This week at Arizona Law we highlight the generosity of Arizona's Hispanic Bar Association, Los Abogados, toward our students in the name of Judge Valdemar A. Cordova ('50). Learn about the impact of their gift below.

We also note the hard work of our legal skills teams this spring. These teams give Arizona Law students the opportunity to develop and test their advocacy skills against other top student competitors from around the region and the nation.
Remember, there is still time to join us at the college for tomorrow's Peter Chase Neumann Lecture on Civil Justice, featuring Susan Saladoff (film screening of Saladoff's documentary "Hot Coffee" is at noon; lecture is at 5 p.m.).
Until the footnotes,


Arizona Law Establishes New Scholarship with $100,000 Gift from Los Abogados, Arizona's Hispanic Bar Association

Members of the Latino Law Students Association at University of Arizona Law.

The University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law has established the Honorable Judge Valdemar Cordova Scholarship, thanks to a $100,000 contribution from Los Abogados, Arizona's Hispanic Bar Association. 

The Los Abogados gift honors alumnus Valdemar A. Cordova ('50, at right), the first Mexican-American Superior Court judge in Maricopa County and the first Hispanic federal court judge in Arizona.

The Cordova scholarship will be given to Arizona Law JD students who are active in and supportive of the Hispanic/Latino community. It is not limited to students of Hispanic/Latino descent.
"Los Abogados is proud to support Arizona institutions committed to enhancing the quality and diversity of our profession," said Jason Barraza, immediate past president of Los Abogados and a 2006 Arizona Law graduate. "We're glad to be able to partner with the University of Arizona to advance that mission on campus and in the community."
"Our membership has shown immeasurable support for our scholarship programs in the past and we hope that through this endowment, we will grow additional support from the community in providing assistance to new legal minds," said Barraza.
Kristian Garibay (2L), president of the Latino Law Student Association at Arizona Law, says the support is crucial for student success.
"Any type of scholarship is important in a student's pursuit for higher education, but a scholarship from an organization like Los Abogados lets Latino students know that members of their community believe in their pursuit of higher education," Garibay said. "A legal education would not be possible for most students, including myself, without the help of scholarships, and by creating the Cordova Scholarship, Los Abogados is giving students in the Latino community an opportunity to pursue their dreams and obtain a legal education without the burden of drowning in student loans."

Snapshot of Arizona Law Legal Skills Teams

Arizona Law participation in legal skills competitions has been growing, and students on a number of teams have recently tested their mettle. 

In each case, Professor Barbara Bergman, director of the Trial Advocacy Program, notes the important role played by Arizona Law alumni in preparing our teams for success. Alumni regularly serve as practice judges and coaches, and gifts from alumni provide crucial financial support for many of our outstanding teams.

Here we share a snapshot of Arizona Law participation in competitions so far this spring, including a happy update on the Barry Davis National Trial Team's results from regionals.

Barry Davis National Trial Team
Students Matthew Ashton, Kristian Garibay, Hanees Haniffa, Sasha Charls, 
Will Vitkus, and Jean Paul Barnard (l-r)

For the first time in Arizona Law's history, both student teams from the Barry Davis National Trial Team are heading to nationals in the National Trial Competition!
A team comprised of Sasha Charls, Hanees Haniffa, and Kristian Garibay (with alternate Will Vitkus) won the regional competition, held last month, and earned their spot at nationals. The second team of Matthew Ashton and Jean Paul Barnard initially did not advance. However, an error was caught after the regional competition. The national organization investigated the error and corrected it, resulting in Matt and Jean Paul also advancing to nationals. This will be the third year in a row, and fourth time in five years, that Arizona Law attends the national championships of the National Trial Competition.
Coaches Brian Chase and Brian Laird note that both teams are now beginning their preparation for the national round, April 4-6 in Austin, aiming to bring the championship cup to Tucson. 

ABA National Appellate Advocacy Competition

The National Appellate Advocacy Competition is one of the most prestigious and competitive interscholastic legal skills competitions in the country. 

Arizona Law students Holly Bainbridge and Fernanda Munoz made it to the semifinal round of the regional in Chicago, held in late February. A second Arizona Law team consisting of Joe Bonasera, Rachel Dyckman, and Josh Weiss, argued brilliantly in three rounds of competition. They were coached by Professor Susie Salmon.

Jeffrey G. Miller National Environmental Law Moot Court Competition (NELMCC)

Congratulations to Doug Imperi, Julie Pack, and Peter Mather, members of the Arizona Law NELMCC team, who did an outstanding job of representing our school in three rounds of competition at Pace Law School in late February. 
Their coach, Professor Joy Herr-Cardillo, reports: "The team not only demonstrated complete mastery of the factual and legal issues presented by the problem, but Julie Pack was named best oralist in our second round!"

National NALSA Moot Court Competition

NALSA Moot Court is a well-respected national competition that focuses on cutting edge issues in Federal Indian law. Arizona Law students Pete Sabori, Harrison Rice, Logan Cooper, Alexis Zendejas, Adelina Gomez, and Kayla Wrolson participated in the competition in Phoenix in early March, coached by Pilar Thomas and Professor Tessa Dysart.
The teams briefed and argued a complicated case involving issues of tribal court jurisdiction and tribal sovereign immunity before a fictional tribal supreme court. Out of 40+ teams that competed, Team Pete/Harrison made it to the round of 16. They ultimately lost that round to the team from Tulsa, which won the competition.

Jessup International Law Moot Court Team
We congratulate this year's Jessup International Law Moot Court Team, including Betsy Aquirre, Caitlin Hassan, Joshua Sene, and Nicholas Spare on a job well done at the Rocky Mountain Regional Competition. Professor Julie Ferdon served as their coach.

The team submitted briefs to a mock International Court of Justice, addressing cutting-edge issues in public international law, including the status of underwater drones in territorial seas. The first team the applicants faced was Yale, the team that ultimately won the regional competition. Although Yale's two oralists tied for 2nd place overall, it's notable that Arizona Law's oralists scored 91 and 86 against them.

Saul Lefkowitz Trademark Moot Court Competition
Arizona Law participated for the first time in the Saul Lefkowitz Trademark Moot Court Competition last month. Students Alejandra Camacho Luna and Neil P. Fogel competed in the Los Angeles regional, facing judging panels made up almost entirely of Federal District Court judges in the Central District of California and judges from the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board. According to the team coach, Professor Allan J. Sternstein, the team stood up to the barrage of judges' questions superbly with composure and excellent responses. The regional meet was won by the team from UCLA, and second place went to the team from Pepperdine University.

Giles S. Rich Patent Moot Court Competition
Next up, we wish our two Russ Russo Moot Court Teams in the Giles S. Rich Patent Moot Court Competition luck in their regional competition next week at the Federal District Courthouse for the Southern District of Texas in Houston. The Moot Court teams are named in honor of celebrated Tucson attorney Russell Russo, who started the prominent law firm Russo, Russo and Slania P.C. 60 years ago. The two teams are made up of Kim Soto, Suhani Mehrotra, Ethan Posey, and Shane Logan Rusing. The teams are coached by Professors Allan J. Sternstein and Ronald Brown.

Around the College
Rehnquist Center to Host Inaugural National Conference of Constitutional Law Scholars This Week
Keynote speaker 
Adrian Vermeule
The University of Arizona College of Law's William H. Rehnquist Center will host the National Conference of Constitutional Law Scholars on March 16-17, 2018, at Tucson's Westward Look Resort.
Adrian Vermeule, professor of constitutional law at Harvard Law School, will deliver the keynote address. Vermeule has authored and co-authored nine books, most recently "Law's Abnegation: From Law's Empire to the Administrative State" (2016). His research focuses on administrative law, the administrative state, the design of institutions and constitutional theory.
Distinguished commentators will include: Jamal Greene (Columbia Law School), Aziz Huq (University of Chicago Law School), Pamela Karlan (Stanford Law School), Frank Michelman (Harvard Law School), Cristina Rodriguez (Yale Law School), Richard Primus (University of Michigan Law), and Robin West (Georgetown Law).
The conference organizers are Andrew Coan (Arizona), David Schwartz (Wisconsin) and Brad Snyder (Georgetown). The full conference agenda (PDF) is available here.
Contact Bernadette Wilkinson at 520-626-1629 if you are interested in attending.

Intellectual Property Law Program Hosts Inaugural Conference
Professor Allan J. Sternstein
On March 5-6 at the college, the Intellectual Property (IP) Law program hosted its inaugural IP conference, entitled "What is My intellectual Property Worth: Issues that Make a Difference Inside and Outside the Courtroom." 

Topics addressed included damages in US and foreign patent infringement litigation and in other areas of intellectual property, IP valuations, and a mock licensing negotiation.  
The conference drew from well beyond the University of Arizona, attracting attendees from California, Colorado, Texas, Illinois, Connecticut, New Jersey, and New York. 

The conference also had an all-star cast of speakers, including some of the best damages and economic experts in the country, a jury/trial consultant, and a judges panel that included the Hon. Andrew Gilford (C.D.CA), Matthew Kennelly (N.D.IL), John Love (E.D.TX), James Robart (W.D.WA), Leonard Stark (D.Del) and Susan van Keulen (N.D.CA). 

Allan J. Sternstein, director of the Arizona Law IP Clinic and professor of intellectual property, was the conference coordinator and relayed the comment of Judge Guilford, who stated that he has attended numerous IP conferences and that "the University of Arizona is now at the top of my list."  
Along with the College of Law, conference sponsors included Analysis Group, Brinks Gilson & Lione, FTI Consulting, IPFC, Knobbe Martens, Lathrop Gage, LitiNomics, Ocean Tomo, and Tech Launch Arizona.

Arizona Law in the News
Express Newsline, Commentary from professor David Gantz 


Our students are great -- and scholarships like the new Valdemar Cordova Scholarship, with the warm and welcome support of Los Abogados, help us bring great people to learn the law here, and to learn without bearing the burden of excessive debt.

Our interscholastic teams are great -- putting in countless hours of preparation and developing invaluable skills.

Speaking of great teams -- Go Cats! We were happy to see so many Arizona Law alumni and friends at the Pac-12 Basketball Tournament last week at our alumni reception and at the game -- and to share the excitement as the Wildcats took back-to-back tournament titles. Now, on to March Madness...

Ben Taylor ('04), Nicholle Harris ('07), and LeRoy Harris
Francisco Aguilar ('03) and JP Rozniak, Pres. of the UA Foundation
With Brad Vynalek ('99)




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