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This week we feature alumna Maricela Meza '04, 2L student Heather Goodwin, and Assistant Dean Nancy Stanley.


Until the footnotes,




Heather Goodwin '15

For 2L student Heather Goodwin, choosing a law school was a family affair. Heather and her husband Alan--also a lawyer--were working in Germany when they decided it was time to return to the States and for Heather to pursue law school. Heather and Alan have two young daughters ages 7 and 10. So choosing a law school involved more than just evaluating the school.

"We looked at everything -- law schools, public schools for the kids, housing costs, the job market for my husband, you name it. In the end, Arizona Law and Tucson answered all those needs.  We love Tucson, and we were struck by how friendly and helpful the staff at Arizona Law were from the very beginning of the decision-making process."

It hasn't taken Heather long to find her niche at law school. Earlier this spring she was part of the team which made the National Mock Trial Competition. Last week, Heather won first place in the Richard Grand Damages Competition. She was also a member of the Jessup International Moot Court Team.
Given Heather's passion for the courtroom, it is not surprising that when asked what she would like to do after graduation her response involved advocacy.


"I want to advocate for victims and tell their stories. Jurors amaze me.  During trial, they put their lives on hold to do a daunting and important thing-weighing evidence and then telling us what it all means.  It would be an honor to speak to jurors, help them navigate the evidence and understand the law.  I can't think of anything I'd rather do."


Heather and Alan love to travel and to spend time outside, gardening, hiking, swimming -- anything outdoors.  "Our girls are happiest playing outside, and we're loving this desert weather right now.  What a place to be! "

Maricela Meza '04


Maricela is a lifelong Wildcat. Growing up in Tucson, Maricela attended Salpointe Catholic High School and decided to stay in the neighborhood by getting her undergraduate and law degrees from the University of Arizona.  During her undergraduate days, Maricela was a member of Kappa Delta Chi Sorority, a Hispanic Alumni Association Scholar, and worked part-time as a dance teacher at Leticia's Dance Studio.


She is currently working as a family law attorney at Karp & Weiss Law Firm, an AV-rated law firm based in Tucson, Arizona.


Maricela is forever grateful for the opportunity to be a part of the Arizona Law community. In 2004, she served as Student Bar Association President and now helps the law school and its students in whatever way she can.


As a member of the Law College Association Board, Maricela is part of the ongoing conversation about how the entire law school community -- especially with the help of committed alumni -- can support our students and respond to these challenging and changing times.


Maricela currently serves as a board member for the Pima County Bar Association. She has been named a "Woman of Influence" by Inside Tucson Business and was named a 40 Under 40 Award Recipient.  She has also served as a member of the Junior League of Tucson Public Affairs committee and Los Abogados.  She is immersed in State Bar of Arizona activities as well as a member of the Committee on Minorities in the Law and  the Family Practice and Procedure Committee.  Maricela is also a veteran bar leader, having served terms as President of the Pima County and Arizona State Bar Young Lawyer Divisions.


Maricela started law school the same year that her mentor and lifelong dance teacher, Leticia, retired.  Devastated by the thought that the traditions started by Leticia were going to be lost, she took on the role of Assistant Director at Academia de Baile, Tradicion y Cultura, a dance school that was formed to continue the legacy Leticia created.  The dance school that was founded in 2004 is currently thriving as a non-profit based in South Tucson.  Ten years later, Maricela still serves as its Assistant Director.

Dance School Photo 


This year will mark the ten-year anniversary for the Class of 2004 (time flies!) and she hopes to connect with her fellow alums at Homecoming (November 8th) this year.


She is a very loyal (obsessed) Wildcat fan and recently traveled to Las Vegas and Anaheim to cheer on the men's basketball team.  BEAR DOWN!  

Assistant Dean Nancy Stanley

Nancy Stanley precisely recalls the moment she decided to go to law school.  


"I was working in local television during the sanctuary movement trials, and when the defendants were acquitted everyone was reporting that they had 'gotten off on a technicality.' I just didn't think that the 4th Amendment was a technicality, and I wanted to make that argument."  


Though she knew early on that she didn't want to practice conventionally, she wanted to be involved in community legal education and improve legal reporting.


A member of the Arizona Law team since 2003. Nancy provides strategic insight and critical guidance on all communications -- press releases and press relations, the web, and the broad range of modern communications. The challenge at the College of Law comes in part from having so much to communicate, and to varied audiences. Nancy also brings institutional memory and good judgment to bear on a wide range of issues.


In 1992, shortly after the collapse of the Soviet Union, she started to volunteer with international groups visiting the US in various citizen diplomacy programs, and was soon leading those delegations. "I've probably worked with 500 or 600 visiting professionals," she said, "but the lawyers and judges are always my favorite groups, and I'm in awe of the work they do to make their own societies more democratic."


She is gratified -- as are all of us -- to find so much support among Arizona Law alumni and friends for training efforts conducted by the Rehnquist Center. Lawyers and jurists from across the state have so generously offered their time as lecturers, mentors and hosts to their international counterparts.


Currently, she teaches a law and media course in the U of A School of Journalism, having also taught at Pima Community College and Southern Illinois University School of Social Work.


Nancy has two children, Sarah, a sophomore at Sarah Lawrence College in NY, and James, who will start his EMT training at UCLA Medical School in June.


Richard Grand Damages Competition Results

The final round of the Richard Grand Closing Arguments Competition was held on 4/16.


The 5 finalists were:  Robson Hauser, Sean Kelly, Heather Goodwin, Josh Barton, and Rudy Padilla.


The results of the competition were: Heather Goodwin - 1st place, Rudy Padilla - 2nd place,     Robson Hauser & Sean Kelly  tie for 3rd place.  


Grand "Thoughts"

His wit was his passport

Life is jazz not ballroom dancing

Don't understand me too quickly

In my 83 years "I fell in love with words"   

-Richard Grand 


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Coming soon!


Friends and Family Picnic  


You are invited to a Friends and Family Picnic hosted by the Pima County Bar Association Young Lawyers Division with help from the Recent Grad Committee.


Date: Sunday, April 27th (12 - 4 pm)

Location: Reid Park, Ramada # 3 


Food and beverages will be provided by Young Lawyers Division.


There will be a raffle organized by the Arizona Law Student Bar Association.


After the picnic, join us for a day at the ballpark at Hi-Corbett field (at Reid Park) where the UA baseball team takes on rival ASU at 4 pm.    


*Tickets for YLD members are free, and $4 for all others.*


Please RSVP for the Picnic and baseball game by April 16th, by calling Diondra at (520) 352-0008, or email 

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College of Law Commencement Ceremony and Reception

Saturday, May 17  

5:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Centennial Hall


We are delighted to announce that the graduation speaker will be Judge Andrew Hurwitz of the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.  


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Arizona Law Alumni Reception in LA

Arizona Law will be in LA May 29th. For more information contact Marissa White at 520-626-8132 or




SAVE THE DATE - PLAN AHEAD - Centennial Homecoming Weekend

November 7-9, 2014 

For more information, CLICK HERE to visit our Homecoming 2014 website.




Arizona Law Week in DC

AZ Law will be in DC June 23rd - June 27th    


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Volunteer Lawyers Needed to Help Asylum Seekers  


Catholic Social Service of Tucson seeks a volunteer lawyer willing to make a half-time commitment of at least one year to represent immigrants seeking asylum.  No background in immigration law is required; Spanish proficiency is preferred.  Contact Professor Lynn Marcus at with the subject line, "CSS Volunteer Attorney Position."



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Arizona Law Students Learn from Janet Napolitano
Jane Burch, Daniel Arellano, Anthony Caldwell, Janet Napolitano, Jacob Zuniga, Alla Goldman, Benjamin Heller

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Arizona Women Lawyers Association  Wine and Cheese Event


Jessica Schulberg  with Amelia Cramer


















(Below--) 2L Student Michelle Moore-- recipient of the Hon. Margaret M. Houghton AWLA Scholarship (L) with 1L student Jessica Schulberg -- recipient of the Mary Anne Richey Scholarship (R)

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Marc Signature      

Marc L. Miller 
Dean & Ralph W. Bilby Professor of Law 
James E. Rogers College of Law    

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