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That is the only way to describe the impact Robert Carroll Stubbs had on the law. For decades, he worked tirelessly to develop and advance the law of condemnation.


Equally remarkable was the impact Bob and his wife, Mary Ann, had on their friends and their community. They pushed Southern Arizona forward with their commitment to countless public service initiatives and their philanthropic contributions to education and the arts.


Tucson is a better place because of Bob and Mary Ann.


After Bob's passing, Mary Ann sought a way to celebrate Bob's impact and enthusiasm for the law. She wanted to empower students to become the best professionals they could be, and to promote their commitment to his ideals of professional integrity, community service, justice, and public leadership for generations to come.


With Mary Ann's leadership, generosity, and personal commitment, Arizona Law is pleased to announce the unveiling of the Robert Carroll Stubbs Career Development Suite.


This week we feature the legacy of Bob Stubbs, introduce the first Mary Ann Stubbs Fellow, Tony Caldwell, and share some photos from our ribbon cutting and unveiling ceremony.


Until the footnotes,




Robert "Bob" Carroll Stubbs ('53) 

Bob Stubbs
Bob Stubbs

Bob Stubbs made a difference. He was known throughout the state of Arizona as a prominent lawyer with a deep commitment to his community, and across the country as an expert in eminent domain law.


He was a triple Wildcat, earning his BA in political science, a master's degree in economics, and his JD. He graduated at the top of his law school class and served as Editor-in-Chief of the Arizona Law Review.


He earned the top score on the Arizona Bar Exam and was admitted to the Bar in 1953. Bob then worked in the offices of the Arizona Attorney General and the Pima County Attorney. He entered private practice in 1956 and was an associate and partner in several prominent Tucson law firms. Bob ultimately formed his own firm, now known as Stubbs & Schubart, PC, which has been recognized as among the nation's highest rated eminent domain law firms.


Bob was known for his infectious smile, his boisterous laugh, and his tireless representation of his clients. He was a prolific litigator, handling both trial and appellate cases, many of which were heard by the Arizona Supreme Court and shaped the law of eminent domain in Arizona.


Bob's impact on Arizona law is reflected by the fact that the legal publication "Eminent Domain in Arizona" is dedicated to him and refers to Bob as "Mr. Condemnation in Arizona." The dedication accurately observes that he gave:


"... the Arizona and national legal community decades of service as a lecturer, teacher, trial lawyer, and innovator in the field of condemnation. His legal skills are surpassed only by his proven dedication to family, community, to the profession and to friends. He stands as a reminder of the work ethic, decency and intellectual rigor we all hope to achieve in the practice of law."  


Mary Ann Stubbs Fellow: Tony Caldwell


In honor of Mary Ann Stubbs and her generosity to the Career Development Office (CDO) in honor of Bob Stubbs, the college established the Mary Ann Stubbs Fellowship to support a deserving second- or third-year student who displays excellence in the pursuit of career development goals. The Mary Ann Stubbs Fellow will receive a $1,000 stipend, and will be responsible for promoting the CDO and its resources within the student body.


The 2014-2015 Mary Ann Stubbs Fellow is Tony Caldwell.


Tony is originally from Southeast Iowa, and is a diehard Hawkeye fan. He graduated with a degree in biology from Wabash College in 2007, where he was an All-American swimmer. After his undergraduate studies, he discovered his talents in pharmaceutical sales, and success in that field sent him all over the southwestern United States.

Tony and Mary Ann
Tony and Mary Ann


In 2011, he relocated to Denver and continued his work while going to law school part time at the University of Denver.  In 2013, he transferred to Arizona Law to take advantage of our intellectual property and health law programs.


Tony is an active member of the law school and university communities.  He devotes a significant amount of time to Tech Launch Arizona, where he is a Student Fellow for the Colleges of Medicine and Science.  He also serves as a student research assistant for Professor Chris Robertson, and is a member of the Arizona Intellectual Property and Cyberlaw Society, the Students of Arizona Health Law Organization, and the Morris K. Udall American Inn of Court.


Tony is pursuing not just one certificate program, but three: the Health Law Certificate (new this year), the International Trade and Business Law Certificate, and the Transactional Business Certificate (also new this year). He put all of this passion and range of knowledge to work over the summer as an intern drafting patents for Japan Communications, Inc., a global wireless telecommunications and cybersecurity provider.


When asked about his long-term goals, Tony responded:


"I enjoy all areas of health law, and I think that my background has given me a great perspective on this area of the law, which I believe will only continue to gain in complexity as the country wrestles with health care reform. I want to launch my career in the area of health care technology commercialization and licensing. My long-term goal is to work with scientists, physicians, and entrepreneurs in the biotechnology area, specifically focusing on health care information technology, medical devices, and wearable technologies."


Tony was married this past summer in Denver - and is proud to say that there were 23 lawyers at the wedding! He and his wife, an attorney in Denver, enjoy road trips, camping, running, visiting breweries, and -- of course -- talking about the law.


Connect with Tony on LinkedIn.


If you are interested in learning more about the Mary Ann Stubbs Fellowship and opportunities to fund the fellowship in future years, please contact Jonelle Vold, Sr. Director of Development. 


Robert Carroll Stubbs Career Development Suite
Ribbon Cutting and Unveiling Ceremony

On Thursday evening, Mary Ann Stubbs enthusiastically cut the ribbon and welcomed one and all into the Robert Carroll Stubbs Career Development Suite. We had over 200 attendees representing a cross-section of Tucson and the legal community -- from students to seasoned attorneys. It was a remarkable evening that surely would have made Bob proud.  

Dedication wall in the Suite
Dedication wall in the Suite
Over 200 attendees were present
Over 200 attendees were present
A toast to opportunity and ingenuity
A toast to opportunity and ingenuity
Mary Ann officially cutting the ribbon and welcoming one and all to the Robert Carroll Stubbs Career Development Suite
Mary Ann officially cutting the ribbon to
the Robert Carroll Stubbs Career Development Suite
Guests from all over Arizona honored Bob and congratulated Mary Ann for her leadership.
Guests from all over Arizona honored Bob and
celebrated Mary Ann's leadership
The Conference Room and Interview Center in the Suite



Congratulations to former Governor and Arizona Law Alum, Raul Castro ('49) on receiving the Legacy Award from the Tucson Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. Castro served as Arizona's 14th governor from 1975 to 1977. He also served as Pima County Attorney and US Ambassador to El Salvador, Bolivia and Argentina. Learn more from his Arizona Public Media interview.


Raul Castro with
President Jimmy Carter

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Congratulations to Professor Robert Glennon on the extraordinary attention that his work has received over the last several weeks. Robert was active in launching the prestigious Hamilton Project/Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment forum on New Directions for U.S. Water Policy, attended by high level policymakers including speaker Gov. Jerry Brown.

Glennon, Robert

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Countdown to Centennial Homecoming: 1 Week


Click Here for a list of all of our Centennial Activities and Homecoming Events.


If we can be of assistance in planning your return to Arizona Law, please don't hesitate to reach out to the Alumni Office. We look forward to seeing you soon!   


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Arizona Law Review Open House


Please stop by the ALR Office during the Red & Blue BBQ for an opportunity to connect with old friends and meet current members. We will have a wide variety of delicious appetizers and homemade baked goods for your enjoyment.

Open to all alumni, family, and students.

Date: November 8, 2014
Time: 12:00 - 3:00 pm (*time is subject to change depending on the Red & Blue BBQ schedule)
Location: Law Review Office (Back of the Library next to Rm 135)
Cost: Free

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Join Us - "The Mind & the Law" Lecture Series: Blinding as a Solution to Bias


Wednesday, November 5, 2014

7 pm
Ares Auditorium (Room 164)

Professor Chris Robertson explores the use of blinding in scientific inquiry. Blinding has become a routine part of biomedical science, helping to reduce bias by patients, physicians, raters, and even statisticians.  Symphonies now conduct blind auditions to avoid gender biases.  In recent years, the police have even begun to use blinding to prevent biases in eyewitness identification, and there are now calls for fingerprint examiners and other forensic scientists to use blinding as well. Are there other novel applications of blinding in prosecutor's decisions, campaign finance, appellate litigation, and administrative process?  And what are the risks of blinding? 

No RSVP required. 

Future dates in the series:  November 19, and December 3.

Click here to learn more 


Robertson, Chris

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Arizona Supreme Court Oral Arguments


Thursday, November 6, 2014

2 pm - 4 pm

Ares Auditorium (Room 164)


Seating is limited and available to those who have preregistered. Others are welcome on a first-come, first-serve basis as remaining space allows.


Register Here


The arguments will feature:

  • Andy Biggs et al. v. Janice K. Brewer et al. discussing whether individual legislators have standing to challenge a law -- the Arizona Medicaid expansion -- simply by alleging that a supermajority was required for its passage.
  • State of Arizona vs. Daniel Diaz discussing whether a criminal defendant precluded from raising an ineffective assistance of counsel claim in a successive post-conviction relief proceeding when, without fault of his own, his prior two court-appointed attorneys failed to file a petition in the two prior post-conviction relief proceedings.


Learn more and access the case briefs here.

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Congratulations Jeremy Poryes ('12) and Heather Coe-Smith ('13) on their recent marriage! 

Jeremy and Heather on their wedding day
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Thomas A. Zlaket ('65), former Chief Justice of the Arizona Supreme Court, 
administering the oath to the July Bar admittees.


With the unveiling of the spectacular Robert Carroll Stubbs Career Development Suite, the ongoing and wildly successful Mind & the Law Lecture Series, and last Friday's Celebration of Admission to Practice for July Bar takers, this time of year finds weeks full of classes, work and events, small and large,


Students in their first year have bonded, are working hard, and look forward (with perhaps a little understandable trepidation) to their exams. Students in their second year know what is required to succeed, but also are engaged in new kinds of work on journals, in moot court, in clinics and externships. JDs in their third year are in the midst of their transition to practice, including about a third of the class who have told us they plan to take advantage of the February bar. 


We all look forward to a few big events yet before the end of the term -- Homecoming, visits by distinguished alumni, more talks in the Mind & the Law series...Halloween and Thanksgiving. 


As always, we are delighted when you can join us,




Marc Signature  


Marc L. Miller  
Dean & Ralph W. Bilby Professor of Law  
James E. Rogers College of Law 



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