(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 email@example.com.
For Ashaad Mabry and Triston Wade, football is not just a passing fancy. Both players were part of the UTSA football program almost from the beginning. When UTSA opens the 2015 season Thursday at Arizona, it will be the first time the Roadrunners take the field without them. But Mabry and Wade will still be playing football; their uniforms will just be a different color.
Mabry, a defensive tackle from San Antonio's MacArthur High School, was an honorable mention All-Conference USA selection his final two seasons as a Roadrunner and second among the team's defensive linemen with 49 tackles last year. Wade, a defensive back from Tyler, was the most decorated player in school history. He was a semifinalist for the 2014 Jim Thorpe Award – for the nation's top defensive back – a three-time all-conference honoree and two-year team captain who set a school record of 293 tackles in his career. Both men had outstanding college careers that allowed them to make UTSA history.
Did you know? Mabry and Wade both agreed to terms as undrafted free agents with the New Orleans Saints and Seattle Seahawks, respectively, becoming the first UTSA players to move to the professional ranks.
All campuses will be closed for the Labor Day holiday.
Cheer on the UTSA Roadrunners at their home-opener against the Kansas State Wildcats.
Alamodome, 100 Montana St.
As part of National Recovery Month, a panel of substance abuse practitioners and members of the recovery community will discuss issues related to substance abuse treatment and recovery.
Durango Building 1.124 (DB 1.124), Downtown Campus
The UTSA College of Education and Human Development will host award-winning children’s author and illustrator Yuyi Morales. Morales will share personal stories that have influenced her work as an author and illustrator.
Buena Vista Building Aula Canaria (BV 1.328), Downtown Campus
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