We've reached one of the
inflection points in the annual cycle at the College of
Law: classes are over, finals are underway, summer
employment for our students is around the corner, and
our attention turns toward the graduation of this year's
This year's JD graduates pose for their
in front of Old Main.
Alumni support has
meant the world to the Class of 2016 -- support that
you've given in the form of scholarships and other
donations to the college and in the form of mentorship
Like all great public
law schools, Arizona Law has come to depend on private
support to achieve our goals and be true to our values.
Your donations have made many things possible for our
graduating class including scholarships, the Robert
Carroll Stubbs Career Development Suite, travel for moot
court and other competitions, and more.
As the Class of 2016
moves toward graduation, they are taking time to say
thank you to those who have impacted and assisted them
during law school through the 2016 Class Gift. You can
make a donation to the college or to the 2016 Class Gift
Kate Hollist ('16) is
headed to Gallagher &
in Phoenix after graduation, and shares
these words of thanks to the Arizona Law community:
am so grateful for my experiences here, and it is
humbling to reflect that none of those would have been
possible without the support of three key groups: my
family (especially my husband and our children), my
friends, and the alumni who brought it all within my
financial reach. Thank you for your continued
support--it makes all the difference."
Well said, Kate.
I remember well talking
with you as a prospective student, and how important
financial support was to your decision. And you have
returned the trust and confidence of our alumni and the
faculty in spades over the past three years.
||2016 College of Law
The College of Law
convocation ceremony will take place at Centennial Hall
on Saturday, May 14 at 2 p.m.
invite all alumni to attend.
Arizona Supreme Court Justice Clint Bolick will deliver
the keynote address.
joining the Court, Justice Bolick litigated
constitutional cases in state and federal courts from
coast to coast, including the U.S. Supreme Court. Among
other positions, he served as vice president for
litigation at the Goldwater Institute and as co-founder
and vice president for litigation at the Institute for
Bolick received his Juris Doctor degree from the
University of California at Davis, where he has been
recognized as a distinguished alumnus, and his Bachelor
of Arts degree magna cum laude from Drew University.
Bolick is a prolific author of a dozen books and
hundreds of articles. Among his most recent books are
"Immigration Wars: Forging an American Solution,"
co-authored with former Florida Governor Jeb Bush; and
"David's Hammer: The Case for an Activist Judiciary."
student speakers, elected by their peers, are Raisa
Ahmad and James D. ("Jim") Carlson. You've seen Raisa
and Jim in the
Letter of the Law before. Gifts to the college
have made a big difference for this year's class
graduation Raisa is on her way to the Houston office of
, an IP/patent law firm. At last year's
scholarship luncheon, pictured above, she shared her
passion for patent law and emphasized that the
scholarship established by Professor Sheldon Trubatch
and his wife Kate Phillips helped to advance her career.
headed to Snell & Wilmer
in Tucson. As a
student, Jim has been involved in numerous advocacy
competitions, including the Richard Grand ('58) Damages
Argument competition, which he won this year
Celebrate Successes at Annual Banquets
held its year-end banquet on Thursday, April 21. A
number of distinguished guests attended this year's
event, among them Tucson Mayor Jonathan Rothschild,
Professor Robert Mundheim, Judge James Teilborg, Vice
Chief Justice John Pelander, Justice Ann Scott Timmer,
Former Chief Justice Rebecca White Berch, Judge Diane
Johnsen, Timothy Berg, and keynote speakers John S.
Leonardo and Paul Eckstein. Now in its 58th year,
ALR continues to provide its student
members with meaningful opportunities for professional
growth in law school.
U.S. District Attorney for the District
of Arizona John S. Leonardo.
Paul Eckstein, Flo Eckstein, Alexis
Danneman, Josh Boehm, Lindsey Huang, Alexis
Brooks, and Cara Wallace.
Recipients of the 38th Annual Rose 'n'
Berg Award, Raisa Ahmad and Nathan
Members of the
2015-2016 Arizona Law Review Editorial
On the same evening,
the Arizona Journal of
International and Comparative Law held its annual
banquet. The AJICL's
award recipients for the 2015-2016 school year were:
Boris Kozolchyk Best 2L Note Award:
Best Copywork Award: Matthew
Greatest Contribution by 2L Writer:
Professionalism Award: Derek
Collegiality Award: Jahna Locke
Distinguished Editor Award: Jennifer
Graffious and the entire staff of the
AJICL would like to thank everyone
who came to celebrate the end of the year and to
congratulate this year's award winners.
2015-2016 Senior Editorial
Jennifer Haley-Brown, Prova
Derek Graffious, and Nicole Lopez.
Members of the 2016-2017
Editorial Board are
(Top row, l-r) Jessica
Pekala, Jordan Hartman, Alysha Tseng, Troy
Anderson, Chelsea Padilla-Frankel, Matthew
Mittelstadt, Elizabeth Smiley, and Esther
(Bottom row, l-r) Lorena
Hutton, Sarah Bauer, Demetra Makris, and Meghan
Forward to Reunions
Phi Alpha Delta law fraternity, 1966
Reunion planning is
underway for all class years ending in 6 or 1. The Class
of 1966 leads the way, marking 50 years since graduating
in those skinny ties.
You can join your reunion
committee or send in your own photos by contacting
Marissa White at firstname.lastname@example.org or
Moot Court team, 1966 Desert
Fashion Fundraiser, May 7
The Student Bar
Association is excited to host a fundraiser on the day
before Mother's Day to benefit the UA Law clinics. You
are invited to join the SBA for an afternoon of
shopping, tasty treats, and good company at the Kendra
Scott store at La Encantada Mall on Saturday, May 7,
from 1 - 4 p.m. Kendra Scott will be donating 20 percent
of all the proceeds to the UA Law clinics. Kendra Scott
is a jewelry store that offers classic and contemporary
More and more of you have joined
our online alumni directory
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
call (520) 621-8430.
This week, we congratulate Aaron Hall ('05),
the latest winner of an Arizona Tshirt from among new
send hearty congratulations to our soon-to-be graduates,
and continue, as you have, to serve as the counselors,
friends, and champions of this next generation of
Arizona Law students. For all of their passion,
intelligence and skill, they still need their Arizona
Law family. We all need you.
We'd love to see you at graduation. If
you can't be there in person, I know you'll be there in
spirit, celebrating one of life's moments of pure
excitement and joy.
Dean & Ralph W. Bilby
Professor of Law
the next century of legal education