For graduating law students, judicial clerkships can be game-changing opportunities to launch legal careers.
Our Career Development Office and our internal "clerkship committee" are working hard to ensure that our students are well-positioned to connect to judicial clerkship openings as they arise. 

To assist in this effort, we're trying to identify all alumni who served as judicial law clerks at any point in their careers. If you've been a law clerk, I hope you'll take a moment to fill out a brief survey (more details are included below).
David Rosenthal, of the Class of 2016, currently clerks in the U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona. We asked him to tell us about his position and how his Arizona Law experience prepared him for it.

Until the footnotes,

David Rosenthal's ('16) Path to a Clerkship

David with the Honorable Bobby R. Baldock ('60), U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit.
David Rosenthal came to Arizona Law by way of San Diego, graduating with his JD in 2016.

He was an enthusiastic member of the Arizona Law community from the start and fondly recalls experiences such as working with classmates to host events for student organizations, slogging through the article selection process for the Arizona Law Review, and enjoying Wildcats basketball games in the Zona Zoo. 

In the process, he says, he developed lasting friendships that he continues to enjoy today (as shown below, just a few weeks ago hiking with '16 classmates Nate Curtisi and Abraham Hamadeh).

With Arizona Law 2016 classmates Nate Curtisi (l) 
and Abraham Hamadeh (r).

In the classroom, David's favorite experience was serving as a Supreme Court Teaching Fellow under Judge D. Greg Sakall ('01).
"Following artful lectures by then-Professor Sakall, I led undergraduate class discussions on the nation's most influential-and often controversial-Supreme Court cases. In doing so, I took great joy in cultivating younger students' interest in the law and hearing all sides of informed debate on hot topics. The program demonstrates that Arizona Law does not shy away from respectful dialogue on tough issues, while also speaking to the high quality of faculty that Arizona Law attracts."
In addition to great friends he made at Arizona Law, David is continually struck by the kindness and generosity of those who came before him.
"The Arizona Law alumni community has been instrumental in my professional development."
During law school, he spent a summer interning for Arizona Law alum and Senior Vice President of Business Development and General Counsel at the Quidel Corporation Rob Bujarski ('01).
David also remembers a Federalist Society meeting with guest speaker Judge Bobby R. Baldock ('60), who shared experiences from his 30-plus years on the federal bench. Following his trip, Judge Baldock wrote a letter to the students expressing his gratitude for the invitation to visit his alma mater. David says,
"The pleasure in hosting such a distinguished and humble jurist was all ours. Judge Baldock later served as an unparalleled resource as I sought direction in his field of expertise. Judge Baldock and several of his fellow legal titans in our own District of Arizona serve as shining examples of the Arizona Law alumni community's dedication to passing on wisdom to the next generation."
After spending his first year out of law school at The Heritage Foundation, a DC-based think tank, writing about how the law affects people, David now serves as a judicial law clerk
for Judge James A. Teilborg ('66) at the U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona. He will head to New Mexico in the fall to begin a second clerkship with Judge Joel M. Carson at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit.
"The opportunity to be under the tutelage of and develop a close relationship with someone who reached the pinnacle of our profession makes clerking an extraordinary experience. I cannot imagine a better way to start a legal career and am blessed beyond measure that Arizona Law put me in a position to secure such a formative opportunity with a truly honorable judge."
Following his upcoming clerkship in New Mexico, David intends to make the jump to private practice or government enforcement, hoping to use his legal career to promote integrity in the marketplace through sound regulatory policy and corporate governance practices.
David, thank you for sharing the story of your path to a clerkship, and another, and beyond. Bear down!

Around the College
Arizona Law's Expanding Clerkship Community 
Did you know that Arizona Law has a stellar judicial clerkship rate?
On average, from 2011 through 2017 (the most recent official data), 20.9 percent of our graduates go on to judicial clerkships annually -- more than twice the national average of 9.7 percent across that time period. The Class of 2017's rate was 26.9 percent.
We want to keep these numbers strong. The college's Career Development Office would like to hear from ALL of our graduates who have clerked for federal, tribal, and state court judges. Our intent is to connect alumni with students interested in clerking for the same judge or court.
If you have clerked and are willing to help with this project, please fill out our clerkship survey here. We will not provide your information to students without your permission.
Please contact Heather Zapata in the Career Development Office with any questions.

Panel Discusses Drought Contingency Plans

On Monday, March 25, Arizona Law hosted a well-attended panel discussion on the status of the Colorado River, the process of passing the multistate and Arizona-specific Drought Contingency Plans through the Arizona legislature, and how the plans impact the Tucson region.
The panelists included (left to right, above):
Christopher Avery ('91), chief water counsel and principal assistant city attorney for the City of Tucson

Kirsten Engel, Charles E. Ares Professor of Law and member of the Arizona House of Representatives, representing District 10

Robert Glennon, Regents' Professor and Morris K. Udall Professor of Law and Public Policy
Lake Mead, which supplies nearly 40 percent of Arizona's water, is under threat from a 19-year drought. The Drought Contingency Plan is a multistate agreement among the Colorado River Lower Basin states -- Arizona, Nevada and California, which aims to conserve water in Lake Mead. 

The Bureau of Reclamation gave Arizona and the other Lower Basin to submit conservation plans by a January 31st deadline or risk having the federal government implement cuts. The Arizona legislature voted on January 31st to authorize the State to sign onto the multistate plan and passed a separate Arizona DCP implementation plan. The plan is now undergoing final negotiations and has not yet received formal approval from the Bureau of Reclamation.

Judge Learned Hand Awards go to Two Arizona Law Alumni 
Two Arizona Law alumni were honored at the 2019 Judge Learned Hand Awards Luncheon for their accomplishments and humanitarian spirit. 

The awards are presented annually by the Arizona Region of the American Jewish Committee to recognize distinguished individuals within the legal profession: "Established in 1964, this program honors those who have contributed meaningfully to the legal community and whose work reflects the integrity and broad humanitarian ideals exemplified by Judge Hand."
Steven A. Hirsch ('80) was honored posthumously with a Community Service Award for demonstrating sustained contributions to the advancement of equality and democratic principles.
Kathy Brody ('07) was presented with AJC's Emerging Leadership Award, which is a tribute to an attorney practicing twelve years or less who has demonstrated a commitment to the values of public or community service.
Conversations with Bob Mundheim Series Continues
In this popular annual series hosted by the college's Business Law Program, Professor Bob Mundheim moderates informal conversations with national leaders in business and law, relating their experiences in and perspectives about corporate governance, markets, ethics, and career development. 

This series is free and open to members of the UA community, and will be of particular interest to law and business students.
All discussions take place from noon-1:15 p.m. at the College of Law, in Room 237 (1201 E. Speedway Blvd.). Lunch is provided. Seating is limited.

The series kicked off this year on March 18 with Ron Lemay, managing director of Open Air Equity Partners, and Michelle Coleman Mayes, vice president and general counsel for the New York Public Library. Both are on the board of directors of Gogo, Inc.

We heard from Edward Knight, executive vice president and global chief legal and policy officer of Nasdaq, on March 25.

Next up, we look forward to:
April 1
Simon Lorne, vice chairman and chief legal officer at Millennium Management, LLC.
April 8
Richard Walker, a member of King & Spalding, specializing in crisis management, cross-border government investigations, and complex financial litigation.
April 15
Stanley Grossman, senior counsel to Grossman, LLP, a litigation boutique focusing on art related matters.
April 22
John Cannon, a senior member of the Compensation, Governance and ERISA Group and co-chair of Shearman & Sterling's Corporate Governance Advisory Group.

In the News

How much of the Mueller report will the public see -- and when?
The Washington Post, quoting professor Andrew Coan

Nunes faces tough odds with Twitter lawsuit
The Hill, quoting professor Jane Bambauer

The Arizona Republic, quoting professor Robert Glennon

KVOA News 4, quoting professor Stacy Butler

KVOA News 4, interview with professor Andrew Coan

The National Law Review

The robust community of Arizona Law alumni and friends is key to helping students and recent graduates launch outstanding legal careers, whether judicial clerkships, clerking at a private firm, or other internships and early professional opportunities. This was true fifty years ago, and it's equally true today as our alumni community continues to grow.

We are grateful to each of you for playing a role in mentoring our alumni and helping them to connect with deeply impactful professional experiences.





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