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Give in favor of students.
This week we bring you another story about the power of your generosity. This week's story features recent graduate Tony Caldwell, Class of 2015, who at just one year out of law school is positioned at one of the country's leading healthcare law firms.
 
Giving back to Arizona Law is a powerful way to ensure success for the next generation. To all of our generous donors, thank you. For anyone thinking about how to make an impact, we encourage you to join our scholarship campaign, "In Favor of Students" and make a gift.
 
We look forward to connecting with many of you at the Arizona Bar Convention. Please stop by the Arizona Law reception at Wild Horse Pass in the Quail Room TONIGHT from 5:30 to 7 p.m. If you forgot to register, you can still join us. Simply come to the event and we will sign you in at the door.
 
On Friday, we will celebrate members of the Class of 1966, marking their 50 years of service to the legal profession as part of the Arizona Bar. We will present their certificates at the Arizona Law table outside of the Arizona Bar Convention luncheon. For details or to RSVP, please contact Marissa White by email or at (520) 626-8132.
 
Until the footnotes,

Marc

Tony Caldwell ('15)
Tony Caldwell was determined to come to the UA and to practice in technology and healthcare law. Now employed as a healthcare technology and data privacy attorney at Hall Render Killian Heath & Lyman in Indianapolis, Tony recounts his journey:
 
"I applied and was turned down to UA Law twice. After being waitlisted both times, I started law school as a part-time evening student at the University of Denver while continuing to work full time. After a successful first two years, I re-applied to UA Law and was accepted as a transfer student."
 
With a great beginning at the University of Denver under his belt, Tony's persistence paid off. Tony transferred to Arizona Law in 2013:
 
"I came because I always wanted to be a part of the UA community and I wanted to pursue a career in healthcare law -- and UA Law was one of the few law schools in the West that offers a healthcare law certificate. I was thrilled to be accepted, and my scholarship was a huge bonus. I was and continue to be extremely grateful for the opportunity to become a Wildcat for Life."
 
In addition to scholarships, Tony was surrounded by supportive people. He met his now-wife, Whitney, when they were both 1Ls at the University of Denver, and she was extremely supportive of his decision to move to Tucson. Tony says, "She stayed in Denver to finish school and begin her legal practice, and it was very hard for us to be apart for two years. However, we made it and are happy to be together now." Whitney is an employment associate at Littler Mendelson in Indianapolis.


Although he is originally from Iowa, Tony says that as a student he always had a great deal of family support nearby, since his parents travel to Phoenix each winter, his sister lives in Scottsdale, and he has many aunts, uncles, and cousins in the Phoenix area.
 
Tony took advantage of many of the rich intellectual and professional development opportunities at Arizona Law.
 
He was a student research assistant for Professor Chris Robertson, and says that Professor Robertson was extremely supportive of his personal and professional development. He was a Student Fellow for the Colleges of Medicine and Science through Tech Launch Arizona and also worked with Innovate UA and the McGuire Entrepreneurship Program to engage in the Tucson technology and start-up community.
 
 
And, in 2014, Tony was named the first Mary Ann Stubbs Fellow, in honor of Mary Ann Stubbs and her generosity to the Career Development Office (CDO) in the name of her late husband Bob Stubbs. As a fellow, Tony was responsible for promoting the CDO and its resources within the student body.


Tony graduated cum laude in 2015, with certificates in health law and transactional business. In addition, Tony received the John R. Christian Award as the top student in business organizations, as well as the Dean's Achievement Award at graduation.
 
His clear vision for his career, strong guidance from the CDO, and relentless networking led him to precisely the opportunity he dreamed about when he started law school. Tony began at Hall Render right after taking the Indiana Bar Exam in August, 2016. Hall Render is the nation's largest firm focused exclusively on healthcare law, with over 200 attorneys at 11 offices across the country.
 
Tony explains that his practice focuses on representing healthcare providers (physicians, hospitals, care facilities, etc.) on matters such as health information technology transactions, software/hardware licensing, and data privacy compliance, as well as cybersecurity breach mitigation. He says, "I really enjoy the work and the firm is a great fit for me."
 
Further,
 
"I continue to leverage my training and experiences at UA Law and in Tucson in my current legal practice, and I believe that UA Law does an outstanding job of both creating opportunities and preparing students to enter into the legal field."
 
Congratulations, Tony! You have made us all proud Wildcats.
 
As Tony' story illustrates, the impacts of private scholarships reach beyond a student's time in law school by reducing the amount of debt carried into our new graduates' early careers. If you would like to help students like Tony, please consider a donation to the In Favor of Students campaign. If you would like to start a scholarship, please contact Jonelle Vold

UA Summer Law Program for High-schoolers a Success
 
Last week, we welcomed 42 high school students, plus teachers, attorneys, coaches, and guest speakers (including the mayor!) to the College of Law for our UA Summer Law Program. These bright, driven, engaged high school students learned lawyering and leadership skills from attorneys and current JD students. The week culminated in a mock trial in our downtown courtroom.
 
Due to a generous scholarship from the IPLP program and Professor Hank Shea, we were able to offer scholarship opportunities to several participants. Four current JD students helped to lead the program this year: Rachel Sedgwick, Elizabeth Smiley, Jean Paul Barnard, and Daune Cardenas. They were assisted by four BA in Law volunteers: Elyssa Creary-sher, Alex Ponce, Katie Stiff, and Tyler Schwenke. We are grateful for their efforts.

Footnotes
Alex Lane ('99) Receives Bar Presidents' Annual Award
 
Alex Lane ('99) was selected to receive a 2016 Arizona State Bar Presidents' Award. The award is given annually to an individual who has contributed enormous effort toward the furtherance of the president's goals and priorities during the president's term in office.
 
Alex practices criminal defense and works as a lobbyist in Phoenix, Arizona. He is a frequent speaker on the subject of law office management and mobile technology.
 
Summer Alumni Receptions

We are planning lots of summer alumni receptions. Here is the list so far. Alumni, students, family, and friends are all welcome. If you live or work near one of our receptions or will be in the area, please stop by to say hello. We would love to see you.

Weds., June 15
Arizona Bar Convention Reception at Sheraton Grand Wild Horse Pass, Quail Room, 5:30 - 7 p.m. Register here. 
 
Fri., June 17 
Arizona Bar Convention Lunch for 50-year alumni. 
UA Law will have a table set up outside of the lunch to hand out certificates to our alumni who have been a part of the Arizona Bar for 50 years. RSVP to Marissa White by email or at (520) 626-8132.

Mon., June 27  NEW
DC Alumni Reception at Quarles & Brady, 1701 Pennsylvania Avenue NW Suite 700, 6 - 7:30 p.m. Register here.
 
Thurs., June 30 
Seattle Alumni Breakfast at Portage Bay, South Lake Union, 8:30 - 10 a.m. 
 
Thurs., July 7  DATE CHANGE
Reno Alumni Reception at The Depot, 325 E 4th Street, 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
 
Mon., July 11  NEW DETAILS
Arizona Law by the Sea Alumni Reception in Coronado, California at Mc P's Irish Pub, 1107 Orange Ave., Coronado, California, 2 - 4 p.m. Register here.
 
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.
 
Weds., July 26  NEW DETAILS
Downtown Phoenix Alumni Reception at Copper Blues 50 W Jefferson Street, Phoenix, 5 - 7 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

More and more 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 Cory Smith ('11), the latest winner of an Arizona T-shirt from among new directory members.

I look forward each year to the State Bar of Arizona Annual Convention -- to seeing our many alumni and friends who are leaders in the bar, who make presentations, and who are recognized for their contributions to justice.  

Time spent with members of the State Bar reinforces the deep integration into the life of the legal community that is the product of a century of training lawyers, and having lawyers who spend time and make contributions in favor of the generation of students to come. 


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