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The polar vortex (or its chilly cousins) may still grip much of the US, but its springtime in Tucson. The wildflowers are in full bloom, classes are at the midpoint for the Spring term, and the College is bursting with activity. This week we feature student Sean Willett, alumnus Rob Bujarski, Professor Kenney Hegland, and alumna Barbara Sattler.


Until the footnotes,




Sean Willett '16

It was a choice of law school or the football field. 1L student Sean Willet chose the former.


For four years, Wildcat fans watched wide receiver Sean playing for the UofA football team. While the Southern California native played football during his action-packed time as a business management undergrad, Sean didn't just catch the pigskin--he also caught the law school bug. He applied to Arizona Law saying, "I was going here or I was not going to start law school in 2013." He wanted only one school and Arizona Law was it.


Sean's hope was to begin law school and play out his athletic eligibility into a fifth season. After being accepted to Arizona Law, he realized it was in his best interest to focus on just law school. While he is no longer playing on the field, Sean has managed to keep sports front and center. He is the Vice-President of the popular Sports Law and Entertainment Society and a frequent attendee of lectures regarding sports law.


Sean's plan post-graduation is to use his JD to pursue a career in civil litigation. He is working with Bremer Whyte Brown & O'Meara LLP, a civil litigation firm with several offices in Southern California. He interned for the firm this past summer and he received an offer. Sean will be working full time this coming summer and will gain permanent employment as an attorney for the firm when he passes the bar.


Sean misses football but has found plenty of ways to keep himself busy. "I enjoy surfing, skateboarding, snowboarding, and really anything that involves a board. I spent five weeks alone backpacking across Europe this past summer." Sean, who comes from a busy family with one brother and two sisters, feels comfortable managing a demanding schedule and keeping in touch with his tight-knit network of classmates..


Sean is also a Rountree Scholar, aptly named for Arizona Law alumnus and former Wildcat basketball player George Rountree.

Robert Bujarski '01


For alumnus Rob Bujraski, Senior Vice-President of Business Development and General Counsel for Quidel Corporation, the interplay of law and business is his "sweet spot". Rob, a two-time Wildcat (B.A. '91, J.D. '01), grew up in Tucson. Prior to law school, he owned and ran a commercial printing business .


Hardworking by nature, Rob recalls pushing himself during law school and taking advantage of every business course offered. "As a former business owner, I entered law school understanding the complicated regulatory environment of business. I took advantage of my time in law school to learn as many aspects of the legal side of business as I could."


After graduation, Rob relocated to the San Diego area to accept a position with Gibson, Dunn, & Crutcher LLP  in its transactions group. After four years at Gibson, Rob was hired by his client Quidel Corporation as its General Counsel and Corporate Secretary.


As Rob's career has evolved and advanced, he has taken on more responsibility on the corporate side of the business. Yet Rob has no intention of moving entirely away from his role as General Counsel.


Last month, Rob returned to campus to speak with students about his career path and to offer advice to those interested in a similar path.


"Take advantage of your education. Push yourself. Even in today's competitive environment, you will have many choices. Remember to embrace new and challenging experiences, while not over-navigating your career.  Work hard and focus on gaining new experiences, and good opportunities will follow." 


Rob encourages students to experience law school, not just to pass through it. "I truly enjoyed the learning process, and our law school is filled with wonderful teachers and mentors.  Law school provides a great foundation and launching pad for folks to follow their dreams in whatever direction they may take them." 


Outside of work, Rob and his wife Beth stay busy with the activities of their children Zach (11) and Jordan (8).


Kenney Hegland and Barbara Sattler '81  


Hegland reading Contracts to Alex and Ben 



The home of Arizona Law professor Kenney Hegland and retired Pima County Superior Court Judge Barbara Sattler ('81) is often filled with nothing more than the sound of fingers typing on computer keyboards. The husband and wife duo have both recently released novels.


Kenney's wit, enjoyed by his colleagues and generations of students, led to a short novel called Law Prof. Law Prof is about a retired law professor who tries a wrongful death case with his criminal defense lawyer daughter.


"It's my first novel, written at the urging of Barbara, who finds living with me difficult if I have little to do," Kenney said. "There is a lot of stuff about law school, law practice, and law itself, even Hadley v. Baxendale. Alums can glimpse how it is on the other side of the podium and relive all those joyous moments."


Barbara-who also spent 17 years as a defense attorney-- wrote Dog Days. Dog Days comes from the heart. It examines a woman who does time for a crime she didn't commit and after her release, works with a dog psychic. The idea sprang directly from the clients Barbara saw in court. "Dog Days arose from my representation of many young women who wound up behind bars because they loved the wrong guy."


Being in court fuels Barbara's creativity. "There is nothing more interesting than watching what we called 'morning court' with all kinds of criminal hearings except trials. It is funny and poignant. I mix vignettes from those days in with my plots."


Barbara is finishing her second novel called Anne Levy, Last Case. It will be out in a couple months.


Kenney and Barbara are also committed to making sure those who served in the military receive legal aid. "Many people served several war zone deployments bravely and honorably only to be kicked out of the military for a minor offense," Kenney said. Barbara is working with vets to upgrade dishonorable discharges so they receive benefits such as health care.


This semester, Kenney is teaching Law and Humanities with Professor Paul Bennett and a course with his son Alex at Arizona Summit Law School in Phoenix. Alex is a 1998 alumnus of the College. Kenney and Barbara's other son Ben is attending NAU and wants to become a police officer. "Several alums will remember little Ben who came to my Contracts class and knew all the answers," Kenney said.


Coming soon!


Law College Association Annual Dinner and Awards Ceremony in Phoenix   

Please join us for the presentation of awards honoring and celebrating the remarkable achievements of:

  • Charles (Chick) Arnold '70 - "LCA Award" for extraordinary service to society
  • Maria Baier '92 - UAAA Public Service Award
  • Paul Charlton '88 - UAAA Public Service Award
  • Steven Lainoff '77 - UAAA Professional Achievement Award
  • The Honorable James Teilborg '66 - UAAA Professional Achievement Award  

Friday, April 4, 2014 5:30 - 9:00 -- U of A College of Medicine, 550 E Van Buren St, Phoenix, AZ  85004 

Register here.  


Alumni Authors Needed

The College of Law will host a booth at this year's Festival of Books on March 15-16.  We are looking for alumni authors to join us.  If you are interested, please contact Nancy Stanley 


Networking Nosh

Thank you to the following alumni for making our first Networking Nosh a huge success:


Lisa Bossard Funk - Gabroy Rollman & Bosse, PC 

Mike Boreale - Boreale Law PLC 

Matt Meaker - Sacks Tierney 

Jill Perella - Snell & Wilmer 

Adam Rossi - Pima County Attorney's Office 

Angela Woolridge - US Attorney's Office 


The next Networking Nosh is Thursday, March 27th. All students and alumni are welcome. To RSVP


 2014 McCormick Lecture with Olympia Snowe - Limited seats remaining
Please join us for a lecture by Olympia Snowe, who will discuss her long service in the US Senate and offer thoughts about the current state of the Union.
Thursday March 6th
James E. Rogers College of Law -- Ares Auditorium
5:30 - 6:30 pm
RSVP here


Veterans Court Southwest Symposium & Workshop 

Friday, March 28, 2014 - 8:30 am - 5:30 pm

James E. Rogers College of Law (Room 164)


Veterans Courts have been operating in the US for almost a decade now - each approaching issues of procedure, treatment, sanctions, and rewards differently. It's time to gather, share lessons learned, and problem solve together common issues arising in Veterans Courts.


Featured Speakers and Workshop Leaders include:

  • William Gunn, General Counsel, US Department of Veterans Affairs
  • Ted Vogt, Director, AZ Department of Veterans' Services
  • Hon. Robert Russell, Veterans Treatment Court, Buffalo, NY (established the nation's first veterans court)
  • Hon. Michael Pollard, Regional Municipalities Veterans Treatment Court, AZ
  • Thomas Winkel, Director, AZ Coalition for Military Families
  • Brig. Gen. Gregg Maxon, (ret.), AZ Supreme Court Adviser for Veterans Courts
  • Lori Lewis, Senior Assistant Prosecuting City Attorney, Tucson AZ

Click here to RSVP for the Veteran's Symposium. Space is limited.



Richard Grand Argument Competition

Preliminary rounds will be April 10th and 11th

Final Arguments will be on April 16



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Make a donation to our student scholarship fund.   Every dollar invested produces a solid return and helps to alleviate the burden of educational debt for a student. 




Arizona Law is a place of opportunity.   Tomorrow, for everyone, that opportunity will include the chance to hear former Senator Olympia Snowe (R--ME) give the 2014 J. Byron McCormick Lecture-- Bridging the Divide: What's Gone Wrong in Washington, and How We Can Fix It . 

Within the law school opportunity comes as a steady stream.  Last week it included the chance to hear Berkeley law and economics professor Robert Cooter as part of a law and philosophy course being jointly taught by law professor Simone Sepe and philosophy professor Tom Christiano.  Next week will include a talk by former University of Chicago Dean and professor Saul Levmore as part of the QuantLaw Program.  And these are just illustrations-snapshots of moving waters.

Sean Willet dashed from the end zone into his 1L year, and he hasn't stopped running since.  Rob Bujarski moved from business, to law school, to law practice, and now back to business again.  Kenney Hegland and Barbara Sattler reflect the wide-ranging interests and opportunities that are the tell-tale sign of a creative institution.

At the LCA Annual Dinner on April 4 in Phoenix we will celebrate great alumni whose passions have let them to become extraordinary leaders in the profession, in business, and in society.  Join us. 




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Marc L. Miller 
Dean & Ralph W. Bilby Professor of Law 
James E. Rogers College of Law    

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