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Wed Apr 01 2015 22:33:49 UA Law | From the Dean | Alumni News  

Alumni News

Dale Haralson (’63) was elected to the National Board of Trustees for the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, a national ministry to coaches and amateur athletes.

Barbara Atwood (’76), the Mary Ann Richey Professor of Law at the Rogers College of Law, won the Tucson Poetry Festival’s Statewide Poetry Contest for her poem, “The Gift.”

Former students and current law school benefactors recognize Professor Andrews (left) at his retirement reception. Pictured here: Larry Wilson (’72), Professor Art Andrews, Gerald Hawley (’72), and Steve Phillips (’71).

Rita Meiser (’76) received a Congressional “Angels in Adoption” Award for her advocacy efforts in the area of adoption law. The prestigious awards are given by the Congressional Coalition on Adoption. She was also a finalist for an Arizona Athena Award in 2004, given by the Chamber of Commerce to women who have broken barriers in business and demonstrated significant community leadership.

In December, Judge Lina Rodriguez (’77), Ernest Calderon (’82) and Louis Hollingsworth (’82) were honored for their professional successes and community service at the 20th Annual Bishop’s Scholarship Dinner, sponsored by the University of Arizona Hispanic Alumni Association.

Senator Jon Kyl (’66) (left) addresses students and faculty in the popular lecture series, “Arizona Law Graduates Shaping National Law & Policy.

”Five College of Law alumni are serving in the current session of the Arizona State Legislature. They are: Representative Ann Kirkpatrick (’79); Representative Andy Biggs (’84); Senator Bill Brotherton (’87); Representative Steve Tully (’91) and Representative Jennifer Burns (’01).

Comedian/lawyer Jodi Weisberg (’82) was one of 120 women nationwide accepted to compete in California’s Funniest Female Contest. She performs in a preliminary round in April.

Jennings Strouss & Salmon attorney Brian Spector (’84) was selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2005-06.

Denise Gaumont (’85) has been appointed as a Yuma County Superior Court Judge. Her daughter, Kelly Holtry (’96), is a partner at Quarles Brady Streich Lang LLP.

Brenda Moody Whinery (’85) became a shareholder in Mesch, Clark & Rothschild.

Jill Freeman-Kalliomaa (’86) is Intellectual Property Counsel for Quest Diagnostics Corporation and the owner of B & J Imports, which distributes premier New Zealand wine in California and Arizona.

Sally M. Rider (’86) was profiled in the Washington Post on Monday, February 7, 2005, in her role as “chief of staff” for the Chief Justice of the United States, William H. Rehnquist.

The Arizona Women Lawyers Association featured The Honorable Sally Duncan (’89) in a recent newsletter, available at:

Governor Napolitano appointed former Yuma County Attorney Patricia Orozco (’89) to the Arizona Court of Appeals, Division I.

Christina Reiss (’89) was tapped by Vermont Governor Jim Douglas to serve as a Vermont District Court judge.

Tom Baker (’94) is a staff writer for the Daily Yomiuri in Japan, where he also serves as the books page editor and writes on other feature topics. He also appeared on four episodes of Jeopardy last year, and made it to the Tournament of Champions episodes, which aired in September.

At an October brunch, the University of Arizona Black Alumni Association honored Patricia Green (’96)
with its 2004 Outstanding Alumni Achiever Award.

Snell & Wilmer elected Jill Casson Owen (’96) to partner. She works in the firm’s Tucson office.

Paul Correa (’96) joined Rusing & Lopez PLLC and will continue his practice in general and commercial litigation.

A California litigator, Kenneth R. Pedroza (’96), was elected to partnership status at Thelen Reid and Priest LLP in January.

The College of Law’s Coordinator of Special Projects, Martha Fenn (’97), was recognized with the Volunteer Lawyers Program Award of Appreciation for 2004.

Ralph Mazzeo (’97) has been named partner in Dechert LLP, and practices in the firm’s finance and real estate group.

Keri (’97) and Jeff Silvyn welcomed twins in February, a daughter Riley Jo
and a son Ethan.

Gerald Giordano (’98) is a newly named partner in Snell & Wilmer’s
Tucson office.

Jennifer Simmon (’99) recently became a Senior Public Affairs Advisor for Triadvocates, LLC, a public policy firm associated with Quarles & Brady.

Gabe Galanda (’00), an associate with Williams, Kastner and Gibbs in Seattle, was recently named as one of seven “rising stars” by Washington Law and Politics magazine. In 2004, he also received the Washington State Bar Associations Outstanding Young Lawyer Award.

Stationed at Ft. Lewis, WA, Sgt. Jennifer Mackey (’00) is an intelligence analyst and satellite communications system operator. She is engaged to TSgt. Greg Healy, USAF. Both have served recent stints in Mosul, Iraq.

Augustus H. Shaw, IV (’00) and Lindsay Jones (‘01) have joined the Phoenix-based law firm Gust Rosenfeld.

After an assignment as Regional Affairs Officer, Office of Caucasus and Central Asian Affairs, for the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs, Amy Wuebbels, (’02) is slated to enter the Foreign Service later in 2005. She spoke with students about law careers with the State Department at the College of Law in February.

The University of Arizona Press has just released a book, Negotiating Tribal Water Rights: Fulfilling Promises in the Arid West, authored by Sarah Britton (’03), with John E. Thorson and Bonnie G. Colby.

Currently stationed in Japan, Jeff Munoz (’03) is a military prosecutor for the United States Marine Corps.

Melissa Rodis
(‘03) is a staff attorney in the Farmworker Program of Community and Legal Services in Phoenix.

Leigh Davis (’04) and Sara Gordon (’04) are associates in Hale Lane’s Las Vegas office.

Christopher Goodman (’04) practices in the litigation department of Jennings Strouss & Salmon, PLC.

It was no surprise to his classmates that Mark Hummel (’04) “booked” the July 2004 Arizona Bar examination, earning the top score in a field of 743 test takers. He now clerks for Arizona Supreme Court Justice Andrew Hurowitz.

Jill M. Sosin (’04) has joined the law firm of Rusing & Lopez, PLLC, where she will practice general and commercial litigation.

Five Questions

Charles W. Wirken (’75) currently serves as the President of the State Bar of Arizona, and will be passing the leadership baton in June. We asked him to engage in some early reflections on being a leader of lawyers.



Q: Has your year as State Bar President held any surprises?
A: Yes, I am surprised by:
 • The number of people who contact me in the apparent belief the State Bar President can remedy anything     they think has gone wrong for them in the legal system.
 • Lack of Secret Service protection!
 • No oval office!

Q: What is the biggest challenge currently faced by the organization?
A: Remaining relevant to its lawyer members.

Q: What is the biggest challenge currently faced by practitioners?
A: Competition from non-lawyer providers of legal services.

Q: What must law schools do to meet the profession's needs?
A: Instill professionalism.

Q: If you could change only one thing about the current practice of law, what would it be?
A: Eliminate lawyer advertising.

Q: What 10 words of wisdom will you offer your successor?
A: Plan ahead, organize, delegate, be humble, have courage, have fun.

Homecoming 2004

(Top Right) Members of the Classes of ’54 and ’64 wrap up their reunion festivities at the Homecoming 2004 Barbeque.

(Left) Recent grads return for Homecoming festivities. Pictured here from left to right: Jill Tsiakilos (’03), Assistant Dean Vicki Fleischer, Talitha Gray (’04), Kate Gottfredson (’03), Jessica Feingold (’04), and Maricela Meza (’04).

(Top Left) Anna Chavez (’94) and her family at the Homecoming 2004 Barbeque.


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

Calvin Hunt Udall
Class of 1948

Melvin T. Shelley
Class of 1948

Harry H. Haynes
Class of 1950

Roy R. Carson
Class of 1951

A. Alan Hanshaw
Class of 1955

Edward E. Davis
Class of 1958

Ronald McKelvey
Class of 1959

S. Earl Pugh
Class of 1961

Thomas A. Thinnes
Class of 1966

Carol Wilson
Class of 1971

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