It has been a year since the untimely passing of College of Law professor Jean Braucher. Every day we miss her contributions as a scholar, a teacher, and a colleague.

In this week's Wildcat Wednesday -- Letter of the Law, we reflect on Jean's significant legacy by spotlighting the inaugural Braucher Memorial Award, established by the American Bankruptcy Institute.
We also profile alumnus James ("Jimmy") Rogers ('72), who will visit the college next month as part of the Civil Justice Initiative.

Until the footnotes,

First Inaugural Braucher Memorial Award

The inaugural Jean Braucher Memorial Award was presented to Professor Margaret Howard of Washington and Lee Law School during the American Bankruptcy Institute's Winter Leadership Conference in December, held at the Arizona Biltmore in Phoenix.
Prof. Margaret Howard and James Patrick Shea ('82).

Arizona Law alumnus James Patrick Shea ('82 JD, '79 BA), president of ABI, presented the award. In his remarks to the audience of over 600, he spoke of Professor Braucher's work:
"Jean was known for insightful and cutting-edge research and writing, universally respected by her colleagues and loved by her devoted students. Her work often touched the human dimensions of business transactions, contracts and bankruptcy -- especially in the consumer area. She studied provocative and controversial areas, including the dimensions of race in the consumer bankruptcy process."
Shea tells us that the ABI created the new annual award to be presented to "the academic or judge who embodies Jean's commitment to the understanding of and improvement in consumer bankruptcy law." The Braucher Award also includes a check for $7,500.
Professor Howard was unanimously chosen for this year's award. Of the honor, she said: 

"To be thought of for this award is something I particularly cherish because Jean was much more than a creative and insightful scholar. She was also a dear friend and one of the people I most admired. The community of bankruptcy scholars is close-knit, and Jean's passing has left a big hole in our hearts. It is a huge honor to have my name linked with hers." (See article here.
We are thankful to the ABI for memorializing the importance of Jean's work, her life, and her impact on the profession with this annual award. 

Alumni Profile -- James S. Rogers ('72)

Alumnus James ("Jimmy") Rogers ('72), who has had a successful trial advocacy practice in his hometown of Seattle for nearly 40 years, will return to campus next week as part of the Civil Justice Initiative (CJI) lecture series to address students and deliver the fourth CJI talk of the school year. He tells us:
"It's a true honor to be invited to speak at this wonderful law school I graduated from many years ago. I've been fortunate to have a law practice in Seattle that continues to give me great satisfaction, and provide my clients with justice for damages they sustain."

After graduating with his JD, Jimmy began working in private practice in Seattle. He established his own law offices in 1986, was a partner in Rogers and Darvas, and co-founded Rogers & Fleck, PLLC, in 2001. In 2007 he founded the Law Offices of James S. Rogers, where he practices today.
Jimmy is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, International Academy of Trial Lawyers, International Society of Barristers, and a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates. He was named the 1998 "Trial Lawyer of the Year" by the Washington State Trial Lawyer's Association and the 2010 "Outstanding Plaintiff's Trial Lawyer of the Year" by the Washington Defense Trial Lawyers.

Enjoying time with his daughters.

Jimmy's visit is part of the College of Law's ongoing efforts to leverage our longstanding strengths in civil procedure and trial practice and become the premier destination for educating trial lawyers. A hallmark of the CJI is the lecture series showcasing leading advocates to the student body and the legal community. Past distinguished lecturers include Tom Girardi, Pat McGroder ('70),  Peter Chase Neumann ('64), Stanley Feldman ('56), and Richard Fried ('66).
Visit Details
Jimmy Rogers will participate in our "Conversation With" series, speaking to students about his career and practice. The "Conversation With Jimmy Rogers" will take place on February 3 at noon.
That evening, Jimmy will deliver a public talk as part of the Civil Justice Initiative, entitled "Developing a First-tier Personal Injury/Product Liability Practice from the Ground Up." 
Date:  Wednesday, February 3, 2015
Time: 5:30 - 6:30 p.m. (Reception to follow)
Location: College of Law (Room 168)

CLE credit may be available.*
*The State Bar of Arizona does not approve or accredit CLE activities for the Mandatory Continuing Legal Education requirement. The activities offered may qualify for your annual CLE requirement for the State Bar of Arizona, including the indicated hours of professional responsibility (ethics), if applicable.

Law.Change Speaker, January 29
Law.Change is a Friday lecture series about technological changes and business trends in the legal profession. The next speaker is: 

Dee Schiavelli, Founder, Results Marketing for Lawyers on "Why Lawyers Should Use LinkedIn 
-- Building Reputation, Network, & Credibility"

Date: Friday, January 29, 2016
Time: 12 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Location: College of Law, Room 137

Lunch provided! CLE may be available*

*The State Bar of Arizona does not approve or accredit CLE activities for the Mandatory Continuing Legal Education requirement. This activity may qualify for up to 1 hour toward your annual CLE requirement for the State Bar of Arizona, including 1 hour of professional responsibility."

Next IPLP Speaker on January 29

The Indigenous Peoples Law and Policy Program (IPLP) is hosting a series of talks by visiting scholars this spring. The second talk in the series is this Friday; see the full schedule here
Joe Bryan, Assistant Professor of Geography at University of Colorado, Boulder on 
"Land Titling and the Dilemma of Indigenous Rights: The Case of Awas Tingni"

Date:  Friday, January 29, 2016
Time:  12 p.m. - 1:15 p.m.
Location: College of Law, Faculty Lounge (Room 237)

Lunch provided. No RSVP needed.

Joe Bryan works on indigenous politics in the Americas with an emphasis on land rights and participatory mapping. He is the co-author with Denis Wood of Weaponizing Maps: Indigenous Peoples and Counterinsurgency in the Americas (Guilford, 2015). His current research looks at how indigenous communities in Nicaragua and Mexico are addressing the limits of legal recognition of territorial rights in light of land invasions and extractive resources.

Arizona Law to Host U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Elena Kagan, February 15

United States Supreme Court Associate Justice Elena Kagan will speak on the evening of February 15 at the University of Arizona for the 37th McCormick Lecture, sponsored by the James E. Rogers College of Law and the J. Byron McCormick Society for Law and Public Affairs.

This event has reached capacity, and attendance is limited to those who have already registered. Updates and contact information are available here

Gutter Bowl Rolling Your Way!

The 9th Annual Gutter Bowl is scheduled for Friday, March 4, 2016, from 6-9 p.m. at Bowlmor Scottsdale (7300 E Thomas Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 85251). Register as a team or individual today!

Individual bowlers $125 
Team of five $500

All participants will enjoy complimentary shoe rental, appetizers, 
pizza, salad, soft drinks, and pitchers.

Don't miss: 
Steve Hirsch ('80) and Chas Wirken ('75) as your 2016 King Pins Celebrity Bowlers
Individual and Team Awards
Arizona Raffle and Door Prizes
Questions? Contact Chris Gast at 520-626-2400 or

Alumnus Brian Clymer ('78) Named "Lawyer of the Year"
Attorney Brian Clymer ('78) was recently selected Best Lawyers' 2016 Workers' Compensation Law-Claimants "Lawyer of the Year" for Tucson. Read more here.

Alumna Jody Corrales ('06) Honored
Jody Corrales ('06), of DeConcini McDonald Yetwin & Lacy, was selected as a Rising Star in the 2015 Southwest Super Lawyers publication and as a 2015 "40 Under 40" honoree by the Tucson Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and the Arizona Daily Star. She was also selected for a three-year term as a Lawyer Representative for the Ninth Circuit of the U.S. District Court of Arizona. Read more here. 


Alumnus (and double Wildcat) Barbra Nault (JD '97, BA '88) was recently named managing partner of the Anchorage, Alaska, office of Hall, Render, Killian, Heath & Lyman. Barbra focuses her legal practice on health care, business and corporate transactions, employment law and business advice.

Please take the time to join your online alumni directory. We are creating a shared resource to support our students and our alumni. If you need us to resend your personalized invitation, please email or call (520) 621-8430.
The latest weekly drawing winner from among new directory members is Melissa Meister ('03). Congratulations, Melissa, and thanks for joining!

Last week we held our annual national Board of Visitors (BOV) meeting and first-year student luncheon. The day included a discussion of the state of the college, focusing on critical initiatives and extremely valuable mock interviews with BOV members and students. The BOV is made up of leading lawyers, judges, and members of the business community who know the college well, and use the annual meeting as an opportunity to help shape our direction, and ultimately our destiny. 

Thank you to our Board of Visitors!

Interactive discussion occurred throughout the day.

The first-year luncheon was a chance for board members to converse with current students and hear from Professor James Anaya. 

Marc L. Miller  
Dean & Ralph W. Bilby Professor of Law
Shaping the next century of legal education 
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