In this week's newsletter we thank alumnus Peter Chase Neumann ('64) for investing in the College of Law by making a major gift in support of the Civil Justice Initiative (CJI). 

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Peter Chase Neumann ('64) 
Groundbreaking Gift to the Civil Justice Initiative 

Peter Chase Neumann ('64) has made a substantial gift to the College of Law in support of the Civil Justice Initiative (CJI). 

Peter, who began his practice in Tucson before moving to Reno, Nevada, in 1968, is a distinguished plaintiff's lawyer and the founder of the Peter C. Neumann Professional Corps.  He is a past president of the Nevada Trial Lawyers Association and of the Reno Chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates. 

Peter has been a longtime supporter of the college and an engaged alumnus.  In October he met with students for "A Conversation With," lectured to the first year class as part of their study of tort law, and spoke to the community about the pursuit of civil justice. 

Peter's experience spending time with the students and his passion for civil justice inspired him to make a transformative gift to the CJI and endow the newly named, "Peter Chase Neumann Lecture on Civil Justice." 

The lecture series, which began in 2013, has brought in several noteworthy speakers including Thomas Girardi, Patrick J. McGroder, and Richard Fried.  
Peter's gift to the CJI will help us grow the next generation of trial lawyers and will strengthen Arizona Law's place as one of the very best law schools for studying and helping to reform the civil justice system.  We are grateful for his remarkable generosity.

Students Visit Alumni on the Bench
Judge Daniel Collins ('83) recently hosted Arizona Law students  Charles Wang ('17) and Jun Yi (LLM student) on a visit to the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Phoenix.  Charles and Jun have a unique perspective as they were former judges in their home countries of China and South Korea.  They also stopped in to see Judge Stephen McNamee ('69) at the Sandra Day O'Connor Courthouse.

Judge Collins wrote to me:
"I had a wonderful time introducing them to the business of the bankruptcy court and learning about their experiences as judges in China and South Korea.  I think it is fair to say they are both proud to be a part of the Wildcat Family."

Judge Collins ('83), Jun Yi (LLM student), 
Judge McNamee ('69), and Charles Wang ('17) (l-r).

Of his experience, Charles said:
"Today was really a remarkable day in my life.  Not only was it a wonderful visit to the Bankruptcy Court and the District Court, but more importantly, I felt the strong connection of our Wildcat community.  Judge Collins' thoughtful and informative introduction made me truly proud of being part of the law school community!"

Las Vegas Alumni Reception

Are you headed to Las Vegas next week for the Pac 12 Men's Basketball Tournament?  If so, please join me, Professor Billy Sjostrom, our Distinguished Scholars, and fellow alumni at our annual Las Vegas alumni reception. 

When:  Thursday, March 10, 2016, from 4:00pm-6:00pm

Where: Pub 1842 (located inside the MGM) 3799 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89109

No registration is required but please let us know if you think you will be able to join us.   Yes! I plan to attend. 

Arizona Journal of Environmental Law & Policy

The 2015-16 Board of the Arizona Journal of Environment Law & Policy has elected a new board. Please join me in congratulating Andrew Shepherd, the new Editor-in-Chief, and the rest of the 2016-17 board.  Robert Glennon is the AJELP faculty advisor.

Editorial Board 2016-17
Editor-In-Chief, Andrew Shepherd
Executive Editor, Nicholas Alsaka
Senior Note Editor, Erika Johnsen
Senior Articles Editor, William Jenney
Note Editor, Benjamin Hawkins
Articles Editor, Brendan Lenihan
Comment Editor, Hayley Weigold
Marketing Manager, Nicholas Alsaka
Senior Online Editor, Christopher Lloyd

Senior Managing Editor, Brian Bona

In Memoriam
We were saddened to learn that Christopher L. Pickrell ('71) passed away in February in Seattle at 69 years of age. Graduating from law school in 1971, Chris clerked for Justice Lorna Lockwood  (BA '23, JD '25) of the Arizona Supreme Court for a year.  After that, he was appointed a deputy Yavapai County attorney in Prescott, Arizona, for two years. He then became an assistant U.S. attorney in Tucson, where he worked on both civil and criminal matters. In 1981 he moved to Seattle, where he was an immigration judge for a short time. He then was appointed as an assistant U.S. attorney for the Western District of Washington where he practiced in the civil division until his retirement in 2007. He is survived by his wife, Marlys, and two daughters.

Congratulations to Maria Elena Cruz ('01), Newly Appointed Presiding Judge
Alumna Maria Elena Cruz has been appointed presiding judge for Yuma County Superior Courts, at the retirement of Judge John N. Nelson. 

Judge Cruz is a graduate of Yuma High School, Arizona Western College, and the University of Arizona (BA and JD). After graduating from the UA College of Law in 2001, Judge Cruz joined the Yuma County Attorney's Office.  She later served as an Assistant Legal Defender. Prior to her election as a Yuma County Superior Court Judge, Judge Cruz managed a solo practice and served as Judge Pro Tem for the Cocopah Indian Tribe.

The LCA Annual Appreciation Dinner

On Saturday, April 16, the Law College Association will host the 42nd Annual Law College Association Appreciation Dinner. 

Please join us for the presentation of awards honoring and celebrating the remarkable achievements of Ryan C. Flynn ('06), C. Max Killian ('49), Peter W. Likins, the Honorable Roxanne Song Ong ('78), Nicole F. Stanton ('00), and Gary L. Stuart ('67).
When: Saturday, April 16, 2016, 6 - 9 p.m.
Where: Arizona Historical Society Museum
1300 North College Avenue, Tempe, AZ 85281
$125 per person ($150 after March 16)
$1100 for a table of ten ($1500 after March 16)

Register Early!
For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit 

THIS FRIDAY -- Gutter Bowl

Once again, the lanes of the Scottsdale Bowlmor beckon to all Arizona Law alumni and friends for the 9th Annual Arizona Law Gutter BowlYou do not have to be an alumnus to play. All are welcome.

Join us and don't miss Steve Hirsch ('80) and Chas Wirken ('75) as your 2016 King Pins; celebrity bowlers -- featuring the judges of the split 7/10 Circuit; individual and team awards; Arizona raffle and door prizes, including Wildcat basketball tickets, a Biosphere 2 excursion, and a team-autographed UA basketball.

When: Friday, March 4, 2016, 6 - 9 p.m.
Where: Bowlmor Scottsdale, 7300 E Thomas Rd.
All participants will enjoy complimentary shoe rental, appetizers, 
pizza, salad, soft drinks, and pitchers.
Individual Bowlers $125
Team of Five $500
Questions? Contact Chris Gast at or 520-626-2400 or 520-626-2400.
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2016 Mundheim Conversation With Series Begins March 7
Join the Business Law program and Business Law Society for the popular annual series, Conversations with Bob Mundheim.
The series features Professor of Corporate Law and Finance Bob Mundheim moderating conversations with national leaders in business and law, relating their experiences in and perspectives about corporate governance, markets, ethics, and career development.
The series is free and open to the public.
All sessions take place noon-1:15 p.m. at the College of Law, Room 237. Lunch is provided, and seating is limited. Email Corrina Eklund to RSVP.
First up, on March 7 -- and returning to the series -- is Michele Coleman Mayes, Vice President, General Counsel, and Secretary for the New York Public Library. 

Student Participates in Primaries
Second-year student Robert Farquharson had an exciting trip to Las Vegas to be part of the Presidential primary season, followed by a visit to Texas, where he met Senator Marco Rubio.

Robert and Senator Rubio at a campaign stop in Texas.

Online Alumni Directory

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 Arizona Law T-shirt drawing winner from among new directory members is Michael Halladay, Class of '72. Congratulations, Michael, and thanks for joining! 

We continue to move through the heart of the Spring term, with ongoing intellectual events, day-to-day mentoring and engagement between current students and you, our extraordinary alumni, and gatherings to celebrate all things Arizona.

Marc L. Miller  
Dean & Ralph W. Bilby Professor of Law
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