Homecoming and the Red & Blue Barbecue are almost here.
At Arizona Law we draw continual strength from our network of highly engaged alumni. 
Homecoming weekend, October 26-28, is an ideal time to reconnect with friends here at the college. We hope to see many of you here in a few short weeks.
But any time is a good to check in on an old classmate or professor. One good way to do so is to log in to our online alumni directory.
It is always a delight when friends both old and new join us for Arizona Law receptions. And many alumni and friends of the college also interview current students, mentor recent grads through our career office, or get involved with planning an event like Gutter Bowl.
Alumni regularly share their knowledge with our students by speaking to law clubs and in classes, or by working directly with students in our clinics and on our trial-skills teams. And the Law College Association and its dedicated board members help to shape and support the work of the college every single day.
The strength of our college also builds on the contributions of the passionate Wildcats who support current and future students through scholarships and gifts that bolster Arizona Law programs and clinics.
Class of 1977 graduate Steven Lainoff is one of our extremely accomplished alumni and a steadfast supporter of the College of Law, not least through his leadership in recent years on the Dean's Economic Council. 

Steve is coming back to campus this month for recognition as the College of Law Alumnus of the Year. The ceremony will take place on  Friday, October 27, as part of the UA's homecoming weekend. The celebration will be held at the Student Union Grand Ballroom South from 2:30-5 p.m. ( RSVP ). 

Until the footnotes,


Alumnus of the Year Steven Lainoff ('77) 

Riea and Steve
Since his graduation from the college in 1977, Steven Lainoff's highly successful professional trajectory has been one that would make any Wildcat proud. 

Over the course of his career, Steve has moved from private practice to government to business, with notable contributions in each sphere.
With his wife Riea, Steve moved from New Jersey to Arizona to attend the College of Law. Steve quickly found his passion for tax law. 

Like many Wildcats, Steve recalls a particular faculty member who shaped the course of his career. It was Arthur Andrews, he says, who spurred his interest in the field of taxation and "is more responsible than anyone for the lawyer I became."
After graduating, Steve worked as an associate with an international tax firm in New York. He then was hired by the U.S. Treasury Department and there coordinated the international elements of the Tax Reform Act of 1986. 

An internationally recognized leader in corporate tax, debt capitalization and internal restructuring, he later served as partner-in-charge of the Washington, DC, office of the global tax firm KPMG. In 2008 and 2010, Steve was named a "Best of the Best" tax advisor by Legal Media Group's Expert Guides.
Steve retired from KPMG last year. He and Riea travel extensively, both personally and to visit their three children, Caitlin, Brian, and Mark, and one grandchild. Steve and Riea are also dedicated to philanthropy and nonprofit service.
Steve now serves on the Finance and Investment Committee of the Global Crop Diversity Trust in Bonn, Germany and as the chair of the Development Committee of the Washington Nationals Youth Baseball Academy, having just rotated off the board of Rhodes College.
The College of Law has also benefitted greatly from Steve's time and talents. He has served on the Board of Visitors and in 2014 was an executive-in-residence at the college, interacting extensively with students and faculty. He currently chairs the Dean's Economic Council, which he describes as a group of alumni who have run organizations, businesses, professional firms, and advise on the business side of the issues facing the College of Law, including, for example, international growth, marketing, and new programs.
Steve's expertise and leadership is invaluable to the college and to me.
We will present Steve with the Alumni of the Year Award at the University of Arizona Alumni Association ceremony on Friday, October 27, at 2:30 p.m. The ceremony is open to the public and I encourage you to attend ( RSVP).

Around the College
Student Snapshot: Federalist Society President Zoey Kotzambasis

Zoey (left) attended the Federalist Society's national Supreme Court conference.
Image courtesy of The Federalist Society.
University of Arizona Law 3L and UA Federalist Society President Zoey Kotzambasis had a clear mission for her summer: "advocating for more liberty and less government."

Zoey clerked for her second year at the Goldwater Institute, the Phoenix-based libertarian think tank.

At Goldwater, Zoey helped draft model legislation and contributed to a number of cases, including researching constitutional and procedural issues related to the Indian Child Welfare Act for the case, Gila River Indian Community v. Department of Child Safety, which eventually went to the Arizona Supreme Court.

She also attended the Federalist Society Student Leadership Conference in Washington, DC, which she says helped her prepare to lead the UA chapter this year.  

"The most valuable thing I learned about running a successful Federalist Society chapter is how to enable our chapter's members to utilize the invaluable network of lawyers, judges, and professors for future employment and scholarship opportunities," said Zoey.

Arizona Law in the News
Arizona Daily Star profile of 1963 alumnus, with commentary by Dean Marc Miller 
Arizona Public Media, commentary from Immigration Clinic Co-Director Lynn Marcus
Arizona Daily Star , commentary by Professor Robert Glennon 
   @aliecataz on Twitter

Come back to Arizona Law for homecoming and reunion events and to honor your fellow alumnus, Steve Lainoff. 

I know you'll be inspired by interacting with your fellow alumni and our awesome current students just as I am every day.




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