Great memories are made every day at the College of Law.

This month 25 Americans became citizens at the annual naturalization ceremony held at the College of Law. Their stories were moving and inspiring. Their presence at the college was a reminder of the important work done by the Immigration Law Student Association (ILSA), the immigration clinic, and our countless alumni -- including the Hon. Frank R. Zapata ('73) and the Hon. Javier Chon-Lopez ('82) -- who work with immigrants and citizens-to-be on the bench, in public service, and in private practice.
In addition, I want to give you a nudge to sign up for our two signature -- but very different -- alumni events of the spring, the Annual Dinner and Gutter Bowl.
Gutter Bowl is one of the most popular and fun informal events of the year. It will be held a week from Friday, on March 4, at the Scottsdale Bowlmor. Sign up to bowl here.
The Law College Association 42nd Annual Appreciation Dinner will be held on Saturday, April 16, at the Arizona Historical Society Museum in Tempe. This is one of the highlights of the college's year, and will honor five new alumni award winners, spanning graduation years from 1949 to 2006. Sign up for your table here. 

Until the footnotes,

Congratulations to Larry Ponoroff

Many of you had the chance to work with Larry Ponoroff during his deanship here, or were fortunate enough to be one of his contracts or bankruptcy students. Larry was just named dean at Michigan State University Law School and will assume his duties on July 1,  though he will be traveling there throughout the spring as he and Monica prepare for the move.

We will miss Larry and Monica, and appreciate his leadership and service to the College while wishing them well on this new opportunity. You can send your best wishes as well, to
Naturalization Ceremony Held at the College

On February 11, 25 new American citizens-to-be gathered in the Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie Lobby to take part in the annual naturalization ceremony at our college. They shared this special day with their families and the Arizona Law community.
The naturalization ceremony is held at the College of Law with the kind permission of the U.S. District Court for Arizona and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.
The Immigration Law Student Association (ILSA) came up with the idea of holding an annual naturalization ceremony at the college and sponsors this event each year. ILSA President Nadezhda Veniaminovna Andreeva (2L) commented:

"ILSA is dedicated to helping the immigrant community and to educating the student body about the lives of immigrants. It is a great honor for us to facilitate and sponsor the naturalization ceremony at the College of Law every year, and we hope to maintain this heartwarming tradition in the future."
Two esteemed alumni of the College of Law officiated the ceremony, the Hon. Frank R. Zapata ('73) and the Hon. Javier Chon-Lopez ('82). 

Each year I tell the story of my grandparents and great-grandparents coming from the Tsarist Pale of Settlement to New York City, Winnipeg (Manitoba, Canada), and a farm near Devil's Lake, North Dakota. I look out and see my family in the hopes of our new fellow citizens.

Among other new citizens was one of Arizona Law's own -- student Sai Manthravadi (2L). Sai says of the ceremony:

"It's a privilege to be a citizen of the United States, the greatest nation in the world. Gaining citizenship is kind of like graduation for me because it took more than one-and-a-half decades of trials and tribulations. The ceremony held at our law school was definitely a silver lining. Thanks to the College of Law administration and ILSA."


Arizona Journal of International and Comparative Law


The 2015-16 Board of Arizona Journal of International and Comparative Law recently elected a new board. Please join me in congratulating Esther Sanchez-Gomez, the new Editor-in-Chief, and the rest of the new 2016-17 board. Sergio Puig and David Gantz are faculty advisors. 

Editorial Board 2016-17
Editor-In-Chief, Esther Sanchez-Gomez
Senior Managing Editor, Elizabeth Smiley
Senior Research Editor, Chelsea Padilla-Frankel
Senior Articles Editor, Troy Anderson
Managing Editors - Meghan Lynch, Matthew Mittelstadt, Joseph Radochonski
Note & Comment Editors - Lorena B. Hutton, Demetra Makris, Dayna Michael, 
Jessica Pekala, Alysha Tseng
Articles Editors - Jordan Hartman, Rhonda Martin, Christine Muir
Business Editor, Sarah Marie Bauer
Operations Editor, Elissa Harshman

Competitive Trial Teams Meet With Success

Trial Team Advances to National Competition
The winning team (l-r): coach Brian Chase ('11), Matthew Ashton (1L), Jackie Kafka (3L), and Elizabeth Smiley (2L). Doug Flanagan (3L) was also on the winning team.

An Arizona Law Trial Team took down the top-ranked competitor in a regional tournament to advance to the National Trial Competition, where they'll face the top 28 teams in the country.  Students Matthew Ashton (1L), Jackie Kafka (3L), Elizabeth Smiley (2L), and Doug Flanagan (3L) won five trials in the qualifying competition, including a final against the University of Denver, who was the top-ranked team entering the final round. Now they head to Dallas, Texas, March 30 - April 3 for the national round. This is the second year in a row that an Arizona Law Trial Team has advanced to the national competition.

Arizona's other trial team of Jean Paul Barnard (1L), Jonathan Leitenberger (2L), Erika Johnsen (2L), and Sara Levin (2L) advanced to the third round of the regional tournament, where they were narrowly defeated by last year's national fourth-place finisher, Brigham Young University. Barnard was named a top-three attorney in the region (out of the more than 50 competitors), becoming the first 1L to win a top attorney award. 

Our thanks go out to coaches Brian Chase ('11) and fellow part-time professor of practice Joel Feinman ('07). Brian notes:

"These eight students have spent countless hours working to achieve this amazing accomplishment.  Their hard work is evident when you spend just a few minutes watching them artfully navigate the courtroom. The winning team has earned themselves a spot among the nation's top 10 percent of law school trial advocates -- no small feat."

Team Argues at Pace National Environmental Law Moot Court Competition
Brad Pollock (3L), Lorena B. Hutton (2L),
and Ian McCloskey (3L) (l-r).

The Pace National Environmental Law Moot Court competition is the foremost environmental moot court in the nation. Arizona Law's team this year consisted of Lorena B. Hutton (2L), Brad Pollock (3L), and Ian McCloskey (3L). The team, hard at work since November on its brief and practicing oral arguments, traveled to White Plains, New York, for the competition in February. The competition drew teams from 50 law schools, and this year's complex problem concerned climate change regulation in the context of permitting a new biomass plant for generating electricity. The Arizona Law team advanced through three rounds and Brad won best oralist in the second preliminary round. The team was coached by Kirsten Engel and Don Large. Well done!

The LCA Annual Appreciation Dinner

On Saturday, April 16, the Law College Association will host the 42nd Annual Law College Association Appreciate Dinner. 

Please join us for the presentation of awards honoring and celebrating the remarkable achievements of Ryan C. Flynn ('06), C. Max Killian ('49), Peter W. Likins, the Honorable Roxanne Song Ong ('78), Nicole F. Stanton ('00), and Gary L. Stuart ('67).
When: Saturday, April 16, 2016, 6 - 9 p.m.
Where: Arizona Historical Society Museum
1300 North College Avenue, Tempe, AZ 85281
$125 per person ($150 after March 16)
$1100 for a table of ten ($1500 after March 16)

Register Early!
For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit 

Gutter Bowl -- We're on a Roll!

Once again, the lanes of the Scottsdale Bowlmor beckon to all Arizona Law alumni and friends for the 9th Annual Arizona Law Gutter BowlYou do not have to be an alumnus to play. All are welcome.

Join us and don't miss Steve Hirsch ('80) and Chas Wirken ('75) as your 2016 King Pins; celebrity bowlers -- featuring the judges of the split 7/10 Circuitindividual and team awards; Arizona raffle and door prizes, including Wildcat basketball tickets, a Biosphere 2 excursion, and a team-autographed UA basketball.

Friday, March 4, 2016, 6 - 9 p.m.
Bowlmor Scottsdale, 7300 E Thomas Rd.
All participants will enjoy complimentary shoe rental, appetizers, 
pizza, salad, soft drinks, and pitchers.
Individual Bowlers $125
Team of Five $500

Questions?  Contact Chris Gast at  or  520-626-2400. 
Professor Anaya Participates in World Bank Meeting in Ethiopia

On Feb. 11 and 12, James Anaya, Regents' Professor and James J. Lenoir Professor of Human Rights Law and Policy and co-chair of the Indigenous Peoples Law and Policy Program, participated in a high-level discussion convened by the World Bank in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The gathering included World Bank board members, cabinet ministers and other senior-level government officials from East African Countries, and experts in the field of international Indigenous law. The event was one of a series of consultations regarding proposed updates to the bank's Safeguard Policies, including the proposed Environment and Social Standard 7 on Indigenous Peoples, which inform the bank's work in more than 100 countries across the world.
Online Alumni Directory

Please take the time to join your  online alumni directory. We are creating a shared resource to support our students and our alumni. If you need us to resend your personalized invitation, please email or call (520) 621-8430.
The latest weekly Arizona Law T-shirt drawing winner from among new directory members is Lisa Thompson ('95). Congratulations, Lisa, and thanks for joining!  

One of the signal characteristics of the College of Law is how much everyone is engaged in our community, and how much we are engaged with each other, as students and teachers and alumni and mentors and friends and champions.  

Around the world Jim Anaya continues to reshape conceptions -- and the realities -- of justice. Closer to home one member of our own community and 24 others saw this spirit in the naturalization ceremony -- led by Judge Zapata and Judge Chon-Lopez. Many of our students saw this spirit in the intense mentoring that comes with participation in trial competitions.

It is this supportive, engaged, active, distinguished community -- with alumni a central and daily part of our lives -- that makes our College of Law such a special place to be.

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