We've reached one of the inflection points in the annual cycle at the College of Law: classes are over, finals are underway, summer employment for our students is around the corner, and our attention turns toward the graduation of this year's outstanding class.
This year's JD graduates pose for their class photo
in front of Old Main.

Alumni support has meant the world to the Class of 2016 -- support that you've given in the form of scholarships and other donations to the college and in the form of mentorship and networking.
Like all great public law schools, Arizona Law has come to depend on private support to achieve our goals and be true to our values. Your donations have made many things possible for our graduating class including scholarships, the Robert Carroll Stubbs Career Development Suite, travel for moot court and other competitions, and more.
As the Class of 2016 moves toward graduation, they are taking time to say thank you to those who have impacted and assisted them during law school through the 2016 Class Gift. You can make a donation to the college or to the 2016 Class Gift here

Kate Hollist ('16) is headed to Gallagher & Kennedy in Phoenix after graduation, and shares these words of thanks to the Arizona Law community:

"I am so grateful for my experiences here, and it is humbling to reflect that none of those would have been possible without the support of three key groups: my family (especially my husband and our children), my friends, and the alumni who brought it all within my financial reach. Thank you for your continued support--it makes all the difference." 

Well said, Kate.  I remember well talking with you as a prospective student, and how important financial support was to your decision. And you have returned the trust and confidence of our alumni and the faculty in spades over the past three years.

Until the footnotes,

2016 College of Law Convocation
The College of Law convocation ceremony will take place at Centennial Hall on Saturday, May 14 at 2 p.m. We invite all alumni to attend. 
Newly appointed Arizona Supreme Court Justice Clint Bolick will deliver the keynote address.
Prior to joining the Court, Justice Bolick litigated constitutional cases in state and federal courts from coast to coast, including the U.S. Supreme Court. Among other positions, he served as vice president for litigation at the Goldwater Institute and as co-founder and vice president for litigation at the Institute for Justice.         
Justice Bolick received his Juris Doctor degree from the University of California at Davis, where he has been recognized as a distinguished alumnus, and his Bachelor of Arts degree magna cum laude from Drew University.
Justice Bolick is a prolific author of a dozen books and hundreds of articles. Among his most recent books are "Immigration Wars: Forging an American Solution," co-authored with former Florida Governor Jeb Bush; and "David's Hammer: The Case for an Activist Judiciary."

Student speakers

The student speakers, elected by their peers, are Raisa Ahmad and James D. ("Jim") Carlson. You've seen Raisa and Jim in the Letter of the Law before. Gifts to the college have made a big difference for this year's class speakers.
After graduation Raisa is on her way to the Houston office of Fish & Richardson, an IP/patent law firm. At last year's scholarship luncheon, pictured above, she shared her passion for patent law and emphasized that the scholarship established by Professor Sheldon Trubatch and his wife Kate Phillips helped to advance her career.

Jim is headed to Snell & Wilmer in Tucson. As a student, Jim has been involved in numerous advocacy competitions, including the Richard Grand ('58) Damages Argument competition, which he won this year (pictured). 

Student Publications Celebrate Successes at Annual Banquets
Arizona Law Review held its year-end banquet on Thursday, April 21. A number of distinguished guests attended this year's event, among them Tucson Mayor Jonathan Rothschild, Professor Robert Mundheim, Judge James Teilborg, Vice Chief Justice John Pelander, Justice Ann Scott Timmer, Former Chief Justice Rebecca White Berch, Judge Diane Johnsen, Timothy Berg, and keynote speakers John S. Leonardo and Paul Eckstein. Now in its 58th year, ALR continues to provide its student members with meaningful opportunities for professional growth in law school.

U.S. District Attorney for the District of Arizona John S. Leonardo.
Paul Eckstein, Flo Eckstein, Alexis Danneman, Josh Boehm, Lindsey Huang, Alexis Brooks, and Cara Wallace.
Recipients of the 38th Annual Rose 'n' Berg Award, Raisa Ahmad and Nathan Curtisi, 
with Timothy Berg.
Members of the 2015-2016 Arizona Law Review Editorial Board. 

Chris Sloot, ALR's editor-in-chief writes that Arizona Law Review is incredibly grateful for each of this year's banquet and award sponsors, including the Riehm Family Foundation, Quarles & Brady, Shearman & Sterling, Cohen Kennedy Dowd & Quigley, Steptoe & JohnsonPerkins Coie, and   Snell & WilmerA special thanks to Tim Berg and Pat Martin for continued support of the Rose 'n Berg award.

On the same evening, the Arizona Journal of International and Comparative Law held its annual banquet. The AJICL's award recipients for the 2015-2016 school year were:
Boris Kozolchyk Best 2L Note Award: Troy Anderson
Best Copywork Award: Matthew Mittelstadt
Greatest Contribution by 2L Writer: Chelsea Padilla-Frankel
Professionalism Award: Derek Graffious
Collegiality Award: Jahna Locke
Distinguished Editor Award: Jennifer Haley-Brown
Editor-in-chief Derek Graffious and the entire staff of the AJICL would like to thank everyone who came to celebrate the end of the year and to congratulate this year's award winners.

2015-2016 Senior Editorial Board (l-r) 
Jennifer Haley-Brown, Prova Ahmed, 
Derek Graffious, and Nicole Lopez.

Members of the 2016-2017 Editorial Board are
(Top row, l-r) Jessica Pekala, Jordan Hartman, Alysha Tseng, Troy Anderson, Chelsea Padilla-Frankel, Matthew Mittelstadt, Elizabeth Smiley, and Esther Sanchez-Gomez
(Bottom row, l-r) Lorena Hutton, Sarah Bauer, Demetra Makris, and Meghan Lynch.

Looking Forward to Reunions
Phi Alpha Delta law fraternity, 1966 Desert Yearbook

Reunion planning is underway for all class years ending in 6 or 1. The Class of 1966 leads the way, marking 50 years since graduating in those skinny ties.  You can join your reunion committee or send in your own photos by contacting Marissa White at or 520-626-8132.

Moot Court team, 1966 Desert Yearbook

SBA Fashion Fundraiser, May 7

The Student Bar Association is excited to host a fundraiser on the day before Mother's Day to benefit the UA Law clinics. You are invited to join the SBA for an afternoon of shopping, tasty treats, and good company at the Kendra Scott store at La Encantada Mall on Saturday, May 7, from 1 - 4 p.m. Kendra Scott will be donating 20 percent of all the proceeds to the UA Law clinics. Kendra Scott is a jewelry store that offers classic and contemporary jewelry pieces.

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 Aaron Hall ('05), the latest winner of an Arizona Tshirt from among new directory members.
Please send hearty congratulations to our soon-to-be graduates, and continue, as you have, to serve as the counselors, friends, and champions of this next generation of Arizona Law students.  For all of their passion, intelligence and skill, they still need their Arizona Law family.  We all need you.
We'd love to see you at graduation.  If you can't be there in person, I know you'll be there in spirit, celebrating one of life's moments of pure excitement and joy.
Marc L. Miller  
Dean & Ralph W. Bilby Professor of Law
Shaping the next century of legal education 
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