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In this edition, you'll read about the University of Arizona Law's TechLaw program and meet two members of the inaugural class of TechLaw Fellows, 1Ls Laura Kohli and David Gundrum

We also share news of an exciting new agreement with the Navajo Nation to establish a Navajo Law Fellowship.

Until the footnotes,
Introducing the TechLaw Fellows

The inaugural class of Arizona Law's TechLaw Fellows 
with faculty members.

Professor Andrew Keane Woods speaking at the first TechLaw @ Arizona Law conference in 2018.
The University of Arizona Law TechLaw program addresses a growing need for lawyers who understand technology. Tech-savvy lawyers add value in traditional legal settings but also increasingly play critical roles in private firms and government offices where they can shape technology policy.
The program encompasses the TechLaw Fellowship for JD students, a dedicated law and technology curriculum, faculty scholarship, special events and speakers, and employment pathways for students.
Arizona Law is the only law school with a full-tuition scholarship program dedicated to JD students with strong science and technology backgrounds.

Q&A with TechLaw Fellow Laura Kohli (1L)
Where are you originally from?

I grew up in Lithuania and so far have spent my adult life split equally between NJ and AZ.
What is your educational or professional background?

As an undergrad I majored in biology with a minor in chemistry. I have a graduate degree in cell and development biology. I worked in the patent law field for about a decade before starting law school. I am also qualified to practice in front of the USPTO as a patent agent.
Why did you choose Arizona Law?

In short, it's a well-ranked program and suitable location for me. I was also happy to receive a good financial package and the potential for additional opportunities via the TechLaw Fellows program. Arizona Law was a great choice to further my educational career.
What do you hope to eventually do with your degree?

I intend to work in the field of intellectual property or tech law in a corporate environment, preferably in the biotech or bio-pharma space.
How does being a TechLaw Fellow support your ability to influence law and technology?

In my view, there is a palpable disconnect at the intersection of technology and law that, in today's environment, implicates issues from e-discovery to privacy to AI inventions. Entering the workforce as a TechLaw Fellow, I envision being uniquely positioned to bridge that gap and bring the paradigms of science, technology, and law together to help, for example, bring life-saving gene therapies to market.
One great aspect of the program is the opportunity to meet and be exposed to other accomplished TechLaw Fellows. It's also a huge plus to have exposure to job opportunities early. The TechLaw Fellowship program arranged for about a dozen employers who received our resumes in September. A handful of them then invited select TechLaw Fellow candidates to interview for 1L summer positions. I am happy to share that I interviewed with Roche (a Swiss multinational healthcare company), here in Oro Valley, in late September and have already accepted an offer from them for my 1L summer.

Q&A with TechLaw Fellow David Gundrum (1L)
Where are you originally from?

I grew up in rural Wisconsin, but moved away for college and lived in the Chicago area since then.
What is your educational and professional background?

I received my Bachelor's of Science in Computer Engineering from Northwestern University. After graduating, I held a variety of information technology roles at Northwestern. Most recently, I worked for Northwestern's Feinberg School of Medicine in a cybersecurity role, focusing on safeguarding the school's research data.
Why did you choose Arizona Law?

The largest factor for me was the TechLaw initiative. I identified with the goals and believed I could find a way to fit and contribute in a meaningful way. In the end, I had narrowed my options down to either doing a part-time program in Chicago as I continued to work or to attend Arizona Law. I liked the idea of being able to focus all my effort on my education, so I chose the latter.
What do you hope to eventually do with your degree?

My original idea behind pursuing a law degree was to help me work towards an executive role in data privacy or cybersecurity. However, because I decided to put my career on hold and go back to school full-time, I do not wish to limit my options and may decide to do something different once I graduate.
How does being a TechLaw Fellow support your ability to influence law and technology?

Having a cohort of students with strong STEM backgrounds has been invaluable in navigating the first-year law school experience in general, and the dedicated faculty and programming provide us with broad exposure to issues at the intersection of law and technology.

Around the College

New Agreement with the Navajo Nation Establishes 
Law Fellowship

On December 3, Professor Robert A. Williams and I hosted Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez to sign a historic Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) between Arizona Law and the Navajo Nation. The MOA establishes the Navajo Law Fellowship Program, which will provide additional financial support, mentorship, and externship opportunities to Navajo law students attending Arizona Law.

Source: Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez and 
Vice-President Myron Lizer, Facebook

Read more about the agreement and new fellowship here.

2019 Homecoming in Pictures: Letter(s) of the LAW

This week we have more photos to share from our alumni and friends who attended our 2019 Homecoming and Reunion events. Check out photos of our community members posing with the new oversized Arizona Law signage.

The LAW letters are still on display on the second floor of the law school. We invite you to stop by for your own photo op!


Share Your "Best of 2019" Photos
Calling all alums! We'd like to hear from you over the upcoming winter break. To help ring in the new year, we're looking for photos of Arizona Law alumni celebrating accomplishments from 2019, and celebrating your connection to the UA and your fellow Wildcats, for inclusion in an upcoming edition of Wildcat Wednesday -- Letter of the Law.
Are you getting together will fellow Arizona Law alumni over the holidays? Is UA gear part of your holiday tradition? Are you doing something adventurous to celebrate the new year? And what about photos celebrating those big 2019 accomplishments and memorable moments?

Send your photos to us at alumni@law.arizona.edu.

End-of-Year Giving to Arizona Law
As the end of the year approaches, please consider making a gift to the Law College Association of the University of Arizona in support of our students and innovative programs.
Gifts can be accepted online at any time by visiting: 

Here are some helpful tips to ensure your gift is counted in 2019:
All checks should be made payable to the Law College Association and mailed to The University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law, 1201 E. Speedway, Tucson, AZ 85721. Checks will be processed and receipted according to the postmark date on the envelope. To receive tax credit in 2019, your check must be postmarked before December 31, 2019.
Credit Card Donations
Per IRS regulations, credit card gifts will be receipted on the date the charge posts to the credit card account. This means to receive 2019 tax credit, the charges must be made before December 31, 2019.
Stock transactions
Stock transactions will be processed and receipted on the date the stocks are transferred into our account. To receive 2019 credit, stocks must be transferred by the end of the day Friday, December 28, 2019. If you are planning a stock transfer please call 520-621-8430 prior to December 24 so that we can prepare for your gift. 
The Development Office will be closed for the holidays from December 24 through January 1, reopening on January 2. If you need assistance making your gift, please call while someone is still in the office to help you.
Thank you for your year-end gift to Arizona Law!

In the News
 Indian Country Today

Indian Country Today, authored by 3L Darrah Blackwater

We are one legal community. Within that, sometimes groups of students and faculty form dynamically. Some groups endure, and others are ephemeral.

One of the lessons of some of our great programs over time, such as our Indigenous Peoples Law and Policy Program, is that building a sustained cohort of students, faculty, and others within the community who share deep passion, knowledge, experience, and expertise is good for the people in those programs, but also of immense value to the community as a whole.
At the intersection of technology and law, at the dawn of the Fourth Industrial Revolution, we saw that for participating students and faculty -- but also, emphatically, for our whole law school and university community and beyond -- bringing more technologists into the JD program would add interesting ideas to our physical and digital hallways.
We knew that we have the faculty expertise and energy to make this a reality, and TechLaw and TechLaw Fellows were born. Already, like the other great Arizona Law programs that have been built over time and continue to prosper, the TechLaw initiative is changing the conversation in our classrooms and beyond.





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