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The Honorable Raul H. Castro (’49) received the University of Arizona Alumni Association’s Professional Achievement Award for outstanding achievement in law and his many years of service to the people of Arizona.

Included in The Phoenix Business Journal’s “Best of the Bar” were numerous alumni, including: John R. Christian (’59) and Terry Roman (’82) for corporate law; Thomas L. Hudson (’92) and Ed Hendricks (’69) for litigation; Ernest Calderon (’82) for labor law; Steven N. Berger (’84) for bankruptcy; and Brett L. Dunkelman (’80) for intellectual property and technology law.

George Rountree III (’60) recently received one of the highest professional honors in North Carolina with his selection to the Lawyers Hall of Fame.

James RogersCiting his business success and philanthropic work in higher education, the Nevada Business Hall of Fame recently inducted James E. Rogers (’62) into its ranks.

Robert C. Swan (’72) is Senior Vice President and General Counsel of International Capital Partners, an international real estate investment company headquartered in Scottsdale.

Family and friends of the late James Himelic (’73) established the Himelic Fund for ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease) in his memory and have raised more than $250,000 to fund research.

They invite all alumni and friends to participate in a golf tournament and dinner on May 21st, 2004. Information is available at www.jimhimelic .

Cochise County’s Outstanding Pro Bono Attorney for summer 2003 was Paul A. Smith (’83).

The San Diego North County Bar Association recently installed Russell Kohn (’84) as its President for 2004.

James P. Angiulo (’85) serves as the Justice of the Peace in Pima County Justice Precinct #1.

Brenda Moody Whinery (’85) is now a shareholder in the firm of Mesch, Clark & Rothschild.

The Pima County Bar Association recognized James A. Whitehill (’85) as the Pro Bono Attorney of the Month in November 2003.

Governor Napolitano has appointed Christina Urias (‘88) to be the Director of the Arizona Department of Insurance.

Karl H. WidellKarl H. Widell (’01) has relocated from Boston to join the Phoenix office of Brown & Bain, PA.

Wendy Gerlach Briggs (’91), of Steptoe & Johnson, LLP, was named in bizAZ’s list of “Legal Up-and-Comers.”

Members of the New Mexico Hispanic Bar Association recently elected Phillip G. Sapien (’91) as their President for 2003-04.

Michael B. O’Leary
(’92) serves as the Deputy Chief for Intellectual Property, Computer Crime & Intellectual Property Section, United States Department of Justice.

Andrew N. Kohn (’93) and his wife live in San Diego where he practices law. They have two children; son Mason, age 3, and Mia Angeline, almost 2.

Rusing & Lopez, PLLC has named Oscar S. Lizardi (’95) a member/owner in the firm.

LCA Board Member Brad Vynalek (’99), of Quarles & Brady Streich Lang, was listed in bizAZ’s list of “Legal Up-and-Comers” in Arizona.

Gabriel S. Galanda (’00) published a guest opinion in the National Law Journal in November, 2003 on the topic of Indian law and bar exams.

A staff attorney for the Volunteer Attorneys for Rural Nevada Victims Assistance Project, Suzanne Garcia (’00) is also a Justice for the Inter-Tribal Court of Appeals, administered by the Tribal Council of Nevada.

Josh M. ReidJosh M. Reid (’00) has joined the firm of Parsons Behle Latimer in Salt Lake City, where he will specialize in environmental and natural resources law.

The Health Law Section of the American Bar Association recently awarded Roberta Parrish (’03) first prize in their annual national writing contest.

Two recent graduates have joined Phoenix’s Osborn Maledon. They are Kevin A. Pollak (’03) and Ronda R. Woinowsky (‘02).

Friends of the College News

LCA Immediate Past President Mark I. Harrison has joined Osborn Maledon in Phoenix.

Snell & Wilmer’s David Rauch (’99) also a member of the LCA Board (’99) was listed in bizAZ’s legal “Up-and-Comers.”

Class Notes 1999
By Lea Standridge, Class of ’99 Secretary

Gary and Michele (Alsentzer) Thompson are married and expecting their first child in August. Michele continues her practice in Tucson with Shugart, Thomson & Kilroy, PC (formerly Goodwin, Raup)

Jody Campbell Corbett and Jim Corbett welcomed their son James Davis (“J.D.”) in January, 2003. He just celebrated his first birthday and is walking everywhere he goes.

Blythe (Henry) Edmondson continues to have her own real estate and estate planning office in Tucson. Blythe and husband Marco stay busy with their first child, Victoria Anne, born on May 13, 2003.

Megan (Hughes) and Matt Fischer are married, living in Phoenix, and have a four-month old son named Paul. Matt continues to develop his commercial litigation practice with Snell & Wilmer, and Mega handles product liability defense matters with Bowman & Brooke.

Hyuki “Huck” Kwon and his wife welcomed their second child, Vincent, on December 4, 2002. The family, including daughter Sue Min, will be moving from Houston back to Arizona, where Huck has accepted a position with Target Corporation.
Class Notes 2000
By Ash Sawkar, Class of ’00 Secretary

Does it surprise anyone that Jonathan Schmitt and his wife, Alexis, are doing well? Of course not. Jon, the consummate planner, is enjoying his work with Akin Gump. Even more so, Jon enjoys his free time with his sons, David, Tyler, and a “player to be named in late January 2004.” Jon expects to be in Houston for another 2-3 years before the family heads back to Arizona. And just when the Houston Texans were getting good . . .

There’s nothing foolish about Josh and Jodi Moya’s April 1, 2004, due date
for Jacob Franklin Moya. Both prosecutors will surely get their number one suspect to confess his goo goo’s and gaa gaa’s to them.

Right Here, Right Nau – Maya Nau has surely set the pace in her life. After
landing an in-house job with a drug discovery/biotech firm in Northern California, Maya got married in February 2003. She is expecting her first child in June 2004.
She would love to hear from her old Tucson friends at

Rebecca Baker, the next Linda Fairstein, has thoroughly enjoyed her last three years with the Sex Crimes Bureau of the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office.

Becca Smith practices civil defense litigation at Jones, Skelton, & Hochuli in Phoenix. When she’s not busy at the office, she engages in various penalties and unsportsmanlike conduct so senior partner (and NFL referee) Ed Hochuli can practice for his second job. Congrats to Becca on her recent marriage and move to the “hip metropolitan area” of Cave Creek. Isn’t that where the Jeffersons moved
to once they made it big?

Mind your P’s and Q’s – Denise Quinterri has moved from Quarles & Brady to
the Arizona State Bar discipline section. As Denise puts it, its afforded a better “quality of life” since her “daughter is a teenager now and actually needs more attention.”

Matt and Brooke Blecher are living like rock stars in Silicon Valley, California. When they are not on tour, the duo enjoy their new life as a power trio with little Ella, born on the Fall of 2003. Matt is focusing on patent prosecution while Brooke returns to work in January 2004, focusing on family law.

JC in the House! . . . and Senate – JC Sandberg remains a stalwart, working on a Senate committee that is reauthorizing the Nation’s surface transportation laws. Who else would you want to spend $255 million of your money? Although he would love to return to Southern California some day, JC enjoys writing poems about his work, and finding words that rhyme with “fillibuster.”

Tom Bouman continues to work for Daniel H. O’Connell, PC, a tax and
estate planning firm for “very high net worth clients.” Tom’s work website is: Since law school, he met and married Priscilla in December 2001, and they were joined by the birth of Jenna in December 2003. Jenna can be seen at: At the time of this printing, Tom could neither confirm nor deny if Priscilla had a website, too. Priscilla could not be reached for comment.

Yours truly, Ash Sawkar, is enjoying kicking down doors and wearing his trademark Special Agent’s blue windbreaker to work at the FBI, in Long Beach, California. When I’m not sitting at a computer writing affidavits for unruly federal prosecutors, I’m at home singing show tunes to the belly of my pregnant wife, Lisa. Keep in touch and encourage others to send in their updates to
Class Notes 2001
By Lindsay Jones

So, do you still have your FACE BOOK? You might want to get it out and settle in with a beverage of choice for some good reading . . . The last three years have seen much change for members of the Law College’s 2001 class, marriages, babies, new jobs, honors and awards . . . No one can say we haven’t been busy.

The Messmers were honored in 2003 year for their work for the Muscular Dystrophy Foundation and they have been traveling the country sharing their knowledge and experiences . . . Scott McMillian recently married another UA law grad, Shawn Steinberg (‘00). Scott is working at Green & Baker in Scottsdale with Lindsay Franke who became Lindsay Edmonson on November 29th when she married England native Gareth Edmonson in Mesa, Arizona

Jay and Bhakti Patel are back in Arizona. Jay just passed the Arizona Bar but is working mostly in real estate development. He and Bhakti are the proud new parents of a beautiful little girl named Ishika . . . Amy and Seth Ruskin have also welcomed a baby girl into the world. She is named Sidney. Needless to say, neither Jay nor Amy is getting much sleep . . . Philip Muelleris still in the JAG corp. He and wife Cindy live in Gulf Breeze, Florida . . . James Eggart finally married the love of his life, Carly. They were married in Brea, California this past August after she graduated from law school. He’s still Eggart, she’s still Carly Croskrey. James is working construction law with a firm called Smith & Smith in Santa Ana . . . Pat Moreno keeps herself very busy practicing general litigation for a firm in Sierra Vista . . . Mary Teer currently works for the National Labor Relations Board in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Stewart Manley is still with Jennings Strouss & Salmon’s Corporate Department and spends his free time traveling the world. Most recently, Stewart has visited Brazil, Ecuador,
and this in addition to regular visits to his home in Hawaii . . . Ali McGregoris at the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office and recently deftly handled her first jury trial . . . After two years in the Attorney General’s honors program, Michael Slauson is in the Criminal Division of the Oregon Attorney General’s office. He is one of the youngest attorneys ever to be asked to work in that division and really enjoys it. His job may sound impressive, but that is nothing compared with his dancing skills, which he showcased at Lindsay (Franke) Edmonson’s wedding . . . who knew? The crowd went wild.

Dena Neese works in the area of immigration law and has recently begun working at Littler, Mendelson, Bacon & Dear. In her spare time she has become quite a hiker. Most recently, she hiked over 23 miles from the North to the South rim of the Grand Canyon in one day! . . . Peter Culp practices environmental law at Squire Sanders & Dempsey. He also serves on the Board of Directors for the Sonoran Arthropod Studies Institute. Peter and Dena both participated in a pro bono project drafting habeas corpus petitions for immigrants wrongly accused . . . Melissa Berren is at Gallagher & Kennedy in Phoenix. In the years since law school, she has authored many articles including one entitled, “30 Days of R&R: U.S.-Canada Rail Pass Appeals to Vacationing Law Graduates”, Arizona Republic, May 5, 2002. Most recently you may have seen her on TV working on the highly publicized Bishop O’Brien trial . . . Christine Thompson is Director of Government Relations for the State Bar of Arizona and was recently chosen by the Arizona Republic as one of Arizona’s “30 under 30.”

Heidi Gilbert loves her job at the City of Phoenix and she is keeping us all safe. Shannon O’Loughlin has recently accepted a position at the law firm Squire, Sanders & Dempsey in Phoeinx – and has just gotten engaged . . . Jonelle Vold is now working for Lexis-Nexis! I know
I for one am excited to have someone wonderful to explain the depths of research to us! (Jonelle, can you get us free hours???)

Amy Wilkins left Kirkland & Ellis in Los Angeles for the employment law group of Steptoe & Johnson in Phoenix and has been busy visiting Tokyo and house-hunting in Phoenix . . . Tom Moring left Morrison & Hecker to join Whitten Berry in Phoenix and Rebecca Covell left Jennings, Strouss & Salmon for Schmitt Schneck Smyth & Herrod PC where she has been for about a year

Donna Parks is leaving Lewis & Roca to clerk for Federal District Court Judge James Teilborg . . . Finally, I am still at Jennings, Strouss & Salmon practicing Special Education and Employment law. I serve on the Encanto Village Planning Committee, Heard Advisory Council and Chair the Modest Means Program for the State Bar YLD. Craig LaChance, who displayed some dance moves of his own at Franke’s wedding, is still putting up with me and enjoying his work at the commercial litigation boutique, Baird, Williams & Greer.
Class Notes 2002
By Peter Ghishan, Class of ’02 Secretary

“After clerking for Chief Justice Jones of the Arizona Supreme Court for a year,” Ronda Woinowksy writes, “I hopped in my car and saw the country. I drove through the Midwest, on to the Northeast, and finally through the South. After a month and a half, I grew weary of the road and all the eating out so I cut the trip short and headed back to Phoenix. I’m currently working at Osborn Maledon.”

Adam Weisman is an associate at Hinderaker & Rauh in Tucson, specializing in real estate related litigation. Adam and his wife, Rebecca Taylor, are the co-founders of, a Tour de France holiday for cycling enthusiasts. They are expecting their first child in June.

Stacy Butler seems to be settling in, and writes: “After a year clerking for Judge Canby on the 9th Circuit, undoubtedly the best judge to work for, while living in Phoenix, undoubtedly the worst city to live in, I am happy to be back in Tucson. I am really enjoying my new job at DeConcini, McDonald, Yetwin and Lacy – especially the two-minute commute to work from our new (old) house in the Broadmoor neighborhood.”

Finally . . . Chris Bortz provides this edited account of life since law school. “I moved to southern Ohio to start an Ostrich farm. Tastes like chicken and those monster eggs really make a mean omelet. “ He concludes with “peace and love to all my old law school chaps. Look me up if you come out this way and I’ll treat you to an Ostrich burger.”
Class Notes 2003
By Kate Gottfredson, Class of ’03 Secretary

After spending last summer navigating the New York City subway system, Melissa Meister is clerking for Judge Camby in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.

While many of us decided to make Arizona our post-graduation home, a small contingent of 2003 grads, including Janet Gilger, Allison Taylor, Marilyn Izzi, Neil Chabra and Tina Milburn,
are busy exploring the legal world of Northern California’s Bay Area.

Ted Baker practices patent law with Klarquist Sparkman in Portland, Oregon and says he’s on the lookout for an old house to renovate.

Damon Circosta and Amy Dutton are keeping it real in SoCal (Damon’s language, not mine). If you ever want to hit the waves, Damon is always willing to give a lesson: he has even joined a “surfing lawyers” club!

In more personal news, Rebecca Papoff became Mrs. Rebecca Goldberg when she married Adam Goldberg in a beautiful ceremony in Phoenix last October.

Recent Graduate Committee Alumni News

In order to engage its newest alumni with the College, the Law College Association has established a Recent Graduate Committee. Various subcommittees will work on outreach to recent grads, social events and professional development programming.

A member of each class from 1999 through 2003 serves as a Class Secretary, compiling alumni news for the newsletter and other publications.

All alumni news for these classes should be sent to:
1999 – Lea Standridge
2000 – Ash Sawkar
2001 – Lindsay Jones
2002 – Peter Ghishan
2003 – Kate Gottfredson

College News

AZ Supreme CourtThe Arizona Supreme Court sat in session at the College on November 6th, hearing arguments in two cases. The annual visit is part of the Court’s effort to increase public understanding of the Court’s work.

The spring 2004 volumes of Pre-Law Insider and National Jurist magazine rank the Rogers College of Law third among public law schools nationwide in the annual “best value” roundup. Tuition, bar pass rates, grants, and the availability of clinical courses were factors in naming the College an “excellent value.”

The 100-plus members of the College’s Board of Visitors conducted their annual visit to the College in January and, under the leadership of co-chairs Sally Simmons (‘73) and Ted Schmidt (‘77), began a strategic planning process for the Board.

Gumpert AwardThe American College of Trial Lawyers presented the prestigious Emil Gumpert Award for Excellence in Trial Advocacy Training to the Rogers College of Law on January 23rd. Its local chapter, the Arizona College of Trial Lawyers, hosted a reception at the Arizona Inn honoring Professor Thomas A. Mauet and the College for his success in directing the nation’s top trial advocacy program.

Noted New York Times columnist David Brooks delivered the 24th McCormick lecture in October to a standing-room-only crowd. The lecture is available via streaming video at:

District CourtProfessors Robert Glennon, Lynn Marcus and Ana Maria Merico-Stephens addressed distinguished jurists, including Justice O’Connor, Chief Judge Schroeder, and Chief Judge McNamee at the 2004 District Court Conference in Phoenix on February 7th. The conference is organized annually by Lawyer Representatives to the Ninth Judicial Circuit Conference, which Professor Stephens co-chairs. Photo (right) courtesy of the Office of the Circuit Executive, Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.

The firm of Quarles & Brady Streich Lang co-sponsored, with the College of Law, two intellectual property events for practitioners, scholars and students. Professor Rochelle Cooper Dreyfuss, a patent law expert from New York University, spoke to more than 100 attendees at a Tucson workshop on the experimental use defense, followed by a panel discussion. At a March 10th breakfast in Phoenix, University of Minnesota Law Professor Dan Burk discussed issues involving biotech patent rules and guidelines.

United States Senator Jon Kyl (’66) launched a new lecture series, “Arizona Law Graduates Shaping National Law and Policy” on February 16th. C-SPAN carried the lecture. The student chapter of the Federalist Society sponsored a reception following the event.

More than 200 students and supporters attended the Student Bar Association’s 2004 Barrister Ball on February 27th, raising more than $400 for Youth on Their Own, a local nonprofit.

Marks LectureThe New Republic Legal Affairs Editor, and noted author Jeffrey Rosen delivered the 24th Annual Marks lecture, “The Unwanted Gaze: The Destruction of Privacy in America,” on March 4th. It can be viewed at:

The Arizona Law Review recently ranked 28th among all U.S. law schools in “Most Cited Legal Periodicals 1996-2003.”

Law Professor Gabriel “Jack” Chin and Professor Roger Hartley, School of Public Policy at the University of Arizona’s Eller College of Business and Public Administration, along with students from both colleges, collaborated to produce and nationally distribute a report on Jim Crow Laws still on the books in eight Southern states. The report is available at .

On Sunday, November 2nd, more than 90 runners and walkers participated in Phi Alpha Delta’s first “Race Judicata,” netting almost $2,000. for the Susan S. Barber Memorial Scholarship Fund. The group plans to make the run an annual event.

Barbara AtwoodProfessor Barbara Atwood will be honored at an April presentation with the University’s Graduate Teacher-Mentor Award. She is one of only two recipients campus-wide and, in addition, was recently honored with the College’s Art Andrews Teacher-Mentor Award.

The Mock Trial Team claimed third-place honors at the Student Trial Advocacy Competition, winning rounds against ASU, Georgia State and the University of Idaho. Members of the team are: Charles Babbitt, Elizabeth Hall, Missy McGary, Alyse Meislik, Megan Nielsen, Lisa Schriner-Lewis, Carol Shegog and Dawn Wyland.

Chief JusticeUnited States Supreme Court William H. Rehnquist returned in February to teach “The Supreme Court in the History of the United States.” More than 100 students enrolled in the course, the eleventh time Chief Justice Rehnquist has instructed here.

The College commemorated the upcoming 50th anniversary of the United States Supreme Court decision in Brown v. Board of Education with two public panel discussions on its implications. The first, a panel presentation moderated by Professor Barbara Atwood, was held on February 18th and featured panelists involved in local desegregation litigation. The second, also in February, dealt with affirmative action in higher education. Panelists from the law faculty and administration included Professors Gabriel “Jack” Chin and Ana Maria Merico-Stephens, and Assistant Dean of Admissions Terry S. Holpert. Information about Brown commemorations, at the College is available at:

Rogers College graduates led the state in bar exam passage by a wide margin for the July 2003 exam. A full 96% of UA JD graduates passed the exam on their first attempt compared to 78% statewide.

Five law students won cash prizes in the Richard Grand Legal Writing Competition this spring. They are: Bradley Pack, Mark Hummels, Mike Fleishman, Amy Wallace-Havens and Erin Borg.

Reunion organizing for the classes of ’54, ’59, ’64, ’74, ’79, ’84 and ’94 is currently underway. Contact Donna Ream at 626-2400 or via email at for details on these events.

Professors Graeme Austin and Jane Korn have received the 2004 Bell Award for faculty service. Professor Korn has chaired the Curriculum committee and been involved with many campus committees and projects. Professor Austin has chaired the Enrichment Committee and the Self-Study Committee.

Dean Toni Massaro presented a “State of the College” address in Phoenix on March 10th for Valley of the Sun alumni and supporters.

Boris KozolchykThe American Bar Association’s Section on International Law and Practice selected Professor Boris Kozolchyk, Evo DeConcini Professor of Law and Director of the National Law Center for InterAmerican Free Trade, to receive the Leonard J. Theberge Award for Private International Law. The award will be presented in April in New York City at a conference for international lawyers.

Students Roopali Desai, Lars Brauer, Marvin Ruth and Cyrus Khosh-Chashm represented the College at the Phillip C. Jessup International Moot Court Southwest Regional Competition.

Former Arizona Supreme Court Justice Thomas A. Zlaket will join the adjunct faculty in September in conjunction with the Thomas A. Zlaket Professionalism in Teaching Endowment established by colleagues in his honor. The endowment seeks to enhance student understanding of the professionalism in practice settings.

Professor Carol M. Rose, of Yale Law School will join the faculty in August as the 2004-05 Distinguished Visiting Lohse Chair. She is among the nation’s leading scholars in environmental law.

Renovation work on Rogers Rountree Hall continues, with completion slated for May 2004. A virtual tour of construction in progress is at .

In Memoriam

The Rogers College of Law Community notes with regret the deaths of these alumni and expresses our heartfelt sympathy to their loved ones.

Class of 1986

Class of 1989

Class of 1994


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