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UTSA Summer Law School Preparation Academy celebrates 13th year

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From left are student Kathleen Hoang, student Sandy Herrera, U.S. Rep. Joaquin Castro, student Alexandra Cortes, student Lorenzo Garcia and student Natasha Vargas at the opening reception for the UTSA Summer Law School Preparation Academy

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(June 23, 2014) -- The UTSA Summer Law School Preparation Academy (SLSPA) celebrated its 13th session at this year's opening ceremony at the UTSA Downtown Campus. The Institute for Law and Public Affairs hosts the academically intensive program annually, allowing university students to earn 12 credit hours over 10 weeks in courses that introduce them to the rigors of law school and prepare them for the challenges of the Law School Admissions Test (LSAT).

The SLSPA is credited with helping students gain admission to and excel in law schools across the country and with establishing UTSA as a pipeline for law schools seeking bright, well-prepared students who historically have been under-represented in law school.

The opening day ceremony featured presentations from legal experts, judicial officials, faculty and alumni of the SLSPA program. Guest speakers included Justice Patricia Alvarez, Fourth Court of Appeals for the State of Texas; Michael DeLeon, Bexar County assistant district attorney; David Hinojosa, southwest regional counsel of the Mexican-American Legal Defense and Education Fund; Justice Sandee Marion, Fourth Court of Appeals for the State of Texas; Judge Jason Pulliam, Bexar County Court #5; and the U.S. Rep. Joaquin Castro. Guest speakers shared their experiences and advice with the 2014 class of SLSPA students.

Justice Alvarez focused on upcoming challenges in students' lives. "No matter how difficult the situation is and even if you fall down, have the power to get up and try one more time," she said. "You should gather strength to overcome obstacles and succeed."

Rep. Castro also encouraged students with his message: "When I was at Harvard, I realized that my classmates were no different from those peers who had attended Jefferson High School with me. They were as smart as my high school peers. Don't be intimidated. Have confidence in yourselves that you are smart and have what it takes to succeed academically and in life."

Academy students are at several stages of their academic studies and include UTSA sophomores, juniors, seniors and graduate students as well as students from Texas A&M, UT Austin and St. Mary's University.

The SLSPA was developed by UTSA faculty in conjunction with the University of Texas School of Law to enhance pre-law educational opportunities and increase the number of Texas students who gain admission to and excel in high-quality law schools. SLSPA graduates have gained admission to more than 150 law schools including Harvard, Columbia, NYU, Michigan, UC Berkeley, University of Chicago and the University of Texas at Austin.

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For more information about the UTSA Institute for Law and Public Affairs, email Ana Alvarez or call 210-458-2992.

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Aug. 1, 9 p.m.

"Inside Peace" documentary screening

This documentary, presented by the San Antonio Film Festival, documents the experience of re-entry after incarceration. The film features Michael Gilbert, associate professor in the department of criminal justice and director of the Office of Community and Restorative Justice program at UTSA.
Tobin Center for the Performing Arts, 100 Auditorium Circle

Aug. 4, 6 - 8 p.m.

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.
Downtown Campus

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.

Midnight Light

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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