Presenting ... the University of Arizona Law Class of 2018! 

Capping the law school's 103rd year, our newest graduates took to the stage on Saturday, May 12, at Centennial Hall. A video of the entire convocation is available here. 

The graduate awards ceremony was held the previous day, recognizing outstanding achievements by members of the graduating class.

Until the footnotes,


2018 University of Arizona Law Convocation

On the afternoon of May 12, the 2018 University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law graduates were welcomed into the ranks of alumni by Christine Thompson ('01), incoming president of the Law College Association, who urged the audience to embrace the unexpected challenges and great promise of their next step.

Anna Maria Chávez ('94), the 2018 convocation speaker, addressed the graduates, emphasizing their new role as catalysts and moral leaders.

Graduating JDs Mia Hammersley and Kayla Bernays and graduating SJD Benjie Parsalaw were chosen by their peers as the Class of 2018 student speakers. 

They were joined on stage by 2018 Class Gift Chairs Rachel Dyckman and Sara Wright, who announced a pledge of 4,451 hours of community service and pro bono work by the graduating class, representing more than 90 percent participation.

Graduation Festivities

Graduate Awards Ceremony
The following students were recognized at the Arizona Law graduate award ceremony on May 11.
Dannie Lee Chandler Memorial Award, presented by Dee-Dee Samet 
Zoey Kotzambasis, Joshua Messer
Munger Prize for Scholars in International and Business Law
presented by David Ruiz and Zachary Cohen 
Jovan Ruvalcaba
Law College Association Awards, presented by Angela Woolridge
Scholastic Merit Award ~ Nicolas Hurtado, Elizabeth May
Service Award ~ Kristina Rood, Amanda Rutherford

Ralph W. Aigler Memorial Award Katherine Kohnen, Julie Pack

ALI-CLE Scholarship and Leadership AwardLaura Unklesbay

William T. Birmingham Trial Advocacy AwardMatthew Ashton

S. Thomas Chandler Public Service Award 
Lauren Beall, Mia Hammersley

Hon. Earl H. Carroll Public Service AwardSara Wright, Camilo Rodriguez

Thomas Clark Civility in Litigation AwardJean Paul Barnard

Rose Davis Public Service AwardJacob Metoxen, Jovan Ruvalcaba

Deconcini, McDonald, Yetwin & Lacy Academic Achievement Award 
Max Bradley 

Dean's Achievement Award for Community EngagementPete Sabori

Dean's Achievement Award for LeadershipNatalie Cafasso

Sara Wright Hawkins Professionalism AwardKristina Rood

Roger C. Henderson Distinguished Graduating Senior Award  
Mia Hammersley

Jim Himelic AwardAmanda Ehredt

Junius Hoffman "Beyond The JD" AwardJacqueline Leahy

Joseph M. Livermore Service AwardFrancisco Ortiz

Ralph E. Long Memorial AwardRachel Dyckman

Darrow K. Soll Memorial AwardFernanda Munoz

Andrew Silverman Community Service AwardKatherine Henrichs
Thank you

We thank the following supporters and families who made these awards possible: 

Ralph W. Aigler; William T. Birmingham; the Honorable Earl H. Carroll; S. Thomas Chandler; Corinne Cooper; Rose Davis; the Himelic Family; the Law College Association; Mesch, Clark & Rothschild PC; John & Roseann Munger; DeConcini, McDonald, Yetwin & Lacy; Dee-Dee Samet; Professor Andrew Silverman and Starr Sanders; and Margo Daley Soll.

Around the College

Upcoming Summer Receptions

Calling all New York City and DC area alums and friends! We are headed your way at the end of May to kick off our summer reception series. It's a great chance to renew old connections and make new ones. See you there!

New York Reception

Tuesday, May 29 at 5:30 p.m.
Renaissance Hotel in the 
Rock & Reilly's Outdoor Terrace 
218 West 35th Street, New York, NY
Washington DC Reception

Thursday, May 31 at 5:30 p.m.
Quarles & Brady 
1701 Pennsylvania Ave Ste 700, Washington, DC 

And, watch this space and your email box for your invitation to upcoming summer receptions in other parts of the country.

I'll close by sharing the touching and inspiring words of this year's graduating class speakers:

"It has been an honor to study and learn beside you. Simply put, we are blessed." -- Benjie Parsalaw

"Despite my many frustrations with our legal system and the systems of oppression that it often perpetuates, I emerge from these three years with an unshakeable sense of hope, largely thanks to the relationships that I have formed here at Arizona Law." -- Mia Hammersley 

"Thank you to our classmates who seemed to decide early on that competition was less important than being decent." -- Kayla Bernays

I always close our formal graduation by quoting from two of my favorite 20th century philosophers, John Lennon and Paul McCartney.

And this year I didn't just quote their words. Challenged by several members of the 2018 graduating class (and risking disdain from my 11 year old daughter Evie who sings in the Tucson Girls Chorus), I sang the following lines, fully in the spirit of the insights of our graduates:

And in the end, the love you take
Is equal to the love you make.




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