Do not attempt to adjust your
website. The Letter of the Law has been taken
over this week by the Phoenix offices of Bryan Cave and Gust
co-chairs of the 2015 Arizona Law Gutter Bowl, it is our
sworn duty to remind our fellow alumni that our
connections with Arizona Law transcend fundraising into
"fun-raising" -- and what better venue than the apex of
skill and athleticism provided by a bowling alley for
some friendly time together over pins, bowling balls,
pizza, and beer.
Gutter Bowl is a longstanding tradition in which alumni,
students, and faculty compete for a score -- whether it
is the lowest or highest score, and even if the
importance of scorekeeping dissipates over the course of
the evening. There will be food, fun, and the
opportunity to catch up with fellow alumni and friends
of the College of Law.
year the Gutter Bowl will be held on
Wednesday, March 4th at Bowlmor
Scottsdale, 7300 East Thomas Road (northeast
corner of Thomas and Scottsdale Road).
not endorse, but do expect to see, side betting on
scores. We do not encourage, but also expect to see,
firm-to-firm and alumni class-to-class challenges.
Heckling is encouraged. Again, there will be lots
of pizza, bowling, and beer.
adhere to the following rules while playing:
- If you are bowling against a Justice of the
Arizona Supreme Court, practice due diligence and let
- Recklessly throwing your ball at the pins may
result in a jury of your teammates shouting,
- Partners can deduct billable time from associates
for fancy throwing routines.
- The First Amendment has been found to include
- Never bowl without first hitting up the snack bar.
- By playing, you waive the right to any claims of
intentional infliction of emotional distress.
- You also waive any claims that stem from being set
upon by the roving co-chairs with open mikes during
the footnotes (for now),
Hirsch ('80) &
Tom and his wife,
the great attorneys in Arizona is Tom Stack -- always
willing to pitch in and truly a good man.
an Assistant City Attorney for the City of Phoenix
where he represents the City in a wide variety of civil
litigation matters, including liability defense, eminent
domain cases, and constitutional issues.
He is a
double Wildcat -- having attended both undergrad and law
school at the UA. He says that he chose to go to law
school because of the diverse career options in law,
business, or even politics that the degree could lead
to. "I didn't have my mind made up as to what I
wanted to do when I grew up," Tom shared. "Law school
would open up a lot of doors."
certainly did open doors for Tom. He was an articles
editor for the Arizona Law Review and interned
with Senator Jon Kyl, working on his Senate
Judiciary Subcommittee staff. He recalls the internship
experience being one of the most influential during law
was an outstanding experience working on Capitol Hill
for a semester, on issues such as cyber terrorism,
seaport security, and crime victims' rights. We worked
on the Crime Victims' Rights Act that Senator Kyl and
Senator Dianne Feinstein co-sponsored, and that passed
the Senate during my semester. It was signed into law
later that year."
law school, he was a summer associate for Ryley Carlock &
Applewhite and went on to work at Ryley as an
associate and then shareholder, up until a couple of
aside from his professional life -- the most
important story is the birth of Sadie Leah
Stack! On January 19th, Tom and his wife,
Kristy Peters, welcomed home their first child. They
have spent many months getting ready for her and are so
excited to be parents (even if a little sleep deprived).
We wish them all of the best in his new journey -- and
hope their supply of diapers is plentiful!
Sadie with her
Tom also has the great fortune
of working with us and the true leaders of the Gutter
Bowl committee: Alison Bachus, Jessica Post, Geoff Balon, and Coree Neumeyer. They are all exceptional
alumni and this event would not be possible without
Connect with Tom on LinkedIn.
That is the motto of Adrian Saenz. Once he has set a
goal he puts everything he has into it. Both on campus
and in the legal community, Adrian has made a lasting
one our great (and frequent) privileges to tout the high
quality of our students at Arizona Law. As a devoted
student of criminal law, we know Adrian will one day be
one of the leading advocates in Arizona. You can see it
in his passion.
came to Arizona Law after receiving his bachelor's at
Arizona State University in justice studies with a minor
in Spanish -- which he speaks fluently. He originally
thought business was the path for him, but after a
couple of criminal law courses in undergrad, he was
am a first generation Hispanic with both parents being
immigrants from Mexico. Becoming the first lawyer in my
family is a huge accomplishment for the family and is
what continues to motivate me."
many Arizona Law students, Adrian has become deeply
involved with the life of the College, and the
University. He served as President of the Latino Law
Student Association, and Secretary for the Student Bar
Association. Adrian is a staff writer for the
Arizona Journal of International and Comparative
Law. He was also elected as one of two college
representatives to the UA Graduate Student
and Professional Council.
Adrian with one of his
past summer he interned in the Maricopa County Public Defender's Office,
which strengthened his desire to practice criminal law.
He is also a student attorney in the criminal defense
clinic and an ardent apprentice of trial advocacy. Last
semester, he was a student attorney in the immigration
law clinic where he led a successful asylum hearing for
a client from El Salvador.
as no surprise that, when asked about his long term
practice goal, Adrian shared:
would like to work as a public defender and maybe one
day, open up my own criminal defense firm after
practicing and gaining meaningful experience in the
public sector. I also strive to become involved in my
local community as much as possible and continue to make
a difference in a meaningful way."
is not in court, Adrian tries to stay active, whether it
is at the gym or on the field. He is crazy about
his niece and 3 nephews, and tries to see them as much
The Gutter Bowl was the
brainchild of former LCA President Mary Grier ('77), who suggested a
night of bowling for a fun way to raise funds and gather
our alumni, students, partners, and Arizona Law
community members together in a relaxed
Former Dean Toni Massaro looks back fondly at the
memories created in the beginning.
skill set at Gutter Bowl ranges from quite terrible
(most of us) to some ace bowlers (from the College team,
that has included the likes of Paul Bennett, Dan Nunez, and Mike Chiorazzi). Past President Steve Hirsch served as the first, very
entertaining M.C, -- a role he reprised many years
thereafter -- and we have been graced with special
appearances by former AG Terry Goddard, among other
groundwork has transformed into one of the most
energetic events for Arizona Law alumni. If you still are not sure you
can make it on the lanes, let's take a look back at some
of the great moments from prior Gutter Bowls.
Snapshot -- Early Law Student Life
of the earliest law student organizations was the "Davis
Law Club," with intellectual, professional, and social
aims. The club first met in the fall of 1921 and was
named for its mentor, Professor Robert M. Davis.
|1923 Davis Law Club
Members, Jesse A. Udall, J. Verne Pace, |
T. Cusick, Carl M. Yokum, and Elbert R.
Congratulations to Professors Tom Mauet and Dave Marcus on the 9th edition of Pretrial. As one of the most commonly
assigned pretrial litigation textbooks among US law
schools, the text introduces students to aspects
of case development and management, ranging from an
initial client interview to the analysis of settlement
strategy and terms, and it provides sample documentation
for each stage of the civil case. Another example of the
outstanding scholarship at Arizona
Law presents "Terrorism in America: What are the
current threats, and is the U.S. government doing enough
to defend us?" with former CIA officer Michael Hurley.
This is a free, open-to-the-public event, and CLE credit
may be available.
U.S. Court of Appeals,
Ninth Circuit Visit
Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit will hold oral
arguments during its annual visit to Arizona Law.
Seating is available first to those who have registered.
Others are welcome to observe on a first-come,
first-serve basis as space is available. Arguments will
be heard in three cases: (1) Adobe Systems v.
Joshua Christensen, (2) Arizona Libertarian Party v. Ken
Bennett, and (3) Mauricio Margain v. Elsa Ruiz-Bours,
followed by a Question and Answer Session.
Auditorium (Room 164)
For more information and to register, please
Court: Ten Years Later
William H. Rehnquist Center on the Constitutional
Structures is hosting an all-day conference, examining
the jurisprudence of Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist.
Conference Program topics include: Federalism, The
Role of the Chief Justice, Criminal Procedure, and The
First Amendment and Religion.
9 am -
Look Resort & Spa
For more information and to register, please
are not sold on attending the Gutter Bowl yet, we will leave you with
the most important fact of all. If you win the Gutter
Bowl, you will be immortalized in the College for
generations to come. You will be forever remembered in
the chronicles of alumni achievement.
for a great evening. If you need help with group
reservations (bring all of the associates!), Marissa White from the Alumni Office is
available to help, or contact either of us!
special shout out to Dean Miller for letting us take
over the Letter of the Law this week. His commitment to
the College of Law is remarkable, and we see great
things building under his leadership. We will turn the
controls back over to him next week.
on the lanes,
the next century of legal