week at the State Bar of Arizona convention, 130 alumni
and friends joined us for our Centennial
an alum rushes on stage to lead the crowd in singing
Bear Down, we have achieved great success. Thanks
to Barry Wong ('84)
for his school spirit and leadership and to all of our
alumni and friends who came to help celebrate. It
was a fitting celebration of the College's
great past, present, and
week, I am off to the Pacific Northwest to meet with
alumni in Portland (RSVP
) and Seattle (RSVP
). If you are in the area,
please join us.
this week's newsletter, we continue our series on
student summer employment. This week we feature a
rising 3L student, Jahna Locke, who has a job at the
College in the Veterans' Advocacy Law Clinic.
3L student Jahna Locke is spending her summer working as
an intern at the Veterans' Advocacy Law Clinic.
She discovered this position through Professor and
Clinic Director Kristine Huskey after enrolling in the
Veterans' Law Clinic course last fall. Jahna
jumped at the chance to stay in Tucson to work during
her 2L summer.
working as a Rule 38(d) practicing student attorney.
environment inside and outside of City Court's Veterans'
Court is an experience where you jump in and learn how
to submit motions, interact with clients, and work with
opposing counsel. My favorite part of this
experience is that I am a practicing lawyer -- I just
happen to be supervised. I enjoy learning from my
supervising attorneys how to use equal parts
intelligence and creativity to represent my
clients. It makes me feel so close to being an
advocate contributing to her community."
found her way to Arizona Law from Seattle, in search of
a great school, sunshine, and adventure. After
visiting Arizona Law, she was hooked.
my visit, a student ambassador showed me classrooms,
told me about her new firm job, and her life as a law
student with poise and confidence. The James E.
Rogers College of Law was and is a strong community with
an emphasis on real life experiences through clinic and
clerkship opportunities -- exactly what I was looking
for in a law school."
has not settled on her path after law school
but she knows she wants to continue in a line of work
similar to her summer internship. She is even
considering buying a big truck and RV to explore Alaska
and reach out to isolated communities.
sees a real need for legal services in such communities
and her vision is to create a practice to pair
individuals with federal benefits, including those
available through the VA system. She sees other
potential advantages of heading to Alaska: "I
hear the salmon fishing is ridiculously good out there
if you choose Alaska, you will be in good company.
We have 35-plus Arizona Law alumni living and working in
Alaska, including one alumna who is the CEO of a fishery.
I asked Jahna about her hobbies, she had this to say:
"Life is so short, I
try to fill it with all of the wonderful things I have
around me. I adore my two dogs, Sampson and Marco
-- two parts cute, one part fluffy. Power yoga is
often a regular activity, but I also love rollerblading,
practicing archery, arts and crafts, and eating.
Honestly, I'm just so excited to become a lawyer, to
have the opportunity to move to new places with my
family, to work hard, to learn, and to enjoy the space I
Reception at Arizona State
Thanks to all alumni and friends for adding to the
celebration! It was wonderful to see so many old
|Shar Bahmani ('07),
Senior Director of Development
Jonelle Vold ('01),
and John Carter
|Barry Wong ('84) and
|Judge Nikki Chayet
Judge Karen Nygaard ('82),
and Nancy Yaeli (UA Alumni
|The next generation
staffing the souvenir
||Centennial Snapshot -- Race
in 1982 the University of Arizona College of Law
intermittently held charity runs known as "Race
Judicata," which are also held at other law schools
across the country.
The College's law librarians
documented the 1983 race -- which benefited the law
library -- with these and other candid shots in their
famous (or infamous?) scrapbook collection:
|Do you recognize
|Dean Henderson was
also part of the
have photos or information about runs or other charity
events held in subsequent years at the College of
Law? We would love to hear from you. Please
contact Emily McGovern, Centennial
Coordinator, to share your images and
Summer Alumni Receptions
love to have you join us at one of our upcoming alumni
OR -- Tuesday, July 7, 5:30-7:30 pm at Stoel
Rives, 900 SW Fifth Ave., Ste 2600. RSVP here
WA -- Wednesday, July 8, 5-7 pm at Williams
Kastner, Two Union Square, 601 Union St., Ste 4100. RSVP here
-- Planned for late summer, details to
-- Planned for late summer, details to
-- Tuesday, August 4, 12-2 pm, details to
make plans to return to Tucson and connect with more
alumni during this year's special
Homecoming-Centennial Week, October
for any alumni event by contacting Marissa
White or following the links
For those away from
Tucson, as we send this Wildcat
Wednesday--Letter of the Law,
we should report that the monsoon rains have arrived --
even some hail.
Before 2008, the start of the monsoon was
identified by three consecutive days of a daily dew
point average of 55 degrees F or higher. The
average Phoenix start date was July 7, but ranged from
June 16 (in 1925!) to July 25 (in 1987). In
Tucson, the average start date was July 3 -- so we are
early this year.
Perhaps because news stations
could not define 'dew point,' since 2008 the official
start date of the monsoon is July 15, and the end
September 15, regardless of temperature, humidity, or
precipitation (learn more about the monsoon here
). I remember shortly after
moving to Tucson ten years ago telling a good friend who
lives in New York and Kansas that the monsoon had
arrived, and he responded with laughter, "The monsoon?
Really? I thought you moved to Southern Arizona,
not Southeast Asia."
This is a stunning time of
year, with dramatic clouds and storms moving across
Tucson, and plants that seem to grow before your eyes as
they soak up the sporadic but heavy rains. It also
reminds us that we have reached the half-way point of
summer. We are looking forward to the return of the
energy and sounds of a new school year, and the
introduction of a new incoming class.
I hope your
summer has gone well thus far, and that you will find
space to relax in the days and weeks that
& Ralph W. Bilby Professor of Law
the next century of legal