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This week we spotlight two relative newcomers to Arizona Law: assistant dean for admissions Cary Lee Cluck and transfer student Norbert Isaacs.
 
I also want to share some images of our students taking time out last Friday morning for good music, coffee, and conversation, as the alumni team hosted its first Fender Friday reception of the school year. It was a great way to kick off the weekend, as you can see.



 
Until the footnotes,
 
Marc

Cary Lee Cluck to Lead Admissions
Cary Lee Cluck is our new assistant dean for admissions.
 
She joins us from the University of Mississippi School of Law where she served first as assistant dean for student affairs and then as assistant dean for admissions and scholarships.
 
Cary earned her JD from the University of Mississippi and is a current Ph.D. candidate in higher education. After law school, she worked as an attorney, clerk, and recruiter.
 
Cary's experience, skills, national respect in the admissions community, and success at working with faculty, staff, and students at Mississippi make her an outstanding choice to lead our admissions team.
 
She is passionate about legal education and helping students, and says:
 
"Working with students to make sure they find the right fit and making sure every applicant is treated individually -- that's what gets me up in the morning."
 
Cary adds that she came to Arizona Law in part because of the opportunity to implement forward-thinking new initiatives.
 
Cary's admissions goals include building classes that meet the needs of the legal market and creating opportunities for "applicants to experience Tucson and Arizona Law wherever they are," such as offering more online admissions programming.
 
Outside of the office, Cary says she is looking forward to enjoying Tucson's outdoor activities, food, and culture with her son, husband (also an attorney), and Great Dane.
 
You can learn more about Cary here.

Norbert Isaacs (2L)
Norbert with his sister and father.
We recently spoke with 2L transfer student Norbert Isaacs to find out more about one of our newest Arizona Law students.
 
Norbert grew up in the Chicago area, and has told people that he wanted to be a lawyer for as long as he can remember. He says that the idea was planted in him at an early age when his mother was told at a psychic reading that her son would become a lawyer! Growing up, he was also influenced by an admiration for his best friend's father, a prominent personal injury attorney in Chicago.
 
Norbert went to the University of Miami for his undergraduate degree in business administration. Following his graduation, things took an unexpected turn when he was scouted by Elite Models. As he puts it,
 
"I did not hesitate to seize the moment. Modeling has given me the opportunity to travel the world and immerse myself in a kaleidoscope of cultures throughout Asia, Europe and North America."
 
He says he spent over four years between undergraduate and law school living out of a suitcase: 
 
"During that time, I've lived in Miami, New York, Paris, Milan, Bangkok, Mexico City, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Kuala Lumpur, and Singapore. Now, I am hoping to finally settle down in Arizona make Phoenix or Tucson my permanent home."
 
Norbert's interest in pursuing a career in law, and particularly family law, was revitalized and deepened as his parents underwent a divorce. He began law school at Saint Louis University, which allowed him to commute back and forth between St. Louis and Chicago so that he could continue to support himself through modeling while in law school. Although he liked SLU Law, this arrangement soon became a difficult juggling act, and exhausting.
 
His father and sister had both recently moved to Arizona and so Norbert decided to transfer to Arizona Law, with the added benefit of escaping the cold. So far, the College of Law has been a perfect fit. He also enjoys being out in nature and has taken up hiking and biking since moving to Tucson.
 
As for his long-term practice goals, Norbert says that he continues to see himself working in family law one day, and has also developed interests in criminal law and civil justice.
 

Footnotes

Faculty in the Law Community

Paul Bennett
Last week, Professor Paul Bennett, the Arizona Law clinics director, and Professor Tom Mauet delivered a three-hour program, "Evidence in Child Protection Proceedings," for over 100 juvenile court judges and practitioners.
 
Tom wrote me to share his appreciation for Paul's efforts:
 
"Paul was the laboring oar, preparing a PowerPoint program of approximately 75 slides and doing the lion's share of the actual presenting. He was terrific!"
Alumnus One of "50 Faces of Indian Country"
 
Gabriel Galanda ('00) was honored by Indian Country Today Media Network, as one of the "50 Faces of Indian Country." Gabe was dubbed "The Crusader," in honor of his advocacy to "get Native inmates the right to worship in traditional ways" and "'find a cure' to the disenrollment epidemic." Read more about Gabe and this distinction here.

Law Library Hosts "Banned Books Week" Events
 
Thanks to a generous grant from the Judith F. Krug Memorial Fund, the law library is hosting a week of events for Banned Books Week, Sept. 25 - Oct. 1. Banned Books Week celebrates the freedom to read and to brings attention to efforts across the country, and globally, to remove or restrict access to books and other resources.
 
The Law Library is putting the spotlight on a censorship event that happened right in our own community: the Tucson Unified School District Mexican-American Studies program ban.
 
The week of events hosted by the library team is exploring the censorship of diverse voices. 




 
Make your plans to return to campus for Homecoming/Reunion Weekend 2016. The updated schedule of events is located on our 2016 Homecoming webpage.

A block of rooms has been made available to UA alumni at the Westin La Paloma for a discounted rate during Homecoming. For reservations, click here

The  College of Law has a block of seats for the Homecoming game between Arizona and Stanford. To purchase yours, please email Marissa White.


What counts as fall in Tucson is in the air; so are midterms, and the planning for the bar and graduation for students in their final year, and summer work for everyone else.
 
This week was filled with an array of events. Last Thursday we had a faculty workshop with Claudia Haupt from George Washington. This Thursday we have a faculty workshop with Bertrall Ross from UC Berkeley.
 
On Monday Arizona constitutional litigator Paul Eckstein joined us for a Leaders in the Law discussion. 

Paul Eckstein (center) spoke with students as part of Leaders in the Law discussion series.

Today saw another great intellectual event when former U.S. Deputy Attorney General and PepsiCo general counsel Larry Thompson gave the annual Darrow Soll Lecture
 
You are always welcome to join us for the constant exchange of ideas, pizza, and burritos -- not necessarily in that order!

Warmly,




 
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