Greetings, 
 
This is another exciting week at Arizona Law as we announce the newest member of the Arizona Law community, Professor Barbara Bergman, and celebrate the generosity of our current students. 

Recently, two groups of students made demonstrative gifts to the college, and the 2016 class gift is underway. This year, the Class Gift Committee is asking graduating students to give $20.16 in honor of someone who has assisted them in law school. The gift will go toward the SBA travel fund as a way to "pay it forward" to future students. The Class of 2016 has challenged the Class of 2001, who also gave money toward a student travel fund, to match the class gift.
 
While we celebrate the generosity of our students, we also challenge you, our alumni, to consider making a gift to the college. This year we set a lofty goal of 20% alumni participation

We have made good progress. I ask everyone reading this right now to please help us reach our goal. Every gift counts. Whether you want to help the students by participating in the class gift or support an organization that was meaningful to you in law school, please consider participating and helping us to attain a 20% giving rate by the end of June.
 
Alumni support has been increasing in recent years, and last year we reached a 12% giving rate. Let's go higher! Help us break the thermometer by making a donation today!

Until the footnotes,

Marc
The Next Generation of Advocacy at Arizona Law

I am delighted to announce that Barbara Bergman will join the James E. Rogers College of Law on July 1 as the new director of the Advocacy Program. 

Barbara joins Arizona Law from the University of New Mexico School of Law, where she served on the faculty for 29 years, including four years as associate dean for academic affairs and one year as interim dean.
 
Barbara is a noted defense attorney who previously served with the Public Defender Service in Washington, D.C., and who spent a year as associate counsel to President Jimmy Carter. She was also on the defense team in The State of Oklahoma v. Terry Nichols, a state death penalty case following the bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Building in Oklahoma City.
 
Barbara's extensive experience, national reputation in advocacy, leadership in and deep connection with the bar, and enthusiasm for teaching will continue the evolution of our respected advocacy program -- a program that serves many of our students and consistently earns acclaim among practitioners, judges, and our peers.
 
As director, Barbara will teach and work closely with Arizona Law students who participate in intercollegiate and intramural advocacy competitions.  

Two Arizona Law teams at the regional round of this year's ABA National Appellate Advocacy Competition. 
 
Though Tom Mauet passes the leadership baton, he will teach in the program he founded and built, support Barbara through her transition, mentor our students, and continue contributing to a field of study that he helped to pioneer. 
 
The program strongly reflects Tom's guiding principle -- that all students need advocacy training to prepare themselves for long and productive careers. It also reflects new realities that the settings in which advocacy skills are required are multiplying, that advocacy skills are unlikely to be replaced by a computer algorithm, and that there is a growing global demand for advocates from Mexico to Mongolia.
 
The advocacy program is the centerpiece of the college's Civil Justice Initiative, which also includes research and policy engagement, and a series of events and guest speakers. One highlight of the school year is the newly named Peter Chase Neumann Lecture on Civil Justice, which brings in leading civil justice advocates from around the country.

Peter Chase Neumann ('64) speaking as part of a
Civil Justice Initiative event for students.
 
Our advocacy program has been growing in the past few years with increased participation and support for trial, appellate, negotiation, and other skill competitions, new resources such as the two courtrooms downtown, and the dramatic growth of the Civil Justice Initiative.
 
As we honor both the history and future of our advocacy program, please join me in congratulating Barbara and Tom on their new roles.
 
Barbara will be on campus beginning July 1. We look forward to introducing her to the Arizona Law community and including you -- our alumni and partners -- as we advance our advocacy program into its next generation.

Students Giving Back
SBA Gala Proceeds


Through the annual SBA Gala held last weekend Arizona Law students raised $2,500 to benefit Arizona Law's clinics. The Gala was held on what you can see in the photos was a beautiful evening at JW Marriott Tucson Starr Pass Resort. 
 





SBA officers Nate Curtisi and Derek Graffious presented a check with the proceeds of the Gala to the college. The SBA has even more fundraising planned to benefit the college's superb and wide-ranging clinics -- details are in the Footnotes.


The Business of Giving
 
Students in Professor Mona Hymel's Financial Accounting class this semester learned accounting by running real businesses. The businesses, each started with $25 of seed money from Professor Hymel, ran the gamut from snack and beverage sales to shoe shines. 

Remarkably, despite supply issues, theft loss that involved storage in a communal fridge, and spoiled merchandise kept in a car, every business turned a profit. The four groups, pictured below, donated their profits to the college.

 
 




Footnotes
Going the Distance
Burrell, Ian
Ian with his daughter, Shaylee, and wife, Courtney.
 
Alumnus Ian Burrell, of the Class of '13 placed ... 13th at the Boston Marathon on April 18! He logged a time of 2:22:22. Ian was featured by NBC Sports prior to the race, and you can read more about his preparation here

Ian ran 25-30 hours a week throughout his time at Arizona Law. He is an attorney at Stinar, Zendejas & Gaithe in Colorado Springs.

SBA Fashion Fundraiser, May 7
 
The Student Bar Association is excited to host a fundraiser on the day before Mother's Day to benefit the UA Law clinics. You are invited to join the SBA for an afternoon of shopping, tasty treats, and good company at the Kendra Scott store at La Encantada Mall on Saturday, May 7th, from 1 - 4 p.m. Kendra Scott will be donating 20 percent of all the proceeds to the UA Law clinics. Kendra Scott is a jewelry store that offers classic and contemporary jewelry pieces.

Distinguished Scholars' Day of Service
 
College of Law Distinguished Scholars, students Slade Smith, Renee Gantert, Doug Imperi, Rhonda Martin, Sami Farhat, and Lauren Beall, and Professor Chris Robertson, spent last Saturday volunteering on a Habitat for Humanity project. With temps in the nineties, it was a sweaty job well done.
 
Volunteers (l-r)
Rhonda Martin, Christopher Robertson,
Doug Imperi, Sami Farhat, Slade Smith,
Lauren Beall, and Renee Gantert.


Volunteers xx and xx reach new heights.
Volunteers Sami Farhat (l) and Doug Imperi (r)
reach new heights.

Online Alumni Directory

Please take the time to join your online alumni directory. We are creating a shared resource to support our students and our alumni. If you need us to resend your personalized invitation, please email or call (520) 621-8430.
 
The latest weekly Arizona Law T-shirt drawing winner from among new directory members is Christopher Breitkreitz ('05). Congratulations, Christopher, and thank you for joining.

We look forward to having Barbara Bergman at the helm of our vibrant advocacy program.
 
Our advocacy program is just one part of the rich tapestry of legal education at our college. Your giving and engagement recognize this and strengthen us every day.
 
So many people give to our community in so many ways. We are at the point in the year when we again ask everyone who cares about college -- about the what and who and how we teach, about our role in creating knowledge and training a new generation of lawyers -- to show their support.
 
We would especially like to encourage recent graduates to stay connected and support those who follow you. Help us reach our goal.
 
Warmly,
  
  
  
Marc L. Miller  
Dean & Ralph W. Bilby Professor of Law
 
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