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14th Annual Richard Grand Damages Argument Competition Award-Winners Announced

Four law students received recognition and cash prizes for their lawyering skills in the 14th Annual Richard Grand Damages Argument Competition at the University Of Arizona James E. Rogers College Of Law. Student winners of the April 16, 2014, competition were:

  • Heather Goodwin - 1st place ($2,500)
  • Rudy Padilla - 2d place ($1,500)
  • Robson Hauser and Sean Kelly - 3d place ($625 each)

The event is an oral argument competition that emphasizes the presentation of damages evidence in personal injury cases. Student finalists presented mock closing arguments on the issue of how much in damages should be awarded in a civil lawsuit. Judges were Arizona Law alumni Brian Chase, Gloria Torres Mauet, Brian Laird, Joel Feinman, and Joe Ezzo.

The competition is funded by the late Richard Grand, a 1958 graduate of the University of Arizona College of Law. Grand began his practice in Tucson as a deputy county attorney and, since 1962 his practice has been limited to representing plaintiffs. On more than 100+ occasions he has obtained either a verdict or settlement in excess of $1 million. In 1972, he received a jury verdict of $3.5 million, at that time the largest in the United States for a single injury. Wry v. Dial, 18 Ariz. App. 503 (1972).

In 1972 he founded the Inner Circle of Advocates, which is limited to 100 U.S. lawyers who have completed at least 50 personal injury trials and have at least one verdict in excess of $1 million for compensatory damages. In 2002, the University of Arizona Alumni Association Board Of Directors awarded him the University of Arizona’s Professional Achievement Award, making Mr. Grand only the twelfth person to receive this prestigious award.

Richard Grand passed away in April 2013. His generosity to the law school continues through the support of his wife, Marcia Grand, and the Richard Grand Foundation.

 

 

Posted: 04/21/2014

Conversations with Bob Mundheim Continues with John Cannon of Shearman & Sterling

John Cannon, Practice Group Leader of the Executive Compensation & Employee Benefits Group and Chair of the Corporate Governance Advisory Group at Shearman and Sterling LLP, will join Prof. Mundheim on April 7, Noon - 1:15 p.m., in Room 237. Mr. Cannon focuses his practice on all aspects of compensation and benefits, including corporate, securities, bankruptcy, employment and tax laws and ERISA. He has extensive experience in executive compensation and corporate governance matters, Dodd-Frank and Sarbanes-Oxley, and the employee issues raised in the mergers and acquisitions context. Mr. Cannon joined the firm in 1985 and became a partner in 1994.

This is the fourth of the Conversations with Bob Mundheim series this semester. For more information about the 2014 Mundheim Conversations, see here.

Posted: 04/07/2014

Board of Regents Approves Reduction in Arizona Law Nonresident Tuition

As part of a continuing effort to make Arizona Law more accessible, the Arizona Board of Regents approved a reduction in nonresident tuition for the 2014 - 2015 academic year. The approved tuition will now be $29,000, down from $38, 841. This follows a reduction in both resident and nonresident tuition for the 2013 - 2014 academic year. Read more about the nonresident reduction in tuition here.

Posted: 04/04/2014

Peter Mundheim & Brandon Becker Join Prof. Mundheim in the Conversation Series

The guest for the second conversation in the 2014 Mundheim Conversations, on March 31, 2014, Noon - 1:15 p.m., is Peter Mundheim, a Principal and Counsel of Stone Point capital since 2001. He was previously a corporate attorney at Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton LLP. Prior to joining that firm he served as a law clerk for Chancellor William T. Allen in the Delaware Court of Chancery. He serves as a director of Access Point Financial, Inc., Auction.com, LLC, C3/ CustomerContactChannels, L.P., NEBCO Insurance Services, LLC and Privilege Underwriters, Inc.

On April 2, 2014, the guest for the third conversation will be Brandon Becker, Executive Vice President and Chief Legal Officer at TIAA-CREF, where he leads the company’s legal and compliance, government relations, and internal audit functions. Previously, Mr. Becker was a Partner in the securities department at the law firm WilmerHale. He was also Chair of the firm’s Broker-Dealer Compliance and Regulation Practice Group. He specialized on a range of regulatory, financial and corporate matters on behalf of companies, banks, broker-dealers, trade associations and other organizations. From 1976 - 1996, Mr. Becker was a lawyer at the Securities and Exchange Commission. He served as director for the SEC’s Division of Trading and Markets and was responsible for the program to oversee securities professionals and markets.

For more information about the 2014 Mundheim Conversations, see here.

Posted: 03/31/2014

Conversations with Bob Mundheim Start March 24, 2014

Arizona Law’s Business Law Program and the Eller College of Management present Conversations with Bob Mundheim Spring 2014. In a five-part series, Prof. Bob Mundheim will moderate conversations with national leaders in business and law, relating their experiences in, and perspectives about, markets, corporate governance, ethics, and career development. Each conversation will be held from Noon - 1:15 p.m. in Room 237 at the College of Law.

The Series begins Monday, March 24, 2014, with Laban Jackson, Chair of the Audit Committee at JPMorgan Chase and a member of the Board of JPMorgan Chase since 2004 and Banc One Corporation from 1993 - 2004. Mr. Jackson received an Outstanding Director Award in 2012 from the Financial Times Outstanding Director Exchange for taking “the role of audit chair to new heights at JPMorgan Chase, establishing relationships with key regulators worldwide and successfully navigating the challenges of the financial crises.”

More information about the series, the other speakers, and dates can be found here.

Posted: 03/24/2014

Arizona Law Career Development Starts Interview Program in Phoenix

Expanding law firm opportunities to connect with Arizona Law students, the Career Development Office (CDO) will host interview sessions with Phoenix firms of all sizes on August 15, 2014. The Phoenix Interview Program augments an active On-Campus Interview Program, as well as regional interview programs in Denver, Las Vegas, and Albuquerque and national interview events in Chicago, Houston, New York, DC, Atlanta, and Miami.

“Arizona Law students are having solid successes in securing employment,” said Assistant Dean for Career Development Karen Kowalski, “and this program is another way to facilitate their job searches, as well as to help firms meet their needs for talented new lawyers. We’re committed to opening more doors for our students, both nationally and here in Arizona.”

The Phoenix Interview Program will be coordinated through CDO’s Phoenix office. Firms interested in interviewing should contact CDO’s Phoenix Director Leah Won at leahwon@email.arizona.edu for more information.

Posted: 03/14/2014

Arizona Law and Quarles & Brady Partner to Launch Intellectual Property & Entrepreneurship Clinic

Law students at the College of Law will soon be counseling start-up businesses on how to protect their inventions and innovations. On March 11, 2014, the law school, partnering with Quarles & Brady, a national law firm with a major intellectual property (IP) practice, launched a new legal clinic focused on helping newly established businesses and entrepreneurs.

The clinic represents a significant clinical partnership between a law school and a law firm, and responds to the need for increased practical skills training in areas where legal employment is growing. Students in the clinic will act as junior attorneys representing start-up companies, supervised by Arizona Law faculty and subject matter experts from Quarles & Brady. The new clinic will advise start-up clients how to protect their intellectual property, obtain venture funding, and commercialize their innovations. Quarles & Brady has committed to sustaining the project for the next two years.

“Arizona Law’s mission is to develop practice-ready graduates, and intellectual property is a hot area both in Arizona and nationally,” said Professor Derek Bambauer, faculty supervisor for the clinic. “It will give students invaluable real-world experience with IP, under the supervision of a talented team of seasoned lawyers from Quarles & Brady.” Bambauer noted that start-up companies, while dynamic and innovative, are frequently cash poor at the time they are established. “This makes it difficult for them to afford the legal assistance they need to protect their property. The clinic will narrow the gap, to the benefit of the students, the companies, and ultimately the state,” he said.

“Quarles has a strong history of working with inventors, universities and research institutions to develop strategies for protecting and commercializing their discoveries,” said Gavin Milczarek-Desai, a managing partner of the Quarles Tucson office. Gavin, who earned his PhD in Molecular and Cellular Biology from the University of Arizona and his JD from the James E. Rogers College of Law, is a key member of the firm’s Research Institutions Industry team where he serves universities and medical research facilities in the areas of patent strategy, prosecution and commercialization across the country. “It is exciting for all of us who have worked to move the clinic from idea to reality to see it come to life. I am honored to have this opportunity to mentor law school students who will help advise and develop the startup companies of the future.”

“Arizona has a vibrant start-up scene,” said Dean Marc L. Miller, “and this new venture highlights the deep connections between the law school and a world-class research university that constantly produces advances in technologies from computer software to optics to biomedicine.” Miller also noted that building community and professional partnerships “is a key goal for our institutional and economic sustenance.”

The new IP clinic builds on Arizona Law’s strengths in intellectual property and information law. The school’s faculty includes Derek Bambauer, whose research involves IP and cyberlaw; Visiting Assistant Professor Shun-Ling Chen, an expert in international IP; Associate Professor Jane Bambauer, a nationally-recognized leader in privacy and Big Data research; and adjunct Professor Larry Hecker, who leads the Business Law Exchange partnership with the McGuire Center for Entrepreneurship at the Eller College of Management.

Posted: 03/11/2014

UANews Features Prof. Anaya's Work as Teacher & International Human Rights Expert

A February 26, 2014, UANews article discusses Prof. Anaya's career as a law professor and international human rights expert. The article highlights Prof. Anaya's position as the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, and how he has involved students in his work. Two current LL.M. students in the Indigenous Peoples Law & Policy Program, Brendan Kennedy and Jose Solis, Jr., discuss how invaluable working with Prof. Anaya in his UN work has been. Read the article here.

Posted: 02/27/2014

Richard Grand Legal Writing Competition Rewards Excellence in Legal Writing

Five law students received recognition and cash awards in the 14th Annual Richard Grand Legal Writing Competition at the University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law.

Student winners of the 2013-14 competition, announced at a lunchtime reception on Thursday, January 30, were:

Kate Hollist (1L) First Place - $2500
Jessica Schulberg (1L) Second Place - $1500
Matt Smith (3L) Third Place - $1000
Tim Butterfield (1L) Honorable Mention - $750
Omar Vasquez (3L)  Honorable Mention - $750

Using a problem prepared by Arizona Law faculty, students wrote an essay profiling an individual whose life had been touched by the law. Faculty members Lorraine Gin and Susie Salmon selected the five finalists from over twenty entries based on the pieces’ vivid language, compelling storytelling, and sound writing fundamentals.

The final order of awards was determined by a panel of lawyers and judges:

  • Justice Ann Timmer, Arizona Supreme Court
  • Geri Mose-Mahrt, Staff Attorney, Arizona Court of Appeals
  • Timothy Eigo, editor, Arizona Attorney magazine
  • Sarah Bullard, Attorney, Pima County Public Defender
  • Brian Laird, Attorney, Laird Law Firm, PLLC

The competition is one of two annual events funded by internationally recognized plaintiffs’ lawyer Richard Grand to improve student skills. The Richard Grand Damages Argument tests student skills in oral arguments and will be held later this spring.

Grand passed away in April of 2013 at the age of 83, but both competitions bearing his name live on in his memory. His widow, Marsha Grand, increased the amount of the cash awards this year, honoring her husband’s lifelong commitment to fostering cogent legal communication.

Grand, a 1958 graduate of the University of Arizona College of Law, began his practice in Tucson as a deputy county attorney. After 1962, his practice was limited to representing plaintiffs. One 100+ occasions he obtained either a verdict or settlement in excess of $1 million. In 1972, he received a jury verdict of $3.5 million, at that time the largest in the United States for a single injury. Wry v. Dial. 18 Ariz. App. 503 (1972).

Grand was the Honorary President of The Richard Grand Society – “The Injury Lawyers Alliance” – a Society of preeminent personal injury and medical malpractice lawyers entitled to practice in the United Kingdom. In 1972 he founded the Inner Circle of Advocates, which is limited to 100 U.S. lawyers who have completed at least 50 personal injury trials and have at least one verdict in excess of $1 million for compensatory damages. In 2002, the University of Arizona Alumni Association Board of Directors awarded him the University of Arizona’s Professional Achievement Award to Richard Grand. Mr. Grand was only the twelfth person to receive this prestigious award.

Posted: 02/17/2014

Prof Anaya Nominated for Nobel Peace Prize

UPDATE: An editorial in the February 20, 2014, issue of the Arizona Daily Star, discusses Prof. Anaya’s nomination for the Nobel Peace Prize and salutes his work. Read the editorial here.

UPDATE: Prof. Anaya explains how he learned about the nomination, his thoughts about it, and his work in an exclusive interview in Indian Country Today, published on February 13, 2014. Read the interview here.

Prof. Anaya, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, has recently been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize for his work with indigenous peoples around the world. A member of Norway’s Parliament stated that he nominated Prof. Anaya particularly for his efforts in bringing the impact of climate change and exploitation of natural resources on indigenous peoples to the attention of the world. Read more here.

Posted: 02/07/2014

Environmental Breakfast Club 2013 - 2014 Schedule

UPDATE:  Read a September 16, 2013, UA@Work story about the Environmental Breakfast Club and bridges it creates between disciplines here.

The Environmental Breakfast Club, a diverse group of faculty from various departments, programs and colleges on the campus who meet monthly at Arizona Law to discuss works in progress on the environment and natural resources, released their schedule for the coming year. All presentations will be on the first Friday of each month (January excepted), from 8:30 - 10:00 a.m., in the Law College Faculty Lounge (Room 237), with the exception of Dec. 6, when the Club will meet at the Tree Ring Laboratory. Read the full schedule here.

Posted: 09/11/2013