Today, like many of you who practice in Arizona, I am enjoying the State Bar of Arizona Convention, this year held right down the road from the University of Arizona.

Breakfast at the convention with Arizona Law alumnus and State Bar of Arizona Executive Director, John Phelps ('86).

Until the footnotes,

See You at the Bar Convention

I hope you will join Arizona Law for appetizers, drinks, and a great chance to connect during the convention.  Our reception for Arizona Law alumni and friends is at the Westin La Paloma on Thursday, June 15, beginning at 6:30 p.m. in Sonoran Room 1.  Register here.
Also make sure to visit Arizona Law at Booth 28 throughout the convention (June 14-17) to say hello and receive free Arizona Law gifts -- and coffee.

The Arizona Law booth, staffed by our Alumni & Development team,  Irania Fimbres-Ruiz, Carol Lee Taylor, and Marissa White (l-r).

Celebrating Arizona Law Alumni With 50 Years in the Bar
Arizona Law graduates celebrating their 50th year of admission to the Arizona bar will be honored during the State Bar Convention at Friday's annual luncheon. 

The list of attorneys admitted to the Arizona Bar in 1967 includes many distinguished Arizona Law alumni.

This week, we stand in admiration of the widely varied accomplishments and contributions made to the bar over the intervening decades by this remarkable group of alumni.

Join me in congratulating: 

Richard Abbuhl ('67)
Gary Abromovitz ('67)
Kenneth Arrick ('67)
Richard Ball ('67)
Wayne Benesch ('67)
Martha Blue ('66)
Jeffrey Bonn ('67)
Hon. (Ret.) H. Stewart Bradshaw ('66)
Hon. (Ret.) J. William Brammer, Jr. ('67)
Hon. David C. Bury ('67)
Paul Colarich ('67)
Jon Conner ('67)
David Cox ('67)
Don Crampton ('67)
Hon. (Ret.) Fred Croxen, II ('60)
Robert Daudet ('67)
Hon. Edd Dawson ('67)
Sandra Day ('67)
Larry Debus ('67)
Anthony DePrima ('66)
Gerald Diddy ('67)
Bedford Douglass, Jr. ('67)
Peter Dunn ('67)
William Flick ('67)
Clarke Greger ('67)
James Gries ('67)
Rose Ann Herman ('67)
John Lacy ('67)
M. Byron Lewis ('67)
Lawrence Marks ('67)
Hamilton McRae, III ('67)
Michael Monroe ('67)
Dr. Richard Morris ('67)
Lawrence Nicholls ('66)
Michael O'Grady ('67)
David Rosenthal ('67)
Burke Rosenzweig ('67)
John Ryley ('67)
Alberto Saldamando ('67)
Stephen Silver ('67)
Bill Stephens ('67)
Gary Stuart ('67)
Joseph Swan, Jr. ('67)
George ("Skip") Wallach ('67)
Douglas Zimmerman ('67)

Arizona Law Review Editorial Board 1966-67 -- current honorees in bold
Seated, left to right: M. Byron Lewis, Comment Editor; Gary Lester Stuart, Casenote Editor; George C. Wallach, Editor-in-Chief; Peter G. Dunn, Article Editor; James C. Gries, Reference Editor.
Standing, left to right: Michael J. O'Grady; Nicholas G. Stuckey; Robert A. Scheffing, Recent Decisions Editor; Professor Kenneth Reiblich; Professor John J. Irwin, Jr.; Professor Claude H. Brown; J. William Brammer, Jr.; John E. Lundin.

Dean Ares
Notes from 1967

The Class of 1967 graduated at a tumultuous time in the country's history and an equally auspicious era for the college.
This was the first graduating class eligible to graduate with Juris Doctor degrees from the University of Arizona. Before that, and even though it was graduate training, the degree offered was the LLB.
(To further confuse matters, the undergraduate law degree offered then and since around the world is ... the LLB!)
They were the first class led by the young, accomplished, self-described "boy from Marana," Dean Charles Ares.
And, along with students from the classes of 1968 and 1969, they established the Arizona Advocate, a law-student-run newspaper that lasted for 27 years and chronicled our intellectual and social life.
The first Arizona Advocate, from December 1966, features many of our current honorees.  Headlines and some key text include:

[Legal] Aid Program Provides Experience
[S]tudent participants are learning what researching actual cases means. Court deadlines sharpen research selectivity. Theories of tort cases take on new meanings to students analyzing an accident report in search of a defense for an impecunious defendant. Conditional sales contracts are no longer lifeless instruments when the Legal Aid clients who signed them were too unsuspecting to realize their import.

Police Intern Program Seen as 'Enlightening'
The police internship committee of the Student Bar Association (SBA) gives a group of 12 students an opportunity to observe Tucson police in action and eventually will give police and attorneys a better working relationship.

Draft System Explained
Thousands of Arizona male students are affected by and hear rumors and second hand reports of Selective Service procedures. Norman L. Erb, state director of the Selective Service for Arizona, in an interview gave answers to a few basic questions.

Law College Association Announced
At the University Alumni Law Luncheon held Nov. 12 as part of Homecoming, Charles E. Ares, Dean of the College of Law, announced the formation of the University of Arizona Law College Association to aid in the improvement of legal education and promote a closer relationship between the law school and the bar.
The programs will include publication of a bulletin to inform members of current programs and events, establishment of a placement program, a lecture program and a program of research to help the profession. Scholarship and loan funds will also be an important part of the activities.
Dean Ares indicated that the response had been remarkably good and that more than $7,000 had been pledged and contributed to the Association. Dean Ares said that membership was not restricted to University alumni and added that the first goal was for a charter group of 100 attorneys to make an initial contribution of $250. Annual membership will be $25 per year for those admitted to practice for more than five years and $5 for those with less time in practice.

Ares Sets Modern, Progressive law School As Goal
Charles E. Ares, the new dean of the College of Law, has embarked on several programs intended to increase the progressiveness, modernity, and professionalism of the college. These programs will affect the students, faculty, and present facilities.
The opening of a new law school at Arizona State University will probably result in some decrease in the 1967-1968 first-year student enrollment according to Dean Ares ...
Dean Ares stresses that students must regard themselves, and conduct themselves, as professionals. He hopes to promote a more academic atmosphere through facilities designed to accomplish this purpose, and to produce good lawyers who are as aware of the world around them as they are of the law.

3L Jacob Metoxen Elected President of 
National Native American Law Students Association

We are always delighted -- though never surprised -- when our students receive national acclaim.

University of Arizona Law rising 3L Jacob Metoxen (Oneida) has been elected president of the National Native American Law Students Association (NNALSA).
NNALSA promotes the study and development of Federal Indian Law, Tribal Law, and traditional forms of governance, as well as supports Native Americans in law school, both in their own personal academic and life achievements, and in their efforts to educate their peers and communities about Indian law issues.
Jacob is also a member of the University of Arizona's Native American Law Students Association (UANALSA) chapter and has taken on leadership roles both at Arizona Law and nationally since his 1L year. He is the first-ever UA student to be elected NNALSA President.
Robert A. Williams, Jr., the E. Thomas Sullivan Professor of Law and the faculty chair of the Indigenous Peoples Law and Policy Program, said:
"Jacob was elected on the strength of his service to his own tribal community, his NALSA chapter here at the College of Law, the university, and Tucson Native community. We are proud to have him and his wife Lisa Wrazidlo (Bad River Ojibwe, '17) as part of our University of Arizona IPLP Program family."
UA NALSA members Daune Cardenas (Pascua Yaqui, '18) and Matthew Ramirez (Standing Rock Sioux, '19) were also elected to the national NALSA board as area reps.

Arizona Law Reunions and Homecoming, October 26-28, 2017
Arizona Law is in the midst of helping our 2017 reunion committees plan a weekend of reunions, Homecoming events, BBQs, and seats for the UA homecoming football game.
Reunion committees have so far been formed by the Classes of 1967, 1977, 1992, and 2007. 

We invite members of other classes from years ending in 2 or 7 to form reunion committees and receive logistical support through the Alumni and Development Office. The deadline for forming a committee to work with the college is June 30.
The college will also host an all-year reunion reception on Friday, October 27.
For more information or to participate in a class reunion committee for your year, please contact Marissa White in the Alumni and Development Office by calling 520-626-8132 or via email at

Support Future Lawyers With Your Gift  to the Law College Association

2016 Scholarship Luncheon
Alumni are the hallmark of the College of Law. Your participation and support -- in events, mentorship, and giving -- provides opportunities for the next generation. 

As we prepare to close our fiscal year on June 30, 2017, we ask you to consider making a gift to the College of Law -- In Favor of Students. All gifts matter, regardless of size, and help us deliver on our promise of a high-value, top-quality education, in a small, supportive community.

I look forward to the State Bar Convention each June.  It comes at a warmer, slower time of year for faculty and staff at the college.
But there is little slow about the modern practice of law.  Reading the Arizona Advocate from 1966 reveals the deep roots of much that we see today, including extensive clinical and other experiential education, the interest in the interface between law, policy, and politics, and the then-nascent and now absolutely critical professional and financial support provided to our college by alumni and friends.
The Bar Convention -- as with our ongoing conversations with alumni and friends of the college, in classes, in lectures, in roundtable discussions, and in the community -- is a constant lesson for us in the need to educate the best students for a changing, evolving, and ever-fascinating profession.


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