Each spring, at the annual Arizona Law scholarship luncheon, our students who are supported by scholarships gather to spend time with our donors and to convey their gratitude.

This year's luncheon was on February 28. Today, we hear from three of our current scholars on the huge impact that the generosity of our supporters has had in their lives.
This week we also look forward to celebrating the life of S. Thomas Chandler ('46) at an event in Tucson.

Until the footnotes,
Celebrating Donors and Scholars at the 2020 Scholarship Luncheon
The 2020 scholarship luncheon, held at the college on February 28, celebrated the impact of giving on the lives of Arizona Law students by bringing donors and scholarship recipients together to share their experiences and their gratitude.

Dev Sethi ('97) led us in recognizing our esteemed donors and patrons and introduced two new scholarships: the Wedel Fellowship Fund begun in 2019 through the generosity of attorneys Eric (UA BA '02) and Kristen Wedel and the Cynthia Ettinger ('87) Memorial Scholarship begun by Aaron Ettinger Parkey, also in 2019. 

Class of 1979 alumnus David G. Hastings described how much his Arizona Law education had meant to his career, his longtime support for the David G. Hastings Endowed Scholarship for JD students, and his excitement at the creation of the new David G. Hastings BA in Law Scholarship -- the first for that program.

We then heard reflections from alumnus Matthew Marner ('08, above), who as a student was the inaugural Carpenter Scholar, and six of our current JD student scholars: 

Margot Veranes Edgecombe (2L), the James J. and Rose Silver Scholar, 

Nate Goodman (2L), recipient of a Justice Advocates Coalition Fellowship, 

Dillon Kashat (1L), the Wayne N. Howard and Michael E. Trauscht Scholar, 

Patricia Mabry (3L), the Honorable Stephen M. McNamee Scholar, 

Jocelyn Reyes (2L), the Raul H. Castro Scholar, and

Jessica Smedley (2L), the James A. Walsh Memorial Scholar.
Student Reflections

"I am so thankful for the supportive alumni network we have at the College of Law! Judge McNamee, and many other supportive donors, have made accessing a legal education feasible. Their generosity and commitment to serving the community has helped alleviate the financial burdens associated with seeking a higher education. With their help, students like me can passionately pursue a career in public service without financial obstacles." -- Patricia Mabry (3L)

"Coming to law school from the military felt like a natural extension of my goal to serve others. Receiving the Honorable James A. Walsh scholarship, and associating my education with his dedication to restorative criminal justice, will help me pursue a career in prosecution without the encumbrance of debt holding me back. I hope to carry forward Judge Walsh's legacy as an equitable advocate for his community and country." -- Jessica Smedley (2L)

"The Justice Advocates Coalition Fellowship has truly opened the door wide for me to pursue my objective in coming to law school: to become a civil rights impact litigant. Because of JAC's and the law school's generous financial support, and the support of the greater Arizona Law community, that objective is becoming a reality. I am truly indebted to the law school and thankful for the opportunities it has opened up for me. I look forward to helping other students realize their potential and aiding other public-interest-minded individuals in achieving their goals of making the world a more just and equal place." -- Nate Goodman (2L) 

Thank you, donors!

Around the College

The Justice Advocates Coalition of the James E. Rogers College of Law at the University of Arizona, the Pima County Bar Association, and the William Browning Tucson Chapter of the Federal Bar Association invite you to attend this inspiring event that will include storytelling and the celebration of the storied career of Tucson lawyer S. Thomas Chandler

The program is modeled after the popular "Legends" Series, which focuses on local history and leaders in the law. Prominent lawyers and colleagues of Chandler will discuss his extraordinary leadership in fulfilling lawyers' professional duty to expand access to legal services for all.  

Where: Arizona Inn, 2200 E. Elm St, Tucson, AZ 85719 

When: Wednesday, April 1, 2020 Time: 1:30 - 4 p.m. 

Cost: Free  

Speakers include: Richard Davis, Senator Dennis DeConcini (retired), Chief Justice Stanley Feldman (retired), Honorable Bruce MacDonald, Burr Udall, and past and current Arizona Law deans. 

CLE ethics credit may be available. 

Afternoon desserts will be provided and a cash bar will be available. 

About S. Thomas Chandler: Graduated first in his class from Arizona Law in 1946, Chandler was among Tucson's most distinguished and public-spirited attorneys. He practiced law for over 50 years in Tucson, was a member of the Arizona Board of Regents, co-founded what is now known as the Udall law firm, and was one of the region's most dedicated philanthropists. 

In the News

Tucson.com, opinion by Professor Simone Sepe, UArizona Center for the Philosophy of Freedom Director Saura Masconale, and colleagues from Cambridge and Cornell.

Tucson.com, discusses Innovation for Justice Program

At the scholarship luncheon we had the chance to celebrate the profound connections between alumni and other donors who support our superb students and the students who are the beneficiaries of those gifts. 
The scholarship lunch is a highlight of the year. We celebrate the impact of these gifts and connections every day.





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