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Arizona Law establishes scholarship to honor John J. Bouma

John J. Bouma, Chairman of Snell & Wilmer LLP Law Offices, headquartered in Phoenix, has been honored with the establishment of a named scholarship at the University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law. The announcement was made at a surprise gathering of his colleagues, friends, and family, who organized the tribute, at the firm's Phoenix office on September 5th.

In announcing the scholarship, Arizona Law Dean Toni Massaro said, "We make a promise to the future with every incoming class, pledging to help students craft careers as ethical, outstanding lawyers and community leaders. John Bouma exemplifies the best traditions of our profession: We're proud to join those who love and admire him by making it possible for others to follow in his footsteps."

The John J. Bouma Scholarship has already exceeded endowment level, and will be awarded to outstanding students selected from Arizona Law’s student body starting in the 2009-2010 academic year.

As Snell & Wilmer's Chairman, Bouma leads 400 attorneys at one of the Southwest’s largest full-service firms. His law practice is concentrated in complex commercial litigation, including antitrust, commercial and business torts, financial institutions, professional malpractice defense, and alterative dispute resolution. His awards and recognitions are extensive; a complete listing can be found at

A fellow of the prestigious American College of Trial Lawyers, Bouma has also been active in leadership of the American Bar Association, the Arizona Bar Association, the Arizona Bar Foundation, the National Conference of Bar Presidents, and the Center for Public Resources.

In the Phoenix area, he has served on the Board of Directors of the Valley of the Sun United Way, the Partnership for a Drug-Free America, the Arizona Equal Justice Foundation, Greater Phoenix Leadership, the Phoenix Art Museum, and many other organizations.

Donations to the John J. Bouma Scholarship may be made online or by check made payable to: "Law College Association," University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law, P.O. 210176, Tucson, AZ 85721.

Those wanting to assist law students with scholarship support should contact Jonelle Vold at 520.621.8430 or via email at

Read the UA News release here.

Updated: 10/17/2008