(June 2, 2010)--The UTSA Institute for Law and Public Affairs Summer Law School Preparation Academy (SLSPA) celebrated its ninth annual opening day ceremony this week at the UTSA Downtown Campus. This year's class of 125 students is the largest since the academy was established in September 2001.
SLSPA provides a rigorous academically intensive 12-credit-hour training course over a three-month period led by faculty from UTSA and the University of Texas at Austin School of Law.
The ceremony featured presentations and panel discussions by local dignitaries, legal professionals, faculty members and former academy participants currently pursuing legal studies or practicing law.
Speakers included Mayor Julian Castro, state Senator Jeff Wentworth, state Representative Ruth Jones McClendon, U.S. District Judge Xavier Rodriguez, U.S. District Judge Orlando Garcia, 407th District Court Judge Karen Pozza, 150th District Court Judge Janet Littlejohn, City of San Antonio Attorney Michael Bernard, UT Austin School of Law Dean Lawrence Sager, UTSA President Ricardo Romo and other professionals.
"We are not producing more lawyers. We are assuring that our students secure their rightful share of the attorneys that are being produced nationally," said Richard Gambitta, director of the UTSA Institute for Law and Public Affairs. "We are demonstrating that enhanced higher education translates into results."
Over the last nine years, SLSPA has helped students gain acceptance to more than 140 law schools across the nation including Harvard University, University of California at Berkeley, University of Chicago, Columbia University, New York University, University of Michigan, University of Minnesota, Georgetown University, Cornell University, University of Virginia, University of Texas at Austin and all other law schools in Texas.
"The skills and knowledge I received at the institute allowed me to excel in my first year of law school at the University of California at Berkeley," said Gretchen Harting , attorney for McKool Smith PC. "I was stunned by how far my knowledge exceeded others with undergraduate degrees from prestigious schools like Brown, Princeton, Stanford and Harvard."
The UTSA Institute for Law and Public Affairs enhances pre-law educational opportunities and increases the number of Texas students who gain admission to and excel in high-quality law schools. The institute also executes the UTSA Legislative Scholars program, which provides $10,000 to students selected to be legislative assistants during the Texas House of Representatives legislative session.
The annual Center for Innovation, Technology and Entrepreneurship (CITE) 100K Venture Competition and Exposition will be held on the Main Campus on Dec. 1. Twenty-eight teams from across the university will exhibit their project; six teams will compete for a prize pool of more than $100,000 in funding to launch their new venture / company. More than 650 students have participated in launching new technology ventures.
Biotechnology, Sciences and Engineering (BSE 2.102), Main Campus
This concert features 50 community children performing music in the UTSA Downtown String Project Winter Concert. The children, led by UTSA music students studying to be music teachers, will join together in playing the Theme from Batman at their concert. The Batman of San Antonio, a local celebrity figure, will make an appearance at the concert. This event is free.
Buena Vista Theatre, Downtown Campus
Graduate student uses storytelling to highlight important issues facing children
As touch screens and e-books demand more and more attention from both casual readers and scholars, many people say the handwriting is on the wall for the printed page.
At UTSA, the handwriting is on the wall for a library that doesn't have any printed books.
Since March 2010, the bookless library in the Applied Engineering and Technology Building has given UTSA students an innovative way to read, research and work with each other to solve problems.
With ultra-modern furniture and a décor featuring desktop computers, scanners and LCD screens, the AET Library is designed to engage students in an online format. But it also offers group study niches and study rooms with whiteboards and glass walls on which students can write. The space encourages teamwork, communications and problem solving for the next generation of scientists and professional engineers.
Did you know? The UTSA AET Library is the nation's first completely bookless library on a college or university campus. It served as a model for Bexar County's first-in-the-nation public bookless library system and one of its branches, the Dr. Ricardo Romo BiblioTech.
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