Graduation is way too big an event for one issue of Wildcat Wednesday -- Letter of the Law.

Today we have even more year-end news and accolades to share. 

And, don't miss our graduation baby -- Jesslyn Jean Abeyta!

I also invite you to welcome our newest crop of graduates by making a gift to the College of Law In Favor of Students.

IPLP Class of 2017 Recognized for Community Service and Advocacy

The Indigenous Peoples Law and Policy (IPLP) Program at the James E. Rogers College of Law thanks the families and friends of this year's graduates for supporting them during their journey through law school. 

A special thanks goes to this year's graduates for all their work to advance IPLP's mission to increase the representation of American Indian, Alaska Native, and indigenous advocates within the practice of law.
This year IPLP established the Robert A. Hershey IPLP Outstanding Tribal Advocate Award in recognition of Professor Hershey's contributions to the IPLP Program, his service to the Native American community in Tucson and across Indian country, and his dedication to mentoring and supporting students.

The inaugural winner of the award was Alexandra Mojado (above, center), a direct descendant of the Pala Band of Mission Indians and a citizen of the Cherokee Nation. 

As a student in IPLP's clinical programs, Alexandra advocated for her own tribal community by being the lead on a U.S. Supreme Court amicus brief filed by IPLP's Tribal Justice Clinic. She also passed the Yaqui Bar exam and represented indigent Yaqui clients in court, spent one summer at an NGO on behalf of indigenous women who are victims of sexual and domestic violence, and worked at the Tohono O'odham Attorney General's office. 

Alexandra plans to work as a tribal court public defender. Congratulations to Alexandra, who also passed the February Arizona Bar exam!

Anna Hohag (Bishop Paiute Tribe, above, left) received the Rose Davis Public Service Award from the James E. Rogers College of Law. 

As president of the University of Arizona Native American Law Students Association (NALSA) and the Area 1 representative for National NALSA, Anna worked tirelessly to create an inclusive community at the law school and mentored countless youth.  Anna was also selected for the University of Arizona Native American Student Affairs Outstanding Graduate Service Award in recognition of her service to Native youth at the University of Arizona.

Applauding 2016-2017 Student Publications
Arizona Law Review
The graduating members of  Arizona Law Review  gathered on the steps of Old Main for one last photo together. 

ALR held its year-end banquet at Hacienda Del Sol on April 21 in celebration of its 59th year providing academic and professional growth opportunities for its members. 

Keynote speaker Mi-Ai Parrish addressed the audience on the theme of the night, "The Courage to Stand Up," and Vice Chief Justice John Pelander helped the Review honor Tim Berg ('75) as a distinguished alumni.

The ALR board writes: 

" We are so thankful to each of our sponsors who made the night a success, and we hope to see everyone again next year!"

Student award recipients were as follows:

Snell & Wilmer Best 2L NoteNatalee Perry

Snell & Wilmer Best Published Note ~  Bern Velasco

Steptoe & Johnson 2L Member of the YearLauren Rosen

Steptoe & Johnson Editor of the YearJames Florentine

Rose 'n' Berg Distinguished EditorsBrett Gilmore Jillian Andrews

Squire Patton Boggs Award for Professionalism & LeadershipLindsey Huang

Arizona Journal of International & Comparative Law

The Arizona Journal of International & Comparative Law held its year-end event on April 28th at Casa Vicente. Outgoing editor-in-chief Esther Sanchez-Gomez tells us that it was a relatively informal affair with a lot of eating, drinking, and conversation as well as awards to recognize exceptional 3Ls and great 2L notes.

The incoming and outgoing boards are pictured below. From left to right are: Joe Bonasera, Rachel Dyckman, Laura Unklesbay, Esther Sanchez-Gomez, Elizabeth Smiley, Chelsea Padilla-Frankel, and Troy Anderson (not pictured, Amanda Dick).


Arizona Journal of Environmental Law & Policy

The Arizona Journal of Environmental Law & Policy held its banquet on Saturday, April 22, at La Cocina. No photos have emerged to document the event, but outgoing editor Andrew Shepherd writes, 

"It was a relatively informal event where we handed out awards, enjoyed each others company, and celebrated the end of the semester."

2016-2017 AJELP awards went to:

Editor of the Year ~ Amanda Rutherford

Distinguished 2L Editor ~ Katherine Henrichs

Best Note ~ Mia Hammersley

Best Comment ~ Yonggang Wang

Best Copywork ~ Nareg Boyadjian

Professionalism Award ~ Derek Linford

Arizona Law Journal of Emerging Technologies

Congratulations again go to the members of Arizona Law's newest student publication, the Journal of Emerging Technologies, for publishing the inaugural issue. 

The 2016-2017 editorial board consisted of, from left to right, Jason Buckner, Sai Manthra, John Howard, Clark Taylor, Evan Speciale, and Levon Kantzabedian. 

Celebrate the Newest Crop of Alumni with a Gift to 
Your Law College Association

As our newest graduates take the next steps in their career journey, it is a great time to take a step back and reflect on your own time at the College of Law. 

Perhaps you have memories of sharing information via the "red couch telegraph" in the lobby, or memories of a professor who helped you hone your skills, or a classmate you built a lasting friendship with. 

Whatever your personal memory, we hope you remember your time at the college fondly and, if your circumstances allow, that you will reward that memory with a gift to the college.

We are thrilled that alumni participation has been increasing steadily for the past five years.
We began this year with a bold vision of achieving 20 percent alumni giving participation. Help us reach our goal by giving today.

We strive to help you maintain a strong connection to the college and your fellow alumni. As alumni of the College of Law, you can look forward to invitations to alumni receptions and networking events from the Law College Association and the Alumni and Development Office throughout the year. Through the weekly newsletter and the many alumni who have visited the college, we have connected and reconnected with hundreds of alumni. 

Alumni are the hallmark of the College of Law. Your participation and support -- in events, mentorship, and giving -- provides opportunities for the next generation. 

As we prepare to close our fiscal year on June 30, 2017, we ask you to consider making a gift to the College. All gifts, regardless of size, matter and help us deliver on our promise of a high value, top quality education, in a small, supportive community.
Now is the perfect time to give. We ask you to make a gift In Favor of Students.
"Your UA Law College Association supports the College of Law in many ways, but especially financially, funding scholarships and other financial assistance to our law students. We hope you will contribute today." 
-- Law College Association President Mike King ('79)

Congratulations to Benjamin Taylor ('04)

A few weeks ago we let you know that 2004 Arizona Law alumnus Benjamin Taylor was running for the State Bar of Arizona Board of Governors. 

The results are in, and Ben won a seat, earning the highest number of votes in District 6. Congratulations!

Newest Wildcat
It is always a great pleasure to welcome a new Wildcat. And our newest added a little extra anticipation to our convocation ceremony this year.

2017 graduate Derek Abeyta  and his wife Amber were expecting their daughter on graduation day (May 13). 

Perhaps to Derek and Amber's relief, our newest community member waited ... until three days later. But she was already a presence at our convocation.

Derek says:
"Introducing Jesslyn Jean Abeyta!! Born on May 16th, 2017 at 5:34 pm, weighing in at 8 lbs 3 oz and 20.5 in long. Mom and daughter are doing great! I love them both so incredibly much and am simply overjoyed to be baby J's daddy. We are truly blessed!"

Students are gone.  Summer has come.  The ranks of Arizona Law graduates -- and now future graduates! -- have grown.

So much of what we do, and especially the critical support for students, comes from you.  It is, again, a great time to give in favor of students -- in favor of dreams realized.


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