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This week we feature 1L student Abraham Hamadeh, alumna Nicholle Harris, and faculty member Bob Mundheim.


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Abraham Hamadeh '16

This 1L student has observed a strong connection between business and law and he's determined to learn as much as he can about both fields. He wants to make sure he recognizes and understands the underlying dimensions and interests at stake when responding to business clients.


Abraham is taking business classes and has also realized not only the need to understand the subtle nuances of each discipline, but also that the common-sense approach to the classes fits well with his personality.


He says, "I feel that business and law are inextricably linked and that lawyers and law students can learn a lot from the business world in terms of trying to resolve issues outside the courtroom. I think what draws me to law and business is that I like to see the big picture."    


Abraham graduated from Arizona State University with a degree in political science. Choosing Arizona Law was one of the easiest decisions he made, especially after making a visit to the campus. "From the small class size to  the friendly community, Arizona Law is a perfect fit," he says.


Abraham has served as a government affairs associate with the Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry and is currently working as an advisor to Sun State Builders, a general contracting corporation. After graduation, he is looking first to develop a broad set of legal skills covering both litigation and transactional work, and then to move into business law.


"I envision myself working for a few years in the public sector as a prosecutor to gain courtroom experience and then eventually moving over to the private sector and work in business," he says.


Abraham takes a break from his studies by driving up to Mt. Lemmon or hiking Tucson's beautiful trails. "There are always great ways to unwind down in the Old Pueblo," he says. Abraham also enjoys hitting the gun range, watching Phoenix Suns basketball, and loves a good meal.


You can connect with Abraham on Linkedin.


Nicholle Harris '07 

"Join a group, club or organization that allows you to maintain a life outside of the classroom. I highly recommend students find a hobby or interest they enjoy, and continue it during law school. It will keep you well-rounded, " advises double Wildcat Nicholle Harris (BS '98, JD '07).   

Nicholle appreciates the many connections from her days at Arizona Law. She recalls working and studying hard but she also managed to maintain a balance between work and life. She started kickboxing during those days. "It was a great stress reliever and I established some great friendships outside of the law school."


The skill of both working hard and keeping calm has paid off so far for the Arizona native. After law school, Nicholle served as an Assistant Attorney General in the Public Advocacy and Consumer Protection Section of the Arizona Attorney General's Office. She examined and enforced compliance with the state and federal regulation of businesses in the tobacco industry.


After service with the Attorney General's Office, she joined Gust Rosenfeld P.L.C. in Phoenix. Nicholle practices in the area of municipal law, focusing on issues related to municipal operations, procurement law, real estate, and environmental law. This spring, she's organizing a municipal law panel discussion at the State Bar of Arizona 2014 Spring Training for Lawyers (formerly the Minority Bar Convention).


The die-hard Wildcat fan is happy to be living and working in Arizona and treasures her law school ties. "Arizona Law was the right choice for me. Once I visited the campus and met with former Assistant Dean of Admissions Terry Holpert, the first-year professors, and some of the current students, I knew Arizona Law would provide me with a quality legal education and the environment I needed to achieve my legal career goals. It was an easy decision," she said.


Nicholle remembers the communal environment of her law student life. "I was not overwhelmed by the intense pressure of competition. My class found a way to support one another in a highly competitive environment. I fondly remember Assistant Dean Jordan-Curtis, Professor Ratner, and Professor Orbach who mentored me."


She keeps a mentoring spirit alive by working with high school students. Nicholle is a strong advocate for the public education system and wants to ensure it provides quality education to young people who very well might be future Arizona Law students.

Robert Mundheim

Bob Mundheim exudes a quiet, thoughtful passion when he talks about his life and his work. His thoughtfulness and focus have guided him through an extraordinary career through critical positions in federal government, legal education, and the private business arena.


Arizona Law has been lucky to benefit from his experience and attention. As a member of the faculty with a unique appointment that brings him to the College of Law for much of each Spring term, Bob is a leader in our Business Law Program, focusing on corporate law and finance and teaching corporate governance courses. Throughout the year he serves as an advisor to me, to faculty and students, and to the College.


Bob is currently Of Counsel to Shearman & Sterling in New York City where he advises on corporate governance issues and counsels special committees charged with complex cases such as the buy-outs of HCA, Aramark, and Bright Horizons.


In fact, much of his law career involves stepping forward and providing an ethical and moral voice to whatever issue or situation is unfolding with corporations or the federal government.


He was appointed by President Jimmy Carter as General Counsel to the U.S. Treasury Department in 1977.He later returned to the University of Pennsylvania Law School where he had already established a teaching career. But again, Washington (and history) called. The White House contacted him for help in January 1981 as part of the successful negotiations for the release of the American hostages in Iran.


During the 1990s, the same great lawyering and moral compass that brought him to Washington drew him to Wall Street. He stepped into Salomon, Inc. to help rebuild the struggling trading house. Bob became Executive Vice President and General Counsel for what became known as Salomon Smith Barney and, after mergers and acquisitions, morphed into what we know as Morgan Stanley Wealth Management.


His academic career has been just as diverse and illustrious. He served as Dean of the University of Pennsylvania Law School from 1982 to 1989. He has also taught at Duke, Harvard, UCLA, Universitšt Konstanz in Germany, and the capstone of his academic career -- here at Arizona Law.


Bob's desire to perpetuate and maintain legal ethics in academia, business, and government leads him to committees that further his mission. He has chaired the American Bar Association's Standing Committee on Ethics and Professional Responsibility and served as a member of the ABA Task Force on Corporate Responsibility.


He also supports nonprofit organizations including Appleseed, which works to guarantee equal access to the law, and the Curtis Institute of Music, which educates and trains young musicians.


When he is in residence each Spring Bob teaches an extraordinary course on Corporate Governance. As part of that course he brings in Fortune 500 General Counsel and the lawyers who counsel such corporations in a series of "Conversations with Bob Mundheim." These Conversations are open to the community by reservation, and are attended by faculty and students from the College of Law and the Eller College of Management. The speakers and dates for this Spring are:


  • March 24th Labe Jackson - Chair of the Audit Committee at JPMorgan Chase
  • April 7th John Cannon - Practice Group Leader of the Executive Compensation & Employee Benefits Group and Chair of the Corporate Governance Advisory Group at the law firm of Shearman and Sterling
  • March 31st Peter Mundheim - Principal and Counsel of Stone Point Capital
  • April 14th Simon Lorne - Vice Chairman and Chief Legal Officer at Millennium Management, L.L.C.  
  • April 2nd Brandon Becker - Executive Vice President and Chief Legal Officer at TIAA-CREF 


*All "Conversations" are from noon - 1:15 pm 


To join any of these Conversations, click here to RSVP. 


Bob has been a leader across the worlds of law, business and politics. All of us at Arizona Law are honored to have him as a colleague.

Coming soon!


Alumni Authors Needed

The College of Law will host a booth at this year's Festival of Books on March 15-16.  We are looking for alumni authors to join us.  If you are interested, please contact Nancy Stanley 


Networking Nosh at Arizona Law  

Lewis Roca Rothgerber Lobby 


February 27 4:30-6:00 p.m.


March 27 4:30-6:00 p.m.


Connections between alumni and students strengthen the Arizona Law community.  To help facilitate those connections, we are launching a new networking series. If you are an alum willing to return to campus to spend time with and advise students, please sign up by emailing Marissa White.



2014 McCormick Lecture with Olympia Snowe
Please join us for a lecture by Olympia Snowe, who will discuss her long service in the US Senate and offer thoughts about the current state of the Union.
Thursday March 6th
James E. Rogers College of Law -- Ares Auditorium
5:30 - 6:30 pm
RSVP here


Law College Association Annual Dinner and Awards Ceremony in Phoenix   

Please join us for the presentation of awards honoring and celebrating the remarkable achievements of:

  • Charles (Chick) Arnold '70 - "LCA Award" for extraordinary service to society
  • Maria Baier '92 - UAAA Public Service Award
  • Paul Charlton '88 - UAAA Public Service Award
  • Steven Lainoff '77 - UAAA Professional Achievement Award
  • The Honorable James Teilborg '66 - UAAA Professional Achievement Award  

Friday, April 4, 2014 5:30 - 9:00 -- U of A College of Medicine, 550 E Van Buren St, Phoenix, AZ  85004 

Register here. 



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Some lawyers and some prospective students believe that the only place to study business law is in the national centers of finance, such as New York City, or the national center of regulation in Washington, or perhaps in cities associated with trade in commodities (Chicago), or regional trade and finance (e.g., San Francisco).


What Abraham Hamadeh and his classmates devoted to business law, Nicholle Harris and the other alums who have extraordinary careers as business lawyers, and Bob Mundheim and his colleagues make clear, Arizona Law is a great place to learn the law of business and commerce.  


Whether it is the Business Law Program, the Business/Law Exchange with the McGuire Center for Entrepreneurship at Eller, the program in International Trade and Business Law, the work of the National Law Center on Inter-American Free Trade, the work of the Intellectual Property Program, the work of the commercial law and tax faculty, or classes and scholarship by our colleagues at the Eller School of Management next door, Arizona means business.  


A business law career path in securities law or mergers and acquisitions or finance or in other areas may well lead to NYC or DC, to LA or SF or Seattle or Chicago or Atlanta, or to London or Singapore. But it starts here.


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Marc L. Miller 
Dean & Ralph W. Bilby Professor of Law 
James E. Rogers College of Law    

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