This week we profile Judge Roxanne Song Ong ('78). And we encourage you to join us at the 42nd Annual LCA Appreciation Dinner where we will honor Judge Song Ong and five other remarkable individuals.
As well, we bring more good news from the world of student moot court competitions -- this time from the UA's first-ever team to compete in the Giles S. Rich Intellectual Property Competition.

Until the footnotes,

The Honorable Roxanne Song Ong ('78)

The Law College Association and the University of Arizona Alumni Association will present the UAAA Public Service Award to the Honorable Roxanne Song Ong, Class of 1978.
Judge Song Ong served on the bench for nearly 30 years, breaking new ground as the first Asian American woman judge in Arizona. 
A Phoenix native, Judge Song Ong began her career practicing in the areas of criminal prosecution, defense, and immigration law, followed by five years on the Scottsdale City Court, beginning in 1986. 

In 1991 she became a judge for the Phoenix Municipal Court and in 2000 was appointed Assistant Presiding Judge. She was Chief Presiding Judge from 2005 until her retirement from the court in late 2014. 

Judge Song Ong's term was marked by advances in the management of DUI cases and the introduction of specialty courts to address cases involving populations with significant financial, psychological, behavioral, physical and related challenges. She continues to serve as Pro Tem Judge for other jurisdictions in Arizona.
Upon her retirement, Chief Justice Scott Bales of the Arizona Supreme Court wrote:
"While ably leading the Phoenix Municipal Court, [Judge Song Ong] has devoted countless hours working to improve the administration of justice in Arizona by helping to train other judges and serving on various statewide court committees. She has also been actively engaged in her community by speaking to students in hundreds of classes, appearing at career days, and judging mock trial competitions."

Chief Justice Scott Bales and Judge Song Ong on her retirement (image courtesy of
Judge Song Ong has received awards from organizations such as the American Judges' Association, the National Conference of Metropolitan Courts, the State Bar of Arizona, the Maricopa County Bar Association, the Arizona Women Lawyer's Association, and the National Asian American Bar Association. 

In 2013, she was named "Judge of the Year" by the Arizona Supreme Court and profiled as one of eight leaders in the PBS Makers: Arizona series.

Most recently, in 2015, she received the "Spirit of America Award" from the National Chinese American Citizens Alliance and the "Wing F. Ong Legacy Award" from the Arizona Asian Chamber of Commerce.
Judge Song Ong's service to the public and the profession has never flagged as she has worked in support of a diverse and effective judiciary and taught, mentored, and inspired countless new judges and attorneys.

Rich Intellectual Property Moot Court Competition

"Please join me in congratulating Jingyuan ("Joey") Zhou (3L) and Ryan Wekerle (2L), of UA's first Giles S. Rich IP moot court competition team, for their achievements at the regional meet in Houston, Texas on March 12. 

Ryan was singled out for his exceptional knowledge of the law, Joey won the award for best advocacy in the final round of the regional meet, and the team was one of ten teams from across the country advancing to the national finals at the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in Washington, D.C. Teams left in the dust and staying home for the finals from the Southwest region included teams from the University of Texas, two teams from SMU, and a team from the University of Houston, all institutions with excellent programs in intellectual property. 

Congratulations and thanks also go out to Evan Speciale, Brian Louis and Professor Ron Brown for their continuing help in getting our team ready.
The Giles S. Rich Moot Court Competition is the oldest and most prestigious moot court completion in the field of intellectual property and the only national completion specifically directed to the area of patent law."
Congratulations again to Joey and Ryan and to those who helped prepare them.
When: Saturday, April 16, 2016, 6 - 9 p.m.
Where: Arizona Historical Society Museum
1300 North College Avenue, Tempe, AZ 85281
$150 per person
$1,500 for a table of ten

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

Professor Salmon Recognized by Legal Writing Community
The College of Law hosted the 16th Annual Rocky Mountain Legal Writing Conference March 18-19, attracting participants from 33 law schools. The annual two-day conference welcomes both full-time and part-time legal writing faculty. 
This year, our own Professor Susie Salmon received the Rocky Mountain Award, recognizing her "contributions beyond measure to the Rocky Mountain legal-writing community." Join me in congratulating Susie on receiving this much-deserved award.
Professor Salmon is second from the left, pictured with prior recipients of the Rocky Mountain Award.

Mariachi Las Aguilitas de Davis (of Davis Magnet School) performed for conference attendees.

Katherine Lyons (Loyola) discussed emotional hooks in trial court and appellate briefs at a conference session.

Seeking Internships for BA in Law Undergrads
If your organization, law firm or business could use some support this summer (or during the school year if you are based in Tucson), let us help you recruit an undergraduate student intern. 

Students who are pursuing the BA in Law are receiving a top-notch legal education from Arizona Law faculty, taking undergraduate courses in property law, contracts, torts, procedure, and criminal law and procedure, among others. They are eager to apply their knowledge in paid or unpaid internships. Since such experiences are meant to prepare them for law-related careers (rather than JD internships meant to prepare students to work as attorneys), internship providers have more flexibility in the work that these students can be assigned, so long as they are gaining an educational benefit. 

For more information, please contact Najwa Nabti, Director of the Undergraduate Law Program ( or 520-626-8373).

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 Jamie Boggs ('02). Congratulations, Jamie, and thank you for joining.

Another victory in a top moot court competition.  Another conference.  Another award for a faculty member.  And this was all during Spring Break!

Life in the college now returns to full speed, with the rich mix of lectures, workshops, major events and news.  Indeed (spoiler alert) there will be news of another top national award for a faculty member next week . . .

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