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At our spectacular Homecoming weekend (well, perhaps 6 points short of spectacular), it was a pleasure to meet so many families with Wildcats spanning generations.


In this issue, we feature 3L Sarah Schade, whose mother graduated from the U of A and whose grandfather is a former University of Arizona Dean of Students; and Isaac Rothschild ('07) and his grandfather, Lowell Rothschild ('52), both still working in the firm Lowell co-founded with his Arizona Law classmates.


Until the footnotes,



Sarah Schade with Phillip Stensrud at the Barrister's Ball.
Sarah Schade (Class of 2014)


Sarah Schade (BA '11) is a shining example of a student who is making the most of her time in law school -- studying hard to earn top grades, seeking and landing extraordinary jobs, and volunteering to help others while enhancing her knowledge.


Sarah, originally from Chandler, Arizona, is a double Wildcat who received her BS in psychology from the U of A in 2011. She earned many honors as an undergraduate and continues to do so in law school.


She was named Outstanding Law Student Volunteer of the Month by the Volunteer Lawyers Program (VLP) of Arizona. She writes for the Arizona Law Review, belongs to Phi Alpha Delta, and volunteers with the Law Women's Association, Student Animal Legal Defense Fund, and Tucson Homeless Court.


And she's been working -- as a law clerk at Quarles and Brady -- since May 2012.


"Several of the associates and partners at Quarles & Brady went to the UA," Sarah says. "They are a great group of people, and I love getting to work with them on a weekly basis. I have been fortunate enough to work in a variety of fields and get a great amount of experience at the firm. I helped draft a Ninth Circuit immigration appeal this summer (which we won), and am currently working on a securities fraud case. I draft pleadings, motions, memos -- the whole nine yards."


Sarah's had two judicial externships, which she found with help from our Career Development Office: for Federal Magistrate Judge Jacqueline Rateau and for Pima County Superior Court Judge Danelle Liwski.


In fact, Sarah's exposure to the legal profession began before entering Arizona Law. As an undergraduate, she worked as a legal assistant at the Raymond J. Steele Bankruptcy Law Firm and as an intern for former US Rep. Gabby Giffords.


Sarah has strong family ties to the U of A. Her grandfather is Clifford M. Lytle, a former U of A Dean of Students and Professor of Political Science, who wrote books on American Indian law and sovereignty with Professor Vine Deloria Jr., and on the Arizona public defender system.


Her mother Carrie Lytle, a Wildcat who earned her BA in psychology in 1984 from the U of A, liked to dress Sarah up in a Wildcats cheerleading outfit when she was a baby. Sarah counts a few Wildcats among her uncles, too.


"We are a HUGE UA family, and we're enormous UA Basketball fans," she says. "Go Cats!" Sarah's boyfriend, Phillip Stensrud, is also a double Wildcat who earned his BA in 2012 and will receive his BS in nursing from the College of Nursing in May. 


Sarah's family also includes a kitten and two dogs, including Spice, at right.


In selecting Sarah as Volunteer of the Month (for March 2012), alum Randi Burnett ('07), former VLP staff attorney and law student coordinator, praised Sarah's work with the Domestic Relations Clinic and wrote, "Sarah has been an exceptional volunteer. She has a fearless, can-do attitude that helps inspire confidence and determination in our clients. It has been a pleasure for VLP staff to work with her, and we expect great things from her in the future."


You can connect with Sarah on LinkedIn.


Boris Kozolchyk with his wife Billie at the Tucson Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Awards Ceremony.


Boris Kozolchyk


Professor Boris Kozolchyk, the Evo DeConcini Professor of Law, is a globally renowned scholar and educator who has taught courses on jurisprudence, UCC, and international and comparative commercial law at Arizona Law since 1969.


On the world stage, he is respected as the Founder, President, and Executive Director of the National Law Center for Inter-American Free Trade (NatLaw), a nonprofit research and educational organization affiliated with the College of Law that has focused on the role of trade law and commercial law in economic development.


Among its many accomplishments, NatLaw helped to enact the first Secured Transactions Law in Mexico in 2000 and has continued to work on its implementation. See NatLaw's 20-Year Retrospective to learn more about this and other initiatives.


Boris has been a pioneer in the development of international commercial contracts. He has represented the US at the UN Commission on International Trade Law, the International Chamber of Commerce, and the Organization of American States.


Raised in Cuba, Boris earned his law degree and practiced law there before later earning law degrees from the University of Miami School of Law (LLB) and the University of Michigan Law School (LLM, SJD).


Boris' list of honors from government agencies, universities, and private professional organizations around the globe is astounding. Just in recent weeks, he received an honorary doctorate from the Universidad Mayor de Chile, at the first Pacific Rim Colloquium on Economic Development and Harmonization of Commercial Law held in Santiago, Chile; and the 2013 Legacy Award from the Tucson Hispanic Chamber of Commerce for his role as an advocate for the Hispanic community and his work to increase awareness and appreciation of Tucson's bicultural and bilingual heritage.


While Boris can be recognized for his books and articles within the world of commercial law, he is happy to announce that his "life's work," Commercial Contracts, Law, Culture and Economic Development, will be published within the year. At age 79, Boris attributes his continued success and energy to his family, including his wife Billie and his five grandchildren who "keep him young."


 For more information on Boris and NatLaw, visit


Lowell Rothschild ('52) and Isaac Rothschild ('07) of Mesch, Clark & Rothschild


The Rothschilds have practiced law and served the Tucson community for three generations. It's a legacy that makes alumnus Lowell Rothschild ('52) proud and grateful.


Plenty has changed since Lowell graduated from the law school. His graduating class of 19 included many World War II veterans and only one woman. The law school has moved locations twice since then. Research that took him and his classmates hours to do surrounded by books in the library can now be done in seconds online. And the way students are prepared includes much more hands-on experience, Lowell says.


"I'm very impressed with the clinics the law school offers now," he says. "That wasn't a tradition when I was being trained. We had legal aid. But now the law students go out and work in the clinics."


Today Lowell's grandson Isaac Rothschild ('07) follows in his path, helping people and businesses get fresh starts through bankruptcy and reorganization and volunteering in the community. "When you see someone who loves the practice of law and loves what they do after 55 years, you figure there's got to be something there," Isaac says.


Lowell and Isaac work together at Mesch, Clark & Rothschild, P.C., the firm Lowell co-founded with friends from Arizona Law in 1957. Last month, eight of the firm's attorneys were recognized as "Best Lawyers" by US News & World Report and "Best Lawyers" for 2014. Seven of those top lawyers are Arizona Law alumni. Besides Lowell, they include J. Emery Barker ('60), Douglas Clark ('66), Richard Davis ('72), Scott Gan ('80), Michael McGrath ('79), and Frederick Petersen ('99).


Isaac says the opportunity to be mentored by his grandfather -- one of the state's most respected bankruptcy attorneys -- is a privilege he doesn't take for granted. "I come to him all the time asking, 'Am I saying this right?' or 'What am I missing from a business perspective?'"


While at Arizona Law, Isaac was involved in the Child Advocacy Clinic, Bankruptcy Discharge Clinic, and the Legal Services Referral Clinic. He has volunteered with Southern Arizona Legal Aid's Volunteer Lawyers Program for the last 8 years, where he began as a student in the Bankruptcy Clinic. 


"Now I'm a lawyer on the other side," Isaac says. "I do some of the training sessions and partner with the law students when they appear in court."


Last year Southern Arizona Legal Aid recognized Isaac as one of its Outstanding Pro Bono Attorneys.


Giving back to the community is a value Lowell's son and Isaac's father, Jonathan Rothschild, takes to heart as well. Jonathan recently left the firm after 30 years to serve as Tucson's mayor. A few years ago, he established the Civil Rights Restoration Clinic at Arizona Law in collaboration with Professor Andy Silverman. Mesch, Clark & Rothschild houses the Clinic, which gives students the opportunity to meet and work with men and women with criminal convictions. Students work with a staff attorney to prepare court pleadings and handle court hearings to help restore people's right to vote and rebuild their lives after a criminal conviction.


Giving back to the community isn't just a family value, Lowell stressed, but a value of his law firm and all of its attorneys.


"It's a privilege to be able to practice law," Lowell says. "I believe lawyers should give back to the community."

Both Lowell and Isaac are grateful for their Arizona Law connection and legacy.


"The law school has made a great contribution to our community and state. I'm proud to be a graduate," Lowell says.


"Several of my closest friends have come out of my law school experience," Isaac adds. "I really enjoyed my time there. It was far and away the best educational experience I've ever had."


Give to Arizona Law


Feeling grateful for the role Arizona Law has played in your life? Show your gratitude with a gift to Arizona Law. A gift to the Arizona Law Fund helps us support student scholarships, provide funding for key priorities, and develop student enrichment events.


With our online option, you can make monthly gifts easily with your credit card. Every gift matters.



Movers & Shakers:


Andrew J. Baranowski ('13, BS '08) Joins Sutin, Thayer & Browne in Albuquerque


Andrew Baranowski has joined Sutin, Thayer & Browne in its Albuquerque, New Mexico, office. He practices in the firm's commercial group, primarily in banking and financial services, corporate law, and real estate law. You can learn more about Andrew at his web page.


Former US Attorney Paul Charlton ('88, BA '83) Joins Steptoe as Partner


Paul Charlton, the former US attorney for the District of Arizona, has joined Steptoe & Johnson LLP as a partner. He is based in the Phoenix office and will practice in the firm's Commercial Litigation and White-Collar Criminal Defense Groups. Read more about his appointment here.



Andrew J. Stevenson ('05) Elected to Shareholder at Lane Powell


Congratulations to Andrew Stevenson, who has been elected to Shareholder, effective January 1, 2014, at the Seattle offices of Lane Powell. His practice focuses on immigration law.


He has held leadership positions with the American Immigration Lawyers Association, including Vice Chair of the Association's National Liaison Committee to US Customs and Border Protection. Learn more about Andrew at his web page. 



Professor Derek Bambauer Discusses Google Glass on KGUN 9


Professor Derek Bambauer, who teaches Intellectual Property and Cybersecurity, appeared on KGUN 9-TV last week to discuss ethical concerns over the new Google Glass wearable device. Watch the interview here. 


Upcoming Events:  


Lillian S. Fisher Prize Ceremony - Monday, Nov. 18


Alumni, students, faculty, and friends are invited to celebrate the student recipient of the Lillian S. Fisher Prize in Environmental Law and Public Policy, presented each year by the Udall Center for Studies in Public Policy. The ceremony will be held 3:30 - 5 pm in the Lewis and Roca Lobby at the College of Law.


The prize is named for alumna Lillian Fisher ('63), former Pima County Superior Court Judge, and is granted to a student for an outstanding essay addressing an environmental law or public policy topic. The most recent recipient of this prestigious honor was Caylin Goldey Barter ('13), for her superb essay, "Defining the Necessary Role and Appropriate Level of Risk in Helicopter-Accessed Wilderness Skiing." To see Caylin's and previous winners' essays, visit here. To learn more about the Lillian S. Fisher Prize Ceremony, visit here.


Snapshots from Homecoming 2013


Homecoming highlights included, at top left, the Darrow K. Soll Memorial Criminal Law and Justice Lecture by Nancy Gertner, Harvard Law Professor of Practice and former federal Judge; at top right, a Celebration of Admission to the Practice of Law in Arizona; at bottom left, a Roundtable Discussion with US Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick ('79); at bottom right, Reunion Lunches for the Classes of 1973 and 1963; and, of course, the Arizona Law Red & Blue Homecoming BBQ.



Marc Signature

Former US Senator Dennis DeConcini accepting his 50-year certificate. 


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


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