South Texas College of Law, Annotations (Houston, Tex.), Vol. 4, No. 7, March, 1976 Page: 1 of 8
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Houston. Texas 77002
Volume IV, No. 7
Banquet Honors State Justices
By Bill Hall
ANNOTATIONS Staff Writer
The eyes of Texas' legal community will be focused on South Texas
College of Law on Sat. and Sun., Mar. 27 & 28, as the school opens its
new Jesse H. Jones Building. Over 5,000 persons, including the
justices from the Texas Supreme Court and Court of Criminal
Appeals, are expected to attend school events that weekend.
STCL's gala weekend begins on Saturday evening at the Hyatt
Regency Hotel at the annual Student Awards Banquet which features
a special "Salute to the Texas Supreme Court and Court of Criminal
On Sunday, STCL Dean Garland R. Walker and the Board of
Trustees will honor the members of the Courts with a champagne
reception and open house marking the opening of the Jones Building.
Attending the open house will be the members of both Courts and
some 58 judges from Harris County.
The annual Student Awards Banquet, planned for the Hyatt
Regency's Imperial Ballroom, will be highlighted by the President of
the Texas State Bar Association, John M. Lawrence III, giving a
brief salute to the Texas Supreme Court and the Court of Criminal
In response, the Hon. Joe R. Greenhill, Chief Justice of the Texas
Supreme Court, and the Hon. John F. Onion, Jr., Presiding Judge of
the Court of Criminal Appeals, will both speak briefly and introduce
members of their respective courts. All members from both courts,
with the exception of the Hon. Price Daniel, Jr. of the Supreme Court
will be in attendance.
The banquet will also feature the presentation of a number of
student awards in recognition of the previous year's work. Also of
note will be the presence of the managing partners of 50 local law
firms. Master of ceremonies will be Joe C. Shaffer, Houston attorney
and STCL adjunct professor.
Following the banquet, there will be a dance in the Imperial
Ballroom featuring the "First Morning".
Over 4,000 guests including attornies, students and the honored
members of the judiciary are expected Sunday afternoon for the
unveiling of the school's Jesse H. Jones Building.
The champagne reception will consist of champagne fountains
located on each floor of the new building with five simultaneous
receptions honoring special guests.
Members of the Texas Supreme Court and the Court of Criminal
Appeals will be honored at a reception in the new Joe M. Green, Jr.
Advocacy Center Auditorium.
Adjacent to the auditorium in the Townes Gallery, located off of
the foyer to the auditorium and named in honor of Judge E. E.
Townes, will be Mr. and Mrs. Joe M. Green, Jr., along with
representatives from the families of the Deans of the law school
whose picutres will be displayed in the Townes Gallery.
Two groups will be represented on the second floor. In the Dean's
Reception Area will be Philip G. Warner, assistant editor of the
Houston Chronicle and trustee of Houston Endowment, Inc. donor of
the Jesse H. Jones Building.
The building will be named in honor of the late Jesse H. Jones,
publisher of the Chronicle, and with his wife, Mary Gibbs Jones,
founder of Houston Endowment, Inc., a charitable foundation.
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Dean Garland R. Walker, has announced that Houston
Endowment, Inc., has granted an additional $500,000 to
the college's building program. This brings to $1,250,000
the total granted by the foundation since the beginning of
the project in 1972.
John M. Lawrence III
John F. Onion
Joe R. Greenhill
Top Two Officers in Runoff,
Both Referendums Pass
By Nancy Wranitzky
ANNOTATIONS Staff Writer
A new system for class
registration and student fund-
ing of Annotations garnered 70
and 78 percent student support
respectively in student bar
balloting last week.
Implementation is subject to
Runoff elections for student
body president and vice-
president are scheduled for
Thursday and Friday, March
18th and 19th.
Terry Wyrick and Kenneth
Raney are vying for president
and Dennis Wilenchik and Bill
Lange for vice-president.
Six senate positions were
filled plus treasurer and
New student senators are Joe
Fuller and Patti Payne, fresh-
men; Mark Siegel and Michael
Snyder, mid-Law; Raymond
Fuchs and Carol Stowe, senior;
Tom Wheat, secretary; and
Alex Hall, treasurer.
Voting went as follows (name
and number of votes):
For President, Wyrick, 237;
Raney, 200; Steven Van Winkle,
39; Chip Wells, 38 votes.
For Vice President, Wilen-
chik, 201; Tom Taylor, 126;
Lange, 166 votes; Secretary,
Wheat, 219; Greg Cox, 182
votes; Treasurer, Hall, 362
For Senior Senator, Fuchs,
176; James Howath, 120; Craig
Ladin, 168; Stowe, 229 votes:
Mid-Law Senator, Siegel, 306;
Tom Turet, 158; Snyder, 231
For Freshman Senator, Dan
Dobbins, 36; Payne, 192; Wayne
Hill, 56; Evan Glick, 44; Fuller,
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Women in Law Sponsor Symposium
judicial ethics and legal duties
were presented during a
Symposium on Ethics and
Community Relations spon-
sored by the Women in Law the
first week in March.
"Duty to the Court v Duty to
the Client" was the most
popular presentation. Richard
"Racehorse" Haynes, Senator
Jack Ogg, Michael Lee and Joe
Shaffer offered a panel
discussion on ethical questions
facing criminal practitioners.
"What to do when a client
walks into the office and lays a
smoking gun on the desk," was
the unanswerable question.
Giving students their first
opportunity to get past the
"contractors only" sign and
view the new building, the
symposium was funded by the
Law Student Division of the
ABA, with a matching grant
from the Student Bar
Other topics throughout the
week included "Background of
the Present Texas Code of
presented by Vincent Rehmet,
and "General Procedure for
Processing Complaints through
Grievance Committees," with
Marylou Butler of the Houston
Nick Nichols said to "always
answer when a letter from
the grievance committee is
received, as a lack of response
can do as much harm as any
grievance," while discussing
Judge Jack Smith
discussed Judicial Ethics,
and from the State Bar
Association came information
on Disciplinary Procedures in
Cynthia Norris, President of
Women in Law, said that
special thanks were due to
Norma- Trusch and Terry
Wyrick for their help in the
presentation of the program.
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