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This week's three featured members of the Arizona Law community are student Andy Hall, Lissette Calderón of the Office of Academic Affairs, and alum Michael Traher. All three stories highlight the many ways in which law, and legal studies at Arizona Law, have become more global.


To those taking the Arizona Bar Exam next week, I have every confidence in you. Go forth and conquer!

Until the footnotes,


Student News
Andy Hall (Class of 2015)

Some people apply to law school with a mission. For Andy Hall, it is fighting human trafficking.

"I first read about human trafficking in The Economist as a teenager, and it really broke my heart," he says. "It's not an overstatement to say that trafficking is modern-day slavery. I have been fighting trafficking ever since."

Andy earned his BA at the U of A, creating a customized, interdisciplinary major focusing on human trafficking through the International Studies Program. In 2009, he and his wife, Chelsea (both pictured at left), co-founded the Tucson-based nonprofit Southern Arizona Against Slavery.


Andy seriously considered going to seminary, but decided to go to law school instead, "to gain practical skills to fight human trafficking," he says. "Arizona Law was the natural choice--I already lived in Tucson, and my wife works at the University."


This summer, Andy is working at the University of Michigan Law School Human Trafficking Clinic, the only US law clinic focused exclusively on assisting survivors of human trafficking. The Paul Marcus Public Interest Fellowship he received through Arizona Law has made his summer in Michigan significantly more affordable.

With his JD, Andy plans to pursue a career in anti-trafficking law and policy. "I'm not entirely sure what that will look like," he says. "I have a few ideas: help survivors of trafficking with the various immigration and other issues they face; become a prosecutor and put traffickers in jail; or work for an organization advocating for better anti-trafficking legislation at the state and federal levels."


He adds, "I love law school--I'm learning so much--and it continually fascinates me. The most rewarding thing is seeing the difference I can make in people's lives. I've seen that a lot already this summer. I don't care about money or fancy titles. At the end of the day, I just want to feel that I have made a difference, and the law gives me the tools to do that."


You can connect with Andy on LinkedIn. 

Faculty News

Lissette Calderon


Lissette Calderόn (BA '11) has been helping Arizona Law students and faculty members stay on track for over seven years, as a program coordinator in the Office of Academic Affairs.


Originally from El Salvador, she lived in Phoenix for many years and moved to Tucson 19 years ago. In 1997, she became a judicial assistant to the Honorable Alfredo C. Marquez ('51, BA '48) of the US District Court.


"Working for Judge Marquez was a wonderful experience," she says. "I enjoyed working with him and learning about the court system, and I got to meet incredible people there, many of whom I consider part of my family today." When Judge Marquez retired in 2006, Lissette returned to college to finish her BA in the U of A School of Anthropology and began her position at Arizona Law.


Lissette helps plan the course schedules and coordinates with faculty, adjunct faculty, administration, main campus, and the registrar's office, "on anything and everything related to courses," she says. Recently, she's also been assisting Professor Brent White, Associate Dean for Programs & Global Initiatives, in his work with international law students. Through messages, personal interaction, and her superb problem-solving skills, Lissette gets to know students, as well.


"Interacting with all of our students is one of the great joys of working at the College of Law," she says. "It is exciting each year to meet the new group of students. And between the enormous diversity of backgrounds among the US students, and now with our Accelerated JD program, and the longstanding global dimensions of the LLM and SJD programs, each class brings new passions for language, music, food, and culture--all things that I love."


Arizona Law students respond to Lissette's enthusiasm and shared interests, coming to her for advice and dropping by her office. Many students would call her one of their good friends at the College.

Lissette volunteers with a local nonprofit, the Native American Advancement Foundation, writing grants and helping coordinate some of their programs. "I am passionate about helping underprivileged youth in their educational endeavors," she says. "My goal is to inspire children to dream big, and my hope is that my volunteer work will help them reach those dreams."


She is fluent in Spanish and English "and forever trying to learn French and Portuguese," she says. "Lately, I've had the honor of learning a bit of O'odham, too."


You can connect with Lissette on Facebook.

Alumni News

J. Michael Traher Sr. ('75)


Practicing law is a Traher family tradition. "Triple Wildcat" J. Michael Traher (BS '71, BS '72) is an international tax and business lawyer in Tucson. 


With J. Michael Traher, right

Michael, who was raised in Tucson, started college at the U of A but was drafted into the military and served in Vietnam. Seriously wounded in action, he received a Purple Heart and spent eight months in the hospital before returning to the U of A to finish his BS in finance, in 1971.

"I had a very good finance professor who convinced me that if I really wanted to be a major force in the business world, I would be more successful if I had a law degree," Michael says. He followed the advice, but not before earning a second U of A degree in accounting, which sparked his interest in tax law.

At Arizona Law, he gained a mentor and lifelong friend in Professor Arthur Andrews, now the Dorothy H. and Lewis Rosenstiel Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Law and one of the most beloved members of our community. "It became apparent, after long discussions with Art, that to accomplish my goals I really needed an LLM," says Michael, who earned an LLM in tax from NYU in 1976.

Back in Tucson, he practiced law at the mining law firm Verity, Smith and Kearns, PC, helping the firm advise its clients on the tax implications of buying mineral properties. Working with many international clients at the firm, Michael started developing expertise in international tax.

From 1979 through 1981, on the invitation of Art Andrews, Michael taught Federal Income Tax at Arizona Law--"a tremendous experience, and one that I cherish to this day." Years later, he was the lead trial attorney in the largest transfer pricing case ever litigated between the US and a Mexican multinational business, with over $20 million in tax issues contested. After that case, he was invited to teach a short course on international tax transfer pricing at Harvard Law School.

With most of his clients in Mexico and some in Europe and Asia, Michael does a fair amount of traveling, but his home base remains in Tucson, where he lives with his wife and fellow Wildcat Greer Traher (BS '90). Michael has four children. Two, Mike Jr. and Michelle, are attorneys with their own practices, who also practice with him under the name of Traher & Traher, Attorneys at Law. A third child, Houston, is law school-bound; a fourth, Nelson, is in high school.

You can connect with Michael by email.

Movers and Shakers
Last Week in Washington
It was an honor to serve as the University of Arizona President's Distinguished Speaker on July 11 in Washington, DC. Alumni and friends of the University and College were on hand for the gathering, held at the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) headquarters. In my talk, I outlined the major challenges and opportunities in legal education, particularly here in Arizona.
Many thanks to the Office of the President, the Office of Federal Relations, the University of Arizona Alumni Association, and the CapitolCats Alumni Chapter for organizing this event, and for all of their efforts in maintaining an active presence in Washington. 
I encourage DC-area alumni to attend the President's Distinguished Speaker Series, which takes place throughout the year, as part of building the DC Arizona Law community and in support of the larger U of A community.
With Valerie Hanna, U of A Student Regent, and Shay Stautz, U of A Vice President for Federal Relations, in Washington, DC
Christopher James O'Neil ('09) Appointed New City Judge for Casa Grande
Congratulations to Christopher O'Neil, who was sworn in as City Magistrate for the City of Casa Grande, AZ, on July 15, and started his new position on July 16. Christopher was previously a staff attorney in the Pinal County Superior Court for over two years and, before that, a law clerk and associate attorney at the Tucson law firm of Haralson, Miller, Pitt, Feldman & McAnally. You can read more about his appointment here.
Mike Chiorazzi Receives Award and Delivers Lecture at Law Librarians' Conference 
Mike Chiorazzi receives Distinguished Lectureship Award from AALL
President Jean Wenger
Michael Chiorazzi, Associate Dean for Information Services, Professor of Law and Information Resources and Library Science, has received the 2013 Distinguished Lectureship Award from the American Association of Law Libraries (AALL). The honor included delivering the Distinguished Lecture at the 2013 AALL Annual Meeting and Conference, held in Seattle earlier this month. 
The AALL Distinguished Lecture is "an opportunity for members with a unique perspective on the history, practice, or philosophy of law librarianship to share their knowledge and expertise with other members in a prestigious setting," according to the association. Mike's lecture on July 15 was titled "Mentoring, Teaching, and Training the Next Generation of Law Librarians: Past and Present as Prologue to the Future."
At the conference, Mike met with many former Arizona Law library fellows, including Lee Van Duzer, now a law librarian at the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, and others working at law school libraries around the US. Mike has been a frequent presenter at AALL meetings for several years and was inducted into the AALL Hall of Fame in 2012.
Brad Vynalek ('99) to Moderate Panel on General Counsel at ABA Meeting
Brad Vynalek, President of the Law College Association and Partner at Quarles & Brady, will moderate a panel for high-profile Silicon Valley General Counsel at the upcoming American Bar Association Annual Meeting in San Francisco on Friday, Aug. 9, from 8:30 to 10 am. You can find more information about the panel here.
Class of 2013 Shares Favorite Arizona Law Moments in New Video
I invite you to watch members of the Class of 2013 recall their favorite Arizona Law moments in a new video, available here. In their law school experiences and professional aspirations, these men and women embody the essence of an Arizona Law education and the promise of an Arizona Law degree. Underlying their statements is gratitude--for the professors who mentored them, the clinical programs that prepared them, and the financial support that helped them attend law school and earn a law degree.
Their words remind us that success is seldom a solo affair. To provide financial support to students, we need your help. Help us ensure that our students enjoy the same quality of training and experience that you received. Consider a gift to the Arizona Law Fund, or increasing your current gift, to help our students get the opportunities they need to succeed after they graduate.
You can easily support any of our programs with our online option to make monthly gifts using a credit card; visit
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
At the law school we are enjoying the last weeks of summer, trying to stay dry (when it rains) and cool (when it doesn't), and looking forward with great excitement to the return of students for the new school year, including a fantastic new fall class. We hope summer has brought some measure of relaxation and joy to all in the greater Arizona Law community.
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Dean & Ralph W. Bilby Professor of Law
James E. Rogers College of Law

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