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The Landmark and the Legacy of Brown at 50

Planning is underway for a year-long commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court decision in
Brown v. Board of Education.

The James E. Rogers College of Law, with other departments and colleges across the campus, will sponsor events and activities exploring the many dimensions of the decision and its impact on contemporary American society issues.

Plan to join other alumni during Homecoming weekend where a panel discussion featuring law faculty will kick off the year’s events. Other events are taking shape for the spring semester, including public forums, displays on local desegregation history, law student outreach to high schools, and faculty enrichment presentations related to themes of equality and education.

A calendar of events will be posted on the College of Law website, as plans are confirmed. n

Law College Association Recent Graduate Committee Formed

The Law College Association (LCA) is the College of Law’s alumni and friends organization. It is also a 501(c)(3) organization and has a 50-member board of directors. Recognizing the interest of recent graduates in being involved with the LCA and the importance of having strong recent graduate involvement in College activities, the LCA Board of Directors and the Development &
Alumni Relations Office recently formed a LCA Recent Graduate Committeee.

Members of this committee have graduated during the last five years and will focus on projects to keep their classmates interested in and involved with the College of Law. One committee member from each graduating class will serve as “Class Secretary.” The Class Secretary’s role is to help classmates keep in touch and to compile “alumni news” from the class for the From the Dean alumni newsletter.

The following individuals have agreed to serve on this committee for 2003-2004:

Class of 1999: Lea Standridge (Class Secretary – Brad Vynalek

Class of 2000: Susanne Gardner Craig McPike
Ash Sawkar (Class Secretary –
Shawn Steinberg

Class of 2001: Lindsay Jones (Class Secretary –
Carrie Rednour
Christine Thompson
Jonelle Vold (Committee Chair)

Class of 2002: Peter Ghishan (Class Secretary –
Karen Pollins

Class of 2003: Malena Acosta
Taren Ellis
Kate Gottfredson (Class Secretary –
Scott Schwartz

All alumni news for members of the Classes of 1999-2003 should be sent to your Class Secretary at his or her email address listed above.

Alumni news

William Birmingham (’51), Judge Stephen and Susan Villarreal (’75 & ’91), and Judge Frank Zapata (’73) were selected by the faculty to receive Distinguished Alumni Awards at the College’s 2003 Convocation.

Professor & Dean Emeritus Charles Ares (’52) was one of 29 members to receive a 50-year certificate from the Arizona State Bar in June 2003. He received an honorary degree from the University of Arizona at the Spring ’03 Commencement.

Armando De Leon (’59) recently was nominated for the Arizona Alumni Association Public Service Award. He will be presented with the award during the Homecoming Alumni Association’s Awards Reception on November 7, 2003.

George Rountree III (’60) has been recognized for his work on behalf of the College of Law with the Arizona Alumni Association’s Sidney S. Woods Alumni Service Award. He will accept the award during Homecoming weekend activities.

Leonard Karp (’65) of Karp, Heurlin & Weiss, P.C. has been listed again this year in “The Best Lawyers in America.” He was also selected as a Diplomat of the American College of Family Trial Lawyers.

J. Conrad Baran (’68) was recognized in April by the National Law Journal for his career as a criminal defense attorney.

George Rountree III ('60)
Stephen Weiss (’68), and Bruce Heurlin (’72), both of Karp, Heurlin & Weiss, P.C., have been selected for inclusion in “The Best Lawyers in America.” Mr. Weiss and Mr. Heurlin have served as adjunct professors at the College of Law for many years.

Michael Drake (’73) was recently chosen President-elect of the Pima County Bar Association.

Leighton Rockafellow (’73), Chairman of the American Diabetes Association Tucson Area Council, is serving his third term as Chairman of America’s Walk for Diabetes.

Quinn Williams (’74) is now a Shareholder at Greenberg Traurig and is Chair of the firm’s Phoenix Business and Venture Capital Group. He represents and counsels public and private companies, venture capitalists, entrepreneurs, investment banks and investment groups.
David R. Cole (’76), Timothy R. Hyland (’85), and Christina Urias (’88) were 3 of 12 candidates considered for an opening on Division One of the Arizona Court of Appeals in April.

Mary M. Grier (’77) will serve as Vice President of the Law College Association’s Board of Directors in 2003-04.

Harriet Chavez (’78) was appointed to the Superior Court of Maricopa County bench in April.

Michael R. Scheurich (’79), a shareholder at Mariscal, Weeks, McIntrye & Friedlander, P.A., has been elected to the Board of Directors of the Beatitudes Campus, a residential and health care facility for the elderly. In addition, Mr. Scheurich has been elected to the Board of the Beatitudes Campus Foundation and will serve as Secretary of the Board.

Mark Rubin (’81) was recently appointed to a five-year term as a trustee of the State Bar of Arizona Client Protection Fund.

Ernie Calderon (’82) was recently appointed to an eight-year term on the Arizona Board of Regents by Governor Janet Napolitano. Calderon also serves on the state’s School Readiness Task Force.

John F. Kelliher (’82) was selected as the Cochise County Outstanding Pro Bono Attorney for Winter 2003 by the Volunteer Lawyers Programs.

Leesa Berens Morrison (’84) will serve as the 2003-2004 Annual Fund Chair for the Law College Association.

Jim Angiulo (’85) was elected to the position of Justice of the Peace in Pima County Precinct #1and began his four-year term in January, 2003.

Mark Konrad (’91) was named Outstanding Pro Bono Attorney of the Month by the Volunteer Lawyers Program in May 2003.

Phillip G. Sapien (’91) is the current President of the New Mexico Hispanic Bar Association.

Gordon Lewis (’93) will serve as President of the Law College Association’s Board of Directors for 2003-04. He and his wife recently welcomed their first son, Grady.

Geno Zamora (’94) was appointed as Chief Counsel for Governor Bill Richardson (D-NM) in January. Geno and his wife, Shelia, have returned to live in Santa Fe.
Leesa Berens Morrison ('84)
January Contreras (’96) is in Costa Rica for two years, enjoying Latin America’s treasures with her

Adrian Hansen (’96) and Jill Harrison (’97) welcomed their second child, Zoe, in January 2003.

Daisy Jenkins (’96) was appointed Vice President of Human Resources for Raytheon Aircraft Company.

Darren Lehrfeld (’96) was appointed general counsel for the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities, which is based in Tucson.

Annalisa Moore (’96) and Mike Masunas were married January 25, 2003.

Alison K. Shea (’97) has joined the Law Office of Florence M. Bruemmer, P.C., practicing in the areas of business and real estate transactions, civil litigation, family law, and appellate law.

Keri Silvyn (’97) was elected to serve as Secretary of the Law College Association Board of Directors for 2003-2004.

Leslie Ternes (’99) is the Chief Operating Officer for “Hollywould” in NYC. You can learn more about the company at

Lea Standridge (’99) and her husband, Larry, welcomed son, Jake, to their family last year.

Ashish Sawkar (’00) received his first assignment for the FBI Academy in June. He is working in Los Angeles.

Myra Parker (’01) was named Arizona’s new Policy Advisor for Tribal Affairs.

Keri Silvyn ('97)

Jake Standridge

Friends of the College News
Sandra Froman, LCA Board Member, has been appointed Vice President of the National Rifle Association.
Mark Harrison, immediate past LCA President, was recognized by the faculty as a “Distinguished Honorary Alumnus” at the spring 2003 convocation.
David Rauch of Snell & Wilmer in Phoenix was elected to the Law College Association’s Board of Directors.

Richard Mallery was 2002 Valley Leadership’s “Man of the Year,” and has been honored for his lifetime achievements, work in the legal community, and leadership in the Phoenix business community over the past four decades.




College News

Immigration Law Clinic Students Neil Chhabra (3L) and Dina Moulioukova (LL.M.) successfully represented a legal permanent resident from Libya at his deportation proceedings in May 2003.

Maricela Meza (3L) and Blake Mayes (2L) were elected President and Vice President, respectively, of the Student Bar Association for 2003-04.

Sally Diggs (3L), Mary LaPaglia (’04), Jill Sosin (3L) & Jill Tsiakilos (‘04) won their appeal in the 9th Circuit Pro Bono Project case they argued in San Francisco in June.

The Class of 2003’s graduation gift to the College totaled over $35,000 in donations and pledges. More than 75% of the class participated in making the gift, which created an endowment to support faculty research.

The BRIDGE program, sponsored by alumni - Rick Gonzales, Judge Stephen Villarreal and Susan Villarreal – is designed to ease the transition to law school. This year’s BRIDGE program was a great success.

For the Fall 2003 entering class, the College’s Admissions Office received almost 2,600 applications (more than in any other year). The incoming class is very talented academically and represents a wide array of strong undergraduate and graduate schools and programs.

Suzanne King will be working this year to assist with the direction of the legal writing program. Professor King worked for over 16 years in the Legal Services Office in New York and is a veteran legal writing professor who brings a wealth of experience, talent and creativity to the program.


Commencement Photo

Governor Janet Napolitano was the speaker at the College of Law’s Spring 2003 commencement ceremony. She is joined here by Dean Massaro and Dean Emeritus Charles Ares.

College Ranked #5 for Hispanic Students

Hispanic Business magazine has named the James E. Rogers College of Law as the fifth best law program in the country for Hispanic students. In its September 2003 edition, devoted to higher education and diversity issues, the magazine lauded the College’s affordable tuition structure, strong scholarship program, and student support services as being “particularly attractive to first-generation lawyers.”

Additional factors, such as the Gonzales-Villareal Bridge Pre-Entry Program, a wealth of faculty and university resources, and a growing national reputation for academic excellence, further distinguished the College.

The Hispanic Education Report can be viewed in its entirety at

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Has it been a while since you checked in?

Is it time for you to catch up with your fellow UA Law graduates?

Call Donna Ream at (520) 626-2400 to find out about class reunion plans and planning.

In Memoriam

Cabot Sedgwick, Class of 1941

F. Dale Healy, Class of 1950

Franklin K. Gibson, Class of 1959

William Smitherman, Class of 1962

James D. Allen, Jr., Class of 1969

Nan Lyons, Friend of the College, Wife of former Dean John Lyons


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