South Texas College of Law, Annotations (Houston, Tex.), Vol. 3, No. 6, April, 1975 Page: 1 of 7
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Houston. Trns 77002
YOL. Ill No. 6
George Wins Presidency
SBA Election Turns Out 50 Percent
By JOE COLLETTI
ANNOTATIONS Staff Writer
Sam George won the Student
Bar Association (SBA)
Presidency over Tom Fox, in a
closely contested race in the
SBA elections March 6-7, 1975.
The race was decided by a
margin of 33 votes (233 - 200).
More than 50 percent of the
student body turned out to vote.
Tom Ross defeated Andy
Boros for handily for the office
of Vice President in a runoff
election March 13-14. There
originally were four candidates
for the office, and the balloting
resulted in only a 15 vote
difference between Ross and
Boros, neither candidate
obtaining a majority vote in the
Carolyn Garcia was elected
Secretary in an uncontested race
Grisell, Rudd Capture
Spurgeon Bell Competition;
Gordon, 'Best Speaker9
E. Lynn Grisell, III, and
Charles Rudd walked away from
the Second Annual Spurgeon E.
Bell Moot Court Competition
"I didn't think we had a
prayer," was Grisell's only
Grisell and Rudd captured
top team honors after two days
of stiff competition, defeating
the team of Bill Gordon and
Bruce Jamison in the finals
March 18. Gordon won "Best
The team of James Skelton
and Rick Butler won the "Best
The Bell Competition was
initiated last year in honor of
Spurgeon E. Bell, retired Chief
Justice of the 1st District Court
of Civil Appeals in Houston and
Professor of Law at South Texas
Spurgeon Bell "Best Speaker'
College of Law.
This year's problem was in
the area of criminal law, the
identical problem that will be
used for the State Moot Court
Competition this Spring. The
Bell Competition is in part
aimed at providing STCL with a
stronger team for the State
BÜl Gordon, "Best Speaker"
winner, described this year's
competition as "overwhelming."
"I think that the real value is
the fact that is you're successful
in competition like the Bell
competition, it gives you
confidence in speaking on your
feet, and opens the door to
participation in the national and
state moot court competitions,"
"I've been in the books for
two years, but Tve never done
this sort of thing before; I'm
going to be doing it for the rest
of my life. It was absolutely
The Bell Competition is open
only to students who have never
been a member of a law school
moot court; team.
The competition drew 17
two-person teams, as compared
with 15 teams last year. Money
awards and prizes were awarded
to top competitors, though that
mattered little to the teams.
As one Bell aspirant put it,
"An interest is
generating ... and there is
tremendous pride forming in the
school and among the moot
court competitors that has just
got to boost our moot court
prowess; and besides, I want like
hell to win this thing ..."
Two candidates ran for the
office of Treasurer with Kathy
Ross winning over David
The senatorial races were
decided on a different basis this
year. Each student was allowed
to vote for two candidates in
each senatorial race. Each
senatorial office will be filled by
two officers, to make a total of
six senators on the new S.B.A.
The Senior Senator seats were
won by Brian Davis and Randy
Stout, while the Mid - Law
Senator election was won by Bill
Garrett and Robert Hopper.
The Freshman Senator
Election drew five candidates.
The office was won by Terry
Wyrick and Ellen Macklin.
Two amendments were on
the ballot; both passed by an
overwhelming majority. The
Honor Code Amendment,
allowing expungement of
student transcripts of honor
code violations in certain
circumstances, was passed by a
304-88 vote. The Constitution
was amended by a vote of 365
to 29 to provide for office hours
for Student Bar Officers.
455 students "exercised their
franchise" and took time out to
register their ballot.
These newly elected S.B.A.
Officers will officially assume
their respective positions on the
executive board at the beginning
of the summer term.
A SIGHT FOR SORE EYES
SBA President James Skelton (far right) was able to roust these fine
gentlemen out to formally break ground for the law school's new
addition; the new addition will modernize and double existing law
school facilities. The diggers are: (left to right) G.E. Vestman,
trustee; J.M. Green, trustee; Searcy Brace well, law school president;
C.N. Cook, chairman of trustees; E.E. Townes, trustee; G.R. Walker,
dean; and G.P. DeNisco, Secretary of the Alumni Association.
Client Counseling Team
Wins Region V Honors
The South Texas College of Law Client
Counseling - Team won the Region V Client
Counseling Competition at the University of
Arkansas March 22 after day-long competition
with other law school teams from the Southwest.
The STCL team, Robert Ramey, lead counsel,
William Garrett, co-counsel, and Bruce Anderson,
alternate, will represent Region V in the national
competition at Notre Dame latter in the spring.
Among the teams eliminated by the STCL team
in the Regional competition was the University of
Texas, last year's national winner.
For the competition, the teams were given ten
days in which to analyze, prepare, and rehearse for
two clients. The exact nature of the clients' legal
problems is revealed to the teams only in the form
of a somewhat sketchy phone message (the
problem was described as involving ethics and
The competitors prepared written memoranda
covering the legal contingencies thought to be
raised, and practiced singly and in pairs for the
During the actual competition, mock clients,
who were given special instructions as to their legal
concerns and demeanors, not known to the
entrants, were interviewed. The teams were judged
on their ability to cover the issues presented, to
uncover pertinent facts, and to offer solutions.
Rapport and the establishment of a realistic
professional relationship were also considered.
Teams who competed in the Regional included
Washburn University, Texas Southern University,
University of Texas, University of Houston, the
University of Arkansas, and others.
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