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  • Wed, July 03, 2013 10:15 AM | Dan Price
    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.


  • Wed, May 22, 2013 7:47 PM | Dan Price
    To learn more, please log-in and visit:  http://aggielaw.org/Job_Board.
  • Mon, April 15, 2013 2:53 PM | Dan Price
    Bill Jones '81, Chairman Emeritus of the Board of Regents of the Texas A&M University System and 2010 Aggie Lawyer of the Year will be this year's Campus Muster Speaker. 

  • Wed, January 23, 2013 5:11 PM | Dan Price

    The Texas Aggie Bar Association is proud to announce that Charles A. (Chuck) Ellison '76 has been named the 2013 Aggie Lawyer of the Year.

     

    Mr. Ellison is a longtime resident of the Brazos Valley, and a 1976 graduate of Texas A&M University.  After receiving his law degree from The Texas Tech School of Law in 1979, he spent four years in the U.S. Army Judge Advocate General's Corps.  Mr. Ellison is an "AV" rated lawyer by Martindale Hubble currently practicing real estate and transactional law at The Ellison Firm in College Station, Texas.    

     

    Mr. Ellison has served as Chair of the Board of Directors of the Community Foundation of the Brazos Valley and is chair of the Ethics Committee of Hospice Brazos Valley.  He is on the Advisory Council for the Texas Transportation Institute and served as Chair of the Campaign Drive for the United Way of the Brazos Valley in 2003.  He is a graduate of Leadership Brazos and the Brazos County Regional Leaders Forum.  In addition, Mr. Ellison has served on the Board of Directors of several banks and businesses in the Brazos Valley.

       

    Since graduating from A&M, Mr. Ellison has continued to serve the University in several capacities.  He served on the Texas A&M Vision 2020 Mid-Term Review Task Force, the Texas A&M University System's Chancellor's Century Council Executive Committee, and is currently serving on the Development Council for the George Bush School of Government and Public Service.  In 2004, Mr. Ellison served as President of the Association of Former Students.  In addition, he has also served as a board member of the Brazos County A&M Club and the Texas A&M University Corps Development Council. 

     

    He is married to Tedi and they have two children, Kim and Courtney, and two granddaughters Kathryn and Karter. 

     

    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. Ellison and the TABA Scholarship Recipients will be honored at the Annual Conference Reception and Banquet at the Clayton W. Williams, Jr. Alumni Center on Saturday, March 2, 2013.  We hope to see you all at the Annual Conference.  Register today at  Annual Conference.  

  • Wed, December 12, 2012 4:26 PM | Dan Price

    Each year the TABA funds scholarships to assist first-year Aggie law students with law school expenses.  Only students or Former Students that have completed at least 40 undergraduate hours at Texas A&M University and intend to begin law school in the Fall of 2013 are eligible to apply for this scholarship. 

    Scholarship applications are available here: TABA Scholarship Application 2013.doc.

    DEADLINE: To be considered for a 2013 scholarship, all applications must be received at TABAscholarship@gmail.com no later than 4 PM CST, Wednesday, January 23, 2013.

  • Mon, November 19, 2012 7:48 AM | Dan Price

    Howdy Ags,

    Nissan is giving its official Heisman vote to the college football fans, and Johnny Football needs your help to get out the vote.   

    Please visit the following link to vote for Johnny Manziel for Heisman: 

    http://promo.espn.go.com/espn/contests/nissan/heisman/2012/ballot/voteHeisman

     

    Thanks and Gig 'em!

  • Fri, August 03, 2012 9:38 AM | Dan Price

    What Every Lawyer Should Know About Intellectual Property

     

    The Texas Wesleyan School of Law Alumni Association is sponsoring a one-hour CLE on Wednesday, August 15, 2012 and has extended an invitation to all Texas Aggie Bar Associaton members to attend the CLE for free (lunch included).  If you would like to attend, please RSVP by Friday, August 10.

     

    Date:         Wednesday, August 15, 2012

    Time:         11:30am

    Location:    Fort Worth Club

                     306 West 7th Street

                     Fort Worth, TX 76102

    Cost:         Free! (lunch included)

     

    Please RSVP by August 10 to alumni@law.txwes.edu or 817-212-3932.

     

    The presentation will provide an overview of intellectual property law, including the creation, registration, acquisition, and enforcement of intellectual property rights in the United States.  The primary intellectual property rights to be discussed will be patents, copyrights, trademarks/trade dress, and trade secrets.  The program will also address the impact of technology on intellectual property rights and some of the challenges posed by technology in securing and protecting those rights.

    Speaker: Mike Regitz

    Mike Regitz is a Senior Associate in the Dallas office of Fulbright & Jaworski L.L.P. His practice focuses on general commercial litigation and intellectual property litigation, including cases involving patent infringement, copyright infringement, trademark and trade dress infringement, trade secret misappropriation, and unfair competition claims. Mike is a graduate of Texas A&M University and the SMU Dedman School of Law. He is licensed to practice in Texas, various federal courts, and before the United States Patent and Trademark Office. Mike currently serves as president of the Texas Aggie Bar Association.

    Click here for more information 

  • Mon, July 16, 2012 5:02 PM | Mike Regitz

    Keith Krueger, Texas Aggie Bar Association Board Member, our colleague, and our friend, passed away on Saturday, July 14, 2012.

    Please keep Keith's family in your thoughts and prayers.

    Visitation:
    Wednesday, July 18, 5-8 p.m.
    Brenham Memorial Chapel Funeral Home
    2300 Stringer St.
    Brenham, TX 77833

    Funeral:
    Thursday, July 19, 11:00 a.m.
    Grace Lutheran Church
    1212 Jefferson Street
    Brenham, TX 77833

    Burial:
    Thursday, July 19, 2:00 p.m.
    Pilgrims Rest Cemetery
    2565 Pilgrims Rest Road
    Bellville, Austin County

    Donations in lieu of flowers can be given to the charity of your choice or
    to the following:

    Bethel Lutheran Church
    4221 Boonville Road
    Bryan, TX 77802

  • Fri, July 06, 2012 4:48 PM | Mike Regitz

    On July 6, 2012, the Texas Aggie Bar Association sent a letter to the Texas A&M University System Board of Regents extending congratulations and support for the proposed Texas A&M University School of Law at Texas Wesleyan University.

    Click to view the letter

  • Mon, April 16, 2012 12:33 AM | Ross Robinson

     

    Texas Aggie Bar Association:  Please tell us what Garza Program Management does.

    Richard Garza:  We are in the business of providing project-management and cost expertise to institutional and commercial real-estate users.  That involves everything from commercial real-estate brokerage, site collection, and all the other traditional services you would see in a traditional brokerage house for a typical private-sector client.  A third of our business caters to the public sector, including developing budgets and putting together information for bond referenda.

    Richard Garza

    Texas Aggie Bar Association:  How did you get into this industry?

    Richard Garza:  My father was the small residential home builder and remodeler in Galveston, so I grew up in the single-family side of the business.  I went to Texas A&M and got into the Construction Science Department in the College of Architecture, which I found to be a degree I enjoyed and did well in.

    Texas Aggie Bar Association:  Tell us about Garza Program Management’s selection as one of the Aggie 100.

    Richard Garza:  One of our employees nominated our company.  The award is based on growth over the previous three years.  We have had 72% growth over the last 3 years, which is something we are very proud of. 

    Texas Aggie Bar Association: You narrowly missed making the top 10, right?

    Richard Garza:  We ranked number 11, which was kind of shocking. We knew we had done really well, but we didn't know how well.

    Texas Aggie Bar Association:  What do you attribute your growth to, particularly when it's been a down economy for construction?

    Richard Garza:  I attribute it primarily to relationships I cultivated throughout my career. The ability to earn trust so that clients know we will deliver for them is critical.  Perseverance also played a big part.  In addition, the public sector had ARRA tax-credit bonds to sell, so it was extremely advantageous for them to borrow money at attractive interest rates. 

    Texas Aggie Bar Association:  Describe who usually hires you and what you are hired to do.

    Richard Garza:  On the public-sector side, our clients are entities like school districts, community college districts, counties, cities, municipal utility districts, airport authorities, and university systems. They often have a pretty lean staff and know they have a need but can't quantify it into dollars, so they hire us to come in and do preliminary budgets, partner with an architect, and take raw data that describes their needs and create an all-inclusive budget for the project. We also help clients promote the project to the public so that it becomes a bond program.  After that, we often manage the bond program on their behalf.  On the private-sector side, we help businesses with capital project requirements that need assistance pulling off a project.

    Texas Aggie Bar Association:  What do you think about the new public-private partnership legislation?

    Richard Garza:  I suspect we are going to see a lot of growth in the public-private partnership mode of procurement going forward.  I understand that there is a mode of submitted unsolicited public-private partnerships to public entities.  I am curious to see how that goes forward.

    Texas Aggie Bar Association:  As a successful business owner, what advice do you have for Aggie lawyers?

    Richard Garza:  Define the objectives of your clients early on and reconfirm those objectives during the course of the work you do for them.  Legal work can have a way of getting off track, which is often when disputes arise.  I would encourage them to revisit the client’s goals and expectations frequently.  In addition, be as lean as possible. I'm looking for people that are knowledgeable and get to the point.  Substance, not fluff, is very important to me.

    Texas Aggie Bar Association:  What's the best advice you've given anyone?

    Richard Garza:  Build, earn, and keep trust.  People do business with people they know and have developed a trust relationship with over time.  That is where your clients are going to come from.  That's where the bulk of your billings are going to come from.  Try not to let anything get in the way of trust.  That's probably the best advice I can give. 

    Texas Aggie Bar Association:  What is the best advice you've gotten?

    Richard Garza:  Do what you do best and hire others to do the tasks you don't do well.  For example, spend money on good accountants, good attorneys, and good marketing people, if you don't know how to do those things.

    Texas Aggie Bar Association:  What's the biggest challenge in what you do?

    Richard Garza:  Communication with those outside my industry.  Sometimes I’m too close to the business, so when I meet people that are not associated with the real-estate industry or the architectural/engineering/construction industry, it is often difficult to help them understand what we do.  As a result, I have really tried to tone down the message on our website.  It's very specific. We are real-estate design and construction advisors.  I have worked to boil it down to a few words so people can digest it more easily.

    Texas Aggie Bar Association:  What do you enjoy most about your work?

    Richard Garza:  Helping people accomplish their capital projects.  It's fascinating how people interact to solve a problem.  The interdisciplinary approach required to get projects done, involving attorneys, architects, engineers, owners, and users, is a lot of fun. 

    Texas Aggie Bar Association:  What is the most productive way to develop trust among these different players involved in a project?

    Richard Garza:  Trust is built over time. It’s key to find team members that are going to be the best solution for the problem very early on in the project and develop a collaborative spirit on the project using an integrated project-delivery (IPD) method.  This is a trend that I think will continue.

    Texas Aggie Bar Association:  How can people find out more about Garza Project Management?

     

    Richard Garza:  The easiest way would be to go to our website at www.garzapm.com.

     

     







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