Our new class of graduates will complete their journey with the short-but-sweet and well-earned walk across the stage at Centennial Hall this Saturday. Our graduates will be joined by family, peers, and well-wishers. 
Meanwhile, our 1L and 2L students will set out for summer work with employers as wide-ranging as May Potenza, Quidel Corp., the Dallas County District Attorney's Office, and the US Food and Drug Administration. 

This week, I share the stories of two of our talented 2L students and describe their summer path.  Our students make valuable connections to summer employers and permanent employers through the hard work and commitment of our Career Development team and through doors opened by our alumni.
Those doors were opened a little wider a year and a half ago, with the dedication of the state-of-the-art Robert Carroll Stubbs Career Development Suite, created through the generosity of Mary Ann Stubbs in the name of her late husband, a 1953 graduate of the College of Law. 

The Stubbs' gift has an impact every day on students looking for that first great opportunity in the law. The Stubbs Career Development Suite is one of the many physical reminders of the importance of alumni and private giving to the opportunities provided our students.

As we push toward June 30, the end of our fiscal year, we are still working toward our goal of 20% alumni giving.  For every 72 people who make a gift to the college, we will go up one percent. That means that we need 500 people to make gifts to help us reach our goal.
Class gift donors thank those who made an impact on them, including Prof. Jamie Ratner, Hon. Nikki Chayet, 
and Gregory Berger.
The Class of 2016 is doing its part as they work on their class gift and say thank you to the people who have touched their lives during law school. 

As you think about your own law school experience, if there is someone who made a special impression or impact on you, why not join the Class of 2016 and make a $20.16 gift in their honor? We will post their names in the lobby and send them a letter letting them know of your gift. 

Contributing to the class gift is a unique way to say thank you to someone who is meaningful to you while helping the Class of 2016 and the college. 

Until the footnotes,

In 2015, from its new home base in the Stubbs Career Development Suite, the Career Development team delivered 688 hours of career counseling and achieved its best employment rate in recent memory.

The partnership between our great students and the CDO also achieved a 99% summer placement rate for 1Ls and a 100% summer placement rate for 2Ls. This year as well, the hard work of career counselors can be seen in the stories of our students.

Kate Herriot ('17)

2L Kate Herriot is the recipient of a Udall Family Fellowship for 2016-2017. 

Kate is from Scottsdale, Arizona, and received her undergraduate degree from ASU. When picking law schools, she gave a lot of thought to both ASU and the UA. She says that she thought it would be a difficult decision, but after visiting Arizona Law, there was no question: 

"I knew immediately that the school's warm, friendly environment and personal, individual attention to each student would be unbeatable."
The Udall Family Fellowship is given in honor of the Udall Family and their commitment to public safety and public service, and is a hands-on experience designed to encourage a career in prosecution.

The fellowship gives Kate the opportunity to work with four prosecution agencies in Tucson over the next year and to attend the Arizona Prosecuting Attorneys' Advisory Council's Annual Prosecutor Conference. She begins this summer, working at the City of Tucson Prosecutor's Office. In the fall, she'll be with the Pima County Attorney's Office, and in the spring with the U.S. Attorney's Office and the Attorney General's Office.
Kate says,
"It is an incredible honor to receive the Udall Family Fellowship. My dream has always been to be a career prosecutor and the chance to get hands-on experience at four prosecution agencies here in Tucson is priceless. To also be able to represent the Arizona Prosecuting Attorneys' Advisory Council and the Udall family, who have a long legacy of public service here in Arizona, is extraordinary."
Kate acknowledges the invaluable role of the Career Development team in helping her get the fellowship: 

"Virginia Clarke was so helpful throughout the whole process and allowed me to meet with her multiple times to discuss my future plans and assist me with organizing my application materials."
It's a wonderful opportunity made possible by steadfast supporters of the law school, the Udall family.

Parker Bunch ('17)
2L Parker Bunch is on his way to a summer position with the Tucson firm Harlow Spanier & Heckele. He connected with the firm through the Career Development Office's Spring On-Campus Interview program during his 2L year. 

Parker interviewed with Mark Heckele, a managing partner at the firm who obtained both his JD and MBA from the University of Arizona. A number of attorneys at the firm are also UA Law graduates. 

Parker says, "Mark and I hit it off well during the interview, and I got the impression his firm would be a challenging, energetic, and rewarding place to work."  

One of Parker's primary goals after graduation is to work in real estate law for a developer or private firm. Harlow Spanier & Heckele is an ideal match. Parker explains,
"Harlow Spanier & Heckele is full of talented lawyers who cover a broad practice range and who will be valuable mentors to me during my legal career. While I am particularly excited to work on real estate matters, I also look forward to working on a variety of legal issues in both civil and criminal law, and both in business transactions and in litigation. Having practical experience in a number of legal subjects can only serve me well as a young lawyer. I'm excited to begin that journey at Harlow Spanier & Heckele this summer."
Parker was born and raised in Tucson and earned his undergraduate degree from Point Loma Nazarene University in San Diego. Parker has great things to say about his choice of UA Law and his education here thus far:
"I chose UA Law for for number of reasons. From a logistical and practical perspective, it is a quality school with a strong reputation in the Southwest and a network of successful alumni committed to helping UA Law graduates.  More subtly, though, there's a friendly, collegial atmosphere at the law school that is academically and personally rewarding. I felt it when I first visited the campus as a prospective student, and I still feel it after studying here for four semesters. While law school is inherently stressful and competitive, I never feel the sort of cut-throat, dog-eat-dog pressure you hear about at other law schools or see in The Paper Chase. Students here are willing to help one another, and this encourages the kind of collaboration, cooperation, and teamwork necessary to be successful part of a firm, government office, or company. I truly believe the relationships I've forged here will last for years to come."
The Arizona Law experience should serve Parker well this summer and beyond.

Alumna Receives Fulbright

Please join us in congratulating alumna Rachel Wilson ('06), who has been awarded a Fulbright to research and teach in Stavropol, Russia for the 2016-2017 school year. 

She will be teaching issues related to international migration and researching Russian laws requiring proficiency in Russian for migrants.
2016 Summer Law Program for High Schoolers
June 6 - 10, the College of Law will host a one-week summer law program for high school students who are interested in exploring the theory and practice of law.
Over the course of this five-day summer program, students will learn about the impact of law and justice and how to develop effective lawyering skills from preeminent attorneys and law professors. They will then have the opportunity to build confidence and practice these skills in small-group workshops led by accomplished law students, including award-winning mock trial competitors.
By the end of the week, students will be ready to showcase their knowledge and talents in a mock trial held in downtown Tucson courtrooms. No prior mock trial experience is required, and all students interested in learning about the law are encouraged to apply.
If you know a student who would benefit from this program, please share the registration link.  For more information, contact Susan Warren.

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 James Bly ('74), the latest winner of an Arizona Tshirt from among new directory members.
This Saturday we will send our new graduates out (and in many cases back) to the world outside our cactus-covered walls.
We know they will make a difference wherever they go and whatever they do.

We will be with them, cheering this Saturday, with gratitude for what they have given us, and with anticipation for what next they will give the legal world and our communities.  It is a profound and lifelong connection we capture with pride in a single letter:

To every graduate, and their family and friends -- our deepest thanks.
Marc L. Miller  
Dean & Ralph W. Bilby Professor of Law
Shaping the next century of legal education 
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