SABA Welcomes Hon. Xavier Rodriguez to Our Annual Luncheon, July 24

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On July 24 the San Antonio Bar Association is excited to welcome Judge Xavier Rodriguez to our annual luncheon!

Hon. Xavier Rodriguez is an Article III federal judge for the United States District Court for the Western District of Texas. He joined the court in 2003 after being nominated by President George W. Bush. Rodriguez was a private practice attorney in Texas from 1987 to 2002 and again from 2002 to 2003. Rodriguez was appointed by Texas Governor Rick Perry to Justice of the Texas Supreme Court from 2001 to 2002 before being nominated to the Federal Bench.

A San Antonio native, Rodriguez graduated from Harvard University with his bachelor’s degree in 1983 and received his J.D. degree from the University of Texas School of Law in 1987. Rodriguez earned a Master’s of Public Affairs degree from the Texas LBJ School of Public Affairs in 1987. He is past chair of the State Bar of Texas Labor and Employment Council and Chair of the State Bar Paralegal Committee. Rodriguez has served on numerous state and community boards, including the State Board for Educator Certification, Texas Lutheran University Board of Regents, South San Antonio Chamber of Commerce, San Antonio Area Foundation, the Alamo Area Boy Scouts Council, and Respite Care of San Antonio. He served in the United States Army Reserve as an officer from 1983 to 1993 after receiving his commission from the ROTC program at Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

SABA election results will be announced at the annual luncheon. Please join our outgoing officers and directors and many of our past presidents in welcoming the new 2014-15 officers and directors!

The annual luncheon will take place at the Plaza Club, located on the 21st floor of the Frost Bank building. The cost to attend is $25 for members of the San Antonio Bar Association and Plaza Club members, and $30 for nonmembers. You may register online or telephone your reservation to 210.227.8822 x99. As always, space will be limited, so please RSVP early!

Brown Bag Lunch Series presents ‘Enforcing Foreign Judgments in Texas Courts & Citation of Process upon Foreign Persons,’ Aug. 21

The San Antonio Bar Association is proud to continue its 2014 Brown Bag Lunch Series: “The SABA Sampler: Everything You Wanted to Know About...” which focuses on a different area of law each month. Each month, a new seminar is hosted by, and covers topics relevant to, a different Section of the San Antonio Bar.

The SABA International Section will host the August Brown Bag Seminar on Thursday, August 21, entitled “Enforcing Foreign Judgments in Texas Courts and Citation of Process upon Foreign Persons,” presented by David Lopez of Pulman, Cappuccio, Pullen, Benson & Jones, LLP. The seminar will be held at 12 noon in Judge Pozza’s 407th District Courtroom on the 4th floor of the Bexar County Courthouse (100 Dolorosa). The course has been accredited for 1.0 hour of participatory CLE credit. Attendees are encouraged to bring their own lunch. If you don’t want to brown bag it, there are plenty of to-go options in and around the Courthouse.

The Brown Bag Lunch Series, which is usually held on the third Thursday of every month and offers at least 1.0 hour of CLE credit, is FREE to current members of the San Antonio Bar Association. You heard that right — that’s a minimum of 12 hours of FREE participatory CLE credit toward fulfilling your annual State Bar requirements! Just for being a member of the San Antonio Bar Association! The cost of attendance to nonmembers is $25.
Humanitarian Aid for Unaccompanied Minors

To address the growing need for legal as well as humanitarian aid for the unaccompanied minors being housed in facilities in San Antonio and South Texas, the Mexican American Bar Association of San Antonio (MABA) is collaborating with other state and local bar associations and non-profit organizations, including SABA, Catholic Charities of San Antonio (www.ccaosa.org), and RAICES (www.raicestexas.org), to provide pro bono legal services and goods, toys, and monetary contributions to help the children.  To make a donation of goods, toys, or a monetary contribution, please deliver the donations to SABA’s offices at 100 Dolorosa, Suite 500, or Jaime Vasquez’s office at 112 East Pecan, Suite 1450.  The following are items that are currently in need:

  • Bibles (in Spanish and English)
  • Canned foods and vegetables.
  • Baby items (blankets, diapers, diaper cream, wipes, baby food)
  • Latex gloves (all sizes)
  • Women’s clothing (sizes 0-10), especially pants (sizes 0-5)
  • Bras (size 38 and smaller, A&B cup)
  • Comfortable shoes for traveling
  • New undergarments for men, women and children
  • Toiletries, snacks for travel
  • String backpacks, backpacks with rollers, duffel bags
  • Toys

If interested in pro bono legal services, please send an email to jaime.vasquez@chamberlainlaw.com.  Please also attend MABA's General Membership/CLE meeting on Tuesday, August 12, at 12 noon at the Palm (233 E Houston St) where Catholic Charities and RAICES will be presenting and providing details on pro bono opportunities, training, etc.

SABF Accepting Applications for Fellows/Interns

Are you (or someone your know) interested in learning about non-profit administration and financial development? The San Antonio Bar Foundation is seeking Fellows to work in the Bexar County Courthouse in the San Antonio Bar Foundation offices.  This opportunity is unpaid, but San Antonio Bar Foundation staff will work with applicants regarding school credit.

Overall Requirements:

  • Desire to make a difference in the San Antonio and greater Bexar County community;
  • Interest in non-profit administration and governance;
  • Attention to detail; and
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite – including Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.

Foundation Fellows will:

  • Learn about non-profit administration and financial development;
  • Assist with Foundation fundraisers and events;
  • Maintain database and event spreadsheets;
  • Create event materials, prepare mailings, and communicate with donors;
  • Conduct donor research;
  • Work with Foundation staff to maintain and update grant proposal and application process; and
  • Other duties as assigned.

Fellowship Details:

  • Fellows will work in the Bexar County Courthouse in the San Antonio Bar Foundation offices located at 100 Dolorosa, 5th floor, San Antonio, Texas 78205;
  • Fellows should commit at least 10 hours a week; and
  • This opportunity is unpaid, but San Antonio Bar Foundation staff will work with applicants regarding school credit.

Visit bit.ly/SABFfellow for full details.  To apply, please email Katie Kinder at katiek@sabar.org with your resume.







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