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Every week at Arizona Law brings new events, conversations, and ideas. This week is no exception.


Tomorrow, we formally kick off our Civil Justice Initiative with a lecture by Los Angeles trial attorney Thomas V. Girardi.   Mr. Girardi, who has argued several of the highest profile cases in recent US history, has titled his talk "Jurors No Longer Decide Facts -- They Decide Philosophies".  We anticipate it will be riveting lecture as Mr. Girardi uses examples from the recent NFL helmet case, Vioxx litigation, and other cases he has argued and many of us have read about in the newspapers.  Mr. Girardi will deliver the lecture in Tucson and we will livestream to Gallagher & Kennedy in Phoenix.  


The Civil Justice Initiative will draw upon Arizona Law's deep strengths in trial practice, alternative dispute resolution, tort law, civil procedure, and constitutional law to create a comprehensive approach to studying civil justice. This week we illustrate our existing strengths in that area by profiling members of our community whose work advances the concept of civil justice - 1L student Kate Hollist, alumna and adjunct legal writing professor Joy Herr-Cardillo and alumnus Charles "Chick" Arnold.


Until the footnotes,




Kate Hollist ('16)

For first year student Kate Hollist, choosing Arizona Law was a family affair. As a Colorado native, she was committed to the West. "Arizona Law impressed me with a lot of its stats, such as the percentage of graduates who are hired into jobs that require a JD." Kate has family ties to Tucson, including a father who grew up here and a very persuasive grandmother who lives here still. I am told that Kate's grandmother even got her a subscription to Arizona Highways magazine so that Kate would have a helpful reminder each month of what a great place Tucson is!   


While the family connections were helpful, it was also the Arizona Law connections that brought Kate to Tucson.  Here is the story from Kate's perspective:


"While I was trying to decide where to go for law school, my husband received a job offer to work for Goldman Sachs in Salt Lake City.  This was an especially big deal because he was just finishing his college career, so this would be his first salaried job, and not one our family could turn down lightly.  I came down to Tucson for the admitted student weekend a few days after we received that offer.  I absolutely loved the program, but as I was leaving I went to thank Dean Miller, who asked me if I would be attending in the fall.  I mentioned to him how much I wanted to do so, but since we'd never lived in Tucson, and the job market has been so soft everywhere, I didn't know if we would be able to come.  Dean Miller gave me his card and told me to have Eric contact him.  Not only did he stay in touch via email, but when Eric came down to begin his job search, the dean met with him personally, asked for his resume, and then asked him where he wanted to work.  I had seat deposits at BYU and at U of A at this time, and the kids and I were living with my parents in Colorado while Eric looked for a job.  He was job hunting for about eight hours a day, but mentioned to Dean Miller that he was really hoping to find a job at Raytheon.  The dean said that he would reach out to some contacts there.  I don't know exactly what happened, but I do know that Eric was contacted by Raytheon for a specific position for which he hadn't even applied.  He interviewed there and got the job--in August!  Just in time! While I am certain that my husband's resume and interviewing prowess impressed the hiring team, we never could have gotten in the door without Dean Miller going out of his way to take such a personal interest in our family.  Honestly, it was that more than anything else that convinced me this was the place for us--we felt like part of the U of A family before I'd even committed to come here!"


The real hero of this story is the Arizona Law community.  And it is a story versions of which I have heard from alumni over generations--what deans and professors and staff and alumni and friends of the College did to help.  I am in constant awe of the willingness of alumni and friends to provide support to all of our students, from traditional financial support to career connections and beyond.  Kate and Eric's story is just a small reminder of how special the Arizona Law community is.


Kate with husband Eric and sons Gabe (4) and Michael (3)


Kate has made the most of her time here at Arizona Law. Last week, she won first place in this year's Richard Grand Legal Writing Competition. The competition, created in 2000 through the generosity of the late Richard Grand and continued with the support of his wife Marcia, celebrates effective and compelling legal writing. Kate's selection was chosen from among 20 entries.  


When asked about the experience of participating in the Grand Legal Writing Competition, Kate said, "It was a fantastic opportunity for me.  I love to write, but as I quickly learned in my 1L writing class, legal writing is definitely a departure from the narrative style I'm used to!  It was fun to get a chance to flex my fingers a bit and take a break from CRUPAC/CREAC/IRAC.  As for the competition itself, it was a privilege to compete against so many other brilliant writers.  I was so glad to hear excerpts of some of the entries at the awards luncheon--every piece was outstanding.  We have an incredible amount of talent at the law school right now!  It is so exciting to be a part of that experience."


Kate -- I agree! 

Joy Herr-Cardillo ('84)


For Legal Writing Professor and alumna Joy Herr-Cardillo, teaching students effective legal writing is a passion. After graduating from Arizona Law in 1984, Joy went to work for the Tucson office of Quarles & Brady (formerly Streich Lang). After fifteen years as a commercial litigator, Joy made the move to the Arizona Center for Law in the Public Interest. (WWW.ACLPI.ORG.) Joy's work at the Center focuses primarily on Arizona constitutional law, some state and federal environmental law, and government oversight. Joy sees the impact of legal writing every day. It is this practical experience that fuels her passion to assist Arizona Law students in developing their own craft.


Joy grew up in Kalamazoo, Michigan and earned her undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan in 1978.   After a very cold winter in Rochester, New York, Joy and her husband David headed for Tucson and warm weather. David, a thirty-three year veteran of the University of Arizona, leads the University's Adaptive Athletic Program, a program that happens to be the largest in the country! Joy and David have three daughters, Starr, Brooke, and Hope. Joy wants the Arizona Law community to know how fortunate she feels having created such a great life here in Tucson.


Joy is one of our sixteen dedicated and superb adjunct legal writing professors.  All take time away from their busy lives and practices to teach our students. We are extremely grateful to these adjunct professors and very proud of our Legal Writing Program led by Suzanne Rabe, Susie Salmon, and Lorraine Gin and powered by the superb team of established adjunct writing faculty who together make it their mission to encourage clear, concise legal writing. That mission includes nurturing a deep respect for the legal profession, inculcating our students with a client-first mindset, promoting a sustained commitment to pro bono legal service, and calling for the highest standards of diligence, competence, and candor.

Chick Arnold ('70) 


Recently, Governor Jan Brewer called Charles (Chick) Arnold an attorney with "unmatched passion and commitment to improving the lives of people with mental illness."


On January 8 of this year, the Governor announced that after three decades, a final agreement had been reached in Arnold v. Sarn. Chick filed the class action in 1981, alleging the State of Arizona failed to fund a comprehensive mental health system as required by state law. Chick filed the suit in his then-capacity as the Maricopa County Public Fiduciary.


Gov. Brewer cited the final agreement of Arnold v. Sarn as a "landmark day for our state," particularly for the thousands of Arizonans living with serious mental illness who finally have better access to the quality community-based resources and the care and services they deserve."


This was a much-anticipated moment for Chick. "We in Arizona can now look forward to a renewed focus on those community services most critically needed to assist in recovery -- supported housing, supported employment and an enhanced crisis service system," he says. "Citizens of Arizona now have much reason for optimism."


Chick has a lifelong concern and passion for the care and treatment of those with mental health challenges. He serves on several related task forces, community groups, and with the State Bar of Arizona's Elder Law and Mental Health Section. He also authored the Bar's "Arizona Resource Guide for Families of Persons With Serious Mental Illness" (2001).  


Chick is a partner with Frazer Ryan Goldberg & Arnold in Phoenix. Chick. A Certified Specialist in Estate and Trust Law (Arizona Board of Legal Specialization),  Chick chairs the Maricopa County Superior Court Task Force on Mental Health Services and is a past chair of the State Bar of Arizona's Elder Law and Mental Health Section. He is a longtime board member of the Mental Health Association of Maricopa County, PLAN of Arizona, Inc., and Mentally Ill Kids in Distress.


In 2013, Chick received the American Jewish Committee's Community Service Award in recognition of his "sustained contributions to the advancement of equality and democratic principles."


On Friday, April 4th, we will have the pleasure of celebrating Chick and his illustrious career at the Law College Association Annual Awards Dinner which this year will take place in Phoenix. I invite each of you to join us at this dinner and help us celebrate Chick and other award winners, who we will profile in the coming weeks.


Coming soon!


 ***Tomorrow, Thursday February 6th***


 Thomas Girardi to deliver the inaugural Civil Justice Initiative Lecture,  

"Jurors No Longer Decide Facts - They Decide Philosophies"  

Thursday, February 6, 5:00-6:15 p.m.


Legendary California trial attorney Thomas V. Girardi will give the inaugural lecture for the Arizona Law Civil Justice Initiative.  Thursday, February 6, 5-6:15 p.m.  Ares Auditorium.  Reception to follow.    


Thomas V. Girardi is known as one of the great trial lawyers in the United States.  He has been involved in many major individual and class action cases, including the case against Pacific Gas & Electric portrayed in the movie Erin Brokovich, and in a major settlement with the pharmaceutical company Merck for injuries caused by the drug Vioxx.  Mr. Girardi is a member of the Board of Directors and former President of the International Academy of Trial Lawyers.   Mr. Girardi and his Los Angeles firm, Girardi Keese, represent many former players and their families in the case against the National Football League for concussions and brain injuries that resulted in a $765 million settlement. 


*Phoenix Option: For our many alumni and friends in Phoenix who are not able to join us in Tucson, the firm of Gallagher & Kennedy will host a livestream of Mr. Girardi's talk.



Alumni Authors Needed


The College of Law will host a booth at this year's Festival of Books.  We are looking for alumni authors to join us.  If you are interested, please contact Jonelle Vold.


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.


Alumni Reception in San Diego

Thursday, February 20, 2014 - Electra - 700 West E. Street, San Diego, CA  92101  RSVP here.


Law College Association Annual Dinner and Awards Ceremony in Phoenix 

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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What a semester!  


Last Friday we had a glorious day-long conference, "Saving the Neighborhood", with more than 100 in attendance,  celebrating and exploring the work of our own Carol Rose and her co-author Rick Brooks. The week before we heard from California Supreme Court Justice (and former professor) Goodwin Liu at the 34th Annual Memorial Marks Lecture.


Tomorrow we will hear from one of the most prominent plaintiff's lawyers in the country, Thomas Girardi, who will inaugurate our new Civil Justice Initiative. I hope to see many of you here in Tucson -- or at the satellite stream at Gallagher & Kennedy in Phoenix (thank you Pat McGroder!).


We celebrate these high profile events, but we also celebrate the papers, workshops, panel discussions, "Conversations With...", and great classes that take place every day.


What a law school!




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Marc L. Miller 
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James E. Rogers College of Law    

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