In this edition, we bring you the latest news from Arizona Law's program providing legal training to diplomats from Mexico. 

Building new opportunities with the Diplomatic Academy of Mexico (l-r): Chris Gast, me, Prof. Shefali Milczarek-Desai, Academy Director Alejandro Alday, Academy Deputy Sergio Estrada, and Prof. Sylvia Lett. 

We also provide you with a look at the full slate of class reunions planned during Homecoming and profile Professor Andy Silverman ('69), the second of our three 2019 Lifetime Achievement Award recipients.

Until the footnotes,
Arizona Law Diplomat Training Program 
Continues to Thrive

For the second year in a row, Arizona Law's Foreign Diplomat Training Program has empowered diplomats and diplomat staff with timely and immediately useful training on U.S. law to better support their work with their citizens living, working, and traveling throughout the United States. 

The hallmark of the program is our ongoing relationship with Mexico. This year's cohort grew with the addition of diplomats from Guatemala and El Salvador.  

To celebrate the graduation of our latest cohort, we traveled to Mexico City for a concluding workshop focused on the leading questions and evolving areas of law covered throughout the program. Over 80 professionals representing the full spectrum of the foreign service participated in the workshop, either in person or through live-streaming to consulates and ministry offices. 

During the workshop, Arizona Law professors Sylvia Lett and Shefali Milczarek-Desai ('01) shared the latest developments in death penalty and immigration law. 

I had the opportunity to address the diplomats alongside officials from the Foreign Ministry of Mexico -- including the Diplomatic Academy's director, Alejandro Alday, legal advisor, Alejandro Celorio, and director of protection for citizens abroad, Julian Escutia -- a graduate of our programs.

We are incredibly proud of our diplomat program and the 100-plus graduates who are using the skills and knowledge gained to assist their citizens every day. 

Along with Chris Gast ('13), director of the Arizona Law Foreign Diplomat Training Program, I met with leaders throughout the Foreign Ministry of Mexico. We heard repeatedly that the program is making a real difference for consular officials throughout the foreign service. 

One student shared, 

"I am in charge of the Mobile Consulate. This course allowed me to have a better understanding of the documents that are presented to me on a daily basis. On top of that, people come to us looking for advice on almost every issue that we studied during this course."

While we were in Mexico City, we also co-hosted with the UA Alumni Association a reception with over 50 alumni and friends of the University of Arizona. We continue to build a strong and vibrant presence within the city while developing more opportunities for the College of Law and the UA throughout Mexico. 

Here are some of our favorite moments from the reception with UA alumni:


We are always interested in connecting with alumni and friends in the Mexico City area. Please let us know if you move into the area. Or if you would like to learn more about the Diplomat Program, please reach out to Chris Gast at cgast@email.arizona.edu.

Around The College
Professor Andrew Silverman ('69), 2019 Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient


Andrew Silverman is the Joseph M. Livermore Professor Emeritus at the University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law. 

Since earning his Juris Doctor from the University of Arizona College of Law in 1969, Andy has dedicated himself to public service, especially working to address the unmet needs of immigrants, indigent and homeless people, people with criminal records, and individuals facing capital punishment. 

After a brief period as Deputy County Attorney in the Civil Division of the Maricopa County Attorney's Office, Andy joined the University of Arizona College of Law faculty and served as Clinical Professor and Director of Clinical Programs from 1970 forward. From 1976 to 1978 Silverman also worked as Executive Director of Community Legal Services in Phoenix.
He was named the Joseph M. Livermore Professor of Law and Director of Clinical Programs in 2001 -- the first clinical law professor to receive a named professorship at University of Arizona Law. He has taught immigration law to many hundreds of law students over the years and has served as a role model in his determination to provide the highest quality legal representation to his clients. Andy also served as a Congressional Fellow with Hon. Raul Grijalva in Washington, DC, in 2007.

Andy's pro bono and public service activities are legendary, including leadership positions on more than 20 community service and advocacy boards over the years. As director of the Civil Rights Restoration Clinic, he has helped countless people with felony convictions regain their civil rights and set aside their convictions. Andy has worked on many cases where there has been a viable claim of innocence or a manifest injustice, including securing the release of two Arizona inmates who had served more than four decades in prison. 

Andy has dedicated his life to extraordinary public service, giving voice to the underserved and voiceless and speaking truth to power. Through his leadership, University of Arizona Law has become a model for clinical education, for public service endeavors, and for programs designed to instill in students an ethic of care and responsibility for those who otherwise would be forgotten. 

Established in 1999 in his honor, the Andrew Silverman Community Service Award recognizes outstanding community service by third-year law students. This award is especially meaningful to our students, who have been able to work alongside a remarkable lawyer, teacher, and mentor.


Lifetime Achievement Awards and All Alumni Reception
Friday, November 1, 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
College of Law, Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie Lobby and Snell & Wilmer Courtyard

Please join us for the Lifetime Achievement Awards and All Alumni Reception during Homecoming. Free and open to all alumni, family and students! Program will begin at 6 p.m.


Lifetime Achievement Award Recipients
Lynne Wood Dusenberry, Class of 1974
Judge Stephen McNamee, Class of 1969
Professor Andy Silverman, Class of 1969

UA Alumni Association Global Achievement Award Winner
Nguyen Khanh Ngoc, LLM Class of 1999

Mary Steed Named Arizona Champion

The University of Arizona recently introduced the Arizona Champion award to recognize, high-performing, impactful faculty, staff, and appointed professionals from across campus. 

Mary Steed, executive associate in the College of Law Dean's office and a central figure in many aspects of the college's internal operations, was recognized at last Saturday's football game by President Robert C. Robbins and Athletic Director Dave Heeke as an Arizona Champion. 

Here is the basis for the recognition: 
"Mary is nominated for her professionalism, kindness, and welcoming attitude in service to the College of Law. Mary is a lynchpin for College operations but also the heart of the department. She organizes fundraisers and drawings to encourage participation in the UA Cares Campaign. She collected donated vacation hours for those in need of compassionate transfer of leave. With a bright smile and a treat from the candy dish, Mary spreads goodwill throughout the College."

Mary is an essential partner in my work, and in the life of the college. She connects us every day to the larger UA and Tucson communities. And she is the daily supplier of candy to many people -- whose privacy, in this regard, I will fully respect.

Congratulations, Mary!

Arizona Law 2019 Reunion Round-Up

Homecoming connects the University of Arizona Law to the community as we welcome alumni home to celebrate reunions and a week full of on-campus events and activities. 

And check out this round-up of classes celebrating their reunions this year. Be sure to register so we know you are attending. We look forward to seeing you in two short weeks! 

Remember to sign up for our all-alumni gatherings at the link above to connect with classmates. For any questions about your reunion or Homecoming events, contact Corrina Eklund at (520) 621-8430 or corrinaeklund@email.arizona.edu

The Class of 1993 gathered for their reunion last year.

Class of 1969
Celebrating their 50-year reunion 
Committee members: John O'Hare, Stephen McNamee
Where: Arizona Inn, Safari Room, 2200 E. Elm St.
When: Friday, Nov. 1, noon-2 p.m.
RSVP to Corrina Eklund at (520) 621-8430 or corrinaeklund@email.arizona.edu

Class of 1974
Celebrating their 45-year reunion
Committee members: Margaret Maxwell, Lynne Wood Dusenberry
Where: Brother John's, 181 N. Stone Ave.
When: Friday, Nov. 1, 7:30 p.m.

Class of 1979
Celebrating their 40-year reunion
Committee member: Margarita Bernal
Where: Frog & Firkin, 874 East University Blvd.
When: Friday, Nov. 1, noon-2 p.m.

Class of 1984
Celebrating their 35-year reunion
Committee members: Dana Campbell, Nick Vakula, and Art Gage
Where: Art and Jean Gage's Palace
When: Friday, Nov. 1, any time after 6:30 p.m.

Class of 1989
Celebrating their 30-year reunion
Committee member: Russell Kuchynka
Where: TBA
When: TBA
Contact Corrina Eklund at (520) 621-8430 or corrinaeklund@email.arizona.edu

Class of 1999 JD
Celebrating their 20-year reunion
Committee members: Bunkye Chi, Brad Vynalek
Where: Barrio Brewing, 800 E. 16th St.
When: Friday, Nov. 1, any time after 8 p.m.

Class of 1999 LLM
Celebrating their 20-year reunion
Committee member: Luis Martinez
Where: Maynards Kitchen, 400 N. Toole Ave. A
When: Thursday, October 31, 7:30 p.m.
RSVP requested

Class of 2004
Celebrating their 15-year reunion
Committee members: Libby Shelton, James Sowka, Scott McDonald
Where: Playground Bar and Lounge, 278 E. Congress St.
When: Friday, Nov. 1, 7:30 p.m.
Class of 2009 
Celebrating their 10-year reunion
Committee members: Gina Cornelio, Amanda Bynum
Where: Barrio Brewing, 800 E. 16th St.
When: Friday, Nov. 1, 7:30 p.m.
Class of 2014 
Celebrating their 5-year reunion
Committee members: Julia Palfreyman, Melissa Ahlers
Where: TBA
When: TBA
RSVP to Corrina Eklund at (520) 621-8430 or corrinaeklund@email.arizona.edu

The Class of 2003 gathered last year.

Sergio Puig Delivers Remarks on Foreign Investment Law at Silk Road Institute Conference

University of Arizona Law professor and director of the International Trade and Business Law program, Sergio Puig, spoke at a conference at the Silk Road Institute for International and Comparative Law at Xi'an Jiaotong University in China last month. 

The conference, titled "Multilateral Reform of Investor-State Dispute Resolution," discussed the role of international investment dispute settlement as a mechanism to protect foreign investors and the reform processes for such mechanisms.
Sergio's remarks addressed the evolving foreign investment regulation and the dispute settlement process in North America.
"China has an opportunity to affect the changing system, especially in light of the increasing role of Chinese companies in the development of infrastructure for the Belt and Road Initiative, which will modernize the legendary Silk Road from China to Europe." 
He spoke to an audience that included leading policy makers and experts in the field of foreign investment law, including Meg Kinnear, secretary general of the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes, and Collin Brown, the architect of the Multilateral Investment Court.
Sergio's remarks were based on two articles he published in the American Journal of International Law: "Imperfect Alternatives: Institutional Choice and the Reform of Investment Law" and "The United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement: A Glimpse into the Geoeconomic World Order."
Sergio, who is an expert in international economic law and international arbitration, was also recently appointed to an International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes tribunal to hear a dispute between Mexico and a U.S. investor.

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In the News

We have a lot to cheer about this week, including the continued successes of our Foreign Diplomat Training Program and its students, our Lifetime Achievement Award recipients, our standout College of Law staff and faculty, and of course our students (hear about our Jenckes Cup competitors next week!).

And our alumni are a perennial source of pride; we look forward to celebrating your successes during this year's Homecoming and Reunion festivities. 

We also congratulate the newest members of our community to have passed the bar in Arizona -- results from the July bar exam were just posted and we could not be prouder of our Wildcats on the list.





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