week we feature alumna Maricela
Meza '04, 2L student Heather Goodwin, and
Assistant Dean Nancy Stanley.
2L student Heather Goodwin, choosing a law school
was a family affair. Heather and her husband
Alan--also a lawyer--were working in Germany when
they decided it was time to return to the States
and for Heather to pursue law school. Heather and
Alan have two young daughters ages 7 and 10. So
choosing a law school involved more than just
evaluating the school.
"We looked at
everything -- law schools, public schools for the
kids, housing costs, the job market for my
husband, you name it. In the end,
Arizona Law and Tucson answered all those
needs. We love Tucson, and we were struck by
how friendly and helpful the staff at Arizona Law
were from the very beginning of the
It hasn't taken Heather long to find
her niche at law school. Earlier this spring she
was part of the team which made the National Mock Trial
week, Heather won first place in the Richard Grand
Damages Competition. She was also a member of the
Jessup International Moot Court Team.
Given Heather's passion for the
courtroom, it is not surprising that when asked
what she would like to do after graduation her
response involved advocacy.
want to advocate for victims and tell their
stories. Jurors amaze me.
During trial, they put their lives on hold to do a
daunting and important
thing-weighing evidence and then telling us
what it all means. It would be an honor to
speak to jurors, help them navigate the evidence
and understand the law. I can't think of
anything I'd rather do."
and Alan love to travel and to spend time outside,
gardening, hiking, swimming -- anything
outdoors. "Our girls are happiest playing
outside, and we're loving this desert weather
right now. What a place to
Maricela is a
lifelong Wildcat. Growing up in Tucson,
Maricela attended Salpointe Catholic High School
and decided to stay in the neighborhood by
getting her undergraduate and law degrees from the
University of Arizona.
her undergraduate days, Maricela was a member of
Kappa Delta Chi Sorority, a Hispanic Alumni
Association Scholar, and worked part-time as a
dance teacher at Leticia's Dance Studio.
She is currently
working as a family law attorney at Karp
& Weiss Law Firm, an AV-rated law firm
based in Tucson, Arizona.
Maricela is forever
grateful for the opportunity to be a part of the
Arizona Law community. In 2004, she served as
Student Bar Association President and now helps
the law school and its students in whatever way
As a member of the Law
College Association Board, Maricela is part of the
ongoing conversation about how the entire law
school community -- especially with the help of
committed alumni -- can support our students and
respond to these challenging and changing
serves as a board member for the Pima County Bar
Association. She has been named a "Woman of
Influence" by Inside Tucson Business and was named
a 40 Under 40 Award Recipient.
She has also served as a member of the
Junior League of Tucson Public Affairs committee
and Los Abogados. She is
immersed in State Bar of Arizona activities as
well as a member of the Committee on Minorities in
the Law and the Family Practice
and Procedure Committee.
Maricela is also a veteran bar leader,
having served terms as President of the Pima
County and Arizona State Bar Young Lawyer
Maricela started law
school the same year that her mentor and lifelong
dance teacher, Leticia, retired.
Devastated by the thought that the
traditions started by Leticia were going to be
lost, she took on the role of Assistant Director
at Academia de Baile, Tradicion y Cultura, a dance
school that was formed to continue the legacy
Leticia created. The dance
school that was founded in 2004 is currently
thriving as a non-profit based in South
Tucson. Ten years later,
Maricela still serves as its Assistant Director.
This year will mark the
ten-year anniversary for the Class of 2004 (time
flies!) and she hopes to connect with her fellow
alums at Homecoming (November 8th) this
She is a very loyal
(obsessed) Wildcat fan and recently traveled to
Las Vegas and Anaheim to cheer on the men's
basketball team. BEAR DOWN!
Stanley precisely recalls the moment she decided
to go to law school.
"I was working in
local television during the sanctuary movement
trials, and when the defendants were
acquitted everyone was reporting that
they had 'gotten off on a technicality.' I just
didn't think that the 4th Amendment was a
technicality, and I wanted to make that argument."
she knew early on that she didn't want to practice
conventionally, she wanted to be involved in
community legal education and improve legal
member of the Arizona Law team since 2003. Nancy
provides strategic insight and critical guidance
on all communications -- press releases and press
relations, the web, and the broad range of modern
communications. The challenge at the College of
Law comes in part from having so much to
communicate, and to varied audiences. Nancy also
brings institutional memory and good judgment to
bear on a wide range of issues.
1992, shortly after the collapse of the Soviet
Union, she started to volunteer with international
groups visiting the US in various citizen
diplomacy programs, and was soon leading those
delegations. "I've probably worked with 500 or 600
visiting professionals," she said, "but the
lawyers and judges are always my favorite groups,
and I'm in awe of the work they do to make their
own societies more democratic."
is gratified -- as are all of us -- to find so
much support among Arizona Law alumni and friends
for training efforts conducted by the Rehnquist
Center. Lawyers and jurists from across the state
have so generously offered their time as
lecturers, mentors and hosts to their
she teaches a law and media course in the U of A
School of Journalism, having also taught at Pima
Community College and Southern Illinois University
School of Social Work.
has two children, Sarah, a sophomore at Sarah
Lawrence College in NY, and James, who will start
his EMT training at UCLA Medical School in
Grand Damages Competition Results
final round of the Richard Grand Closing Arguments
Competition was held on 4/16.
5 finalists were: Robson Hauser, Sean Kelly,
Heather Goodwin, Josh Barton, and Rudy
results of the competition were: Heather Goodwin -
1st place, Rudy Padilla - 2nd
place, Robson Hauser &
Sean Kelly tie for 3rd place.
wit was his passport
is jazz not ballroom dancing
understand me too quickly
my 83 years "I fell in love with words"
and Family Picnic
are invited to a Friends and Family Picnic hosted
by the Pima County Bar Association Young Lawyers
Division with help from the Recent Grad
Sunday, April 27th (12 - 4 pm)
Reid Park, Ramada # 3
and beverages will be provided by Young Lawyers
will be a raffle organized by the Arizona Law
Student Bar Association.
the picnic, join us for a day at the ballpark at
Hi-Corbett field (at Reid Park)
where the UA baseball team takes on rival ASU at
for YLD members are free, and $4 for all
RSVP for the Picnic and baseball game by April
16th, by calling Diondra at (520) 352-0008, or
of Law Commencement Ceremony and
pm - 8:00 pm
are delighted to announce that the graduation
speaker will be Judge Andrew Hurwitz of the US
Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.
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