Dannnye K. Holley, Dean and Professor of Law

Mary Q. Kelly
Instructor of Law

Phone: (713) 313-1178
Email: mary.kelly@tmslaw.tsu.edu


J.D. (Class rank-2), St. Mary’s University School of Law, with honors, December 1974
(Associate Editor, Law Journal), 1974
Ph.D., University of Tennessee (English); University Fellowship, 1969
M.A., University of Tennessee (English); University Fellowship
B.A., cum laude, Marquette University (English and Political Science); English and Liberal Arts
honorary societies

Courses Taught
Legal Writing

Biographical Information

  • Admitted to Practice Texas (May 1975) 
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
  • United States District Court for the Western District of Texas

Professional Employment:  Academic

  • 2012Present -- Instructor, Thurgood Marshall School of Law, Houston, Texas
  • Summer 1973 and Fall 1975 -- University of Texas at San Antonio, Lecturer, graduate English courses
  • 1967–1972 -- Transylvania University, Assistant Professor, Department of English and Humanities
  • 1964–1966  University of Tennessee, Instructor, English Literature (part–time)
  • Frequent Guest Lecturer at University of Texas School of Law (2004); University of Texas at San Antonio Pre-Law Program (1990 through 2002);  University of Texas Health Science Center School of Public Health (1990-through 2000); Incarnate Word University, San Antonio (2010); St. Mary’s University School of Law, San Antonio (1998 through 2005).

Professional Employment:  Law Practice

  • 2005–2017            Of Counsel (former Shareholder), The Gardner Law Firm, P.C.,  San Antonio
  • 2001–2005            Partner, Loeffler, Tuggey, Pauerstein, Rosenthal LLP, San Antonio
  • 1996–2001            Of Counsel, Hoops & Levy, L.L.P., San Antonio, Texas
  • 1997–2001            Assistant Chief Counsel, Air Force Base Conversion Agency, San Antonio,
  • 1994–1996            Shareholder, Groce, Locke, & Hebdon, P.C., San Antonio, Texas
  • 1984–1994            Partner, Fulbright & Jaworski LLP, San Antonio, Texas
  • 1975–1984            Partner, Matthews & Branscomb, P.C., San Antonio, Texas

Honors (Selected): 

  • 2013  U.S. Department of the Interior Award for contributions to the Habitat Conservation Plan approved by the Fish and Wildlife Service for protection of listed endangered species in the Edwards Aquifer Region.
  • 2010  Greater San Antonio Chamber of Commerce Outstanding Member Award in recognition of leadership to resolve long-term regional water resource issues to benefit the business community.
  • 1999  U.S. Department of Defense Recognition for service relating to the closure of Kelly AFB (complex environmental contamination, water resource, and property conveyance issues had to be resolved in the five-year phased closure and realignment of the 4,000-acre base.)

Professional Associations (Selected):

  • State Bar of Texas
    Sections on Corporation, Banking, and Business; Real Property, Probate, and Trust; Environment and Natural Resources (past member, Executive Committee); and Public Law
  • American Bar Association
    Sections on Environment, Energy, and Resources; Public Utility; Urban, State, and Local Government Law; Business Law; and Real Property, Probate, and Trust Law
  • San Antonio Bar Association
    Sections on Environmental Law (Founding Chair in 1988), Real Estate, and Natural Resources; Chair of Law Day Committee and Other Committees
  • Houston Bar Association, Environmental Section; Senior Lawyers Division
  • Texas Bar Foundation, Life Fellow
  • San Antonio Bar Foundation, Life Fellow
  • Houston Bar Foundation, Fellow
  • College of the State Bar of Texas, Maintaining Fellow
  • State of Texas Qualifications for Impartial Third Parties; Roster of Qualified Neutrals, United States District Court for the Western District of Texas; Certificate, Harvard Law School Mediation Program of Instruction for Lawyers (1993); University of Texas Law School, Negotiating Complex Disputes (2000)
  • Bexar County Women’s Bar Association, Charter Member
  • National Association of Bond Lawyers, Past Committee Chair
  • Rated “AV” by Martindale-Hubbell for over 30 years; Best Lawyers in San Antonio
  • Texas Water Conservation Association, Past Director; Member, Water Laws Committee
  • Air & Waste Management Association, Southwest Section, Alamo Chapter, Past Chair
  • San Antonio Manufacturers’ Association, Past Chair, Environmental and Water Committee
  • International Women’s Forum participant in annual conferences with women leaders in major U.S. cities and in England, Ireland, Canada, Argentina, Italy, Germany, Morocco, Ecuador, South Africa, and Hong Kong.
  • Texas Women’s Forum (Houston and San Antonio chapters)

Public Appointments:

  • Texas Turnpike Authority Board of Directors (appointed by Governor George W. Bush);
  • Texas Commission for the Humanities (appointed by Governor Preston Smith);
  • San Antonio Water System Board of Trustees (appointed by San Antonio City Council); and
  • 1989-1991--Legal Adviser, Author, and Speaker, Inter–University Policy Forum on Edwards Aquifer (Bi–weekly Saturday conferences on regional water strategy among academics, public officials, and hydrologic consultants at Texas State University, San Marcos, Texas).

Civic and Community Leadership Activities (Selected):

  • Greater San Antonio Chamber of Commerce, Board of Directors, 2006-2009; Public Affairs Steering Committee; Water (Past Chair), Legislation, Air Quality (Past Chair) and Transportation Committees; Past Council Chair.
  • Christus Santa Rosa Children’s Hospital Foundation, Board of Directors; Executive Committee; Currently Chair Emeritus, Endowment Trustees
  • University of Texas at San Antonio, President’s Associates; Member, Institutional Review Board; UTSA College of Liberal and
  • Fine Arts, Dean’s Circle
  • Leadership Council of United Way
  • Executive Committee, San Antonio Mobility Coalition (2004–2006)
  • Board of Directors, San Antonio Library Foundation (2000–2004)
  • Community Board of Advisors, San Antonio Express–News
  • Executive Committee, Mayor’s Task Force on Kelly AFB Privatization;
  • City of San Antonio Initial Base Adjustment Strategy Committee (IBASC); and BRAC ‘95 Task Force
  • United Way of San Antonio, Co–Chair, Attorney’s Division
  • San Antonio Advisory Committee for Regional Water Resource Study (1981–1987)
  • YWCA of San Antonio, Board President
  • Alamo Area Council of Boy Scouts

Presentations and Publications (Selected):

  • Author and Speaker— “Water Law Issues and Energy Resources,” Thurgood Marshall School of Law Oil and Gas Symposium, October 2015.
  • Author and Speaker, “Overview of Water Law in Texas,” lecture to UNAM- Mexico City law students and faculty, presented at UNAM-San Antonio, December 2010.
  • Author and Speaker, “Water Law in Texas,” Water and Culture Series(lecture and seminar series made possible by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities), University of the Incarnate Word, February 2010.
  • Panel Moderator and Speaker, “Texas Water Law Overview,” Water Symposium, Trinity University, February 2010.
  • Author and Speaker, “The Edwards Aquifer Recovery Implementation Program:  Purpose and Progress,” presentation to the San Antonio Manufacturers Association, January 2010.
  • Author and Speaker, “Texas Water Law:  A Summary of Key Issues,” Texas Contracting and Environmental Issues for Contractors and Engineers, July 2009.
  • Co-author, “Article 10—Protection of Persons and Property—of the New AIA A201 Agreement between Owner and Contractor,” Understanding the New Generation of AIA Standard Contract Forms, November, 2008.
  • Author and Speaker, “Historical and Legal Review of Edwards Aquifer Regulation,” St. Mary’s University Law School, March 2008.
  • Author and Speaker, “An Overview of Texas Water Law,”UTSA College of Engineering Graduate School, October 2007.
  • Author and Speaker, “Rule of Capture and Texas Groundwater Law,” Witte Museum Regional Water Symposium, March 2006.
  • Heritage Forum, “New Protections for the Edwards Aquifer,” March 2005.
  • Author and Panel Moderator, “Evolution of the Management of the Edwards Aquifer,” American Bar Association, Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources, 12th Annual Section Fall Meeting, October 2004.
  • Author and Speaker, “Historical Water Control Policies:  An Overview,” CLE International Texas Water Law Seminar, Houston, Texas, May 2002.
  • Co–Author, “What’s New in Surface Water?  Senate Bill 2,” CLE International Water Law Seminar, Houston, Texas, June 2001.
  • Author and Speaker, “Regional Water Resource Projects,” presentation to Bexar County Environmental Coalition, June 2001.
  • Author and Speaker, “New Water Resources for San Antonio,” presentation to San Antonio Bar Association, January 2001.
  • Author and Speaker, “Texas Water Law and San Antonio Regional Water Issues,” presentations to UTSA graduate classes, January and February 2000.
  • Author and Speaker, “Interbasin Transfers under Senate Bill 1,” Diving into Texas Water Law, State Bar of Texas Environmental Law Annual Conference, February 12–13, 1999
  • Author and Speaker, “Kelly AFB Closure:  Redevelopment and Remediation,” San Antonio Bar Association, August 1997.
  • Author, Speaker, and Moderator, “San Antonio’s Water Issues,” Leadership San Antonio Seminar, March 1997.
  • Author and Speaker, “Edwards Aquifer Regulation,” Texas Water Law Conference, Austin, Texas, December 1996.
  • Author and Speaker, “Texas Water Law and the Edwards Aquifer,” Mayor’s Committee on Water Resources, September 1996.
  • Author and Speaker, “Update on Aquifer Issues,” San Antonio Business Leaders Forum, September 1996.
  • Author and Speaker, “Texas Supreme Court and the Constitutionality of the Edwards Aquifer Authority Act,” Texas Society of Professional Engineers, April 1996.
  • Author and Speaker, “Texas Water Law and the Edwards Aquifer,” Air & Waste Management Association 88th Annual National Meeting & Exhibition, June 1995.
  • Author and Speaker, “Edwards Aquifer Legislative Issues,” panel presentation to St. Mary’s University School of Law; presentation to UTSA graduate class; presentation to Leadership San Antonio, February 1995.
  • Author and Speaker, “Texas Water Rights,” State Bar of Texas Advanced Real Estate Course, Houston and Fort Worth, July 1994.
  • Author, “Texas Groundwater Law and Senate Bill 1477,” San Antonio Lawyer, Volume 2, No. 2 (Summer 1994).
  • Speaker’s Bureau, “San Antonio 2050 Water Plan,” (Fifteen presentations to civic, professional, and business organizations) July – August 1994.
  • Author and Speaker, “Mediation in Unexpected Cases,” Advanced Mediation:  Effective Advocacy at the Table, San Antonio Bar Association, March 1994.
  • Keynote Speaker, Brooks Air Force Base Technical Business Forum, March 1994.
  • Author and Speaker, “Clean Water Act Reauthorization,” 5th Annual Environmental Law Conference, South Texas College of Law, Houston, Texas, January 1994.
  • Co–author, TEXAS ENVIRONMENTAL LAW HANDBOOK, Third Edition, Government Institutes, Inc. December 1993 (contributed 100-page chapter on water quality and water permitting).
  • Author and Speaker, “The Edwards Aquifer:  Current Developments,” Third Annual Texas Water Law Conference, CLE International, Austin, Texas, October 1993.
  • Author and Speaker, “Overview of Edwards Aquifer Legislation,” Texas Water Conservation Association Conference, October 1993.
  • Author and Speaker, “Edwards Aquifer Management:  An Overview of New Legislation” San Antonio Bar Association Environmental Law Seminar, September 1993.
  • Presenter, “Industrial User Compliance Requirements,” Regional Workshopon Senate Bill 1477, sponsored by City of San Antonio, July 1993.
  • Author and Speaker, “Pollution Prevention,” Environmental Law Section, San Antonio Bar Association August 1993.
  • Author and Speaker, “Pollution Prevention Programs,” Fulbright & Jaworski Environmental Law Update Seminar, Houston, Texas, April 1993.
  • Author and Speaker, “Environmental and Secured Lending Issues in Bankruptcy Practices,” What Every Business Lawyer Needs to Know about Environmental Law, State Bar of Texas Professional Development Institute, April 1993.
  • Author and Speaker, “Environmental Issues of NAFTA and Trade with Mexico,” St. Mary’s University School of Law Symposium, Legal Aspects of Doing Business with Mexico, March 1993.
  • Presenter, “The Future of Endangered Species Litigation,” Endangered Species Law Conference, March 1993.
  • Author and Speaker, “Edwards Aquifer Proposed Legislation,” various presentations, including San Antonio Manufacturers’ Association; The Greater San Antonio Chamber of Commerce; San Antonio Board of Realtors, Commercial Investment Division, January – March 1993.
  • Author and Speaker, “Update on Environmental Law:  Issues and Cases,” St. Mary’s University School of Law, 1992; January 1994.
  • Author and Speaker, “Legal Issues in Environmental Management,” Graduate Seminar, The University of Texas at San Antonio, February 1992.
  • Author, Sierra Club v. Lujan:  A New Endangered Species Act Case,” Texas Builder, March 1992.
  • Author and Speaker, “TWC Edwards Rules and the Endangered Species Litigation,” Seminar for Directors and Members, Greater San Antonio Builders Association, May 1992.
  • Presenter, “The Edwards Underground River: New TWC Rules,” Various presentations to business groups, May – August 1992.
  • Author and Speaker, “Business and Bankruptcy Issues for Environmental Contractors,” Third Annual Minority and Women Business Enterprise Statewide Conference, Texas Water Commission, November 1991.
  • Author and Speaker, “NPDES Storm Water Application Requirements:  An Overview,” Wastewater Pretreatment Seminar, City of San Antonio, October 1991.
  • Author and Speaker, “Endangered Species Issues and the Edwards Aquifer,” National Association of Home Builders National Convention, Las Vegas, Nevada, January 1991.
  • Presenter, “Environmental Liabilities and Bankruptcy Law,” Southern Methodist University School of Law, Fifth Annual Institute of Advanced Bankruptcy Law, Dallas, Texas, May 1991.
  • Author and Speaker, “Compliance with NPDES Stormwater Regulations,” Petroleum Marketers Association of America National Conference, 1991.
  • Presenter, “Water Now!” Civic Leaders Speakers Bureau (over thirty presentations made to various businesses, civic groups, and professional associations), January – April 1991.
  • Presenter, “EPA Storm Water Permit Program,” Alamo Area Chapter, Air & Waste Management Association, October 1991.
  • Author and Speaker, “NPDES Permit Regulations for Storm Water Regulation: An Overview,” Fulbright & Jaworski Environmental Law Seminar, Austin, Texas, September 1991.
  • Author and Speaker, “Issues in Texas Water Law,” San Antonio Bar Association Environmental Law Afternoon Seminar; Conference Chair, July 1991.
  • Author and Speaker, “New Regulations on Storm Water Discharge,” World Safety Organization – Texas Chapter Regional Conference, June 1990.
  • Co–author, TEXAS ENVIRONMENTAL LAW HANDBOOK, Second Ed., Government Institutes, Inc., 1990 (Contributed 120–page chapter on water quality).
  • Author and Speaker, “Water Pollution Control,” Environmental Law Seminar, Government Institutes, Inc., Austin, Texas, August 1990.
  • Author and Speaker, “Legal Considerations in Managing the Edwards Aquifer,” North American Association for Environmental Education, September 1990.
  • Author and Speaker, “Business Law Negotiations:  Sharpening Negotiating Skills: Your Key to Success,” State Bar of Texas Professional Development Institute, Austin, Texas, October 1990.
  • Author and Speaker, “Overview of Environmental Law Applicable to Real Property Ownership,” National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials National Summer Conference, June 1990.
  • Presenter, “Edwards Aquifer and Texas Water Law,” Earth Day Twentieth Anniversary Program, The University of Texas Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs, April 1990.



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