So many of our students -- and alumni -- are inspired by a powerful connection to communities in need. Some arrive at Arizona Law with the goal of returning to serve their home community, and others are fueled by encounters with new communities.
For these students and alumni, law is a tool they can put to use for individual and social justice and economic growth.
Last week we told you about some of the great things that students and faculty are doing through our Child and Family Law Clinic. This week we introduce you to a student who, with her faculty mentor, has dedicated herself to her community and to her work in another of our venues for practical training -- the Immigration Law Clinic.
You can also read in this issue about the newly formed student initiative, the Justice Advocates Coalition, and make plans to attend a special program during Homecoming weekend, "
Proud Legacy, Promising Future: Arizona Law Public Interest Advocacy," featuring alumna Kathy Brody ('07).
Until the footnotes,
Get to Know 3L Miriam Enriquez
||Miriam attending a meeting of the National Immigration Project of the National Lawyers Guild with Professor Lynn Marcus.
As the first in her family to attend school beyond the undergraduate level, Arizona Law 3L
says her biggest accomplishment is her parents' happiness when they talk about her successes in law school.
After earning her bachelor's degree in criminology from California State University-San Marcos, Miriam volunteered at Libreria del Pueblo, a nonprofit organization in San Bernardino, California, that provides immigration assistance to the community. She noticed how many cases could not move forward because there were not enough attorneys, and that sparked her interest in law school.
Miriam began looking for schools with a strong immigration law program, narrowing her choices based on career placement, numbers of graduates in public interest careers, "good value" tuition, and the availability of scholarships.
Arizona Law met all of Miriam's requirements, and a campus visit confirmed it was the perfect fit:
"It was something about the school, the staff, other students, and the city itself that just embraced me."
After enrolling, she found that professors and students were more than willing to share their own experiences and offer advice when needed:
"Arizona Law has a support system that is unparalleled [by] other law schools, and I feel like that is something that has really played into my success."
As a student, she has already launched her career in public service, providing just the kind of legal assistance she saw families in need of in her earlier volunteer work. Miriam is now honing her skills and making a difference by working with clients of the
Immigration Law Clinic
. Through the clinic, she successfully represented a Honduran family seeking asylum after fleeing gang violence.
"The extensive interviews, the complexity of asylum cases, and the long hours writing the brief often seemed endless. However, in the end, when the judge granted asylum, everything became worth it! I had the opportunity to see my work make a significant difference in the life of an entire family."
Last summer, Miriam had the opportunity to attend a seminar and all-day meeting of the National Immigration Project of the National Lawyers Guild in Washington, DC, alongside Professor and Co-director of the Immigration Law Clinic,
Lynn Marcus. Professor Marcus said that she looked forward to introducing her to fascinating immigration
practitioners from all over the United States. In addition:
"She will learn about the work that immigration lawyers and immigrants' rights advocates are doing across the country, and about the legal arguments and other strategies people are formulating."
And after graduation next spring, Miriam's goal is to continue her work in public service:
"I feel like a job in public service will not only give me the opportunity to work with my community, but will also give me the opportunity to represent the marginalized members within."
Arizona Law Student Recipient of 2017 Gaming Law Scholarship
Joshua was alerted to the scholarship opportunity by his faculty note advisor,
In the article, which will appear in the spring 2018 issue of the
Arizona Law Review
, Joshua recommends that Arizona resolve the uncertain legal status of daily fantasy sports by passing legislation that would legalize and regulate daily fantasy sports in the state, while satisfying the countervailing interests of Arizona tribes and the Arizona Indian Gaming Association.
Joshua says he is excited about the scholarship and appreciates the guidance he received from Professor O'Grady in submitting the article for consideration.
Justice Advocates Coalition Hosts Special Event During Homecoming
As part of Arizona Law's 2017 Homecoming festivities, learn about how your legacy of public and community service lives on in the present generation of law students at Proud Legacy, Promising Future: Arizona Law Public Interest Advocacy. The event includes a presentation by the Justice Advocates Coalition and 2007 Arizona Law alumna Kathy Brody, legal director of the Arizona ACLU.
Justice Advocates Coalition (JAC) is a student initiative that launched in 2017. It aims to promote full and equal access to justice for all individuals, groups, and the natural environment. The JAC seeks to both empower marginalized communities and support law students pursuing a career in public interest law.
When: Friday, Oct. 27, 4-5 p.m.
Where: University of Arizona Law, Room 156
Why: Raise funds for the Justice Advocates Coalition fundraiser for the Summer 2018 Public Interest Law Fellowship, which provides a living stipend to qualified students who accept unpaid positions with non-profit law organizations over the summer. This year's goal is $15,000. Last summer JAC awarded stipends of $3,750 to four students.
. There is a suggested donation of $20. CLE attendance certificates will be available for the hour-long program.
Don't miss out on the fun!
Join us for Arizona Law's 2017 Homecoming weekend, with college-wide and reunion-year events October 27-28.
Below, you will find a complete calendar of all-college events, followed by a list of all reunion-year events.
Bookmark this link for all the latest:
ALL-COLLEGE and COMMUNITY EVENTS
Friday, Oct. 27
Awards Program ~
Alumnus of the Year Ceremony
Honoring outstanding achievement and support of an alumnus from each
2:30-5 p.m. in the Student Union Grand Ballroom South.
Steven Lainoff ('77) is our honoree this year.
Special Program ~
Proud Legacy, Promising Future:
Arizona Law Public Interest Advocacy
There will be a cocktail reception recognizing our alumni
from all years in the law school courtyard from
Saturday, Oct. 28
Annual College of Law Red & Blue Homecoming BBQ
Free and open to all alumni, family and students in the law school courtyard
noon-3 p.m. Bring the whole family for food, drinks,
at our pre-tailgate BBQ.
Homecoming Football Game!
Arizona vs. Washington State. The College of Law has a block of seats for our alumni, friends, and family. Tickets are $27 each. To join your classmates in the College of Law block, contact
at (520) 626-8132. General tickets for the game are available at (520) 621- CATS or
Friday, Oct. 27
Class of 1967, 50-year Reunion
Noon-2 p.m., r
eunion luncheon at the College of Law.
Class of 1977, 40-year Reunion
Meet your classmates at Ted Schmidt's house for a reunion dinner beginning at
Class of 2007, 10-year Reunion
Reunion reception at the Shanty on 4th Avenue,
$15 per person includes
drinks and heavy appetizers.
Saturday, Oct. 28
Class of 2012, 5-year Reunion
Your reunion class will gather at Reid Park,
8:30 a.m.-noon. Friends and family are welcome! Catered breakfast is $14 per person (kids 6 and under are free).
Class of 1997, 20-year Reunion
The 20-year reunion dinner will be at the home of Dev Sethi,
University of Arizona Law
Professor and Director of Advocacy, Barbara Bergman. She will be honored with the Distinguished Achievement Award from
University of New Mexico School of Law
Alumni for her leadership and mentorship. She has contributed to the success of many UNM Law alums and continues to do the same at Arizona Law.
The Arizona Law community takes pride in each student success.
Come celebrate with us, and meet these great students, at Homecoming a week from now...