As I begin my 3L year, I'm excited to share with you some of the great work of Arizona Law's Student Bar Association. As SBA president, I'm eager for students to return to campus and to work with the amazing group of student leaders who have been elected to SBA. In this issue, you'll be introduced to the executive officers, but our organization is comprised of 28 students, chosen by their peers, who bring a diverse set of talents to SBA.

With just one year left at Arizona Law, I'm grateful for the experiences I've gained through student involvement -- SBA, Arizona Law Review, Law Women's Association, and all the academic pursuits that have connected me to my peers. It is everything I've learned from these experiences, in addition to the knowledge I've gained in the classroom, that I will take with me when I graduate, to spend two years clerking and then as an associate in the Phoenix office of Ballard Spahr.

Of all my experiences here, SBA is unique because it has given me the opportunity to get to know students in every year, and to talk to them about their own law school pursuits. I'm a Wildcat for Life, so I've never needed any convincing that the UA is a special place. But my time with SBA has shown me again and again just how impressive the students of Arizona Law are, and how fortunate I am to know them.

As you hear more this year about SBA's ongoing traditions, our events, and our advocacy efforts, I'm sure you'll agree that student leaders continue to be an example of everything that's great about the Arizona Law community.

Bear down,

Jillian Andrews ('17)

SBA Events in 2016 -2017

This year, SBA is looking forward to hosting events that are Arizona Law classics. Do you remember these student events from your time at Arizona Law?
  • Arizona Law Charity Gala -- Every year in April, SBA puts on our biggest and classiest party to raise money for the school's student clinics. The gala includes dinner, dancing, and a silent auction, usually at a Tucson area resort. All proceeds from the event go to fund the great work that Arizona Law students are doing for indigent and underrepresented clients in Southern Arizona.
  • Trivia Night -- Once a semester, students gather to show off their trivia skills in every category, and the only rules are: no phones and no talk about law school.
  • Welcome Back BBQ -- SBA welcomes its fellow students each year with a barbecue in Reid Park. This year, the event will be on September 16. We're looking forward to spending time with all the new 1Ls!
  • Halloween Carnival -- In the week leading up to Halloween, SBA focuses on our students and faculty with families, providing a family-friendly celebration at the college. Kids come in costume and love the games and treats provided by our students.
SBA has a long tradition of sponsoring events that inspire fun and camaraderie among students. Recognize anyone?


SBA Executive Officers

President: Jillian Andrews ('17)
Hometown: Mesa, Arizona
Undergraduate: University of Arizona -- Bear down!

Jillian worked as a summer associate in the Phoenix office of Ballard Spahr. Upon graduation, she will return to Ballard after clerking with the Arizona Supreme Court and Federal District Court in Phoenix. During her 3L year, Jillian is most excited for her involvement with SBA and Arizona Law Review, and for Arizona Basketball season!

Vice President: Nick Alsaka ('17)
Hometown: Orlando, Florida
Undergraduate: University of Florida -- GO GATORS!

Nick spent this summer as an Extern in the Criminal Division of the Pima County Superior Court, and hopes in the future to work for a non-governmental organization. This year, he's most looking forward to participating in clinics and helping real clients.

Treasurer: Andrew Davis ('18)
Hometown: Edmond, Oklahoma
Undergraduate: University of Oklahoma

Andrew spent part of his summer studying abroad at Oxford University and the other part working in the Law Offices of Daniel M. Davis. He's most excited to work in a legal clinic this coming year and to be a member of the Arizona Law Journal of Emerging Technologies. After graduation, Andrew plans to pursue a career as a sports agent.

Secretary: Rachel Dyckman ('18)
Hometown: Tucson, Arizona
Undergraduate: University of Arizona
Rachel spent this summer working for the Town of Marana, where she plans to continue throughout the school year. She's most excited for all the fun SBA events this year, and in the future she hopes to practice real estate and land use law.

Executive Programming Coordinator: 
Ellen Stark ('18)
Hometown: Santa Rosa, California
Undergraduate: California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo

Ellen worked for both the Tucson Family Advocacy Program and Goldberg & Osborne this summer. She is a dual degree student, and will soon begin her Master's work in Public Health. Ellen plans to pursue a career in products liability litigation or the health care industry. This year, she's most excited to begin her Master's work and to continue serving refugees at the Tucson Family Advocacy Program.

ABA Representative: Sara Wright ('18)
Hometown: Tucson, Arizona 
Undergraduate: Arizona State University 

Sara worked this summer in the Arizona Attorney General's Office, Border Crimes Division. She's passionate about criminal prosecution, and is most looking forward to participating in the Attorney General practice clinic this year. 


Please join us as we honor Dean Emeritus Charles Ares for his lifelong dedication to legal education and the University of Arizona. 

A mentor, friend, and educator to the thousands who have walked the halls of Arizona Law, Dean Ares is a pillar of our community, and we hope you will take part in this momentous occasion to celebrate his legacy. 

Friday, October 28, 2016
5:30 p.m.
Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie Lobby
James E. Rogers College of Law

2016 Homecoming Schedule
Thursday, October 27, 2016

Phoenix Homecoming Kickoff! Join us for a reception at the University Club at 5:30 p.m. More information to come. 

Friday, October 28, 2016

Class of 1966 - 50 Year Reunion Lunch

Arizona Law Class of 1966 will have their 50-year Reunion Lunch from 12-1:30 p.m. at the Arizona Inn. Cost of the lunch is $45 per person. Please contact Marissa White at or 520-626-8132 to register.
Awards Program: Alumus of the Year Ceremony

Honoring outstanding achievement and support of an alumnus from each academic college, 3-5 p.m. in the Student Union Grand Ballroom South. Arizona Law's Francisco Aguilar ('03) will be honored.
All Alumni Reception

There will be a reception immediately following the Salute to Charles Ares in the Law School Courtyard where we will also recognize our alumni from 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Class of 2006 - 10 Year Reunion

Arizona Law Class of 2006 will have their 10-year Reunion Reception from 7:30-10 p.m. at The Shanty on 4th Avenue. Cost of the reception is $25 per person and will include drinks and heavy appetizers. Please contact Marissa White at or 520-626-8132 to register.
Class of 1991 - 25 Year Reunion

Arizona Law Class of 1991 will have their 25-year Reunion Dinner from 7:30-10 p.m. at Pasco on University Ave. Cost of the dinner is $35 per person and will include dinner and drinks. Please contact Marissa White at or 520-626-8132 to register.
Saturday, October 29, 2016

Annual College of Law Red & Blue Homecoming BBQ

Free and open to all alumni, family, and students. Held on the Snell & Wilmer courtyard at the College of Law from 12 - 2 p.m. Time is subject to change due to football schedule.
Homecoming Football Game!

Arizona vs. Stanford -- the College of Law has a block of seats available until August 27th. To join your classmates in the College of Law block, contact Marissa White at (520) 626-8132.  General tickets for the game are available at (520) 621-CATS or

Sunday, October 30, 2016

Recent Grad Brunch

Hosted by the Tucson Recent Grad Committee. 

Learn more about all Homecoming events on our Homecoming webpage: 

New Mexico Alumni Reception, August 19

We will hold our final alumni reception of the summer on Friday, August 19  in conjunction with the New Mexico State Bar Convention, at Buffalo Thunder Resort & Casino, Caldera Ballroom B, 30 Buffalo Thunder Trail, Santa Fe, 5:30 - 7 p.m. Register here.

We hope to see you there!

It's an exciting time of year for all students, but especially for our incoming 1L class and new students in our other degree programs. Please join SBA in wishing them the best of luck as they begin their Arizona Law journeys!

Bear down,


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