In today's Letter of the Law -- Wildcat Wednesday we profile our indefatigable alumna and colleague, Jonelle Vold ('01), and share a full report -- and photos -- from the inaugural Steve Hirsch Gutter Bowl.

We also announce the award winners from the 2017 Samuel L. Fegtly Moot Court Competition, our most recent skills competition experience for students. (Read more about our skills competitions in last week's Letter of the Law.)

Until the footnotes, 

Jonelle Vold ('01) Named Associate VP at UA Foundation

Jonelle in her element, spending time with alumni
The Volds: Jeff, JT, Kaylee, and Jonelle
JT and Kaylee Vold -- Wildcats from the start
Jonelle and the alumni and development team
Many of you know or have met Jonelle Vold ('01)  -- as a fellow alumnus or as the leader of the college's alumni and development program. 

At every turn and in every role, she has worked tirelessly to keep our alumni connected and engaged. 

Not for the first time, our colleagues at the university have come to Jonelle for advice. But this time is different: they have come with a promotion to a key central role at the University of Arizona Foundation as the Associate Vice President for Regional Development & Engagement.
Jonelle began her career at Arizona Law in 1998 as a 1L, later serving as SBA president during her 3L year and graduating in 2001. 

Jonelle worked as an attorney for Kutak Rock and in 2002 became a Lexis Nexis consultant, working there for five years. She returned to the College of Law in 2006 and became the Assistant Dean of Development before taking a hiatus from 2009 to 2011, during which time she created her own company, Vold Enterprises, working as a business development coach

Jonelle "came to her senses" in 2011 and returned to the college as the Senior Director of Development. In that role for six years, she transformed the Alumni and Development Office, which strives to maintain strong ties with our over 7,000 proud alumni.

When asked about her time at the college, Jonelle described finding a home at Arizona Law:
"From the moment I arrived on campus, I was enamored by the College of Law.  My experience as a student solidified my love and gratitude for the institution and the people that are a part of it. I am honored and grateful for all I have learned and received from the college -- as a student, alumna, and an employee. The College of Law will always hold a special place in my heart."

Steven Golden ('02), former LCA President, was in law school with Jonelle and adds:
"There are a few things about Jonelle that you know right away. She's a nice person, and as you get to know her you realize she's a really nice person. She is completely committed to the College of Law as both an institution and as a group of people she works with and cares deeply about. She's always got a thoughtful comment, almost no matter how long something's already been discussed. Did I say she was nice?"
While Jonelle's focus now extends to the entire University of Arizona, she will remain active and involved with the College of Law. Her email address remains the same and she welcomes continued contact.
Dale Danneman ('74), longtime member of the LCA board and head of the LCA Awards Committee, says:
"Jonelle's remarkable and unfailing energy, enthusiasm, creativity, and social skills have made me and every other member of the Law College Association Board much, much more effective in supporting the advancement of this great College. I am confident she will use her talents now to advance the mission of this great University, including the College."

Michael R. King ('79), current LCA president, adds his good wishes to the chorus:

"Jonelle Vold has constantly raised the standards for UA Law and the U of A Law College Association since first becoming the Assistant Dean of Development & Alumni Affairs in 2006. Her most recent work as our Senior Director of Development has expanded and funded our programs and scholarships. She always put the people first in her work!  We wish her well in her new role with the U of A Foundation!"
The Alumni and Development Office continues to run on all cylinders as we conduct a national search for a new Senior Director. If you have questions about a gift or alumni events, feel free to call 520-621-8430.
Please join us in wishing Jonelle all the best in her newest chapter as a Wildcat.

Inaugural Steve Hirsch Gutter Bowl

Last night at the Bowlmor in Scottsdale, nearly 100 College of Law alumni and friends gathered for the newly renamed Steve Hirsch Gutter Bowl. There were 15 teams jockeying for position. What a great time for a great cause.
This was the tenth year of (sometimes ridiculously) lousy bowling and friendly competition on the lanes.
We commemorated our dear friend, Steve, a 1980 alumnus, who for many years emceed the event alongside his good friend Chas Wirken ('75). 

We swapped stories and did our best to smash records for the lowest score -- activities that would have elicited Steve's warm smile and resonant laugh.
We also raised over $10,000 toward the Steven A. Hirsch Scholarship Fund. (You can still donate here.) We couldn't have done it without our eleven gracious sponsors, linked below.
This year, the games were ably emceed by Andrew Compton ('13) and James Senften ('12) of Gammage & Burnham. The two are co-chairs of the Phoenix Recent Grad Committee and the co-chairs of this year's Gutter Bowl.
Titles were awarded to the following teams and individuals ... drumroll, please ...

Highest Team Score - Overall  
Jones Skelton Hochuli

Highest Team Score - Average
Sherman & Howard

Highest Individual Score
Erik Stone

Gutter Bowl Team (Lowest Score)
Squire Patton Boggs

Gutter Bowl Individual (Lowest Score)  
Sarah Wolf
It was a night of highs and lows, sighs and laughter. And all of us, with every strike and miss, could not help but think of Steve.


Fegtly Moot Court Competition Results

2017 Moot Court Board with advisor. L-R Professor Susie Salmon, Matt Hoxsie, Troy Anderson, Audrey Roberts, Slade Smith, Margo Casselman, Janet Howe, 
and Bern Velasco.

After three weeks of competition, on April 13, 2017, Arizona Law held the final round of its annual Samuel M. Fegtly 2L Moot Court Competition. 

Three distinguished judges -- Vice Chief Justice John Pelander ('76) from the Arizona Supreme Court, Judge Philip Espinosa ('83) from Division Two of the Arizona Court of Appeals, and Judge Charles Pyle (retired, '73) from the District of Arizona -- heard oral arguments from the four finalists: Holly Bainbridge, Joseph Bonasera, Rachel Dyckman, and Joshua Weiss.
Judge Pyle, Justice Pelander, and
Judge Espinosa hear arguments

Assistant Director of Legal Writing and director of the Fegtly Competition, Professor Susie Salmon says:
"We are so grateful to Vice Chief Justice Pelander, Judge Espinosa, and Judge Pyle for making this an incredible experience for the students. Few attorneys-much less law students-get the opportunity to argue before such an impressive panel."
At the end of arguments, the three judges selected Holly Bainbridge and Joseph Bonasera the winners of the final round. They each were recognized with the F. Britton Burns Awards, two prizes of $500.Susie remarks,
"Alumnus J. Scott Burns ('76) has sponsored these awards for the past 33 years to honor his father, F. Britton Burns, who won Arizona Law's moot court competition as a student in 1941, and who went on to serve the state of Arizona over a distinguished 51-year legal career before passing away in 1993. Mr. Burns usually drives down from Phoenix to join us and to deliver some inspiring words. Unfortunately, he was unable to make it this year, but he asked me to share his message of hard work, professionalism, and service with the students."  

With the winners of the F. Britton Burns Awards_ Joseph Bonasera and Holly Bainbridge.
At an awards reception after the final round, the Arizona Law Legal Writing Department and 2L Moot Court Program also recognized several other students for their achievements in brief writing and oral argument in the competition.
As Susie explains,
"Eighteen students wrote briefs in their Advanced Legal Writing classes in the fall and participated in two rounds of practice oral argument and two rounds of competition oral argument, each time before a panel of three attorneys from the Tucson legal community. It's not easy for anyone-much less as a second-year law student-to stand in front of one's peers and three local attorneys or judges and face difficult questions in oral argument. Although only a handful of students receive awards, every single student who participated should be proud of the hard work and, quite frankly, courage that participation in this competition represents."
The following students received additional honors at the awards reception:  

Holly Bainbridge received the Samuel M. Fegtly Award, which recognizes the student with the best combined score for brief writing and oral argument in the preliminary rounds of the competition.
Julie Pack received the Best Brief Award for the highest-scoring brief.

Holly Bainbridge received an award for Excellence in Brief Writing, and Rachel Dyckman, Douglas Imperi, and Fernanda Munoz received Honorable Mention certificates for achievements in brief writing.
Holly Bainbridge, Jacqueline Leahy, Shannon Scola, and Douglas Imperi all received awards for Excellence in Oral Argument, given to students who presented a high-scoring oral argument in the preliminary rounds of competition.

The four finalists in the competition: Joshua Weiss, Joseph Bonasera, Holly Bainbridge,  and Rachel Dyckman.
2016 Best Brief winner Slade Smith presents the 2017 Best Brief award to Julie Pack.

The students with the six highest scores after the semifinal round of the competition were named to next year's Arizona Law ABA Law Student Division National Appellate Advocacy Competition team: Holly Bainbridge, Joseph Bonasera, Rachel Dyckman, Mia Hammersley, Fernanda Munoz, and Joshua Weiss. Students Julie Pack and Douglas Imperi will join them on the 2018 3L Moot Court Board.
Finally, all of the 2017 3L Moot Court Board received engraved gavels to recognize their work on this year's competition. Many thanks to Troy Anderson (3L), Margo Casselman (3L), Janet Howe (3L), Matthew Hoxsie (3L), David Lundmark (3L), Audrey Roberts (3L), Slade Smith (3L), and Bern Velasco (3L). 
According to Susie, a number of people work hard to make the competition possible:
"Special thanks go to Professor Diana Simon for writing yet another excellent, interesting problem, to Dean Marc Miller for his support for Arizona Law Moot Court and for presenting the final awards, and to Debbie Martin for weeks of behind-the-scenes work on the competition and the awards ceremony. Most of all, though, we could not do this without the attorneys and judges who volunteer their time to serve as judges in the competition. The Tucson bench and bar are so generous with their time and provide an enriching and memorable educational experience for our students."

Celebrate Retiring Prof. Suzanne Rabe ('79)

Professor Suzanne Rabe ('79), director of the Legal Writing Program, will be retiring from teaching at the end of this semester. We have two occasions to celebrate Suzanne and the impact she has had on the Arizona legal community over her 30-year career at Arizona Law. You are invited to both.

First, the Southern Arizona Chapter of the Arizona Women Lawyers Association will honor Suzanne at its annual wine & cheese reception on the evening of Friday, April 21, 5-7 p.m. at the Steinfeld Mansion downtown. Register. 

On May 9 at 5 p.m. we will gather with Suzanne here at the College of Law in the Lewis Roca Rothgerber Lobby. Contact Bernadette Wilkinson if you'd like to participate.

The end of the semester draws nigh. At the same time we wrap up the term, with gatherings and meals and celebrations, many like the Steve Hirsch Gutter Bowl a mix of mirth and reflection, we slow down to prepare for exams -- and graduation!  We feel both literal and metaphorical warmth in these times.
As our alumni, friends, and supporters, there is much for you to do, and many events for you to join, including our graduation ceremony just under a month from now on Saturday, May 13, at 2 p.m. in Centennial Hall.


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