In today's Letter of the Law, we bring you profiles of two accomplished Wildcats -- law alumnus Ryan Flynn ('06) and UA President Emeritus Peter Likins. Both are highly energetic people committed to public service, and both were named to leadership positions at a relatively young age. 

The Law College Association will honor Ryan and Pete on April 16 at the 42nd Annual LCA Appreciation Dinner. Join us! We thank those who have already purchased a table: 

Arizona Asian American Bar Association
Stephen Golden
The Honorable Stephen McNamee
The Family and Friends of Gary Stuart
The Family and Friends of the Honorable Roxanne Song Ong

Until the footnotes,

Peter W. Likins
Dr. Peter W. Likins is the 2016 recipient of the Law College Association Award. Many of you know him as president of the University of Arizona from 1997 to 2006, a dynamic time at the University and at the College of Law. Both during his presidency and since, the College of Law has consistently benefitted from his leadership, advice, and support.
Professor and Dean Emerita Toni Massaro comments:
"President Likins is one of the best lawyers without a law degree we know. He thinks like a lawyer, and understands the importance of lawyers to a strong democracy.
He also values and supports professional education, and forged a great and enduring friendship with our college and our alumni and friends. President Likins inspired trust, respect, and love. This is a trifecta of rare and exceedingly valuable qualities in a leader -- at any time, in any setting. The College of Law owes him much."

A California native, President Likins earned a doctorate in engineering mechanics from Stanford. He worked at the CalTech Jet Propulsion Lab and joined the faculty of UCLA in the 1960s, where he earned an international reputation for spacecraft research and technical consulting and received honors for distinguished teaching. In the 1970s, he became a professor and dean of the School of Engineering and Applied Science at Columbia University, and soon was named provost of Columbia.
Likins became president of Lehigh University in 1982, which he led for 15 years. In 1997, he joined the University of Arizona as its 18th president, remaining until his retirement in 2006. Pete and his wife, Pat, continue to make their home in Tucson.
President Likins published a memoir, A New American Family: A Love Story, in 2011 and his first novel, Coyote Speaks: Cross Country Run, in 2015. 

Ryan C. Flynn ('06)
Ryan C. Flynn is the recipient of the 2016 University of Arizona Alumni Association Young Professional Achievement Award. 

In 2013, just seven years after receiving his JD at Arizona Law, he was appointed as Secretary of Environment and the Natural Resources Trustee for the State of New Mexico.
Ryan was previously general counsel to the same agency -- the New Mexico Environment Department. He is also an Assistant Judge Advocate General in the United States Air Force Reserves at Schriever Air Force Base in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
Professor Barbara Atwood had this to say about Ryan:
"Ryan was assigned to my civil procedure small section as a 1L, and then I selected him as an Ares Fellow his second year. He is super smart, disarmingly honest, curious about life, funny, and kind.  Another thing -- he's not the least bit arrogant. These qualities made him a really effective teaching assistant, and I'm sure they make him a wonderful lawyer, negotiator, and leader."
On his appointment as Secretary, New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez called him a "tireless advocate for common sense approaches to regulations that protect the environment while continuing to encourage economic growth."
As Secretary, he has brokered several key agreements with federal and state agencies, foreign governments, and Native American tribes and pueblos. He is also responsible for successfully negotiating and obtaining historically large settlements on behalf of the Environment Department. Also under his leadership, the department has developed new water quality regulations for lakes and for discharges from copper mines and dairies. Other, non-regulatory, initiatives have included the River Stewards Initiative and efforts to mitigate drought damage and improve New Mexico's water and wastewater infrastructure.
Before attending the University of Arizona, Ryan graduated from Harvard University, where he concentrated in English and American Literature.
Ryan is married to another proud Arizona Law alumna, Julia Broggi ('07), who practices law at Holland & Hart. They recently welcomed their second child.
Professor Anaya to Receive ASIL Medal
The American Society for International Law (ASIL) will present Professor James Anaya with its 2016 Goler T. Butcher Medal during its annual meeting this week in Washington, DC. 

The medal is awarded each year to "a distinguished person of American or other nationality, for outstanding contributions to the development or effective realization of international human rights." Previous recipients include 
M. Cherif Bassiouni, Dinah Shelton, Louis Henkin and Thomas Buergenthal.

Jim is Regents' Professor and James J. Lenoir Professor of Human Rights Law and Policy and Co-Chair of the Indigenous Peoples Law and Policy program.

Just last month, Jim was appointed by the president of the United Nations General Assembly as a co-facilitator for consultations to consider means of enhancing Indigenous peoples participation within the UN system (read more).

Alumna Receives UN Appointment
Erika M. Yamada, a proud 2009 SJD graduate of the IPLP program, serves as the National Rapporteur on Human Rights and Indigenous Peoples for Brazil. She was recently appointed to the United Nations Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, the five-member expert body of the UN Human Rights Council charged with doing studies on indigenous issues for the entire UN system. Please join me and the IPLP program in congratulating Erika.
Next IPLP Speaker, April 1
Professor Seth Davis of the University of California at Irvine will be IPLP's featured speaker this Friday. He will lead a conversation on how "constitutional faith" can be a barrier to redressing America's colonial relationships with Indian nations.
When: Friday, April 1, 12:15-1:30 p.m.
Where: Faculty Lounge Room 237
For more information, contact Justin Boro via email or at 520-626-9224.
Law.Change Double Header, March 31 and April 1

Law.Change is a lecture series about technological changes and business trends in the legal profession. This week, we have two speakers:

J. J. Rico, Director, Arizona Center for Disability Law  on 
"ADA Accessibility and Its Impact on Courts/Law Offices"
When: Thursday, March 31, 2016, 2:00 p.m. 
Where: College of Law Room 118


Roberta Tepper, Director, State Bar of Arizona Lawyer Assistance Programs on
"40 Apps in 40 Minutes"
When: Friday, April 1, 2016, 12:15 p.m. (with lunch at 12:00)
Where: College of Law Room 118 

RSVP requested but not required --
CLE May be available for both events*
* The State Bar of Arizona does not approve or accredit CLE activities for the Mandatory Continuing Legal Education requirement.  This activity may qualify for up to 1 hour toward your annual CLE requirement for the State Bar of Arizona, including 1 hour(s) of professional responsibility."

Please join us for the presentation of awards honoring and celebrating the remarkable achievements of: Ryan C. Flynn ('06), C. Max Killian ('49), Peter W. Likins; The Honorable Roxanne Song Ong ('78), Nicole F. Stanton ('00), and Gary L. Stuart ('67).

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 

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 Eadie Rudder ('00). Congratulations, Eadie, and thank you for joining.

We appreciate the chance to recognize leadership for the College, the profession, and society.  

We see truly distinctive leadership in President Likins' career as a scholar and academic administrator, in the early responsibility for the New Mexico environment vested in Ryan Flynn, in the appointment of Erika Yamada to an important UN position, and in the major national award recognizing Jim Anaya's lifelong contribution to human rights. 

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