On a daily basis we hear word of alumni doing great things out in the world. Sometimes these communal and professional and personal achievements are recognized.
In this issue we shine the spotlight on two alumni who have served our broader community, the legal community and the College of Law: Steven Hirsch ('80) and Paul Charlton ('88). Thank you, Steve and Paul, for continually setting a high bar for our students and alumni.

Yesterday we were joined by Matt Schmidt, a 2010 alum, who shared advice on being a new associate in our Food for Thought series.

Until the footnotes,

Steven A. Hirsch ('80) Doubly Honored
Steven Hirsch ('80), partner with Quarles & Brady in Phoenix and currently the second vice president of the State Bar of Arizona, is to be inducted into the Maricopa County Bar Association (MCBA) Hall of Fame on October 27. In addition, on October 20 he will be awarded the "Champion for Justice Award" by the William E. Morris Institute for Justice.
Steve is a long-time champion of the college, having served on the Law College Association board of directors for ten years, including a year as its president. He has been a personal advisor to me, agreeing to serve on my Dean's Economic Council. The LCA awarded Steve with a Distinguished Alumnus Award in 2000 and the Sidney S. Woods Alumni Service Award in 2003.
Steve joined Quarles & Brady in February of this year as part of the firm's litigation and dispute resolution practice group. His practice focuses on general business, utility, and commercial litigation.  

He has served the MCBA in numerous leadership roles and committee memberships. On the occasion of Steve's award by the MCBA, its president, Kyle Hirsch (no relation), has said,
"Steve has been an invaluable force in the Maricopa County legal community, and a dedicated leader of the Maricopa County Bar Association, for four decades. Steve has served in too many Maricopa County Bar Association leadership roles to list, dating as far back as his service as President of our Young Lawyers Division in 1987-1988 and as founding Chair of our Annual Convention ..." ( news release).
The William E. Morris Institute for Justice is a non-profit program dedicated to protecting the rights of low-income Arizonans through work on major impact and class action litigation, federal- and state-level advocacy, and technical assistance, training and support of Arizona's legal services programs. Its award to Steve honors his contributions as one of the organizations founders and his commitment to justice. Ellen Katz, director of the institute had this to say:
"We will celebrate the Institute's 20th year, as we honor one of our founders. Steve has a strong commitment to access to justice and had the foresight to create the Institute in response to congressional restrictions to legal services work" ( news release).
In addition to my personal gratitude for Steve's wise counsel and sustained support, there is no better place to recognize that Steve was the visionary behind Wildcat Wednesday -- Letter of the Law

Steve has also been co- master of ceremonies for 
Gutter Bowl for the past two years. Now that's loyalty.

Paul K. Charlton ('88) Recognized for Leadership

Arizona Law alumnus Paul K. Charlton ('88)  was recently named one of the Phoenix area's most admired leaders by the Phoenix Business Journal (member access needed). The list, published September 23, recognizes 25 of the Valley's most respected leaders for their strong leadership, integrity, vision, financial performance and commitment to the community. Paul was the only lawyer in the group.
Paul has served on the Law College Association board of directors since 2013. He received a University of Arizona Alumni Association Public Service Award in 2014. And, Paul recently joined forces with his mentor, Judge Stephen McNamee ('69), to create the Charlton-McNamee Scholarship, which was awarded to first-year student,  Kristian Garibay .
Paul is a seasoned trial lawyer with deep roots in the legal community. Currently he serves as the managing partner of Steptoe & Johnson's Phoenix office, which he joined in 2013. He concentrates on high-profile and complex litigation, internal investigations, and white-collar criminal defense. He has represented several Native American tribes and tribal leaders in nationally reported matters. He has appeared before every tribal council in Arizona.
Paul served as the US attorney for the District of Arizona from 2001 to 2006, and prior to that spent 10 years as an assistant US attorney. One of Paul's many achievements as the US attorney was establishing the Anti-Terrorism Advisory Council. It's a program designed to create more effective communication among law enforcement agencies. Additionally, Paul expanded the staff in his office to better advocate for the rights of crime victims.
In his recent interview with the Phoenix Business Journal, Paul identified integrity as the centerpiece of leadership, and went on to describe the importance of integrity in one's work, quoting Col. John Boyd: "If your boss demands loyalty, show him integrity. If he demands integrity, show him loyalty."
Paul has been married to his wife and best friend Susan ('89) for 30 years. They have two sons ages 23 and 20.Four years ago, Paul and Susan bought an abandoned cattle ranch on the Mogollon Rim. They've been slowly putting the ranch back together again, and hope to have cattle on it next summer. Paul and Susan are excited about and looking forward to working with the University of Arizona's Natural Resources Users Law and Policy Center.


Women in Sports Law

Students in the UA Sports & Entertainment Law Society recently took a trip to Phoenix to meet with female attorneys in the sports industry -- and attend a game together at Chase Field. What a day!

The discussion topic was "Women in Sports Law" and showcased leading female professionals in the field. Topics included breaking into the sports industry and working in and addressing an industry that is known for being male-dominated.
The panelists, including two Arizona Law alumni, were:
  • Jamie Boggs ('02), Deputy Director of Athletics, Grand Canyon University (Arizona Law alum)
  • Nona Lee, Senior Vice President, General Counsel, Arizona Diamondbacks; Founder, Phoenix Women's Sports Association
  • Melissa Goldenberg, General Counsel, Phoenix Suns
  • Maria Baier ('92), Senior Vice President, Communications & Public Affairs, Phoenix Suns (Arizona Law alum)
The moderator was Donna Catalfio of Bergin, Frakes, Smalley & Oberholtzer. Each panelist has a unique background and role in the industry. Some panelists made the jump from big law firms while others worked exclusively in government or with academic institutions or sports teams.

Upcoming: Speaker Hosted by IPLP and Native Nations 
Climate Adaption Program,  Oct. 31
The Indigenous Peoples Law and Policy (IPLP) Program and partners from the Native Nations Climate Adaptation Program invite you to meet, learn from, and network with some of IPLP's most distinguished and professionally accomplished alumni.
On Monday, October 31, we will host alumnus Morgan Rodman ('09). Morgan is a citizen of the Cherokee Nation and Osage Nation and serves as executive director of the White House Council on Native American Affairs.
Morgan will lead a discussion on his work at the council to improve access to resources for tribal communities and promote tribal sovereignty. Before joining the council, Rodman was senior advisor for tribal relations with the Land Buy-Back Program for Tribal Nations, working directly with tribal governments across Indian Country.
The details are as follows:
Monday, October 31, 9:30-10:30 a.m.
Breakfast included
James E. Rogers College of Law, Rountree Hall (Room 204),  1145 N Mountain Avenue
Tucson, AZ 85721

Make your plans to return to campus for Homecoming/Reunion Weekend 2016. The updated schedule of events is located on our Homecoming webpage.

The  College of Law has a block of seats for the Homecoming game between Arizona and Stanford. To purchase yours, please email Marissa White.

Steve Hirsch and Paul Charlton represent what it means to be a graduate of the University of Arizona College of Law.  

We have around 7,500 living alumni, and one of the great joys of being a member of this community -- and a joy for me in serving as dean -- is reveling in their accomplishments, in the difference then make for their clients, their colleagues, and their community.


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