This week we mark the conclusion of a busy spring. We feature alumna Laura Belous and share the newest issue of the Arizona Law Review.


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Laura Belous ('10)

If you have the pleasure of meeting alumna Laura Belous ('10), you will find her to be soft-spoken, even-tempered, patient -- and tenacious. 


With a background in radio journalism, Laura arrived at Arizona Law with a grounding in communication and persuasion. She had served as an editor, reporter, and producer for public radio shows such as Morning Edition and Weekend America.


After her 1L year, Laura was selected to serve as a senior writing fellow for our Director of Legal Writing, Professor Suzanne Rabé. Quick to recognize writing talent, Suzanne describes Laura's student briefs as "compelling, polished, and frankly -- elegant."


Laura found her calling, however, in the clinics, working in both the Bacon Immigration Clinic and the Child and Family Law Clinic. Professor Nina Rabin remembers Laura as a "fierce advocate with a quiet passion for her clients." As a clinic student attorney, Laura had an understated, even-keel manner, and she demonstrated a deep-seated commitment to public interest work.


Since graduation, Laura has served vulnerable populations such as immigrants, children, and the mentally ill. As an Equal Justice Works Fellow at the Florence Immigrant and Refugee Rights Project, Laura advocated on behalf of immigrants with serious mental health issues. She then represented children in dependency proceedings for the Pima County Office of Children's Counsel. She currently works for the Florence Project, representing minors and mentoring pro bono attorneys.


In 2013, Laura returned to Arizona Law as a Professor of Practice teaching legal writing to our international JD students. She communicates to her students the building blocks of solid research and well-crafted advocacy. She understands storytelling, and she appreciates the power of brevity.  Both in and out of the classroom, Laura is a dynamic example to Arizona Law students of an effective advocate for the most powerless among us. 


In recognition of Laura's effective and zealous advocacy on behalf of individuals in extreme need, the Arizona State Bar has selected Laura to receive this year's Sharon A. Fullmer Legal Aid Attorney of the Year Award. We look forward to seeing Laura at the State Bar Convention and hope our alumni will turn out to support Laura and the other Arizona Law award winners. Congratulations!


Three other Arizona Law alumni are also receiving 2015 State Bar awards:


  • Kellie L. Johnson ('96), Michael C. Cudahy Criminal Justice Award
  • Tom Henze ('73), Tom Karas Criminal Justice Award
  • William C. Porter ('68), President's Award

The annual awards will be presented noon-2 pm on June 26, 2015 at the State Bar Convention.  And, of course, if you are at the State Bar Convention, please be sure to stop by the Arizona Law Centennial Alumni Reception on Thursday, June 25th.  For more information about the Alumni Reception click here.


Arizona Law Review

The editors of Arizona Law Review are pleased to announce the publication of Issue 57:2. The featured pieces include:



In Vitro Fertilization and the Law: How Legal and Regulatory Neglect Compromised a Medical Breakthrough 

By Steve P. Calandrillo & Chryssa V. Deliganis  


The Psychodynamics of Sexual Choice 

By Anne C. Dailey  


Curing the Tribal Disenrollment Epidemic: In Search of a Remedy 

by Gabriel S. Galanda & Ryan D. Dreveskracht  


Courts and the Future of "Athletic Labor" in College Sports 

By Michael H. LeRoy



The Real School Safety Debate: Why Legislative Responses Should Focus on Schools and Not on Guns 

By Rebekah Elliott    


Aggregating is Aggravating: Unitary Offenses and Their Effects on Defendant Rights 

By Kara A. Sagi


Information Control: Making Secrets and Keeping Them Safe  

By Alexander M. Taber 


Law & Policy Notes

Manufacturing Consumer Protection for 3-D Printed Products 

By Heidi Nielson


President Obama's DAPA Executive Action: Ephemeral or Enduring? 

By Jessica A. Schulberg


The Model Entity Transaction Act: A Step Toward Improving Arizona's Business Environment 

By Christopher Sloot


You can view the full issue at 



Centennial Snapshot - The Jones Sculpture

The current College of Law building on Speedway was dedicated in September, 1979, and the 10-foot, 2,400-pound (!) stainless steel sculpture that stands to its west was unveiled the following March. The sculpture is entitled "Inversion" and was created by Dennis C. Jones. It sits on a moveable base, which is periodically rotated. 


The artwork was commissioned by the Law College Association art committee, and presented to the College community at a ceremony with remarks by Dean Roger C. Henderson, William Kimble, then-President of the LCA, and UA President John P. Schaefer.


March, 1980, unveiling. Source: Law Record


A current view of "Inversion."

























Do you have photos or memories of favorite spots around the College or around campus? We would love to hear from you. Please contact Emily McGovern, Centennial Coordinator, to share your stories and images.  


Join us in congratulating Professor Robert H. Mundheim, who is in residence at Arizona Law each spring, on being presented with the Distinguished Service Award at the 92nd Annual Meeting of the American Law Institute, held May 18-20 in Washington, DC.
We profiled Bob last year. Read more about the exceptional honor from ALI here.

Simon Lorne (l) and Bob Mundheim (r) at a spring 2015 "Conversation with Bob Mundheim" discussion at the College of Law.

Alum Benjamin Taylor ('04) made an appearance on the Dr. Phil show on May 21 to discuss the Shanesha Taylor case. You can see clips from the appearance here

Taylor says, of this and his other media appearances, "It has been a remarkable experience being on the Today Show, Bill O'Reilly, CNN,  and Dr. Phil. It is nice when your hard work pays off on a national and local level. I am very proud to be a UA law alum." 

Jeffrey Gilmore ('12) and Ashley Gilmore ('13) are pleased to share the news of the arrival of the newest Wildcat, Matthew Jeffrey Gilmore. Jeff writes, "He was born on May 18th, 7 lbs 11 oz and 20 inches long. Mom and baby are doing fabulously."  



Congratulations! And welcome to Matthew Jeffrey... We'll hold a place for him in the class of '39.


Alumni Receptions in Arizona


We'd love to have you join us at one of our upcoming alumni receptions in Arizona.   


Prescott -- Tuesday, June 9, from 5-7 pm at Brown Hanna & Mull, 1570 Plaza West Drive. RSVP here


Flagstaff -- Wednesday, June 10, from 5-7 pm at Freeman Huber Law PLLC, 19 West Birch Avenue. RSVP here


Phoenix -- all-alumni reception at Arizona State Bar Convention, Thursday, June 25, 6:30-8:30 pm, Arizona Biltmore, Salon F of the Frank Lloyd Wright Ballroom, 2400 E. Missouri Ave. RSVP here


Nogales -- Tuesday, June 30, 12-2 pm (details to come)


Sierra Vista -- Tuesday, June 30, 5-7 pm (details to come)


Yuma -- Tuesday, August 4, 12-2 pm (details to come)


And, make plans to return to Tucson and connect with more alumni during this year's special Homecoming-Centennial Week, October 19-25!
RSVP for any alumni reception by contacting Marissa White or following the links above.  




We hope you will keep sharing your news with us over the summer and stop by one of our receptions across Arizona, and across the country.







Marc L. Miller  

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