August 2001 Texas School Law Section

2001 Fall Newsletter


Dear School Law Section Members:

On behalf of the Executive Council of the School Law Section of the State Bar of Texas, I would like to thank each of you for joining the Section. The Fall of 2001 so far has been a time for reflection about the American response to unthinkable acts of injustice. However, as we all stand at the brink of America’s greatest challenge, there is no better time to proudly participate in our distinguished legal system. We appreciate your membership and your commitment to the State Bar of Texas.

We encourage each member to consider working within the School Law Section. There are opportunities to serve on both the Editorial Board and on the Executive Committee each year. Additionally, there are sub-committees on which you may serve. Please contact any member of the Executive Board to express your interest.

We would like to extend our appreciation to all of the outgoing officers and directors for their contributions to this organ- ization. We are very grateful to Roger Hepworth who served as Chair of the Section this past year. Roger served the Section for many years and we look forward to his continued participation as Immediate Past Chair. We would also like to thank Karen Johnson who served as the newsletter co-editor. The newsletter review board and co-editors have been and continue to be committed to providing our members with comprehensive and quality legal articles addressing sig- nificant issues in school law.

I want to remind the members that the School Law Section has a website which contains membership information, Section activities, and links useful for research. Log on at

Additionally, the State Bar now has a web portal available to all attorneys. You can customize it for your particular areas of interest and practice areas. This is an excellent legal research tool. To participate, go to

Finally, the 2001 retreat at the La Cantera Resort was indeed a success. We are already looking forward to the 2002 School Law Section Retreat, which will likewise be held at the La Cantera Resort in San Antonio. The dates are July 11-13, 2002. This is a fabulous facility. It is located on a hill overlooking San Antonio and is contiguous to Fiesta Texas. The resort has numerous pools, a spectacular pool slide and waterfall, an exercise facility and health spa. For the golf enthusiast, the nationally lauded Resort Course at La Cantera surrounds the resort with a layout designed by Jay Morrish and Tom Weiskopf. In the Spring of this year, the resort gained an additional 18 holes with the opening of The Palmer Course at La Cantera. Named among the top 50 golf resorts in the nation by Condé Nast Traveler, this retreat combines the best in golf with the best in luxury. Mark your calendars, as this is an opportunity to network with other attorneys and to learn the cutting-edge issues in school law while enjoying the scenic and relaxing atmosphere of this resort.

I look forward to a productive year serving the Section. As always, I welcome any and all input on how the Section can improve and meet the needs of all members.

Denise Hays, Section Chair
Walsh Anderson Brown Schulze & Aldridge P.C. P. O. Box 2156
Austin, TX 78768

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