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In anticipation of the Arizona Supreme Court's visit to our campus this Tuesday for oral arguments, we are featuring our alumni currently serving on the Court: Justices Robert Brutinel and John Pelander.


I am also delighted to introduce Karen Kowalski, our new Assistant Dean for Career Development. Her extraordinary background in law practice and career placement, along with a great Career Development Office team, will continue our long tradition of career support for students and alumni and allow us to adapt to the rapidly changing legal environment.

Until the footnotes,


Career Development
Karen Kowalski 


Karen Kowalski has joined Arizona Law as the new Assistant Dean for Career Development, continuing and building upon the nationally respected work of her predecessors, Deans Mary Birmingham and Paula Nailon ('94, BA '91).

Most recently, Karen served as a Managing Director in the Chicago office of the largest and oldest international legal search firm, Major, Lindsey & Africa. She focused on counseling attorneys of all experience levels on job opportunities and assisting law firms and corporate legal departments with attorney hiring at all seniority levels.


Prior to joining Major, Lindsey & Africa, Karen was a partner at the international law firm Winston & Strawn LLP, specializing in federal and state tax law. She was actively involved in recruiting and chaired committees responsible for the firm's summer program. In 2008, she was recognized by the publishers of Law & Politics and Chicago Magazine as a "Rising Star" in the Chicago legal community.


Karen holds a law degree from DePaul University College of Law, where she was an article and note editor for the DePaul Law Review, and an LLM in taxation from Georgetown University Law Center. Perhaps knowing on some level that her future path led to Tucson, she also earned a BA in Spanish from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana.


At Arizona Law, Karen oversees a career development operation that features three counselors with JDs -- Leah Won ('05), our Director based in Phoenix, and Virginia Clarke, Director of Judicial Clerkships and Professional Development and, of course, Karen herself. Our program also includes on-campus and off-campus interview programs in more than 10 US cities beyond Arizona and a robust first-summer employment program, in which more than 90 percent of first-year law students obtain clerkships and internships -- one of the highest rates of 1L employment in the country.


"I am excited to join the team at the College of Law and look forward to working with our alumni and employers to expand opportunities for our students," Karen says.


Karen is a warm weather enthusiast (adios, Chicago!) and enjoys running, hiking, and swimming in her free time.


You can learn more about Karen on our website.


Justice Robert Brutinel ('82)


Arizona Supreme Court Justice Robert Brutinel will be on campus this coming Tuesday, October 1, to hear oral arguments as part of the Arizona Supreme Court's statewide public education effort. The judicial visit, in which the Court will be in session and hear real cases, is hosted by the William H. Rehnquist Center on the Constitutional Structures of Government.

"It's been a pleasure to return to the law school for arguments each year since I started on the court," Brutinel says. "The original large classroom where I took Torts seems a lot smaller, sitting up front. I appreciate the opportunity to meet the new professors, and to see a few old friends."

He adds, "I should note that this will be the third year I've hired a clerk from the U of A -- they've all been great." Justice Brutinel's clerks from Arizona Law have included Michael Shumway ('13), Emily Ward ('12), and Amanda Heitz ('08).

Justice Brutinel has been on the state's highest court since 2010. He was previously Presiding Judge and Presiding Juvenile Judge on the Yavapai County Superior Court and practiced law for several years. He earned his BS from ASU.

"Serving on the Supreme Court has been a very rewarding experience," he says. "The other justices and the staff here are great to work with, and the cases are very interesting."

As a trial court judge in Yavapai County, Justice Brutinel was deeply engaged with the community, helping to plan new court facilities, preserving the historic downtown courthouse in Prescott, and working with schools, foster parents, and others in the juvenile justice system.

When he was to be sworn in as Justice, he chose Yavapai County as the site for his investiture. Many of his Arizona Law classmates attended the standing-room-only ceremony at Yavapai College.

Justice Brutinel returns to Prescott "just about every weekend," where he enjoys fly-fishing and hiking.

On Tuesday, Justice Brutinel will be joined at Arizona Law by fellow Justice and alum John Pelander (see below); Vice Chief Justice Scott Bales, who has for years taught a course at Arizona Law on Separation of Powers (one of the most popular classes at the law school); and their colleagues, Chief Justice Rebecca White Berch and Justice Ann Scott Timmer (BA '82).


Justice John Pelander ('76)


Originally from the Buckeye State, Arizona Supreme Court Justice John Pelander received his BA from Ohio's Wittenberg University. Drawn to the call of "Go West, Young Man," he applied to Arizona Law.

"Needless to say, I fell in love with Tucson, the U of A, and this state, and have been blessed beyond measure in planting new roots here," says Justice Pelander, who later received an LLM from the University of Virginia School of Law.

He joined Arizona's high court in 2009, after serving on the Arizona Court of Appeals for 14 years and working in private practice for 18 years.

Justice Pelander recalls law school as "endless hours of toil, but also many laughs, particularly in the office of Arizona Law Review with my sidekick and law school roommate, the Hon. Mark Santana." (The late Maricopa County Superior Court Judge also received his JD from Arizona Law in 1976.)

Justice Pelander says he enjoyed all of his first-year core courses and feels especially fortunate to have had Professor Charles Ares for three different classes. ("And no, not because I had to repeat any of them!") His most memorable summer job was clerking for alum Hal Warnock ('35) and Richard Bilby at the former Bilby firm. As you may know, Hal  was a one-time Major League baseball player with the St. Louis Browns, and Richard (BA '55), later a judge on the US District Court of the District of Arizona, was the son of alum Ralph W. Bilby ('20).

Justice Pelander has remained actively engaged with the U of A all these years. An avid Wildcat fan, he's had season tickets for U of A football and basketball games for more than 30 years and says he's attended most of them. He still recalls 'studying' for one of his law school finals while attending a Wildcats baseball game during the team's first national championship season (in 1976).

Justice Pelander has served as a moot court judge at our student competitions since 1995,and he's had several of our alumni clerk for him at the Supreme Court and Court of Appeals, including Patrick Holkins ('13), Corey Mantei ('12), Laura Pasqualone ('10), Chris Hering ('10), and Meredith Marder ('09).

Justice Pelander and his wife, Mary, enjoy hiking and traveling and visiting their two sons and four grandchildren in Seattle and San Diego.


Movers and Shakers


Tech Startup Hires Three Arizona Law Grads

Arizona Law is well represented at LawLytics, an Arizona-based tech start-up that offers a legal marketing platform for attorneys. The company was founded by alum Dan Jaffe ('98) and recently hired Class of 2013 alums Jared Jorde and Brian Tedder and Kit Cramer ('89, BA '85).


Jorde is the company's Director of Attorney Strategy, Tedder is Director of Education, and Cramer, an award-winning ad copywriter and creative director, is Director of Marketing.


Read more about the LawLytics team here.


Give to Arizona Law


Military veterans face daunting challenges in attending and completing law school. The State of Arizona and the University of Arizona embrace the opportunity to educate veterans and support them during their time in school.

(For more information, visit UA VETS.)


Whether financial assistance for veterans comes from public agencies or private individuals, it yields a tangible reward: Contributing members of society who have served their country, and will now serve the legal profession. Give to Arizona Law to support scholarships for veterans or the Veterans' Advocacy Law Clinic today.



Patent Attorney Rob Matson ('07) Joins Cantor Colburn             

Congratulations to Rob Matson, who has been hired as an associate by IP law firm Cantor Colburn in its Hartford, Conn., office.


An engineer at Bechtel Corp before practicing law, he has extensive experience providing patent-related legal services in aerospace and aircraft design, medical devices, lasers, semiconductor manufacturing, carbon capture, and petroleum.


Read the announcement here.


 Professor David Gantz Authors Book on International Trade



David Gantz, the Samuel M. Fegtly Professor of Law and Director of Arizona Law's International Trade and Business Law Program, has written a new book, Liberalizing International Trade after Doha: Multilateral, Plurilateral, Regional, and Unilateral Initiatives.


The book discusses alternative routes for governments seeking trade expansion, given the failure of the World Trade Organization's Doha Development Round of negotiations. 


For more information on the book, click here.



Professor Mona Hymel Speaks at Flinn-Brown Civic Leadership Academy


On Saturday, Mona Hymel, the Arthur W. Andrews Professor of Law, kicked off a daylong program on Arizona's budget and fiscal system with her presentation, "What Makes Good Tax Policy," as part of the Flinn-Brown Civic Leadership Academy at the Heard Museum. The Academy works "to help expand the cadre of future state-level leaders with the skills, knowledge, and commitment to address Arizona's long-term issues."


Meet and Greet with Kristine Huskey - Thursday, Sept. 26, Washington, DC

Join other alumni in greeting Kristine Huskey, our new Director of the Veterans' Advocacy Law Clinic and an expert and scholar in national security law, tomorrow evening, from 6 to 8 pm at District Commons, 2200 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington, DC. Last chance to register! Register here.

Arizona Supreme Court Visit - Tuesday, Oct. 1

The Supreme Court of Arizona will hear arguments from 2 to 4:30 pm in Ares Auditorium (Room 164) at the law school. Register here or contact Bernadette Wilkinson at For more information, contact The Rehnquist Center.


Arizona Court of Appeals Visit - Wednesday, Oct. 9

John Donohue III


The Arizona Court of Appeals (Division Two) will hear arguments from 2 to 4:30 pm in Ares Auditorium. Register here or  contact For more information, contact The Rehnquist Center.


"The Data Speaks: A Closer Look at Gun Violence" - Stanford Law Professor John Donohue III - Thursday, Oct. 17


One of the world's leading empirical legal researchers, Stanford Law Professor John Donohue III has conducted large-scale statistical studies of how law and public policy impact gun violence and other issues. His lecture is the inaugural event of our new QuantLaw Program. From 5 to 6 pm, Ares Auditorium. Register here. 


Homecoming Alumni Weekend: Friday - Saturday, Nov. 8 - 9

For information and to register, click here. 


Marc Signature

Career Development's Karen Kowalski, right, and Leah Won with 1L Michael Fehser.




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