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  • Tue, January 21, 2014 7:35 AM | Anonymous member

    The Texas Aggie Bar Association is proud to announce that Fidel Rodriguez, Jr. '73 has been named the 2014 Aggie Lawyer of the Year.

     

    Mr. Rodriguez is a  resident of San Antonio and a 1973 graduate of Texas A&M University.  After graduating from Texas A&M, Mr. Rodriguez served in the U.S. Air Force and was honorably discharged as a captain in 1977.  He received a Master of Business Administration from the University of Texas at San Antonio and he graduated from the University of Texas School of Law in 1980.  He is the primary shareholder in The Law Office of Fidel Rodriguez, Jr.    

     

    While a student at Texas A&M, Mr. Rodriguez majored in civil engineering and was a member of the Corps of Cadets.  He was a member of the Ross Volunteer Company and he was selected to be the commander of the First Wing during his senior year.

     

    Mr. Rodriguez has been a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers since 2001.  He is an active member of the San Antonio Bar Association and served as the organization's president in 1994-1995.  He served as a board member of the Texas Board of Legal Specialization from 1998-2004.

     

    He has been an active supporter of the Mount Sacred Heart School, serving as president of the Parent/Teacher council.  He is also a member of the board of directors of the San Antonio Chapter of the 100 Club, an organization that supports the families of fallen police officers.

     

    He is married to Anabel and they have three children, Fidel III, Carlos, and Analisa.  Please join us in congratulating Mr. Rodriguez on his selection as the 2014 Aggie Lawyer of the Year!

     

    The Texas Aggie Bar Association congratulates all of the nominees and finalists for this award.  You make us all proud to be Aggie lawyers.

     

    Mr. Rodriguez and the TABA Scholarship Recipients will be honored at the Annual Conference Reception and Banquet at the Memorial Student Center on Saturday, March 1, 2014.  We hope to see you all at the Annual Conference.  Register today at www.aggielaw.org.

  • Thu, November 21, 2013 10:24 AM | Anonymous member
    Aric Short, Interim Dean of Texas A&M University School of Law, will be speaking at the Traditions Lunch of the Houston A&M Club on 11/25/2013, at noon.  

    Day:  November 25, 2013

    Time:  12:00 P.M. to 1:00 P.M. (Buffet available from 11:30 A.M. to 12:15 P.M.) 

    Where:  HESS Club (in the Galleria at: 5430 Westheimer Road, Houston, TX 77056) with complimentary parking.


    For more information, please visit:  http://www.houstonags.org/monthly/traditions/
  • Thu, November 14, 2013 9:57 AM | Anonymous member

    Texas A&M University School of Law has been named a 2013 “Smart Moves” award winner by the Fort Worth Business Press.

    The award recognizes 10 local businesses for success, growth and smart moves over the past year.

    http://kagstv.com/News/KAGSNews/ID/996/Texas-AM-Law-School-Named-Fort-Worth-Business-Press-Smart-Moves-Award-Winner
  • Wed, November 06, 2013 10:05 PM | Anonymous member
    Each year the TABA funds scholarships to assist first-year Aggie law students with law school expenses.  

    You are eligible for this scholarship if you meet the following criteria: either (1) you are a student or Former Student that has completed at least 40 undergraduate hours at Texas A&M University and intend to begin law school in the Fall of 2014, or (2) you have been accepted to Texas A&M University School of Law and will begin enrollment at Texas A&M University School of Law in the Fall of 2014. 

    Scholarship applications must be received no later than 1/15/2014, at 4 p.m., and will only be accepted by e-mail to mailto:TABAscholarship@gmail.com.

    Scholarship Applications are available here:  TABA Scholarship Application 2014.pdf


  • Wed, November 06, 2013 9:45 PM | Anonymous member
    Texas Supreme Court to Hold Argument TOMORROW, 11/7, at Rudder Auditorium. For more info, visit: http://tx.ag/ei6u2y
  • Tue, October 22, 2013 10:41 AM | Anonymous member
    The Texas Aggie Bar Association is now accepting nominations for the 2014 Aggie Lawyer of the Year.  To nominate an Aggie lawyer, please submit an application on or before December 31, 2013.  Nomination forms are available here:  2014 Nomination Form.pdf

    The ALOY Committee will consider the nominee’s achievements over the course of their legal career as an Aggie lawyer (i.e., evaluation not limited to events that have taken place during the last year). Criteria considered includes professional accomplishments, community involvement, a legal practice that embodies the ideals of Texas A&M University, etc. 

    TABA Board members can neither nominate nor be a nominee for Aggie Lawyer of the Year.

    Please direct all questions regarding Aggie Lawyer of the Year nominations to Sam Udovich at aggieloy@gmail.com
  • Mon, August 12, 2013 6:28 PM | Anonymous member

    Please see the following letter from Dr. R. Bowen Loftin to the TABA announcing the establishment and operation of the Texas A&M University School of Law.

    LS-Aggie Bar Letter 8-12-13.pdf

    It's an exciting time to be an Aggie Lawyer!
  • Thu, August 01, 2013 12:00 PM | Anonymous member
    Howdy Ags!


    Please Save the Date October 19, 2013, to attend the Texas Aggie Bar Association's Annual Tailgate.  


    The Tailgate is a perfect opportunity to enjoy the game day atmosphere on-campus with fellow TABA members, and watch the Fightin' Texas Aggie Football Team Beat the Hell Outta Auburn!  The event will be produced by the Tailgate Guys and will feature food, adult beverages, and a TV with satellite dish to watch the game. Registration will be available on the TABA website 60 days before the Tailgate.


    We hope to see you in College Station on October 19, 2013.

  • Tue, July 30, 2013 4:36 PM | Anonymous member

    Here's a message from Dean Short regarding the developments and status of Texas A&M's law school venture:

    Dear Texas Aggie Bar Association Members,

     

    Howdy – and warmest greetings from the faculty, staff, students, and alumni of Texas Wesleyan University School of Law. This is an exciting time of the year for our law school, as we prepare to welcome another talented group of 1L students. And this year, the excitement level is even higher as details are finalized for our transition to Texas A&M University. We are absolutely thrilled to be joining the Aggie community, and I look forward to working with all of you and the Texas Aggie Bar Association in the future.

     

    To keep you in the loop on our transition, I would like to provide a little background and a sense of what we expect to happen in the weeks ahead.

    · We have worked closely with Texas A&M University and Texas Wesleyan University over the past year to ensure that all accreditations and approvals transfer to the new law school. In January, Texas A&M University was granted approval from the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board to offer a JD degree. And in June, the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (the regional accrediting body for both universities) approved the acquisition.

    ·The final accreditation step in this process is the American Bar Association. Last fall, we submitted - after lengthy discussions with Texas A&M University - an application to the ABA to approve the acquisition and transfer accreditation to the new law school. After various other steps in the process were completed, the Accreditation Committee for the ABA’s Section on Legal Education recommended in June that our application be approved. On August 9th, representatives from Texas A&M University, Texas Wesleyan University, and I will appear before the ABA’s Council, which will ultimately decide whether to grant the application.

    · If and when the Council approves our application, a series of steps will be set in motion to make sure enrollment statuses and financial aid awards are in place for our students. We expect the transition to Texas A&M University ownership to occur sometime around August 15th, just in time to begin fall classes on August 19th under new ownership.

    · Although we have worked tirelessly over the last year to make sure this transition is a success, there are some aspects of our new operation and organization that will not be finalized by August 15th. We expect to have a period of transition - perhaps up to one year - as we work through all of those issues.

    This is a momentous and historic time for our law school. I am very proud of the strong academic program we have built here and the successes our graduates have enjoyed. As a part of Texas A&M University, and with the support of our collective communities, I firmly believe that our brightest days are ahead. I look forward to the opportunity to share with you more about our school and our vision for its future. In the meantime, if you have any questions, please feel free to contact me directly.

     

    Gig 'em!

     

    Aric K. Short
    Interim Dean and Professor of Law

    Texas Wesleyan University School of Law
  • Wed, July 03, 2013 10:15 AM | Anonymous member
    This is the second in our "Spotlight On" series where we provide our members with information on the winners of the TABA scholarships that your membership dues fund

    Matthew Struble '13




    Mr. Struble, a second-generation Aggie, graduated Summa Cum Laude with a double major in Economics and Political Science, along with a Business minor this May.  He completed a research thesis with the Department of Economics, earning the distinction of Undergraduate Research Scholar.  While at Texas A&M, Mr. Struble served as president of the Beta Upsilon Chi (Brothers Under Christ) fraternity, a student senator, and a member of the Chancellor's Student Advisory Council.  He will be attending law school at the University of Pennsylvania this fall.

     

    "I am humbled and honored to receive this scholarship from the Texas Aggie Bar Association," said Mr. Struble.  "It is truly a blessing to have Aggies who have gone before me take an interest in helping me pursue my legal education, and I would like to thank each of you for your generous gift.  I was glad to be able to attend this year's conference and to meet so many kind and impressive Aggie lawyers.  This is an incredible group of former students that I am excited to be a part of going forward."

     

    We congratulate Mr. Struble and are certain that he will have a long and illustrious career as an Aggie lawyer as he continues to be guided by the Core Values of Texas A&M UniversityLoyalty, Integrity, Excellence, Leadership, Selfless Service, and Respect.

     

    No scholarships would be possible without our members.  The TABA Scholarship Committee endeavors to ensure that each TABA scholarship is awarded to an Aggie that we will we all be proud to welcome into the profession some day.  


    Thank you for supporting the Texas Aggie Bar Association.








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