South Texas College of Law, Annotations (Houston, Tex.), Vol. 5, No. 9, April, 1977 Page: 1 of 4
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1303 San Jacinto St.
Houston, Texas 77002
Volume V, Issue No. 9
Rep. Barbara Jordan
U.S. Representative Barbara
Jordan keynoted the 1977
Spring Banquet at the Shamrock
Hilton and spoke of the distrust
lawyers have built in the public's
mind about themselves.
Referring to the new ethics
code passed by the House, Jor-
dan said that they felt the peo-
ple didn't like Congress, so they
passed the code. "We are going
to certify to you by the passage
of that code that we are honest
people," Jordan said.
The point of the code is to
assure the public that Congress is
full of certifiably honest people
who are not going to rob the
treasury, Jordan explained.
Jordan said the public views
those in Congress, mainly attor-
neys, as verbal engineers who
make the legal process compli-
cated so that no one can under-
stand it but the attorneys, who
don't go to any great effort to
help anyone understand.
Speaking on a bill in Congress
to provide reasonable attorneys'
fees to anyone involved in a mat-
ter before the federal govern-
ment, the Assistant Attorney
General said that the words
"obdurate, obstinate, menda-
tious and dilatory" were words
of art and could not be simpli-
fied. Jordan said she will work
to rewrite the bill to make it
understandable to all Americans,
not just wordy attorneys.
"We in large measure are te-
sponsible because we sometimes
act as if we have a stake In ob-
fuscation," she said about the
verbal mazes, "but we don't"
Dean Ensle Counsels Students
Dean John Ensle spoke with
students about elective courses
and the bar exam in a program
sponsored by Delta Theta Phi.
Ensle said there was a two
prong approach to selecting
courses in law school: take
enough courses to get through
the bar exam and after that take
enough to get a strong enough
background to work profession-
ally in the chosen area of the
"Everyone can pass the bar,"
Ensle said, "if he takes a well
rounded course load, takes the
bar review course seriously, and
has no serious mental or emo-
tional problems the week of the
Ensle also said that out of
state students and even other
Texas students don't have as
good a pass/fail rate as South
Other than required courses,
the subjects Ensle listed as being
required for the Texas bar are
corporations, agency, bills and
notes, evidence, constitutional
law, one other procedure course,
and domestic relations or family
Corporations is too compli-
cated to understand from read-
ing an outline, Ensle said, espe-
cially with all the changes in the
Procedure I is a survey course
and gives the student the basics
of procedure, Ensle said. He sug-
gested one other procedure
course, because the subject mat-
ter is often overlapping.
Ensle told the students that
they could skip sales because
they get enough of it in con-
tracts, and the tort aspects of
sales in torts.
Conflicts was recommended
by Ensle for those students who
plan to practice in a small state
or a border town. Otherwise, he
said, there is only one question
on the bar exam dealing with
conflicts of laws.
For students who are not
going into criminal law, Ensle
felt they could get enough of
criminal procedure in evidence
to answer bar exam questions.
There is some overlap in
domestic relations and family
law, but Ensle said all students
should have one of the courses,
and all students should also take
Real Property II, not only for
questions on marital property,
but also questions on oil and gas.
"Real II is just too complex to
get by yourself," Ensle said.
Ensle suggested spotting
those course which don't have to
do with career plans, but
not to spot all the non-required
To be a well rounded practi-
tioner, Ensle said every student
should have federal income tax,
unless planning a strictly crim-
inal practice, and bills and notes,
because clients will be dbing
business with commercial paper
all the time.
In addition, for students plan-
ning a real property or commer-
cial practice, Ensle recom-
mended creditor rights to pro-
tect the client, whether debtor
He also recommended post-
poning Criminal Law II until the
end of law school, because the
subject matter is changing so
Anyone with questions con-
cerning individual career plans
and schedules may consult Dean
Ensle for counseling.
Dan Dobbins was elected to
the National Board of Governors
of the American Bar Associa-
tion/Law Student Division on
March 12th in Little Rock, Ark.
Thirteen Governors are elected
from across the nation to the
Board to serve a one year term
The ABA/LSD has divided
the more than 120 accredited
law school members into re-
gional groupings called circuits.
Each circuit covers a number of
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Spring Banquet 1977
Over one thousand persons
attend the 1977 Spring Banquet
at the Shamrock Hilton Hotel
April 2, keynoted by Repre-
sentative Barbara Jordan.
In addition to faculty, stu-
dents and alumni of STCL were
judges and attorneys from Hous-
ton. One honored guest was
Judge Foster Bean, Salutatorian
of the 1928 class of South Texas
and mayor of Kilgore, Texas for
the past 16 years.
Distinguished Alumni in at-
tendance were Jane Yount, Joe
M. Green, for whom the Advo-
cacy Center is named, Philip
Warner and Judge William Miller.
Following a cocktail hour in
the Emerald Room, Joe Shaffer,
faculty member, presided over
dinner in the Grand Ballroom as
Master of Ceremonies.
Terry Wyrick, SB A President
and chair of the Student Advo-
cacy Board announced the win-
ners of the Spurgeon Bell Moot
Court Competition, (see related
Wyrick also announced
awards given by the SBA for spe-
cial merit to Carl Bryan, who
audited the SBA books, and to
Jay Jackson who has been in-
volved in many SBA activities.
The SBA President's award, for
the student who has been most
helpful to the President, went to
The Honorable Bert Tunks,
retired Chief Justice of the 14th
Court of Civil Appeals, a mem-
ber of the Board of Trustees and
a former professor at South
Texas announced the Moot
The Addie Lucile Heaton
Award for the members of the
State Bar Moot Court Team
went to Bill Eggleston, Joseph
Reinke and Jim Riiey.
Tommy Adkisson, Farrell
Bolz and Kenneth Raney won
the Alpha Law Bjief Award for
representing the school in the
National Moot Court competi-
Jim Evans, Jean Hudson,
Richard Manzo, Mark Walters
and Dennis Wilenchik, members
of the International Moot Court
team, received the C. R. Stanton
Judge Tunks recognized Ellen
and Tom Cunningham, widow
and son of the late Judge Warren
Cunningham, in whose name an
award was made to members of
the National Mock Trial team,
Bob Bateman, Farrell Bolz, Ira
Chenkin, Richard Manzo and
Judge Tunks also announced
the Bert H. Tunks Award, given
to the outstanding member of
Delta Theta Phi. The award this
year went to Jimmy Riddle.
Ellen Macklin, editor-in-chief
of the law journal announced
the law journal awards for
1976-77. (see related story)
Dean Garland Walker an-
nounced the Dean's Awards and
Terry Wyrick, SBA President,
chair of the Student Advocacy
Board, and a member of the Na-
tional Mock Trial Team received
the Dean's Citizenship Award
for "exemplary quality of in-
dividual response among the
community of law students."
The award is established in
honor of Joe M. Green, Jr., a
Trustee and Distinguished Alum-
nus of South Texas. The award
is funded by an endowment
established by the Rockwell
Fund, Inc., in honor of Mr.
Summer Milton, Editor of
Annotations, received the Dean's
Annotations Award for "out-
standing contributions to legal
journalism" through Annota-
tions. The award was established
in honor of Philip G. Warner, an-
other Distinguished Alümnus
and Trustee in recognition of
'Trusteeship and service" to the
The David Donnelly Memo-
rial Award to the senior student
who has most impressed the fac-
ulty in terms of over-all charac-
ter, perseverance and legal abil-
ity was bestowed this year on
Kenneth C. Raney, Jr. who has
served this year as Chief Justice
of the Honor Court. The award
was established in 1973 by dona-
tions from faculty and students
in memory of Donnelly, who
was an outstanding student at
the time of his death.
David M. Feldman received
the Mary Moody Northern
Award for academic achieve-
ment in Corporations, Insurance
or Real Property II.
The George T. Barrow Award
went to James V. Domínguez.
The award was established by
George Barrow for an advanced
student with average grades who,
in the opinion of the Dean, will
become an outstanding attorney.
After dinner & awards, tables
were cleared^chairs pushed back,
and guests danced past midnight.
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