This week we celebrate our newest class of graduates and welcome them to the ranks of alumni.

As I noted at Commencement, the Class of 2016 demonstrated skills that bode well for resolving conflict.  They have demonstrated -- for a larger society that badly needs such a capacity -- how to navigate differences of opinion. They illustrated the idea of showing respect to the 'worthy opposition.' They have focused on finding common ground when they could. When they could not find common ground, they emphasized fairness and respect for process and final decisions and waging a fair fight.

These are the habits and skills of good lawyers and good leaders. In whatever capacity they work -- and however they use their legal skills -- I asked the Class of 2016 to continue stewarding the interests of their communities though respect, tolerance, and dialogue.

Many of our new graduates have already begun to give back to their alma mater by contributing to the 2016 Class Gift. We hope that giving to Arizona Law is a tradition that they will maintain throughout their professional lives. 

We also hope that tradition will include staying connected by returning for Homecoming, reunions, and other events; by advising the next generation of students, applicants, and graduates; by being active in the LCA; and by reading Wildcat Wednesday -- Letter of the Law
Their best example is you, our alumni from all years. Thank you for all you have done and will do for members of the current class and for the College of Law as a whole.
The Class Gift fund accepts donations from anyone, not just the current class, and there is still time for you to take part by giving $20.16. Read more about where the gift will go and donate here. These gifts also count toward our fiscal year-end goal of 20% alumni participation.
And help us welcome your new alumni colleagues.
Until the footnotes,

Graduate Awards Ceremony

The College of Law held its Graduate Awards Ceremony on Friday afternoon in the Daniel Cracchiolo Library. Many of our alumni and donors joined us to help present awards and recognize the accomplishments of this year's graduates. Professors also presented certificates to students who earned them through focused study and activities in a particular field.

  • Volunteer Lawyer's Program Award ~ Sen Umeda
  • Jennings Strouss & Salmon Bar Scholarship ~ John Shumate
  • Munger Award ~ Aroua Farhat
  • Law College Association Achievement Awards ~ Alisha Schmidt, Raymundo Reyes
  • Law College Association Achievement MLS Award ~ Sherrie Stewart
  • Dean's Achievement ~ Mitchell Turbenson
  • Dean's Achievement BA in Law ~ Joshua Stafford
  • Dean's Achievement MLS ~ Mark Hanshaw
  • Joseph M. Livermore Service Award ~ Erica Morris
  • Roger C. Henderson Distinguished Graduating Senior Award ~ James Carlson
  • Outstanding Senior Award ~ David Rosenthal
  • Andrew Silverman Community Service Award ~ Brooke Bedrick
  • Thomas Clark Civility in Litigation Award ~ James Carlson
  • DeConcini, McDonald, Yetwin & Lacy Academic Achievement Award ~ Daniel Roberts
  • Jim Himelic Award ~ Cody Winchester
  • Ralph W. Aigler Memorial Award ~ Derek Graffious, Christopher Sloot
  • Darrow K. Soll Memorial Award ~ Angela Menard
  • Dannie Lee Chandler Award ~ Nathan Curtisi
  • William T. Birmingham Trial Advocacy Award ~ Jacqueline Kafka
  • Rose Davis Public Service Award ~ Gabriela Corrales, Matthew Johnson
  • Junius Hoffman "Beyond the JD" Award ~ Joseph Nwoga
  • Chandler/Carroll Public Service Award ~ Khashayar Attaran, Derek Graffious
  • ALI/CLE Leadership Award ~ Raisa Ahmad
Aroua Farhat (LLM) was presented with the Munger Award by Adriane Hofmeyr, partner with Munger Chadwick .

Pima County Superior Court Commissioner Dean Christoffel ('74) presented the Volunteer Lawyer's Program Award 
to Sen Umeda.

Joseph Nwoga received the Junius Hoffman 
"Beyond the JD" Award.

Special thanks to all of the donors who made these awards possible:  the late Ralph W. Aigler, William T. Birmingham, The Honorable Earl H. Carroll, the Chandler Family, Corinne Cooper, Rose Davis, the Himelic Family, the Law College Association, Mesch Clark & Rothschild PC, John & Roseann Munger, DeConcini McDonald Yetwin & Lacy, Dee-Dee Samet, Professor Andrew Silverman and Starr Sanders, Margo Daley Soll, the University of Arizona Foundation, and  Jennings Strouss & Salmon.

Commencement 2016
At the University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law commencement, held Saturday, May 14, at Centennial Hall, diplomas were awarded to 124 new JDs, 7 SJDs, 15 LLMs, and 18 MLSs. In addition, 22 undergraduates received BAs in Law this year.

Joining me on the stage were Arizona Supreme Court Justice Clint Bolick, LCA President Stephen Golden, members of the faculty, and graduating students Raisa Ahmad and James Carlson. Musicians were graduating students Suzette Leonardo,  Michael Fehser, Erica Morris, Ann Palmer, and Mitchell Turbenson.

Commencement speaker Arizona Supreme Court
Justice Clint Bolick.

Prof. Nabti Part of Confluencenter Grant

Professor Najwa Nabti is part of a team receiving a 2016-2017 Faculty Collaboration Grant from the University of Arizona Confluencenter. Najwa joins other UA faculty Orhan Myadar, Lisa Hochtritt, and Stephanie Troutman to document the oral histories of local refugees through their interdisciplinary project:  "Dismantling Fear: Voices from Tucson's Refugee Community."

Applying her background in working on cases involving conflict-related atrocities, Najwa will work with her colleagues to ensure that the voices of survivors in the refugee community are heard while also minimizing the risks of re-traumatization.
Read more here.
MCBA Diversity and Inclusion Summer Social, June 8

The Maricopa County Bar Association Diversity and Inclusion Committee is holding its 2016 Summer Social for interns, externs, summer, and first-year associates. You are invited to meet and mingle with other summer associates, local judges and bar leaders.
When: Wednesday June 8, 2016 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Where: Maricopa County Bar Association, 303 E. Palm Lane, Phoenix, AZ 85004
RSVP by June 5, 2016 at or by calling 602-682-8585.

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 Thomas O'Toole ('66), the latest winner of an Arizona Tshirt from among new directory members.
Thank you to everyone involved with graduation -- our fantastic speakers, student performances, and most especially our graduates.  We revel in the joy of this day.

Graduates -- we were there to celebrate with you, as we have been with you every step of the way.  And this doesn't change going forward.  Wildcats for Life ...

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