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Classes began this week at Arizona Law.
In this edition, we introduce you to one of our new JD students, Gayane Chichakyan, and extend our gratitude to members of the Arizona Law alumni community who participated in orientation activities last week.
One such alumnus is Denver-based U.S. Magistrate Judge S. Kato Crews ('00), who contributed to our alumni welcome video. This edition also shares a thought-provoking article by Judge Crews.

Say Hello to 1L Gayane Chichakyan

Say hello to
Gayane Chichakyan, one our newest Arizona Law students!
Gayane was born in Armenia and immigrated with her family to Russia when she was ten years old. Although she could barely speak Russian then, by the time she graduated from high school her Russian was excellent and she was named one of the "Best Graduates" of Moscow. She also was recognized by her school and in a Moscow-wide competition for her achievements in French language study. 

Speaking four languages by this point, including English, Gayane next went to film school in Moscow, majoring in Film Studies. She shares, "That education was just pure joy for me -- I had dreamed of making movies."
Next, Gayane worked as a journalist for ten years, seven of which were in the United States. She gained the experience of preparing hundreds of on-air reports and interviews
"During my work as a journalist I came to deeply appreciate the First Amendment, which I think is the best law in the world. Many countries don't have the same free speech protections -- much to their disadvantage. I believe the First Amendment has been at the heart of this country's success, leading to many improvements through its history, as people took to the streets in protest or spoke up in the press demanding justice and change. It must be cherished, along with other precious rights and freedoms we have. Lawyers help do just that."
Gayane had always admired the legal profession, but it hadn't occurred to her to become a lawyer herself until she began reading briefs written by her attorney husband.
"I became totally fascinated with the law, went on to read other attorneys' briefs, court opinions, statutes... And I couldn't stop. Seeing this, my husband said, "Go to law school. You can totally do it. I'll help with the kiddo." (We have a two-year-old son.) I remember I cried from excitement, as I realized just how much I wanted it."

Due to her background in journalism and film school, Gayane is very interested in speech-related cases such as those involving the First Amendment, defamation, and copyright. But she recalls the advice of a close friend and mentor who is an attorney: "You may go into law school with one idea of what you're going to do and come out with a different one. Keep an open mind." Gayane intends to do just that -- keep an open mind and continually broaden her interests.
"Whatever area I end up practicing in, I want to be a good advocate. By that I mean defending my future clients' rights as well as possible. I hear about cases where bad lawyering has led to terrible consequences. I want to make sure my future clients -- whoever they may be -- are in good hands."
Gayane and her family are happy to have chosen Arizona Law and Tucson, where they would like to settle long-term. 

"Tucson, with its gorgeous mountains and playgrounds, has not disappointed! Also, in the middle of a pandemic, one develops a particular appreciation of nature, space and a big backyard, which we now have."
Enjoy every moment, Gayane. We welcome you as a new LawCat.
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Alumni Voices Enhance Orientation Experience
We are extremely appreciative of the over 20 Arizona Law alumni who lent their voices to our new student orientation activities last week.
Judge S. Kato Crews ('00), Gabe Galanda ('00), Ben Graff ('06), Deborah Sliz ('79), and Judge Roxanne Song Ong ('78) each contributed their thoughts on the journey ahead for new law students in our alumni welcome video.

"I want to personally welcome you to one of the most exciting, dynamic, and challenging journeys you will ever embark upon."  -- Judge Roxanne Song Ong ('79)

"There are so many people -- the fabulous faculty and staff, the alumni community, including people like me -- who are here to help you in any way we can. So fasten your seatbelts and best of luck to you. Welcome to the College of Law." 
-- Deborah Sliz ('79)

Attorney Gabe Galanda ('00) spoke as part of our alumni welcome to new students.

We were honored to have Arizona Supreme Court Chief Justice Robert M. Brutinel ('82) deliver our orientation keynote on the topic of Professionalism and Ethics. 

After Justice Brutinel spoke, 16 of our alumni took part in breakout groups with the new students to further explore the topic:

Peter Akmajian ('84)
Laura Belleau ('92)
Tim Berg ('75)
Dana Campbell ('84)
Bunkye Chi ('99)
Christopher Dang ('11)
Molly Fox ('15)
Jean Gage ('85)
Mark Inciong ('92)
Heidi Krauss ('13)
Matthew Marner ('08)
Matt Meaker ('03) 
Dev Sethi ('97)
Laura Sixkiller ('02)
Nathan Wade ('13)
Judge Joan Wagener ('87)

"Just wanted to thank you for inviting me to participate in today's new law student orientation. My breakout group was full of stars! They were bright, articulate, and thoughtful. It makes me confident in our future." 
-- Judge Joan Wagener ('87)

Thank you to our alumni Wildcat family for your invaluable contributions to this year's orientation.

Judge S. Kato Crews ('00): 'Without Respect to Persons' 

Class of 2000 alumnus and U.S. Magistrate Judge for the District of Colorado S. Kato Crews recently authored an opinion piece for Law Week Colorado

He introduces the topic as follows:

"I do solemnly swear that I will administer justice without respect to persons . . .." These are the first 13 words of the Judicial Oath I took on August 3, 2018. 

The current racial polarity in our country has thrust this quirky phrase to the forefront of my mind. The oath was established in 1789, in the middle of the slave trade. This means the ideal of administering justice "without respect to persons" did not originally contemplate all of humanity because Black people were considered property-not persons-in 1789. So, what does this phrase mean over two centuries later?

Read the full text of this timely article on the website of Law Week Colorado here.
Twitter: @MJCrews
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New students are the lifeblood of any academic institution. A powerful reality is that our 131 new JD students, and other graduate law students who have joined the LLM, MLS, and SJD programs, are not only part of their class, but instantly part of a vast community.
As Director of Development Megan O'Leary put it:
"This is a family that you are already a part of, and it's a group of smart, passionate, and dedicated individuals who want to help you every step of the way."
Our new students saw that fact demonstrated through the engagement of some of our distinguished alumni during orientation. You will see that again and again, around our college, around our university, and throughout our profession, near and far.
To our alumni -- as always, we heartily thank you for your steadfast dedication to our students and to all your fellow LawCats. We look forward to nurturing those connections over the next year and far into the future.


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