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A week from today, we will welcome the Arizona Court of Appeals, Division Two to our campus to hear oral arguments as part of the Court's public education effort. The Court's visit follows yesterday's well-attended visit from the Arizona Supreme Court.

In this issue we highlight the extraordinary connections between the College of Law and the Court of Appeals. Four of the six judges at Division Two are Arizona Law alumni, and another two alums serve at Division One. Seven of our alumni are currently law clerks at Division Two; another six are clerks at Division One. In addition, four of our students spent this past summer as externs at the Arizona Court of Appeals -- just some of the three dozen students who externed this summer in state and federal courts throughout Arizona.

Until the footnotes,



Alberta Chu (Class of 2014)


Alberta Chu is one of the 41 Arizona Law students who are enrolled in our Advanced JD Program for non-US Lawyers and are enriching our community with their diverse professional and personal backgrounds.

Originally from Princeton, NJ, Alberta received her BA in political science and women's studies from Purdue University. When her mother in Hong Kong became ill, Alberta moved there to be with her. While there, she earned her JD at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. After her mother died, Alberta decided to return to the US.

"I knew that having a JD from the States would allow me to take the bar exam in any state I choose," she says. "While researching law schools, I searched for those that would accommodate students with a foreign law degree and found Arizona Law and the Advanced JD Program. I made my decision to come to Arizona Law because I can get full American legal training and a JD in two years instead of three."

This past summer, Alberta clerked with Judge Philip Espinosa ('83, BA '78) of the Arizona Court of Appeals, Division Two, where she wrote memos and drafted decisions in both civil and criminal cases. "The externship provided a great opportunity to practice my writing and research skills," she says. "From observing the writing styles of Judge Espinosa and his law clerks, I learned to write more professionally, in simple and plain language."

The training is serving Alberta well, not only in class, but as a writer with the Arizona Journal of International and Comparative Law and for her preparation as an oralist in the Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition this spring.

You can connect with Alberta at


Lorraine Gin


Professor Lorraine Gin ('99, BA '94) personifies the outstanding professional expertise our faculty members bring to their teaching and mentoring.

A professor of legal writing at the law school since 2010, she has brought a wealth of experience working with Arizona's bench to her students. She began her legal career clerking at the Pima County Superior Court, where, she says, "I had the great fortune of clerking for two extraordinary teachers, Judge Stephen Villarreal ('75, BA '72) and Judge Charles Harrington."

She then practiced at the firm of Rusing and Lopez, PLLC (now Rusing Lopez & Lizardi, PLLC), but she was drawn back to the courts -- this time to the Arizona Court of Appeals. She clerked there for Judge Peter Eckerstrom, Judge Jan Florez, and Judge Garye Vasquez ('84) and stayed on as a staff attorney for both Division One and Division Two of the Court.

"Working for the courts allowed me to indulge my inner bookworm in a very practical fashion," Lorraine says. "Now that I have worked directly with the majority of Arizona's appellate judges, I believe I have a unique perspective on appellate practice to share with my students."

Today, Lorraine is in charge of our upper-level writing program. She teaches Advanced Legal Writing and Introduction to Appellate Advocacy. She also oversees our Judicial Clerkship Program and Criminal Defense Clinic. This past semester, she introduced a new course in Judicial Opinion Writing.

"I really enjoy teaching courses that challenge students academically and get them out into the legal community working on real cases," Lorraine says. "That's the theory behind the Judicial Clerkship Program and Criminal Defense Clinic; students are placed directly in the courts and with local criminal defense agencies. In the Judicial Opinion Writing course, I'm able to teach judicial writing in an academic setting, but I use real case briefs and current issues to bring the subject to life."

In her spare time, Lorraine is an avid reader and hiker. Inspired by one of her favorite books, Hilaire Belloc's The Path to Rome, she recently walked nearly 500 miles across Northern Spain on the Camino de Santiago. She has two children who are now both Wildcats themselves. "I couldn't convince them to come with me on that walk, but perhaps I will be more persuasive on another walk in the future," she says.

You can learn more about Lorraine at our website.



Judges of the Arizona Court of Appeals, Division Two. Rear, from left: Peter Eckerstrom, Chief Judge Joseph Howard, Garye Vasquez. Front: Mike Miller, Virginia Kelly, Philip Espinosa. Martha Lochert Photography
Alumni Judges on the Arizona Court of Appeals


Arizona Law students have a passion for service and for learning that has led them over the years to seek judicial clerkships. In most years, more than 20 percent of each graduating class clerks for a judge -- a rate more than twice the national average.


When the Arizona Court of Appeals, Division Two holds court in our Ares Auditorium next week, three of the six judges in attendance will be Arizona Law alumni. (A fourth alum, Judge Mike Miller '84, is unable to attend this year's program.)


Division Two Arizona Law alumni are Judge Philip Espinosa ('83, BA '78); Judge Virginia Kelly ('90, BA '68); Judge Miller, who was sworn in last year at an investiture ceremony held at the law school; and Judge Garye Vasquez ('84). Judge Peter Eckerstrom is a member of our National Board of Visitors and is teaching a course at the law school as an adjunct professor.


What's more, two of the judges with the Arizona Court of Appeals, Division One are Arizona Law alums: Judge John Gemmill ('76, BS '71), and Judge Patricia Orozco ('89, BA '77), and Chief Judge Diane Johnsen earned her BA from the U of A in 1975.


We treasure our relationship with the great judges and court systems in this state, including the Court of Appeals, Division Two. We appreciate the breadth and depth of this relationship, including the opportunity for our graduates to clerk for a judge following graduation; the mentoring that the judges provide to externs and clerks; the opportunity to hear the courts at work (sometimes at the College of Law) and to read and engage their opinions; and the opportunity to have members of Division Two and other courts participate on panels, give lectures, and teach as adjunct faculty.


Our students and graduates are better lawyers as a result of these opportunities.

  Movers and Shakers
Brian Chase ('11, BS '08) Opens Consulting Firm
Attorney Brian Chase has started a new enterprise, Chase Technology Consulting, which specializes in providing expert witness services, particularly in computer forensics and digital evidence. Brian worked for several years as a network administrator at the U of A before obtaining his BS in management information systems from the U of A Eller College of Management and his JD from Arizona Law. 
He volunteers as an assistant coach for our National Trial Competition Team. You can connect with Brian on LinkedIn. 
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T.J. Ryan ('02) Earns Top Peer Review Rating from Martindale-Hubbell
T.J. Ryan, a partner with Frazer Ryan Goldberg & Arnold LLP, has received the AV Preeminent® peer review rating, the highest rating conferred by Martindale-Hubbell.®
T.J.'s practice focuses on estate planning, trusts, and wills. He is Treasurer of the Maricopa County Bar Association and is the co-author of books on estate planning and probate, including the upcoming Arizona Probate Manual published by the State Bar of Arizona.
 You can connect with T.J. on LinkedIn.
Cristos Velasco San Martín (LLM '01) Authors New Edition of Book on Cyber Law
Cristos Velasco San Martín, who holds an LLM in International Trade Law from Arizona Law, announces publication of the second edition of his book, Cyber Law in Mexico, published by Wolters Kluwer .
Cristos is the Founder and Director of Proteccion Datos Mexico, which advises companies in the telecommunications and information technology sectors on e-commerce, domain names, intellectual property, federal laws on privacy protection, and more.
You can learn more about Cristos here. 
Environmental Breakfast Club - Friday, Oct. 4
Professor of Economics Paul Portney of the U of A Eller College of Management will speak on "A Possible Future for EPA and Environmental Regulation," 8:30-9:45 am, Faculty Lounge (Room 237). For more information, contact Professor Robert Glennon,
The Data Speaks: A Closer Look at Gun Violence" - Professor John Donohue III of Stanford Law School - Thursday, Oct. 17
Professor John Donohue III's lecture is the inaugural event of our QuantLaw Program.
5-6 pm, Ares Auditorium.Register here.  
A Conversation with Jason Rowley ('01, BA '94) - Friday, Oct. 11
Phoenix Suns President and Arizona Law alum Jason Rowley will speak to students, 12:15-1:15 pm, Sullivan Room (272). For more information, contact Marissa White at
Homecoming Alumni Weekend: Friday - Saturday, Nov. 8 - 9
For more information and to register, click here.
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