The 2017 LCA Awards Ceremony
On Friday, March 2, the Law College Association (LCA), along with the UA Alumni Association, will honor four individuals who have given extraordinary service and made outstanding professional contributions at the LCA Annual Awards Ceremony. Join us at the UA College of Medicine -- Phoenix Campus at 5:30 p.m. (Register here.)
In anticipation of the event, this week we showcase the recipients of the two 2018 LCA Awards for Extraordinary Service. Michael King, president of the LCA, says,

"As public servants in the State of Arizona, Chief Justice Bales and Arizona Board of Regents Chair Ridenour ('70) have each shown great dedication to Arizona's citizens and made lasting, positive impacts within the state and on the UA's James E. Rogers College of Law. In a little more than two weeks, we have the opportunity to demonstrate our gratitude at the LCA ceremony."

In next week's "Letter of the Law" we will highlight the two alumni being honored with UA Alumni Association Professional Achievement Awards on the same evening -- James S. Burling ('83) and James H. Lundy ('74).

And, on February 20 here at the college, we will honor another of our own, with a special tribute through the UA Foundation to Richard D. Grand ('58), with the naming of the Richard D. Grand Staircase and an unveiling of a sculpture of him. (RSVPs are still being accepted. Read more and RSVP here.

Until the footnotes,


Introducing the 2018 LCA Awardees

Chief Justice W. Scott Bales
LCA Award for Extraordinary Service
Chief Justice Bales joined the Arizona Supreme Court in 2005 after twenty years of private and public practice. 

From 2001 to 2005, he worked at Lewis and Roca. He served as Arizona's Solicitor General from 1999 through 2001 after working with the U.S. Department of Justice from 1995 to 1999, including serving as a Deputy Assistant Attorney General and a federal prosecutor. 

He began practice in Phoenix with the firm Meyer, Hendricks, Victor, Osborn & Maledon after clerking for Justice Sandra Day O'Connor and Ninth Circuit Judge Joseph Sneed III. He has a JD and MA from Harvard.
Chief Justice Bales has remained a very close friend of the James E. Rogers College of Law. He has taught at the College of Law as a Professor of Practice and was named the Adjunct Professor of the Year in 2010. He now sits on the college's Board of Visitors.
Regent William Ridenour ('70)
LCA Award for Extraordinary Service
Regent William Ridenour graduated from Arizona Law in 1970 after also receiving his BA from the University of Arizona. 

He is currently serving an eight-year term on the Arizona Board of Regents Executive Committee and is also an ex officio member of the Business and Finance Committee, Audit Committee, Academic and Student Affairs Committee, and Research, Innovation and Impact Committee.
Regent Ridenour was founder and managing partner at the law firm Ridenour, Hienton & Lewis PLLC before joining Fennemore Craig as Of Counsel in December of 2015.
He is a current member of the college's Law College Association, the University of Arizona Phoenix Alumni Association, Children's Steele Research Center, Scottsdale Museum of the West, Heard Museum, and is the former chairman of the board for the March of Dimes. 

Event Details

Friday, March 2, 2018
5:30-7 P.M.
UA College of Medicine - Phoenix Campus
Piper Auditorium
600 E. Van Buren Street
Phoenix, AZ  85004

Individual tickets are $25. To purchase a table of 10 for $225, please contact
Marissa White at 520-626-8132 or mwhite@email.arizona.edu.

Around the College
Matthew Ashton, Kristian Garibay, Hanees Haniffa,
Sasha Charls, Will Vitkus, and Jean Paul Barnard (l-r).

Barry Davis National Trial Team Wins Regionals

For the third year in a row, and the fourth time in five years, the Barry Davis National Trial Team has won the regional competition and is heading to nationals. 

The team competes in the National Trial Competition, widely considered to be the most prestigious trial tourney in the country. Over 300 teams compete across the country and less than 10 percent advance to the national competition.
Director of Advocacy, Professor Barbara Bergman reports that this year a team comprised of 2Ls Sasha Charls, Hanees Haniffa, and Kristian Garibay (with alternate Will Vitkus) went nearly undefeated through the competition, earning them a spot at the national competition. 

The returning regional champions from last year, Matthew Ashton (3L) and Jean Paul Barnard (3L), faced tough competition in the early rounds and did not advance. However, Matthew Ashton did take the 3rd place top attorney award, out of more than 50 student attorneys competing in the regional.
Both teams, coached by Brian Laird ('00) and Brian Chase ('11), will begin practicing the new case for nationals. They will head to Austin on April 4 to represent Arizona Law for the third straight year. 

Professor Bergman says, 

"They have cemented the reputation of Arizona Law as the best team in the region, as no other school has won the region as often as the Barry Davis National Trial Team. Please join me in congratulating all the members of our team as well as their coaches."

Join the Steve Hirsch Gutter Bowl Committee

The 2018 Steve Hirsch Gutter Bowl will be held on April 10, 2018 -- more details coming soon! 

As we prepare for our annual event of lousy bowling, we are looking for alumni and friends to help with outreach to make it a great event. The 2018 committee will connect with alumni and firms with sign up information and help plan out the logistics of the event. 

If you are interested in being part of the committee (or if you know right now that you want to put together a team), please contact Chris Gast at cgast@email.arizona.edu or 520-626-2400.

Arizona Law in the News
The Daily Wildcat, Francisco Olea, a 3L at Arizona Law, is among the five members of the Pascua Yaqui tribe in the running to become the next CEO of Casino Del Sol as a part of the Executive Succession program. 
The Crime Report, 
A study by professor James Diamond found that tribal courts are the "latest battleground" for reforming the way domestic violence cases are handled in Indian Country.


The LCA and UA Alumni Association awards ceremony is one of the highlights of our year. With these awards we celebrate alumni, friends, and organizations that have the greatest impact on the College of Law, our state, and our profession.
For those in Arizona, please join us Friday, March 2, at 5:30 at the UA College of Medicine -- Phoenix campus, in the Piper Auditorium.



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