is no other way to describe the impact and success of
the James E. Rogers College of Law over the past year.
At the same time we are building on a century of
tradition and excellence, changing legal education,
reshaping our curriculum, and embracing a global
new class has students from
24 different US states and 24 different
countries extending our reach further than
ever before. Our new class is as strong as ever,
reflecting a vast range of backgrounds, knowledge,
skills, and experiences.
committed ourselves to the growth of
opportunities through two Community Law
Groups -- including one through a new partnership with
the Arizona Attorney General.
representation is at an all-time high in our
Veterans' Advocacy Law Clinic, Child and Family Law
Clinic, Quarles & Brady Intellectual
Property and Entrepreneurship Clinic,
Immigration Clinic, Criminal Prosecution Clinic, IPLP
Clinics, Wrongful Conviction Clinic, Civil Rights
Restoration Clinic, 9th Circuit Appellate Clinic, and
Criminal Defense Clinic.
established the first Bachelor of Arts in Law in the
United States to provide undergraduates with the
analytical, research, writing, and investigative
skills to support all levels of industry, government,
and the non-profit sector.
launched programs in Civil Justice
and Quantitative Legal Studies (QuantLaw), hosted
many speakers and conferences
including the recently concluded The Mind & the Law series, and
collectively we published up a storm.
welcomed new faculty and program
directors -- Andy Coan, Sergio Puig, Negar Katirai, and Najwa Nabti; reached new
records of alumni and partner involvement
(with over 300 attending the Homecoming BBQ); kept the
Jenckes Cup at Arizona Law for a record fifth straight year; and
reduced the cost of tuition for a
second year in a row, maximizing access and
extremely proud of what we have accomplished this year,
and thrilled for things to come in 2015.
all of these efforts, one element has been consistent --
your support. We would not have been
able to maintain our traditional strength or transform
the College of Law without you. From everyone at the
college, please accept our profound thanks.
year comes to a close, I ask you to renew your
commitment to Arizona Law. Every contribution makes a
investment will go directly to new post-graduate
opportunities, scholarships, and other ways of
supporting students. In all of these areas you can see
your gift in action.
LaMaster and Autumn Kycia share their stories below
illustrating how your support changes lives.
us as we shape the next century of legal education.
Renew your support by clicking below.
you need assistance or have a special gift in mind,
please reach out to Jonelle Vold, our Senior Director of
Development, by email or phone at
520-621-8430. We can work with you to get set up before
the tax year ends.
LaMaster ('14) -- Community Law Group
Law's Community Law Groups (CLGs) are law firms staffed
by recent graduates who are licensed in Arizona and
committed to one year of public interest practice.
Graduates are hired as Community Law Group Fellows and
employed by the University. Under the direction of Negar
Katirai, they will assist clients across a broad
spectrum of legal issues that are traditionally
under-supported by existing practice models.
our fellows this year is Ryan LaMaster, who serves as a
full-time pro bono immigration attorney. His area of
responsibility includes asylum and U-visa claims, but he
is able to assist in a wider range of immigration law
issues for qualified clients.
came to Arizona Law in 2011 because he had a strong
desire to stay in his lifelong home of Tucson. "The law
school here is so highly respected and provides such a
great atmosphere for students," he said. "I couldn't
imagine going anywhere else."
student, he spent two semesters in the criminal defense
clinic working in the Office of the Pima County Public
Defender, where he represented clients in three
felony jury trials.
to empower recent graduates with the skills and
experience necessary to pursue any career objective. We
are working with Fellows like Ryan to make a difference
by providing pro bono legal services in critical areas
of unmet need. In doing so, we help Ryan and other
graduates continue their education, akin to a medical
residency, and we help to achieve their goals. Says
long term goal is to be in private practice in Tucson
focusing on criminal defense, family law, and
immigration law. The clinic is playing a big role in
this long term goal by providing me an opportunity to
get experience representing clients in immigration
matters while being mentored by highly experienced
spare time, you can usually find Ryan building
something. He describes himself as a longtime tinkerer,
amateur woodworker, machinist, and fabricator. He puts
these skills to use across a wide range of hobbies --
everything from building parts for race cars to making
jewelry. He also enjoys a good sci-fi movie and a
Connect with Ryan on LinkedIn.
Your investment in Arizona Law supports
CLG Fellows like Ryan as they reach new heights in their
professional development. Sponsor a Fellow and help one
of our graduates continue along their path to becoming a
Kycia ('17) - Scholarship
steadfast to the tenet that a legal education should be
accessible and affordable, so financial support for
students is one of our largest expense categories.
Scholarships have the ability to change a student's
Autumn Kycia is the 2014-2015 recipient of
the Susan Barber Memorial Scholarship, founded by Sidney
and Suki Barber in honor of their late daughter Susan, a
former Arizona Law student.
Autumn has a
passion for serving vulnerable and underserved
populations in our society. After earning a BA in
Spanish at the University of Massachusetts-Boston, she
taught English as a second language in Northern Spain to
students of all ages and levels. Several years and many
students later, Autumn found herself back in Boston at a
disability law firm where she became a paralegal.
She shared what first sparked her interest in
"I had the opportunity
to work on a case that had a lasting impact on me. My
client was a single mother with a terminal diagnosis and
no resources. Not only was she without money, too sick
to work, and sick with a debilitating disease, but she
was also being evicted from her home. It was
unconscionable to me that it was so easy for someone
made so vulnerable by her physical state to fall through
the cracks in our society. Over several months of
working with her, I educated myself about anything and
everything that might be helpful to my client. I felt
for the first time in my life that I was doing something
that I really loved and that truly mattered."
that experience, Autumn signed up for the LSAT, applied,
and enrolled at the University of Arizona, where she is
not only a first year student at Arizona Law, but also a
Master of Public Health candidate at the Zuckerman College of Public Health.
Beyond her studies, she is the 1L student representative
in the Pride Law student organization and served as a
Public Health Graduate Assistant.
determined to apply her skills from both degrees by
serving as an advocate for those who are vulnerable and
silenced in our society. Over the next two and half
years, she will surely leave a lasting impression on the
college and a mark on the Tucson community.
favorite thing to do when not studying is relaxing with
her friends, family and two dogs, Rigby and Bella. You
can usually find her crocheting, cooking, baking or
reading as much as possible.
Connect with Autumn on
Investing in scholarships
enables students like Autumn to achieve their dreams,
and supports a stronger class of graduates from Arizona
Charitable Transfers for
of our donors 70 ½ and older, you may be able to take
advantage of a recent change in legislation and make a
charitable gift directly from your IRA before
December 31, 2014. Last evening, the Senate passed
the Tax Extenders Bill 76-16. The President is expected
to sign the bill into law. See this Washington Post article for more
window of opportunity to take advantage of this change
is very short; the extension will be retroactive to
January 1, 2014, but it will expire on December
transfer can count as part of the required minimum
withdrawal that most IRA owners 70 ½ and older must take
are interested in making a gift from your IRA, please
contact Jonelle Vold or
staff, and members of the Arizona Law community
collected toys and gifts for families affiliated with
the Child and Family Law Clinic. Here are a
few of the heartwarming moments of student-attorneys
delivering gifts that make the holiday season all
forget that no matter how busy life can be, puppies make
everything better! Pet Partners joined us at the law
college to help students destress before
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
DATE: March 4, 2015
Again, thank you your
support... for the College, for our students, and for
our larger community.
Thank you for joining us... at
our annual lectures, our alumni receptions, our career
development workshops, our lecture series, and numerous
other events throughout the year.
We take great pride in the lives
and work of all of our 7,000 alumni, and hope to
maintain and deepen relationships with all of our
graduates in this coming Centennial
The Arizona Law community
cherishes its roots in a century of providing legal
education in Arizona. With your help we will continue to
educate, prepare, and place students in a career where
they can make a lasting impact on our profession and on
Marc L. Miller
Dean & Ralph W. Bilby Professor of Law
the next century of legal