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Our spotlight shines this week on three members of the Arizona Law community: student Daniel Arellano, Prof. Paul Bennett, and alumna Kate King. Enjoy!


Until the footnotes,



Student News
Daniel Arellano (Class of 2014)

Tucson native and 2L Daniel Arellano started law school immediately after completing his bachelor's degree from UA. Needless to say, he's a Wildcat through and through.


Arellano, Daniel

Daniel had many law school options, but told me he chose Arizona Law after spending the summer of 2010 in Washington, DC: "I realized how much I loved the desert and that I wanted to make my career in Arizona, so I looked for a law school that would provide a great legal education and strong professional opportunities in the Southwest."


As a freshman in college, he was mentored by Arizona Law 3L Ben Durie ('08) who gave him a positive view of student life. "I was tremendously impressed with the small class size, involved faculty, and collegial environment of the law school. Also, as an undergraduate I had attended several events at the law school, including lectures by Justice Stephen Breyer and Chief Justice John Roberts. So when the time came to apply, I knew this was the place for me."


Daniel gained valuable work experience while still in law school. "My most meaningful experience was during the summer after my first year, when I clerked in the Criminal Division of the Arizona Attorney General's Office in Tucson. Throughout the summer, I participated significantly in a complex securities fraud case the office was prosecuting."


After seeing his work, the section chief asked Daniel to research and draft a motion on an important issue that had come up in the case. "I had a tight filing deadline, and the issue was a matter of first impression in Arizona. It felt great to know that my boss had so much confidence in my writing and ability to get things done. Thankfully, the legal research and writing program at Arizona Law prepared me for this type of challenge."


The trial judge granted the motion, and the issue is now the topic of Daniel's law review note. Incidentally, Daniel is also the new editor-in-chief of the Arizona Law Review! You can find an article Daniel penned for the last issue, Keep Dreaming: Deferred Action and the Limits of Executive Power [Daniel A. Arellano | 54 Ariz. L. Rev. 1139 (2013)], here.


After graduation, Daniel says he would like to clerk with an Arizona judge, then practice commercial litigation. "I'll be working for a law firm in Phoenix this summer, and my goal is to return to the firm after I graduate or complete a clerkship," he said, "I also hope to remain meaningfully involved in the bar and in the community."


Outside of classes, Daniel enjoys spending much of his time in the 350 sunshine-filled days that Tucson has to offer. "I love the beautiful Sonoran desert that surrounds us, so in my free time I try to get out in the desert and in the mountains as often as I can. I enjoy hiking in Saguaro National Park, Sabino Canyon, and Mount Lemmon. I also spend as much time as possible with family and friends, as well as with my four-year-old long-haired dachshund."

"And, like any good law student, I fully avail myself of my Netflix account!" You can contact Daniel through his LinkedIn Profile.


Faculty News
Paul Bennett

In 1996, Clinical Professor Paul Bennett came to Arizona to start what is now the Child and Family Law Clinic. "I had been teaching in the Cornell Legal Aid Clinic in Ithaca, NY when Arizona gave me a once in a lifetime opportunity to create a clinical program from scratch. Everything we did was new and different. Our Clinic was the first of its kind in Arizona and, I believe, the entire Southwest, where law students represented children in Juvenile and Family Courts. It was an awesome opportunity. It still is."


Paul teaches a number of different classes, but clinical legal education is very close to his heart. "I receive the greatest joy helping students take what they've learned in the classroom and apply their knowledge and new skBennett, Paulills to helping people through some of the most difficult times of their lives."


The critical thinking and problem-solving skills that students utilize in the clinic help prepare them for the realities of practicing the law. "Both the Child and Family Law Clinic and the Veteran's Advocacy Law Clinic allow me to work closely with students as they represent real clients in challenging situations. It is such a pleasure to contribute to the amazing growth of our students from scholars to reflective, ethical, and skilled young lawyers."


Paul noted that the field of juvenile law has always been exciting and dynamic, especially over the last decade. "Juvenile Law has changed dramatically as we have learned more about brain development, family systems, substance abuse, and treatment modalities. We're just beginning to apply what we have learned from other fields to issues in juvenile delinquency, child protection, and parenting time. And it's just the tip of the iceberg as juvenile law catches up with science."


At Arizona Law, Paul continues to help us grow the scope of experiential learning. "I have also been extremely lucky to be at the right place and the right time as Tucson created one of the country's first Veteran Treatment Courts and the first where law students represent the veterans. Totally cool!" You can find more information on the law clinics here.


Paul and fellow Arizona Law professor Kenney Hegland recently published a book, "A Short and Happy Guide to Being a Lawyer." You can read more about Paul on his Faculty Profile.


Alumni News
Kate King ('06)

Since graduation, Kate (Hackett) King has worked as a labor and employment attorney at Snell & Wilmer's Phoenix office.


Kate chose Arizona Law because of its excellent reputation within the Arizona legal community and throughout the UniKing, Kateted States. "I also felt the school was a great value. I knew I would receive a top-rate legal education at a fraction of the cost of private law schools. And I did!"


Kate, a native Arizonan, who found her way to Arizona Law via Duke undergrad, is a member of the Law College Association where she and the other directors work hard to assist the College with its alumni relations and fundraising operations.


After graduation, Kate clerked for Arizona Supreme Court Justice Michael Ryan before choosing Snell & Wilmer. One of the things that attracted Kate to Snell was their strong commitment to diversity. She said that the vision statement of their Committee on Diversity & Inclusion succinctly yet accurately describes the firm's direction: One Community, Identity of Many.


Kate added, "Snell & Wilmer is firmly committed to community service and providing pro bono legal services to those who are less fortunate in our community. Some people might think that you can't make a local impact while working at a large firm, but I've seen that you can."


Away from her career, Kate confessed that she is never too far removed from the law, "I am married to a lawyer, Bill King, who practices in Phoenix at Bonnett Fairbourn Friedman & Balint. Luckily we have two dogs to keep us grounded - a golden retriever we rescued from the Arizona Humane Society and a black lab mix." You can read more about Kate on her Attorney Profile.



Participate in the Admissions Process

Thank you for the generous response to our request to help in the admissions process. The messages that alumni have started to send to admitted students are brilliant. And beyond the text, the message that the Arizona Law community is 7,000 strong-what the athletics department calls the Wildcat Nation-is a powerful message indeed.


Spring Visitors Expand Curriculum, Intellectual Diversity

Five distinguished legal scholars and practitioners serve as visiting faculty for the spring semester as part of the ongoing Visiting Faculty Program at the James E. Rogers College of Law. You can read about them here.



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 the 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.


You can register for the event here.


Priority seating is available for students and attorneys appearing before the Court. Additional seating will be available to registrants 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 a location Blitz Sports Bar and Grill in Scottsdale on March 9 at 2:30pm for a watch party. Please 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 - Get Your Tickets Now! (the price goes up soon)

We hope you'll join us for a chance to reconnect with other alumni and celebrate our many successes at the 39th Annual Law College Association (LCA) Dinner on April 27, 2013, at the Westward Look Resort in Tucson. This is the premier event of the year for the LCA - the alumni association that represents all College of Law graduates.


This year, we are reminded about what a difference our alumni make in the world of law, and in our communities. The honorees, who are celebrated by the LCA and the University of Arizona Alumni Association, are: Anna Maria Chavez ('94), Catherine Douglass ('76), Prof. Steven Duke ('59), Larry Hecker ('69, '72), Prof. Thomas Mauet, and The Honorable Frank Zapata ('73). 


We have already presented Tom Mauet in these electronic pages.  And in the coming weeks we'll be telling you more about each of the honorees.


For more information, or to register for the dinner, click here.



Marc Miller
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Dean & Ralph W. Bilby Professor of Law
James E. Rogers College of Law

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