Give in favor of students.
In this week's Letter of the Law we continue to illustrate the impact of private scholarships on Arizona Law students by showcasing the career of another recent alum -- Alanna Duong, of the Class of 2014.
Private scholarships are an important part of the Arizona Law experience. We are very grateful to all of the people who give to our scholarship program. Your gifts help us make a cutting-edge legal education available to more students.
We also announce the schedule of Career Development Office interviewing events across the Southwest -- sign-up begins now. One of the best ways to give to the college is to advise, mentor, and ultimately employ our students and graduates. 
Until the footnotes,


Alanna Duong ('14)

2014 Arizona Law graduate Alanna Duong has been a law clerk for the Honorable Randall M. Howe at the Arizona Court of Appeals, Division I, for nearly two years. She is also on the board of directors of the Arizona Asian American Bar Association and the board of directors of the Maricopa County Bar Association's Public Lawyers Division, and is a recent graduate of the State Bar of Arizona's Bar Leadership Institute.

Alanna will finish her term at the Court of Appeals at the end of the summer, at which point she will move to Miami to serve in an attorney-advisor position with the United States Department of Justice.
Alanna says she and her rescue dog, Pooh Bear (at right), are looking forward to being in a new city and the challenge of a new role.  

Alanna came to Arizona Law because she was looking for something different. She had spent four years at ASU as an undergraduate, followed by some time abroad in South Korea. When she returned from South Korea she realized that the UA was the change and the challenge that she needed. She says,
"I liked that UA was a big research university. I spent a lot of time researching sustainable development at ASU, so I thought I would continue my work at UA. I did. I got a certificate in Environmental Law, Science, and Policy and wrote my international law journal note on sustainable development in South Korea and spent a semester there finishing up previous research."
For Alanna, scholarships have always played a big role in her decision-making process regarding schools, and they did so for law school as well.  Further, she says,
"I would not be where I am today and would not have been able to accomplish what I have without financial support."  
Scholarships helped create the time and space for Alanna to focus on learning in school and giving back to her community.
Alanna says that a number of people were supportive of her path as a student:
"My family was always there for me. My classmates were amazing, especially my small section and our Ares fellows. I had wonderful professors who taught me to think critically and challenge myself, including Dean Massaro and Professors Engel and Gin. I was also lucky to have support from the organizations I joined, including the Community Service Board, Law Women's Association, Volunteer Lawyer's Program, and, of course, the Arizona Journal of International and Comparative Law.."
This photo is one of her favorites because, Alanna says, her classmates were a key part of her support network during law school:
Alanna with 2014 classmates Dale Sevin, Jessica Elias, Daniel Arellano, and Eddie Walneck after taking their class picture.

Today, she says, her judge, the Honorable Randall M. Howe, and her fellow Arizona Asian American Bar Association board members provide key support: "I could not be more grateful to Judge Howe and to everyone AAABA for helping me develop professionally."

Judge Paul Tang ('82), Alanna, Thomas Chiang ('07), and Eileen Sullivan (l-r) at the Arizona Asian American Bar Association's 2016 Annual Banquet.

Alanna with the current board of directors of the Arizona Asian American Bar Association.

Alanna's current view of her career path is open-ended, but emphasizes public service: 
"Other than dedicating my career to public service, I just have long- and short-term goals and leave myself room to take opportunities as they come." It's an approach that has clearly served her well so far, and we wish her the best of luck in Miami.
"I hope that UA alums can support current students by donating to the law school and its scholarship programs. Your donations into the scholarship fund will open many opportunities for the students. It will inspire them to not only work hard for themselves, but for others around them as well -- your kindness will go a long way." 

Interview Arizona Law Students and Graduates in a City Near You!

The Career Development Office (CDO) connects employers with our students and graduates.  As I write, the CDO is preparing to host its six fall interview program events (formerly referred to as on- and off-campus interviewing). 

Through these interview programs, employers can interview 2Ls for summer 2017 positions and 3Ls for post-graduate and post-bar-exam work. Employers can also interview recent graduates for immediate openings or for placement once July bar-exam results are published in October.
  • Tucson Interview Program:  Mon., Aug. 15 through Fri., Aug. 26 (Arizona Law Library)
  • Phoenix Interview Program: Fri., Aug. 12 (Embassy Suites Phoenix-Biltmore)
  • Las Vegas Interview Program:  Wed., Aug. 10 (UNLV Student Union)
  • Denver Interview Program: Tues., Aug. 9 (Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel)
  • Albuquerque Interview Program: Mon., Aug. 8 (Embassy Suites-Albuquerque)
  • Los Angeles Interview Program: Fri., Aug. 5 (Westin Bonaventure-Downtown Los Angeles) 
If you or your firm or agency would like to interview students at any of these events, please register by clicking the "Interviewing" tab in your CareerCAT account and selecting the appropriate interview program from the session pick-list.
If you know another employer that is hiring and should take a look at our superb students, please encourage them to sign up, or email the CDO at to let us know so we can reach out to those employers and encourage them to consider the best law graduates in the world. 

If you would like to discuss your organization's unique hiring needs, contact Assistant Dean Karen Kowalski, at 520-626-6107 or

Summer Alumni Receptions

We are planning lots of summer alumni receptions. Here is the list so far. Alumni, students, family, and friends are all welcome. If you live or work near one of our receptions or will be in the area, please stop by to say hello. We would love to see you.

Weds., June 15
Arizona Bar Convention Reception at Sheraton Grand Wild Horse Pass, Quail Room, 5:30 - 7 p.m. 
Fri., June 17 
Arizona Bar Convention Lunch for 50-year alumni. 
UA Law will have a table set up outside of the lunch to hand out certificates to our alumni who have been a part of the Arizona Bar for 50 years.
RSVP to Marissa White by email or at (520) 626-8132.
Thurs., June 30 
Seattle Alumni Breakfast at Portage Bay, South Lake Union, 8:30 - 10 a.m. 
Fri., July 8 
Reno Alumni Reception 
Save the date - registration details coming soon.
Mon., July 11 
CLE by the Sea, Arizona Law Alumni Luncheon in Coronado, California. 
Save the date -- registration details coming soon.
Tues., July 26, and Weds., July 27 
Lunch for the Arizona Bar Takers at Steptoe, 201 E Washington, Suite 1600, Phoenix. For all Arizona Law alumni taking the Arizona Bar.
No registration required.
Weds., July 26 
Downtown Phoenix Alumni Reception.
Save the date -- registration details coming soon.
Fri., August 19
New Mexico Alumni Reception in conjunction with the New Mexico State Bar, 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. at Buffalo Thunder Resort in Santa Fe, New Mexico. 
Save the date -- registration details coming soon.

Online Alumni Directory

More and more of you have joined our online alumni directory and made yourselves available to connect with our new graduates -- and your fellow classmates -- through this relatively new channel. If you haven't joined yet, now is the perfect time to do so.

If you need us to resend your personalized invitation, please email or call (520) 621-8430.

This week Arizona Law is hosting 42 high school students at Law Camp, a program that has evolved from earlier generations, and this year is led by our BA in Law and MLS team.  
Most of the high school students are from the Tucson area, but a few come from around the state and as far as New Mexico. Many have been involved in mock trial and teen court programs at their high schools, and want to further explore how lawyers approach the world. They were welcomed by Tucson Mayor Jonathan Rothschild, and are being taught by a combination of full time faculty, JD students, and BA in Law students. In the sometimes-quieter (and recently hotter!) days around the college, it is a joy to have the energy and excitement of this group of future lawyers in the building.

As the month of June unfolds, and we head towards the end of the fiscal year, please do what you can to support current and future students by making a contribution In Favor of Students.


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