Greetings, 

The hallways of Arizona Law are buzzing and -- today! -- students are back in class.

I am extremely pleased to announce the speaker for the McCormick Society lecture on February 15, 2016, will be U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Elena Kagan.

The conversation with Justice Kagan will be moderated by Dean Emerita Toni Massaro and me. Seating is limited, so please RSVP soonRead more here. 

Date: Monday, February 15, 2016
Time: 5:30 - 6:30 p.m.
Location: Crowder Hall, at UA School of Music, 1017 N. Olive Rd., Tucson

Until the footnotes,

Marc
New York Reception and AALS Meeting

Arizona Law visited the Big Apple last week to meet with local alumni and participate in the Association of American Law Schools (AALS) annual meeting.

At the AALS, among other activities, I discussed the status of the new BA in law program at a deans-only plenary session. 

The entourage from Tucson included several faculty members -- Ellen Bublick, Michael Chiorazzi, Bob Mundheim, Suzanne Rabe, Barak Orbach, Susie Salmon -- and Senior Director of Development Jonelle Vold.  
 
On Friday, January 8, we held an alumni reception at Whiskey Park. Attendees included Sean Kelly ('15), Ling Zhu ('01), Jed Mullens ('98), Sean Estrada ('14), Wanglin Rao ('15), Jen Dang ('12), Sagan Beder ('13), and Christine Swanick ('95).
 
Our hearty thanks goes out to these great New York alumni for visiting with us and strengthening our ties in the Big Apple. If you'd like to connect with them, visit the online alumni directory or write to us at alumni@law.arizona.edu.


Enjoying the company of
Jed Mullens ('98).


Sagan Beder ('13) and
Sean Estrada ('14).


With Susie Salmon and Sean Kelly ('15).


With Bob Mundheim.



Wanglin Rao ('15) and Jed Mullens.


The Wildcat scene.


Alumni Profile -- Sean Estrada ('14)

One of our alums in New York is Sean Estrada ('14). Sean says that he has great memories of Arizona Law. Most of them center around the strong sense of community that has been fostered at the school.
 
As a student, I loved dealing with the administration, faculty, and fellow students outside of the classroom. I think that is what drew me to get involved in the Student Bar Association. I was fortunate enough to be elected President of the SBA for 2013/2014. I had an amazing group of students working with me that year and it made the job exponentially easier. I also loved serving on the editorial board of the Arizona Journal of International and Comparative Law. We worked very hard to put out a great product while not taking ourselves more seriously than we should. 

Overall just being with my friends and classmates for all the events we put on made my time at Arizona Law three of the best years of my life. And I definitely miss tailgating on Saturdays before football games.
 
Sean moved to New York City last year after accepting a job with the National Football League. He now works in the NFL Management Council as a Labor Operations Manager. His department is responsible for the NFL's collective bargaining agreement (CBA) and in charge of every team's salary cap and the approval or disapproval of all player contracts and transactions. 

Sean says that there is great variety in his day-to-day activities during different times of the league's year. Further,
 
I spend some days on the phone with the front office personnel from different clubs going through varying salary cap situations or new cap accounting rules that are coming into effect this year. Another day, I can be crafting contract language that is tailored to a specific player performance incentive, or I could be investigating a club for potential CBA violations. It's not strictly a "lawyer" job since it's a hybrid between business, law, and football, but it's a job that I was lucky enough to be uniquely suited for.
 
Before attending Arizona Law, Sean earned a business degree at the University of Pennsylvania and also played professionally for the San Francisco 49ers.  

Estrada is number 60.
 
One of Sean's enduring Arizona Law connections is with the Veterans Advocacy Law Clinic, where he worked as a 3L.
 
I never had the honor of serving in the military, but I come from a family full of vets, so learning about the problems returning vets face was an important lesson for me. Because of my experience in the clinic I still try to stay abreast of current legislation affecting vets and the ramifications it might have on the good work the clinic has been able to accomplish.
 
Sean does a great job staying in contact with his law school friends even though they are spread out across the nation. They are already planning to return to Tucson for homecoming next year. He and fellow Manhattan-based Arizona Law graduate Jen Dang ('12), also a former SBA president, get together for the big Arizona sporting events and to reminisce about Tucson's Mexican food.
 
We'll see you again in the fall, Sean!

Richard Grand Legal Writing Competition

Professors Lorraine Gin and Suzanne Rabe recently announced the four finalists for this year's Richard Grand Legal Writing Competition: Jillian Andrews (2L), Kayla Bernays (1L), Max Bradley (1L), and Julie Pack (1L). These finalists were selected from 31 entries.

Professor Rabe writes, "This year, we were particularly impressed by the high quality of the submissions. Selecting the four finalists was unusually difficult, and we warmly commend all who wrote."

Four outside judges will determine the final order of the awards. This year's judges are: The Honorable Michael O. Miller, Division Two, Arizona Court of Appeals; The Honorable Wayne Yehling, Pima County Superior Court; Janis Gallego, ASUA Student Legal Advisor; and Timothy Eigo, editor, Arizona Attorney magazine.

The awards reception will be held on Wednesday, January 27, at 12:15 p.m. in the Faculty Lounge. The final order of the awards will be announced at that time.

We are most grateful to Marcia Grand for continuing to inspire and fund this competition in honor of her late husband, attorney Richard Grand ('58).

Transactional LawMeet® Team

Professor Billy Sjostrom and alumnus Will Pew ('14) have selected six students to compete on this year's Transactional LawMeet teams. 

The two teams are as follows:
 
Dallas
Southwestern Region, February 26, 2016
Dami Oguntade (3L)
Michael Mohler (2L)
Jordan Hartman (2L)
Coached by Will Pew
 
Denver
Western Region, February 26, 2016
Margo Cassleman (2L)
Ricardo Robinson Bours (2L)
Storm Byrd (2L)
Coached by Professor Sjostrom

The transactional competitions provide students with the opportunity to work on real-world business problems such as indemnification agreements, renegotiation of stock purchase agreements, and executive compensation agreements. In addition to skill development, students gain visibility with some of the top business law firms in the country who sponsor the competition. 
 
Prior to the competition, our teams will work with coaches to dissect a problem and draft an agreement. On the day of the competition, they will negotiate and revise their agreements with the goal of a resolution.

Pew says:

I am really enjoying the opportunity to coach this semester and am looking forward to the competition in February (and hopefully April 1 at the national competition). I think we have two incredibly strong teams, and it was fun to see the enthusiasm and interest of the entire class.

We look forward to great results this semester!  

Footnotes
In Memoriam
 
Arizona Law alumnus, professor of practice, and Tucson practitioner Doug Newman ('81) passed away on December 24, 2015. 

Doug was maverick in estate planning and business law while remaining heavily engaged in the local Bar and the College of Law. He was an ardent supporter of legal education and students. 

As a dear friend to the college, he will be missed. In lieu of flowers, his family has asked for donations to Humane Society of Southern Arizona.

First Spring IPLP Speaker on January 15
 
The Indigenous Peoples Law and Policy Program (IPLP) has announced its spring speaker series. The first talk is this Friday; see the full schedule here. Lunch will be provided at each talk.
 
John Borrows, Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Law at the University of Victoria Law School "Learning from the Land: Teaching Indigenous Law in Context"
 
Understanding how Indigenous peoples can practice law as a land-based activity should be experienced by every law student. Indigenous law contains important insights for making decisions about lands and broader relationships. While some of this instruction can occur in classrooms, walls can hide important legal resources. Participation and immersion in out-of-doors contexts, even for short periods, can be very beneficial for communities and students engaged in the practice of law.

Date: Friday, January 15
Time: 12 - 1:15 p.m. (with lunch)
Location: Faculty Lounge (Room 237)

Tucson Fellows Reception on January 22
 
On January 22, 2015, Arizona Law will hold a reception to thank to all of our Tucson Arizona Law Fellows. These loyal donors contributed $1,000 or more in 2015.
 
We are excited to share the great things in store for the year and to celebrate the success of the Fellows program and the significant contributions to Arizona Law in 2015. Watch for your invitation via email.
 
Date: Friday, January 22
Time: 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Where: Lewis Roca Rothgerber Lobby, College of Law, 1201 E. Speedway, Tucson


Please take the time to join the online alumni directory. We are creating a shared resource to support our students and our alumni. The directory is only valuable if alumni participate. If you need us to resend your personalized invitation, please email or call (520) 621-8430.
 
The newest weekly drawing winner from among new directory members is Tom Dillof ('08). Congratulations, Tom, and thanks for joining!

The holiday break is a great chance to wrap up the last semester and prepare for the next -- to take a deep breath. But all of the break points to today, and one of the great joys of teaching, and a source of more than a little anxiety and an electric sense of anticipation is to walk into a room of new students, rested, focused, and eager to learn.
   
 
Warmly,
  
  
  
Marc L. Miller  
Dean & Ralph W. Bilby Professor of Law
 
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