(March 21, 2014) -- The UTSA Office of Legal Affairs announces the addition of a new associate counsel for transactions. Xochil Daria Peña Rodriguez, who replaces attorney Kim Basil, joined the legal affairs office March 3 and will handle the university's transactional issues.
Rodriguez earned an undergraduate degree in architectural studies and public policy from Rice University. She received her Juris Doctorate from the University of Texas School of Law.
Before joining UTSA, Rodriguez worked in the Commerce and Visitors Services Division of the San Antonio Office of the City Attorney. While with the city attorney's office, she worked on various projects ranging from economic development to public art. Rodriguez also interned for U.S. District Judge Orlando Garcia.
"We are thrilled to welcome Xochil to our office and the university," said Gail A. Jensen, UTSA chief legal officer. "I know our office will benefit from her experience, and she will provide quality legal advice and excellent customer service."
UTSA prides itself on giving students a well-rounded education. Combining a top-tier academic program with opportunities for personal growth prepares students to compete in a global economy. And that's not all. They learn to be informed and engaged citizens as well. At the heart of that academic program is an award-winning core curriculum.
For four consecutive years, UTSA has received an A-rating from the American Council of Trustees and Alumni for the caliber of its core curriculum. According to ACTA, UTSA requires its students to take six of the seven courses deemed "crucial" to a well-rounded education: composition, literature, U.S. government or history, economics, mathematics and science. Only a handful of other institutions in the U.S. are giving students these tools, which are needed to succeed in careers and the community.
Did you know? UTSA is one of only three Texas institutions and 23 in the United States to receive the highest rating for its core curriculum in the 2014-2015 edition of the ACTA's "What Will They Learn?" report.
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