Alumni and friends gathered last Saturday night in Phoenix at the annual Law College Association dinner -- the photos below capture just a bit of the energy. 

Last week also brought out the best in our student competitors at the Moot Court Competition finals. 
We recently shared the bittersweet news with the Arizona Law community that the University of Colorado has selected Professor Jim Anaya to become dean at Colorado Law. Though we will miss having Jim within our halls, we take great pride in his work and we celebrate his accomplishments. Please join me in thanking Jim for his many contributions to our community, and in wishing him great success at Colorado. (Read more here.)

Until the footnotes,

The 42nd Annual LCA Appreciation Dinner

The awardees at this year's LCA Appreciation Dinner were Ryan C. Flynn ('06), C. Max Killian ('49), Gary L. Stuart ('67), Hon. Roxanne Song Ong ('78), Nicole F. Stanton ('00), and Peter W. Likins -- pictured above from left to right and flanked by Melinda Burke of the UA Alumni Association and me. 

The event was attended by 200 of our closest friends and family. Thank you to everyone who joined us!



Moot Court Competition Final and Awards
Final arguments were held last week in the Moot Court Competition. Even knowing the extremely high quality of our advocacy programs and competitions, it is eye-opening each year to see these arguments.
This year, 29 students entered the competition in the spring semester. Eight students advanced to the semifinals, with the four highest-scoring students after the semifinals  -- Audrey Roberts, Bernardo Velasco, Troy Anderson, and Janet Howe (all 2Ls, l-r, below) -- arguing in the final before Judge Mary Murguia, from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, Judge Peter Eckerstrom, from Division Two of the Arizona Court of Appeals, and Judge Michael Miller ('84), also from Division Two.

Among the top awards given over the course of the competition were:

F. Britton Burns Awards: Troy Anderson and Bernardo Velasco

These awards, sponsored by alumnus J. Scott Burns (class of 1976) to honor his father, F. Britton Burns (class of 1941), went to the students who presented the best oral arguments in the final round of the Moot Court competition.

Samuel M. Fegtly Award: Audrey Roberts

This award went to the student who had the best combined score for brief writing and oral arguments in the preliminary rounds.

D. Burr Udall Award for Best Brief: Slade Smith

This award went to the student who wrote the best Moot Court brief.

The Moot Court Competition would not be possible without the superb leadership of Professor Susie Salmon, the student moot court board, and the support of literally dozens of local attorneys and judges who served as coaches, mentors, and judges. Thank you to everyone who made this year's competition possible.

Next Law.Change Talk, April 21
Law.Change presents Andrew Arruda, CEO of Ross Intelligence, who is giving a demonstration of "ROSS, the Artificially Intelligent Attorney."
When: Thursday, April 21, 2016  12 p.m.
Where: Room 118
Lunch will be served!
A born entrepreneur who started his first company on his elementary school playground, Andrew Arruda, who "grew up on Law & Order," resolved to become a lawyer at the very mature age of 7. Arruda worked at a neighborhood law firm to pay his way through college and law school and after being called to the Bar, Arruda practiced law for a few "long" days before the sirens of entrepreneurialism beckoned, and he set off to cofound ROSS Intelligence. 
Contact: Sarah Gotschall at
2016 Summer Law Program for High Schoolers

This June 6 - 10, the College of Law will host a one-week summer law program for high school students who are interested in law and justice. 

The aims are to: (1) motivate high school students to consider pursuing the study of law, and higher education more generally; (2) help invigorate and support local high school mock trial and law clubs; (3) conduct outreach and create a pipeline for high-performing students to pursue study at the University of Arizona; and (4) provide teaching and mentoring opportunities for UA undergraduate and JD students who will participate as coaches. 

The program will provide both instruction and a strong interactive component, as well as opportunities for participants to simply hear from motivational speakers who practice in various areas of the law or who otherwise have compelling stories to tell about the impact of law and justice on their lives. Student coaches will lead small group sessions in the afternoons, and the week will finish off with a mock trial at the downtown courthouse with volunteer judges.

If you know a student who would benefit from this program, please share the registration link. For more information, contact Susan Warren.

CLE: Asylum Law Training, April 21 or 22
Join the Bacon Immigration Law and Policy Program for a special opportunity to learn from leading asylum experts. "Advanced Topics in Asylum Law: Claims Arising from Gender- and Gang-related Persecution" will be presented by Center for Gender and Refugee Studies staff Blaine Bookey, co-legal director, and Claire Clayton, program coordinator.
  • Overview of case law and theory establishing right to asylum based on gender- and gang-related persecution
  • Conditions on the ground in the Northern Triangle, where many of these claims arise
  • Discussion of new developments in particular social group analysis
  • Tips for trial/evidentiary submissions and appeal strategies
  • Overview of pro bono project to increase representation of asylum-seekers in Eloy Detention Centers and invitation to join 
In Tucson: Thursday, April 21, 2016, 5 - 6:30 p.m., Rm. 137 of the James E. Rogers College of Law. RSVP HERE
In Phoenix: Friday, April 22, 3:30 - 5 p.m., hosted by Perkins Coie, 2901 N. Central Ave., Ste. 2000. RSVP HERE
1.5 units of CLE credit may be available.

Online Alumni Directory

Please take the time to join your online alumni directory. We are creating a shared resource to support our students and our alumni. If you need us to resend your personalized invitation, please email or call (520) 621-8430.
The latest weekly Arizona Law T-shirt drawing winner from among new directory members is Elda Orduno ('01). Congratulations, Elda, and thank you for joining.

The annual LCA Dinner comes every spring just as our always-busy calendar reaches a crescendo. Finals loom. Graduation and summer jobs all over the U.S. are on the horizon. We are in the midst of building next year's great class. 

Then, on an evening in April, and alternating between our homes in Tucson and Phoenix, we slow down, look around, take a deep breath, and gather together to celebrate the careers of some of our most distinguished alumni and special friends. 
What a perfect moment. The hard work and contributions of our alumni over the years foreshadow the hard work and contributions we will see in the years to come from all of our new graduates, who will walk across the stage at Centennial Hall less than a month from now. 
One hundred and one years.  And with a fascinating second century unfolding before our eyes.
Marc L. Miller  
Dean & Ralph W. Bilby Professor of Law
Shaping the next century of legal education 
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