Letter of the Law: Your Best Moments of 2018

Those of us who were in Tucson late last week were dazzled by two days of snow in the always-beautiful Sonoran Desert. Unforgettable. 

Lawyers know what a difference is made by a slight shift in perspective; in this case, our everyday landscape was completely remade by a little snow.


A little time off helps with perspective too. Just ask Ruby, or my youngest, Wyatt, enjoying our annual winter family gathering in California.

And today it's great to see the College of Law buzzing again after a restful winter break as we welcome students back to class and begin the spring semester.

In this week's edition of Letter of the Law we're pleased to share snapshots from alumni and students who answered our call for photos and news of memorable moments from 2018. Thank you for letting us share in your excitement!

If you are in Tucson tomorrow, please join us for a conversation between Dean Emerita Toni Massaro and Professor Andrew Coan discussing Coan's new book, "Prosecuting the President: How Special Prosecutors Hold Presidents Accountable and Protect the Rule of Law" at 6 p.m. at the College of Law (RSVP or access livestream here).

Until the footnotes,


Your Best Moments of 2018

We asked ... you answered!

Arizona Law alumni are out there doing great things and being recognized for their hard work every day. Today, we share photos from alumni (and a current student) -- near and far -- who responded to our call to connect through photos of their memorable moments from the past year.

This is nothing near to a formal or complete listing of every alumni accomplishment. How could it be? But what great moments. Thanks to all who wrote to us for sending your news and providing inspiration for the semester and year ahead. 
The National Judicial College (NJC) recognized Judge 
Margarita Bernal ('79) with its 2018 teaching award for her 25 years of service. The award was presented by U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor during an NJC reception in Washington, DC.
Fellow Class of 2000 grad Rafael Gonzalez wrote to share this snapshot from the investiture of Kato Crews as a Magistrate Judge for the U.S. District Court, District of Colorado, over the summer.
In April, Judge  Roxanne K. Song Ong ('78) was inducted into the Arizona Asian American Bar Association (AAABA) Hall of Fame. She is pictured here with AAABA President and fellow UA law grad,  Thomas Chiang ('00).
In November, San Diego County Deputy DA
Sherry Thompson-Taylor  ('95) was recognized by the Earl B. Gilliam Bar Foundation with its 2018 Trailblazer Award for her "significant commitment to serving the legal profession via excellence in practice, legal education, and mentoring  and community service."
Class of 1999's  Kate MacRae Corcoran , a 
shareholder at Broening Oberg Woods and Wilson in Phoenix, became a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers at its September ceremony in New Orleans. She's pictured with her husband, John Corcoran.
2L student  Brooke Harris  was excited to intern with the Arizona Court of Appeals, Division 2.

UA-Ocean University of China Law Students Perform in "12 Angry Jurors"

Students at UA Law's micro-campus at Ocean University of China (OUC) in Qingdao displayed their talents outside of the classroom on December 20, performing in an English-language production of "12 Angry Jurors." 

The show was produced and directed by program director and UA law professor Robert Woods, and the cast included UA-OUC 2016 cohort students Li Chenyu (Juror #9) and Jiang Han (Juror #5), 2017 cohort students Li Wenzhe (Juror #4),  Ren Hanxiao (Juror #11), and  Liu Yufei (Juror #7), and 2018 cohort student Liu Yuchen (Guard). The production coordinator was 2015 cohort student Cheng Zishan

OUC Law School Vice Dean Dai Xin attended the performance and was highly impressed, saying it completely exceeded his expectations. Professor Woods, who holds an MFA in theatre directing as well as his JD, said the student actors learned a lot about teamwork, diligence, and the hard work of memorizing lines in English, but they all had a good time participating in the show.

Around the College

Register for "Taking and Defending Depositions" Short Course, 
Open to Practicing Attorneys

A short course, "Taking and Defending Depositions" will take place  April 12-14 and April 19-21, 2019 at the College of Law. 
Whether you are new to depositions or want to refresh your skills, this two-weekend "learn-by-doing" course will give you the tools you need to succeed. In it, you will learn how to:

Effectively prepare your witnesses
Defend the deposition
Deal with obstreperous counsel
Get the answers within time constraints
Optimize information from expert witnesses
Test theories
Close off avenues of escape
The class is limited to seven practicing attorneys and 25 law students, and may be eligible for CLE credit.* The cost for the class is $1,000, and you will find the syllabus hereCourse sessions take place at the University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law.

*The State Bar of Arizona does not approve or accredit CLE activities for the Mandatory Continuing Legal Education requirement. This course may qualify for up to 31 hours toward your annual CLE requirement for the State Bar of Arizona, including 4.5 hours of professional responsibility.

In the News

The Arizona Republic, quoting professor Jane Bambauer
Arizona Delegation Helps Usher In Historic New Congress
Arizona Public Media, quoting professor Andrew Coan
The Wall Street Journal, quoting professor Brent White
New York Post, refers to professor Andrew Coan
Philly.com, quoting professor Toni Massaro
CNN, opinion by professor Andrew Coan
The Washington Post, opinion by professor Andrew Coan

From Washington, DC, to Denver, from New Orleans to San Diego, and from Phoenix to Tucson to Qingdao -- thank you for sharing some of your best moments of 2018 with the Arizona Law community.





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