Thursday, March 26, 2015

Throwback Thursday: Construction Edition

by Heather Kushnerick, Special Collections Librarian & College Archivist

You might have noticed that there is a bit of dust in the air at South Texas College of Law as our entrance undergoes renovation. If you didn't notice the dust, you've undoubtedly noticed the detours that are required to get around the first two floors. We've had a few other such projects in recent years - the last being the renovation of the 10th floor for the Randall O. Sorrels Legal Clinics.  We've had major construction projects as well, such as the building of the Fred Parks Law Library in 2001. Our first major construction project was the expansion of South Texas in March 1975, with the groundbreaking ceremony for the Jones Building.  Today’s throwback Thursday picture is a promotional flyer that was sent out to show the progress of construction on our new addition, which houses the Joe M. Green Auditorium (you can see the sloped support beams in the photo). Our original building, the Neal building, was refaced during this project, giving us our current look.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

What's Cool in Tech: Office Lens

Have you ever wanted to convert your notes or brainstorming ideas from a whiteboard or blackboard and save them to your phone?  Well, Office Lens via Windows allows you to do just that!

Office Lens trims, enhances and makes pictures of whiteboards and docs readable, and saves them to OneNote. You can use Office Lens to convert images to PDF, Word and PowerPoint files too. Office Lens is like having a scanner in your pocket. Like magic, it will digitalize notes on whiteboards or blackboards.

Additionally you can:

  • Clean up any glares and shadows from the original image
  • Have the option of saving to PDF, Word, or PowerPoint
  • In Business Card Mode, extract information from business cards you've snapped a photo of
The app is free to download on Windows Phones 8 and 8.1, with a Microsoft Account. 

Collection Spotlight - More Women's History Month

by Barbara Szalkowski, Senior Catalog Librarian

Now Appearing in the Library!

The Library's collection encompasses
subjects beyond law.
We close Women's History Month
with these selections on
women in politics and foreign affairs.

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Throwback Thursday: Women in Law Edition (part 2)

By Heather Kushnerick, Special Collections Librarian & College Archivist

Judge Joe Kegans, 1927-1997

Judge (Nettie) Joe Kegans, South Texas College of Law Class of 1957, pioneered the way for women in criminal law. Ignoring the fact that men wholly dominated the field, and that women lawyers weren’t allowed to go past the rail to enter the front of the courtroom, she became the first woman to handle appointments on capital murder cases in front of all-male jury panels. You see, when Joe Kegans got her law license women weren't allowed to sit on juries. A trailblazer who called herself “the first token woman lawyer,” Judge Kegans was one of 8 women in her graduating class at STCL. She previously received a degree in business administration from UT but was told by potential employers that while she was qualified, they wouldn't hire her because she was a woman. That’s when she decided to go to law school.
Judge Kegan practiced criminal law for 19 years before being appointed to the 230th Criminal District Court by Texas Governor Dolph Briscoe in 1977. She was the first woman criminal district judge in Texas. When speaking to the South Texas chapter of Women in Law in 1980, she said, “[i]n the private practice of law is the place where woman are probably least discriminated against.” In an interview with the Houston Chronicle in 1983, she said “I never thought I couldn't do anything because I was a woman, and I guess I was a feminist before that word was even coined.”
A proud Texan with a gruff style, Kegans was known for being meticulous, well-prepared, fair, and open-minded. “She walked the walk and talked the talk in a man’s world,” said former District Judge Jay Burnett (STCL class of ’73). Judge Kegans passed away in 1997 from bone cancer.

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Collection Spotlight - Women's History Month

by Barbara Szalkowski, Senior Catalog Librarian

Now Appearing in the Library!

March is Women's History Month!
These three selections --
U.S. Supreme Court women,
America's first women lawyers,
and women lawyers in Texas --
represent just a small sample
of the Library's resources on
women and the law.

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Throwback Thursday: Women in Law Edition (part 1)

By Heather Kushnerick, Special Collections Librarian & College Archivist

South Texas School of Law Yearbook, 1928-1929, p. 10.

March is Women’s History Month. It is fitting, therefore, that our first Throwback post of the month is of our first woman graduate, Ann Marie Hollenburger, class of 1928. Born September 12, 1905 of German immigrant parents in New Orleans, her family moved to Houston around 1910.
During her law school career, she worked as a stenographer for the legal department at Gulf Oil Company. At that time, most stenographers were men. After graduation, Gulf Oil transferred her to Shreveport. In 1941, she moved to Los Angles where she worked as a stenographer at the law firm of Williams, Hope & Judson.  She married a Los Angeles attorney, William Brennen, in 1951. They moved out to Garberville, CA, in the early 1960s where together they ran a law practice and the Gaberville weekly paper.

Following her husband’s death in the mid 1970s, Ann spent her time traveling around the world. In addition to being the first woman to graduate from South Texas, Ann was also one of the first women to become a licensed pilot.

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Collection Spotlight - Texas Declaration of Independence Edition

by Barbara Szalkowski, Senior Catalog Librarian

Now Appearing in the Library!

Texas formally declared independence
from Mexico on March 2, 1836.
The Library's collection is rich with materials in
Texas history and Texas legal history.

For materials on Texas history in general,
see F 381-395 on Main3.
The Library also has materials from our
Spanish and Mexican legal traditions.
See KKT for Spain and KGF for Mexico, both on Main5