Judge Karen H. Pozza
2003-2004 President
San Antonio Bar Association

 

August 2003 - “Action People” Lead the Bar

Isn’t it strange that superhero dolls are called “action” figures?  Why are they called “action” figures when they don’t do anything?  In my book, the real superheros are “action people.”  An “action person” is my favorite kind of person - a person who takes action instead of just talking about taking action.  I love action people and we have lots of them in the legal community.  In fact, I know this bar year will be successful because we are blessed with many outstanding action people who will accomplish great things.
   
Here is just a slice of what we have to look forward to this year.  First, our SABA/SABA Annual Installation dinner and dance is September 20 at the Sky Room at the University of the Incarnate Word.  Proceeds this year will be used to support the Community Justice Program.  Start saving now for the fantastic silent auction items that will be available thanks to folks like Elizabeth Boddy, Frank Onion, Ron Clark, Roger Kirstein, Ricardo Cedillo, Nissa Sanders, Kim Tindall, Peggy Karam, June McManus, Robert Wachsmuth, Bobby Barrera and Roy Barrera just to name a few.  Count on a sell-out crowd with Lewin Plunkett, Fidel Rodriguez and Diane Rivera heading up table sales.
   
In May of 2004 we will continue our legal community’s support of the Hidalgo Foundation, raising funds to renovate our lovely and historic courthouse.  This year, Law Day, chaired by Abigail Kampmann, raised over $60,000 for the Hidalgo Foundation and we hope to continue our support next year.  With Renee McElhaney chairing the event, it can be nothing short of a smashing success. 
   
Hopefully by now you are familiar with the SABA’s pro bono project, the Community Justice Program (CJP).   So far we have over 480 attorneys, definitely action people, who have agreed to “just take one” pro bono case each year.  Soon we will have monthly clinics at four locations, one in each quadrant of the city, handling a total of 960 pro bono cases each year.  CJP co-chair Justice Speedlin keeps us motivated with her amazing energy and spirit.  Jill Torbert comes to each clinic and keeps us organized.  We are also fortunate to have Kathryn Kosub, daughter of Jim Kosub and a senior at Texas Tech, who has generously volunteered her entire summer to assist as an intern.  Attorney Charles Hardy prepared an excellent instructional video giving basic family law information to our volunteer attorneys and has drafted numerous forms for use in the program.  Victor Negron and Vickie Valerga serve frequently as family law mentors, assisting attorneys who are venturing outside their normal practice areas in order to serve the legal needs of the community.  Volunteer attorneys Marina Douenat and Rosa Maria Gonzalez continue to volunteer to take cases, draft documents and assist the CJP in many ways.  Justice Sandee Bryan Marion and Justice Karen Angelini are frequent visitors at the CJP and provide consistent support.  Call our executive director, Jane Fritz, at 227.8822 to do your part by committing to “just take one” pro bono case each year.
   
Another great bar tradition will be returning this year thanks to the help of Laura Cavaretta and Jane Bockus, co-chairs of the Bench-Bar Conference committee.  Mark your calendar for March 26-28, 2004 and plan to attend the conference, including CLE, an informal outdoor barbeque dinner, casino night and golf at Lakeway Inn Resort and Spa in the beautiful Austin hill country.  It’s a great opportunity for our judges and attorneys to get to know each other better and exchange ideas.  I’m sure we can count on honorary chair, Justice Paul Green to be there.  He hasn’t missed one yet (neither have I -- it’s great fun).
   
One of my favorite traditions is our monthly luncheon.  Fortunately, Jane Macon has agreed to serve as program chair and will continue to bring excellent speakers.  If you haven’t been for a while, stop by for a visit.  We have moved back to the Plaza Club and are keeping to an hour so you can get back to work quickly.
   
This is the second year of the SABA’s new Litigation Section, chaired by David West.  Although this is SABA’s newest section, it is already one of the busiest, bringing several excellent luncheon CLE programs and co-sponsoring Anatomy of a Civil Trial with the leadership of Judge Andy Mireles. 
   
Jeff Akins is looking forward to another productive year chairing the District Courts committee.  Watch for an excellent article, including extensive interviews with our local judiciary, Jury Selection and Voir Dire Examination in Several District Courts of Bexar County, authored by Robin Teague, Jeff Akins, Vincent Notzon, Cathrin Martinez, Dan Vana and Ben Wallis coming in the SA Lawyer.  Also, Dan Vana, Brett Schouest and Cathrin Martinez have completed a Guide to Civil District Courts, a tremendous tool for civil litigators.
   
This is just a sliver of the fabulous programs we can look forward to this year.  If you are an action person, join us.  Together, we can continue and expand excellent service to our members, the public and the profession.

 

September 2003 - Installation Dinner and Dance

September 20, 2003:  Mark your calendar now and sign up to attend the 2003 SABA/SABF Annual Installation Gala, Dinner, Dance and Silent Auction.  Our venue, the Sky Room at the University of the Incarnate Word, is fabulous.  A wall of panoramic windows overlooks the San Antonio Zoo and the beautiful San Antonio skyline.
   
Proceeds from the dinner go to the Community Justice Program so be ready to lay down some cash for our terrific silent auction items.  Thanks to Ty Griesenbeck and JoAnn Boone, our newest auction item is dinner for ten, including wine, from one of our finest San Antonio restaurants, Boudro’s, while cruising the SA River on a Yanaguana Riverboat - great for a firm dinner, entertaining clients, law clerks or a birthday gift.  To donate a silent auction item, please call Renee McElhaney or Jane Fritz.   
   
Wear your dancing shoes - we’ll have music by the Mo-Dels.  The dress is black tie optional.
   
Thank you to Benson Motor Company for signing on as our premiere sponsor.

SABA is You: As always, SABA is you.  SABA is the day-to-day work done by the volunteers who serve on our committees. The following committees and chairs have been established.  All chairs have a copy of the committee preference worksheets returned by the membership.  We need you.  Contact the chair of the committee on which you want to serve.

San Antonio Bar Association Committees & Chairs 2003-2004

Bench Bar Conference - Jane Bockus/Laura Cavaretta
Community Justice Program - Judge Pozza/Justice Speedlin
Community Relations/Media Response - Allan DuBois
Computer /Technology - Mark Unger
Continuing Legal Education - Zachary Aoki
County Courts - Christine Campbell
Court of Appeals - Angela Moore
Criminal Law & Procedure - John Convery
District Courts - Jeffrey Akins
Federal Courts - George Parker, Jr.
Fee Dispute - Gilbert Vara, Jr.
Justice of the Peace & Municipal Courts - Robert Ray
Law Day - Renee McElhaney
Law School - Al Hartman
Lawyer Referral - Paul Fleck
Library - Reed Greene
Mediation - Douglas Walsdorf
Medical Liaison - Rusty Biechlin
Membership - Jo Chris Lopez
Mentor/Lawyers Helping Lawyers - Michael Hedges
Military Liaison - Randy Parker
Monthly Luncheon Programs - Jane Macon
Publications - Judge Barbara Nellermoe
Unauthorized Practice of Law - Steve Cennamo

Congratulations to our committee chairs and thank you for your hard work.

 

October 2003

Last month, we celebrated twelve months of Community Justice Program clinics at the Carver Academy.  To date, approximately 240 pro bono cases have been assigned at the Carver Academy, that’s 240 of you who have agreed to “just take one” pro bono case each year at Carver.  Texas Supreme Court Justice Wallace Jefferson, County Judge Nelson Wolf, Justice Sandee Bryan Marion, Justice Paul Green, Judge Laura Parker and Judge Michael Mery were all on hand to help us mark the occasion.
   
Justice Speedlin and I are very proud of our legal community and the outstanding response to the Community Justice Program in its first year.  Including the St. Mary’s clinic, we have over 500 attorneys who are participating.  Now is the real challenge.  The success of the CJP depends on the commitment of our volunteer attorneys to “just take one” pro bono case each year.  October 14 will mark our first CJP clinic with volunteer attorneys returning one year later to take their second case.  Based on the feedback, I am confident we will have a very high, hopefully 100%, volunteer return rate.  The next twelve months are critical and will be telling of the CJP’s future.  Please help us keep up the energy level and excitement of CJP by coming back this year to “just take one.”

 

November 2003 - Installation Gala Garners Well-Deserved Praise

Wow!  What a fabulous Installation Gala!  We really had a great time and raised big bucks for the Community Justice Program.  Looks like our total is over $50,000, a significant portion from table sales.  Thank you to all 42 firms and individuals who purchased tables, especially those who purchased Platinum tables.  The winner of our Platinum table raffle is Plunkett & Gibson, Inc.  Congratulations!  They will enjoy dinner for ten from Ristorante Italiano.

The Sky Room at Incarnate Word was beautiful thanks to the San Antonio Bar Auxiliary.  Peggy Karam and June McManus designed gorgeous centerpieces.  It was truly lovely!

Jane Fritz and Renee McElhaney did an outstanding job organizing the silent auction.  Our special guest, Congressman Charlie Gonzalez, successfully motivated our many guests to dig deep and bid up those great auction items.  Thank you to everyone who served on the committee, donated an item for the auction or purchased an item at the gala.

Our friends at Esquire Deposition Services were on hand to help us with the gun raffle.  Mark Specia won a Classic Henry repeating “Golden Boy” .22 caliber level action rifle and David Christian won a Browning BPS 20 GA. pump shotgun with satin wood finish.  Congratulations gentlemen.  Thanks to Frank Onion and Justice Paul Green for organizing the gun raffle.

The SABA Singers, composed of Lee Cusenbary, Mary Doggett, Elizabeth Lindell and Judge David Peeples, kicked off the evening with a stunning performance of the National Anthem.  Those who stayed late were treated to a moving rendition of A Natural Woman by our SABA VP Mary Doggett -- and a not-so-moving, but fun, rendition of Wooly Bully by Kim Weixel.

On a personal note, thank you to Judge Solomon Casseb Jr. for the absolutely fabulous bouquet of white roses.  We missed you Judge, and we look forward to seeing you at next year’s gala.
   
Thank you to everyone who made the evening special and thank you for your support of the Community Justice Program.

 

December 2003 - A Look Outside the Legal Arena

I am proud to be part of our legal community.  Lately, I have been especially proud as I watch attorneys sign up to “Just Take One” pro bono case each year through the Community Justice Program.  Lawyers contribute in so many ways; serving as representatives, legislators, judges, corporate advisors, and as advocates every day in the courtroom.  But that’s just the beginning. 

Lawyers are good citizens.  Look at some of the local boards on which our members serve and activities in which we have leadership roles:  Alamo Heights Methodist Church, Alcoholism Rehabilitation Center, Alpha Home, Antonian School Board, Any Baby Can, Austin-San Antonio Commuter Rail District, Baptist Hospital Foundation, Battered Women’s Shelter of Bexar County, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Blessed Sacrament Academy Foundation, Boys Hope Girls Hope, Carver Academy, Child Guidance Center, Children’s Museum, Christian Senior Services, coaches of Little League teams, Communities in Schools, Girl Scouts, Incarnate Word University Development Board, Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, McNay Art Museum, Military Reserves, Northside Education Foundation, Order of the Alamo, Parent Teacher Associations, Pastoral Council of Our Lady of Grace Church, San Antonio Council on Alcohol and Drug Abuse, San Antonio Metropolitan Ministries, San Antonio Museum of Art, San Antonio Symphony, San Antonio Zoological Society, Santa Rosa Hospital Foundation, school boards, Southwest Craft Center, Texas Cavaliers, Texas Special Olympics, Texas State University Foundation, University of Texas Board of Regents, United Way, VIA Metropolitan Transit System, World Affair Council, Warm Springs Hospital Foundation, Witte Museum, YMCA, YWCA -- to name only a small fraction.  I know there are many, many others.

At virtually every charitable fundraising event in the city, you will find a table sponsored by a member of our local bar or a local law firm.  Almost every charitable invitation lists attorneys among the benefactors.

We are members of a truly noble profession, upholding our laws and constitution, and serving our community in countless other ways.  Aren’t you proud to be a lawyer?

 

January 2004 - 2004 New Year Resolution Inspired by 1954 Gentlemen

The bar offices on the 5th floor of the courthouse hold many treasures:  Jimmy Allison and the outstanding staff of the association for one, but also volumes of old Subpoenas dating back to 1934.  This month, I pulled the 1954 volume and learned that, in looking forward to the New Year and setting goals for the association and for myself, I am inspired by the gentlemen of 1954. 

Fifty years ago, officers and directors of the association included Charles E. Biery, Hubert Green, Jr. and George Spencer.  Other active members that year were Roy R. Barrera, Samuel F. Biery, Sol Casseb, John A. Daniels, Leroy Denman, Jr.  and Pat Maloney.  New members in 1954 included James E. Barlow, Walter Gray, Jack R. Sims and F. Nolan Welmaker. What tremendous contributions these gentlemen have made and continue to make to our legal community. 

Treating each other, and the law, with dignity and respect is one of the finest lessons we can learn from these leaders of yesterday and of today.  Understanding the professional obligation of courtesy we have to society and to each other is another.  Thank you to these fine leaders for defining a path of courtesy, integrity and professionalism.  As a member of the judiciary, I have the privilege of seeing litigators in action each day and I am proud to say that these traditions of respect and courtesy are very much alive and well in our daily practice. 

Beginning this month, we are recognizing each new member in the Subpoena and welcoming them to our legal community.  What contributions will they make?  What contributions will you make and how will you be remembered? As this year begins, let’s resolve to continue the good work we do in the community and to leave a legacy that follows the traditions of excellence in the practice of law as established by these gentleman lawyers.

 

February 2004 - We Met at a Bar... Conference

Several years ago I attended the State Bar Annual Meeting in San Antonio.  As Sergeant at Arms, I was counting votes at the resolutions meeting and noticed my friend, former SABA President, then Judge, now Congressman, Charlie Gonzalez, was one of our delegates.  He was with Dan Pozza.  You can guess the rest of the story -- my last name being a very large clue.  As I recall, there were several resolutions that year supporting women’s issues, and I noticed that Dan was very much in favor of all of them. “Very supportive,” I thought.  Later, I learned those votes were, perhaps in part, designed to impress.  Quite effective. Everything came full circle one year later when Judge Gonzalez presided over our wedding.  I’m glad Dan’s my Valentine.

This year, San Antonio is hosting the Annual State Bar meeting (June 23-26) and the ABA Midyear meeting (February 4-10).  Hopefully, our membership will make a good showing at both.  There are many reasons to attend:  outstanding CLE, establishing a referral network, catching up with old friends, and, of course, meeting your future spouse.

Thanks to Judge Rebecca Simmons for coordinating the SBOT meeting and to Mark Sessions for coordinating the ABA meeting. Hopefully, our membership will make a good showing at both events.  Sign up now, you never know what can happen or who you might meet at a bar ... conference.  Happy Valentine’s Day!

 

March 2004 - Join us at our 5th Bench Bar Conference

This year we are rekindling our “almost-annual” Bench Bar Conference after a two-year break.  The conference is set for March 26 -28.  We are returning to the Lakeway Inn Resort and Spa in the beautiful Austin Hill Country.
   
Our CLE program this year is amazing, thanks to the efforts of our Litigation Section.  David West, Judge Rebecca Simmons and Marty Truss have put together a first-class event.  First, we will enjoy a Supreme Court Update from our former SABA President and good friend, Justice Wallace Jefferson.  Next, “Control in the Courtroom” features a special trial advocacy skills program featuring presentations and interactive exercises with the nationally-recognized trial consulting firm, Act of Communication, frequent presenters for the National Institute for Trial Advocacy (NITA).  The program focuses on communication, including the skill of storytelling, finding the essence of your message, techniques for using your voice and body naturally and effectively and the dynamics of effective preparation and examination of witnesses.  Several local judges will facilitate “NITA-style” interactive small group discussions and exercises.  Judges signed up to attend so far include:  Royal Furgeson, Xavier Rodriguez, Karen Angelini, Paul Green, Sandee Bryan Marion, Phylis Speedlin, Raymond Angelini, Pat Boone, Lori Massey, Laura Parker, David Peeples, Rebecca Simmons, John Specia and, of course, I wouldn’t miss it!
   
The best part of the conference, however, is the camaraderie it builds in our already close-knit legal community.  The event kicks off with a Friday evening barbecue dinner.  Back by popular demand, Stephan Rogers will entertain us playing great Rock-n-Roll, Blues and Texas Swing with his band, Radio Flyer.  After our Saturday morning CLE, compete in the scramble golf tournament organized by Jeff Small or participate in the Challenge Regatta Sailing excursion available through the efforts of Carl Kolb.  On Saturday evening enjoy dinner and a casino party with great prizes thanks to Lisa Rocheleau.  Also, word has it that Corbin Snow and Dan O’Connor are organizing a hospitality room and I understand there may be poker chips (a big improvement from our first conference when we used pretzels as chips, right Hubert?).
   
Thank you to the Bench Bar sponsors, to co-chairs Laura Cavaretta and Jane Bockus, to honorary Chair Justice Paul Green and to Jo Beth Eubanks.
    
As I write this column, slots are filling up quickly so sign up now and join us at Lakeway!

 

April 2004 - Education a Primary Goal & Benefit of SABA Membership

As an attorney practicing in the new millennium, I realize that education is not only a necessity, but also a privilege.  President John Adams wrote, “I must study politics and war that my sons may have liberty to study mathematics and philosophy ... To give their children the right to study painting, poetry and music.”
   
And so, although one may argue it is the pictorial directory, the primary benefit of SABA membership in my opinion is our excellent CLE programs.  Jane Macon, our long-time Speaker Chair, brings an outstanding speaker to each of our monthly Bar luncheons.  If you haven’t joined us for lunch recently, mark your calendar for the fourth Thursday of each month and meet us at the Plaza Club.  We keep the meeting to one hour.  We want to see you there.  In addition to excellent CLE, our monthly gatherings provide you the opportunity to visit with old friends and make new ones.
   
This year we are fortunate to have several top notch CLE programs.  Last month, we enjoyed our 5th Bench Bar Conference at Lakeway Resort and Spa.  Thank you to co-chairs Laura Cavaretta and Jane Bockus.
   
On April 16 and 17 SABA will host the 41st Annual A. A. Semann Criminal Law Institute at the DoubleTree Hotel.  This is one of the oldest CLE programs in the country.  SABA board member John Convery is chairing this seminar for the 4th time. John is a wonderful board member. Thank you John.
   
Created in 1992, the structure of Anatomy of a Civil Trial has grown over the years to become one of our best-attended events due to the efforts of seven-time Chair, Judge Andy Mireles.  Join us on May 27 at the Westin Riverwalk Hotel.   The speakers and topics for Anatomy are:

Judge Andy Mireles - Moderator
Justice Wallace Jefferson - Supreme Court Update
Mikal Watts - Legislative Update
Judge Johnny Gabriel - Jury Selection
Judge David Peeples - Voir Dire
Judge David Berchemann - Opening Statements
Judge Laura Parker - Direct Examination
Judge John Specia - Cross-Examination
Judge Rebecca Simmons - Discovery & Demonstrative Evidence
Judge Barbara Nellermoe - Closing Arguments
Judge Martha Tanner - Family & Custody Issues
Judge Janet Littlejohn - Ethics
Judge Jim Rausch - Child Support & Enforcement Issues
Justice Sandee Bryan Marion - Local Appellate Rules

Also, we want to thank SAYLA for working with our judicial speakers to write the fine seminar papers.  Our co-authors this year are: Kristal Cordova, Paul Fleck, Dan Hargrove, Jason Hoelscher, Tara Hoelscher, Alex Miller, Karla Pascarella, Cyrus Rea, Denise Rios and Cindy Rosen.
   
The coordinator of all our CLE programs this year is Zach Aoki, our CLE Chair.  If you have ideas for CLE you would like to see in the future, please contact Zach at zaoki@thurman-phillips.com.
   
Thank you to all the organizers, speakers and authors who allow us to enjoy the privilege of education.

 

May 2004 - Community Justice Program Celebrates Landmark at St. Mary’s

“As long as a man is handicapped before the bar of justice because of his poverty, our task as lawyers is not done.”
-Robert Kennedy

In July of 2002, when Justice Phylis Speedlin and I began working with leaders of each bar group to establish a permanent pro bono program, we certainly set high goals, but I’m not sure either of us could have imagined how the program, which took shape as the Community Justice Program (“CJP”), would be embraced by the legal community.  Now, almost two years later, it is rewarding to see how the CJP has blossomed thanks to the commitment of our entire legal community.
   
One part of the legal community providing tremendous support to the program is St. Mary’s University School of Law.  In April, the monthly clinic at St. Mary’s Center for Social and Legal Justice celebrated its birthday - twelve months of operation.  To mark the occasion, we invited professors from St. Mary’s to serve as our volunteer attorneys.  Their response was overwhelming.  Over twenty professors, including Dean Piatt, signed up to accept a pro bono case.  In addition, the dedicated attorneys who oversee the clinic each month, Anna Novoa, Sue Bentch, Dayla Pepi and Ann Zaragoza, were all present.  Fourth Court of Appeals Justice and Texas Supreme Court Justice-Elect Paul Green, Justice Karen Angelini and Justice Sandee Bryan Marion were also on hand to thank our volunteers and help us celebrate one year at St. Mary’s.  Our other CJP clinic, located at the Carver Academy, celebrated its birthday in October of 2003.
   
Thank you for your commitment to the Community Justice Program.  Here is our progress to date:

Progress you can be proud of!
Volunteer attorneys committed to “Just Take One” case per year:  669
Volunteer family law mentors:  168
Participating law firms/bar groups:  48
Non-attorney volunteers:  319
Pro bono cases accepted:  611
...and counting!

 

June 2004 - Excellence Abundant in SABA

At the beginning of my term as president, I stated my goal to have a successful year would be accomplished by surrounding myself with excellent people.  Fortunately, excellence is abundant in our legal community.  Here are a few examples.
   
The Community Justice Program is a top priority to the SABA.  Co-founder and co-chair Justice Phylis Speedlin devotes endless time and energy to promote the success of the program.  TRLA attorney Ann Zaragoza ensures that client intake is complete and that each client file is prepared before our twice monthly clinics.  Her work at TRLA and with the CJP is tireless, yet she gives each indigent client her full attention and care.  Jill Torbert, Ana Novoa, Sue Bentch and Dayla Pepi have also each dedicated significant time and talent to the CJP.
   
Another example of excellence is our Law Day Chair, Renee McElhaney.  Not only did she put together an outstanding luncheon, but, as a former teacher, Renee recognized the important opportunity we had to commemorate the Brown v. Board of Education decision by sharing its lessons with our future leaders.  Renee organized an effort to bring an educational program to over 30 schools.  Also, in September, she co-chaired the silent auction for the Installation Gala which raised almost $50,000 for the Community Justice Program.  Renee, we appreciate your leadership and service.
   
Jane Macon, as our long-time program chair, continues to bring top-notch speakers to our monthly luncheons.  Jane’s positive attitude and spirit is inspiring.  Her dedication to SABA deserves our gratitude.   
   
David West and Judge Rebecca Simmons have made amazing strides in creating and leading one of SABA’s new sections, the litigation section.   Also, they both were instrumental in organizing the CLE portion of our Bench Bar retreat.  David was on our initial CJP Committee and active in obtaining our initial funding.  Judge Simmons is chairing the Annual Meeting of the State Bar, scheduled in San Antonio for June 24-25, 2004.    
   
Another amazing SABA member is George Parker.  Since 1983, George has chaired the Federal Bar Section of the SABA almost every year.  This year, he continued his commendable service overseeing programs such as the essay contest and mock trial program at Fox Tech High School and the trial of Santa Claus.  Important contributions from this Section also include supervision of the A plus panel handling federal criminal appointments, the biannual criminal practice seminar and the creation of a night filing box in federal court.      
   
John Convery and Van Hilley are two of our outstanding criminal law members.  Van is our immediate past president and John is our long-time chair of SABA’s annual A. A. Semann Criminal Law Institute.  This is the one of the oldest CLE programs in the country and its recent success is due in large part to John’s excellent work.
   
Please let these excellent bar members know that you appreciate their contributions to our legal community.

 

July 2004 - Bar Service Ends, Friendships Continue

This is my last President’s column.  Next month, our new officers and directors begin their year of service.  Writing this column has been a privilege each month.  I will miss this opportunity to communicate with you.  Yet even though my service as president is over, I know the friendships I have established during my years on the SABA board will continue. 
   
My primary goal as your Bar president was to establish the Community Justice Program as a permanent and continuing feature of our Bar.  My partner in reaching this goal is my friend, Justice Phylis Speedlin.  Justice Speedlin and I continue to be overwhelmed by the spirit of volunteerism in our legal community, from attorneys and judges, to court reporters, notaries, interpreters, legal assistants and secretaries.  SABA has truly created a program to be proud of.  Over 700 pro bono cases have been placed to date. A frequent theme of my President’s columns is the pride I feel in being a member of our outstanding legal community.   Nowhere is this more apparent than in the success of the CJP. 
   
With Jane Fritz serving as the CJP director and Victor Garza assisting, I know the program is in good hands.  Like the friendships established through bar service, I know the CJP will continue as an important and permanent part of the SABA.  I am proud that CJP will be an enduring legacy of the service of this year’s board. 
   
I want to thank each member of this year’s board for your service, for your support of the CJP and for your friendship -- Van Hilley, Justice Karen Angelini, Mary Doggett, Lamont Jefferson, Allan DuBois, John Convery, Alex Huddleston, Elizabeth Lindell, Jo Chris Lopez, Sandee Bryan Marion, Victor Negron, Shelton Padgett and Nissa Sanders.
   
After four years of committed service, Justice Sandee Bryan Marion is concluding her service on the SABA board.  In addition to her board service, Justice Marion has served as secretary of the Community Justice Foundation.  Justice Marion, thank you for your kind support, wisdom and guidance to the SABA and to the CJP.  We will miss you.   
   
I also want to recognize the supurb staff of the San Antonio Bar Association.  I can’t tell you how hard they work to ensure the success of our Bar.  This year especially, I have come to appreciate their dedicated service.  In particular, I want to recognize Jimmy Allison, Liz Castillo, Gabe Gonzales, Kim Workman, Betty Newman, law library clerk Anna Lisa Biery and San Antonio Bar Foundation executive administrator, Carolyn Thurmond.  You are a wonderful team and dear friends.
   
Our incoming president, Justice Karen Angelini will hold her Installation Gala at the Sky Room on Saturday, September 18, 2004.  Proceeds from the gala go to the Community Justice Foundation, established to support the Community Justice Program.  Please mark your calendar and plan to attend.  Justice Angelini, congratulations and have a wonderful year!

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