Spring 2019

Law Commencement student speaker succeeds despite personal trials

Though John Brown’s heart is set on a future in trial law after he graduates from the St. Mary’s University School of Law this week, he will take across the commencement stage the personal trials that have been part of his journey — the loss of his brother and father.

St. Mary’s Core class learns business insights in Australia

In March, 11 St. Mary’s University students in a Core Curriculum capstone class — SMC 4301: Prospects for Community and Civilization — traveled to Australia for a week. It was the first time a Core capstone class was held abroad.

Soccer player Pato Botello Faz inks pro deal

In his senior season on the St. Mary’s University Men’s Soccer team, Pato Botello Faz took the Heartland Conference by storm and signed to play with a United Soccer League club in Michigan, the Lansing Ignite.

NFL agent has represented more than 400 players

Jordan Woy (J.D. ’87) negotiated his first major league contract while attending St. Mary’s University School of Law. The contract was for now-retired Major League Baseball left fielder Pete Incaviglia, making Incaviglia one of a handful of players to ever get a major league contract straight out of college.

Law student launches workshop for adults with disabilities and their families

For most people, adulthood is a seamless transition. When someone turns 18 in Texas, in the eyes of the law they can sign a contract, make their own medical decisions, get married and vote, among many other things.

Former college footballer leads discussions on sports law, legal civility

Professor of Law David Grenardo, J.D., invites students to pray before class. At the end of the prayer, he asks them to treat each other with dignity and respect.

North Carolina businesswoman credits St. Mary’s as factor for success

By age 22, Sarah Place (M.B.A. ’98) had lived in 13 states — but had yet to truly find her place. One of those stops was Texas, where her father was stationed at Fort Sam Houston.

St. Mary’s Law Journal celebrates 50th year

For the past 50 years, the St. Mary’s Law Journal has been punching well above its weight class, becoming one of the most influential legal journals in the nation.

ROTC cadet ranked No. 3 in the nation

A member of the St. Mary’s Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC), Martinez will be commissioned in May as a second lieutenant. But he’s already hit a major accomplishment in his young military career — earning U.S. Army Cadet Command’s designation as the No. 3 ROTC cadet in the nation in 2019.

Alumna, discovered by San Antonio tech startup company on LinkedIn, becomes CEO a year later

Selling chocolates, baked goods and lemonade at age 8. Buying gumball machines to expand profits at 12. Then, purchasing vending machines at age 16. Perhaps her entrepreneurial spirit comes from her grocery store-owning parents, but Alejandra Zertuche (B.S. ’08, M.B.A. ’11) has always been all about business.

Biology professor’s mosquito genome research lands in Nature

The world’s deadliest creature is not what you might expect. “The number of human lives taken yearly by all animals combined — including humans — still falls short of the lives taken by mosquito-borne diseases,” said Sourav Roy, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences.

LL.M. graduate fulfills his calling to help immigrants

His father worried when Andrei Aranda (LL.M. ’17) told him he was leaving home to further his legal education in the United States. Aranda, who grew up in Chihuahua, Mexico, was already trained as an attorney there but felt a calling to help Mexican and Latin American immigrants navigate the complex U.S. immigration system.

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