Witan (San Antonio, Tex.), Vol. 8, No. 3, Ed. 1 Saturday, March 1, 1980 Page: 1 of 8
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VOL. VIII, NO. 3
St. Mary's University School of Law
State of the Law School
The following is the "State of the Law School" report written by
Dean Castleberry and mailed to all St. Marys Law School Alumni
In it Dean Castleberry outlines some of the enrollment, financial
and physical plant problems facing the Law School.
It is my special privilege and pleasure to present to the Advisory
Council of the School of Law and Alumni of the School of Law of St.
Mary's University of San Antonio, Texas, this first annual report on
the present "State of the School of Law." The purpose of the report is
to apprise each of you of those important facts and circumstances
which reflect the present state of affairs and well-being of the School
of Law, and provide a prognosis for its future. Each of you are also
entitled to know and share my deep concern for the present "State of
the Law School" as it prepares for its regular seventh year reinspec-
tion for accreditation by the American Bar Association and the
Association of American Law Schools, scheduled for April 14-16,
1980. While there have been some important changes made since I
became Dean on June 1,1978, there are significant changes which re-
main to be accomplished.
I have tried by way of this report to provide you with an honest,
forthright, and candid assessment. I feel a duty to share with you, as
a member of our immediate family, the many facets inherent in such
a report, the failures as well as the successes, the disappointments
and frustrations as well as the satisfactions, and,of course, the goals
and hopes for the future.
I know that you will understand and agree that this report should
be treated as a strictly private report. I intend to make the report
available only to such other persons as may have an official relation-
ship to the School of Law.
I will appreciate receiving your constructive comments and recom-
mendations. Your genuine concern for and continuing enthusiastic
support of this school of Law is vital to its progress and success.
There are approximately 650 full-time students currently enrolled
in the School of Law for the Fall Term 1979. This enrollment figure
results from a good-faith effort on the part of the law school to meet
the enrollment target of 600 full time students which has been
established by the Administration of St. Mary's University.
The current enrollment of 650 full-time law students creates a
serious over-crowded situation at the law school.The present physical
facilities were originally designed to accommodate what was then
hoped to be an eventual student enrollment of 350 to 400 students,
and an absolute maximum enrollment of 575 students. Because of
the over-crowded conditions, students suffer from grossly inade-
quate facilities. There is insufficient seating capacity in the Law
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Pensive Mock Trial Winners Ruben Pena (L.) and Shelton Smith.
Verdict: Smith-Pena Triumph
by Colleen McHugh
Two second year students
took the $500 Tinsman &
Houser Award in State Mock
Trial Competition Finals Feb.
28, 1980. Shelton Smith and
Ruben Pena won as prosecu-
tion in the match judged by
Judge Tom G. Dr.vis, Texas
Court of Criminal Appeals.
Smith and Pena rose to the
top of field of 29 teams, com-
peting in preliminary, quarter,
semi-final, and final rounds.
The winners met John Blair
and Gary Davis in the final
"It's an incredible experience
to argue for the first time
before a judge of the court of
Criminal Appeals," said Pena.
The Mock trial problem en-
tailed a murder by stabbing
allegedly prompted by the
decedent's tearing up a picture
of the defendant's son, a Viet-
nam hero. The defendant,
Carol Davis, pleaded self-
Judging the final round with
Judge Davis were Terrence
McDonald and Larry Souza.
McDonald teaches Criminal
Law and Criminal Procedure
at St. Mary's, and practices
Criminal Defense Law in San
Antonio. Souza practices with
the Bexar County District At-
torney's office. John Younger
of the law firm of Tinsman &
House, presented the $500
Judge Davis interrupted his
campaign schedule in his cur-
rent race as incumbent judge,
Texas Court of Criminal Ap-
peals to attend the final round.
Judge Davis has won acclaim
as one of the best legal minds
in the country. Recently, the
Judiciary of Corpus Christi,
Texas, announced their un-
animous support for his can-
"Working with the students
in our Texas Law Schools pro-
vides a special interest to me,"
said Judge Davis.
Scott Files For Texas Supreme Court Seat
Prof. Scott has been a member of the St. Mary's
faculty since 1971.
Early this winter, St. Mary's
Professor L. Wayne Scott an-
nounced his candidacy for the
Texas Supreme Court seat be-
ing vacated by Judge Zollie
Steakley. He faces two
democratic opponents in the
May 3 primary and recently
explained why he should be the
one to replace Judge Steakley.
"To maintain its position as a
great court, and it is a great
one, the people who are ap-
pointed or elected to the court
must be of diverse
backgrounds, each adding
something unique to the court.
I think I can do that. I can br-
ing a younger and fresher view
to the law. I am not a politi-
cian—my background is that of
a practical problem solver—as
a lawyer, as one who trains
others to be lawyers, as a
writer and commentator on the
"Few people stop to realize
that in terms of population,
Texas is now larger than the
United States was under An-
drew Jackson. The problems
which face the government,
and particularly the courts, are
a more complex than those fac-
ed by the historic shadows of
"In the day of Jackson, ex-
pansion and self dependance
"were the only way to survive.
Today, interdependance is the
watchword and learning to live
with less appears to be ac-
cepted. I personally do not
believe that this has to be, at
least no in the area of personal
rights and freedoms.
"The threats to Texans today
are not those of the vast fron-
tier where one could be lost
forever, but of being lost in a
nameless world of
bureaucracy. The attacks no
longer come for Indians but
from inflation, from the
degrading sense of becoming a
number and from a sense that
nothing can be done.
"The people of Texas are en-
titled to public servants of the
stature of Jackson and the peo-
ple who came before Jackson
such as Jefferson and Franklin.
Those people lived in another
time, but they were only in-
dividuals serving fewer people
than live in Texas today. Each
citizen today is entitled to ex-
pect leadership equal to or bet-
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