This week, we highlight two upcoming events at the College: an upcoming Centennial event and the 41st Annual Law College Association Awards Dinner.


We also share photos and memories from last week's national NALSA moot court competition.  We celebrate the return of Gutter Bowl.  And, once again, we celebrate the achievement of our advocacy teams -- this time the ABA National Advocacy Competition.


Until the Footnotes,




Application of Gault - Making Legal History

Dean Charles Ares
in 1972


This week, as part of our celebration of the College's Centennial, we take a moment to highlight one of the great cases from federal constitutional history, and one of the many important cases that have involved Arizona Law alums.

In June 1964, 15-year-old Gerald Gault was incarcerated after a brief off-the-record session in a judge's chambers in Globe, Arizona. Through the dogged efforts of his parents, the judgment against him was ultimately reversed by the United States Supreme Court in the 1967 landmark case of Application of Gault.

The Court for the first time held that juveniles facing a loss of liberty are entitled to basic due process protections, including the right to notice of the charges against them, the right to counsel, the privilege against self-incrimination, and the right to confront and cross-examine witnesses.

Charles Ares, 1952 alumnus and former dean of the University of Arizona College of Law, co-authored the Supreme Court briefs urging reversal in Gault.


We invite you to attend a multi-media presentation about Gerald Gault's story by the Honorable Peter J. Cahill, Gila County Superior Court Presiding Judge, and Arizona Law alum Lisa Pferdoert ('13) of the Maricopa County Office of the Public Advocate.  



We are excited to host this as a Centennial Spotlight on Legal History event:

Friday, March 27, 2015,

Noon-1:30 p.m.

Rogers College of Law, Room 164

The event is open to all students, alums and the public. RSVP here. 

Law College Association Annual Awards Dinner



On Saturday, April 25, the Law College Association will host its 41st Annual Awards Dinner in Tucson.   


The awards dinner, which occurs each spring, is an opportunity to celebrate and honor a few of the exceptional people who make up the Arizona Law community. 




This year we honor five notable friends and alumni: Professor James Anaya, Desmond Kearns, Jim Rogers, Rebecca Perez-Serano, and the Honorable Sarah "Sally" Simmons. Over the next few weeks, we will share the personal stories of each of our award winners.


We invite you to join us at this year's Annual Awards Dinner in Tucson at the picturesque Tanque Verde Guest Ranch. The event will include dinner, a cocktail reception, and a special tribute to the College of Law Centennial.  


We have reserved a limited number of rooms at the Tanque Verde Guest Ranch at a special rate. To reserve a room click here. The special rate is valid until March 21. 


The early bird price for tickets is $100 per person or $900 for a table of 10. After March 31 tickets are $125 per person and $1250 for a table of 10. 


Click here to purchase tickets. 




NALSA Moot Court Competition

NALSA President Chase Velasquez


Last week, we hosted seventy moot court teams from across the country for the National Native American Law Student Association (NALSA) Moot Court Competition.   


Over 100 attorneys (including alums) from across the country, including Arizona, New Mexico, Washington, D.C., and the state of Washington, served as brief judges and oral argument judges. All of these judges volunteered their time and many paid their own travel expenses, making the competition truly special.  




Along with Arizona Law's NALSA chapter, I would like to thank all volunteers who helped the chapter plan and host this remarkable event.


On Friday evening, at the end of the first day of competition, all of the participants and the Arizona Law students, staff and faculty honored US federal district court judge (and ASU alumna) Diane Humetewa.  Before her nomination and confirmation as the first Native American federal court judge, she served as the United States Attorney for the District of Arizona.   


A drum circle played a song in Judge Huwetema's honor.  And then every participant and coach -- more than 250 people -- formed two lines in the beautiful Spring evening so that each participant could greet her personally.




The life of Arizona Law is filled with magical moments.  This moment will live in the minds and hearts of all those fortunate to be present for a very long time.


The 2015 National NALSA Moot Court Competition was a great success. Thank you to Professor Hershey and Professor Tatum and the NALSA organization for your leadership and dedication in making this an outstanding event.  




Panel of judges


Eighth Annual Gutter Bowl


In response to overwhelming popular demand, the Gutter Bowl returned in full swing last week, held for the first time since 2012.  


Over 100 alumni and friends gathered at Bowlmor Scottsdale to see which team would knock down the most, and the fewest, pins. Teams made up of firms, judges, clerks, and colleagues competed with gusto and good times for glory and the coveted bowling pin trophies signed by yours truly.


Honorary co-hosts Steve Hirsch and Chas Wirken kept the crowd entertained with their antics, awards, raffle prizes, and commentary. Celebrity judges Brutinel, Collins, McNamee, and Pelander joined in on the revelry, providing an extra level of respectability to the often boisterous event. The Bryan Cave team was lucky enough to be joined by Judge McNamee, who was apparently a strike-making machine on the evening of the event.


Reigning champions Jones, Skelton & Hochuli walked away once again with the first place trophy. The Snell & Wilmer team earned second place, and alumni Wayne Howard's ragtag team of alums and Arizona Law administrators laughed its way right into third place. Quite proudly, Fennemore Craig gutter bowled its way to the lowest score of the night.


Gutter Bowl event results:



2nd Place-Snell & Wilmer

3rd Place-Wayne Howard's Team

Gutter Bowl-Fennemore Craig

Highest Individual Score-Robert Berk (Jones, Skelton & Hochuli)

Highest Score for Federal Judiciary-Judge Stephen McNamee

Highest Score for Arizona Supreme Court-A tie! Justices Robert Brutinel and John Pelander

Best Shirt, Foreign Service-Lars Lagerman

Best Shirt, Academic Achievement-Professor Paul Bennett

Best Shirt, Sentimental Vintage-Pat Martin


On behalf of Phoenix alumni and all of us at Arizona Law who look forward to taking on the champions in future years, our sincere gratitude goes out to the Gutter Bowl committee for its enthusiasm and hard work in making this annual event a reality once again.  


To Alison Bachus, Geoff Balon, Coree Neumeyer, Jessica Post, and Tom Stack: each of you is a perfect example of what makes ours one of the best alumni communities around.




ABA National Appellate Advocacy Competition






Please join me in congratulating students Seth Apfel (3L), Scott Boncoskey (3L), and Emily Tyson (3L), the members of the Arizona Law National Appellate Advocacy Competition team.


The team not only went 3-0 in the preliminary rounds and advanced to the sweet sixteen in the Seattle Regional, but also won best brief in the region! 



Please also join me in congratulating Matt Ruskin (3L), Jayme Weber (3L), and Kylie Winkleblack (3L), who also wrote one of the stronger briefs in the region, and who delivered strong performances in three rounds of oral argument.  


Both teams enjoyed excellent preparation and advice from several Arizona Law faculty members, including Barbara Atwood, Stacy Butler, Joy Herr-Cardillo, David Marcus, and Suzanne Rabe.  Several alumni (and former Arizona Law NAAC team members) also served as practice judges, including alum Julia Palfreyman;  2011 NAAC team alums Katie Callahan, Nick Knauer, Lauren LaBuff, and Ryan Thomsen; 2013 NAAC team alum Johnny Anderson; and 2014 team alums Kristine (Alger) Doubleday, Will Pew, and Jon Loe.  The teams are coached by Professor Susie Salmon.






Dean Miller at Diablo's Cantina


If you're in Las Vegas for the men's Pac 12 Basketball Tournament, join me tonight, March 11, at 6:00 pm at Diablo's Cantina for a Arizona Law reception prior to the UA Alumni Association's Wildcats in Las Vegas Welcome Party. 


RSVP here. 

Terry's Tips on the Tucson Festival of Books, March 14-15, 2015



This weekend is the Tucson Festival of Books. Former Assistant Dean of Admissions, Terry Holpert shares insider tips on this year's festival.  And, of course, don't forget to stop by the Arizona Law booth, #318 on the Mall at Cherry Ave., to say hello.




Hello friends,


I have worked lots on the Tucson Festival of Books this year and I write to give you suggestions on some wonderful authors who will be in our midst next weekend, March 14-15, 2015. I will focus most on Current Events authors, since that's who I recruit, but there are fabulous fiction, children's, culinary, environmental, and mystery writers, and poets who would welcome your time and attention. Read, listen, enjoy and let me know what inspires you!


My advice is to start early and continue late! This year, the inspiration starts early when on Thursday evening, March 12, 2015 at 6pm in Centennial Hall on the UA campus, Mary Robinson, the former President of Ireland and the UN Special Envoy for Climate Change will give the Haury Lecture in Environment and Social Justice, "Everybody Matters: Climate Change and Human Rights."   


The book festival starts Friday evening with a concert by a band of prominent authors who are amateur musicians, including Amy Tan, Mitch Albom, Dave Barry and others. Tickets are available on the book festival website ( and all proceeds contribute to literacy activities in southern Arizona.  


The main events -- author talks, book signings, booths, games, activities -- will be Saturday and Sunday from 9:30am-5:30pm. Some 350 authors will participate from many genres.  


On Sunday evening, after the festival closes, there will be a special screening of a documentary about the history of The Nation magazine by award winning director Barbara Kopple. "Hot Type: 150 Years of The Nation" will be screened at The Loft Cinema at 7pm, followed by a discussion led by Nation Washington correspondent and three-time Tucson Festival of Books participant, John Nichols. The Nation is celebrating its 150th anniversary this year with events around the country, and we are delighted that they have chosen the Tucson Festival of Books for one of its celebratory events. Prominent writers for The Nation will be featured at the festival, including Noam Chomsky, John Nichols, Katha Pollitt, Lee Fang and our own Congressman Raul Grijalva, and The Nation will have a booth on the UA mall.


~ Terry S. Holpert 



Spring break is here. And not a moment too soon.  


Students, staff, and faculty will take a deep breath, and then return for the Soll Lecture and dash to the end of the term, and the school year.


Here is one date to get on your calendars now: the Centennial Year graduation -- Saturday, May 16, at 2 pm in McKale Center. Join us to celebrate the graduation of a great class, and help us turn to our next century. 







Marc L. Miller  

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