South Texas College of Law, Annotations (Houston, Tex.), Vol. 4, No. 3, October, 1975 Page: 1 of 8
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Houston. Texas 77002
Volume IV No. 3
STCL Library Ranks
Above 85 Schools
AMERICAN ATHEIST Madelyn Murry O'Hare urged STCL
students to fight for human rights and rise above her charge that
'lawyers are the lowest form of life on earth." The South Texas
alumnus ('52) said she is beginning a fight against the Texas statute
blocking those who will not swear to a belief in a "supreme being"
from admission to the Tex State Bar. O'Hare, who now resides in
Austin, was sponsored by the SBA speakers program.
DAs Name Salcines
For Rare Merit Honor
The National District
Attorneys Association, whose
membership includes over 6500
prosecutors from throughout the
United States, has presented its
1975 Special Merit Award to
E J. Salcines, STCL graduate and
member of the Board of
This award has been
presented on only two previous
occasions since 1955 and has
been presented to Florida State
Attorney Salcines for his
distinguished service in
promoting professionalism of
prosecutors on an international
Mr. Salcines is serving as
President of the Florida
Association and was elected Vice
President of the National
District Attorneys Association at
its annual conference in
Montreal in August.
Editor's Note: STCL'g library hat
grown from 13,000 volumes in 1963
to "more than 100,000 today.
Nothing in this article is intended to
disparage either the hard work that
made that growth possible nor the
One modern American law research
facility our library is today.
By BILL HALL
ANNOTATIONS Staff Writer
The South Texas College of
Law Library, according to a
recent statistical survey, ranks
above the median figure in
volumes per library with 100,751
volumes as of July 31.
The survey published in the
Law Library Journal, indicated
that the median law school
library has 92,219 volumes.
STCL's figure ranks above some
85 other law schools across the
"We feel like we have an
excellent library," said Dean
Garland R. Walker. "We are very
proud of our library and what it
"We have added a great deal
of new material to the library
with the last several years and it
hasn't been junk either. We tend
to be very selective in what we
use and put on our shelves."
Law librarian Frances H.
Thompson agrees on the
progress. '"When I came here in
March of 1966, the school had
only 18,000 volumes and we
have progressed this far in a
relatively short time."
The survey pointed out that
South Texas, although above the
national median in number of
volumes, was below the national
average in book expenditure for
1973-74, book budget in
1974-75, and far below the
average staff salary budget of
The critical difference was in
the salary budget for the library
staff. STCL budgeted only
$40,000 in 1974-75 for library
salaries as opposed to the mean
budget figure of $122,340. That
figure includes the salaries for
Thompson, two full-time
assistants and several part-time
Only four ABA-accredited
law schools reported lower
salary budgets, ranking STCL
The statistical breakdown of
the final expenditures for
1973-74 and the proposed
budget for 1974-75 showed the
marked growth of the library.
In 1973-74, the library had
non-salary expenditures of
$93,648 and added 14,225
volumes which brought the total
number of volumes to 91,078 at
the end of that school year. The
library also spent, from within
that monetary figure, $23,451
for non-book materials including
new shelves and other necessary
For the 1974-75 year just
ended, the library added almost
10,000 new volumes but,
according to the survey
estimates, had budgeted only
$71,000 for expenditures. The
primary difference in, the two
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Gift Helps Library Grow
South Texas College of Law is deeply indebted to Michael Gross,
1970 graduate, for his generous support of the library, says Mrs.'
Over the past five years, Mike has donated about $5000 in
memory of his father and uncle. Gifts by Mike and Nez Gross are
now presented in memory of their beloved son, David Samuel, who
died last year at the age of three.
Mrs. Thompson says the Gross Memorial funding has been
invaluable this year. BNA Labor and CCH Tax cost hikes, new
Federal Rules of Evidence and increased demands by additional
research classes were not anticipated when the current budget was
The Gross Fund provided money for these valuable current items
as published, avoiding delay until the next fiscal budget allotment,
said Mrs. Thompson.
: Why Did They Come Here? Survey Asks
Twenty-two per cent of freshmen answering the
Annotations survey conducted during Freshmen
Orientation said the main reason they came to South
Texas was because of its reputation.
About half of the new students who registered this
semester completed the printed questionnaire.
Of the freshmen listing Texas as their home state, 30
per cent indicated STCL i reputation was their main
reason for enrolling. Other factors named were STCL's
location in Houston (23 per cent) night school (20 per
cent), and being accepted (20 per cent).
Most freshmen from hometowns outside of Texas (39
per cent) wrote they came to South Texas mainly
because they were accepted here. Only seven percent
said they came because of STCL's reputation. Seven per
cent said they enrolled for night classes.
The reason cited by 33 per cent of the out-of-state
students was STCL's location in Houston which was
appeling because of its job market and opprotunities to
Asked if they plan to stay in Houston or Texas, 33
per cent replied yes. However, those who said they came
to Houston for its opportunities were not those who said
they planned to stay.
The majority (89 per cent) of freshmen from Texas
hometowns plan to stay in Texas, although not
necessarily in Houston. Only 23 percent gave location in
Houston as their main reason for coming to STCL.
Being accepted also appeared less often as a response
in the Texas hometown group, only 20 per cent, and an
equal number cited the night program as their main
Over all the sample, the reason least often given for
choosing STCL was the night program, and 66 per cent
replied they would have gone to a day school if
accepted. Howler, 50 per cent of the freshmen
completing the survey said they preferred night classes.
More than half of the group 58 per cent, is below 25
years of age. Of this number, 75 per cent have been out
of school a year or less, and 50 per cent have been out 3
months or less.
Less than one-third of the 25-30 year age group,
which comprised 36 per cent of the sample, were out of
school one year or less. The remaining two-thirds
worked during the interim between college and law
school. Four served in the armed forces and five did not
indicate any occupation*
The smallest age group, made up of six over-30
freshmen, split on the question of how long they had
been out of school. Three had been in graduate school
during the past year.
Ninety three freshmen completed the questionnaire.
Forty-nin showed out-of-state hometowns and 44 named
Texas as their home, with 16 of them from Houston.
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