Last week was a busy one at Arizona Law. Of course, that makes it just like most weeks!

We hosted Peter Chase Neumann ('64) as an Executive-in-Residence. IPLP guest speaker Melody McCoy, of the Native American Rights Fund, presented "The Practice of Federal Indian Law: Challenges and Opportunities." The Family and Juvenile Law Association brought in a panel of medical professionals to discuss "Assisted Reproduction in the 21st Century." And, in the spirit of October, SBA held its annual Halloween carnival.

The SBA Halloween carnival provided fall fun to Arizona Law families. 

This week is equally busy with visitors and events. On Monday, attorneys from Snell & Wilmer LLP came to the college to discuss diversity in big law. Tomorrow, we host both the Arizona Court of Appeals, Division Two
, and our second "Conversation With" visitor of the fall.

Next Tuesday, the Arizona Supreme Court will be here hearing arguments on two cases.

Until the footnotes,
Civil Justice Initiative
Throughout the fall, we are hosting alumni visitors as part of the Civil Justice Initiative.
The Civil Justice Initiative seeks to preserve and elevate the American civil justice system. Building on our longstanding tradition of excellence in civil justice education and research, we see an opportunity to improve legal education, inform public policy, and demonstrate the great societal benefit that a fair and efficient civil justice system can produce.
A systematic educational and scholarly program focusing on the civil justice system, the Civil Justice Initiative is designed to include classes, other education and training, and research and policy engagement on issues including the changing law of class actions, multi-district litigation, mandatory alternative dispute resolution (see "Arbitration Everywhere, Stacking the Deck of Justice," New York Times, Oct. 31, 2015), insurance law, the impact and use of science and technology on civil disputes, and civil litigation rule reform.

Peter Chase Neumann ('64)
joined us last week as an Executive-in-Residence. Peter, a recently retired trial lawyer from Reno, Nevada, and his wife, Renate, spent five days with us, during which Peter spoke to the joint 1L Torts class, participated in a "Conversation With," and spent many hours patiently seated in the lobby talking to students about the life of a trial attorney.


Patrick J. McGroder III ('70) will join us tomorrow. Pat is perhaps best known for representing retired Phoenix Policeman Jason Schechterle -- a case described in the book Burning Shield -- and, most recently, for representing the families of the fallen Prescott firefighters. Pat will address the joint 1L Torts class and participate in a "Conversation With," sharing with students his words of wisdom on telling a client's story.

Arizona Court of Appeals Visit 
As part of its ongoing public education effort, Division Two of the Arizona Court of Appeals will hold oral arguments during a special court session at the College of Law. The judicial visit is hosted by the college's William H. Rehnquist Center on the Constitutional Structures of Government.

When: Thursday, Nov. 5, 2015, 1:30 - 3:30 p.m.

Where: Ares Auditorium, Room 164

Who may attend: The session is free and open to the public, but seating is limited and priority given to those who have preregistered at Others are welcome on a first-come, first-served basis as remaining space allows.                        
The Court will hear appellate arguments in two cases:
1:30 - 2:25 p.m.    2 CA-CR 2014-0193 State of Arizona v. Usef L. Simmons. 
Download case materials here.

2:30 - 3:25 p.m.    2 CA-CV 2015-0007 Yancy Anderson v. Quicktrip Corporation. 
Download case materials here.

Learn more here.

Arizona Supreme Court Visit
The Arizona Supreme Court will be holding arguments at the College of Law on November 10. This is a rare opportunity to witness the judicial branch of government at work and watch attorneys present real cases to the state's highest court.
The justices have identified two cases to be presented on November 10 and attorneys representing each side will be given 20 minutes to present their arguments. After the second case, the justices will take questions from the audience, as long as those questions do not pertain to the case or cases they just heard. This visit is hosted by the William H. Rehnquist Center.
When: Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2015, 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Where: Ares Auditorium, Room 164

Others are welcome on a first-come, first-serve basis as remaining space allows. All guests attending the arguments will need to arrive by no later than 1:30 PM in order to go through security screening. Note that food and beverages are not permitted past security.
The Court will hear arguments in two cases: 
2-2:40 p.m.    CR-15-0039-PR  State v. Joseph Javier Romero
Read the case summary (PDF). 

3-3:50 p.m.    CV-15-0013-PR  Jackie Abbott et al v Banner Health Network et al
Read the case summary (PDF).
The Supreme Court oral arguments will be live-streamed/simulcast and archived for later viewing at
Diversity in Big Law
On Monday of this week, the Latino Law Student Association hosted alumnae Roxanne Veliz ('95) and Abby Raddatz ('04) along with student Mario Gonzalez ('17).

The trio discussed the importance of diversity in big law, including Snell & Wilmer's innovative diversity program.

For more information, contact Mario Gonzalez.  

Roxanne Veliz    Abby Raddatz 

Patrick Hall ('12), an associate with Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck in Denver, has been appointed to the board of directors for the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Colorado. The term of his appointment is three years.

"I understand and appreciate the value of NAMI's support and education resources for those affected by mental illness," Hall said. "By joining this board, I believe I can contribute to NAMI's goal of eliminating the stigma attached to mental illness and advocating for more mental health resources in Colorado."

Patrick is a litigator whose legal practice is focused on protecting clients' intellectual property and trade secrets and halting potential damage from infringement. He advises clients on patent infringement, trade secrets misappropriation and trademark infringement matters.
SBA's Halloween carnival

And more Halloween fun

Bodhi Sethi, son of Dev Sethi ('97) and Olivia Sethi ('97), dressed as the Declaration of Independence this year!


The Class of 2010 sent in these images from their recent Homecoming reunion. It looks like they had a blast!

And in case you missed it, see more Homecoming and reunion highlights in last week's newsletter.

Thank you to all of our new scholarship donors this week for giving In Favor of Students. Until the end of the year, all scholarship gifts of $1,000 or more and all new endowed scholarships will be acknowledged with a ceramic tile with the name of the donor and a tile with the name of a scholarship student. What was your fondest memory from your time at Arizona Law? Why not commemorate it and help current students by making a gift and receiving a tile?

Marc L. Miller  
Dean & Ralph W. Bilby Professor of Law
Shaping the next century of legal education 
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