Last week the college hosted one of the largest Board of Visitors meetings in recent memory.
The annual Board of Visitors meeting brings leaders from all dimensions of legal practice. The board includes both alumni and friends trained at other law schools (yes, we know that some fine legal education takes place at other law schools).
We discuss critical innovations at the college, board members meet, interview, and advise students, and especially the newest members of our community, and they counsel the college on emerging trends in practice. 
2017 Board of Visitors
In addition to the Board of Visitors, you will see that as we enter the heart of the Spring term, our schedule is chock-a-block with lectures, workshops, forums, and other events. 

Let me highlight the variety of activities and enrichment events organization by the Arizona Law Black Law Students Association for students and alumni in celebration of Black History Month -- see the full schedule below. 

Until the footnotes, 

Board of Visitors Convenes at the College

Our Board of Visitors meeting represents every facet of the legal profession -- from managing partners to sole practitioners and judges to business leaders. In total, 45 of the most influential leaders in the profession joined us from around the state and around the country.
During the day-long gathering we presented an overview of the college with a focus on Arizona Law's programs and initiatives that are leading the nation.

At the suggestion of members of the Board of Visitors in prior years, this year's meeting schedule included more time with students. Board of Visitors members assisted our students in the college's mock interview program, which offers an opportunity to practice interviewing skills and get feedback from leaders in the profession. 

The experience and advice could not be better timed. Over the next three weeks students will be interviewing with private and public employers.
Each year, the meeting also coincides with the annual First-Year Lunch, allowing any first-year student (1L, transfer, MLS, LLM, SJD -- anyone spending their first year on campus) to share a meal with the Board of Visitors. The lunch was hosted by Student Bar Association president Jillian Andrews ('17),  and included a short talk on deep changes in privacy law by Professor Jane Bambauer .

BOV member Jeff Bernick ('90) with Bryce Nakamura ('19), who was recently selected as a Jackson Lewis Fellow
First-Year Lunch with BOV members

The board completed the day with a session on marketplace dynamics, moderated by Amelia Craig Cramer and Nicole Stanton ('00), addressing practice areas and resources that are showing signs of shifting demand.

Richard Grand Legal Writing Competition Results
The final award ceremony for the 17th Annual Richard Grand Legal Writing Competition was held on Thursday, Jan. 26. Professors Lorraine Gin ('99), Suzanne Rabe ('79), and Susie Salmon guided the competition.
We are most grateful to Marcia Grand for continuing to inspire and fund the Richard Grand Legal Writing Competition in honor of her late husband Richard Grand ('58). Congratulations to:
Joe Austin (LLM) -- first place ($2,500 award)
Christina Rinnert (1L) -- second place ($1,500 award)
Jillian Andrews (3L) -- third place ($1,000 award)
Joshua Messer (2L) -- honorable mention ($750 award)

From l-r: Joshua Messer, Jillian Andrews, and Christina Rinnert. Not pictured, Joe Austin.

These finalists were selected from 41 entries. 

Lorraine Gin explained that, this year, the faculty team that does the initial screening was particularly impressed by the high quality of the submissions. Selecting the four finalists was unusually difficult, and they warmly commend all who wrote.

Four distinguished judges determined the final order of the awards:

The Hon. John Pelander ('76), vice chief justice, Ariz. Supreme Court

L. Richard Fried Jr. ('66), founding member, Cronin Fried Sekiya Kekina & Fairbanks
Amanda Sampson Lomayesva, general counsel, Casino del Sol Resort
Timothy Eigo, editor, 
Arizona Attorney

Arizona Attorney editor Tim Eigo has a perfect record: 17 years of service on the final committee of judges. Thank you, Tim.

New Journal Editorial Boards Elected

Congratulations to the newly elected editorial board members of the Arizona Law Review and the Arizona Journal of International & Comparative Law.

Arizona Law Review
2017-2018 Board
Editor-in-Chief -- Katherine Kohnen
Senior Articles Editor -- Julie Pack
Articles Editors -- Holly Bainbridge, Daniel Bernal, Russell Johnson,  Joshua Messer, Kimberly Soto, Joshua Weiss
Senior Managing Editor -- Lauren Rosen
Managing Editors -- Philip Casey Grove, Joshua Messick, Benjamin Pierce
Senior Note Editor -- Sara Wright
Note Editors -- Matthew Ashton, Kayla Bernays, Max Bradley,  Claudia Ionescu, Melissa Legault, Michael Price

Arizona Journal of International & Comparative Law
2017-2018 Board
Editor-in-Chief -- Laura Unklesbay
Senior Managing Editor -- Amanda Dick
Senior Research Editor -- Rachel Dyckman
Managing Editors -- Doug Imperi, Cindy Nguyen, Pete Sabori
Note & Comment Editors -- Alonzo Corral, Amanda Ehredt, Oren Givol, 
Shannon Scola, David Tangren
Senior Articles Editor -- Joseph Bonasera
Articles Editors -- Zoey Kotzambasis, Richard Mcmanus, Brett Steele
Business Editor -- Michael Guilliam
Operations Editor -- Mariah Logan

Black History Month Events

The Black Law Students Association (BLSA) at Arizona Law has an active calendar this month in recognition of Black History Month. BLSA began the month with a "Peace and Paint" session in the College of Law lobby on Feb. 2, and h osted a two-part screening of the documentary 13th on Feb. 6 and 7.

Upcoming offerings include:
  • Feb. 12, 10 a.m., Youth Professionals Day at Rising Star Baptist Church
  • Feb. 12, 5 - 7 p.m., Bowling with the UA Black Graduate Student Association at Golden Pin Lanes
  • Feb. 15, 12 - 1:15 p.m., BLSA and PCLP speaker, Tamara Mulembo ('05), an Assistant Federal Public Defender in Tucson (Room 156)
  • Feb. 16, 7 - 9 p.m., Black Jeopardy (Room 164)
  • Feb. 16, 9 p.m. - 2 a.m., Bar Review event at Union Public House
  • Feb. 21, time TBA, Professor Fred Cohen speaker event (Room 137)
For more information on any of these events, contact BLSA president, LeAnn Jones ('17).

Artwork created at "Peace and Paint"

More "Not to Miss" Events
  • NEW David McCraw, the vice president and assistant general counsel for the New York Times, will speak on "Making Media Law Great Again." Monday, Feb. 13, noon, Ares Auditorium (Room 164). Register here.
  • Peter Chase Neumann Lecture on Civil Justice, featuring Randi McGinn, "Using the Law to Transform Your Community: Making the World Safe from Dangerous Health Care, Deceptive Products and Police Shootings." Thursday, Feb. 16, 5 p.m. Read more and register here.
  • Immigration Federalism Conference, hosted by the UA William H. Rehnquist Center. Westward Look Resort & Spa, Friday, Feb. 24, all day. Register here.
  • LCA Awards Ceremony. Friday, Mar. 3, 5 p.m. at the College of Law. See below for further details, and register here.
  • "Who Belongs? From Tribal Kinship to Native Nation Citizenship to Disenrollment" conference. Thursday & Friday, Mar. 9 - 10, Ares Auditorium (Room 164). Read more and register here.  
Law Women's Association Seeking Items for Mar. 2 Auction

The UA Law Women's Association (LWA) needs your help with donations for its annual fundraising auction, to be held Mar. 2. Students bid on experiences with law school faculty, and this year LWA would like to offer experiences with legal professionals as well -- helping acquaint students with the Tucson legal community, and you with them. Your donation will help fund LWA activities for next year, including the welcome dinner for 1L students and speaker events. Your donation can be as simple as taking two students out to coffee and giving them a tour of your office, or as large as bowling with your office. If you would like to participate, or need suggestions, please email Sara Wright ('18).
Thank you for your time and consideration in continuing LWA's tradition.

LCA Awards Ceremony, Mar. 3

The 2017 Law College Association Awards Ceremony will be held Mar. 3, at 5 p.m. at the College of Law.  Plan to attend, and celebrate this year's awardees: 

The Florence Project (Law College Association Award) 
Judge Bobby Baldock ('60)  (UA Alumni Association Public Service Award)
John Lacy ('67) (UA Alumni Association Professional Achievement Award)
Gabriel S. Galanda ('00) (UA Alumni Association  Professional  Achievement Award)

Thank You to Nicole Stanton, Leader in the Law
We were also recently joined by a member of our Board of Visitors -- Nicole Stanton ('00) -- who was the first speaker in the Leaders in the Law series for the Spring term. She described dramatic changes in the practice of law at large firms. 

Below you can see Nicole with the enthusiastic group of students who came to learn from her:

The middle of the Spring term offers a steady flow of events outside the classroom and clinics and externships, and of course a steady and rich flow of knowledge and training within our degree programs.
For events large and small -- for those planned long in advance, such as the Peter Chase Neumann Civil Justice Lecture with Randi McGinn, or for those planned in response to developments around us, such as the forum this evening on the new Immigration Executive Orders, you are always welcome to join us. We will often stream major events, or record and make video available, so you can stay connected and engaged wherever you are, and when your schedule allows.


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