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Last Friday, the University of Arizona launched the biggest fundraising campaign in school history. The campaign, called "Arizona Now," is a $1.5 billion fundraising campaign for the state's flagship university, including $18 million for Arizona Law.


Though you will hear more about Arizona Now in the coming months, today we share one alumnus' story of generosity and giving back. This week we feature 2L student Vanessa Garrett, Assistant Dean Bianca Mack, and alumnus Michael Trauscht.


Until the footnotes,




Vanessa Garrett '15


Vanessa Garrett is motivated. She is wrapping up her second year of law school and she's tackling another life-changing event at the same time.


"I'm getting married in less than 60 days. Believe it or not, I've planned a wedding during law school. Yes. I'm a crazy person. But it's definitely do-able," she said.


Vanessa has been using that same drive since coming to Arizona Law. The self-identified "nerd who enjoys learning about the law" credits her professors with helping her love the law even more. She said, "I have yet to find a subject of the law I don't like. It's hard to not enjoy law school when you have professors who enjoy teaching and who love the law as well."


Those professors captivated Vanessa from the moment she stepped onto campus. "I was completely blown away by the school, the community, and the people. Everyone I met was incredibly nice, and I could also tell that they enjoyed learning and teaching," she said. "I knew I wanted to go to a law school where I would feel inspired to study and learn the law. Arizona Law fit that perfectly. I also liked the smaller class size."


Yes, Vanessa loves law school but there are still challenging times. "On those days, I try to remind myself why I started, and remember the moments where I come home talking excitedly about some interesting antitrust or class action issue I learned that day."


Vanessa has a learning disorder and said her zest and success in law school might be because she worked hard to figure out how to study and be effective. "I also think that my brain works the way law school wants students to think. It's neat to feel like I've found my niche."


Always a 'doer', Vanessa has also spearheaded efforts to start a new student organization-the Global Student Union. After attending the first year of classes with several Advanced JD students, Vanessa and classmate Andy Hall were inspired to help their global colleagues learn the cultural and social side of law school.


This year the Global Student Union assisted with orientation by providing a "Welcome to Tucson" presentation, covering everything from public transportation to the location of supermarkets and stores. The Global Student Union also hosted a dinner at Beyond Bread as an example of an 'American' style meal.


Vanessa will spend this summer clerking at the Phoenix office of Bryan Cave.


You can connect with Vanessa on Linkedin.
Michael Trauscht '73


Immediately after graduation in 1973, Michael Trauscht took a job at the Pima County Attorney's Office and soon found himself knee-deep in an extremely complicated case. In need of a little guidance, Michael reached out to his former Professor and mentor Art Andrews, who invited Michael over to his home to discuss the case over a beer. They spent the evening debating the many facets of the case. Art provided Michael with advice, a sounding board, and confidence. Time went on, the case resolved itself, and Michael's career moved on.


Today, Michael has been practicing law for forty-one years. He is a successful solo practitioner focusing primarily on plaintiff's personal injury work. Over the years he has dealt with many complicated cases and received plenty of advice from friends and mentors, he said, but he has never forgotten the generous support he received in those early months from Art Andrews.


Recently, Michael increased his own generous support of Arizona Law, making a $500,000 gift commitment in honor of Prof. Andrews, Dean Emerita Toni Massaro, and fellow Arizona Law alum Maria Baier. Michael's gift, earmarked for student scholarships, will provide access to law school for many future Arizona Law students.


Michael has three children and three grandchildren.  


Michael's gift is one of a trio of major gifts recently made by alumni and friends who who hold Arizona Law in high esteem. Jim and Beverly Rogers recently made an additional $500,000 gift to create a rare book collection at the College of Law. And a donor who currently wishes to remain anonymous committed to a $525,000 gift to remodel our Career Development Office , improving our ability to serve students in their employment searches.


We are thrilled and grateful for each of these gifts and, indeed, every gift we receive. As Friday's campaign kickoff events made clear, there has never been a moment in Arizona Law history quite like today. The gifts and support we secure today pave the way for future tomorrows.


Thank you Michael, Jim and Beverly, and every person who supports Arizona Law and our students.


Bianca Mack  

If you have been to campus lately, you have likely had the opportunity to meet Assistant Dean for Admissions and Financial Aid Bianca Mack. Following in the footsteps of Terry Holpert and Eric Eden, Bianca leads our Admissions office. Like her predecessors, she is committed to providing prospective students with a welcome reception and a personal touch.


Bianca came to Arizona Law eighteen months ago from George Mason University beginning as our Director of Admissions and taking over at the helm shortly thereafter. Bianca holds a JD from George Mason, an MBA from DeVry University, and a BA from Duke University.


Across the country, law school admissions continue to decline with around 10 % fewer students applying to law schools this year compared to last year-the fourth straight year of national declines. Despite the challenges facing the law school admissions market across the country, Bianca and the Admissions team--Mimi Huang, Katie Beringson, and Keyshia Conner--continue to recruit and nurture outstanding classes filled with accomplished and interesting students capable of succeeding in law school and practice.


Bianca has quickly formed a love for her new home in the Southwest and a fondness for the local community. When asked about the transition from D.C. to Tucson, Bianca says simply, "I am never leaving."


The former teacher and coach is an avid sports fan, particularly of professional basketball. She is enjoying the robust sports offerings available in Arizona and has mastered the short trek from Tucson to Phoenix in order to attend Phoenix Suns games.


Please join me in congratulating Jonathan Loe, Kevin Moyer,and  Hope Sullivan, the members of the Arizona Law National Appellate Advocacy Competition team  and their coach Professor Suzie Salmon.  The team made it to the "sweet sixteen" at the national round of the American Bar Association's competition last week in Chicago, Illinois.  The team that defeated Arizona Law in the sweet sixteen -- Georgetown -- ultimately won the entire competition and is this year's national champion.  We are so proud of our team! 


Jon, Kevin, and Hope spent months drafting their brief, preparing for and participating in the regional round in Boston, and preparing for this national round.  Along the way, the team enjoyed excellent preparation and advice from faculty members Derek Bambauer, Jane Bambauer, Paul Bennett, Sherry Downer, Kirsten Engel, Lorraine Gin, David Marcus, Suzanne Rabe, and Nina RabinSeveral alumni also served as practice judges, including 2010 NAAC team alum Tim Reppucci; 2011 NAAC team alums Naomi Claxton, Nick Knauer, and Ryan Thomsen; 2012 NAAC team alum Jason Quackenbush; 2013 NAAC team alum Johnny Anderson; and alum Abbe Goncharsky.    


For another popular moot court competition, the Fegtly competition will be this Thursday evening, April 17th, starting at 5:30pm in the Ares Auditorium.  Our judges will be Judge John Pelander from the Arizona Supreme Court, Judge Mary Schroeder from the Ninth Circuit, and Judge Cindy Jorgenson from the District of Arizona.


Coming soon!


Friends and Family Picnic 

You are invited to a Friends and Family Picnic hosted by the Pima County Bar Association Young Lawyers Division with help from the Recent Grad Committee.


Date: Sunday, April 27th (12 - 4 pm)

Location: Reid Park, Ramada # 3 


Food and beverages will be provided by Young Lawyers Division.


There will be a raffle organized by the Arizona Law Student Bar Association.


After 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 4 pm.    


*Tickets for YLD members are free, and $4 for all others.*


Please RSVP for the Picnic and baseball game by April 16th, by calling Diondra at (520) 352-0008, or email 

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College of Law Commencement Ceremony and Reception

Saturday, May 17  

5:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Centennial Hall


We 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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Arizona Law Week in DC

AZ Law will be in DC June 23rd - June 27th   


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Richard Grand Argument Competition

Final Arguments today at 3:00pm in Room 164 



But WOW, look at those jury verdicts he got!

I earned my reputation as a trial lawyer

Rage daddio rage

Life is jazz not ballroom dancing

     -Richard Grand  


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There are so many ways to support our students.


Vanessa Garrett, Bianca Mack, Michael Trauscht, Jim Rogers, Beverly Rogers--these are the people, and this is the kind of passion, that makes the College of Law such a special place.


As we launch our Arizona NOW campaign with the University, and as we head towards the College of Law Centennial, we welcome your passion and your actions that will move us forward in our second century.





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Marc L. Miller 
Dean & Ralph W. Bilby Professor of Law 
James E. Rogers College of Law    

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