As the college's Centennial Year comes to a close, and as we step into our next century, we are proud that the Arizona Law community is thriving.

In this issue, we recap some of our accomplishments from 2015 -- accomplishments that have been built on great alumni support. Thank you to each of you! Your support allows us to start the new year In Favor of Students!
We also showcase one of our newest programs providing services and outreach in the community, the Mortgage & Consumer Finance Law Group.

Until the footnotes,

What a Year!
What a year it has been to be a Wildcat
and part of the College of Law.

We educated 504 law students from 32 states and 37 countries.

We enrolled more than 300 students in the nation's first undergraduate degree in law.

We achieved record-breaking attendance at Homecoming festivities, with over 500 people participating in Centennial Week.

We presented 9 new
Lifetime Achievement Awards
to distinguished alumni.

Our faculty was ranked 29th in the country in scholarly impact  
and 1st in Arizona.

Our faculty and students provided nearly 31,000 pro bono hours and legal services to deserving clients.

We established new partnerships with several universities
around the world.

Our students won the Jenckes Closing Argument Competition for the 6th year in a row.

We established a new clinic in Intellectual Property, reasserted our strength in trial advocacy through the Civil Justice Initiative, 
and returned to our "core"
with a focus on global mining.

Mortgage and Consumer Finance Law Group

The Mortgage & Consumer Finance Law Group is a post-graduate group that focuses on assisting low and moderate-income homeowners to prevent foreclosures and resolve consumer finance issues. Begun in 2015, the group consists of Director Joanna Medrano and several Fellows who work closely with clients.
Left to right: Nick Bielat (Fellow), Shawn Gerrits (Law Graduate), Joanna Medrano (Director), and Natasha Artemieva (Fellow).

The group provides clients with a variety of services including filing bankruptcies, filling out loan modifications, correcting mortgage accounting errors, researching property liens, drafting and recording deeds, requesting loan assumptions and numerous other related issues.
To date, the Mortgage Group has provided services to over 75 clients and is on track to serve 100 clients for the first year of the program.
According to Joanna, examples of cases include:
An elderly couple who was at serious risk of foreclosure. They had unsuccessfully tried to get a modification and came to the Mortgage Group for assistance. We were able to help them through the entire process and get a successful modification. They came current with their mortgage and were able to get through their trial period despite continued family difficulties.
A couple from Yuma was facing an impending foreclosure date. We were able to file an emergency Chapter 13 bankruptcy to stay the Trustee Sale and are continuing to work with the clients to ensure a feasible payment that will allow them to pay the arrears and to stay in their home.
A gentleman who owned a home with his brother was unlawfully sued for eviction. The Mortgage Group represented him to secure his rights and maintain his residency. He was then able to continue working on his relationship with his brother and to work toward maintaining the home.
The Mortgage Group has strong working relationships with housing counselors at a number of local non-profits and has been able to refer several clients for assistance through the Save Our Home Arizona program. Additionally, the group continues to work closely with the local VA One-Stop and Pima County Housing Services with whom they share office space on the western edge of downtown Tucson. (Read more about their strategic location and relationships here.) 
The Mortgage Group moves into its downtown space
to provide better access for clients.
The Mortgage Group is currently funded by the Arizona Attorney General through December 2016 and will continue to employ several Fellows. The Mortgage Group also has externships available in Spring 2016 to allow students to participate in their activities and learn more about mortgage, consumer finance, and bankruptcy law. We are currently seeking funding to continue the group after 2016.

If you would like to learn more about the Mortgage Group, please contact their staff at 520-626-4093 or And, if you know of anyone facing a foreclosure or in need of legal advice pertaining to home ownership or a mortgage, please call them as well.

You can also learn more about the Mortgage Group in this video

Reminder: Opportunity to Help 
Detained Immigrant Survivors of Domestic Violence

We have updated information on the pro bono opportunity organized by the UA Bacon Immigration Law & Policy Program and the Florence Immigrant and Refugee Rights Project. As circulated last week, these two groups are jointly launching an effort to ensure high-quality representation for immigrant women detained in Arizona with strong claims for asylum based on severe domestic violence. 

If you are looking for a pro bono opportunity that will develop a diverse set of legal skills, including brief-writing and oral advocacy, give you the opportunity to work closely with a survivor of domestic violence, gain expertise in asylum law, and be a part of a social justice campaign, please consider joining this effort. Learn more here (PDF).

For attorneys interested in getting involved or learning more, please consider attending a CLE training, An Introduction to Representing Detained Clients with Domestic Violence-Based Claims for Asylum. The training will be eligible for 1.5 hours of CLE credit and will be held in both Phoenix and Tucson. Information is below and on the linked flyers:
PHOENIX: TODAY December 9, 3:30 - 5 p.m., hosted by Perkins Coie, 2901 N. Central Ave., Ste. 2000.  See flyer.

TUCSON: December 15, 5 - 6:30 p.m., Rm. 118 of James E. Rogers College of Law. 

If you are interested or have any questions, please contact 
Professor Nina Rabin
 at (520) 621-9206 or or Charles Vernon at (520) 300-4397 or We hope to hear from you!

Please take the time to join the online alumni directory. We are trying to create a shared resource to support our students and our alumni. The directory is only valuable if alumni participate. If you need your personalized invitation, please contact us by email or at 520-621-8430.
This week's drawing winner from among new directory members is David Earl ('91). Congratulations David, and thanks for joining!

Our accomplishments this year and every year are only possible because of your help.

As the year comes to a close we take a deep breath, reaffirm our thanks, and ask you all to join us in the exciting new year ahead.
Marc L. Miller  
Dean & Ralph W. Bilby Professor of Law
Shaping the next century of legal education 
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