This week we hear from SBA President Rachel Dyckman as she introduces you to the new SBA executive officers and offers a preview of upcoming SBA events.
Rachel Dyckman with Wilbur mascot

A new school year means excited and nervous 1Ls, Welcome Back events, and lots of free pizza for students! As I begin my 3L year, I am excited to share with you some exciting new plans that Arizona Law's Student Bar Association has for the new school year, and to introduce you to SBA's 2017-2018 Executive Officers. 

SBA Halloween carnival
SBA members having fun at one of our favorite traditions, the annual family-friendly Halloween carnival.
With just 248 days until graduation, (but who's counting?) I am so appreciative for all of the experiences I have gained during my time at Arizona Law.  

My involvement with SBA, Law Women's Association, and the Arizona Journal of International and Comparative Law will without a doubt aid me after graduation, and as an associate at Snell & Wilmer's Tucson office.  

Of all my experiences at Arizona Law, SBA has truly been the most memorable, as it has given me the opportunity to know students in every class and leave a lasting sense of community. 

Already this year, SBA is preparing to get a ping pong table so students can relax during breaks. We are planning a Clash of Classes Kickball Tournament to see which class possesses the best kickball skills, and we are getting our online store set up so students and alumni can preorder their Arizona Law merchandise and rep their Wildcat pride! 

As you learn more about SBA, I am sure you will agree that Arizona Law's student leaders are just as impressive as ever.

Until next time, bear down, 

Rachel Dyckman ('18)
President, Student Bar Association
SBA Executive Officers

Rachel Dyckman President: Rachel Dyckman, 3L 
Hometown: Tucson, AZ 
Undergraduate: University of Arizona 
Favorite Class: Contracts with Professor Jamie Ratner 
Summer Placement: Summer associate in the Tucson office of Snell & Wilmer 
After Graduation: Associate at Snell & Wilmer, focusing on transactional work

Sara Wright Vice President: Sara Wright, 3L 
Hometown: Tucson, AZ 
Undergraduate: Arizona State University 
Favorite Class: Basic Trial Advocacy with Joel Feinman and Sentencing Law with Kim Ortiz
Summer Placement: Extern for the Honorable Judge James A. Soto on the United States District Court for the District of Arizona 
After Graduation: Intends to pursue a career as a prosecutor at the Pima County Attorney's Office

Tyler Stanton Treasurer: Tyler Stanton, 3L
Hometown: Hoquiam, WA
Undergraduate: Washington State University
Favorite Class: Business Reorganization (Ch. 11 Bankruptcy) with Rob Charles
Summer Placement: Clerked at Deconcini McDonald Yetwin & Lacy in Tucson
After Graduation: Intends to pursue a career in tax and bankruptcy law

Josh Weiss
Secretary: Josh Weiss, 3L
Hometown: Tucson, AZ
Undergraduate: University of Texas 
Favorite Class: Advanced Legal Writing with Gregory Berger
Summer Placement: Summer associate at Udall Law Firm in Tucson
After Graduation: Intends to clerk for a judge for one year 

Marika Holtzman Executive Programming Coordinator: Marika Holtzman, 2L 
Hometown: Oakland, CA 
Undergraduate: University at Albany, SUNY 
Favorite Class: Evidence with Professor Jason Kreag 
Summer Placement: Extern for the Honorable Judge James A. Soto on the United States District Court for the District of Arizona
After Graduation: Intends to practice juvenile defense

Matt Caylor ABA Representative: Matt Caylor, 2L 
Hometown: El Paso, TX 
Undergraduate: Baylor University 
Summer Placement: Public Defender's Officer in Coconino County 
Favorite Class: Civil Procedure with Professor Andy Coan 
After Graduation: Intends to focus his work on providing access to effective representation for indigent clients
Around the College
Clinical Professor of Law Susan Salmon is the new director of legal writing. Salmon had been assistant director of legal writing since 2010 and succeeds longtime director Suzanne Rabe, who retired in May. 

"This is my dream job. I've wanted to do this since I was in law school," says Salmon. 

Salmon's vision for the program involves ensuring that each first-year law student learns legal analysis and writing from someone dedicated full-time to that endeavor. There is also a new Arizona Law Writing Center serving students across all degrees.

Dean Marc Miller says of Salmon, "Her vision builds on a strong and well-established program while responding to changes in the profession, new technologies, the need to expand advanced writing and drafting, and the evolution of degrees beyond the JD. Our goal is to have the best legal writing program in the country, and we're well on our way."

Our Legal Writing faculty team
Arizona Law's expanding legal writing program offers a diverse array of courses while keeping class sizes intimate -- 15 students or less -- to provide individualized attention and comprehensive feedback.

The new legal writing faculty team is composed of new and familiar faces. Tessa Dysart joins as assistant director. Joy E. Herr-Cardillo, Sylvia Lett, Carolyn Williams, and Diana Simon round out the faculty.

"This team brings years of knowledge, experience and diverse backgrounds, adding value to the legal writing program at Arizona Law," says new director Susan Salmon. "They share the same overall vision for the program and are invested in the future success of our students. I look forward to working with these talented individuals."

Arizona Law in the News
Washington Post, guest blog from Professor Jane Bambauer

Jotwell, review of Professor Christopher Robertson's book on health law and behavioral economics

Arizona Daily Star, op-ed from Board of Regents Chair Bill Ridenour ('70)

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