This week we profile our venerable alumnus, the Honorable Earl H. Carroll, who we lost earlier in the year at age 91.
We also share news from our tenacious Barry Davis National Trial Team, which recently competed at the top level of the prestigious National Trial Competition.

Until the footnotes, 

Remembering the Honorable Earl H. Carroll (1925-2017), 
an Arizona Public Service Champion

Loyal Arizonan Judge Earl H. Carroll ('51) made an impact on everyone he met -- with his intellect, generosity, and wit, and through his service on the bench and commitment to supporting and strengthening educational institutions, including his alma mater, the University of Arizona College of Law.

Professor and former dean of the college from 1977 to 1983 Roger Henderson remarks:

"If I were limited to just one word to describe Judge Earl Carroll, 'faithful' would most easily come to mind. He was not only faithful to his family and friends and to the many institutions with which he was associated over a long and distinguished legal career, he was above all else faithful to the law; always faithful to administer the law as fairly and compassionately as he could in an attempt to achieve justice."
Born in Tucson, Judge Carroll served in the Navy from 1943-1946, later earning a BA in business in 1948 and his law degree in 1951, both at the University of Arizona. He married Louise in 1952, and they had two daughters, Margaret and Katherine.
Judge Carroll began his legal career clerking for Arizona Supreme Court Justice Evo DeConcini ('32), later joining the law firm of Evans, Hull, Kitchel and Jenckes and becoming a partner in 1955.  He served as special counsel to the City of Tombstone (1962-65). He was also elected to the Phoenix Elementary School Board, on which he served for 12 years. 
In 1980, he was nominated to the federal district court in Phoenix by President Jimmy Carter. Taking senior status in 1994, Judge Carroll continued to be active on the court until his retirement in 2011. 

Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist appointed Judge Carroll to the United States Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISA) in 1993 and he was named chief judge of the federal Alien Terrorist Removal Court in 1996.
Judge Carroll was a truly devoted friend and Wildcat. He served on the Arizona Board of Regents from 1978 to 1980 and shared his generosity with the College of Law time and again. He was a member of the McCormick Society.
He belonged to the Sigma Chi fraternity. He became a "Significant Sig" in 1991 and was inducted into the Beta Phi Hall of Honor in 2002.
Judge Carroll and his family have also provided significant support to the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences, which established a Magellan Circle Faculty Fellowship in his name.
In 2000, he was presented with the University of Arizona Alumni Association's Sidney B. Woods Alumni Service Award. In 2007 he was named a Distinguished Alumnus of the College of Law.
He also supported our students by hiring them as law clerks, teaching, and many other contributions, both financial and otherwise. 

Numerous alumni were honored to serve as his clerks during his years on the bench -- whom he referred to as "assistant judges."
Judge Carroll solidified his commitment to the college and its students by contributing to the Carroll Public Service Fund, later named the Chandler-Carroll Public Service Fund (, established by his longtime friend and fellow alumnus S. Thomas Chandler ('46). Both men were deeply committed to public service throughout their careers and wanted this legacy to inspire new generations of law students. The fund provides awards annually to two graduated students who are headed to careers in the public sector or public interest.
Professor Toni Massaro, who was Dean of the College of Law from 1999-2009, remembers her friend and colleague: 
"Judge Carroll gave much to his profession, to his state, to his country, and to his alma mater. We are grateful for his life of service and for his friendship. He was an alumnus extraordinaire."
Judge Carroll is survived by his wife of 64 years, Louise, and his daughters, Margaret Carroll and Katherine C. Pearson. His daughters sustain their parents' deep commitment to education and respect for justice and his family continues their active support of Arizona Law.
We are grateful for Judge Carroll's many decades of devotion to the College of Law and will miss his friendship and exemplary service to his community.

Barry Davis National Trial Team Competes at Nationals

From left to right: Matthew Ashton (2L), Jean Paul Barnard (2L), Elizabeth Smiley (3L), Brian Chase (Coach). Not pictured: Joel Feinman (Coach).
The Barry Davis National Trial Team has returned from their third (and second consecutive) visit in four years to the highest level of the National Trial Competition. The competition is the most prestigious law school trial competition and has judges that fly in from all over the country to attend. Fewer than 10 percent of the 300 teams in the country make it to this elite level.
Brian Chase ('11,, who coaches the team along with Joel Feinman ('06), described the process: 
"The first two trials of the competition are determined by random draw. In the first round, Arizona competed against the team that went on to finish in the final four - and we lost by only a single point, out of 100 possible points. In the second round, Arizona engaged Georgetown, who went on to finish second overall. Again, we lost by just a single point. While Arizona did not advance in the competition, we demonstrated that we were competitive with the very best in the country. Our odds of drawing such strong competition in the first two rounds was less than 2%."
For the first time in Arizona's history, two members, Matthew Ashton and Elizabeth Smiley, competed at the national level twice. This year, they were joined by Jean Paul Barnard, who earned the top attorney award at last year's regional competition.
Brian says:
"Arizona's finish this year has made them the team to beat in the region. Since Arizona joined the region four years ago, no other team has made it to Nationals as frequently as Arizona."
The trial team offers its thanks to all of the professors and lawyers who have helped the team this year, including Ted Schmidt, Mike Piccarreta, Jim Dyer, Justice Wolfson, Judge Wolfson, Ben Griem, Robson Hauser, Jim Carlson, Jeremy Zarzycki, Professor Tom Mauet, and Professor Barbara Bergman, who now heads the advocacy program. The trial team and all of their coaches made this statement: 
"Our deepest gratitude goes to Brooke Davis, whose generous gift in her late husband's name funded our travel, and gave us the honor of being called the Barry Davis National Trial Team."

The Slants

While I typically have equal enthusiasm for all of the College's speakers and events, I have to think that this one qualifies as our "coolest" in recent memory. 

This week we welcome the well-known rock group, The Slants , to the College for two events which -- to those of you not closely following this Supreme Court Term, or the national dance-rock scene -- might require a bit of explanation. 

Described as the world's first all-Asian American dance-rock band, members applied to trademark their name several years ago but were rejected by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on grounds of that it might be considered disparaging or offensive. 

The band challenged the USPTO decision in 2015, the Federal Circuit ruled in their favor, and on January 1 8 , the high court heard arguments in the case. (Read about it here). 

Lee v. Tam tests the constitutionality of the "disparagement clause" of the Lanham Act -- in effect asking whether the clause defines eligibility for the federal trademark registration program or instead operates as an impermissible restriction on speech.

Professor Derek Bambauer and AIPCS (the Arizona Intellectual Property and CyberLaw Society) are bringing The Slants to campus for a noontime presentation and an evening performance. Alumni and friends are welcome.

This is a terrific opportunity to hear from litigants, in real time, about how the law works, whether you are a 1L or, like me, a person whose familiarity with dance-rock bands is  perhaps too closely linked to 1970's and 1980's. 

Lunch Presentation: "Does Trademark Law Have An Unconstitutional Slant?"

When: Thursday, April 6 , Noon-1:15 P.M.
Where: Room 164, Ares Auditorium 
The Slants in Concert
(with selections from their new album, "The Band Who Must Not Be Named")

When: Thursday, April 6 , 8-9 P.M.
Where: Snell & Wilmer Courtyard

New Wildcat!

Carlene Lowry ('03) shares these photos of Eli, one of our newest Wildcats. Congratulations, Carlene and family! We love the enthusiasm Eli already shows for Arizona Law.


"Never bowl without first  hitting up the snack bar."  
-- Steve Hirsch ('80)

Arizona Law has renamed our Gutter Bowl event, now celebrating its 10th year, as the Steve Hirsch Gutter Bowl, in honor of the late Steven A. Hirsch ('80), a devoted alumnus and one of Gutter Bowl's biggest fans.
All proceeds from the Hirsch Bowl will go to the Steven A. Hirsch Scholarship Fund.
When: Tuesday, April 18, 2017, 6-9 p.m.

Where: Bowlmor Lanes Scottsdale, 7300 E Thomas Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 85251
Join us for a night of fun, high scores, and hilarity on the lanes as Arizona Law takes over Bowlmor Lanes. Sign up as a team, or come as an individual bowler and we will connect you with a team.
Each team will get its own lane and Steve Hirsch Gutter Bowl t-shirts!
To learn more about registration and  sponsorship, contact Chris Gast, 520-626-2400,

Contact  Chris Gast, 520-626-2400,

Conversations with Bob Mundheim Continue
The series is free and open to the public. All sessions take place noon-1:15 p.m. at the College of Law, Room 237 (Faculty Lounge). Lunch is provided, and seating is limited.
On Monday, March 27, Bob spoke with  Mary Jo White, former Chair of the Securities and Exchange Commission (2013-17).
On Monday, April 3, we also heard from Peter Tague, Vice Chairman and Global Co-Head of Citi's Mergers & Acquisitions Department. 
On April 10, the speaker will be John J. Cannon III, Partner, Shearman & Sterling.
Finishing off the series on April 17 will be Simon M. Lorne, Vice Chairman and Chief Legal Officer at Millennium Management, LLC.,  concluding another outstanding series for our students.

In recognizing Judge Carroll's lifetime of shaping our modern legal history, and helping our students learn about how future legal history is made by welcoming The Slants, we embrace the spirit of the University of Arizona.
Tradition.  Endurance. Transformation. And welcoming the sounds of change.  


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