Law Alumni Association honors distinguished alumni

The St. Mary’s University Law Alumni Association will honor three graduates – Ty Hunter Sheehan (J.D. ’06), the Hon. Bert Richardson (J.D. ’87) and Richard Loza (J.D. ’87) – at its annual Distinguished Law Graduate Dinner in San Antonio on Friday.

The event will be held at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 23, at the San Antonio Marriott Rivercenter. The Association hosts the annual event to fund scholarships and student services.

Distinguished Young Alumnus
Ty Hunter Sheehan is a shareholder at Hornberger Fuller & Garza Incorporated. He was elected shareholder in 2014 after seven years of practice. Sheehan was president of the San Antonio Young Lawyers Association in 2012. Sheehan received his bachelor’s degree from Baylor University and his J.D., summa cum laude, from St. Mary’s in 2006.

Distinguished Law Graduates
The Hon. Bert Richardson began his legal career in the Bexar County District Attorney’s Office. In 1998, he joined the United States Attorney’s Office. In 1999, then-Governor George W. Bush appointed Richardson to the 379th District Court in Bexar County, where he sat until 2009. In 2014, Richardson was chosen to preside over former Governor Rick Perry’s indictment. He has most recently been elected to the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals in 2015. Richardson received his bachelor’s degree from Brigham Young University and his J.D. from St. Mary’s in 1987.

Richard Loza is the Project Director for the Bexar County Family Justice Center, which is part of Texas RioGrande Legal Aid, Inc. (TRLA). Along with his duties at TRLA, he has been a Municipal Court Judge for the City of Natalia since his election in 2000. Loza received his bachelor’s degree from what was then called Southwest Texas State University and his J.D. from St. Mary’s in 1987. He currently sits as Secretary of the St. Mary’s University Law Alumni Association.

St. Mary's University, founded in 1852, is the first institution of higher learning in San Antonio and the oldest Catholic university in the Southwest. It offers 75 programs, including doctoral and law programs, and has a diverse student population of about 3,800 of all faiths and backgrounds. Its vision, as a Catholic and Marianist liberal arts institution, is to become one of the finest private universities in the region, a gateway for graduates to professional lives as ethical leaders in Texas, the nation and the world.

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