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Graduates of the UTSA Summer Law School Preparation Academy

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(Sept. 24, 2012) -- At its annual awards ceremony, the UTSA Institute for Law and Public Affairs (ILPA) recognized the 60 students who completed the Summer Law School Preparation Academy (SLSPA) and earned ILPA's Certificate in Legal Reasoning.

Xavier Rodriguez, U.S. judge for the Western District of Texas, was the keynote speaker for the event. Rodriguez encouraged students to keep studying, stay focused on their futures and know that their hard work now will pay off in the future, because the legal profession is always in need of sharp minds. He also emphasized the significance of technology in the evolution of the legal field, which will help students be at the forefront of the profession.

ILPA Director Lisa Buentello, who presided at the ceremony, encouraged students to stay connected to the ILPA and to take advantage of the pre-law advising services available as they apply to law schools. Speakers included SLSPA faculty members Diane Abdo, John Shields and Mel Laracey, who congratulated the SLSPA Class of 2012.

SLSPA student Celina I. Guerra received the Ray Coleman Jr. Award for the most outstanding academic performance in the first and second phase of the academy. The institute also recognized students Chelsea Clemmons and Adriana N. Hernandez for their dedication, hard work, contributions and outstanding academic performance.

The SLSPS offers coursework to increase the number of students gaining admission to and excelling in law school, emphasizing analytical thinking, critical reading and quality writing. Since its creation, institute students have been accepted to more than 150 law schools and enrolled in law schools as diverse as Harvard, University of California- Berkeley, Chicago, Columbia, NYU, Michigan, Minnesota, Georgetown, Cornell, Virginia and University of Texas at Austin. Institute students have gained admission to all nine law schools in Texas.

The Institute for Law and Public Affairs supports UTSA students interested in pursuing careers in law through advising, special events and the SLSPA. Institute staff will assist UTSA students from all academic disciplines in the law school application process, whether they need assistance with LSAT preparation, resumes, personal statements or letters of recommendation, or providing appropriate information concerning legal education and the legal profession.
For more information on SLSPA or prelaw advising, visit the ILPA website, call 210-458-2990 or email ilpa@utsa.edu.

 

 

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Tafolla is a San Antonio native who grew up on the West Side. Attending a private high school, she realized that the literature did not positively portray her community or the people who lived there. She determined to change that in her writing. In published works for both adults and children — more than 200 anthologies, magazines, journals, textbooks and readers in four languages — Tafolla reflects on the rich Mexican-American culture of San Antonio in which she grew up.

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Free Teacher Tuesday: Los Tejanos Workshop

Discover resources and strategies for teaching Tejano history and culture and get a special educator's tour of the new long-term exhibit, Los Tejanos.
Institute of Texan Cultures, 801 E. Cesar E. Chavez Blvd.

Aug. 6, 5 - 7 p.m.; 9 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

6th Annual Texas Higher Education Symposium

This annual symposium is an opportunity to discuss Texas higher education issues and trends with Texas higher education scholars, state and local government officials, students, and campus and local community members.
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Aug. 9, 12 - 5 p.m.

Vaquerocation 2015

This cowboy-themed programming, offered in conjunction with Our Kids Magazine's Kidcation Week, gives families the opportunity to visit with cowboy docents, enjoy readings and visit activity tables.
Institute of Texan Cultures, 801 E. Cesar E. Chavez Blvd.

Aug. 17, 11:30 p.m.

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Join President Ricardo Romo, The Spirit of San Antonio Marching Band, students, faculty and staff to light the monument at the Main Campus entrance at the stroke of midnight.
John Peace Boulevard Entrance, Main Campus

Aug. 18, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.

President's BBQ on the Plaza

Join university President Ricardo Romo on the Bill Miller Plaza for his annual free BBQ lunch.
Bill Miller Plaza, Downtown Campus

Aug. 18, 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

President's BBQ on the Lawn

Join university President Ricardo Romo on the Convocation Center lawn for his annual free BBQ lunch.
Convocation Center East Lawn, Main Campus

Aug. 22, 6 p.m.

UTSA Alumni Gala

The UTSA Alumni Association hosts this annual gala honoring the Alumna of the Year, Alumnus of the Year and the Alumnus of the Year Lifetime Achievement award winners.
Hyatt Regency Hill Country Resort & Spa, 9800 Hyatt Resort Dr.


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