Greg Sakall ('01) and
Chris Cabanillas ('90) join me
for a quick photo. 

Last week at the State Bar of Arizona Convention I had the pleasure of seeing lots of familiar faces, watching as many alumni and friends were honored, and reconnecting with many leaders in our profession. Some of those moments are captured below. 

Thank you for the great conversations and the opportunity to answer your questions. It is clear that many of you are paying attention to what is happening at Arizona Law. The terrific questions I received during the convention make me wonder if others of you have questions you would like me to answer. If you want to ask me about current developments at the College of Law or other subjects, please email me. I would love the chance to have a dialogue with you. 
This week, in recognition that June is Immigration Heritage Month, we also bring you an update from the college's Bacon Immigration Law and Policy Program.
We are nearing the conclusion of our fiscal-year-end giving campaign on June 30. To all of our generous donors -- thank you! By supporting us, you help to ensure success for the next generation of Arizona Law students. Your contributions also support the important professional training and service being carried out in the immigration clinic and our other great programs, clinics, and practice groups.
If you have not already given this year, please consider doing so today -- 
"In Favor of Students."
Until the footnotes,


Arizona Law Connects with Alumni at the Bar Convention

We enjoyed seeing many alumni and non-alumni friends at the Arizona Law reception last Wednesday at Wild Horse Pass. There were a countless number of Arizona Law alumni were honored at the convention. Here are a few we witnessed:

  • Brian J. Pollock ('98) - SBA Member of the Year Award 
  • Alex H. Lane ('99) - SBA President's Award
  • Hon. Barbara LaWall ('76) - Arizona Women Lawyers Association Sarah Herring Sorin Award
  • Denice Shepherd ('83) - Bar Foundation William E. Morris Award
  • Hon. Stephen McNamee ('69) - Bar Foundation Mark Santana LRE Award
This year's bar convention also marks the transition of leadership for the Law College Association. Thank you to Stephen Golden ('02) for two years of fantastic leadership. Welcome Mike King ('79), our new LCA president. We look forward to sharing more about Mike King in a future newsletter.
Barry Wong ('84).
Ben Taylor ('04).
Joanna Medrano, director of the Arizona Law Mortgage and Consumer Law Group, Charles Smith ('86), John Phelps ('86), State Bar of Arizona, CEO,
and Alex Lane ('99).
On Friday, we hosted a Wildcat table outside of the Bar Convention luncheon. We welcomed alumni from all classes and presented members of the Class of 1966 with certificates to commemorate their 50 years of service to the legal profession as part of the Arizona Bar. 
We were not able to catch up with all of our 50-year alumni, but we did manage to catch Judge Teilborg and Judges Stephen and Toby Gerst (all three from the Class of 1966). For those members of the Class of 1966 that we missed, we hope you will join us at Homecoming 2016 for your 50th reunion. We will mail your certificates along with further details about your upcoming reunion.

Hon. James Teilborg ('66).

Hon. Toby Gerst ('66) and
Hon. Stephen Gerst ('66).
Marissa White, Mike King ('79), 
and Chris Gast ('13).
Professor and newly elected SBA Governor Kenny Hegland 
and Dawn Valdivia ('00).

An epic game of table tennis with Dee Dee Samet ('63).

Remember that next year the State Bar Convention returns to the Old Pueblo! 
June 14-16, 2017
Westin La Paloma
The Immigration Law Clinic

The Bacon Immigration Law & Policy Program serves as an umbrella for the law school's immigration-related offerings, including its Immigration Law and Workers' Rights Clinics, doctrinal courses, internships, and opportunities to undertake supervised research on immigration issues. Today, we share some of the Immigration Law Clinic's (ILC) accomplishments during the 2015-2016 academic year.  For more news and accomplishments of the Bacon Program,
Please check out our summer newsletter, here

Law Student Kate Curl Reitz and her client outside Eloy Detention Center after her asylum victory in Spring 2015.
An ILC client with her father, holding up her asylum grant after winning a reversal at the Board of Immigration Appeals in January 2016.

The ILC this year conducted in-depth intakes of 14 immigrants from five countries. These individuals not only received detailed information and advice regarding their options, but three were accepted as ILC clients, six were accepted by non-profit law offices or pro bono attorneys, and four received substantial follow-up services. 
In addition, ILC students' individual representation resulted in the following victories:
In the fall, students Mario Gonzalez and Junjuan ("Juana") Song won asylum for a young man from Somalia who fled his country after refusing forcible recruitment efforts by Al­ Shabaab. Mario and Juana's tireless work included traveling regularly to Eloy Detention Center, where our client was detained; tracking down family members, a lay witness, and expert witnesses; and assembling country-conditions evidence to corroborate the claim. They represented the client skillfully in a three-hour hearing, after which the government agreed to waive appeal. Our client was released from detention after eleven months and has begun a new life in Phoenix, Arizona.

In March, student Gabriela ("Gabi") Corrales represented an undocumented mother of three U.S. citizens at an interview regarding her application for permanent residence pursuant to the Violence Against Women Act. Gabi and Raul Iturralde built on work done by Heidi Nielson ('15) and Gabriela Salcido Monreal ('13), who had documented the client's abuse by her U.S. citizen husband. Above, a relieved client, flanked by Gabi and Professor Lynn Marcus, stands outside the local immigration office after being informed that her application was granted.
Summer Alumni Receptions

This listing includes details on our summer alumni receptions -- with locations and details being updated each week. 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.

Mon., June 27  NEW
DC Alumni Reception at Quarles & Brady, 1701 Pennsylvania Avenue NW Suite 700, 6 - 7:30 p.m. Register here.
Thurs., June 30 
Seattle Alumni Breakfast at Portage Bay, South Lake Union, 8:30 - 10 a.m. 
Thurs., July 7  DATE CHANGE
Reno Alumni Reception at The Depot, 325 E 4th Street, 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Mon., July 11  NEW DETAILS
Arizona Law by the Sea Alumni Reception in Coronado, California at Mc P's Irish Pub, 1107 Orange Ave., Coronado, California, 2 - 4 p.m. Register here.
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  NEW DETAILS
Downtown Phoenix Alumni Reception at Copper Blues 50 W Jefferson Street, Phoenix, 5 - 7 p.m. Register here.
Fri., August 19
New Mexico Alumni Reception in conjunction with the New Mexico State Bar Convention, at Buffalo Thunder Resort in Santa Fe, New Mexico, 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. 
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, we congratulate Brian Laird ('00), the latest winner of an Arizona T-shirt from among new directory members.

For those Arizonans in Phoenix, Tucson & Yuma, stay safe & stay cool. For our alumni and friends in Flagstaff and Prescott, perhaps this is the ideal time for your Phoenix, Tucson and Yuma friends to visit...


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