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  • Tue, July 30, 2013 4:36 PM | Dan Price

    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 | 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

TABA IS A CHARTERED CONSTITUENT NETWORK OF THE ASSOCIATION OF FORMER STUDENTS OF TEXAS A&M UNIVERSITY.


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