This week, we continue our spotlight on our Lifetime Achievement Award winners plus we announce the newest members of the Jenckes Closing Arguments Competition and the Trial Team, Maricopa County Bar Association Hall of Fame inductees, and the latest from the Arizona Law Review.

In addition to the many awards, alumna Melanie Rainer ('10) was featured in a fascinating article in the National Law Journal describing her critical staff role as Minority Senior Counsel to the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor & Pensions.  You can read more about Melanie and link to the article in the footnotes.

Finally, as we reach the home stretch for Homecoming, make sure you note the 1 p.m. game time on October 24 (a slight change from our previous announcement). 

Until the footnotes,

Jenckes and Trial Team
The Jenckes Cup

28 - 17. 

No, this is not the weekend's football score.  It is the tally of Arizona Law wins at the annual Jenckes competition. 

The competition, which is in its 45th year, pits two-person teams from Arizona Law and ASU Law against one another in a closing arguments competition where the winner takes home the coveted Jenckes Cup. I am happy to report that currently the cup sits in the Arizona Law library -- where it has been for the past five years.
The competition is named for Joseph Jenckes ('61), who was an Arizona Law alumnus and prominent Phoenix attorney as well as a fellow of the Arizona chapter of the American College of Trial Lawyers, which sponsors the competition.   
Professor Tom Mauet has coached the Jenckes team for 35 years, offering generations of Arizona Law students feedback and critiques as they prepare for the competition.
The preliminary round of the annual Jenckes Competition was held on October 7 and 8.  This year 32 students signed up to participate. Five finalists were selected from the participants. 

The five finalists (l-r): Elizabeth Smiley, Jim Carlson, Matthew Ashton, Jean Paul Barnard, and Jacqueline Kafka.
The five finalists (l-r): Elizabeth Smiley, Jim Carlson, Matthew Ashton, Jean Paul Barnard, and Jacqueline Kafka.

The final round was judged by members of the Arizona Association of Defense Counsel (AADC), who determined the top two students who will represent Arizona Law against ASU. Ranked one and two, representing Arizona Law will be Jim Carlson and Matthew Ashton. All five finalists will receive monetary awards from the AADC. 
The Jenckes competition will take place on Friday, November 13 at 5 p.m. at ASU.  Arizona Law alumni are encouraged to attend and support the team.

Members of the National Trial Competition Team were also selected.
The eight team members are:
                Matthew Ashton
                Elizabeth Smiley
                Jean Paul Barnard
                Jacqueline Kafka
                Erika Johnson
                Doug Flanagan
                Sara Levine
                Jonathan Leitenberger
The National Trial Team began eight years ago. The team is coached by alums Brian Chase and Joel Feinberg. 

Centennial Snapshot -- Marvin S. Cohen ('57) 
Marvin S. Cohen is being posthumously presented with a 2014 Lifetime Achievement Award. The text of his plaque reads: 
Marvin Cohen was a preeminent lawyer, ardent public servant, and dedicated supporter of the arts. He attended the University of Arizona for his undergraduate and law degrees and was admitted to the Arizona bar in 1957. 

Early in his career, Cohen was a First Assistant City Attorney in Tucson and Chief Deputy County Attorney in Pima County. He headed to Washington under the Kennedy Administration to become Special Assistant to the Solicitor for the Department of the Interior. Cohen returned to Tucson in 1963 and joined the law firm of Bilby, Shoenhair, Warnock & Dolph. In 1978, President Jimmy Carter selected him to be Chairman of the Civil Aeronautics Board. As Chair of the CAB, he demonstrated expert leadership at the national level in overseeing the deregulation of the airline industry. 

He later joined the law firm of Sacks Tierney in Phoenix. In his practice, he specialized in aviation law, eminent domain law, environmental and natural resources law, and public utilities law. A gifted advocate and appellate lawyer, Cohen appeared before all levels of the federal judicial system, including the United States Supreme Court. He helped negotiate one of the first water rights settlements among municipalities and Indian tribes within Arizona, and he played a key role in developing the Central Arizona Project. 

Cohen and his wife, Frances, were longtime champions of the arts, and he held key leadership positions in many arts organizations. Cohen served as chair of the Arizona Commission on the Arts, president of the Herberger Theater Center and Center Dance Ensemble, and founding member of the Arizona Theatre Company. He was also president of the National Assembly of State Arts Agencies, a member of the Board of Directors of the Scottsdale Cultural Council, and president of St. Joseph's Hospital Foundation. Cohen was a firm believer in changing the world through action and initiative, and he lived his life by that principle.

Cohen will be honored at the College of Law on October 22, 2015, at the Lifetime Achievement Award ceremony. Register here. 
Centennial Snapshot -- Jo Ann Diamos ('53)
Jo Ann Diamos is being presented with a 2014 Lifetime Achievement Award. The text of her plaque reads:
Jo Ann D. Diamos, a native Arizonan born to Greek immigrant parents, obtained her Bachelor of Arts degree from Stanford University. A trailblazer in the law, she graduated in 1953 from the University of Arizona College of Law. Fluent in both Greek and Spanish, Diamos went on to a distinguished legal career in criminal law and to a life of extraordinary public service. 

While she served both in the United States Attorney's Office and in the Federal Public Defender's Office, her heart was in criminal defense.  After working as Assistant U.S. Attorney and a brief period as Interim U.S. Attorney for the District of Arizona, she became the first woman to serve as Assistant Federal Public Defender in Arizona. Diamos helped establish the first Federal Public Defender's Office in Tucson in the late 1960s and continued to represent indigent criminal defendants into the 1980s. 

A tenacious and creative advocate, she tried over 350 jury trials and handled over 100 appeals before the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. Devoted to public service and improving the justice system, Diamos has served on numerous national, state, and local boards. Governor Ernest McFarland appointed her as a Commissioner to the National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws, the first woman in Arizona to hold that position. Governor Jane Hull later appointed her to the Arizona Commission on Neighborhood Preservation and Investment. 

A consummate public servant, Diamos has been a true citizen of her community. Among other projects, she helped found CODAC Behavioral Health Services and guided the founding and opening of the Southern Arizona Mental Health Center, two key programs serving individuals with addictions and mental illness. She was honored as the Arizona Daily Star Woman of the Year in 1964. Diamos has worked tirelessly to ensure equal opportunity and quality of life for all members of society.
Diamos will be honored at the College of Law on October 22, 2015, at the Lifetime Achievement Award ceremony.  Register here.

Congratulations MCBA Hall of Fame Inductees

The MCBA Hall of Fame seeks to honor in perpetuity those remarkable individuals who have built the legal profession in Maricopa county and beyond, who have made extraordinary contributions to the law and justice, and who have distinguished themselves at the highest levels of public service.

The MCBA will induct its newest class of Hall of Fame members on Tuesday, October 27. The newest inductees include three Arizona Law Alumni: Governor Raul Castro ('49), Judge John Gemmill ('76), and Charles Wirken ('75). 

Congratulations to all the new inductees.

Raul Castro

John Gemmill

Charles Wirken

In The Spotlight

Alumna Melanie Rainer ('10) was recently profiled in a National Law Journal story outlining her important role as a key Senate staff member working on Attorney General Loretta Lynch's confirmation process. As the article illustrates, Melanie, who serves as Minority Senior Counsel for the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP), and who is the Committee Democrats' Senior Counsel for Women's Affairs and Affordable Care Act, played a pivotal role in negotiating a compromise that led to Attorney General Lynch's confirmation. 

Arizona Law Review

The editors of Arizona Law Review are pleased to announce the publication of Issue 57:3. The featured pieces include:

By Lili Levi

By Alfred C. Yen

By Mark Seidenfeld & Allie Akre

By Brett H. McDonnell
By Katherine E. Hollist

By Mitchell Turbenson

Law & Policy Note
By Jacqueline K. Kafka 
You can view the full issue at

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 11 a.m.
  • Arizona Law seating at Arizona v. Washington State, Saturday, Oct. 24, 1 p.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.

Centennial Week begins on Monday.  We have a great lineup of events planned culminating with the all-alumni BBQ on Saturday.  I hope you will join us for as many events as you can and help us celebrate our 100th year.  

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