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Our spotlight shines this week on four members of the Arizona Law community: Karen Jurichko, Paula Nailon and Leah Won from Career Services, and alumna Darcy Elgin. Enjoy!


Until the footnotes,



Student News
Karen Jurichko (Class of 2014)

A California transplant, 2L Karen Jurichko has embraced Arizona as her new home.


Originally from Northern California, Karen earned her undergraduate degree in Business and Cinematic Arts from the University of Southern California. So I asked her how she came to AZ Law. She said, "After USC, I spent Jurichko, Karen a number of years working at a California-based consultancy focusing on state tax and audit defense before deciding to attend law school."


Karen moved to Arizona several years ago and wanted to remain in the state for school and for her career. Like so many other Californians, she found the beautiful mountains, majestic saguaros, and exquisite Arizona sunsets too much of a draw. The choice of Arizona came first, and the choice of Arizona Law followed. She added, "Beyond the desert landscape, the College's small size, academic reputation, and overall student environment were appealing and the right fit for me."


Karen is president of the Arizona Law Women's Association where she has "had the opportunity to meet a number distinguished alumnae." It's been a meaningful experience for her, "Meeting these women has put the legacy of the law school into perspective, and I strive to live up to the standards set by my predecessors."


Outside of law school, Karen's ties to USC still help define her. "I am a passionate college football fan, although my heart lies primarily with my undergrad alma mater. I also enjoy taking ballet classes, skiing, and spending time outside with my husband and dog."

After graduation, Karen plans to work in "corporate transactions or something similar. Ideally, I'll be able to combine my tax and audit experience with my legal education." You can connect with Karen via her LinkedIn Profile.


Faculty News
Paula Nailon and Leah Won

The Career Services and Professional Development Office has a new look these days. In January, following the retirement of Mary Birmingham and a nationwide search, we discovered the ideal candidate to lead our Career Services office was already part of the Arizona Law team. I asked Assistant Dean Paula Nailon to assume sole lead of the Career Services office, and she happily accepted.


Many of you likely remember Paula. She has been with the Career Office since 2000 and is one of our own, having received her JD from the College in 1994. Prior to joining the College, Paula spent several years working in the Pima County Superior Court, including as a law clerk to the presiding judge.


She is well respected in the national legal career services field, familiar with the legal market regionally and nationNailon, Paulaally, and has developed a special expertise in government and public interest legal employment.


Paula is also co-author of the "Government Honors & Internship Handbook," the "Public Policy Handbook," and "Excellence in the Workplace: Legal and Life Skills in a Nutshell" (West Publishing, 2007, co-authored with Kay Kavanagh).


One of Paula's first moves was to refocus on a key market - Phoenix. We hired Leah (Peachey) Won ('05) as our new Director of Career and Professional Development. In a bold step for the College of Law, Leah will be based in downtown Phoenix. Housing an Arizona Law employee in downtown Phoenix has been a community effort.


The firm of Gammage & Burnham, with the support of Mike King ('79) and his partners, has graciously and generously provided an office for Leah's use.


Further support has been offered by the Phoenix-based Arizona Telemedicine Program and the T-Health Institute, under the direction of Dr. Ronald Weinstein, for use of their cutting-edge, 30-person video conferencing classroom and smaller conference rooms.  Won, Leah


Through the use of cutting-edge, push-button video conferencing technology, Leah is able to meet the career counseling needs of students while creating new placement opportunities in small and mid-size firms.


When Leah is not connecting Arizona Law students to employment opportunities, she can be found: 1) running after her three-year-old daughter, 2) running after her 10-month-old son, or 3) running along the Arizona Canal or the Rillito River with the aforementioned children in the stroller. You can read more about Leah here.


Placing our students is a key priority for Arizona Law. Our job placement numbers are third highest in the West - along with Stanford and Berkeley. But we won't rest until every seeking Arizona Law grad finds employment, and over time a career path that is challenging and satisfying.

This new, highly responsive team aids our current students as they wrestle with a challenging and changing market. With Paula as Assistant Dean, Leah as Director, Virginia Clarke as Assistant Director, and Barb Carlson as Administrative Associate, our Career Services and Professional Development Office is poised to compete in major job markets, continuing to deliver the best services in the West. If you are interested in employing a student, please contact Paula through her profile.


Alumni News
Darcy Elgin ('12)

With a song in her heart and a monologue always on her mind, Darcy Elgin is only just starting her career in the law.


Having just passed the California bar, Darcy will be clerking in Phoenix for two years before joining Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher in Los Angeles. She is very pleased to be able to say that she's "officially an attorney."


Darcy's grandparents grew up in Arizona, so she was "familiar with the state from family road trips." That familiarity helped Elgin, Darcy  when she began her search for law schools. "Arizona's warm weather was the initial draw," she said. "I had visited a few potential schools, but Arizona ultimately stood out as the only school where the students seemed genuinely happy. I also wanted to pursue a Masters in Public Health and was impressed by Arizona's flexible joint-degree program."


"My favorite law school memory is my small section. Mine was an incredible group of people who really helped foster a supportive, rather than competitive, environment in the first year, and I still count many of my section-mates among my closest friends."


In fact, teaming up with her classmates is what led to one of her finest outside-the-classroom moments, now a source of family pride: "If I had to pick a specific favorite memory, it would be when, after playing together since our first semester, my small section's intramural team finally won the kickball league championship in the spring of our 3L year. I'd never been on a winning sports team before; my dad was so proud."


Outside of her career in the law, Darcy says she loves musical theater. "I see almost every show that comes to town, and music or theater is always a part of my life, whether it's taking or teaching a class or working with an outreach group." She tried to branch out this fall by taking a class on Shakespearean acting, but she said "it turns out I have no natural gift for acting the Bard's plays, so don't expect to see me on the classical stage anytime soon." 


You can find out more about Darcy on her LinkedIn Profile.



Participate in the Admissions Process

We are in the thick of the admissions process for the class of 2016, and the Admissions Office at the College hopes you will congratulate, welcome, and encourage admitted students to come to Tucson. If you'd be willing to reach out to an admitted student - it could be as simple as a phone call, email, or coffee break - please send an email.


Nationwide this is a challenging admissions year - a third year in a row of declining applications to law schools, now totaling almost an 40 percent nationwide decline over this period, as reported two weeks ago in the New York Times.

In response to this challenging environment, we're focusing on the deep strengths of the College of Law, the University of Arizona, and the State, including leading programs such as the Indigenous Peoples Law and Policy program and the International Trade and Business Law Program. The College is described in a special web site ( You'll see that we emphasize the opportunities created by a small law school located at a great research university. We explain our individualized and responsive approach to legal education, and convey our strong employment and bar results in direct and transparent terms.


Upcoming Events:

US Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces

On Tuesday, February 26, from 9:30am-11am, the US Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces will be at the College to hear arguments in Ares Auditorium (room 164). Sergeant Bruce L. Kelly is appealing his court-martial conviction for possession of child pornography. This event will be especially exciting as our students have been invited to file and argue an Amicus brief, and are doing so under the guidance of Dean Willie Jordan-Curtis and Professor Paul BennettCase materials are available here.


Priority seating is available for students and attorneys appearing before the Court. Remaining seats will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. Photo identification is required for those who are attending. Parking is available in the Park Avenue Garage for a nominal fee.


CLE Opportunity - Decoding the Acronyms

On Wednesday, February 27, from noon-1pm, IPLP is partnering with the State Bar to offer a series of CLEs focused on navigating Indian Law. Professor Melissa Tatum will discuss the topic, Decoding the Acronyms: How to Translate Indian Law. The event will be held at the State Bar office on 270 N. Church Avenue in Tucson. For more information, you can contact Melissa Tatum.


9th Circuit Court of Appeals

On Wednesday, March 6, from 10:30am-12pm, the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit will be at the College to hear arguments in Ares Auditorium (room 164). The cases to be heard will be Lemke v. Ryan and Demaree v. Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. Case materials are available here.


Priority seating is available for students and attorneys appearing before the Court. Remaining seats will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. Photo identification is required for those who are attending. Parking is available in the Park Avenue Garage for a nominal fee.


Men's Basketball Watch Party

If you will be in Phoenix and can't make it to Tucson for the basketball game, please plan to join us at Blitz Sports Bar and Grill in Scottsdale on March 9 at 2:30pm for a watch party. We'll bring you more details soon, but for now, you can RSVP by email if you plan to attend.


We'll have UA giveaways at halftime, and we hope to see many of you there!


LCA Dinner

The 39th Annual Law College Association (LCA) Dinner is scheduled for April 27, 2013 and will be held at the Westward Look Resort in Tucson. This year, the LCA, with the University of Arizona Alumni Association, will honor six outstanding individuals: Anna Maria Chavez ('94), Catherine Douglass ('76), Prof. Steven Duke ('59), Larry Hecker ('69, '72), Prof. Thomas Mauet, and The Honorable Frank Zapata ('73).


For more information, or to register, click here.



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Dean & Ralph W. Bilby Professor of Law
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