Greetings, 

On the road again! 
 
On Monday I was in Washington, DC, visiting with our vibrant alumni community during our DC Wildcat reception. The DC alumni community, not surprisingly, includes a high percentage of lawyers who build their interesting careers in, across, and working with various federal agencies. We were graciously hosted by Quarles & Brady at their beautiful new offices. 
 
Back, l-r: Matthew Ruskin ('15), Rob Bujarski ('01), Hector Diaz ('00), Jonay Foster ('13), me, Brad Vynalek ('99), Faisal Amin ('05), Stephen Golden ('02), Jon Teitel ('01). Front, l-r: Heidi Nielson ('15), Ashley Silberhorn ('12), Jennifer Whang ('97), Nikia Gray ('07), Meghan Cocci ('98), and Deborah Sliz ('79).

Larry Cote, Managing Partner of Quarles & Brady's DC office.

We'll be in Seattle tomorrow for a breakfast reception (there is still time to register). Be sure to check the footnotes for upcoming summer receptions in your area.
 
The 30th of June may just be a date in the middle of summer for most alumni, but it is the close of the financial year for the college, and thus a time to assess progress toward our financial goals. This time last year, we set the ambitious goal of 20% alumni participation. We aren't there yet, and hope you will help us cross the finish line on Thursday in a strong FY 2016 position.
 
To demonstrate the power of scholarship support, we feature Caylin Barter ('13) and her career path in environmental law.
 
Your support changes students' lives.
 
Your contribution goes directly to the student scholarship fund where students are empowered to realize the professional dreams that can shape the very fabric of our legal community. Much more than a tax-deduction -- your support shapes a student's future.
 
If you have not already given this fiscal year, please consider adding your contribution by the close of business tomorrow -- "In Favor of Students."  Alumni support and participation, in any amount, matters.
 
Until the footnotes,

Marc

The Pursuit of Preservation -- Caylin Barter ('13)


Caylin Barter is currently the Flow Restoration Director at The Freshwater Trust
and is an avid explorer of the American outdoors with her husband, Stan.
 
Caylin arrived at Arizona already having travelled down her own river, including work as a climbing instructor, Hotshot firefighter, and backcountry wilderness skier.
 
For Caylin, Arizona Law was the perfect fit for her passion.
 
"I chose Arizona Law because of its natural resources law program as well as an excellent generalist legal education -- while I knew going in that I was interested in environmental law, and particularly water law, I wanted to gain a solid, broad foundation and exposure to different paths within the legal profession."
 
During her law school tenure, she served as the senior managing editor of the Arizona Journal of Environmental Law and Policy, a natural resources law clerk for the Office of the Solicitor at the Department of the Interior, and a law clerk for the US Attorney's Office in Boston.
 
With the support of alumni and donors -- your support -- Caylin was able to follow her passion. Her impressive academic credentials and scholarly work earned her the Robert and Ann Clark Scholarship in Environmental Law, the Sol Resnick Water Resources Fellowship, the Lillian S. Fisher Prize in Environmental Law and Public Policy, and the John Hawkins Professionalism Award.
 
In fact, she credits the Fisher Prize, which included publication by the Udall Center for Studies in Public Policy, with putting her in contact with top environmental lawyers. It jump-started her career in water law.
 
During the three years Caylin spent pursuing a JD, her husband was also pursuing a three-year Masters of Architecture in the glass-walled building across Speedway Boulevard:
 
"We had each been out of school for a good number of years before going to graduate school, and, to be honest, we didn't know if we were going to cut it. All the stress and hard work culminated in a beautiful coincidence when we were both selected to speak at our respective commencements. It was so meaningful for each of us to be given the opportunity to stand in front of our family, classmates, and teachers, and to thank them -- and each other -- for supporting us and believing in us."

Caylin and Stan.

At SBA Halloween party, 1L year 
(as Sue Sylvester from Glee).
 
Caylin began working with The Freshwater Trust in June, 2014, and has been in her current position for a little over a year. Although her office is in downtown Portland, Oregon, her work is focused on improving streamflow in rivers across the state through voluntary, market-based water deals with farmers, ranchers, and municipalities that would otherwise withdraw streamflow for consumptive use.

At work with The Freshwater Trust.

More broadly, she says, The Freshwater Trust works to develop enabling policies, regulatory programs, and on-the-ground projects that demonstrate the environmental, economic, and social benefits of restoring freshwater ecosystems.
 
"My road to The Freshwater Trust was winding (just see my LinkedIn profile) but suffice it to say that the skills, relationships, and war stories collected along the way have been key to building trust and momentum with a diverse set of stakeholders. Life experience helped me define what it means to have a career I love; UA Law helped me build a springboard to get there."
 
Thank you Caylin for dreaming big and following your passion into environmental law.
 
And thank you to our scholarship supporters who helped Caylin to achieve those dreams.
 
Footnotes
Interested in Law Teaching?

The College of Law's Undergraduate Law Program is seeking a part-time Teaching Fellow. 

Selected candidates enroll in a full-time LLM program (Indigenous Peoples Law and Policy LLM, International Economic Law and Policy LLM, or General LLM), and teach discussion/workshop sections covering contracts, torts and property law to BA in Law and/or Master of Legal Studies students for approximately 20 hours per week. Teaching Fellows receive a small stipend and full benefits, including qualified tuition reduction toward their LLM degree program. Strong legal writing skills are required. 

Please apply as soon as possible, with an anticipated start date in August. 


Summer Alumni Receptions

This listing includes details on our summer alumni receptions -- with locations and details being updated each week. 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.
 
A recent visit with Molly Booker ('07) 
and John DeStefano ('07) at 
Hagens & Berman in Phoenix. 

Thurs., June 30 
Seattle Alumni Breakfast at Portage Bay, South Lake Union, 8:30 - 10 a.m. 
 
Thurs., July 7
Reno Alumni Reception at The Depot, 325 E 4th Street, 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
 
Mon., July 11
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.
*Join us to meet our new head of Advocacy, Barbara Bergman.*
 
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 27 
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.


This is the last Wildcat Wednesday -- Letter of the Law I will draft for a few weeks. During the month of July, the Letter of the Law will undergo an "alumni takeover," with several alumni guest authors offering you their perspectives on all things Arizona Law. 
 
For those of you who have offered your support this fiscal year, in dollars, advice, time, and friendship -- thank you. I look forward to catching up with everyone "next year."

Warmly,
 

 
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