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They have arrived! 180 new students, including 135 in the JD program (up 11 percent from last year), with 29 of them Advanced JDs; 15 LLMs; 5 SJDs; 14 transfer students; 8 MLS students; and several visiting students. 

These new students join a community of more than 300 students and 75 faculty and staff and are on the path to join our 6,400 alumni and many, many friends of the College of Law.

To all of the new members of our community--students, faculty, and staff--welcome!

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This week's featured members of the Arizona Law community are student Alexis Campbell, Professor Diana Simon, and alum Gregory Schneider.

Their stories illustrate two key ways our faculty and alumni help current and former students: by offering career advice and professional contacts, and through their support of scholarships.

Until the footnotes,


Student News
Alexis Campbell (Class of 2014)
Carpenter Scholars Alexis Campbell ('14) and Brian Mosley ('13) with Judge Stephen McNamee ('69)


Alexis is one of many Arizona Law students to be educated at both the James E. Rogers College of Law and the University of Arizona Eller College of Management.


At Eller College, Alexis earned a BS in business management and studied entrepreneurship through the McGuire Entrepreneurship Program, with which she remains actively involved.

"Besides the fact that Tucson is my home, I knew that both Eller College and Arizona Law offered high-ranking programs in a very personal environment," she says. "There was no reason for me to stray far from home."

She adds, "I like how the schools work together and am grateful for all the connections I have made."

This summer Alexis worked in Phoenix as an intern at U-Haul International and as a bankruptcy law clerk at the Law Offices of Matthew Foley.

"U-Haul gave me the experience I wanted with corporate counsel," she says. "I was able to research a variety of topics, including copyright and trademark--areas I'm especially interested in. At Matthew Foley, I was exposed to the breadth of topics that bankruptcy lawyers deal with on a day-to-day basis." She will continue to work part-time with Matthew Foley this year.

At Arizona Law, Alexis is a member of the Arizona Journal of International and Comparative Law and is active with our International Law Society.

Alexis received the Carpenter Scholarship, made possible with donations from the Class of 1969. That class dubbed itself "carpenters," the story goes, in response to a comment from then-Dean Charles Ares at Orientation that they would be trained to become architects, not carpenters, of the law. The new students in 1969 vowed they were more than happy to do the hard work of legal "carpenters," and the nickname stuck. Members of that class will often introduce themselves by saying, "I am a carpenter."

At our Law Community Celebration in Phoenix earlier this summer, Alexis caught up with "carpenter" Stephen McNamee ('69, MA  '67), Senior US District Judge for the District of Arizona and longtime Law College Association Board member.

After graduation, Alexis hopes to pursue her passion for IP law (in particular, the "soft" side of IP, in copyright, trademark, and the like). If time allows, she would like to start a business helping children and young adults.


You can connect with Alexis on LinkedIn. 

Faculty News

Diana Simon


Adjunct Professor Diana Simon has helped launch the careers of countless former students.

Originally from Kansas City, Missouri, Diana attended college at Washington University in St. Louis and law school at Emory Law in Atlanta (a place I know well, since I taught there for 17 years).


As a 3L there in 1981-82, she was able to take the bar exam during her third year--something our own 3Ls will be able to do this year for the first time (and something that students at Emory can no longer do).

"It was exciting to be a lawyer upon graduation," Diana recalls.

She began practicing law in Washington, DC, where her firm's high-profile clients included Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein of the Washington Post. Next, she moved to Los Angeles, where she practiced entertainment law for several years, handling complex copyright and trademark litigation. Her firm represented many major movie studios and entertainment stars, including Universal Pictures, Paramount Studios, Michael Jackson, and Jodie Foster.

When her husband was offered a job in Tucson, she moved here, joining what would soon become the law firm of Korn, Waterman & Simon. She taught Pre-Trial Litigation at Arizona Law from 1994 to 2010. Since retiring from law practice in 2006, Diana has taught Advanced Legal Writing at Arizona Law; she also teaches Legal Writing to 1Ls.

Diana demonstrates a defining characteristic of our faculty: a sincere interest in her former students' success. Several have gone on to land coveted judicial clerkships, in the last two years alone. They include Brenton Twitchell ('12), now clerking for the Washington State Supreme Court; Andrew Floyd ('13), a law clerk at the DC Court of Appeals; and Darcy Elgin ('12), previously featured in "Wildcat Wednesday," who is about to move from her clerkship for Justice Scott Bales at the Arizona Supreme Court to a clerkship for Judge Neil Wake at the US District Court for the District of Arizona.


Diana adds, "One of my greatest joys has been working with my Writing Fellows, who have all been outstanding and gone on to achieve great success. They include Sarah Stanton ('11), who works at Rusing, Lopez & Lizardi with another former student, Ed Moomjian ('95); and Ashley Brick ('11), who is working with a former colleague of mine in a Los Angeles litigation firm."


"I love giving students career advice and helping them find jobs or make contacts with other lawyers, particularly in Los Angeles," she says.

Diana also enjoys working with the faculty and staff in our Legal Writing Program. "It is the closest thing I have to working with law firm colleagues, something I miss since I stopped practicing law."


You can learn more about Diana at our website. 

Alumni News

Gregory Schneider ('12)


Arizona Law alumni routinely reach for the stars. But Gregory Schneider will soon nearly be able to reach out and touch them.


Gregory, originally from Nashville, skipped his senior year of high school to attend Grinnell College. After graduating he moved to Arizona, where he met his wife and decided to stay. He also decided to apply to law school.

"When I was applying, our family was already growing," he says. "The University of Arizona offered a generous scholarship package which, coupled with in-state tuition, made it the best financial deal. After visiting the school and seeing the friendly atmosphere and superb quality of teaching, I saw many reasons to enroll."

Gregory made headlines last year by winning the Seattle Space Needle's Space Race 2012. The grand prize: a trip in space.


Some time in 2015, he will take a spin on an actual rocket that will shoot 62 miles straight up into space and back down within just a few meters from where it launched--all in the course of about 20 minutes. He will experience zero gravity for about six minutes and get to see the curvature of the Earth.

He earned this extraordinary opportunity by first submitting a homemade video on why he wanted to go into space, starring his two young children (he's since had a third). You can watch the video here.


Last year, he competed in the race by climbing up the antenna of the Space Needle and then walking around its "halo" while solving space trivia questions and anagrams of space-related words. He made it up the antenna faster than the other finalist and answered more questions correctly--winning the contest.


The flight is being sponsored by a Virginia-based travel company and is estimated at over $100,000--but there's no putting a price on this kind of experience.

It's already been quite a "trip": Gregory accepted his prize in May 2012 from none other than Buzz Aldrin.

Here on Earth, Gregory was senior managing editor on the Arizona Law Review before earning the second highest score on the Arizona Bar Exam and starting his current job, as law clerk to the Hon. Joseph Howard, Chief Judge at the Arizona Court of Appeals.

"The clerkship has been wonderful," he says. "It's been a tremendous privilege to work closely with someone with such experience and wisdom. I now understand firsthand why nearly everyone considers a clerkship one of the best ways to start a legal career. I know the lessons I'm learning here will last a lifetime."

In a typical year, more than 20 percent of each Arizona Law graduating class clerks for a judge, reflecting the extraordinary chance that clerkships offer to learn, to serve, and to grow as a lawyer, and the superb quality of Arizona Law graduates--like Gregory--that leads judges to hire them. 

You can connect with Gregory on LinkedIn (except, perhaps, when he's space traveling). 


Movers and Shakers


Lawrence Huerta ('53) Receives Lifetime Achievement Award from Native American Bar


C. Lawrence Huerta, Arizona's first Native American attorney and the College of Law's first Native American alum, will be honored in September with a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Native American Bar Association of Arizona (NABA-AZ).
One of very few Yaqui attorneys, he was also the first Native American to serve on Arizona's Industrial Commission and the first Chancellor of Navajo Community College (now Diné College). He served on the Maricopa County Superior Court in 1967-68.

The NABA-AZ Fifth Annual Seven Generations Awards Dinner and Silent Auction will be held from 6 pm to 10 pm on Saturday, September 28, at Wild Horse Pass Hotel and Casino, Gila River Indian Community. To register for the dinner or participate in the silent auction, contact Diandra Benally at
Gary Cohen ('93) Inducted into Pima County Sports Hall of Fame

Gary Cohen, a partner at Mesch, Clark & Rothschild, has been inducted into the Pima County Sports Hall of Fame. The Tucson native won numerous titles playing tennis at Canyon Del Oro High School and played varsity tennis at Northwestern University, where his team won the 1990 Big Ten Conference Title. He is a Judge Pro Tem with the Pima County Superior Court and an adjunct professor at Arizona Law.
Give to Arizona Law
Scholarships are a vital source of assistance for our students. Make a gift to the law school and help us give our students the opportunities they need to succeed. Our online option to make monthly gifts using a credit card is an easier way to support any of the programs at Arizona Law. Visit

Environmental Breakfast Club Resumes Sept. 6

If you are interested in environmental law, science, and policy, we invite you to join the monthly Environmental Breakfast Club, now entering its eighth year. These informal gatherings take place at the law school the first Friday of every month (except January) from September through April, in the faculty lounge (room 237). Each meeting includes a guest speaker from across the U of A and lasts from 8 am to no later than 9:45 am. Coffee, tea, and bagels are served--as are first-rate ideas, research, discussion, and a chance to network across disciplines and professional settings. For more information contact Professor Robert Glennon at

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