(June 22, 2011)--The Summer Law School Preparation Academy (SLSPA), hosted by the UTSA Institute for Law and Public Affairs, recently celebrated its 10th opening ceremony at the UTSA Downtown Campus. The academically intensive 12-credit-hour, three-month training course is credited with helping more than 300 academy students, including 50 in fall 2010 alone, enter into prestigious law schools across the country.
The daylong opening event featured presentations from legal experts, judicial officials, faculty and alumni of the SLSPA program. The summer program is led by faculty from UTSA and the University of Texas at Austin School of Law.
At the opening ceremony, San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro praised the success of the program, which has helped more than 300 academy students gain admittance at more than 150 prestigious law schools. The institutions include Harvard University, Columbia University, New York University, University of California at Berkeley, University of Chicago, Washington University, University of Michigan, University of Texas at Austin and other top-ranked universities throughout the country.
"This program was highlighted by the American Bar Association as one of the most successful pre-law institutes in the nation," said Castro. "Every year, several of the academy students are accepted to some of the top schools in the United States."
Gretchen Harting, an alumna of the SLSPA inaugural class, overcame a number of obstacles and became a successful lawyer. Married at 18, divorced at 19 and working several jobs, Harting decided to enroll in college at age 24. She completed the academy, enrolled in law school at the University of California at Berkeley and went on to work for the Austin law firm McKool Smith PC. She was the lead attorney in a $200 million patent infringement lawsuit recently won by her firm in the U.S. Supreme Court.
"Where you go in your life only depends on where you see yourself," said Harting. "You are bound only by your imagination and your abilities."
Harting continues her support for the program by returning every summer to inspire and encourage academy students. This year, she presented a personal check for $2,500 and a matching check from her law firm to support the UTSA Summer Law School Preparation Academy.
The UTSA Office of Veteran and Military Affairs is hosting a day full of outreach events and activities by the U.S. Navy as part of a larger Navy presence in San Antonio called Navy Week with various events in the community through Feb. 25.
Student Union Paseo and Convocation Center entrance, Main Campus
Join this interactive play that is a courtroom drama and the audience is the jury. Discussion and will follow.
Student Union, Retama Auditorium (SU 2.02.02), Main Campus
Langston Clark, UTSA assistant professor in the Department of Kinesiology, Health, and Nutrition will discuss exploring the historical context for the role of black athletes in contemporary social movements.
John Peace Library, Assembly Room (JPL 4.04.22), Main Campus
The UTSA African American Studies program invites speakers from the leading African American Fraternities and Sororities for a panel discussion of the history of each organization and to enlighten the audience about the community service, academic purpose, professionalism and ethical roots of each group.
Student Union, Mesquite Room (SU 2.01.24), Main Campus
MuTe Fest is a celebration of original music and technology. Three days of concerts, sessions, and informative lectures will offer a unique experience of musical works created by fellow UTSA students and the chance to gain valuable knowledge about music technology.
Art Building, Music Tech Lab (Arts 3.01.30B), Main Campus
UTSA Libraries hosts Assistant Professor Ian Caine for his lecture, Architectural Postcards from Space, as part of the popular Pizza + Research series. Pizza will be served while supplies last.
Buena Vista Street Building (BVB 2.304), Downtown Campus
The theme of this year’s symposium is Black & Brown Futures. The free event will give UTSA students and the community the opportunity to meet and hear national scholars talk about current research and academic trends relevant to the lives of African Americans in the United States.
Student Union, Denman Room (SU 2.01.28), Main Campus
Registration is open now for this family-friendly and dog-friendly run that supports the UTSA Alumni Association scholarship fund.
Convocation Center, Main Campus
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