at Law is pleased to announce the re-location of her Law Office to The Acropolis, N.W. Military Hwy, San Antonio, TX Mrs. Murphy practices and assists in matters dealing with all family law matters, estate planning and probate. Mrs. Murphy is an experienced trial attorney and has tried hundreds of cases. She has been an attorney since 1998 and received her J.D. from The University of Texas School of Law. Among her many significant accomplishments, Mrs. Murphy is a former Dallas County Assistant District Attorney, serving as Chief Felony Prosecutor and Specialized Trial Prosecutor, primarily in the area of domestic violence. She is also a former Bexar County family violence and child abuse Prosecutor. Mrs. Murphy is an established law lecturer and trial skills instructor, having presented to judges, attorneys, police, probation officers, law students, advocates, and counselors. She was a consultant on domestic violence for a documentary produced by the Lifetime Television Network, and has also consulted for the City of Dallas Domestic The San Antonio office of Daw & Ray, L.L.P. is pleased to announce that Junella H. Gideon and E. Juanita Peláez-Prada have joined the firm as Associates. Both Ms. Gideon and Ms. Peláez-Prada received their J.D. with honors from St. Mary s University School of law. Ms. Gideon was licensed to practice law in Texas in 2007 and Ms. Peláez-Prada was admitted to the Texas Bar in Their practice will primarily focus on litigation matters. Ms. Gideon may be contacted at Save the Date San Antonio Young Lawyers Annual Golf Tournament and BBQ Benefiting the SAYLF and Big Brothers/Big Sisters June 12, 2009 Silverhorn Golf Club For More Information Contact Mark Barrera at or Sarita Gonzalez at