This week I want to acknowledge the immeasurable contributions to the College of Law, and to legal education and scholarship more broadly, of Professor David A. Gantz and Professor and Associate Dean Sally Rider

Both David and Sally are retiring from regular College of Law duties, although we expect to keep them in the Arizona Law orbit as they take on new activities and challenges.

Until the footnotes,

Professor David A. Gantz

David A. Gantz has been the Samuel M. Fegtly Professor of Law at the University of Arizona, where he has taught since 1993. 

David served the college as director of the International Trade and Business Law Program (ITBL) from 1993 to 2017 and as its director emeritus since 2017. 

David retires from the college leaving a legacy of deep engagement with, and exciting scholarship on, questions of international law. He has also had a profound impact on Arizona Law students in the JD and LLM programs, an impact visible in the careers of many of our alumni.

With former ITBL LLM students.

Previously, David was a visiting professor of law at American University and George Washington University Law School, a lecturer in law at the University of Pennsylvania and visiting assistant professor of law at the University of Costa Rica. David has also taught at Georgetown University, Loyola University, the University of San Diego Law School, and Universidad Rafael Landívar. 

He served earlier in the Office of the Legal Adviser, U.S. Department of State and practiced law in Washington, DC, after earning his AB from Harvard College and his JD and JSM at Stanford Law School. 

Introducing a lecture at the College of Law
by Don De Amicis.

David teaches and writes on international trade and investment law, regional trade agreements, public international law and international environmental law. He is also the Will Clayton (nonresident) Fellow For Trade and International Economics at Rice University's Baker Institute for Public Policy, Mexico Center.
He has written extensively on World Trade Organization and NAFTA law and dispute resolution issues, as well as a range of other international trade matters. David is the author or co-author of four books and more than 50 law review articles and book chapters, has served as a consultant for the UNDP, USAID and the World Bank, among others, and served as a panelist under Chapters 11, 19 and 20 of NAFTA. 

The college is planning a symposium on international trade and business law in honor of David's contributions, to be held during Homecoming on November 1, 2019.

Professor and Associate Dean Sally Rider ('86)

Professor Sally Rider has served as the associate dean for administration and chief of staff for the College of Law and director of the nonpartisan William H. Rehnquist Center on the Constitutional Structures of Government. 

Sally is also the founding co-director of the National Institute for Civil Discourse, a nonpartisan center established at the University of Arizona in 2011 to promote civic engagement and civility in public discourse consistent with First Amendment principles. 

She retires from the college this summer, after 13 years.

Prior to joining the College of Law, Sally served as Administrative Assistant (now called "Counselor") to the Chief Justice of the United States from August 2000 to September 2006, serving both Chief Justice Rehnquist and Chief Justice Roberts. 

I have often said that if she could help run the entire federal court system, she could surely help run our college, and that has more than proven true.

Speaking in 2015 during Arizona Law's annual Constitution Day discussion of notable Supreme Court cases.

From 1986 to 1987 she worked for Congressman Morris K. Udall as staff counsel to the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Interior and Insular Affairs. From 1987 to 1990 she was a trial attorney in the Civil Division of the Department of Justice. She was an Assistant United States Attorney in the District of Columbia from 1990 to 1995, and Deputy Chief of the Civil Division from 1998 to 2000. From 1995 to 1998 she was an attorney supervising international litigation at the State Department.

Sally, a native Arizonan and second-generation Wildcat, received her BA from the University of Arizona, graduating Phi Beta Kappa, with high distinction, in 1980, and received her law degree with high distinction in 1986.

This spring, the Law College Association recognized Sally with an alumni award for her long federal government service, and for her leadership in our college and community. 

Sally has been a source of great wisdom for our college, and a source of deep passion for the University of Arizona, Tucson, and Arizona. I am confident that her wisdom and passion will continue to guide us.

Around the College

Karen Kowalski and Shannon Trebbe ('10) Take on New Roles at the College

Beginning this summer, Karen Kowalski will become the College of Law's new associate dean for administration and chief of staff. 

Since joining the College of Law in 2013 as assistant dean for career development, Karen has transformed the office using analytical, results-oriented metrics. Her accomplishments include reporting the college's highest overall employment rate and lowest overall unemployment rate in memory.
Before joining the college, Karen practiced tax law as a partner at the international law firm of Winston & Strawn in Chicago and served as managing director at Major, Lindsey & Africa, the leading global legal search firm. She holds an LLM in taxation from Georgetown University Law Center and a JD from DePaul University College of Law.
Shannon Trebbe ('10) will 
become the new assistant dean for career development, leading the Career Development Office (CDO). 

Shannon has been the senior director in the CDO since 2017. Since joining the CDO, she has helped integrate professional development topics into the law school curriculum. 

She currently co-instructs Preparing to Practice, a mandatory course for first-year law students, which helps prepare students to enter the legal job market. She also serves as the faculty supervisor for the summer judicial externship program.
Before joining the CDO, Shannon was an associate attorney in the appellate group of Steptoe & Johnson LLP and a judicial law clerk for Judge Daniel Barker (ret.) on the Arizona Court of Appeals, Division One. She received her Arizona Law JD in 2010, graduating summa cum laude and Order of the Coif. While in law school, she was a member of the Arizona Law Review, the Arizona Journal of Environmental Law and Policy, and the ABA Appellate Advocacy moot court team.

Congratulations to Professor David Wexler

Distinguished Research Professor Emeritus David B. Wexler began teaching law at the University of Arizona in 1967. He was recently recognized by his undergraduate alma mater, SUNY-Binghamton, with an Alumni Achievement Award for outstanding, significant professional achievement.
Professor Wexler is now professor of law and director of the International Network on Therapeutic Jurisprudence at the University of Puerto Rico in San Juan, Puerto Rico, and an honorary president of the International Society for Therapeutic Jurisprudence. 

The Arizona Law online alumni network will be phasing out after June 30. But you can stay connected with Arizona Law students and alumni on the University of Arizona's new Bear Down Network! 

Join to access networking and career development opportunities exclusive to Wildcats. http://beardownnetwork.com/

Once you've signed up, you can find classmates by looking for the College of Law Group.

Final Call for Teams and Bowlers!

Calling all bowlers! Join us for a night of fun as Arizona Law takes over Bowlmore Lanes.

Gutter Bowl is less than a week away, but there is still time to sign up as a team, individual bowler, non-bowling attendee, or sponsor. Proceeds support the Steven A. Hirsch Scholarship Fund.

When: Tuesday, June 4, 2019, 6-9 p.m.

Where: Bowlmor Lanes Scottsdale, 7300 E Thomas Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 85251

Contact Corrina Eklund, 520-621-8430, with registration questions or to become a sponsor.
If you are unable to join us, please consider making a donation to the Steven A. Hirsch Scholarship Fund directly.

Thank you sponsors!
Gutter Sponsor

Turkey Sponsor
Quarles & Brady
Spare Sponsors
Arizona Asian American Bar Association
Gammage & Burnham/UA Engineering Alumni Chapter
Littler Mendelson
May Potenza Baran & Gillespie, PC
Rusing Lopez & Lizardi, PLLC
Snell & Wilmer
State Bar of Arizona

In the News

Houston Chronicle, by professor David Gantz

Daily Kos, mentioning professor Rob Williams

Sally Rider and David Gantz have had a giant impact on our college, our community, and our profession.

Please join me in thanking them -- and join me in the hope that they will both continue to be an active part of our community for many years to come. 





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