week, we feature Tristany Leikem, a rising 3L,
Noora Balooshi, our new Academic Affairs
Coordinator, and Cristina Castaneda, an alum (LLM
'07) and our new Director of Global Programs.
Sonoran Desert is closer to a sea of dreams than
the high seas, but that hasn't stopped Tristany
Leikem ('15) from pursuing her dreams. Tristany is
a commissioned officer, reservist, and future
member of the Judge
Advocate General Corps in the United
came to Arizona Law after graduating from the
University of Rhode Island in 2012, where she was
a Division I tennis player. The transition to
Tucson was an easy one. Tristany grew up here, and
notes "after attending U of A events throughout my
childhood, I was excited to become a Wildcat."
has made a direct impact on Arizona Law during her
time here. She is the senior note editor for the
Arizona Law Review, and an unwavering
volunteer in the Volunteer
Lawyers Program. She also works in the Veteran's Advocacy Law
Clinic, serves on the executive board of the
Law Women's Association, and represents
summer, she is working as an associate for Mesch,
Clark & Rothschild in Tucson.
legal experiences include working in the U.S.
Attorney's Office of Arizona, U.S. Representative
Ron Barber's District Office, and the Tucson City
is excited for her future position as a JAG
Officer. It is highly rewarding career path
followed by many of our alumni. After graduation,
Tristany will attend five weeks of Officer
Development School (AKA boot camp for officers).
Then, she will attend ten weeks of Naval Justice
School before moving to her first duty station.
Tristany looks forward to both training
experiences in Newport, Rhode Island, where she
will have the chance to re-connect with college
Tristany with her family after the JAG
of her primary reasons for attending Arizona Law
was to be closer to her family. Her parents reside
in town, but her two sisters, whom she misses very
much, are pursuing their own life goals. Her twin
sister, Kirsten, will begin the graduate program
for public policy at Carnegie Mellon this fall.
Her little sister Lyndsay will begin her sophomore
year as a Division I basketball player at Indiana
University this fall. Thankfully, everyone returns
home to Tucson for the holidays!
represents the kind of passion and determination
we see throughout the community at Arizona Law. We
honor her service to our country, and we will
celebrate the honor she has brought to her new
Connect with Tristany on
Balooshi recently joined our academic affairs team
as a program coordinator. In that role, she helps
plan and coordinate the schedule of classes with
faculty, adjunct faculty, administration, main
campus, and the registrar's office. She works
directly with Kirsten Engel,
Assistant Dean of Academic Affairs and our
academic affairs department has hundreds of moving
pieces to organize so that we can provide students
with almost 100 classes each term. We offer as
many classes as larger law schools -- but in
smaller settings where faculty and students get to
know each other. More than 80 percent of our
second and third year classes have fewer than 25
came to us from the Graduate College on main
campus where she helped to manage graduate
admissions. She received her undergraduate degree
in history from the U of A in 2012. During her
time as a student, she was active in student
affairs and on-campus activities.
she's not at Arizona Law, she spends most of her
time with her dog, Barkley, or on her yoga mat,
with some gardening and cycling sprinkled in.
Starting next month, she will begin training to
become a certified
new Director of Global Programs, Cristina
Castaneda (LLM '07), comes to the College from the
Center for InterAmerican Free Trade, where she
served as Research and Development Director. We
profiled Cristina in a prior Wildcat Wednesday-Letter
of the Law.
Law has become a leader in global legal education.
More than 25 percent of the incoming JD class, and
about 30 percent of all new students coming to the
College each year are from outside of the U.S.
is directly responsible for managing our portfolio
of four exciting programs offered at Arizona Law:
the Advanced JD program,
the LLM and the SJD programs
in International Trade and Business Law and
of Legal Studies. Students also
come from around the world seeking an LLM or SJD
in Indigenous Peoples Law and Policy, or the new
masters degree (MPS) in Indigenous Governance.
is also involved in the development of law school
partners located all over the world. She
represented our global programs during the Arizona
Law in DC Week meeting with embassy staff and
international trade associates.
growing Global Programs have brought new insights
to the classroom and created a global network for
all of our students, whether they are from Marana
or Montana or Mongolia. Our programmatic efforts
to respond to the global practice of law and
business, and to the demand for a first rate U.S.
legal education, increases our worldwide
prominence, brings extraordinary new knowledge and
perspectives into the first year and upper
division courses, expands the connections
between our faculty expertise and
emerging markets, and transforms our alumni
addition to her LLM in International Trade and
Business Law, Cristina has a law degree from her
home country of El Salvador. She has worked as a
research attorney in international development
projects in Latin America and Kenya. Her main
focus has been legal reform to improve access to
credit and the modernization of the judicial
system through the introduction of oral (and
loves the desert scene, but -- like Tristany --has
a fondness for the sea. She enjoys time with her
husband and their cat, and teaching, whether for
lawyers, graduate students, or as a volunteer with
Lawyers for Literacy tutoring elementary school
students to improve their reading skills.
can contact Cristina at email@example.com.
in the Newest Members of our
This past week, I had the
great pleasure of swearing-in
Julia Palfreyman ('14) and Benjamin
Nucci ('14). Both participated in the February Bar
Program, and are now licensed to practice in
Noshes are Back: Join Us!
who would like to network with current students
are encouraged to join us on the
second Thursday of every month for a networking
Noshes are held on campus and help
provide our students an
opportunity to meet legal and business
professionals, practice their networking skills,
and learn about different practice
areas. We are
looking for interested alums who can join us at
the Law College for these events. Our first
Networking Nosh will be September 11th. If you are
interested in participating, please email us
THE DATE - Arizona Law in Denver
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THE DATE - Arizona Law in Las Vegas
THE DATE - Rehnquist Center's Annual
Constitution Day Program at the College of
THE DATE - PLAN AHEAD - Centennial Homecoming
more information, CLICK
HERE to visit our
Homecoming 2014 website.
many of our recent graduates, this is a month of
practice, practice, practice, leading up to the
July bar administration. The vast majority of our
returning students, including almost all of our
rising 2Ls, are working in various legal positions
around the state, around the country, and around
the world. And those of us at the law school
continue to write, think, work, and plan for the
new school year.
Dean & Ralph W. Bilby Professor of
James E. Rogers College of Law
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