It's exam time, and for our students that can be pretty intense.

One of the best things for students to remember is that there is a supportive and caring Arizona Law community and it extends to alumni and friends all over.

As many of you who read Wildcat Wednesday already know, College of Law alumnus Steven Hirsch ('80) passed away last week (read more here). His memorial service will be held on December 10 in Glendale at the Church of the Beatitudes. We will share more about Steve's life and importance to the College of Law in a forthcoming newsletter.
Today, in highlighting some of the ways that we stay engaged with our alumni and Arizona legal community, we draw inspiration from Steve's kind spirit and his own constant engagement with the world around him.

Until the footnotes,


Giving Thanks to Leaders in the Law

We would like to express our gratitude to the five friends and alumni of the college who participated in our Leaders in the Law discussions with students throughout the fall semester. 

Each of them took the time to make a meaningful connection to our current students, sharing their knowledge and experience in a particular area of practice and answering questions.
Our Fall 2016 Leaders in the Law have been:

Denise Jackson ('90)
Sept. 15
Denise serves as General Counsel and Vice President of Administration of AMN Healthcare. She is responsible for the legal, corporate governance, long-term incentive and equity compensation strategies, risk management, corporate audit services and government affairs functions. 
Paul Eckstein
Sept. 26
Paul's practice as a partner at Perkins Coie is focused on civil litigation (including appellate matters) involving commercial, legal malpractice, constitutional, Indian law, and political law issues. He also frequently serves as a mediator and arbitrator.
Judge Roxanne Song Ong ('78) Oct. 12
Judge Roxanne Song Ong was appointed Chief Presiding Judge of the Phoenix Municipal Court in 2005 by the Phoenix City Council. Prior to that, she served as a judge for the Scottsdale City Court from 1986-1991. Prior to judging, she practiced in the areas of criminal prosecution, defense, and immigration law.
Joe Kanefield ('94)
Nov. 3
Joe is partner at Ballard Spahr and one the foremost authorities on election law in Arizona. He has served as elections director for the Arizona Secretary of State, General Counsel to the Arizona Governor, and counsel to the Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission.
Lee Holtry
Nov. 16
Lee currently has a private practice in Phoenix. He has worked for the Maricopa County Attorney's Office, served as marketing counsel for Colgate-Palmolive in Asia, and led the Arizona Supreme Court Character and Fitness Committee.

If you are interested in participating as a speaker in the Leaders in the Law series, please contact Jonelle Vold

In the Community -- We the People

Several faculty and friends participated in the 8th annual "We the People -- The Citizens and the Constitution"  competition for high school and middle school students. The competition was held at Desert View High School in Tucson. Arizona Law Professors Barbara Atwood, Robert Hershey, and Jim Diamond were judges, along with Joanna Medrano, interim director of the BA/MLS program, and many of our alumni, including attorney Patrick Butler. Chief Justice Scott Bales spoke to the students, teachers, and parents, who made up a group of well over 250 people. 
Jim had this to say: 

"To see and experience young people engaged in the study and debate about the constitution and citizen participation in government was truly rewarding and inspirational, and I am very grateful for the participation of faculty, staff, and alums from the College of Law."
Pictured in the photo are, from left to right,  Tama Rala Keirwirth (judge),  Bunny Davis (judge),  Kafka Linus (judge),  Patrick Butler (judge),  Norma Jean Higuera-Trask (teacher of a competing team and Southern Arizona coordinator of the program),  Robert Hershey (judge),  James Diamond (judge), two  student volunteers from San Miguel High School,  and  Patty Hartman (judge).

Faculty Voices
In their research and writing, our faculty continuously displays a depth of thought and an engagement with issues and ideas that benefits our students, our university, and our world.

Here are just a few of the most recent examples from this fall of our faculty voices in conversation with some of the most pressing public conversations.

Huerta Scholarship and Giving Tuesday

Thank you to all of the generous Huerta Scholars #GivingTuesday donors! So far our campaign has raised $5,530 in support of Huerta Scholars attending Arizona Law.

We are extremely grateful to the Arizona Law community for supporting students and increasing access to education for Native students. Your support helps students achieve the dream of being a legal advocate for tribal communities across the world.

It is not too late to support Huerta Scholars. Learn more about some of this year's Huerta Scholars and donate here.

The short and partial list of alumni and friends who engage with our students, and the short and partial list of intellectual engagement by faculty, remind us of the active and lively life of the law we all create at the college.
But we have reached that time of year where, for a few weeks, the engagement with the outside world slows, and we look back inside the building. It is good to keep our students in mind at all times, as they are the most essential reason we exist, but finals is an especially good time to send the most encouraging thoughts in their direction.


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