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This week's three featured members of the Arizona Law community are student Miles Kiger, Professor Suzanne Rabe, and alumna Nicole Stanton. Enjoy!
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|Miles Kiger (Class of 2015)
Miles Kiger was born and raised in Morgantown, West Virginia. In order, his passions lie in sports, economics, and the law - though we are working on moving law to the top of the list. "I'm a huge West Virginia University Mountaineer fan and Pittsburgh Steeler fan since Morgantown is an hour south of Pittsburgh."
Miles attended UMass, Amherst for his undergraduate degree and came to Tucson for his Master's in resource economics ('07). "As an alumnus who'd been living in Arizona since graduating with my Master's, I had an established personal connection to the university and Tucson. Also, there's some departmental overlap between Agricultural and Resource Economics - known colloquially as AREC - and the College of Law in terms of topical pursuits, like environment and natural resources."
The smaller class size and the law community at Arizona Law also drew in Miles. "Generally, the inclusiveness and closeness among the people here has been the most rewarding. The 1L class is a great bunch, upperclassmen have been very helpful, and the faculty and staff have been outstanding. There's a team atmosphere here which is tangible, and I've made some connections that I would not have imagined before matriculating. I think the faculty and administration really excels at facilitating connections for new students."
Since Miles was a financial analyst at a rate-regulated utility for five years prior to joining Arizona Law, he has a career interest in utility regulation law. "The recent Mundheim conversations have really rekindled my interest in corporate finance, so now I'm curious about corporate utility matters in addition to price regulation. Frankly, though, I just hope to land safely somewhere, and I'm more than happy to do whatever legal work my superiors ask of me."
Outside of law school, Miles enjoys the simple pleasures that Tucson has to offer. "I ride my bike, I read the New Yorker, I'm a member at the Loft, I hike, and I'm a sports fan." Along with his passion for law, It sounds like that's enough to keep him busy.
You can connect with Miles through his LinkedIn profile.
Professor Suzanne Rabe has been the Director of the Legal Writing Program at Arizona Law since 2000.
She says that there's a simple answer to the question, what brought you to Arizona Law? "I began working at AZ Law because Kenney Hegland called. My journey here, though, took a little longer."
She grew up in central Phoenix and earned her JD from Arizona Law in 1979. After graduation, Suzanne clerked for Judge Thomas Tang on the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. "During that clerkship, I received a form letter from what was then known as Boalt Hall - now UC Berkeley Law - inviting me to apply for a legal writing teaching opportunity. As a lark, I applied, and I was offered the position."
"I had a wonderful year teaching Legal Writing and Moot Court at Berkeley, and I returned to Tucson in 1981 to start a Reginald Heber Smith Fellowship at Southern Arizona Legal Aid."
Suzanne spent six years at Legal Aid, and says that they were probably the happiest years of her life. "I got married, I had two children, and I worked with fantastic attorneys on interesting and often important cases. I was especially honored to work closely with Bill Morris, Legal Aid's phenomenally talented Director of Litigation."
In 1987, she received a call from then-Associate Dean Kenney Hegland, offering her a part-time adjunct appointment teaching Legal Writing to first-year students. "I jumped at the chance, and over the years I taught Legal Writing, Moot Court, substantial-paper seminars, and even Family Law. In 2000, I assumed the duties of Director of Legal Writing, and that's been my full-time job ever since."
Suzanne enjoys teaching all of her classes, but says, "I probably enjoy teaching the first-semester Legal Writing class the best because the students are so enthusiastic and engaged. I also enjoy teaching Advanced Legal Writing, because we can move beyond IRAC to more sophisticated and subtle writing techniques and stylistic devices."
She also enjoys how much the teaching of writing in law schools has changed since she first started. "In the past two decades, legal writing and legal research moved from marginal, often overlooked, pass/fail endeavors to a core, graded, even popular part of the law school curriculum. Our Advanced Legal Writing classes fill up quickly, and we often have to add extra sections. Legal writing itself is at the heart of a lawyer's job, and it has been fun to be a part of its growing presence and influence in the academy."
You can read more about Suzanne on her faculty profile.
Nicole Stanton ('00)
Nicole Stanton, known to many as the First Lady of Phoenix, found her way to Arizona Law from Utah.
"I was born and raised in Utah and always thought I would go back to Utah for law school. After being in Tucson for the two years leading up to law school, I found myself enamored with the desert. When I was accepted to Arizona Law, it was a no-brainer for me to attend."
As a partner in the Phoenix office of Quarles & Brady, Nicole focuses her practice on legal ethics and compliance as well as commercial litigation. "Some might call me a 'lawyer's lawyer' because my practice focuses on defending claims against professionals - lawyers, accountants, and others. I also handle legal claims and ethics compliance."
So Nicole is in the unique position where she is both in-house counsel for the firm and serves fee-for-service clients. "I think this perspective has made me much more sensitive to the way clients view our profession."
She also uses her law degree in various community service organizations. "For example, in 2005 I wrote the bylaws and other organizational documents as a founding board member of The Women's Metropolitan Arts Council of the Phoenix Art Museum ("WoMAC") which provides support - financial and volunteers - to the art museum."
"More recently, I've relied on my law degree in the work I've done with my organization Stop Bullying AZ, which I formed after my husband became Mayor of the City of Phoenix in 2012." This work has included public policy work at the Arizona legislature and counseling of school districts and parents regarding bullying prevention and interventions, including legal options.
Nicole has been widely honored for her leadership, including in March 2013, with the Judge Learned Hand Emerging Leadership Award from the American Jewish Committee, and in February 2013 at the 12th Annual Dynamic Women in Business Event by the Phoenix Business Journal.
Nicole admits that her husband's run for mayor was a very humbling experience. "After having my family go through his 2011 campaign for mayor, I feel like there is very little that most people don't know about me. Coming out of that, my family has been blessed with many opportunities where I tell people I often feel like Forrest Gump - when he always seems to find himself standing next to amazing American heroes in iconic American moments."
"My degree from Arizona Law has enabled me to have several of those moments - as a first-year lawyer picking up the phone while I was alone in a conference room to hear the voice of a reporter from the New York Times calling about a large malpractice case I was the associate on, to working on an accounting malpractice case with Phil Beck, one of the lawyers for George W. Bush in his 2000 lawsuit over the Florida election results - you remember, the hanging chads..."
Nicole also serves as an adjunct faculty member at the Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law at Arizona State University where she teaches professional responsibility.
In law school, torts was always her favorite subject. "My small section professor was Ellen Bublick. I always feared my love of torts would only lead to a life handling slip-and-fall cases. I never dreamed that I would be handling such challenging matters in the area of professional liability defense. It is work I absolutely love."
Nicole wants everyone to know that she is an avid "Facebooker," a less avid Tweeter, and that she would be happy to stay in touch on those platforms.
Arizona Law alumni networks run deep! On Saturday, April 27th from 10am - 12pm, Nicole and her husband will be giving a reading of alumni Sasha ('09) and Rodney ('08) Glassman's new book: "Jeremy Jackrabbit Recycles the Can." The reading, which will take place at the Burton Barr Library in Phoenix, will be followed by activities and a puppet show.
You can find out more about Nicole on her attorney profile.
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AWLA Wine & Cheese - April 19
The Southern Chapter of the Arizona Women Lawyers Association will hold its Annual Wine & Cheese Reception on Friday, April 19, 2013, from 5pm - 7pm at the Steinfeld Mansion, 300 N. Main Ave in Tucson.
Three women in crucial areas of the Pima County criminal justice system will be honored: Isabel Garcia ('78, Pima County Legal Defender), Barbara LaWall ('76, Pima County Attorney), and Lori Lefferts ('85, Pima County Public Defender). Additionally, the Mary Anne Richey Scholarship will be awarded to 3L Jessica Berger, and 2L Julia Palfreyman will receive the Honorable Margaret M. Houghton - AWLA Scholarship.
Influential Women Across Borders - April 26
The National Law Center for Inter-American Free Trade invites you to a free community-building event in Tucson featuring: Gerda Weissmann Klein, the Honorable Barbara Mundell, and Dean of the law school at Universidad Mayor in Chile, Clara Szczaranski. Universidad Mayor is a partner with Arizona Law, and with other colleges at the University of Arizona. For more information or to register for the event, click here.
LCA Dinner - Get Your Tickets Now!
The crowd is building for the 39th Annual Law College Association (LCA) Dinner Saturday, April 27 at the Westward Look Resort. But time is short! If you are one of the few alumni within 1,000 miles who has not reserved a ticket - fear not - you can still do so. Help the LCA and the Arizona Law community celebrate Anna Maria Chavez ('94), Catherine Douglass ('76), Prof. Steven Duke ('59), Larry Hecker ('69, '72), Prof. Thomas Mauet, and The Honorable Frank Zapata ('73).
To register for the dinner, click here.
Graduation - May 10
A graduation awards ceremony will be held for the Class of 2013 on Friday in the Lewis & Roca Lobby at the College from 10am - 12pm.
Then, at 7:30pm, commencement ceremonies for the class will take place at Centennial Hall on campus. Please join me in congratulating Arizona Law's latest graduating class.
Exams loom, but these, too, will soon pass. The UA Spring Fling has ended, but the Pima County Fair is on the way, and hints (and the heat) of summer are in the air. Tucson nights continue to inspire with cool breezes and glorious sunsets.
Dean & Ralph W. Bilby Professor of Law
James E. Rogers College of Law
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