This week we feature alumna
Rebeca Pérez-Serrano ('95) who was one
of our first LLM students, the continuing tradition of
powerful, path-breaking faculty scholarship, and 3L
student April Shaw.
Until the Footnotes,
the Assistant General Counsel with CareFusion Corporation (NYSE: CFN), a
$4.0 Billion global medical device and technologies
corporation, serving the health care
industry with products and services that help hospitals
measurably improve the safety and quality of care,
Rebeca Perez Serano stays busy.
Rebeca is the lawyer responsible
for all legal matters for two divisions within
CareFusion, Dispensing Technologies
(medication enterprise management business) and
Technology Solutions (software, data analytics).
more than 16,000 people across its global
is also a member of
the leadership team for the two divisions she supports
providing input to executive management on key issues
such as cybersecurity, legal, compliance, regulatory and
commercial enterprises. cybersecurity, legal,
compliance, regulatory and commercial
grew up in Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico. Her path
to law school was not clear.
did not have any close relatives, role models or mentors
in the field of law; my father is a retired
anesthesiologist and my mother a retired licensed social
worker. However, I knew that in my family,
education was extremely important; in fact, getting a
graduate degree and post-graduate education was
decided to go to law school after working one summer
with a CPA. She discovered that numbers did not
seem to be her path. The next logical choice was
law. Rebeca chose law because she believed that
becoming a lawyer would give her the flexibility to
follow many different possible job and career
got her JD at the Universidad de Guadalajara in 1993.
Rebeca's connection to Arizona Law started when she
applied for the LLM Program Masters in International
Trade Law, spearheaded by Professor David Gantz and Professor Boris Kozolychyk, Founder and
Director of the National Law Center for Inter-American
Free Trade. Rebecca was a member of the first LLM
class for foreign lawyers admitted to what has become a
globally renowned program.
are proud of our LLM program and proud to honor Rebeca
on Saturday, April 25th at the Law
College Association Annual Dinner with the
University of Arizona Alumni Association Global
For 3L student April Shaw, Arizona Law is a family
found her way to Arizona Law
through the encouragement of her partner, alumnus
Stephen Emedi '12.
was always telling me how great the professors
were. What he said was true. I have benefited
greatly from the support of several professors in the
law school, such as Toni Massaro, Robert Williams,
Lesley Obiora, Robert Hershey, Jean Braucher, and
others. Each of these professors has helped me to be
successful in some way."
Like many of our students, April
entered law school having already obtained an advanced
degree. April has a Ph.D in philosophy from the
University of Colorado Boulder. After graduation,
she plans to put all of her education to work by
practicing in the area of public interest
Last month, April won the
national Sarah Weddington Writing Prize for New Student
Scholarship in Reproductive Rights. This is a writing contest open
to all law students and 2014 graduates writing on
reproductive rights, health, and justice in the
U.S. Writers were encouraged to analyze issues
using an intersectional lens by considering factors such
as race, ethnicity, class, gender, sexuality, and
immigration status. First, second, and third place
winners were selected by a panel of legal advocates and
First place came with a $750 prize and the presumption
of publishability. Her article is entitled "How
Race-Selective and Sex-Selective Bans on Abortion Expose
the Color-Coded Dimensions of the Right to Abortion and
Deficiencies in Constitutional Protections for Women of
Color" and was accepted by the N.Y.U. Review of Law
and Social Change.
When April is not busy
writing, she enjoys taking her dogs Fritz and Castiel
for walks around the UofA campus. April is also a huge
NBA basketball fan and is excited for the NBA playoffs
Please join me in congratulating
April on her impressive achievement. Kudos April!
I hope your favorite team fares as well as you did.
||New Scholarship and
Arizona Law has a proud
tradition of research in law, and broadly across
disciplines as part of a great research
Associate Dean for academic affairs Kirsten Engel
of the Arizona Law faculty are consistently recognized
around the world for their important contributions to
the legal debate and the development of thought in their
respective areas of law. They are innovators in program
development and leaders in research with the capacity to
solve real-world problems. And within our own commuity,
they are deeply valued as mentors and teachers,
to a degree found in few other law schools."
This week, we focus on Regents' Professor Robert
Glennon. Robert, who also holds the Morris K.
Udall Professor of Law and Public Policy, is well known
for his leadership in the area of water
Yesterday, Robert was one of several commentators
on an Open for Debate series, Can Farms Survive
Without Drying Up California? in the New York
Times. His piece, Modernize Irrigation With Incentives,
critical importance of creating proper
financial incentives to dealing with severe
This is Robert's second New
York Times article this year! In the past
twelve months, Robert has also been published in the
Wall Street Journal, the Arizona
Republic, and the Sacramento
has also written two books on the topic of water,
Unquenchable: America's Water Crisis and What to Do
About It (2009) and Water Follies:
Groundwater Pumping And The Fate Of America's Fresh
Waters (2002). This year he published
a widely influential paper with alumnus Peter
Culp ('01) and former UofA economist Gary Libecap as
part of the Hamilton Project.
Snapshot - Take Me Out to the
midst of UA
baseball season, we bring you this timely
recollection from 1980 alumnus Erich Hart:
taking Property Law from Professor Smith as a first year
law student in 1977. He (and
I) were avid University of Arizona baseball fans.
The Wildcats' nemesis, ASU, was in town for
a regular season ball game. It was a beautiful sunny
afternoon and I decided to blow off my Property class.
The game was terrific and the crowd was rowdy. I was
intensely enjoying the game until the
7th inning when, from the
row immediately behind me, someone with a very familiar
voice said, "We missed you in class today Mr. Hart."
|UA pitcher Steve Powers
(1977 Desert, UA Yearbook, p.337, Daniel F.
Cracchiolo Law Library digital
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|Arizona Law in
Associate Dean Chris Robertson and
Arizona Law for a cocktail reception at Dorsey & Whitney LLP in Denver.
Catch up with fellow alumni and learn about what's new
at Arizona Law.
thanks to Gina Cornelio ('09) for helping to put
this event together.
Wednesday, April 15,
5:30 PM to 7:30 PM
& Whitney LLP
International Law Moot Court Team
Please join me in congratulating
the following students who were selected for the 2016
Jessup International Law Moot Court Team:
Association Indian Law Conference
University of Arizona College of Law's Indigenous
Peoples Law & Policy Program (IPLP) and Native
American Law Students Association invite you
Gathering of Alumni & Friends
9 from 5:00 to 7:00 PM
Stick Resort Quail Rooms D & E
E. Indian Bend Rd, Scottsdale, AZ)
beer, wine, and refreshments; Converse with alumni and
students; Learn about our LLM and SJD
sure to visit the Indigenous Peoples Law & Policy
and Arizona Law's Native American Law
Students Association booths in the Exhibit
Hall at the Federal Bar Association
40th Indian Law
Recent Graduate Committee Networking
Sunday, April 12th the Tucson Recent Graduate Committee
will hold an informal networking mixer.
Dobbs Bar and Grill
E 6th St, Tucson, AZ 85716
event is open to all alumni and is designed to
strengthen connections between our graduating students
and the Tucson alumni community.
Lars Lagerman '78
week we receive several emails and responses to the
Wildcat Wednesday Letter of the Law from our
alumni and friends. We always enjoy hearing from
you. This week we would like to share a special
note we received from the daughter of two of our
father is an alumnus from University of Arizona. He has
been announced as the AZ Swedish Consulate again. It is
a big achievement, episodically being asked to do it
again for the second time. He sends me so many emails
each day about UofA Law School. I also am an Arizona
Alumni. I graduated in 2013, I went to every UofA Law
school homecoming event with my sorority sisters. We had
the best time." -- Sarah Sofia Lagerman.
it is my pleasure to recognize your father
Lars Lagerman. Lars, a 1978
graduate of the College, is a friend and long-time
supporter of Arizona Law. He happens to be married to
super alumna, LCA Board Member, and fellow 1978
classmate, Susan Lagerman.
invite you to take step a down Arizona Law history lane
and review a Law
Record from the Spring of 1986. You will
find Susan's profile and photo on page 14. I get
the chance to see Lars and Susan on a regular basis. She
looks the same.
Lars on the second appointment to the Swedish Consulate.
thank you for writing and allowing us to celebrate both
of your parents.
Marc L. Miller
Dean & Ralph W. Bilby Professor of Law
the next century of legal