Greetings, 






I had two sure-fire conversation starters when I was a young lawyer -- the 1997 National Championship Arizona Wildcats basketball team, and that I was Tom Mauet's student. I wasn't his student the way a generation of newly minted, nervous BarBri studiers from around the country were his "students" -- each one learning the essentials of evidence through a TV screen broadcasting his dry humor and deep voice into rooms from New York to California. Nope ... I tried cases in front of him, right there in the Burton J. Kinerk Courtroom, always anxious to hear what he thought and how he'd do it.
 
Tom ignited a passion for trial work in me and so many who learned from him. Nearly 20 years later, I share letterhead with Burt Kinerk ('62), and I still seek guidance from Professor Mauet.
 
Tom's trial advocacy books remain my most dog-eared and well-worn references.  Before every trial, I turn to them for refreshers, tips, and inspiration. I am not alone.  My law school classmate, Kevin Boyle ('97), who went on to clerk for Chief Justice Rehnquist, shared my experiences in the Trial Advocacy Program. Kevin is now a nationally recognized trial lawyer in Los Angeles. My law partner, Ted Schmidt ('77), met Tom when he first joined the law school faculty, and together they worked to develop the Arizona College of Trial Advocacy. 
 
This week, Kevin, Ted, and I do our part to advance Tom's focus on developing and improving trial skills training as faculty for the Trial Practice Track of the State Bar of Arizona's CLE by the Sea, at its annual education program in Coronado, California.
 
With apologies to my latest obsession, the musical Hamilton, this three-day seminar puts the audience in the room where it happens -- taking them into the real-time deposition, mediation, and full trial. We will then watch jurors deliberate and return a verdict.
 
One of Arizona Law's newest faculty members, Barbara Bergman, who takes over the Advocacy Program from Tom Mauet, joins us, as well. This morning I had the pleasure of introducing Barbara to the Trial Practice Track attendees at CLE by the Sea. It is exciting to welcome Barbara and usher in the newest chapter in Arizona Law's strong civil justice and trial practice program. 
 
You can read more about Barbara below ... and until the footnotes, I remain your obedient servant ... D. Sethi.

Dev Sethi ('97)

P.S. Don't forget to scroll to the bottom of the newsletter for the complete list of upcoming summer alumni receptions. Arizona Law may be headed to your neighborhood soon.
Professor Barbara Bergman Joins the Arizona Law Community

Dean of Students Willie Jordan-Curtis (l) and Professor Barbara Bergman (r) at the Alumni Reception in Coronado, CA.
In April, in the Letter of the Law, Dean Miller introduced Professor Barbara Bergman to the Arizona Law community as the new director of its Advocacy Program.
 She assumed her new position as of July 1 and is quickly settling in.
 
This Monday, in Coronado, California, Arizona Law alumni attending the annual CLE by the Sea conference had the opportunity to welcome Professor Bergman in person at our alumni reception.
 
Barbara joins Arizona Law from the University of New Mexico School of Law, where she served on the faculty for 28 years, including four years as associate dean for academic affairs and one year as interim dean.
 
A noted defense attorney who previously served with the Public Defender Service in Washington, D.C., Barbara also 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 Arizona Law's respected advocacy program.
 
You can read the full announcement about Barbara's hiring, and learn more about the future of the Advocacy Program, here.  
 
Please join us in giving Barbara a hearty welcome -- just as we did in Coronado this week.
Arizona Law -- Seaside

We were joined by over 30 alumni, friends, and family members at Arizona Law's CLE by the Sea alumni reception on Monday afternoon. 

In addition to Professor Bergman, this year's attendees included Dean Willie Jordan-Curtis, Bar President John Phelps, Judge Jim Marlar, and CLE by the Sea stars Dev Sethi, Ted Schmidt, and Kevin Boyle.

The reception was held at the scenic patio at McP's on Orange Avenue. A huge thank you to alumnus Michael Trauscht ('73, at right in blue and white shirt) for helping us select a location and for hosting Arizona Law.

Here are just a few of the great moments we had catching up. As you can see, we also had a strong contingent of future Wildcats present -- a special thank you Matt and Maggie Schmidt for bringing our youngest recruits!








Footnotes
Law Review and AJET Name New Members
 
Arizona Law now has four student journals. This summer, each journal announced its new editors and writers for the 2016-2017 year. Next week we will share with you the names of students selected for the Arizona Journal of Environmental Law and Policy and the Arizona Journal of International and Comparative Law. This week we share with you the lists of students selected for Arizona Law Review and Arizona Journal of Emerging Technologies. Please join us in congratulating them.

Arizona Law Review

Matt Ashton
Kristina Babos
Holly Bainbridge
Ryan Beachum
Daniel Bernal
Kayla Bernays
Max Bradley
Cade Cross
Victor Grafe
Philip Grove
Claudia Ionescu
Greg Isales
Russ Johnson
Katherine Kohnen
Melissa Legault
Ben McDermott
Josh Messer
Josh Messick
Julie Pack
Natalee Perry
Michael Price
Lauren Rosen
Anne Simkus
Sarah Snelling
Kim Soto
Josh Weiss
Sara Wright

 

Arizona Law Journal of Emerging Technologies
 
Raymond Arvizu
Adolfo Blonval
Andrew Davis
Corey Feltre
Benjamin Pierce
Anthony Pope


Summer Alumni Receptions

Alumni, students, family, and friends are all welcome at our summer alumni receptions. If you live or work near one of our events or will be in the area, please stop by to say hello. We would love to see you.
 
Tues., July 26, and Weds., July 27 
Lunch for the Arizona Bar Takers at Steptoe, 201 E Washington, Suite 1600, Phoenix. For all Arizona Law alumni taking the Arizona Bar.
No registration required.
 
Tues., July 26  CORRECTED DATE 
Downtown Phoenix Alumni Reception at Copper Blues 50 W Jefferson Street, Phoenix, 5 - 7 p.m. Register here.

Wed., August 3  
NEW
Downtown LA Alumni Reception at The Library Bar, 630 W 6th Street Suite 116-A, Los Angeles, 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. Register here.
 
Fri., August 19
New Mexico Alumni Reception in conjunction with the New Mexico State Bar Convention, at Buffalo Thunder Resort in Santa Fe, New Mexico, 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. 
Save the date -- registration details coming soon.


Online Alumni Directory
 
Many of you have joined our online alumni directory and made yourselves available to connect with our new graduates -- and your fellow classmates -- through this relatively new channel. If you haven't joined yet, now is the perfect time to do so.
 
If you need us to resend your personalized invitation, please email or call (520) 621-8430.
 
This week, we congratulate Donald Davie ('15), the latest winner of an Arizona T-shirt from among new directory members.
It's been a great week to connect with you, my fellow alumni, and to learn about all the great things in store for the Advocacy Program under the leadership of Professor Bergman.

Bear Down!

Dev

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