We are in the home stretch toward graduation. 


Last week we dedicated Wildcat Wednesday--Letter of the Law to celebrating some of the spring events that remind us to step back and be grateful for our wonderful community. This week, we continue the celebration by highlighting the banquets and ceremonies held by our three student publications. We also celebrate the Arizona Women Lawyers Association (AWLA) and their recognition of Arizona Law student Wes Stiner ('17).


We include a few more notes about alumni and friends. And, we provide a follow up to a Centennial Snapshot that we ran in April.


Until the Footnotes,



2015 Spring Awards Banquets


Arizona Law Review (ALR)



Members, alumni, and supporters of Arizona Law Review (ALR) gathered on April 23, 2015, at Tucson's Westward Look Resort to celebrate the achievements of the 2014-2015 Editorial Board and to welcome the incoming board. Chief Justice Scott Bales's keynote speech, "Arizona in the Supreme Court," highlighted the influence of the state of Arizona, and of the College, in the U.S. Supreme Court.

Guests included Daniel Arellano ('14), Timothy Berg ('75) and Patricia Martin ('82), Jo Dale Carothers ('00) and Jeffrey Rodriguez, Alexis Danneman ('12), Courtney Henson ('13), Nick Klingerman ('10), Stuart Kottle ('13), Kate LaFosse ('14), Robert Mundheim and Guna Mundheim, John Nickerson ('97), Kim Ortiz ('93), Will Pew ('14), John Robertson ('74), Cindy Schmidt ('12), Marc Simon ('79), and Scott Weible ('83).



The Rose & Berg award winners
Former Rose & Berg winners with this year's recipients and Tim Berg (center).



Arizona Journal of International & Comparative Law (AJICL)



The International Journal hosted its annual banquet on April 22, 2015, at Old Pueblo Grille. At the banquet each year, the Journal presents awards to recognize the contributions of members . Among the 2015 award winners were Seth Apfel (3L) for Best Published Note, Briana Campbell (2L) for Best Second-Year Note, and Jennifer Haley-Brown (2L) for Best Copywork. Over 30 people attended the event, including journal advisors Professor David Gantz and Professor Sergio Puig.


The event took place on the patio of the restaurant, and the weather and atmosphere couldn't have been better!



Arizona Journal of Environmental Law & Policy (AJELP)



AJELP members and alumni celebrated another great year with an awards banquet at the Thunder Canyon Brewery in downtown Tucson. The student submissions selected as the best of the year focused on environmental and political issues in the American West. The topics included public land transfers, legislative and voluntary approaches to reduce the harmful effects of lead-based ammunition on the California condor population, and tax incentives for energy efficient homes. Here's a complete list of the award winners:


Best 2L Comment - Richard Simmons (2L)

Best 3L Comment - Joel Fornara (3L)

Best Note - Erik Smith (2L)

Best Copywork - Megan Herbert (2L)

Distinguished 2L Editor - Ian McCloskey (2L)

Professionalism Award - Jun Zhao (3L)

Editor of the Year - Kevin Karges (3L)



Arizona Women Lawyers Association



At the end of April, I was delighted to attend the Arizona Women Lawyers Association (AWLA)  annual spring wine and cheese reception. Arizona Law was well represented at the AWLA celebration. First-year student Wes Stiner ('17) was selected as the Mary Anne Richey Scholar. The Mary Anne Richey Scholarship recognizes exceptional commitment to public service.


According to Barbara Atwood, chair of the Richey Scholarship Committee and a long-time member of the AWLA:


Professor Barbara Atwood and Wes Stiner

"Wes Stiner's public service as a Marine officer in this country, Afghanistan, and Japan has been extraordinary. The recipient of military awards for heroism and exceptional service during combat, Wes also worked with Afghan leaders to promote humanitarian and peacekeeping efforts. Because of his evident leadership abilities, he was selected to supervise training for a multinational military force from Thailand, the Philippines, and Australia. Since starting law school, he has continued his devotion to public service, working with the Volunteer Lawyers Program and engaging in activities on behalf of military veterans."


This year, in addition to announcing the Mary Anne Richey Scholar, the AWLA honored the efforts of the Pascua Yaqui Tribe for its leading role in implementing the Violence Against Women Act on the Yaqui reservation. These efforts were led by alum Alfred Urbina ('08), Attorney General for the Pascua Yaqui Tribe, and Professor Melissa Tatum.


Elizabeth Fella (UA BA '01) President of the Southern Arizona chapter of AWLA, presided over the ceremony. Lisa Funk ('86), President of the AWLA State Board, was there as well. Arizona Law was also represented by Professor Susie Salmon, a member of AWLA's Southern Arizona executive committee, Professor Barbara Atwood, and Professor Mona Hymel.


It was especially nice to see alumna Margaret "Peggy" Houghton and Bert Falbaum who are longtime supporters of the AWLA and the College. 


Centennial Snapshot - A Welcome Surprise


On April 22, 2015, we told you about Arizona Law alumnus Martin Gentry and his role in the adoption of the UA's iconic slogan "Bear Down." After reading the Centennial Spotlight, alumnus Robert "Bob" Andrews ('67) shared with us a remarkable story about being a Martin Gentry scholar. 


"This is a brief footnote to the April 22nd newsletter story regarding Martin Gentry: During the fall semester of the 1965-66 academic years, I was a full-time student, and worked about 40 hours a week at KTUC/KFMM as an announcer. I was married with two small children. I also got caught in the Congressional decision to cancel the GI educational benefits and only received one month's check.


Towards the end of the semester, my five year old daughter, Julie, contracted some infection; the costs of the medication exhausted our savings--didn't even have grocery money. I decided to leave law school, get a job, hoping to return the following year. The day that I made that decision was the same day as the "honors luncheon." At the luncheon, I was awarded the Martin Gentry Award. Had no idea what it even was--never heard of it, or him, and nothing I applied for. But it came with a $300 check! That, at the time, was a year's tuition, and it kept me in school.


Many thanks Mr. Gentry. "Better late than never." -- Bob Andrews ('67)




Bob, thank you for helping us connect the dots of Arizona Law history with this great story. We are glad the Martin Gentry scholarship kept you in school. After graduating, Bob practiced law in California for many years. Providing access to qualified students continues to be a strong foundation of Arizona Law.


Do you have photos or memories of your time at Arizona Law? We would love to hear from you. Please contact Emily McGovern, Centennial Coordinator, to share your stories.


Sports at Arizona Law

Last week we told you about all of our intramural teams. We included a photo and erroneously told you it was a photo of our soccer team. However, it was clearly a photo of the men's basketball team. Below are photos of the two teams.


Soccer team, from the back row, left: Alex Kembitzky (1L), Mark Ryan (1L), Jordan Hartman (1L), Greg Powell (PHD), Brian Mistler (2L), Matt Hoxie (1L), Patrick Reill (2L), Michael Koehler (Undergrad), Victor De La Flor (AJD), Bottom row, from left: Brendan Lenihan (1L), Wes Cox (1L), Nate Curtisi (2L), Wes Stiner (1L).



The men's basketball team included Dom Rizzi (2L) and Benji Parsalaw (2L) (both pictured here), and Aaron Gbewonyo (3L, not pictured). 


We have also learned that we didn't do our men's basketball team justice. It turns out that the men's basketball team, led by 2L student Matt Skelly, has actually won the last three intramural championships! We should note that Matt Skelly's father, Chris Skelly ('83) is also an alum.


Congratulations again to all of our teams this year and from the past. 


In Memoriam


Herb Swafford ('84). We received the sad news of the passing of Herb Swafford. There will be a celebration of his life in Phoenix on May 9.


Several memorial services have been set around the state of Arizona for Governor Raul Castro ('49):

  • A memorial mass will be held in Nogales, Arizona, May 15, 2015, 9:00 a.m., at Sacred Heart Catholic Church;
  • Another memorial mass will be held in Tucson, May 15, 2015, 2:00 p.m., at St. Augustine's Cathedral;
  • A third mass will be held in Phoenix, May 16, 9:00 a.m., St Mary's Basilica;
  • A Celebration of Life Memorial Service will be held in Phoenix, on May 16, 11:00 a.m., at the State Capital.

Gov. Castro's ashes will be interred in a private ceremony in Sedona. To post on tribute page for Gov. Castro, go to


The California Connection


Last week, I spent three days in Southern California meeting with alumni and friends. California has long been the leading "second state" for the UA, and for Arizona Law. I met with alumni doing everything from big law practice, to representing start-ups in an incubator, to an alum who has used his law degree to build a career in college athletics. The alums we met with were happy to talk about their Arizona Law memories and, to a person, they expressed a desire to become more connected. 


Thank you to alumnus Robert ("Bob") Andrews ('67) for hosting a great meal at his son's restaurant, Mahé Dana Point. Thank you to Keith ("Shack," '87) and Natasha Shackleford for your hospitality at the Irvine reception. Thank you to Andrew Pappas ('09), Darcy Elgin ('12), Pankaj Raval ('09), J. Mike Hennigan ('70), Michael Morris ('78), Elizabeth Sperling ('02), Susan Fried ('10), Diane Mar Wiesmann ('86), Bob Dyess ('75), Brynn Gruenberg ('12), John Anderson ('64) and his wife Glenna, Joe Fox ('73), Rob Bujarski ('01) and his wife Beth, and Alexandra Majado for taking the time to meet with us.




A sweet trip . . . and some extra energy from the streets of San Diego.



It is always great to meet with Arizona Law alumni. We have multiple road trips planned this summer with Centennial celebrations throughout Arizona and alumni receptions across the country. Please come and join us for a reception or stop by the College and say hello.


And, it is not too early to start planning for Homecoming. This year we have an entire week of festivities planned.  Centennial Week begins on Monday, October 19th and includes the homecoming football game and BBQ on Saturday, October 23rd, plus a former Dean's reception at my home on Sunday, October 24th. Please make plans to join us and be a part of 100 years of Arizona Law.




Two final congratulations for the week. 


First, congratulations to 1998 alumnus Jeffery A. Williams who was inducted into the American College of Trial Lawyers in Miami in March of this year. Kudos Jeffrey.


Second, congrats to Lisa Funk ('86) who became a named partner at Bosse, Rollman, & Funk.  


As you can see, Arizona Law alumni are up to great things and we are very proud of each of you. Please continue to share your great stories and achievements with us.









Marc L. Miller  

Dean & Ralph W. Bilby Professor of Law
Shaping the next century of legal education 
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