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MAY 26, 2021


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A Celebration of Life:

Kenney Hegland

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Like so much of life over the past 15 months, this year's College of Law Convocation was unlike any before it.

We gathered – in person! – at the airy UA Davis Sports Center for a safe, socially distanced, and very spirited celebration of our truly resilient and inspiring 2021 graduates.

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Our extraordinary virtual keynote speaker was U.S. Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland, the first Native American to serve in a cabinet office in United States history. Secretary Haaland was introduced by Paulene Abeyta (’21).

Please join me in welcoming the JD, SJD, LLM, MLS, BA in Law, Certificate in Health Law, and Certificate in Regulatory Science graduates of the Class of 2021 to our Arizona Law alumni family.


Until the footnotes,



Welcome Our Class of 2021

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College of Law Convocation

Over 150 of our newest graduates walked across the stage during the James E. Rogers College of Law Convocation on Tuesday, May 11, 2021. 

With remarks reflecting the particular challenges of the past year-and-a-half and the resilience of our law students, graduates were addressed by University of Arizona President Robert C. Robbins, Secretary Haaland, LCA president Angela Woolridge ('02), outgoing SBA president Sarah Myers (’21), MLS speaker Lauren Easter (’21), SJD speaker Jingyuan (Joey) Zhou (’21), and JD speakers DeLorean Forbes (’21) and Katie Derrig (’21).

You can view the entire College of Law convocation HERE.

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See more Convocation photos on our Facebook page, @uarizonalaw.

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Graduation Awards

We gathered on Friday, May 14, to celebrate awards to members of this year's graduating class.

You can view the entire graduation awards ceremony HERE.

Join us in congratulating our outstanding awardees from the Class of 2021:

ALI CLE Scholarship & Leadership Award

Kathleen Derrig

Andrew Silverman Community Service Award

Bethany Munson

Dannie Lee Chandler Memorial Award

Christina Billhartz and Carly Marshall

Darrow K. Soll Memorial Award

Mario Rios

Dean’s Achievement Award for Community Engagement

Lauren L’Ecuyer

Dean’s Achievement Award for Leadership

Paulene Abeyta, Annabel Barraza, and Samantha Walker 

DeConcini, McDoanld, Yetwin & Lacy Academic Achievement Award

Ezekiel A. Peterson

Hon. Earl H. Carroll Public Service Award

Stephen Bagger

Jim Himelic Award

Jake Smith

John G. Hawkins Professionalism Award

Reyna Araibi and DeLorean Forbes

Joseph M. Livermore Service Award

Sarah Myers

Junius Hoffman “Beyond The JD” Award

Gabriela Elizondo-Craig

Law College Association Scholastic Merit Award

Reyna Araibi and Joey Zhou

Law College Association Service Award

David Herrera Perera, Claire Maguire, Vu Ngo, and Cory Jane Rodas 

Munger Prize for Scholars in International and Business Law

John Frick

Ralph E. Long Memorial Award

Ruben Salcido

Ralph W. Aigler Memorial Award

Andrea Sharp

Roger C. Henderson Distinguished Graduating Senior Award

DeLorean Forbes

Rose Davis Public Service Award

Arizona Baskin and Christina Poletti

S. Thomas Chandler Public Service Award

Joy Parker

Thomas Clark Civility in Litigation Award

Vincent Unuorakpor

William T. Birmingham Trial Advocacy Award

Alex Bachik


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I can say with confidence – this is a graduation we will never forget.

The joy of being together, of celebrating such hard work, and one of life's great moments, may be one of the best antidotes on earth.

For those who could not be there, let me encourage you listen to the wise words of all our speakers, and bask in the strength and resilience of this amazing class and community.


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