Last Friday's LCA Awards Ceremony brought more than 125 of you to the UA campus in Phoenix, where we celebrated the accomplishments of four notable friends and alumni.

At the 2018 LCA Awards Ceremony with (l-r): Melinda Burke, President of the UA Alumni Association; LCA President Mike King; and honorees Chief Justice Scott Bales, 
James Burling, Arizona Regent William Ridenour, and James Lundy.

If you are in Las Vegas this week for the Pac-12 Basketball Tournament, remember to join us for the Arizona Law Alumni Reception on Friday from 4 to 6 p.m. at Tom's Urban (full details and registration are available here).

Next week on Thursday, March 15, attorney Susan Saladoff will present this year's Peter Chase Neumann Lecture on Civil Justice. She wrote, produced, and directed the HBO documentary, "Hot Coffee."  I hope you will register to attend the public lecture  and film screening . You can find out more below.

In addition, this issue features Tucson journalist Andrea Kelly, who has used her 2016 Master of Legal Studies (MLS) degree to boost her newsroom credentials and further her career.
Until the footnotes,


Susan Saladoff to Deliver Peter Chase Neumann Lecture 
on Civil Justice

Attorney and filmmaker of the HBO documentary "Hot Coffee" Susan Saladoff will deliver this year's Peter Chase Neumann Lecture on Civil Justice at the College of Law. 

Saladoff will share her journey of making the film, how it was received, and what has happened since it premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2011.
In "Hot Coffee," Saladoff, who wrote, produced and directed the film, tells the story of the infamous lawsuit brought by a McDonald's customer who suffered third-degree burns when a cup of hot coffee spilled in her lap. The case drew massive media attention and was often used in the calls to reform the court system and eliminate "frivolous lawsuits."
But that's not the full story.
Saladoff outlines the case in detail and uses the legal battle as a springboard into understanding our civil justice system. By following four people whose lives were altered by the larger tort reform campaign, the film challenges the assumptions Americans hold about "jackpot justice."
A viewing of the documentary and discussion with alum Peter Chase Neumann ('64) will be held earlier in the day, with lunch provided.

When:  Thursday, March 15, 2018. 
The documentary screening and lunch are from noon to 1:30 p.m.
The lecture is from 5-6 p.m.

Where:  The University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law, 1201 E. Speedway Blvd., lunch in Room 160, lecture in Room 164 (Ares Auditorium). 

Who may attend:  Both events are free and open to the public.

About Susan Saladoff

Susan Saladoff spent 25 years practicing law in the civil justice system, representing injured victims of individual and corporate negligence. She stopped practicing law in 2009 to make the documentary, "Hot Coffee," her first feature-length film, which premiered at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival and had its broadcast premiere on HBO in June 2011.

The Washington Post called the film a "stunning debut" and added that the film "sends audiences out of the theater thinking in a brand new way." The Hollywood Reporter called the film "entertaining, informative," and "vividly illuminating."

Peter Chase Neumann
About the Peter Chase Neumann Lecture

The Peter Chase Neumann Lecture on Civil Justice is part of Arizona Law's  Civil Justice Initiative, which seeks to elevate the American civil justice system and train the next generation of great trial lawyers.

The lecture series began in 2013, with past speakers including Thomas Girardi, Patrick J. McGroder ('70), Richard Fried ('66), and Randi McGinn. University of Arizona Law alumnus Peter Chase Neumann ('64) endowed the lecture in 2016.

The 2018 LCA Awards Ceremony
On Friday, March 2, many Arizona Law alumni and friends gathered at the UA College of Medicine in Phoenix to celebrate the professional contributions and service of four outstanding individuals at the annual Law College Association Awards Ceremony.

The Phoenix weather couldn't have been more perfect as the crowd greeted this year's awardees on the lawn. During the ceremony that followed, LCA President Mike King ('79) presented this year's LCA Awards for Extraordinary Service to Chief Justice W. Scott Bales and Arizona Regent William Ridenour ('70), and alumni James S. Burling ('83) and James H. Lundy ('74) received UA Alumni Association (UAAA) Professional Achievement Awards.

Thank you to everyone who joined in the celebration.

Around the College

MLS Alumna Andrea Kelly ('16)

Andrea Kelly ('16) always wanted to study law but didn't think being a lawyer was for her. She chose journalism instead, starting her career more than a decade ago at the Arizona Daily Star in Tucson before becoming a producer with Arizona Public Media.
Yet, she never lost her interest in the law. She says:
"Aside from my existing desire to learn about the law, I also knew it would be useful to me in my work as a journalist. I have always covered government and politics, so understanding the legal system and how courts evaluate cases is directly applicable to explaining court decisions and their implications to the public."
When she learned about the Master of Legal Studies (MLS) program at University of Arizona Law, she knew it was a perfect fit. The one-year degree, offered both on campus and online, gives students a foundation for working with and understanding laws, regulations and the legal system and teaches legal analysis and communication skills. 
As a journalist, Kelly found the MLS degree has helped her do a better job of informing the public:
"Many of the most important parts of public life touch the legal system, so having an education helps me translate or explain the kinds of decisions that shape so much of how our world works today."
Kelly graduated in 2016 and last August was promoted to assistant news director at Arizona Public Media, where she manages a team of 10 reporters in producing daily and weekly radio and television shows on culture, arts, current events and public affairs.
She says the degree gave her exactly what she wanted: enhanced knowledge and skills, plus stronger career prospects.
"[Having the degree] enriches my ability to inform the public about the government and those who run it or make decisions about policy. I also hope that it will make me a more competitive candidate for any jobs I seek in the future."
A past winner of multiple regional awards from the Society of Professional Journalists and the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, Kelly was also one of Tucson's "40 Under 40" winners in 2017.

Wildcats in Las Vegas
There are several opportunities to meet up with fellow Arizona Law alums and other Wildcat fans during this week's Pac-12 Tournament in Las Vegas.
UAAA Wildcats in Las Vegas 
Welcome Party

The University of Arizona Alumni Association (UAAA) will be at PBR Rock Bar and Grill again this year to kick off the Pac-12 Tournament. Join Wilbur, cheerleaders, and UA alumni from across the country. No cover and open to everyone. 21 and over after 9 p.m.

Wednesday, March 7,  7:30 p.m.
PBR Rock Bar and Grill
3663 S. Las Vegas Blvd. #730

UA Basketball
UAAA Wildcat Hangout

Thursday, March 8,  10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
PBR Rock Bar and Grill, 3663 S. Law Vegas Blvd. #730

No cover and open to everyone!

Arizona Law Alumni Reception

Join Dean Miller and fellow alumni for drinks and appetizers hosted by
Arizona Law at a happy hour at Tom's Urban. Alumni in attendance will get a "COURT IS IN SESSION" t-shirt. Tom's Urban is located in the New York  New York Hotel right next to the T-Mobile Arena, where the Pac-12 tournament  will take place.

Friday, March 9,  4-6 p.m.
Tom's Urban, New York New York Casino, 3790 S Las Vegas Blvd

Arizona Law in the News
MSN Sports Arizona Law alumnus Ed Hochuli ('76), one of the NFL's most recognizable on-filed officials, announces his retirement
Arizona Public Media , Professor Jane Bambauer takes part in group conversation with speakers from the 2018 UA College of Science Lecture Series 


This week is spring break on the UA campus, giving our students a well-deserved chance for study and reflection.

Quiet as it is on campus, we'll be in full swing in Las Vegas, meeting with friends and cheering on the Cats. And Monday we pick up back in Tucson with a busy week of major lectures and events, and the busy daily life painted by our classes and clinics.

Bear down!



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