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September 1, 2021


Sep 4

UA Vegas Takeover

Sep 8

LawCats Live: State of the College

Nov 4-6

Homecoming & Reunion Weekend


This week, we enjoy a back-to-school interview with 3L Rachel Romaniuk.

In addition to being the new president of the Arizona Law Student Bar Association, Rachel is the inaugural recipient of the David A. Paige Scholarship, created to honor Arizona Law alumnus David A. Paige’s ('75) passion for the law as a tool for achieving fairness and justice.

Rachel is an ideal person to help welcome our community and kick off the new Arizona Law school year.

Until the footnotes,



Q&A with SBA President Rachel Romaniuk

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Name: Rachel Romaniuk (formerly Madore) 

Year: 3L 

Hometown: Peoria, AZ 

Undergraduate institution: Louisiana Tech University 

What are your goals as SBA president?  

My goals are to promote communication, inclusion, and community. Above all, I want SBA to be responsive to the student body and to advance projects that can make our community even better.  

What are you looking forward to this year?  

I am looking forward to in-person classes and being able to use the library to study and have casual interactions with classmates. The discussions I had on campus with classmates my 1L year before the pandemic were very enriching. I hope to continue those discussions throughout this year. We also used to play board games every Wednesday in the lobby, so I hope we can start that back up soon.  

What three words come to mind when you think of Arizona Law?  

Welcoming, inspiring, and inviting.   

Why should students get involved with SBA (or any other student organizations)?  

Students should get involved to understand how to work with people towards a common goal. A lot of the skills I have developed through club leadership have crossed over into the professional world. The chance to start an initiative with the support of a group of people and the administration behind you is very empowering. Finding a community is also really important in law school and life, and I think student organizations can help students find a community that holds shared values.  

Advice for incoming 1Ls? 

My advice is to be yourself. If you don't think that studying into the wee hours of the night will be good for you, be willing to put the book down or the writing assignment away and do something you enjoy. But if studying into the wee hours is something you want to do, go for it! If you have a lot of questions, don't be afraid to talk to professors or your fellow students. If you find yourself getting burnt out, call a good friend or loved one or do some self care. You don't have to fit the law school mold, because there isn't one. Everyone has a unique perspective and personality to bring to the table, so don't be afraid to share yours! 

What do you think everyone should experience living in Tucson?  

Mount Lemmon! I never actually went to Mount Lemmon until after my first year, and I truly wish I would have gone sooner. The air is fresh, the views are breathtaking, and the trails are great for exploring. The drive up is also so nice and relaxing. It is also a good idea to go during the summer heat, since at the top of the mountain it's significantly cooler than here in Tucson.  

Favorite restaurant in Tucson? What do you order?   

Kukai is my favorite restaurant in town. I typically order the pork belly onigiri as a starter and the Mt. Fuji Don rice bowl. Another reason I love this place is the location. It is located in the Mercado San Agustin Annex, which has a great ambiance.  

What are your career plans?  

Right after law school I will be clerking for Justice Beene on the Arizona Supreme Court. Then, I plan to either get another clerkship or work as a public defender. In the long run, I would love to do impact litigation or innocence work.  


Top 3 tips for all law students 

1) Stay groovy 

2) Don't let your fear of rejection keep you from something great.  

3) Explore your passion (legal or non-legal) while in law school

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Chas Wirken ('75) is Going Places ... Fast


Which produces more adrenaline, racing up Pikes Peak or arguing before the United States Supreme Court?

A well-known appellate lawyer with Gust Rosenfeld in Phoenix and former State Bar of Arizona president, Chas Wirken ('75) is also an accomplished racecar driver.

Chas began racing at the age of 50 and has since competed in over 400 races on tracks from northern California to Texas. His Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport competes in a "class" against other identical cars. Chas was the class champion in the Porsche Club Racing West Coast Series in 2017, 2018, and 2019, and was the national champion in his class in 2018. In 2021, he currently leads his class in the West Coast Series and is second in the national rankings!

Chas's latest driving competition was the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb. He shares the experience in a recent edition of Going Places (from the Porsche Club of America).

“At the finish line, my first thought was a conscious sigh of relief that I finished intact. My second thought was the race was over too soon. I wanted to turn around, go down, and do it again.”


UA Vegas Takeover, September 4


Arizona Law will be well represented in this year's Wildcat takeover of Vegas. Will we see you there? Let us know about your Vegas plans so that we can connect in person.

LawCats Live: State of the College, September 8

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Join us on September 8 at 12:15 (Tucson time) for our next LawCats Live webinar, a "State of the College" conversation. I'll be speaking with Megan O'Leary, Senior Director of the Arizona Law Alumni & Development Office, reflecting on the last year and looking ahead at the year to come. We will take time for questions from the audience. Please note this will not be a recorded event.


Homecoming & Reunion Weekend, November 4-6

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Arizona Law’s 2021 Homecoming celebration is scheduled for November 4-6, back on campus!

We are building an exciting schedule of events and activities to engage our Arizona Law community. There will be online, virtual elements as well, so get registered, stay connected, and watch for event details on the Arizona Law Homecoming website

Reunions this year will be double the fun! We are making up for lost time by hosting two years' worth of reunions in one.

Join Arizona Law classmates and friends as we celebrate reunions for all classes ending in 0, 1, 5, or 6 during Homecoming & Reunion Weekend 2021. 

Want to help shape your reunion experience? Contact for details.

Learn More and Register for Events


Are schools liable in the event of a COVID-19 outbreak?

Arizona Public Media, featuring professor Tara Sklar

Colorado River water shortages highlight the urgency of reducing water waste

High Country News, authored by Regents Professor Robert Glennon

Could refusal to vaccinate cost you unemployment benefits?

KVOA, featuring professor Shefali Milczarek-Desai


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Congratulations to Arizona Law SJD candidate Vishal Gaikwad who recently helped build and launch the UArizona Native American Advancement, Initiatives, and Research (NAAIR) web portal, an accessible hub for information about UArizona’s array of Native and Indigenous research, education programs, outreach, community resources, and engagement opportunities.

"I am a member of the Scheduled Castes/Tribes in India and a Tribal Advocate. I am honored to participate with the University of Arizona three tribal leadership offices for developing NAAIR web portal. For me, NAAIR is achieved through a combination of my career goal of promoting tribal rights and a passion about technology," says Gaikwad. 

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We're off to the races this semester!

Thank you to Rachel and to Chas for sharing your stories with us this week.

For those who follow the other Wildcat Wednesday—and Arizona athletics—this coming weekend in Las Vegas will be big. News stories state that 57,000 seats have already been sold for the UA-BYU game. That would make it “the largest crowd to attend a college sporting event in Las Vegas or Nevada history.” If you are not in Las Vegas, you can watch the game on ESPN. And if you are in Las Vegas, Megan O'Leary and I will see you there.

The Jedd Fisch era begins. Bear Down, and Go Cats!


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