Today I invite you to celebrate our scholarship donors and recipients with us!

And let me encourage all readers to keep our current students and graduates who are taking the bar in mind this week.

Until the footnotes,
2021 Scholarship Celebration

One of the many highlights of the year at Arizona Law is a celebration of our scholarship recipients, and the donors who make those scholarships possible.

Arizona Law's Director of Development Megan O'Leary shares,
"Our students have persevered in spite of these unprecedented times, and the support of our many loyal donors has been the key to their success."

We had the opportunity to gather online last Friday for this year's Scholarship Celebration. We enjoyed sharing our time with over six "Zoom pages" of Arizona Law students, donors, alumni, faculty, and other friends!

Alumnus Dev Sethi ('97) and I hosted the event featuring current scholars Krista Avenenti (1L) and Oscar Fimbres-Ruiz (1L), a video expressing gratitude from many other current scholars, and thoughts from alumni Nancy Wolicki Kelly ('77) and Pablo Clarke ('08).

Krista Avenenti (1L)
Oscar Fimbres-Ruiz (1L)
Dean Marc Miller
Nancy Wolicki Kelly ('77)
Kate Bartholomy (1L)
Pablo Clarke ('08)
Dev Sethi ('97)

"Community matters. Every single person that I know who's graduated from the U of A law school or undergrad is proud of being a graduate of the U of A. And that pride translates into a very strong community."

-- Pablo Clarke ('08), 
partner at Latham & Watkins

"The reason my husband and I started the Nancy and
Jim Kelly Scholarship was to help other students, because we were scholarship recipients. I think it's because both of us did public service and we found it extremely rewarding and challenging -- just an excellent career choice. We felt that it provided an opportunity to make a difference, that we were given responsibilities when we were reasonably young to impact policy and help people and use all our creativity in support of people. And at the end of the day that meant a lot to us in terms of a legacy and so we wanted to be able to provide that to students, to give young people the opportunity to contribute to our world and get the education that they yearn for is incredibly meaningful."

-- Nancy Wolicki Kelly ('77), 
former COO Kelly, Anderson & Associates

"Receiving the Francis J. Ryley Memorial Scholarship has been such a gift, and it has lifted such a weight off my shoulders. I was going to figure out a way to make law school happen one way or another, no matter what, but receiving this support allows me the chance to breathe a little and not be so concerned with what kind of work I'll have to do after law school. My son will be a freshman here at the University of Arizona during my 3L year (he's obviously super excited about that), and it's truly such a relief to know that I'll be able to help him with the cost of his education, since mine has been so greatly reduced. I'll be forever grateful for this opportunity. Thank you!"

-- Krista Avenenti (1L), the Francis J. Ryley 
Memorial Scholarship recipient for 2020-21

Contact: The Arizona Law Alumni & Development Office is always here if you wish to learn more about our scholarship programs and how you can get more involved. Please contact Megan O'Leary at 520-626-1330 or

Around the College

Richard Grand Legal Writing Competition Results
Garrick Nowak (3L)
Michelle Pennington (1L)
Susan Filan (LLM)
Daniel Bowman (2L)

We are pleased to announce the winner of the 20th Annual Richard Grand Legal Writing Competition -- Garrick Nowak (3L). The students wrote personal essays on the topic of how they have handled unexpected challenges in their lives and grown from the experience.

We would also like to recognize the other three finalists:
Michelle Pennington (1L) -- Second Place
Susan Filan (LLM) -- Third Place
Daniel Bowman (2L) -- Honorable Mention
Professors Tessa Dysart and Susie Salmon shared that the finalists were selected from 20-plus outstanding entries this year, and the order of awards was determined by our judging panel, which included alumni professor emerita Suzanne Rabe ('79), Jillian Andrews ('17), Sarah Meadows ('02), and Joe Austin ('14). 

Professor Rabe created the competition with support from the Grands in 2000. Jillian, Joe, and Sarah all wrote top essays in the Grand Competition when they were students: Jillian won first place in 2015 and third place in 2016 and Joe won first place in 2016 and third place in 2018. Sarah placed second in the first year of the competition.
We are extremely 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).
We look forward to the competition next year!

PACE Team Headed to Finals

Clockwise from top left: 
Harry Yadav, Will Fortna, and Daniel Bowman (all 2L)

Please join us in congratulating 2Ls Daniel BowmanWill Fortna, and Harry Yadav, members of the Arizona Law team for The Jeffrey G. Miller National Environmental Law Moot Court Competition (NELMCC), which was hosted by Pace Law School this past week. The NELMCC is one of the most prestigious interscholastic specialty-skills competitions in the country.

The team won its semifinal round last Friday to become one of three teams (out of 52) to advance to the final round of the competition, which will take place on Saturday, March 6.
Director of Legal Writing Susie Salmon shares,
"This is the first time an Arizona Law team has made the final round of this competition in the years I've been at the College, although last year's team -- current 3Ls Zeke Peterson and Katrina Wilkinson and alum Yuzho Li ('20) -- reached the semifinal round. Huge kudos go to coach Joy Herr-Cardillo ('84) for her work with the NELMCC teams over the past five years!"
Although there are few advantages to the pandemic Zoomiverse, one is that you can watch the team compete in the finals from the comfort of your own living room. If you'd like to do so, you can register here:
REGISTER -- Final round, March 6, 1:30-3:30 p.m. EST
Joy reports that the teams demonstrated an impressive command of the legal issues and were well prepared for tough questioning, in large part because of the generosity of volunteer judges and advisors. 

Over the past months, the team enjoyed excellent preparation and advice from Arizona law faculty members Kirsten Engel and Priya Sundareshan ('11) and from a roster of practice judges that included the Hon. Peter Eckerstrom of Division 2, Arizona Court of Appeals, Michael LeBlanc of Pima County, Jennifer Deese of Tucson Electric Power, attorney and solar energy consultant Bruce Plenk, and former team members Ashley Daltrey ('20, from the 2018-2019 team), and Peter Mather ('19, of the 2017-2018 team).

Next LawCats Live Coming Up on March 4

Join Arizona Law's very own Dean Emerita Toni Massaro and Professor Shalev Roisman for a conversation about the Trump administration, the 2020 election, and its aftermath.

Thursday, March 4, 5 p.m. MST
Some topics up for discussion will include the relationship between the executive branch and the judiciary, the erosion of norms and playing "constitutional hardball," the expansion and limits of presidential power following the Trump administration, and aspects of impeachment 2.0.
* This special edition of LawCats Live will not be recorded so be sure to tune in and join us live!

In the News

Our students -- awesome -- and those who support them -- equally awesome. 
This relationship goes far beyond the present moment. Your support of scholarships lets Arizona Law stay true to its accessible and public roots. It allows us to draw great students from all over the US and the world. It lets our students focus on school and family, and make the widest range of career choices. It connects our students now to the excellence, history, and passion that have defined Arizona Law since its founding in 1915. It says as clearly as possible "do good, and pay it forward."
And this year, even though we could not gather (yet) in person, the Scholarship Celebration and your ongoing generosity reminded us of the values, people, and principles that have sustained us and will continue to sustain us long after the particular challenge of these times has passed.
To all who have made donations on behalf of our scholars and to those whose lives and work we honor and recognize with named scholarships, we extend our profound thanks.


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