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14th Annual Richard Grand Damages Argument Competition Award-Winners AnnouncedPosted: 04/21/2014

Four law students received recognition and cash prizes for their lawyering skills in the 14th Annual Richard Grand Damages Argument Competition at the University Of Arizona James E. Rogers College Of Law. Student winners of the April 16, 2014, competition were:

  • Heather Goodwin - 1st place ($2,500)
  • Rudy Padilla - 2d place ($1,500)
  • Robson Hauser and Sean Kelly - 3d place ($625 each)

The event is an oral argument competition that emphasizes the presentation of damages evidence in personal injury cases. Student finalists presented mock closing arguments on the issue of how much in damages should be awarded in a civil lawsuit. Judges were Arizona Law alumni Brian Chase, Gloria Torres Mauet, Brian Laird, Joel Feinman, and Joe Ezzo.

The competition is funded by the late Richard Grand, a 1958 graduate of the University of Arizona College of Law. Grand began his practice in Tucson as a deputy county attorney and, since 1962 his practice has been limited to representing plaintiffs. On more than 100+ occasions he has obtained either a verdict or settlement in excess of $1 million. In 1972, he received a jury verdict of $3.5 million, at that time the largest in the United States for a single injury. Wry v. Dial, 18 Ariz. App. 503 (1972).

In 1972 he founded the Inner Circle of Advocates, which is limited to 100 U.S. lawyers who have completed at least 50 personal injury trials and have at least one verdict in excess of $1 million for compensatory damages. In 2002, the University of Arizona Alumni Association Board Of Directors awarded him the University of Arizona’s Professional Achievement Award, making Mr. Grand only the twelfth person to receive this prestigious award.

Richard Grand passed away in April 2013. His generosity to the law school continues through the support of his wife, Marcia Grand, and the Richard Grand Foundation.

 

 


Conversations with Bob Mundheim Continues with John Cannon of Shearman & SterlingPosted: 04/07/2014

John Cannon, Practice Group Leader of the Executive Compensation & Employee Benefits Group and Chair of the Corporate Governance Advisory Group at Shearman and Sterling LLP, will join Prof. Mundheim on April 7, Noon - 1:15 p.m., in Room 237. Mr. Cannon focuses his practice on all aspects of compensation and benefits, including corporate, securities, bankruptcy, employment and tax laws and ERISA. He has extensive experience in executive compensation and corporate governance matters, Dodd-Frank and Sarbanes-Oxley, and the employee issues raised in the mergers and acquisitions context. Mr. Cannon joined the firm in 1985 and became a partner in 1994.

This is the fourth of the Conversations with Bob Mundheim series this semester. For more information about the 2014 Mundheim Conversations, see here.


Board of Regents Approves Reduction in Arizona Law Nonresident TuitionPosted: 04/04/2014

As part of a continuing effort to make Arizona Law more accessible, the Arizona Board of Regents approved a reduction in nonresident tuition for the 2014 - 2015 academic year. The approved tuition will now be $29,000, down from $38, 841. This follows a reduction in both resident and nonresident tuition for the 2013 - 2014 academic year. Read more about the nonresident reduction in tuition here.


Peter Mundheim & Brandon Becker Join Prof. Mundheim in the Conversation SeriesPosted: 03/31/2014

The guest for the second conversation in the 2014 Mundheim Conversations, on March 31, 2014, Noon - 1:15 p.m., is Peter Mundheim, a Principal and Counsel of Stone Point capital since 2001. He was previously a corporate attorney at Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton LLP. Prior to joining that firm he served as a law clerk for Chancellor William T. Allen in the Delaware Court of Chancery. He serves as a director of Access Point Financial, Inc., Auction.com, LLC, C3/ CustomerContactChannels, L.P., NEBCO Insurance Services, LLC and Privilege Underwriters, Inc.

On April 2, 2014, the guest for the third conversation will be Brandon Becker, Executive Vice President and Chief Legal Officer at TIAA-CREF, where he leads the company’s legal and compliance, government relations, and internal audit functions. Previously, Mr. Becker was a Partner in the securities department at the law firm WilmerHale. He was also Chair of the firm’s Broker-Dealer Compliance and Regulation Practice Group. He specialized on a range of regulatory, financial and corporate matters on behalf of companies, banks, broker-dealers, trade associations and other organizations. From 1976 - 1996, Mr. Becker was a lawyer at the Securities and Exchange Commission. He served as director for the SEC’s Division of Trading and Markets and was responsible for the program to oversee securities professionals and markets.

For more information about the 2014 Mundheim Conversations, see here.


Conversations with Bob Mundheim Start March 24, 2014Posted: 03/24/2014

Arizona Law’s Business Law Program and the Eller College of Management present Conversations with Bob Mundheim Spring 2014. In a five-part series, Prof. Bob Mundheim will moderate conversations with national leaders in business and law, relating their experiences in, and perspectives about, markets, corporate governance, ethics, and career development. Each conversation will be held from Noon - 1:15 p.m. in Room 237 at the College of Law.

The Series begins Monday, March 24, 2014, with Laban Jackson, Chair of the Audit Committee at JPMorgan Chase and a member of the Board of JPMorgan Chase since 2004 and Banc One Corporation from 1993 - 2004. Mr. Jackson received an Outstanding Director Award in 2012 from the Financial Times Outstanding Director Exchange for taking “the role of audit chair to new heights at JPMorgan Chase, establishing relationships with key regulators worldwide and successfully navigating the challenges of the financial crises.”

More information about the series, the other speakers, and dates can be found here.


Arizona Law Career Development Starts Interview Program in PhoenixPosted: 03/14/2014

Expanding law firm opportunities to connect with Arizona Law students, the Career Development Office (CDO) will host interview sessions with Phoenix firms of all sizes on August 15, 2014. The Phoenix Interview Program augments an active On-Campus Interview Program, as well as regional interview programs in Denver, Las Vegas, and Albuquerque and national interview events in Chicago, Houston, New York, DC, Atlanta, and Miami.

“Arizona Law students are having solid successes in securing employment,” said Assistant Dean for Career Development Karen Kowalski, “and this program is another way to facilitate their job searches, as well as to help firms meet their needs for talented new lawyers. We’re committed to opening more doors for our students, both nationally and here in Arizona.”

The Phoenix Interview Program will be coordinated through CDO’s Phoenix office. Firms interested in interviewing should contact CDO’s Phoenix Director Leah Won at leahwon@email.arizona.edu for more information.


Arizona Law and Quarles & Brady Partner to Launch Intellectual Property & Entrepreneurship ClinicPosted: 03/11/2014

Law students at the College of Law will soon be counseling start-up businesses on how to protect their inventions and innovations. On March 11, 2014, the law school, partnering with Quarles & Brady, a national law firm with a major intellectual property (IP) practice, launched a new legal clinic focused on helping newly established businesses and entrepreneurs.

The clinic represents a significant clinical partnership between a law school and a law firm, and responds to the need for increased practical skills training in areas where legal employment is growing. Students in the clinic will act as junior attorneys representing start-up companies, supervised by Arizona Law faculty and subject matter experts from Quarles & Brady. The new clinic will advise start-up clients how to protect their intellectual property, obtain venture funding, and commercialize their innovations. Quarles & Brady has committed to sustaining the project for the next two years.

“Arizona Law’s mission is to develop practice-ready graduates, and intellectual property is a hot area both in Arizona and nationally,” said Professor Derek Bambauer, faculty supervisor for the clinic. “It will give students invaluable real-world experience with IP, under the supervision of a talented team of seasoned lawyers from Quarles & Brady.” Bambauer noted that start-up companies, while dynamic and innovative, are frequently cash poor at the time they are established. “This makes it difficult for them to afford the legal assistance they need to protect their property. The clinic will narrow the gap, to the benefit of the students, the companies, and ultimately the state,” he said.

“Quarles has a strong history of working with inventors, universities and research institutions to develop strategies for protecting and commercializing their discoveries,” said Gavin Milczarek-Desai, a managing partner of the Quarles Tucson office. Gavin, who earned his PhD in Molecular and Cellular Biology from the University of Arizona and his JD from the James E. Rogers College of Law, is a key member of the firm’s Research Institutions Industry team where he serves universities and medical research facilities in the areas of patent strategy, prosecution and commercialization across the country. “It is exciting for all of us who have worked to move the clinic from idea to reality to see it come to life. I am honored to have this opportunity to mentor law school students who will help advise and develop the startup companies of the future.”

“Arizona has a vibrant start-up scene,” said Dean Marc L. Miller, “and this new venture highlights the deep connections between the law school and a world-class research university that constantly produces advances in technologies from computer software to optics to biomedicine.” Miller also noted that building community and professional partnerships “is a key goal for our institutional and economic sustenance.”

The new IP clinic builds on Arizona Law’s strengths in intellectual property and information law. The school’s faculty includes Derek Bambauer, whose research involves IP and cyberlaw; Visiting Assistant Professor Shun-Ling Chen, an expert in international IP; Associate Professor Jane Bambauer, a nationally-recognized leader in privacy and Big Data research; and adjunct Professor Larry Hecker, who leads the Business Law Exchange partnership with the McGuire Center for Entrepreneurship at the Eller College of Management.


UANews Features Prof. Anaya's Work as Teacher & International Human Rights ExpertPosted: 02/27/2014

A February 26, 2014, UANews article discusses Prof. Anaya's career as a law professor and international human rights expert. The article highlights Prof. Anaya's position as the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, and how he has involved students in his work. Two current LL.M. students in the Indigenous Peoples Law & Policy Program, Brendan Kennedy and Jose Solis, Jr., discuss how invaluable working with Prof. Anaya in his UN work has been. Read the article here.


Richard Grand Legal Writing Competition Rewards Excellence in Legal WritingPosted: 02/17/2014

Five law students received recognition and cash awards in the 14th Annual Richard Grand Legal Writing Competition at the University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law.

Student winners of the 2013-14 competition, announced at a lunchtime reception on Thursday, January 30, were:

Kate Hollist (1L) First Place - $2500
Jessica Schulberg (1L) Second Place - $1500
Matt Smith (3L) Third Place - $1000
Tim Butterfield (1L) Honorable Mention - $750
Omar Vasquez (3L)  Honorable Mention - $750

Using a problem prepared by Arizona Law faculty, students wrote an essay profiling an individual whose life had been touched by the law. Faculty members Lorraine Gin and Susie Salmon selected the five finalists from over twenty entries based on the pieces’ vivid language, compelling storytelling, and sound writing fundamentals.

The final order of awards was determined by a panel of lawyers and judges:

  • Justice Ann Timmer, Arizona Supreme Court
  • Geri Mose-Mahrt, Staff Attorney, Arizona Court of Appeals
  • Timothy Eigo, editor, Arizona Attorney magazine
  • Sarah Bullard, Attorney, Pima County Public Defender
  • Brian Laird, Attorney, Laird Law Firm, PLLC

The competition is one of two annual events funded by internationally recognized plaintiffs’ lawyer Richard Grand to improve student skills. The Richard Grand Damages Argument tests student skills in oral arguments and will be held later this spring.

Grand passed away in April of 2013 at the age of 83, but both competitions bearing his name live on in his memory. His widow, Marsha Grand, increased the amount of the cash awards this year, honoring her husband’s lifelong commitment to fostering cogent legal communication.

Grand, a 1958 graduate of the University of Arizona College of Law, began his practice in Tucson as a deputy county attorney. After 1962, his practice was limited to representing plaintiffs. One 100+ occasions he obtained either a verdict or settlement in excess of $1 million. In 1972, he received a jury verdict of $3.5 million, at that time the largest in the United States for a single injury. Wry v. Dial. 18 Ariz. App. 503 (1972).

Grand was the Honorary President of The Richard Grand Society – “The Injury Lawyers Alliance” – a Society of preeminent personal injury and medical malpractice lawyers entitled to practice in the United Kingdom. In 1972 he founded the Inner Circle of Advocates, which is limited to 100 U.S. lawyers who have completed at least 50 personal injury trials and have at least one verdict in excess of $1 million for compensatory damages. In 2002, the University of Arizona Alumni Association Board of Directors awarded him the University of Arizona’s Professional Achievement Award to Richard Grand. Mr. Grand was only the twelfth person to receive this prestigious award.


Prof Anaya Nominated for Nobel Peace PrizePosted: 02/07/2014

UPDATE: An editorial in the February 20, 2014, issue of the Arizona Daily Star, discusses Prof. Anaya’s nomination for the Nobel Peace Prize and salutes his work. Read the editorial here.

UPDATE: Prof. Anaya explains how he learned about the nomination, his thoughts about it, and his work in an exclusive interview in Indian Country Today, published on February 13, 2014. Read the interview here.

Prof. Anaya, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, has recently been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize for his work with indigenous peoples around the world. A member of Norway’s Parliament stated that he nominated Prof. Anaya particularly for his efforts in bringing the impact of climate change and exploitation of natural resources on indigenous peoples to the attention of the world. Read more here.


Environmental Breakfast Club 2013 - 2014 SchedulePosted: 09/11/2013

UPDATE:  Read a September 16, 2013, UA@Work story about the Environmental Breakfast Club and bridges it creates between disciplines here.

The Environmental Breakfast Club, a diverse group of faculty from various departments, programs and colleges on the campus who meet monthly at Arizona Law to discuss works in progress on the environment and natural resources, released their schedule for the coming year. All presentations will be on the first Friday of each month (January excepted), from 8:30 - 10:00 a.m., in the Law College Faculty Lounge (Room 237), with the exception of Dec. 6, when the Club will meet at the Tree Ring Laboratory. Read the full schedule here.


 Faculty News
Prof. Tatum Discusses Pilot Program to Prosecute Non-Indians for Domestic ViolencePosted: 04/22/2014

Prof. Tatum discusses the importance of this pilot program to native women and families, and the training programs she and Alfred Urbina ('08) have conducted. The program, passed as part of the 2013 Violence Against Women Act, allows tribes to prosecute non-Indians in tribal courts for domestic violence. Read more here.


Prof. Anaya's Work Featured in Arizona Alumni MagazinePosted: 04/02/2014

Prof. Anaya's work as UN Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples was featured in the Spring 2014 issue of Arizona Alumni Magazine. The article, entitled Protecting Human Rights, Preserving Cultural Identity, is available online here.


Dean Miller Featured in Arizona Attorney Cover Story on Legal InnovationPosted: 03/24/2014

Dean Miller is featured in the April 2014 issue of Arizona Attorney. The cover story, Scouting Legal Innovation, consists of an interview with him as one of the state’s legal education leaders and focuses on innovative programs begun at Arizona Law. The story is available to read here.


Prof. Salmon is Writing Monthly Legal Writing Column for Arizona AttorneyPosted: 03/19/2014

Prof. Salmon began writing a monthly column, The Legal Word, for the Arizona Attorney in October 2013. Here’s a list of the columns she’s written:


Prof. Bambauer Discusses New IP Clinic on Arizona Public MediaPosted: 03/13/2014

Prof. Bambauer explained the need for the new Quarles & Brady Intellectual Property & Entrepreneurship Clinic in a news story on Arizona Public Media, which aired on March 12 and 13, 2014. Read and/or listen to the story here.


Prof. White Discusses "Zombie Properties" on MarketplacePosted: 03/13/2014

Marketplace aired a story on “zombie properties” - foreclosures that have been abandoned by their former owners - on March 12 and 13, 2014. Prof. White commented in the story that there also are hundreds of thousands of abandoned bank-owned properties that have also been abandoned by the bank. Read and/or listen to the story here.


Prof. Tatum Publishes New Book on Native SovereigntyPosted: 03/10/2014

UCLA American Indian Studies Center Press has just published  Structuring Sovereignty:  Constitutions of Native Nations, by Prof. Tatum, Miriam Jorgensen, Mary Guss, and Sarah Deer. The book is “a guide for communities engaged in the process of drafting a constitution and for students who are studying that process.” Find out more about the book here.


Prof. Glennon Discusses Water Usage in a Public Radio SeriesPosted: 03/05/2014

Fronteras:  The Changing America Desk recently did a two-part series on the looming shortage of water in the southwest. Prof. Glennon contributed to both pieces. In the first one, on proposals to recycle water for drinking, he discussed the concerns about what wastewater plants don't remove, especially pharmaceutical drugs. In the second piece, concerning the shipment of alfalfa, a “water-guzzling” crop, to China, he stated that farmers are shipping 50 billion gallons of water to China that could be kept in the United States. Read the articles and listen to the audio here for the February 20, 2014, piece here, and the February 28, 2014, piece here.

Both stories were also aired on Here and Now and can be listened to here and here. The Arizona Attorney blog, AZ Attorney, discussed the second piece in a March 5, 2014, post here.


ALI Elects Prof. Orbach as a MemberPosted: 11/04/2013

The American Law Institute (ALI) recently announced that Prof. Orbach had been elected as a member, along with 68 other new members. Read the announcement here.

Prof. Orbach joins a distinguished group of fellow College of Law ALI members, including Professors Anaya, Braucher, Bublick, Kozolchyk, Massaro, and Ponoroff, and Deans Miller & Rider.

ALI “is the leading independent organization in the United States producing scholarly work to clarify, modernize, and improve the law. The ALI drafts, discusses, revises, and publishes Restatements of the Law, model statutes, and principles of law that are enormously influential in the courts and legislatures, as well as in legal scholarship and education.”


 Student News
Arizona Law Students Take First and Second Place in Tang Writing CompetitionPosted: 03/26/2014

Arizona Law congratulates Katherine E. Gulley, 3L, the first place winner, and Timothy D. Butterfield, 1L, the second place winner in the 2014 Thomas Tang Writing Competition, sponsored by the Arizona State Bar Committee on Minorities and Women in the Law. Ms Gulley will receive $1000 and Mr Butterfield $500 at the Minority Bar Convention in April. Read more about the competition here.


Arizona Law's Pace Environmental Moot Court Team Reaches Quarterfinals in New YorkPosted: 03/13/2014

Congratulations to the Pace Environmental Moot Court Team for reaching the quarterfinals in the National Competition at Pace University School of Law, White Plains, New York. The team members this year were Alanna Duong (3L), Katie Gulley (3L), and Chris Kaplan (3L). The team was coached by Prof. Don Large and many faculty members contributed their time to judge practice rounds.


Matt Randle (3L) and Veterans' Advocacy Law Clinic Featured in UANews Article on UA Student VeteransPosted: 11/08/2013

Matt Randle (3L), an Army veteran and Pat Tillman Foundation scholarship recipient, was featured in a UANews article honoring student veterans, published on November 7, 2013. Matt also wrote a tribute to student veteran advocates on the UANews Blog. Read the article here and Matt’s post here.


Arizona Daily Star Publishes Opinion Piece Written by First-Year Student Abraham HamadehPosted: 09/25/2013

Abraham Hamadeh, a first-year last student, wrote the opinion piece on Syria. Published in the Arizona Daily Star on September 13, 2013, it can be read here.


2013 - 2014 Arizona Journal of Environmental Law & Policy Members AnnouncedPosted: 07/08/2013

Congratulations to the new members of the Arizona Journal of Environmental Law and Policy:

Harry A Aaron
Keven Karges
Melissa Ahlers
Miles Kiger
Joshua Barton
Bassel Makarem
Elena Correa
Alyssa N. McCutcheon
Paul Glute
Maguette Ndiaye
Seth Grossman
Allison Rothgeb
Alexander P Harvery
Molly Schiffer
Peter Haynes
 

We are thrilled to have them join the Journal. Congratulations!


Recent Graduate, Caylin J. Goldey Barter, Receives 2013 Fisher Prize in Environmental Law & Public PolicyPosted: 07/03/2013

The Udall Center for Studies in Public Policy recently named Caylin J. Goldey Barter, a 2013 graduate of Arizona Law, the recipient of the 2013 Fisher Prize in Environmental Law and Public Policy. Her award winning essay, Defining the Necessary Role and Appropriate Level of Risk in Helicopter-Accessed Wilderness Skiing, explores the idea and role of wilderness and the role and mitigation of risk in wilderness recreation, focusing on heliskiing and the tension between regulation, economics, and safety versus enhancing the "wilderness experience. Her paper, published in the Udall Center monograph series, is available here.

The Fisher Prize, established through an initial endowment by former Pima County Superior Court Judge Lillian S. Fisher, is awarded annually by the Udall Center to a student in the UA law college or to a UA graduate student for an essay addressing an environmental law or public policy topic. The competition is judged each year by faculty in the law college. Since 1997, the Udall Center has awarded the Fisher Prize to 25 UA students. The Center publishes selected prize-winning papers in its monograph series.


2013 - 2014 Arizona Law Review Members AnnouncedPosted: 07/02/2013

The Arizona Law Review is pleased to welcome the following new members to our publication:

Colleen Adelson
Sarah Mason
Jessica Berger
Corey McGehee
Scott Boncoskey
Heidi Nielson
Sean Cahill
Rachael Peters
David Denuyl
Mackenzie Richardson
Rebekah Elliott
Ahren Richter
Byron Forrester
Gabriela May Rios
Vanessa Garrett
Kara Sagi
Brendan Haberle
Jessica Salyers
Andrew Hall
Alex Taber
Patrick "Sean" Kelly
Cara Wallace
Eric Bryce Kessler
Jayme Weber
Miles Krieger
Christopher White
Matt LaPrade
Logan Rogers
Tristany Leikem
Mariya Varavva (Third-year writer)
Rebecca Mascot
Katya Lancero (Third-year writer)

We are thrilled to have such a talented group of students join the Law Review, as we look forward to a great year. Welcome and congratulations!


2013 - 2014 Arizona Journal of International and Comparative Law Members AnnouncedPosted: 07/02/2013

On behalf of the Arizona Journal of International and Comparative Law, please join in congratulating those who have been selected as new members of the Journal!

Ajay Ahluwalia
Sarah Malanga
Seth Apfel
Amanda Mateer
Ty Catmull - Third Year Writer
Michael Matthews - Third Year Writer
Alberta Chu- Third Year Writer
Courtney McGurk
Levi Claridge
Dawn Michaud
Keith Collett
Colin (Danny) O’Sullivan
Sommer Coston
Vaughn Pederson
Joshua Crandell
Erin Redmon
Donald Davie
Araceli Rodriguez
Dane Dehler
Matthew Ruskin
Stephanie Dugdale
Adrian Saenz
Kaysey Fung
Sean Story
Jason Gray
Lauren Talkington
Meredith Hochhalter
Shama Thathi
Hoyt Sam Hoyt
Nicholas Whitley
Jefferson Klocke
Kylie Winkleblack

We are very excited to have them join this publication and we look forward to another great year for the Journal. Congratulations!


Jim Diamond, Attorney & IPLP S.J.D. Student, Interviewed Concerning His Defense Work & Going Back to SchoolPosted: 06/07/2013

Jim Diamond, an attorney and current S.J.D. student in the IPLP Program, was interviewed on June 5, 2013, concerning his work defending a man accused in a major real estate fraud case in Fairfield, Conn. Watch the video here. Learn more about Jim on his blog at http://jimdiamond.wordpress.com/about/.

UPDATE: Jim was also interviewed concerning going back to school. Read the July 19, 2013, article here.


Victor Nilsson (3L) Wins First Prize in ABA Student Writing ContestPosted: 05/03/2013

Victor Nilsson (3L) received the first prize in the ABA Business Law Section’s Mendes Hershman Student Writing Contest for his article, You’re Not from Around Here, Are You? Fighting Deceptive Marketing in the Twenty-First Century, 54 Ariz. L. Rev. 801 (2012). This prize included an all-expenses-paid trip to Washington, D.C., to attend the ABA Business Law Section’s spring meeting, as well as $2,500. Read more about the award here. Victor also received the Snell & Wilmer Best Published Note Award at the recent Arizona Law All-Publications Award Banquet and the Snell & Wilmer Best 2L Note Award last spring for this article.


Arizona Law Publications Hold Annual Awards BanquetPosted: 04/30/2013

The three Arizona Law publications, Arizona Law Review (ALR), Arizona Journal of International and Comparative Law (AJICL), and the Arizona Journal of Environmental Law & Policy (AJELP), held their 2012 - 2013 Award Banquet, Thursday, April 18, 2013.

For the ALR, the award recipients were:

  • Best Case Note Award:  Julie Wilson-McNerney
  • Best Copywork Award:  Kimberly O'Hagan
  • Snell & Wilmer Best 2L Note Award:  Jana Sutton
  • Snell & Wilmer Best Published Note:  Victor Nilsson
  • Steptoe & Johnson 2L Writer of the Year:  Alexander McCourt
  • Java Jim Award:  Sarah E. Epperson
  • Rose 'n Berg Distinguished Editor Awards:  Nicholas Verderame & Michael Shumway
  • Steptoe & Johnson Editor of the Year Award:  Brian Mosley

For AJICL, the award recipients were:

  • Best Copywork Award:  Robert Rosvall
  • Professionalism Award:  Ronald Cooper
  • Greatest Contribution by an Editorial Board Member:  John Lierman
  • Collegiality Award:  Jessica Gale
  • Best 2L Note:  Edward Laber
  • Prof. Kozolchyk Award for Best Student Note:  Elinor Rushforth
  • Greatest Contribution by a 2L Writer:  Alanna Duong
  • Distinguished Editor Award:  Rachel Fleming

For AJELP, the award recipients were:

  • Editor of the Year Award:  Caylin Goldey Barter
  • Distinguished Editor Awards:  Jacob Kavkewitz & Brian Tedder
  • 3L Associate Editor Award:  Oksana Holder
  • Best Copywork Award:  Matthew Bracken
  • Best Comment Award:  Benjamin Nucci
  • Professionalism Award: A li Felchlin

Thanks to the Law College Association, Patricia Martin & Timothy Berg, Robert & Elise Rose, Snell & Wilmer, Toni Massaro, and all the other sponsors for supporting this event.


Arizona Law Student Selected as Udall InternPosted: 04/26/2013

The Udall Foundation recently announced that Cara Wallace, a 1L at the College of Law, is one of 12 students from 12 tribes and 11 universities selected as 2013 Native American Congressional Interns. Interns were selected by an independent review committee of nationally recognized Native educators and tribal policy leaders on the basis of academic achievement and a demonstrated commitment to careers in tribal public policy.

This highly regarded internship program is intended to provide American Indians and Alaska Natives with an insider’s view of the federal government. The internship is located in Washington, D.C., and is known for placing students in extremely competitive internship positions in Senate and House offices, committees, Cabinet departments, and the White House, where they are able to observe government decision-making processes firsthand.

The 12 Udall Interns will complete an intensive, 10-week internship in the summer of 2013. Special enrichment activities will provide opportunities to meet with key decision makers. From 1996 through 2013, 209 American Indian and Alaska Native students from 110 tribes will have participated in the program.

For more information about Ms. Wallace and the other 2013 Udall Interns, please see this page:  www.udall.gov/OurPrograms/NACInternship/MeetInterns.aspx?Year=2013.


Arizona Law 2012 - 2013 Law & Entrepreneurship Students Participate in McGuire Center for Entrepreneurship CompetitionPosted: 04/24/2013

Arizona Law 2012 - 2013 Law & Entrepreneurship students, under the guidance and mentorship of Prof. Hecker, have provided legal advice to competing startups in the McGuire Center for Entrepreneurship during the past year. Their efforts culminate in the annual McGuire New Venture Competition and Showcase, held at McClelland Hall on Friday, April 26, 10:00 a.m. - 6:30 p.m. The law students will present their work at 3:00 p.m. More details about the New Venture Competition and Showcase are available at the McGuire website, http://mcguireexperience.com/nvc/.


 Alumni News
Five Arizona Law Alums Leading Efforts to Legally Prosecute Non-IndiansPosted: 04/22/2014

Fred Urbina ('08), Pascua Yaqui chief prosecutor; Mercedes Garcia ('11; LLM '12), assistant prosecutor; Fred Lomayesva ('90), assistant prosecutor; Johanna Shortbull ('09), juvenile justice advocate; and Wenona Benally Baldenegro (LLM '11), assistant attorney general, are leading efforts in a pilot project to prosecute non-Indians facing charges of domestic violence against Native American women of the Pascua Yaqui tribe. Read more about their work here.


Congratulations to William Ridenour ('70) on His Appointment to the Arizona Board of RegentsPosted: 03/13/2014

On March 11, 2014, Governor Brewer appointed William Ridenour ('70) to replace Anne Mariucci on the Arizona Board of Regents. Mr. Ridenour is Founder and Managing Partner of Ridenour Hienton & Lewis in Phoenix, Arizona. Arizona Law looks forward to working with Mr. Ridenour in his new capacity as a Regent.


Arizona Law Thanks Senator DeConcini ('63) for Service on Arizona Board of RegentsPosted: 03/13/2014

Former Senator Dennis DeConcini ('63) was appointed to the Arizona Board of Regents in 2006 for an 8 year term, which expired in January 2014. While on the Board, he served as vice chair of the Business and Finance Committee, and on the the Legislative Affairs Committee, the Health Affairs Committee, and the Executive Committee. The College of Law appreciates his service to the state and the University of Arizona. Governor Jan Brewer appointed Mr Ron Shoopman of Tucson as his replacement on March 11, 2014.


Ana Maria Chávez (’94) Featured in Parade Cover StoryPosted: 03/10/2014

Ana Maria Chávez (’94), CEO of the Girl Scouts, is one of three women featured in the cover story of the March 9, 2014, issue of Parade. She and former Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice and Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg discuss how they were raised and how they work to empower girls. Read the article here.


Melissa Ho ('04) Receives Emerging Leadership Award at Judge Learned Hand Awards LuncheonPosted: 03/07/2014

Melissa Ho ('04), a shareholder in the Phoenix office of Polsinelli, was one of three attorneys honored at the Judge Learned Hand Awards luncheon on March 5, 2014. Melissa received the Emerging Leadership Award, a tribute to an attorney practicing 12 years or less who has demonstrated a commitment to the values of public or community service. Read more about Melissa and the awards here and here.


Eldena Bear Don't Walk (LL.M. '13) Profiled in Indian Country TodayPosted: 02/10/2014

Eldena Bear Don't Walk (LL.M. '13) was profiled in a February 10, 2014, post on Indian Country Today. Bear Don't Walk has been an appellate judge for nearly every tribe in Montana and was the first woman to serve as chief justice of the Crow Tribe. While in private practice now, she currently serves in many judicial capacities for several tribes in Nebraska and Montana. Read the article here.