James E. Rogers College of Law   
December 10, 2014



As the University of Arizona, and as Arizona's first law school, our commitment extends to all corners of the state, and, indeed, across the planet.  


This week we share the work of our Phoenix Recent Graduate Committee, highlight one of our exceptional students, and share a quick update on our Giving Tuesday campaign as well as other ongoing efforts to fund the Huerta Scholars.


Until the footnotes,



Anne Nelson ('10) - Phoenix Recent Grad Committee 

Anne Nelson
Anne Nelson

The Phoenix Recent Grad Committee helps us fly the Arizona Law banner in Phoenix by serving as a direct resource for new graduates. The Committee serves as a built-in resource for our newly minted professionals in the Phoenix area. Anne Nelson serves as chair for the Phoenix Recent Grad Committee and is an associate at Fennemore Craig.


Anne came to Arizona Law in 2007 during a time of great change for the legal profession. She decided to study law after a few years at the Vanguard Group, and tax law was right up her alley.


"During my time at Vanguard, I really enjoyed learning about the various regulations and tax laws that affected my clients and their investment strategies. It sparked an interest in learning more about the law and helping people navigate the various intricacies of the Internal Revenue Code."


In law school, she served as an Ares Fellow for Associate Dean Brent White and an articles editor for the Arizona Law Review -- publishing two student notes in the review (From Muddled to Medellin: A Legal History of Sole Executive Agreements and Fifty-Eight Years and Counting: The Elusive Quest to Reform Arizona's Justice of the Peace Courts)


Anne also clerked for the Arizona Corporation Commission and the Federal Aviation Administration Chief Counsel's Office in Washington, DC.


After graduating, Anne earned a spot in the prestigious US Department of Justice Honors Program and worked as a trial attorney in the Department of Justice Tax Division in DC for four years. During that time, she litigated civil tax cases in federal district and bankruptcy courts across the West Coast.


Now at Fennemore Craig in Phoenix, Anne's practice focuses on commercial litigation and tax controversy. 


Out of the office, Anne is an avid Vespa rider and enthusiast -- she even rode to graduation on her Vespa wearing her cap and gown.


Connect with Anne on LinkedIn


Would you like to help work with new grads and plan gatherings? Anne is seeking people to join the committee and make it a great year for Arizona Law alumni in Phoenix. You can email her at aenelson@fclaw.com

Jessica Schulberg ('16)

Jessica Schulberg
Jessica Schulberg


Deep in the heart of Phoenix and at the forefront of Arizona governance, Jessica Schulberg will soon be participating in the Spring Legislative Program in the Arizona House of Representatives.


Jessica is a native New Yorker. She graduated from Barnard College/Columbia University in 2004 with a major in American Studies. She went to work in marketing for a Hearst subsidiary for three years in New York City, and then as the Development and Communications Associate at Global Kids, Inc., a nonprofit organization that teaches underprivileged students about foreign policy in New York and Washington, DC.


In 2009, she moved to London where she completed a Master's degree in International Political Economy from the London School of Economics and Political Science. She earned her degree with merit and tied for first to win the Susan Strange Award for the Best Dissertation in International Political Economy. 


Currently in her second year at Arizona Law, Jessica is the articles manager of the Arizona Law Review and an active member of the Jewish Law Students Association. She is also a Dean's Scholar, a Senior Writing Fellow, the 2014 AWLA Judge Mary Anne Richey Scholarship recipient, and the second place winner in the 2014 Richard Grand Legal Writing Competition.


Jessica and Walter
Jessica and Walter

This past summer, she worked as a summer associate at Boies, Schiller & Flexner, LLP in the firm's Washington, DC, office. This fall she was a clerk at the US Department of Justice's Executive Office of Immigration Review. This spring, in addition to participating in the Spring Legislative Program, she will be clerking at the US Attorney's Office in Tucson. And if you are not yet convinced of her gumption, in the summer of 2015, she will be an extern for Judge Jennifer Guerin Zipps (BA '86) at the US District Court in Tucson.


Given all of these experiences, I asked Jessica about her long term practice goal. She had no hesitation in her response, "I want to be a federal prosecutor for the United States Attorney's Office."


Jessica feels connected to Tucson, especially the climate. You can find her out hiking, running, or playing tennis. And when she isn't doing that, she is spending time with her feisty Shih-Tzu/Poodle mix, Walter.


Connect with Jessica on LinkedIn.




Thank you to everyone who has contributed thus far to our #GivingTuesday campaign. The day was a terrific success with 28 individual donors contributing. We owe a special note of appreciation to two key people who helped to make our #GivingTuesday efforts a success: Marian Salzman and Robyn Interpreter.


On #GivingTuesday, December 2nd, alumna Robyn Interpreter represented the College on a Phoenix newscast raising awareness about Giving Tuesday and the College of Law's Huerta Scholar's program. Robyn is a 2000 alumna of the College and the IPLP program. She is a founding partner in the law firm of Montgomery & Interpreter, PLC, in Scottsdale representing Indian tribes and allottees on a variety of issues, including resources development, estate planning, and real estate transactions.


Marian Salzman is a friend of the College. She is CEO of Havas PR and partner to alumnus and teaching fellow Jim Diamond. Marian donated several hours of her time and her company's resources to help us think through the #GivingTuesday campaign. She was the creative inspiration behind our messages and made the key connection that led to Professor Rob William's invitation to the #GivingTuesday White House Planning Event. 


Robyn and Marian thank you.


If you have not yet participated in #GivingTuesday, it is not too late. The #GivingTuesday effort extends through the end of December. Please, join in to support the Huerta Scholars Program and help Native students blaze a path to the College of Law.


We extend our sincere gratitude to the following 2014 #GivingTuesday donors:


Brooke Bedrick

David and Mary Ann Bodenberg

Johnda Boyce

Galanda Broadman, An Indian Country Law Firm

Joaquim and Alexandra Lee Delgado

James D. Diamond

Hester Miller Dillon

Sara Jo Fischer

Tory Fodder

Stephen Golden

Mary Guss

Geri Hale

Seanna Howard

Ryan Johnson

Jed and Akilah Kinnison

Katie Klass

Tamar Rala Kreiswirth

Jacob and Lauren LaBuff

Megan McClurg

Marc Miller and Chris Cutshaw

Keith Phillips

Christopher and Jamie Robertson

Justin Ruggieri

Gregory Smith, Hobbs Straus Dean & Walker LLP

Jonathan Snyder

Mary W. Steed

Doug Thompson

Jennifer Weddle

Isaac White

Elizabeth White

Rob and Joy Williams







Back by popular demand, the Gutter Bowl returns in the spring. Mark your calendars and start practicing now. Special Thanks to Alison Bachus, Jessica Post, Tom Stack, Geoff Balon, Coree Neumeyer, and honorary co-chairs Steve Hirsch and Chas Wirken for planning this event. 


SAVE THE DATE: March 4, 2015


Hon. Roxanne K. Song Ong
Hon. Roxanne K. Song Ong






Congratulations and best wishes to Roxanne K. Song Ong ('78) on her retirement as the Chief Presiding Judge of the Phoenix Municipal Court. 


2014: The 50th Anniversary of The Civil Rights Act and the Criminal Justice Act


Sponsored by the Federal Bar Association of Tucson and the Office of the Federal Defender


Friday, December 12, 2014

1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Jury Assembly Room, Evo A. DeConcini ('32) Courthouse, Tucson


Free to All Attendees


Featuring many of the top legal minds in Tucson: Justice Stanley Feldman ('56), Dean Charles Ares ('52), Professor Barbara Atwood ('76), Judge Charles Pyle ('73), and many more. This is definitely an event not to miss.


Register here.

A huge congratulations to Arizona Football on making it to the Fiesta Bowl! You can still get your tickets -- click the image below for more information. 


Fall classes ended last week, and finals have begun. It has been a busy and fully engaged semester. But isn't it always? 


I hope you will join me in wishing calm and success to all our students during their exam period. Relaxation, family, friends and celebration will arrive in due course. 





Marc L. Miller  

Dean & Ralph W. Bilby Professor of Law
Shaping the next century of legal education
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