Wood Inn Has Another Successful Recruitment

After a successful spring recruitment, Phi Delta Phi's Wood Inn at South Texas College of Law continues its tradition of inducting 97 new members. The new members were welcomed to the legal honor fraternity March 29th along with our new Honorary Initiate, Justice Eva M. Guzman, of the Court of Appeals for the Fourteenth District of Texas. Phi Delta Phi members The Honorable Tim Taft, Justice of the First Court of Appeals of Texas; the Honorable Leta Parks, Judge of the 247th District Court; and the Honorable Georgia Dempster, Judge of the 308th District Court, participated in the very impressive installation ritual which was attended by family, friends, and faculty.

Free fingerprinting and notary services will be offered on April 17 and 18 from 4pm to 7:30pm in the Atrium. This is an effort to allow those students who are required to provide fingerprints for their Declaration of Intent to Study Law, to be able to do so free of cost and without the trouble of trying to find an authorized fingerprinting service in town.

PDP also maintains an outline file which is continuously being updated in order to give students greater opportunity to be successful in their courses.

To be eligible for membership, a student must have completed one semester at South Texas, rank in the top one-third of his or her class, and not be a member of another social legal fraternity. This year's Wood Inn officers include: R. Wade Vandiver, Magister; Jason Davis, Vice-Magister; Bitsy Borin, Clerk; Buffy Martines, Exchequer; and James Ketchum, Historian. Internationally, the fraternity sponsors programs such as Legal Ethics Week and Community Service Week. Member benefits include student loan programs, domestic and international scholarships, and placement opportunities, as well as the social and professional benefits that are an inherent part of professional fraternities.

Founded by law students at the University of Michigan in 1869, Phi Delta Phi predates the American Bar Association. "More judges, American presidents, governors, senators, representatives, cabinet members, ambassadors, American Bar Association presidents, Association of American Law School presidents and law school Deans have come from the ranks of Phi Delta Phi than from any other legal fraternity." Five current Justices of the United States Supreme Court are members-Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist, John Paul Stevens, Sandra Day O'Connor, Antonin Scalia, and Anthony M. Kennedy. Other legal notables who became members during their law school days include former Secretary of State and Houstonian James A Baker III, Justice Benjamin Cardozo, Houstonian Leon Jaworski, Senator Robert F. Kennedy, Justice Thurgood Marshall, William Prosser, former Speaker of the House and Texan Sam Rayburn, Chief Justice Earl Warren, and Presidents Gerald Ford, William McKinley, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Theodore Roosevelt, and William Howard Taft. Many deans and members of the STCL faculty are also members including Dean Frank T Read, Dean Catherine Greene Burnett, Dean T. Gerald Treece, Dean Elizabeth A. Dennis, Dean Emeritus William Wilks, Professor Bruce Burton, Professor Susan Crump, Professor Hans Lawton, Professor Jean Powers, Professor Harry Reed, Professor Gary Rosin, Professor Mark Steiner, and Professor George Wolbert, Jr.

Anyone interested in membership is encouraged pick up information brochures and applications outside the Wood Inn office (304C) or leave a telephone message at 713-646-1773.