I am grateful every day for the thoughtful, diverse, and deeply engaged Arizona Law community.
I hope the Thanksgiving holiday provides each of you with an occasion to spend time with others and, in the words of the Southern judge I clerked for many years ago, to "recharge your batteries." 

For many, it's also an occasion to think about ways to give to others in the coming month and the year ahead. At Arizona Law, there are many ways to give in support of our students and programs, whether through a monetary contribution or with a gift of your time.

On Giving Tuesday, which this year falls on November 27, please consider a gift to the college on behalf of the Huerta Scholarship Program. The scholarship supports students in the Indigenous Peoples Law and Policy program headed by professors  Rob Williams and Rebecca Tsosie

And meet our superb 2018 Huerta Scholars below.

Until the footnotes,


Support the Huerta Scholarship Program This Giving Tuesday

The Huerta Scholarship was established in 2014 in honor of Judge Laurence Huerta to provide financial support to Native American law students attending the University of Arizona College of Law. 

Judge Huerta, a member of the Pascua Yaqui Tribe, was the first Native American student to graduate from Arizona Law (Class of '53) and the first Native American to be licensed to practice law in Arizona. Throughout his illustrious career, Judge Huerta worked tirelessly to increase access to education and promote tribal sovereignty. Judge Huerta is now in his nineties and living in Tucson.
This year for Giving Tuesday we are calling on the Arizona Law community to support Native law students by donating to the Huerta Scholarship on #GivingTuesday, a global day of giving, this November 27, 2018.
How You Can Support Huerta Scholars
There are multiple ways you can support Huerta Scholars this Giving Tuesday:
  • Support Huerta Scholars by making a donation today. Make sure to select "Huerta Scholars" in the "I want to support" field of the donation page.
  • Follow IPLP on Facebook and Twitter and share or retweet #GivingTuesday posts.
  • Leading up to November 27, share our campaign on social media and tell your friends why you stand with Native students using #HuertaScholars and #GivingTuesday.
Stand with Native law students by donating to the Huerta Scholarship. Help us reach our goal of raising $10,000 in support of Native law students attending the University of Arizona Law!

Judge Huerta's Commitment to Public Service
During his career in public service, Judge Huerta's many accomplishments included helping draft the Pascua Yaqui Tribe's constitution and playing a pivotal role in the tribe's successful effort to gain federal recognition, extending vital rights to the tribe and its members. 

Today the Pascua Yaqui Tribe has one of the most robust governments and tribal court systems in the nation, which is why it was selected as one of the first tribes in the country to regain the authority to criminally prosecute non-Native offenders of domestic violence. 

Judge Huerta also played a pivotal role in the development of the Navajo Nation tribal court system, widely regarded as one of the strongest and most vibrant tribal courts in the nation.
Judge Huerta took a leading role in increasing access to education for Native Americans. During his time as Chancellor of Navajo Community College (now Diné College), Judge Huerta helped expand the college's reach and impact within the Diné community. Rooted in Diné language and culture, Diné College is a pillar of the nation building activities of the Navajo Nation and expands access to culturally relevant education for the community.
Judge Huerta also worked in various capacities in the state of Arizona, including in the attorney general's office, as a member of the State Industrial Commission, and as a judge on the Maricopa County Superior Court. He recognized the need for governments to work on behalf of, and not against, less fortunate members of society. 

In recognition of the thousands of lives Judge Huerta has impacted, he was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award in 2015, our law school's highest honor.

In the six decades since Judge Huerta's graduation from the University of Arizona College of Law, more than 180 Native American and indigenous students have followed in his footsteps, earning their law degrees with a concentration in indigenous peoples' law and policy through the IPLP program.

Arizona Law Leads Native Student Success
Arizona Law has the largest number of Native American students among the country's top-ranked law schools.
According to American Bar Association statistics, Arizona Law has the largest class of Native American Juris Doctor (JD) students among the 150 ranked law schools in the U.S. World News Report. Thanks to the heavy investments that Arizona Law and IPLP have made in student recruitment, retention, and advising initiatives focused on Native students, this year's incoming class is one of the most accomplished to date. With the addition of Assistant Professor of Law and IPLP Program Graduate Advisor Akilah Kinnison ('12) along with IPLP Program Specialist Alisha Morrison's focus on student success, we are poised to continue the great strides we have made in Native student recruitment, retention, and mentoring.
Robert A. Williams, Jr., Regents' Professor, E. Thomas Sullivan Professor of Law, and IPLP Faculty Co-Chair says:

"The Huerta Scholarship awards have been the key elements in being able to enroll the largest Native law student cohort of all 150 law schools ranked by the U.S. World News Report. For me, that number one ranking was hard earned. It's a reflection of the remarkable legacy the law school alumni community has built by going on to establish themselves in remarkable careers with remarkable achievements in their field."
With your support of the Huerta Scholarship, we can continue the significant gains Arizona Law has made in increasing the number of Native students attending law school and Native lawyers practicing law. The incoming class of 12 Native JD students includes students from 10 different Native nations and indigenous communities, a Fulbright Scholar, a recipient of the 2018 Emerge New Mexico Emerging Woman of the Year award, and a Major League Baseball pitcher.

2018 Huerta Scholars

Kayla Wrolson is a member of the Puyallup Tribe. Kayla was always interested in law school, but was intimidated by the process of applying to law school. However, after learning about the need for Native and women attorneys, Kayla was inspired to become a lawyer and motivated to make a difference in Indian country. She says:
"Knowing there were other people in the same position as me made me see law school as a goal I could accomplish. I was drawn to law school to make a difference in Indian country and I am constantly inspired by my classmates. Through law school, I have met other Native students from all over the country with different experiences. My classmates share stories from their homes and their hopes of what they want to accomplish after law school. Their motivations and stories inspire me to make the most of my law school experience and to make a difference in my career. As an attorney, I hope to help as many indigenous people and nations as possible, to protect their human rights and sovereignty." 

Darrah Blackwater, a member of the Navajo Nation, was inspired to pursue law in order to create change and help the underserved more effectively. The support of fellow students and faculty and the financial support of the Huerta Scholarship have helped Darrah excel in law school. When it came time to decide where to do a summer internship after her first year of law school, Darrah didn't limit her dreams. She worked in the office of the Assistant Secretary of Indian Affairs (AS-IA) through the Udall Foundation Native American Congressional Internship. AS-IA oversees the Bureau of Indian Affairs, the Bureau of Indian Education, the Office of Indian Gaming, and works with many other branches of the Department of the Interior. Darrah says:
"While interning for AS-IA, I learned what tribal advocacy looks like from inside a federal agency. I wrote memos for the Assistant Secretary, sat in on meetings between Department of Interior officials and tribal leaders, and participated in reviews and adjustments to relevant federal procedures. This was invaluable experience and I feel immense gratitude for those who have supported me through law school. This includes my parents, who listen to me ramble on about case law and bring me meals in the midst of finals stress, my friends and mentors, who offer emotional support and remind me that nothing is impossible, and the many Huerta Scholar donors who make this dream possible by lifting some of the financial burden of law school from my shoulders."

Around the College

Stephen Bright Delivers 11th Annual Soll Lecture

The 11th Annual Darrow K. Soll Memorial Criminal Law and Justice Lecture was held last Wednesday. 

Professor of law Stephen Bright (Yale) gave a brilliant lecture to a full house on, "Race, poverty, and death: The triumph of law over justice in the criminal courts."  Thank you to Professor Bright -- a longtime hero and friend to many of us at Arizona Law --  and to alumna Jennifer Woods ('99) for her generous support of the lecture series.


Year-end Giving

Students at the spring 2018 Scholarship Luncheon shared their stories and their thanks with donors.

As the end of the year approaches, please consider making a gift the Law College Association of the University of Arizona in support of our students!
Our vision is that no student will be kept from a legal education because of cost.
Now more than ever, the world needs effective, ethical legal professionals. University of Arizona Law offers more options than any other institution to help students realize their dreams and create meaningful careers. By financially supporting Arizona Law, you help create an enduring impact for our students.
We keep our tuition lower than almost all other top-tier law schools, and two-thirds of students receive additional financial assistance. Our students tell us that financial support is one of the most important factors that influences their decision to attend Arizona Law.
By investing in the next generation of legal professionals, you can make a real difference in the careers and economic well-being of worthy students.

If you have any questions or concerns about your gift, please call 520-621-8430.

In the News

Arizona Public Media, featuring professor Shefali Milczarek-Desai
Could "Red Flag" Laws Reduce Gun Violence Among the Elderly?
The Crime Report, referencing study by professor Tara Sklar

New Hampshire Union Leader, quoting professor Toni Massaro
USA Today, guest opinion by professors Andrew Coan and Toni Massaro

Los Angeles Times, opinion by professor Andrew Coan

Arizona Daily Star, discussing professor Stacy Butler's work on Innovation for Justice Program

Arizona Daily Star, opinion by professor Lynn Marcus

Arizona Public Media, featuring Assistant Dean Nancy Stanley

The Hill, opinion by professor David Gantz

Post Bulletin, commentary by professor Andrew Coan

Thank you for being in such an engaged, supportive community of Wildcats for Life -- on Giving Tuesday, and every day.

With your mentorship for our students and alumni, with your enthusiasm for attending Arizona Law events and keeping our network strong, with your active engagement through the Law College Association and the Board of Advisors, and with your generous financial contributions to the college, you broaden our reach and our impact and support all of our students.





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