Wildcat Fever is upon us!

As the men's basketball team continues its exciting march to Indianapolis, we are busy with excitement of our own including a major lecture, visitors, Law Prom, and the upcoming Law College Association Annual Appreciation Dinner.


This week we feature our Bacon Immigration Law & Policy Program, Judge Sally Simmons, the charitable efforts of our students and the Student Bar Association through their Law Prom, and the fascinating history of Arizona Law and the Udall family.  


Until the Footnotes,




The Bacon Immigration Law & Policy Program

The Bacon Immigration Law & Policy Program, made possible through the generosity of Roxanna Bacon, and led by Professors Nina Rabin and Lynn Marcus, generates immigration policy research, expands opportunities for students to gain exposure to immigration issues, encourages interdisciplinary engagement with immigration issues, and provides services to immigrants in Southern Arizona.



The Program serves as an umbrella for the law school's immigration-related offerings, including its Immigration Law and Workers' Rights Clinics, doctrinal courses, internships, and opportunities to undertake supervised research on immigration issues.


Launch of Intensive Workers' Rights Clinic - Farmworker Legal Assistance


In January 2015, law students Aaron Baumann (2L), Maria Hubbard (3L), Craig Cordes (2L ), and Gabriela Corrales (3L), undergraduate Mariana Gastelum, Bacon fellow Shayna Kessler, and Professor Nina Rabin headed to Yuma and San Luis for the first Intensive Farmworker Legal Assistance Clinic.  Working with Community Legal Services and the United Food and Commercial Workers Union, the Clinic team organized three events for farmworkers and other low-income immigrant workers. 


At each event, the law students provided "Know Your Rights" presentations on workplace rights, followed by confidential individual consultations.  The Clinic team also helped farmworkers prepare the fee waivers and applications necessary to renew their legal permanent residency cards.  "We are grateful to the many community advocates who helped us set up successful outreach events in a new region, and took the time to speak with us about their work during our stay.   


It was an inspiring and unforgettable experience," - Professor Nina Rabin.





The students pose in front of the Cesar Chavez Community Center in San Luis

One student's reflections on the trip:


This was the best experience I have had in law school. I was inspired by it. I feel like I saw something up close that is hard to get close to, like a door was really opened for me. The study and practice of law necessitates quite a bit of time in offices, classrooms, libraries. It was great to get out into the world and see and interact with the land and people that the law touches.


I guess it is a special thing about being a lawyer (or an almost-lawyer) - that people will tell you things that they wouldn't tell about anyone else; that they open up to you and put their faith in you; that you, sitting across the table, are not just another person but a crucial link to the system, and a source of hope.


-- Craig Cordes




For more information on the work of the Workers' Rights Clinic right here in Tucson, check out a recent Bacon Program policy report on the working conditions of low-wage immigrant workers in Tucson, Out of the Shadows. 


Thursday, April 23, 2015, at 4:00 pm, the Bacon Program will host a panel discussion, Fleeing Violence, Finding Prison: How the U.S. Immigration System Treats Migrant Women in Flight from Domestic Violence.
This event will feature introductory remarks by Roxana Bacon, Former Chief Counsel for U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, followed by panelists Lindsay Jenkins, Assistant Protection Officer, UN High Commissioner for Refugees,  Karen Musalo, Professor of Law, UC Hastings College of Law, and Director, Center for Gender and Refugee Studies and Stephen Manning, Partner, Immigrant Law Group PC & volunteer at AILA-AIC Pro Bono Project for Artesia Family Detention Center.



Judge Sally Simmons


Judge Sarah "Sally" Simmons


On Saturday, April 25 at the Law College Association's Annual Awards Dinner, we will honor five extraordinary alumni and friends of Arizona Law.  Amongst those to be honored is Judge Sally Simmons.  Judge Sally Simmons will receive the University of Arizona's Alumni Association's Public Service Award.  

Judge Simmons grew up in Miami, Arizona.  She earned her BA in history from the University of Arizona in 1970.  That same year, Judge Simmons, began her legal education at Arizona Law.   She attended classes for two years before ultimately transferring to University of Denver where she received her JD in 1973.  Even though, Judge Simmons' degree says the University of Denver, Judge Simmons is a devoted alumna of Arizona Law serving on both the Law College Association's Board of Directors as well as the Board of Visitors. 


Judge Simmons has served as a Superior Court Judge since 2006.  Prior to taking the bench, Judge Simmons practiced in Tucson for thirty years earning recognition for her legal abilities and her extraordinary service to the public and the State of Arizona including Tucson Chamber of Commerce Woman of the Year in 1995 and the Arizona Women Lawyer's Alice Truman Award in 2003.


I hope you will join me in celebrating Judge Simmons and her commendable achievements by attending the LCA's Annual Awards Dinner.  Information on tickets and details about the dinner can be found here.




Student Bar Association Law Gala



For many years, the Student Bar Association (SBA) has hosted a springtime gathering of law students. The spring party, formally known as the Barrister Ball or the Charity Gala, is now fondly referred to as the Law Prom. With the new moniker comes a new focus.  


The SBA and participating student attendees, will raise money to support the work of the College's clinical programs.  To date, the SBA has raised just over $2,000 with hopes of raising another $1,000 with this year's event.  


The SBA is hoping you will be a part of its efforts.   To support the SBA and raise money for the clinics, please click here.



"The SBA exists to support the students.   Clinical education is a vital part of the law school experience providing practice ready skills for students and much needed pro bono services for the community.   Every dollar you donate to our efforts will help support students and support those in need of legal assistance in the Tucson community,'

- Harry Aaron (3L), SBA President.





Centennial Snapshot - The Udall Connection

Former Senator Mark Udall delivered the 35th annual Marks Lecture earlier this month.  Senator Udall is pictured here in the College of Law lobby in front of a display honoring his father, Morris K. Udall, and uncle, Stewart L. Udall. The lecture can be viewed here.
Jesse Udall 1924

The Udall connection to Arizona Law runs quite deep, with the first Udall graduate of the law school in 1924, Jesse A. Udall. 


David K. Udall, 1963 alumnus and grandson of Jesse Udall, has shared with us this description of Jesse's path:


"Jesse Udall was 31 when he graduated from law school in 1924. He came from a very poor family in northern Arizona, and most of the family ended up being ranchers or farmers. His life was changed during the First World War when he was assigned as an ambulance driver in France. There he associated with doctors and professional people. He concluded that he should do the same. When he returned from the war he tried farming for a year and then the depression of 1920 hit. He lost the money they had paid down on a farm in Pima. He went to Hakkan Anderson who forgave a $15,000 note and he headed to Los Angeles to try and get into dental school only to find it was full. He then called my mother and said he was at the University of Arizona going to law school. It should be noted that Hakkan Anderson was Louise's great grandfather. So her family saved our family's financial life.


When he graduated [he] could not find a job anywhere. He describes how upon graduation they entered into a period of starvation through the summer. 'In the fall, I ran for County attorney and was elected by a margin of 212 votes. We thought - we are on top of the world, we're on our way to professional financial success. I now had an office, rent free with [a secretary] in the courthouse [where I] not only conducted the legal business [of the] County [but was] able to handle private business on my own. We [...] surely prospered and [were] blessed from that time forward.'"




Other UA College of Law Graduates from the Udall family have included:


  • 1924 Jesse A. Udall 
  • 1948 Stewart L. Udall (son of Jesse Udall)
  • 1949 Morris K. Udall (son of Jesse Udall)
  • 1954 David Burr Udall (son of Jesse Udall)
  • 1963 David K. Udall (grandson of Jesse Udall)
  • 1988 David King Udall (great grandson of Jesse Udall)
  • 1989 William Addison Udall (great grandson of Jesse Udall)
  • 2014 David Lloyd Udall  (great, great grandson of Jesse Udall)
  • 2017 Nathan Udall (Current 1L student and great, great grandson of Jesse Udall)

David Lloyd Udall '14 and family



Do you have photos or memories of your time at Arizona Law, or a multi-generational connection to the college? We would love to hear from you. Please contact Emily McGovern, Centennial Coordinator, to share your stories. 

Career Development Corner

The Career Development Office invites public and private sector organizations to register to interview law students and recent graduates at our Fall Interviewing Programs. Registration is now open on CareerCAT!


This year, the CDO is holding interviewing programs in:

  •  Albuquerque (Monday, August 10),
  • Los Angeles (Monday, August 10),
  •  Las Vegas (Tuesday, August 11),
  • Denver (Wednesday, August 12),
  • Phoenix (Friday, August 14) and
  • Tucson (Monday, August 17 - Friday, August 28).


To register, log into CareerCAT or create an account if you do not already have one. Then select "Request a Schedule" under the OCI tab.  Select the appropriate Interview Program from the "Select Session" drop-down menu. If you have questions about Fall Interviewing or need any assistance, please e-mail




The James E. Rogers College of Law is pleased to announce that Judge Ricardo Ramírez Hernández will deliver the First Annual International Economic Law and Policy Lecture. Open to the public, and no cost to attend. A reception will follow the lecture. Please direct questions to Cristina Castaneda.


Tuesday, March 31, 2015

3:45 - 5:15 PM

James E. Rogers College of Law

Room 168



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