Today marks the first day of classes for the Spring semester. We are excited to offer a schedule filled with leading scholars and professionals including former Tucson Mayor Jonathan Rothschild and retired Arizona Supreme Court Justice John Pelander. 

We also expect a semester full of events and activities for our students, alumni, and the local community. Keep an eye on the college calendar for the latest events. 

This week we are setting the stage for one of our top events of the year -- our annual LCA Awards. Learn about this year's recipients below and plan to join us for the ceremony on Friday, March 6th. 

Until the footnotes,
2020 LCA Awards Recipients 

The Law College Association in partnership with the UA Alumni Association will recognize three outstanding alumni at the annual LCA Awards Celebration.

When: Friday, March 6, 2020
Time: 5-7:30pm
Where: College of Law, Tucson

Kathy Brody ('07)
UAAA Distinguished Citizen Award

Kathy Brody has been working toward criminal justice reform for many years. She served as the president of Arizona Attorneys for Criminal Justice (AACJ) in 2015, leading the organization to revive its legislative committee, and she remains an AACJ board member and co-chair of the committee. 

Since 2015, the AACJ legislative committee has increasingly brought the voices of criminal defense lawyers and their clients into the public conversation about criminal justice in Arizona. Kathy received her BA from Yale University in 1999. 

In 2007, she received her JD, summa cum laude, from Arizona Law. She was a law clerk to Arizona Supreme Court Justice Andrew D. Hurwitz from 2007 to 2008. From 2008 to 2016, Kathy practiced at Osborn Maledon in Phoenix, where she was a partner in the Investigations and Criminal Defense Group. 

From 2016 to 2019, Kathy was the Legal Director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Arizona, where she directed a large and busy docket of ongoing and developing constitutional litigation, including cases involving the First Amendment, the criminal justice system, and the rights of people in prisons and jails. 

Kathy joined Mitchell Stein Carey Chapman in 2019. Her practice focuses on representing and advising individuals, corporations, and public entities during government investigations, assisting companies and public entities in conducting internal investigations, representing licensed professionals in discipline proceedings, and handling complex matters where criminal law issues intersect with constitutional rights, civil liability, politics, and public relations.
Hon. Cecilia Castellanos ('72)
UAAA Public Service Award
Cecilia Castellanos entered the University of Arizona College of Law in 1970 and graduated in December 1972. She also graduated from the University of Arizona with honors in 1967, with a major in Government and Political Science. 

After college, she was hired by Mountain Bell in their business office. A jury notice and serving on an eminent domain jury sparked her interest in the law. 

Her first law job was with the U. S. Department of Justice in the Civil Rights Division in Washington, D.C. After marrying law school classmate John A. Lohse (UA '69 and College of Law '73), she relocated to San Francisco where John became an FBI Special Agent, and Cecilia began a 6-year stint with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) as Trial Attorney and later Chief of the Administrative Hearings Unit. 

After the birth of their two boys, Cecilia started a private law practice in Oakland, specializing in education law and also working as hearing officer for various public agencies in the Bay Area. 

In March 1997, she was appointed to the Alameda County Court as the first Latina ever elected or appointed to that bench. As an attorney and a judge, she has been active in many community organization in the Bay Area. 
She served as President of the California Latino Judges Association from 2000 to 2001. She retired in 2015 but still sits as a Temporary Judge. 

On a personal note, Cecilia (Judge Castellanos) was born and raised in Chihuahua, Mexico, coming to this country at age 11. Her son Evan Daniel Lohse received a B.A. in 2002 and a Master's Degree from the University of Arizona in 2009 and teaches high school in Phoenix. Her son Allen Patrick Lohse is an attorney for Lyft in San Francisco. 
Brett Dunkelman ('80)
LCA Award

Brett graduated summa cum laude from the University of Arizona College of Law in 1980, where he served as the Editor-in-Chief of the Arizona Law Review.  

Following graduation, he clerked for Judge William P. Copple of the United States District Court for the District of Arizona and then Justice William H. Rehnquist of the United States Supreme Court.  

Immediately following his clerkships, he worked for two years practicing antitrust litigation at a large San Francisco law firm.  From 1984 through the present, Brett has practiced antitrust and intellectual property litigation at Osborn Maledon in Phoenix. During the 1990s, Brett taught various intellectual property courses at the College of Law as a professor of practice.  

He played a critical role in establishing and building the Rehnquist Center. More recently, Brett assisted the College of Law in navigating the legal issues relating to the implementation of the GRE as an alternative to the LSAT in the admissions process.

Around the College

To start the semester off, the Student Bar Association hosted a Pathways to Professionalism workshop for students. This new event (with roots in past efforts) was organized by the SBA with support from Professor Keith Swisher, Professor Paul Bennett, administrative teams throughout the college, Hon. Thomas Zlaket, and the Zlaket Endowment for Professionalism. 

The workshop brought students and local practitioners together to share personal experiences and vision for a stronger and more congenial legal profession. 

Retired Chief Justice Thomas Zlaket addresses students. 

Judge Collins leads a small group discussion with students. 

A special thank you to our 
alumni and practitioner volunteers:

David Barlow
Kathy Brody
Hon. Kyle Bryson
Mark Casciari
Bunkye Chi
Hon. Dan Collins
Hon. Maria Elena Cruz
Kevin Franklin
June Harris
Meaghan Kramer
Rick Palmatier
Iskra Uzunova
Matthew Walker
Sara Wright
Hon. Thomas Zlaket

Judge Cruz's group working through professionalism hypotheticals. 

In the News

Associated Press, quoting professor Robert Glennon

Dealreporter, quoting professor Barak Orbach

I hope you will join us in the spring for our many events. Start the year right by attending the LCA Awards. 

Our events are richer with your presence and participation. 




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