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AUGUST 11, 2021


Aug 16

First Day of Law Classes

Aug 27

LawCats Live: "Collaborating to Build the Policy Infrastructure for Indian Country"

Nov 4-6

Save the Date:

Homecoming & Reunion Weekend


Over the summer months, our Senior Director of Development Megan O’Leary and I connected—in person!—with some of our alumni in Los Angeles, San Diego, Reno, and Honolulu. We are planning travel to Las Vegas and Washington, DC, early this fall.

Our legal community and our alumni community are stepping up to support our $6 million fundraising effort, “A New Day in Court,” to enhance our advocacy program. Our latest exciting gift in this effort comes from Phoenix-based law firm Beale, Micheaels, Slack & Shughart, featured below.

All our alumni, near and far, are invited to attend the next session of LawCats Live on August 27. This is our monthly zoom webinar series—begun during the pandemic, and a rousing success—featuring faculty scholarship and hot topics. The session on the 27th will be presented by Arizona Law Regents Professor Rebecca Tsosie and Lohse Fellow Darrah Blackwater (‘20). You can see past LawCats Live recordings on our website.

We hope you will also save the date for this year’s Homecoming and Reunion festivities, scheduled for November 4-6, 2021. There will be several opportunities to gather as a community and celebrate. You can find out more in this edition.

Until the footnotes,



Beale, Micheaels, Slack & Shughart Contributes $50,000 to University of Arizona Law Courtroom Rebuild


The Phoenix-based law firm Beale, Micheaels, Slack & Shughart, P.C. has made a $50,000 donation to the University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law in support of the college’s $6 million “A New Day in Court” initiative to significantly reconstruct student courtrooms and expand the advocacy program.

When construction is completed, students will work from the Beale, Micheaels, Slack & Shughart Plaintiff’s Table, an upgraded space in the college’s new Kevin R. Boyle Trial Courtroom.  

University of Arizona Law has outgrown its current courtrooms, which were built in 1977. Through this initiative, we will create fully functional, state-of-the-art spaces that give students a proper courtroom setting in which to learn and practice. The college’s advocacy program will also be renamed to the Thomas Mauet Advocacy Program, in honor of Professor Emeritus and renowned trial expert Thomas Mauet.

“It is a privilege for our firm to support the University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law and the ‘A New Day in Court’ Initiative,” said David S. Shughart, one of the firm’s partners and a 1993 University of Arizona Law graduate. “University of Arizona Law has a history of graduating outstanding trial lawyers, and this exciting project will provide future students with a state-of-the-art facility and the best possible trial advocacy training.”

Beale, Micheaels, Slack & Shughart, P.C. specializes in personal injury and wrongful death litigation, and the firm’s attorneys have recovered more than $300 million on behalf of clients by way of jury awards or settlements. Founding partner Michael Beale is also a University of Arizona Law alumnus (Class of 1968).

“I’m thrilled that future Arizona Law students will benefit from Beale, Micheaels, Slack & Shughart joining us in reimagining our advocacy program,” said Ted Schmidt (’77), a member of the “A New Day in Court” steering committee. “High-caliber alumni like David Shughart and Michael Beale are critical to our success and the future of advocacy at Arizona Law. Equally important, it says volumes about the character of John Micheaels and Thom Slack, who are not Arizona alumni yet generously support the education of new trial lawyers in such a meaningful way.”

The Beale, Micheaels, Slack & Shughart gift brings the total amount raised for the initiative up to $1.3 million. For more information on the effort, including fundraising goals and how to participate, visit or contact Senior Director of Development Megan O’Leary.

See the Original Article on our Website


Join us for LawCats Live, August 27


Join us on August 27 at 12:15 p.m. (Tucson time) for LawCats Live, "Collaborating to build the policy infrastructure for Indian Country."

Arizona Law Regents Professor Rebecca Tsosie and Lohse Fellow Darrah Blackwater ('20) will discuss the Indigenous Peoples Law and Policy Program's policy initiative and ways in which grassroots leadership and advocacy at the community level can inform federal policy.

During this lively conversation they will focus on spectrum sovereignty, broadband infrastructure in Indian Country, digital inclusion, environmental and climate resilience, as well as the comparative research being done across borders on Indigenous health, education, and sustainable economies.


Homecoming & Reunion Weekend, November 4-6

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Arizona Law’s 2021 Homecoming celebration is scheduled for November 4-6, back on campus!

We are building an exciting schedule of events and activities to engage our Arizona Law community. There will be online, virtual elements as well, so get registered, stay connected, and watch for event details on the Arizona Law Homecoming website

Reunions this year will be double the fun! We are making up for lost time by hosting two years' worth of reunions in one.

Join Arizona Law classmates and friends as we celebrate reunions for all classes ending in 0, 1, 5, or 6 during Homecoming & Reunion Weekend 2021. 

Want to help shape your reunion experience? Contact for details.

NEW: Registration for the 50-Year Class Reunion Dinner is open.

This dinner celebrates the Classes of 1970 and 1971.

Arizona Sands Club, 565 N Cherry Ave, Floor 5.

Thursday, November 4, 5:30-8:30 p.m.

RSVP Required.

Learn More and Register for Events


'Exclusionary and classist': Why the legal profession is getting whiter

Reuters, featuring Regents Professor Rebecca Tsosie

This is how Arizona colleges and universities plan to tackle COVID-19, given state limitations

Arizona Republic, quoting professor Tara Sklar

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@uarizonalaw, Twitter

From the UA:

August 9th, 2021 Virtual University Status Update

Live briefing from University of Arizona President Dr. Robert C. Robbins and 17th U.S. Surgeon General and Distinguished Professor of Public Health Dr. Richard Carmona

Our Arizona Law alumni and friends do so much to educate, engage, employ, and support the next generation of lawyers. That commitment is reflected in the generous gift from the firm of Beale, Micheaels, Slack & Shughart. And it is embodied in the leadership of alumnus Ted Schmidt on our “A New Day in Court” initiative. Thank you.

Today is a thrilling day at Arizona Law. This morning we welcomed the new class of JD and other graduate law students—from across the United States, and around the world. These are the students whose success your support, engagement, and mentoring enable.

I look forward to telling you more about the new class in the weeks to come and, as opportunities arise, to introducing you to them.


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