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I can't wait to see -- and hear -- the halls and courtyard of Arizona Law full of alumni and friends during the University of Arizona's homecoming weekend. 

I'm also thrilled and a little surprised to be attending what in fact will be "the big game" alongside many of you in the Arizona Law section of seats. There is still time to purchase tickets in our block by emailing  Marissa White. ( Full homecoming schedule.)
We've had help from some very special alumni in planning gatherings for many of our reunion classes, and I'd like to recognize their Wildcat spirit and dedication to the college and their classmates.
2007 reunion chairs Shar Bahmani and Louie Fidel masterminded a 10-year reunion reception on Friday evening at -- where else? -- The Shanty.
Dev Sethi and Carrie Brennan chaired the 20-year committee and Dev will host the Class of 1997 at his home on Saturday.
The Class of 1977 planning committee was led by Judge Nikki Chayet and Ted Schmidt. Ted will welcome all 40-year alums to his home Friday evening. (RSVP to

Thanks also go to 2012 reunion committee chairs Cindy Schmidt and Jacquelyn Mingle for contacting their classmates.
Also of note, our 50-year reunion will be held at the Arizona Inn.

And of course the All-alumni Reception on Friday and the annual Red & Blue BBQ in the courtyard on Saturday will unite our graduates, faculty, and students from all years.
Welcome back to all, and Bear Down Wildcats!

Until the footnotes,


Recent Alum Brendan Haberle Takes on Tech

Brendan Haberle ('15) isn't inventing new technology, but that doesn't mean he's not having fun with it. As an intellectual property (IP) attorney, he says the most rewarding part of his job is working with and living vicariously through scientists and engineers who are building technology-based businesses.
"It is a very exciting and positive time for them, and I am glad to have the opportunity to share a small part of that,"
says Brendan, an associate at Dinsmore & Shohl LLP in San Diego.
Brendan came to law school with a background in science, having earned a bachelor of science in physics from Harvey Mudd College. After working as a technical consultant in the defense industry for a while, as a researcher at Los Alamos National Laboratory, he was looking for a career change. He explains,
"I had enjoyed working in technical fields and wanted to remain connected to that community, without actually working in a lab. Intellectual property law seemed like a good fit given my background and work experience."
The wide range of resources we have here at Arizona Law helped prepare him for his new career:
"I was involved with the Arizona IP and Cyberlaw Society, Arizona Law Review, and a few other groups. I developed close relationships with several professors in IP and other fields."
Brendan says he's grateful for the preparation he received at Arizona Law. The college's growing IP program is led by Derek Bambauer and clinic director Allan Sternstein.
Brendan also worked with closely with the Career Development Office (CDO) beginning in his first year, and was a February Bar taker. Both gave him a jump on things. Brendan's 1L mentor was a practicing patent attorney at a local firm. In fact, he got to know a number of IP attorneys at local and regional firms:
"One of these connections grew into interviews and a job offer for my 1L summer. I worked there continuously from then until after graduation."
He moved to San Diego and into his current position with Dinsmore & Shohl about a year after graduation. In his practice, he is daily able to immerse himself in new technologies through his work with startups that span biotechnology, optics, electronics, automotive technology, and other sectors.
Read more about Brendan's current practice in "Cutting Edge Careers Attract New Law Grads," US News and World Report.

Around the College
Mining Law Summit Brings Experts to Arizona Law
The 2017 Mining Law Summit was held on October 20 at the College of Law. The topic was, "Building Capacity for Mineral Development with Native Americans and Indigenous Communities: a Two-Way Street." 

The second annual summit was attended by over 50 industry leaders, indigenous leaders, public policy makers, and mining thought leaders. Arizona Law Professor Rebecca Tsosie delivered the keynote address.
The summit was sponsored and hosted by The University of Arizona Global Mining Law Program, which is directed by John Lacy ('67). The program is a collaboration between College of Law and the Lowell Institute for Mineral Resources.

Executives Share Knowledge With Students This Week

On Monday, October 23, the College of Law and the Business Law Society hosted "A Conversation with Eric Wedel." Eric, who grew up in Tucson and got his BA from the University of Arizona, is a partner in the New York City office of Kirkland & Ellis. He represents borrowers and lenders in all types of secured and unsecured transactions. 
Tomorrow, alumnus Patrick J. McGroder III ('70) will return to the UA to speak about his 40+ year career handling a range of high-profile cases dealing with catastrophic injury and wrongful death.

We thank both Eric and Patrick for spending time with Arizona Law students and sharing insights into their career path, work, and life in practice. 

Arizona Law in the News
The National Jurist, Arizona Law ranks at #13 in top 25 best value law schools 
The Atlantic, alum talks about leading the Girls Scouts and the mentors who shaped her 

" Congratulations to alumna Stacy Rupprecht Butler '02, adjunct professor at  @uarizonalaw  and board president of Step Up to Justice, for winning the Social Impact Pitch Competition at yesterday's Social Impact Summit, hosted by the UA's McGuire Center for Entrepreneurship. Step Up to Justice is a program designed to expand the availability of free civil legal services to indigent clients in Tucson #BearDown #WildcatForLife #WildcatPride  Photo: @csrichardsphoto"

Recent alum Brendan Haberle is a great example of the way our graduates, taking advantage of opportunities like the Intellectual Property program, are well-positioned to take on cutting edge work.

And gatherings like the recent Mining Law Summit and conversations with accomplished lawyers like Eric Wedel and Patrick McGroder -- all in the span of one week -- highlight the abundance of extra-curricular opportunities that enhance and enliven the Arizona Law experience.

By staying connected to your classmates and your College of Law, we hope you continue to be inspired by one another and by the ever-changing legal landscape.

I look forward to hearing your latest stories when I see many of you at homecoming over the next three days.




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