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
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
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.
has an impact
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
As we push toward June
30, the end of our fiscal year, we are still working
toward our goal of 20% alumni giving.
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.
and Gregory Berger.
The Class of 2016 is
doing its part as they work on their
and say thank you to the
people who have touched their lives during law
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.
|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. |
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
Herriot is the recipient of a Udall Family Fellowship
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
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.
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.
"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."
acknowledges the invaluable role of the Career
Development team in helping her get the
"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
a wonderful opportunity made possible by steadfast
supporters of the law school, the Udall family.
2L Parker Bunch is on
his way to a summer position with the Tucson firm Harlow Spanier & Heckele.
connected with the firm through the Career Development
Office's Spring On-Campus Interview program during his
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.
"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
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,
& 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
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
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
The Arizona Law experience
should serve Parker well this summer and beyond.
Please join us in congratulating alumna
('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.
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
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.
More and more of you have joined
our online alumni directory
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
call (520) 621-8430.
This week, we congratulate James Bly ('74),
the latest winner of an Arizona Tshirt from among new
This Saturday we will
send our new graduates out (and in many cases back) to
the world outside our cactus-covered walls.
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
To every graduate, and their family and
friends -- our deepest thanks.
Dean & Ralph W. Bilby
Professor of Law
the next century of legal education