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This week's three featured members of the Arizona Law community, all "double Wildcats," are student Sean Cahill, adjunct professor and alum John Lacy, and alum Ross Hartog.


The Wildcat Wednesday celebrates our community. Last week a large and vibrant group of our alumni, friends, and students got together in Phoenix at an annual summer gathering to talk about the law and new initiatives at the law school, and to enjoy each other's company. Attendees heard from two of our newest colleagues--Professor Jane Bambauer and Professor Derek Bambauer. 


Many thanks to Quarles & Brady, Greenberg Traurig, and LexisNexis for hosting this outstanding networking and community-building event for our students and graduates.


Until the footnotes,




Student News
Sean Cahill (Class of 2015)

Sean Cahill couldn't be happier. She's spending the summer working at the judicial internship of her dreams and spending time with her fiancé.


Sean, who earned her BS in Family Studies and Human Development from the University in 2011, is interning with Judge Julie Tang of the San Francisco Family Court. 

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Sean Cahill and Judge Julie Tang with gifts for children adopted in her courtroom.


Sean hails from Phoenix and has always wanted to practice family law in Arizona, so Arizona Law was an easy choice. "I really liked U of A's small class sizes, reasonable tuition, and its Child and Family Advocacy Clinic," she says. "The faculty also impressed me. It seemed like the most logical choice."


But like many students from out of state, and like many other Arizonans who love the state but are open to other geographies, Sean set her sights on summer employment in the Bay Area. "I knew it would be tough, because there are quite a few good law schools in the area that I would be competing with, and I was applying as a first-semester law student without any grades to show yet. I don't even know how many places I applied to, and there were many that never called back."


She flew to the Bay Area right after finals and landed some interviews. A few days after returning to Phoenix, she got an email from Judge Tang that resulted in her current job.


"My advice to anyone applying out of state is to cast a wide net and not to get discouraged, because you only need to catch one job," she says.


It's an interesting time to be working in family law--a field with traditional strengths at Arizona Law, now reflected in a new certificate program led by Professor Barbara Atwood.

Learn more about Sean at her Facebook page.


Faculty News
John Lacy ('67)

With his enormous expertise and passion for teaching, mining law, and Arizona history, adjunct professor and alum John Lacy is a true Arizona Law treasure.


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He came to Tucson from Peru in 1955, when his father took a job as a professor in the U of A College of Mines and set up the Department of Mining and Geological Engineering. After graduating from Rincon High SchooI (in its first graduating class), he enrolled at the University of Arizona, because "faculty-dependent tuition was $25 per semester."


After "floundering around--I thought I wanted to be an aeronautical engineer, but differential equations resolved that matter"--John discovered he could write, and obtained his BA in journalism from the U of A in 1964. He grew interested in law, particularly mining and natural resources law, while working summers for mineral exploration companies staking mining claims and on a fire suppression crew in the Rincon Mountains for the National Park Service.


"Having grown up with the mining and mineral exploration business, I felt quite at home with mining clients, and wound up representing some people who had worked for my father in Peru," John recalls.


Like mining law, teaching is in John's blood, and he helped first-year students through Phi Alpha Delta and, later, in the U.S. Army, as a Judge Advocate General's Corps (JAGC) officer.


John has taught mining law and public lands at the law school since 1976. The course originated in the Department of Mining and Geological Engineering and is still cross-listed with the department. 


John has also taught a survey course on oil and gas law, and this fall will be teaching a mineral transactions short course cross-listed between the Lowell Mineral Institute and the law school. "This class will provide exposure to many of the nuts and bolts of a mining law transactional practice," John says. "I have been working with Professor James Hopkins and others to expand the mining law offerings at the law school as well as making more formal connections with the Lowell Mineral Institute and other departments at the University."


Outside of teaching, he is a shareholder in the law firm of DeConcini McDonald Yetwin & Lacy, where much of his practice involves representing mineral exploration companies and he chairs the Natural Resources Practice Group.


Mining law and sustainability have long been strengths at the University of Arizona. Now, given these strengths, and the fascination, size, and complexity of the field, we are focusing more attention on coordinating these strengths, and reaching out to train lawyers in the field.


We have also just received final approval for the College to offer a Master in Legal Studies to non-lawyers. This year we are creating a certificate in mining law and sustainability and adding courses for JD students. Mining law and sustainability is as natural for Arizona Law as saguaros, with our existing expertise in natural resources, Indigenous people's law and policy, water law, human rights, international trade, business law and finance, and the world-famous Lowell Institute across the street. Rock on!


You can learn more about John at his website. 


Alumni News
Ross Hartog ('95)

For an idea of the professional reputation that Florida bankruptcy attorney Ross Hartog (BS '92) enjoys, consider his honors just this year. They include a top ranking in Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business and listings in "Best Lawyers of America," "Top 100 Florida Super Lawyers," "Top 100 Miami Super Lawyers," Florida Trend magazine's "Legal Elite," and South Florida Legal Guide's "Top Lawyers."


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Ross is a shareholder in Markowitz, Ringel, Trusty & Hartog, PA, also recognized by Chambers USA as one of Florida's top bankruptcy/restructuring law firms. In his practice, Ross represents trustees, creditors, and debtors in Chapter 7, 11 and 13 cases. He also is a Chapter 7 and 11 Bankruptcy Trustee in the US Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Florida. He is a past president of the Bankruptcy Bar Association for the Southern District of Florida. Ross also is a member of the adjunct faculty at Nova Southeastern University School of Law. 


Ross' advocacy for the rights of debtors and creditors has helped him win some major verdicts. In 2006, he recovered real property for the benefit of a bankruptcy estate valued at more than $12 million. He currently serves a Chapter 11 bankruptcy trustee for an apartment complex and a shopping center collectively valued at more than $20,000,000.


"Bankruptcy was not an area of practice I knew much about while in school, but in 1998 I had an opportunity to open a small practice in Tucson with fellow Arizona Law graduate Tad Denker ('95), where we focused on bankruptcy law," Ross says. "Bankruptcy has been my exclusive area of practice ever since. I enjoy it both as a specialized area of the law, and one that continues to be interesting and challenging because it involves so many other areas of the law, such as real estate, banking, employment, environmental, and intellectual property, to name only a few."


Raised in southern California and Arizona, Ross also holds a BS in Business Economics from the U of A. He lives in Hollywood, Fla., with his wife, Michelle, another "double Wildcat" with bachelor's and master's degrees in media arts from the U of A, and their son, 7-year-old Reid.


"The Arizona-Florida connection is great--and I encourage current Arizona Law students to keep Florida on their job and life radar," Ross says. "In fact, one of the bankruptcy attorneys I work with often here in Florida has a U of A undergraduate degree."

You can learn more about Ross at his
web page.



In our July 3 profile of alumnus Ernest "Skip" Skinner ('02), we noted some of his achievements since graduation. Let me add another note about Skip: He received a major honor while still in law school, when he was named the first recipient of our prestigious Udall Family Fellowship.


Movers and Shakers

Mark McMillan (LLM '05, SJD '10) Honored by Australian Aboriginal Group

McMillan, Mark Congratulations to Mark McMillan, who has received the 2013 Scholar of the Year Award from NAIDOC (National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee). Mark was one 10 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians honored at the organization's awards ceremony and ball in Perth, Australia, on July 12. He is a senior lecturer at the University of Melbourne Law School, where he specializes in Indigenous law and the human rights of Indigenous Australians. In accepting the award, Mark paid tribute to his grandmother, a "strong, proud, and dignified Wiradjuri woman" who inspired him to pursue a life dedicated to education. 

Mark was a member of the third class to graduate from Arizona Law with an LLM in Indigenous Peoples Law & Policy, and he returned several years later as a Fulbright Scholar to complete his SJD. While at Arizona Law, Mark was very active in mentoring his fellow students, and indeed worked with IPLP as a staff attorney for a year after completing his SJD.

Caylin Goldey Barter ('13) Receives Fisher Prize

Join us also in congratulating Caylin J. Goldey Barter, winner of the Udall Center's 2013 Lillian S. Fisher Prize in Environmental Law and Public Policy. Caylin received the award for her paper, "Defining the Necessary Role and Appropriate Level of Risk In Helicopter-Accessed Wilderness Skiing," which you can read here. She was senior managing editor of the Arizona Journal of Environmental Law & Policy, and received the journal's 2013 Editor of the Year Award.


Law School Community Celebration Draws Top Employers in Phoenix

Partners from major law firms and members of the state and federal bench attended Arizona Law's community celebration in Phoenix last week to offer career tips to students and mingle with alumni.

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From left, Professors Derek Bambauer and Jane Bambauer with Law College Association President Brad Vynalek ('99)


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Help Us Help Our Students with Scholarships

Our commitment to helping students weather the financial challenges of law school--and to succeed in law school--was recently affirmed in a study of merit-based scholarship retention at US law schools. As reported in the ABA Journal, Arizona Law was identified in the study as one of only a dozen US law schools where 100 percent of students receiving merit-based scholarships in their first year still had them their second year.


We will continue to ensure that deserving students don't lose their scholarships, but we need your help. Make a gift to the law school and help us help our students get the opportunities they need to succeed.


Our online option to make monthly gifts using a credit card is an easier way to support any of the programs at Arizona Law:


Update Your Contact Information

In an effort to stay in closer contact with all of our alumni, we are asking you to update your contact information this summer. Please help us by filling out the brief form at the link below. Let us know the best way to contact you. Tell us more about your career and how we can better serve you! You can find the form here.


Dean's Alumni Receptions

  • Sacramento, CA - July 29 RSVP
  • New York City, NY - August 6 RSVP


I will also be in San Francisco, CA, tomorrow (July 18) meeting with alums, and will see individual alums as well in New York City on August 6.


For updates on these planned gatherings, contact Marissa White.




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Dean & Ralph W. Bilby Professor of Law
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