top-tier US law schools, Arizona Law is among the most
affordable. After first-in-the-nation tuition reductions,
achieved with the support of the University and the
Arizona Board of Regents, we stand out as the law school
with the most affordable tuition for in-state
also among the most affordable in the region. And as one
example of where we place nationally, our non-resident
tuition is more than $10,000 a year less than the
in-state tuition for the least expensive public
institution in California.
a lot to provide a top legal education, and even our
highly competitive tuition is a lot of money, especially
when combined with living costs. While we work hard to
keep tuition low, and to manage costs without
compromising excellence, students still face a burden in
their academic and living expenses.
generosity of our donors and partners, we are able to
alleviate this burden and give students the chance to
pursue their passions.
week we share the stories of those whose lives were
changed -- scholarship recipient Kevin Munsch and
scholarship creator Gabe Galanda -- and we salute all of our
scholarship patrons, whom we celebrated last week at our
annual scholarship luncheon.
Kent, Washington, Kevin Munsch has the drive to succeed.
He came to the U of A for his undergraduate degree at
the Eller College of Management. He was
recruited to compete on the UA men's swim team, where he was a
five-time All-American and team captain.
Eller, Kevin studied business management and
entrepreneurship through the McGuire Entrepreneurship Program. He
credits the McGuire Program with clarifying his goal to
acquire a JD with a focus in business law and
graduation, I plan to combine my business and legal
education to allow me to work effectively with a wide
variety of clients from start-ups to mature businesses,
able to offer unique value and dynamic solutions to
complex business law issues. My areas of interest
include intellectual property, startup/new venture
formation, financing, general business law, and business
his determination on the swim team and his commitment to
academic excellence that earned him the prestigious
Rountree Scholarship at Arizona Law. Created by our
longstanding supporter and generous benefactor, George Rountree ('60), the scholarship
enables committed student athletes to pursue a legal
Kevin and his fiancee,
a Rountree Scholar is truly special to me. The impact is
incredible, lessening the financial burden of attending
law school, and encouraging financial freedom and career
flexibility after graduation, free from the restraints
of excessive debt. Even more amazing has been the
opportunity to meet such a distinguished alumnus and
getting the chance to know and learn from him
personally. George has been very generous with his time,
always making himself available to meet when he is in
town, and easy to keep in touch with. His willingness to
help and mentor is extraordinary, and I cherish the
advice and experience he has to share."
his first year, Kevin was an active volunteer for the Volunteer Lawyers Program of Arizona,
providing assistance to practicing attorneys in civil
legal matters. This past summer he interned with Hanis Irvine Prothero, a full service
practice back in his hometown.
Connect to Kevin on LinkedIn.
dollar that funds scholarships is a dollar that makes a
difference. The College of Law is not only in the
business of educating new legal professionals -- we are
support and commitment helps students like Kevin pursue
their passions and refine their talents. To learn more
how you can support students through scholarships,
please contact Jonelle Vold, our Sr.
Director of Development.
and friend to the College, and to me, Gabe Galanda has been a supporter of
student achievement and opportunity for those who may
not otherwise have considered law school as a viable
He is a
founding partner of the Seattle law firm Galanda Broadman, PLLC, and an enrolled
member of the Round Valley Indian
Tribe. His firm represents tribal governments,
businesses, and members in all varieties of dispute
resolution and business matters. Gabe's practice focuses
on complex, multi-party litigation and crisis
management, representing tribal governments and
already achieved a long list of formal accolades. He was
named to the Puget Sound Business Journal's "40 Under
40" list in 2009, and named a Difference Maker by
the American Bar Association in 2013. He also serves on
the Native Nations
Institute for Leadership, Management and Policy's
International Advisory Council.
Gabe felt a deeply personal call
Gabe speaking at the
Law changed my life and helped shape me into the man,
father, lawyer and in many ways -- American Indian -- I
am today. My transformative life experience at the
law school was made possible through scholarship-giving
in the first instance, and through strong mentors like
Professors Rob Williams and Bob Hershey
over my three years in Tucson. My law firm and I
are now economically and otherwise privileged to fund
scholarships for the next generation of Indian lawyers,
in hope that they may have the same life-changing
experience at the College of Law that I
because of leaders like Gabe that we can support
bringing the highest quality students to Arizona Law and
maintain our prominent reputation. Thank you Gabe.
special note, Gabe served as the Indigenous Peoples Law and Policy (IPLP)
Program Distinguished Practitioner in Residence from
January 29-30, 2015. It was a great pleasure to have him
at the college engaging with
Professor Rob Williams honors
with a blanket
always wonderful to see students meet with their
scholarship sponsors. This year's luncheon was no
exception. Thank you to all of our attendees and to the
many students who shared their stories. Check out some
of our favorite moments from the event.
Raisa Ahmad ('16) shares her passion for
patent law and how
the scholarship established
by Professor Sheldon Trubatch
and his wife Kate
helping advance her
Former sports reporter and first-time Jim
Lacee Collins ('16), recalls her first
meeting with Jim
Aaron Gbewonyo ('15) shares the impact of
on his education and career
Bernardo Velasco ('17), former minister and
Judge Bernardo Velasco ('74)
story and how a scholarship
him and his family to come home to Tucson.
Snapshot -- First Women
without saying that Arizona Law was the state's first
law school, begun shortly after Arizona became the 48th
state. We greet February with a small sampling of other
"firsts" from Arizona Law history -- with a focus on
pathbreaking women at the college.
- The first woman law graduate was Lucy Stanton
Huff, in 1921.
first woman law professor, Mary Doyle, arrived at the
College of Law in 1974.
- In 1984, the entering class was comprised of 50
percent women for the first time in the college's
- And in 1999, Toni Massaro became the first female
The Rehnquist Court: Ten Years
William H. Rehnquist Center on the Constitutional
Structures of Government is hosting an all-day
conference examining the jurisprudence of Chief Justice
William H. Rehnquist. With the benefit of ten years in
hindsight, a distinguished group of jurists, scholars,
and attorneys will discuss his influence and lasting
imprint on American law.
February 6, 2015
panels may qualify for CLE credit***
Law Tucson Happy Hour
alumni are invited to a happy hour event hosted by the
Tucson Recent Graduate Committee.
Lounge Area at Barrio Cuisine, 188 East Broadway.
Our students need you --
Volunteer at Arizona Law
course of the next couple of weeks, we need volunteers
to help students get "on their feet" experiences. We
need volunteers to judge events, sit as jurors, and
recruit others by getting the word out. Consider
volunteering as an office or group. It's a wonderful way
to give back to the college, and to see our talented
students in action.
volunteers for the following events:
Native American Law
Students Association National Moot Court
needs lawyers and judges to serve as judges for various
shifts during the competition.
6th and 7th
would like to volunteer, please contact student
Transactional Law Meet competition
looking for lawyers with transactional experience to
serve as judges.
would like to volunteer, please contact Jonelle Vold.
Advanced Trial Advocacy Program, taught by Professor Jeffrey Willis, is looking for volunteers
to be jurors this semester from 3:30-7:00 pm on
Wednesdays (3 ½ hour time commitment please).
would like to volunteer, please contact Debbie
Bowl is coming! Are you able to beat your managing
partner and get the lowest score? Remember lowest score
wins! How about your old classmate? Under the expert
leadership of co-chairs Steve Hirsch and Chas Wirken,
teams compete for the coveted Gutter Bowl Pin! Join us
for an evening of fun, food, and good ol' fashioned
6 pm - 9
East Thomas Road, Scottsdale, AZ 85251.
faculty, staff, and students are invited to
Congratulations to Susie Salmon and her co-authors on the
release of their new book, The Moot Court Advisor's
Handbook, through the Legal
It is designed to
be a resource of sound advice and best practices for
running moot court and other legal skills
competitions. Check it out at www.caplaw.com/moot.
Who Says Lawyers Don't Know How to Kick
Associate Dean Michael Chiorazzi -- Our
Master of Space -- with
February. I don't actually believe that, but my calendar
and this Wildcat Wednesday--Letter of the Law
insist it is so.
bursting out of the gate with a string of major lectures
and events, the college continues in high gear with
more....more...more. The big ticket item this week is
the conference on The Rehnquist Court: Ten Years
noteworthy event this week was our Ebola panel,
featuring former US Surgeon General Richard Carmona and a
distinguished panel of legal and medical professionals,
which took place earlier today.
speaking to students and guests during the Ebola
first preview weekend for students admitted for the Fall
of 2015 takes place this coming Friday and Saturday.
highlight the major events in Wildcat Wednesday --
Letter of the Law, but if you look at the College of Law online calendar you will
see many more intellectual invents at which alumni and
friends are welcome. Indeed, it is hard to find a day
where there is not some opportunity to learn, to engage,
and often to take care of your CLE
Dean & Ralph W. Bilby Professor of Law
Shaping the next century of legal