The Conversations with Bob Mundheim series brings the highest level of discourse about corporate governance to the College of Law each spring.
The five-part series features Professor of Corporate Law and Finance Bob Mundheim moderating discussions with national leaders in business and law about corporate governance, markets, ethics, and career development.
The Conversations are open to the larger community.  Faculty and students from the UA Eller College of Management   also attend, and graduate business students in finance, management, and other fields are invited join the full short course in corporate governance of which the Conversations are just a part.

Please join me in welcoming each of the speakers to campus this spring and, if you would like, take a seat at the table at the College of Law for any of these discussions.
We also have a wonderful opportunity to celebrate the lifetime achievements of our colleague and alumnus Professor Barbara Atwood ('76) who will be honored by the Foundation for Family Justice on Friday of this week. (Register to attend.)

Until the footnotes, 

Conversations with Bob Mundheim

Professor Bob Mundheim
Michele Coleman Mayes
March 20
Mary Jo White
March 27
Peter Tague
April 3
John J. Cannon, III
April 10
Simon M. Lorne
April 17

Conversations with Bob Mundheim 
are free and open to the public. 

All sessions take place noon-1:15 p.m. 
at the College of Law, Room 237 
(Faculty Lounge). 

Lunch is provided, and seating is 
limited ( no pre-registration).

The popular annual series, Conversations with Bob Mundheim, kicked off its 2017 season last week with a visit from  Michele Coleman Mayes, Vice President, General Counsel, and Secretary for the New York Public Library. You can read a synopsis of her remarks here, touching on leadership and diversity in the legal profession.

Mayes noted that building meaningful relationships with those she's worked with has been critical to her success throughout her career.  " People who are most unlike you are the ones you learn the most from ," she said. 
Mayes previously served as executive vice president and general counsel for Allstate Insurance Company. She served as a senior vice president and general counsel of Pitney Bowes Inc. and in several legal capacities at Colgate-Palmolive. She also held leading roles with Burroughs Corporation and Unisys Corporation. Mayes also served in the U.S. Department of Justice as an Assistant U.S. Attorney, eventually assuming the role of Chief of the Civil Division in Detroit. She currently chairs the ABA's Commission on Women in the Profession.  ( See full bio. )

Mayes also visited Arizona Law as part of the Conversations series in 2016 -- we were delighted to have her return.

Ms. Mayes speaking with students 

This week we were joined by  Mary Jo White, former Chair of the Securities and Exchange Commission (2013-2017). 

White was the first woman to be United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York (1993-2002). In this role, she led several high-profile prosecutions. For 10 years, she headed the litigation department at Debevoise & Plimpton, and she has now returned to the firm. ( See full bio.) Check out next week's Wildcat Wednesday for a full recap of her visit. 

On April 3, we will hear from Peter Tague, Vice Chairman and Global Co-Head of Citi's Mergers & Acquisitions Department. 

In his current role, Tague is focused on Citi's international clients and transactions. In his prior role, he was responsible for strategy execution within Global Banking and held positions including Global Co-Head of the Energy, Power and Chemicals Coverage Group, and Head of the European Mergers and Acquisitions Group. ( See full bio.)
On April 10 the speaker will be John J. Cannon III, Partner, Shearman & Sterling.

Cannon is a senior member of the Executive Compensation & Employee Benefits Group and co-chair of Shearman & Sterling's Corporate Governance Advisory Group.  In his practice, he focuses on all aspects of compensation and benefits, including ERISA and corporate, securities, bankruptcy, employment, and tax laws. (See full bio.)
Completing the series on April 17 will be Simon M. Lorne, Vice Chairman and Chief Legal Officer at Millennium Management, LLC. 

Lorne oversees Millennium Management's compliance, legal, regulatory, and internal audit functions. Previously, Lorne served as a partner at Munger, Tolles & Olson, a managing director at Salomon Brothers, and general counsel at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. He is an independent director of Teledyne Technologies Inc. and co-chairs the Stanford Directors' College. ( See full bio.)

Professor Atwood to be Honored by the Foundation for Family Justice

As we announced in January, the Foundation for Family Justice will present Arizona Law Professor Barbara Atwood ('76) with the Peter Economidis Award for Lifetime Achievement and Contribution to Family Law this Friday, March 31, 2017, beginning at 5 p.m.
The award ceremony will take place at Loews Ventana Canyon Resort in Tucson, along with a silent auction and buffet. Proceeds benefit Southern Arizona Legal Aid, Inc.
Barbara is the Mary Anne Richey Professor Emerita of Law and directs the Family and Juvenile Law Certificate Program. She has long been -- and remains -- an extremely popular and effective teacher.

Her scholarship explores topics at the intersection of civil procedure and family law, with a particular focus on issues of voice and representation for marginalized groups. She has spoken at national and international conferences on child representation, child's voice, the Indian Child Welfare Act, and private ordering in family law.

Of the award, Barbara says,

"I'm truly honored to be in the company of Peter Economidis, Jim Stroud, and Len Karp --all great lawyers who have done so much for our community. The beneficiary of this event, of course, is Southern Arizona Legal Aid. As we all know, they need financial support more than ever."

We hope you will join in the celebration of Barbara and her work. Click here for event tickets.

"Never bowl without first  hitting up the snack bar."  
-- Steve Hirsch ('80)

Arizona Law has renamed our beloved Gutter Bowl event, now celebrating its 10th year, as the Steve Hirsch Gutter Bowl, in honor of the late Steven A. Hirsch ('80), a devoted alumnus and one of Gutter Bowl's biggest fans.
All proceeds from the Hirsch Bowl will go to the Steven A. Hirsch Scholarship Fund.
When: Tuesday, April 18, 2017, 6-9 p.m.

Where: Bowlmor Lanes Scottsdale, 7300 E Thomas Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 85251
Join us for a night of fun, high scores, and hilarity on the lanes as Arizona Law takes over Bowlmor Lanes. Sign up as a team, or come as an individual bowler and we will connect with you with a team.
Each team will get its own lane and Steve Hirsch Gutter Bowl t-shirts!
Learn more about registration and  sponsorship.

Contact  Chris Gast, 520-626-2400,

Leader in the Law, Rob Carey
The Leaders in the Law series, organized by the Alumni and Development office, connects leading legal professionals with Arizona Law students throughout the year.
Our huge thanks go to Leader in the Law, Rob Carey, who spoke with students at the College of Law earlier today. 

Rob is partner at Hagens Berman, managing its Phoenix and Colorado Springs offices. He spoke with students from his vast experience in class action litigation and jury trials.

Pro Bono Patent Law Clinic Launch
We celebrated the launch of our IP & Entrepreneurship Clinic's designation as a U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) pro bono clinic last Thursday evening with great verve, and 100 attendees.  Read more about the clinic here.

The USPTO was represented at the event by  William Covey, Deputy General Counsel and Director for the Office of Enrollment and Discipline (OED), and Grant Corboy, Patent Pro Bono Program Administrator.

Professor Allan J. Sternstein, Director of the IP & Entrepreneurship Clinic addresses attendees of the launch.

Tucson is slightly off the path from New York City, and not exactly around the corner from Washington, D.C.
But students, faculty, staff and members of the legal profession here in Tucson can engage in the highest levels of discourse about corporate governance, and meet national leaders in the profession, because of the extraordinary relationships and efforts of Bob Mundheim, and the Conversations he has hosted each spring for years.
And students and faculty can find the opportunity to participate in an intellectual program that is both broad and deep, theoretical and practical, and whose latest incarnation includes the rare designation of our IP & Entrepreneurship Clinic as an official pro bono clinic by the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office.
So, it seems, you can live in paradise, and learn at the cutting edge.


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