Each week at our college brings a mix of study, new ideas, and -- especially in spring -- celebration.

From the service and professional achievements of our Law College Association and UA Alumni Association honorees, to the generosity of our donors and the accomplishments of our scholarship recipients, to the attainment of citizenship by our newest Americans bestowed in a ceremony within our walls, to student leadership -- the energy and sense of community is palpable.

First-year student Elise Phalen speaks at the
2018 Arizona Law Scholarship Luncheon.

And this is just a slice of what's happening around the college this month! (We'll dedicate next week's issue to reflecting on the Richard D. Grand tribute.)

Read on, and be inspired by your fellow Arizona Law Wildcats.

Until the footnotes,


Introducing 2018 UA Alumni Association Awardees

Each year, the UA Alumni Association (UAAA) honors outstanding College of Law alumni for professional achievement as part of the Law College Association (LCA) Annual Awards Ceremony.

Since 1943, the UAAA has been saluting alumni, friends and donors of the University of Arizona for their outstanding achievements and service to the university, the colleges and their communities. Melinda Burke, President of the UA Alumni Association, stated, 

"The professional achievements of James H. Lundy and James S. Burling bring honor and pride to the entire University of Arizona Wildcat-for-Life family. On behalf of 270,000 alumni around the globe, we offer our heartiest of congratulations. I look forward to the March 2, 2018, award ceremony." 

The 2018 ceremony, to be held at 5:30 on March 2 at the UA College of Medicine--Phoenix Campus, will also include LCA Awards for Extraordinary Service to Chief Justice W. Scott Bales and Arizona Regent William Ridenour ('70) (featured in last week's issue).

James H. Lundy, III ('74)
UAAA Professional Achievement Award
A 1974 graduate of the UA College of Law, James H. Lundy served as the founding CEO of Alliance Bank of Arizona, the Arizona division of Western Alliance Bancorp, which opened in 2003 and is now Arizona's fourth largest bank.

Jim made significant contributions to the broader business community in Arizona. He is past chair and current board member of the Greater Phoenix Economic Council, immediate past chair of the Catholic Community Foundation, secretary of the Phoenix Civic Improvement Corporation, and recently completed a three-year term on the FDIC Community Banking Advisory Council.

Jim serves on the Board of Visitors at the James E. Rogers College of Law and is on the UA National Alumni Advisory Board. He is also past Board chair of the Arizona Bankers Association and of the Phoenix chapter of Teach for America.
James S. Burling ('83)
UAAA Professional Achievement Award

James S. Burling ('83) is Pacific Legal Foundation's Vice President for Litigation and principal attorney in their Property Rights Practice Group.

He is also a frequent lecturer at continuing legal education courses on topics such as the regulation of wetlands, eminent domain, and the "taking" of private property. 

James is also the Chairman Emeritus of the Federalist Society's Environmental Law and Property Rights Practice Group and a member of the American College of Real Estate Lawyers.

Event Details

Friday, March 2, 2018
5:30-7 p.m.
UA College of Medicine--Phoenix Campus
Piper Auditorium
600 E. Van Buren Street
Phoenix, Arizona  85004

Individual tickets are $25. To purchase a table of 10 for $225, please contact
Marissa White at 520-626-8132 or mwhite@email.arizona.edu.

Around the College

Celebration of Scholarships Held at the College

On Friday, February 16, Arizona Law's annual scholarship lunch brought together donors and recipients to celebrate the impact of scholarships on our students.

Incoming Law College Association President Christine Thompson ('01) welcomed 24 donors and friends along with 68 scholarship recipients. 

From l-r: Kristian Garibay (2L), Charlton-McNamee Scholar; Judge Stephen McNamee; 
Sara Wright (3L), Inaugural McNamee Scholar; 
Riley Busby (2L), Carpenter Scholar

We heard from seven students who shared their personal stories of coming to the College of Law and the impact of scholarships on their lives, highlighting the struggles and sacrifices each has made in order to pursue their legal education at Arizona Law.

Mika Galilee-Belfer (1L)

As 1L Laura Stump Kennedy shared, 

"It's nice to know that we can pour ourselves into the community [after graduation] and not worry about student debt." 

Kevin Doyle (1L)

Our college is enriched by each one of these students.

Thank you to everyone in the Arizona Law community who makes legal education possible through generous contributions throughout the year.  

BLSA Student Leaders and February Events

From l-r: Patricia Mabry, Georges Eyenga, Senoqua Browne, Ishmael Boateng, 
Nji Anyere, Turuchi Iheachanor, Harris Rubin, and Ruthe Belachew

The University of Arizona chapter of the Black Law Student Association (BLSA) has sponsored a number of events this month in recognition of Black History Month, with two remaining:
  • Feb. 23, Black Jeopardy, 7-9 p.m. in Room 164. It's $5 per person to play, and that includes dinner! The first three teams will receive prizes in the form of gift cards.
  • Feb. 27, Panel discussion, "Racial harmony in America -- where and how can it be improved?" A panel of students will engage in an informal discussion of the topic from noon-1:15 p.m. in Room 156.
For information on either event, contact nanyere@email.arizona.edu.

BLSA's board consists of the following student leaders:

Nji Anyere (3L), BLSA President, is from Silver Spring, Maryland. He graduated with a Bachelor of Laws (LLB) from the University of Buea, Cameroon, and an MS in negotiations and conflict management from the University of Baltimore. He is looking forward to graduating in May 2018 and taking the bar exams. Nji is interested in immigration law and civil litigation.
Senoqua Browne (2L), Vice President, is from Florence, South Carolina. She earned her BA from the University of South Carolina -- Columbia and her MBA from Francis Marion University. For law school, she wanted a change of scenery from the South and began looking westward. She says of Arizona Law, "When I came for my first visit, the energy from the staff, the wonderful weather, and the vibrant people made my decision to attend Arizona law an easy one." She is interested in business litigation and transactional law. She has an open mind about where to practice after law school, but would also love to remain in Tucson.

Ruthe Belachew (2L), Vice President for Communications, is originally from Ethiopia but grew up in Kenya. She earned her bachelor's degree from UNLV in business administration majoring in entrepreneurship. Ruthe moved to Tucson for law school and says she has met some of the most intelligent, selfless, and amazing people here. She is currently a diversity legal writing intern at Snell & Wilmer -- a great learning experience. Ruthe looks forward to doing a summer judicial externship. 

Patricia Mabry (1L), Secretary, is from Guadalupe, Arizona. She graduated from Arizona State University with concurrent BA degrees in history and religious studies with a minor in African and African American studies (summa cum laude; Phi Beta Kappa). She chose Arizona Law because of the compelling sense of community that is cultivated among the diverse student body. Patricia's scholarly interests include criminal law and restorative justice and their relativity to cultural-historical perspectives.

Ishmael Boateng (2L), Treasurer, grew up in Accra, Ghana. He has a BA in political science with a minor in philosophy from the University of Ghana, and a Bachelor of Law (LLB) from the University of London. He also is a veteran of the United States Army. Ishmael was admitted to Arizona Law through the Advanced JD program, and will be extending his time here for an extra semester. This puts him on track to graduate in December 2018. His career goal is to become a prosecutor and to practice law in the State of Colorado.
Onyenaturuchi (Turuchi) Iheanachor (1L), Coordinator, is from New Jersey. She earned her undergraduate degree from the University of Nigeria. She is most interested in corporate and business law, hoping to practice in the area of finance and securities after graduation.
Harris Rubin (1L), is a BLSA Coordinator. After growing up in California's Bay Area, Harris attended undergrad here at the University of Arizona. He decided he liked Tucson so much he wanted to stay, and eventually found himself lucky enough to be accepted at Arizona Law. He's a 1L and still figuring out what field of law he wants to go into but hopes to narrow it down soon. 

Arizona Law at the Arizona Bar Exam

Are you an alum sitting for the Arizona Bar Exam on February 27 and 28? 

The Arizona Law Alumni and Development Team will be in Phoenix providing lunch at no cost to alumni so that you can focus on the exam. During both days of the exam, the team will be present to provide lunch, cold drinks, and an encouraging smile. 

The law firm of Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie has graciously agreed to let us use their board room. The firm is located in the Collier Center (201 E Washington Street, Suite 1200), which is directly across Washington Street from the Convention Center and is approximately a three-minute walk.

To access the floor, you will need to show your bar ID to the lobby security guard. If you have any questions or wish to RSVP, please contact Marissa White at mwhite@email.arizona.edu or 520-626-8132.

Arizona Law in the News
Arizona Public Media (News), commentary from professor Lynn Marcus 
Arizona Public Media (Radio), commentary from Professor Jane Bambauer  

We are grateful to -- and take great joy in celebrating -- our Arizona Law community for supporting scholarships, taking the time to meet with students, and, like alums Jim Lundy, James Burling, Bill Ridenour, and friend of the college Justice Scott Bales, for being steadfast partners in our future and models for our community of what it means to be a great lawyer.



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