It has been an exciting few weeks at the college, and in our larger community of family and friends. This week, we share with you several announcements celebrating Arizona Law community members including new judicial appointees, new American College of Trial Lawyers inductees, and faculty and student awardees. We also continue to spotlight our Lifetime Achievement Award honorees.

Until the footnotes,

New Judicial Appointments   

In the past month, three Arizona Law alumni have been appointed to the bench in Arizona. We are so proud of their accomplishments. Congratulations!

In September, Laine Sklar ('06) was appointed to be the new Municipal Court Magistrate by the Marana Town Council (read more here). She previously served Marana in the role of Senior Assistant Town Attorney, and was selected as one of Tucson's top 40 under 40 in 2012 (read more here).

On September 29, 2015, Governor Ducey appointed two alumni, Alison Bachus ('05) and Chuck Whitehead ('94), to the Maricopa Superior Court bench. Read more here. Alison is an LCA Board Member, who currently works as senior counsel for the Federal Bureau of Prisons. Governor Ducey said:

"Alison's background, achievements, and understanding of the law speak volumes about her qualifications to become a judge. ... She is a welcome addition to the bench and will continue to be a strong public servant to the people of Arizona."

Chuck is a private criminal defense attorney and previously worked at the Maricopa County Defender's Office. Governor Ducey's announcement states: 

"Chuck is an impressive lawyer and a principled individual, and he will make an outstanding addition to the bench."


Centennial Snapshot -- James E. Rogers ('62)   

Jim Rogers is being posthumously presented with a 2014 Lifetime Achievement Award. The text of his plaque reads: 
James E. Rogers was a lawyer, teacher, visionary, and philanthropist. Above all endeavors, Rogers sought to advance the quality and accessibility of education at institutions across the United States, and especially in the American West.
Rogers earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Arizona in 1960 and received his LL.B. from the University of Arizona College of Law in 1962. He also earned a Master of Law degree from the University of Southern California and was a teaching fellow at the University of Illinois School of Law. In 1998, he was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Laws from the University of Arizona, and he received similar recognition from numerous other universities.
Rogers practiced law in Las Vegas from 1964 to 1988, as a general practitioner specializing in civil matters. In 1988, he ceased the practice of law to devote full time work to Sunbelt Communications Company, which later became Intermountain West Communications Company. Rogers served as the chief executive of the NBC affiliate station in Las Vegas from 1979 until his death in 2014. He hosted a news program that included robust debate and commentary on local and national politics.
In 2004, Rogers was appointed by the Nevada Board of Regents to serve as its Interim Chancellor. In that role, he fostered new collaborations among the various programs within the Nevada system, always advocating for progress and innovation. His particular passion was for equal access to education, and he and his wife, Beverly, supported hundreds of scholarships for deserving students across the nation.
In 1998, the University of Arizona College of Law was renamed the James E. Rogers College of Law in recognition of his unparalleled contributions to the College and University.
Jim Rogers left a lasting imprint at his alma mater, not only in the College's name, but also in each of its core missions - teaching, research, and community outreach.
Rogers will be honored at the College of Law on October 22, 2015, at the Lifetime Achievement Award ceremony. Register here. 
Centennial Snapshot -- Rubin Salter ('64)
Rubin Salter is being presented with a 2014 Lifetime Achievement Award. The text of his plaque reads:
Rubin Salter, Jr., was born in 1936 in Mississippi and came to Tucson in 1952 at the age of 16 to attend college. He selected the University of Arizona because he wanted to attend a university that was not racially segregated.
Salter graduated in 1956 with a Bachelor of Science in Political Science. Two years later, he was drafted into the U.S. Army and served as an Electronics Specialist. After receiving an honorable discharge and Medal of Good Conduct, he returned to Tucson to enter the University of Arizona College of Law, graduating in 1964.
He was admitted to the State Bar of Arizona that same year and then joined the Pima County Attorney's Office. In 1968, he was named Assistant U.S. Attorney, the first African-American to be hired by the U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Arizona. He began a successful private practice in 1979.
At the request of the NAACP, Salter became the lead attorney in Fisher v. Lohr, the largest school desegregation case in the history of Arizona. The federal consent decree in that case resulted in many needed reforms in the Tucson Unified School District, including the elimination of practices that perpetuated a segregated system, the infusion of federal and state funds to improve facilities and instruction for all children, and the introduction of innovative programs to encourage diversity.
A dedicated public servant, Salter was the Lawyer Representative to the Ninth Circuit Judicial Advisory Committee. In 1979, Salter received the Urban League's Citizen of the Year Award, and in 1981 the Arizona Education Association honored him with its Humanitarian Award of the Year. In 2004, he received the Distinguished Alumni Award from the University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law.
Throughout his professional and personal life, Salter has worked selflessly for the advancement of social justice and racial equality.
Salter will be honored at the College of Law on October 22, 2015, at the Lifetime Achievement Award ceremony.  Register here.

Native American Bar Association Awards
The Arizona Law community was well-represented last week at the Arizona Native American Bar Association's annual Seven Generations Awards Dinner.

James Anaya, the Regents' and James J. Lenoir Professor of Human Rights Law and Policy and faculty co-chair of the Indigenous Peoples Law and Policy program, received the 2015 Native American Bar Association of Arizona Community Award, recognizing his long history of service "working to improve the social, economic, legal and cultural well-being of Indian Country." 

Jim was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize in 2014 for his work as United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, in which he investigated and reported on the conditions of indigenous peoples around the world, bringing attention to human rights issues affecting indigenous communities.

At the awards dinner, four Arizona Law students were also honored with Seven Generations Scholarships. Congratulations to Anna Hohag ('17), Jacob Metoxen ('18), Francisco Olea ('18), and Lisa Wrazidlo ('17).


Please join me in congratulating two super alums who were recently inducted into the American College of Trial Lawyers

  • Steve Hirsch ('80) of Bryan Cave LLP is a longtime LCA board member and State Bar of Arizona Board of Governors member.


Tammy and Steve are the latest in a long tradition of Arizona Law alumni who have distinguished themselves in trial work. This is a proud tradition and one we actively support through the Civil Justice Initiative.

A new arrival!

Thomas Chiang ('07) and Sheena Chiang ('07) welcomed a baby daughter on September 3, 2015, at 9:22 pm. Her name is Calla Avani Chiang and she weighed 7 pounds 8 ounces and was 20.5 inches long. What a beautiful baby, and what an amazing head of hair!

Welcome Professor Don S. De Amicis

Please join us at a welcome cocktail reception in honor of Professor Don S. De Amicis, the newly appointed Executive Director at National Law Center for Inter-American Free Trade and Professor of Practice at Arizona Law. RSVP here.

Date: Oct. 8, 2015
Time: 5-7 p.m., with welcoming remarks at 6 p.m.
Where: National Law Center, 440 N. Bonita Ave., Tucson AZ
Homecoming-Centennial Week, October 19-25

Make plans to join us in Tucson to connect with other alumni during this year's special Homecoming-Centennial Week! Highlights will include:  
  • "What to Do About Goldilocks" video and presentation by Professor Kenney Hegland, Monday, Oct. 19, 3 p.m.
  • Gutter Bowl -- Homecoming Edition, hosted by Tucson Recent Grad Committee, Wednesday, Oct. 21, 6 p.m. Register as an individual or team.
  • Arizona Law Lifetime Achievement Awards Ceremony and Reception, Thursday, Oct. 22, 4 p.m.
  • Indigenous Peoples Law and Policy (IPLP) guest speaker, Carywn Jones, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand-Aoteoroa, "Maori Rights and the Treaty of Waitangi" on Friday, Oct. 23, at noon in the Faculty Lounge
  • UA Alumnus of the Year Ceremony, presentation to Arizona Law alum Chuck Jeannes ('83), UA Student Union, Grand Ballroom South, Friday, Oct. 23, 3 p.m.
  • All-alumni Centennial Reception on the patio, Friday, Oct. 23, 6:30 p.m.
  • All-alumni Red and Blue Barbecue, prior to football game, Saturday, Oct. 24, at noon
  • Arizona Law seating at Arizona v. Washington State, Saturday, Oct. 24
  • All-alumni Brunch with former deans, hosted by Dean Miller, Sunday, Oct. 25, 10 a.m.
  • Reunion-year events (Classes of 1965, 1970, 1975, 1980, 1985, 1990, 1995, 2000, 2005, and 2010) -- See below!
Visit to see the full schedule and register!
Reunion Rundown

Class of 1965 (50-Year Reunion)
Friday Oct. 23, 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.,
Reunion luncheon hosted at the Arizona Inn.
$45 per person.
RSVP here.
Class of 1970 (45-Year Reunion)
Friday, Oct. 23, 12:30 - 2 p.m.,
Reunion luncheon hosted at the Arizona Inn.
$45 per person. RSVP here.
Class of 1975 (40-Year Reunion)
Friday, Oct. 23, 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.,
Reunion luncheon hosted at the Arizona Inn.
 $45 per person. RSVP here.
Class of 1980 (35-Year Reunion)
Friday, Oct. 23, 6:30 - 8 p.m.,
Reunion reception hosted at the College of Law. RSVP here.
Class of 1985 (30-Year Reunion)
Friday Oct. 23, 5:30 p.m.,
Reunion reception at the home of Art & Jean Gage.
$25 per person. RSVP here.


Class of 1990 (25-Year Reunion)
Friday Oct. 23, 5:30 p.m.,
Reunion reception at the Dusty Monk Pub within La Cocina Restaurant.
$15 per person. RSVP here.
Class of 1995 (20-Year Reunion)
Thursday, Oct. 22, 7 p.m., "Bar Review" at The Shanty (no host).
 RSVP here. 
Friday Oct. 23, 7 p.m.,
 Reunion dinner and dancing at the Hilton Tucson El Conquistador Resort.
$75 per person. RSVP here. 
Class of 2000 (15-Year Reunion)
Friday Oct. 23, 6:30 - 8 p.m.,
Reunion reception hosted at the College of Law. RSVP here.
Class of 2005 (10-Year Reunion)
Friday Oct. 23, 7:30 p.m.,
Reunion dinner at The Shanty.
$35 per person. RSVP here.
Saturday, Oct. 24, 9:30 a.m.,
Family Fun at the Park, Catalina Park on 4th Ave.
RSVP using the same link as for the Friday evening event. 
Class of 2010 (5-Year Reunion)
Friday Oct. 23, 7:30 p.m.,
Reunion reception at Bob Dobbs.
$10 per person. RSVP here.

Alumni Directory

Our alumni directory is fully up and running, and all class years have now been invited to join. This tool is meant to be a resource for all Arizona Law alumni. If you run into classmates or colleagues who do not know about the directory, please help us spread the word. Let us know if you have questions or need assistance.


Did you know that you can further personalize your alumni directory profile by adding a website link? We have many alumni who have already used the feature to include links to their law firms or companies, their attorney or employee profiles, or even their personal blogs. 

To add a link, simply click on "My Account," and then the "Links" tab on the left-hand side of the page. Then click on the "Add New Link" button. Enter the URL, along with a title or description if you would like, and choose your desired privacy setting. The final step is to press "Submit."


What a week! Congratulations to all.

Many other members of the Arizona Law community have accomplishments we want to celebrate. Please share your news with us. We love to hear from you. Alumni achievements serve as model and a road map for our students as they launch their career paths.

Have a great week, and don't forget to RSVP for Homecoming!

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