Greetings,
 
I'm happy to report that sweater weather has arrived in Tucson, at least for those of us who have resided in the desert for a few years and grown less cold-tolerant. In other words, it is 70 degrees! It's a great time of year outside, a busy time in our hallways, and visions of a great Wildcat basketball season are coming into focus.
 
This week, in honor of Veteran's Day and the many Arizona Law students and alumni who have served in the Armed Forces, we take time to tell the story of our Veterans' Advocacy Law Clinic. Being a "vet friendly" school is an important part of both the Arizona Law culture and the broader university. The University of Arizona has been recognized nationally for its vet services including the office of Veterans Education & Transition Services.If you know any veterans considering higher education, please encourage them to consider the University of Arizona.
 
We also say thank you to Pat McGroder ('70), the Arizona Supreme Court, and the Arizona Court of Appeals (Div. II) for spending time with us on campus over the last week.
 
Also, we need your help. In the spring, we will give current students access to the new online alumni directory. But, we need your help to ensure that you and your classmates join the directory so that our students can see the true breadth and depth of our alumni base. If you have not yet signed up, please do. If you have not received an invitation, or it has expired, please contact us so that we can send a new invitation.

If you are in touch with classmates who have not signed up, please encourage them to do so. Unfortunately, we do not have current email addresses for many of our alumni. If you use social media and have the ability to reach your classmates through those channels, please do.


To incentivize directory sign-ups, we will do a weekly drawing for UA apparel from among all new members of the directory. We'll also do a monthly drawing from the entire pool of directory members so far. And, we will send a shirt to anyone who signs up 5 new members from among their fellow alumni. If you sign up friends, send us an email to let us know, including their names and email addresses.

Please help us make the alumni directory a tool worthy of our alumni and our students.


Until the footnotes,
 
Marc 
 
Veterans' Advocacy Law Clinic
The Veterans' Advocacy Law Clinic provides law students the opportunity to assist military veterans, service members, and their families with legal issues. Legal problems often serve as barriers to successful reintegration into civilian life. The clinic director is Professor Kristine Huskey

In the last year, students contributed 3,500 hours of work in the Vet Law Clinic in exchange for academic credit or summer salaries. These hours represent approximately $350,000 in free legal services to veterans, active service members, their families, and communities.  
 
At any given time, the Vet Law Clinic typically represents over 150 clients in the two local veterans' treatment courts in Tucson. Alumnus Matthew Randle ('14, Army veteran) helps supervise clinic students in vet court. Over the last year, the Vet Law Clinic also provided legal assistance to four Vietnam vets with PTSD to try to upgrade their discharge status so they could receive benefits. Angie Menard, a 3L and Tillman Scholar (Army veteran), represented a WWII veteran before the US Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims. She obtained a remand which resulted in an award of $3,000 in attorney fees to the Vet Law Clinic.
 
In addition to representing veterans on criminal charges, Vet Law Clinic students Dan Roberts, Dan Benjamin, Jordan Huffman (currently Army Reserves), and Jonathan Leitenberger (Army Reserves veteran) represent a Vietnam-era veteran in a disability benefits case under the supervision of Sandy Mishkind ('72), an Arizona Law alum and friend of the Vet Law Clinic. Dayna Michael (Army veteran) also participates in the Clinic. 
 
Recently, the Vet Law Clinic, together with veterans' law clinics from law schools nationwide, organized a national conference on veterans' legal issues. Last week, Vet Law Clinic faculty and six students traveled to Washington, DC, to participate in the conference, which was held at the U.S. Capitol. Professor Kristine Huskey and Clinic Fellow Lori Lewis spoke on several panels, and students Wes Stiner (Marine Corps veteran), Jahna Locke, and Angie Menard gave presentations on their work in veterans' treatment courts. Autumn Kycia, Jess Garrard (Army veteran), and Jessica Schulberg also attended the conference as well as a productive meeting with Representative Martha McSally.




Professor Marcy Karin, the director of ASU's Work-Life Law and Policy Clinic, recently interacted with our Vet Law Clinic team at the national conference and wrote to me recognizing their great work:
 
"In my experience, our home institutions don't always hear about the great work that people do in the community. So I wanted to send a quick note to let you know how impressed I was with my counterparts at U of A. I look forward to continued collaborations with Kristine and the rest of the Vets Advocacy Clinic team as we collectively work to fill the rather large access to justice gap for our state's military community."
 
Here are images of Vet Law Clinic students and staff in action in the veterans' treatment court presided over by Judge Michael Pollard ('72, Marine Corps veteran):

 



 
 
The Faces of Vet Law Clinic 

PROFESSOR Kristine Huskey


Clinic Director Kristine Huskey was chosen among the newest group of Tucson's thought leaders to participate in the Tucson Public Voices Fellowship. A partnership between the Women's Foundation of Southern Arizona and the UA, this year's fellows will add their voices to the national dialogue through common forums such as the Huffington Post and many others. Several Arizona Law alumni voices have also been part of this important project over the years, including Isabel Garcia ('78), Daisy Jenkins ('96), and Carmen Armijo Marriott ('81). We applaud Kristine and are proud to have our faculty represented.

STUDENT Angela Menard ('17)
 
3L student Angie Menard is a U.S. Army veteran. She was a combat medic in the 2nd Armored Division (FWD) during the Gulf War. This summer, Angie interned for Margaret Middleton, who is a clinical faculty member at the Yale Law School Veterans Clinic and executive director of the Connecticut Veterans Legal Center (CVLC). The CVLC provides legal services to veterans that have mental health issues, substance abuse, and unstable housing or homelessness. While she was there, Connecticut Senator Richard Blumenthal gave Angie a Certificate of Special Recognition honoring her military service, academic achievements, and Tillman Scholarship. This summer, Angie also attended the Tillman Leadership Summit in Chicago, IL.

Volunteering with Tillman Scholar class during a day of service in Chicago. 


ALUMNUS Matthew Randle
('14)   

Matt Randle ('14), an Army veteran, former student and post-graduate fellow in the Vet Law Clinic, and a current supervisor, is featured on the recently launched Got Your 6's #IAm campaign, which highlights veterans' multi-dimensional attributes, challenging stereotypes and misconceptions in order to normalize perceptions of those who have served in the military. Matt lives in Tucson with his wife and children. He created his own firm earlier this year, practicing in criminal, family, and juvenile law.


 
"Conversation With" Patrick McGroder ('70)
Last week's "Conversation With" Patrick McGroder was part of the Civil Justice Initiative fall speaker series.
 


 
Footnotes
In memoriam
 
Vanessa Guess-Johnson ('95) passed away on November 3, 2015. Vanessa worked at the college in the law library since 1978 and has always been the lead singer of the Sisters in Law at graduation. She was the glue of the technical services department in the library and will be greatly missed. A memorial service is being held today at Mt. Calvary Baptist Church in Tucson.

3rd Annual Civil Justice Lecture
 
Arizona Law welcomes Richard Fried, Jr. ('66), who will give the 3rd Annual Civil Justice Lecture, a public presentation on trial practice and plaintiffs' representation. Fried will speak on "How a Plaintiffs' Lawyer Can Improve the Lives of Victims."
 
When: Tuesday, November 24, 2015, 5 - 6:30 p.m.

Where: James E. Rogers College of Law, Room 160

Reception to follow 

Thanks from the Career Development Office
  • Lynne Traverse, Firmwide Lateral Recruiting Manager of Bryan Cave, gave a presentation and hosted lunch for the students on November 3. Her presentation, "The Employability Zone," discussed how to obtain summer associate positions by improving your messaging.
  • Jeremy Kapteyn ('11) participated in a recent Snell & Wilmer IP panel, "Snell & Wilmer: The Life of an IP Lawyer." The firm's Phoenix office visited Arizona Law at lunchtime on October 6 to discuss what it is like to practice IP law in Arizona as opposed to other places nationwide and how students can work on obtaining a career in IP law.
 
Just for fun

Daniel Arellano ('14, second from the right, below) represented the UA well in Judge Mary Murguia's annual law-clerk pumpkin-carving contest, wouldn't you say?
 

 
 
Thank you to all of our students and alumni who have served in the Armed Forces, and their families. Please consider supporting the work of our Veterans' Law Clinic through a donation to the college. 

And, one more time:

In the spring, we will give current students access to the new online alumni directory. But, we need your help to ensure that you and your classmates join the directory so that our students can see the true breadth and depth of our alumni base. If you have not yet signed up, please do. If you have not received an invitation, or it has expired, please contact us so that we can send a new invitation.

If you are in touch with classmates who have not signed up, please encourage them to do so. Unfortunately, we do not have current email addresses for many of our alumni. If you use social media and have the ability to reach your classmates through those channels, please do.


To incentivize directory sign-ups, we will do a weekly drawing for UA apparel from among all new members of the directory. We'll also do a monthly drawing from the entire pool of directory members so far. And, we will send a shirt to anyone who signs up 5 new members from among their fellow alumni. If you sign up friends, send us an email to let us know, including their names and email addresses.

Warmly,
  
  
  
Marc L. Miller  
Dean & Ralph W. Bilby Professor of Law
 
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