Our Arizona Law Class of 2019 JD students selected speakers from among their peers to speak at their convocation on May 11. They are Molly Mahoney and Daniel Shudlick, both profiled below. (Next week, we'll share the name of the third student speaker, to be chosen from among our LLM, MLS, and SJD cohorts.)

Until the footnotes,

Student Speakers Chosen for 2019 College of Law Convocation

Molly Mahoney, JD
Molly Mahoney moved to Tucson from Scottsdale nine years ago to begin her undergraduate studies at the University of Arizona. 

She'll soon become a double Wildcat, having earned a BS in public health prior to starting law school. After graduation, she's headed to Albuquerque to join the firm of Chapman and Priest.
As a law student, Molly says her initial focus was keeping her head above water, learning as much as possible from her classes, and, as a 2L and 3L, contributing as a member of the Arizona Journal of International and Comparative Law (AJICL). Her note,"The Global Opioid Crisis: Effective Laws to Fight Rising Overdose Fatalities Through Access to Naloxone," will be published in the next issue.

In addition, she focused on people -- networking with the legal community and creating lasting friendships with her classmates. So in addition to earning her degree, Molly says her Arizona Law experience has been meaningful in two big ways:
"First are the relationships I've made along the way -- I've met amazing people who have taught me so much and helped me through some very difficult times. The other is the honor of being a third generation graduate of the UA College of Law. My grandfather, Timothy Joseph Mahoney ('48) and my father, Mark Mahoney ('81) were both graduates."
Daniel Shudlick, JD
Daniel Shudlick was born and raised in Tomah, Wisconsin, and graduated with his undergraduate degree from Marquette University in Milwaukee. He worked in Milwaukee and later in the Fargo-Moorhead area (on the North Dakota/Minnesota border) until coming to law school in 2016.
At Arizona Law Daniel set out to study broadly, learning as much as he could in many areas of law, with land-use matters emerging as a strong interest. He plans to work in Tucson after graduation.
Like Molly, Daniel says the most meaningful part of attending Arizona Law was the people -- meeting his classmates and learning from them. He was especially happy to be able to experience the Southwest, fulfilling a childhood dream. Daniel is modest about his impacts on others, but says that growing close to his classmates has had a huge effect on him and, in the process, on everything he will do from here on out.

Around the College
Fegtly Moot Court Competition Results
2019 Fegtly competitors and Moot Court Board Members (l-r): 
Aaron Green (3L), Travis Atwood (3L), Brad Terrace (2L), 
Rachael Lopez (2L), Kelleen Mull (2L), Ashley Daltrey (2L), 
and Tyler Milliron (2L).

Members of the law school community watched the final round of the Samuel M. Fegtly Moot Court Competition last week, on April 16.
The annual appellate advocacy competition is open to students who have taken (or are taking) Advanced Legal Writing. Students participate in practice arguments with Moot Court Board members and then compete in scored rounds judged by local attorneys and judges.

Please join me in congratulating Brad Terrace (2L), who earned the F. Britton Burns Award for the best argument in the final round. Kudos are also due to his opponent in the final, runner-up Tyler Milliron (2L).
We are thankful to alumnus J. Scott Burns ('76) for his firm's continued support of the competition by sponsoring the award in honor of his father, Class of 1941 graduate F. Britton Burns.

The top 2L students in the competition each year also represent Arizona Law at the ABA National Appellate Advocacy Competition.
In addition, Kelleen Mull (2L) won the Suzanne Rabe Best Brief Award and the Samuel M. Fegtly Award for best combined brief and oral scores in the preliminary rounds of the competition. Brian Heddell (2L) won second place for his brief.
We thank this year's esteemed panel of judges:
  • Hon. Joel Carson, United States Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit.
  • Hon. Veronica Darnell, Tohono O'odham Judicial Court
  • Hon. Sean Brearcliffe, Arizona Court of Appeals Division II
  • Alfred Urbina ('08), Assistant Attorney General, Tohono O'odham Nation
  • Shelley Clemens, U.S. Attorney's Office
Professor Tessa L. Dysart, Assistant Director of Legal Writing, organized this year's competition.

Connect with Arizona Law's Clerkship Community

A panel of court clerks speak with Arizona Law students as part of annual Arizona Supreme Court arguments at the college.

On average, over 20 percent of our graduates go on to judicial clerkships annually -- that's more than twice the national average.

We want to keep these numbers strong. The college's Career Development Office would like to hear from ALL of our graduates who have clerked for federal, tribal, and state court judges. Our intent is to connect alumni with students interested in clerking for the same judge or court.

If you have clerked and are willing to help with this project, please fill out our clerkship survey here. We will not provide your information to students without your permission.
Since we shared the survey link in our March 27 edition of Letter of the Law we've received over 100 responses. Thank you to everyone who has responded so far.
Paul Rees ('55) was a law clerk to Justice Levi S. Udall. He shares,
"I was privileged to hear arguments by some of the finest lawyers in the state and thoroughly enjoyed every minute. What an introduction to the practice! My research developed Memos to my judge concerning the applicable law for the case; and the opportunity to bandy words with a Justice was as good as another year of law school."

Please contact Heather Zapata in the Career Development Office with any questions.

Make Plans to Attend the Steve Hirsch Gutter Bowl

For 12 years, the University of Arizona College of Law has gathered our alumni, students, and friends for our ever-popular Gutter Bowl. 

The Steve Hirsch Gutter Bowl honors our alumnus and his commitment to alumni and friends coming together to have a good time for a great cause. All proceeds will go to the Steven A. Hirsch Scholarship Fund.
When: Tuesday, June 4, 2019, 6-9 p.m.

Where: Bowlmor Lanes Scottsdale, 7300 E Thomas Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 85251

Individual bowlers: $60
Teams of 6: $500
Attendee (Not bowling): $30
If you have questions or need help signing up your team, contact Corrina Eklund at corrinaeklund@email.arizona.edu or 520-621-8430. Also contact Corrina to become a sponsor.

In the News

Arizona Public Media, interview with Jane Bambauer

Los Angeles Times, opinion by professor Andrew Coan

We look forward to celebrating with our 2019 graduates in a few short weeks. Then we look to you to welcome them as new Arizona Law alumni.





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