Event Highlights

In anticipation of the law school’s move downtown in the fall of 2016, we have selected the Sheraton Phoenix Downtown as the site for the 2015 Gold ‘n Gavel Auction and Reception. This venue will allow our guests to have a bird’s-eye view of construction on the future home of ASU’s Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law. The site of the new building is west of the Sheraton between 1st and 2nd Streets and between Taylor and Polk. Stay tuned for information about opportunities to connect your attendance at this year’s auction with the excitement of our new facilities.

To get a day-to-day look at the construction, visit http://oxblue.com/open/DPRPhoenix/ArizonaCenter.



2015 Honorees

The Gold ’n Gavel Award for Public Service

Justice Rebecca White Berch  (Class of 1979)

Rebecca White Berch was appointed to the Arizona Supreme Court in 2002 and remains on the Court as an Associate Justice. She served as the Court’s 23rd Chief Justice from 2009–2014.

Before her appointment to the Supreme Court, she served as a Court of Appeals Judge, Solicitor General of the State of Arizona, First Assistant (Chief Deputy) Attorney General, ASU Law School faculty member, and as an attorney in private practice.


The Gold ’n Gavel Amicus Award

John J. Bouma 

John Bouma was Chair of Snell & Wilmer for over 30 years. His practice primarily has emphasized complex business litigation. He is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers.

John has been included in annual editions of The Best Lawyers in America consecutively for the 32 years it has been published. He has been named by the National Law Journal as one of the "100 Most Influential Lawyers in America." From 1986 to 2006, John was a member of the Board of Directors of Attorneys' Liability Assurance Society, the professional liability insurer for many of the country's large law firms. During 2003, 2004 and 2005, he served as Chair of that Board. 


2015 Gold 'n Gavel Scholars

Racheal White Hawk, 2016 JD Candidate

“Without the law school’s generous financial support, I would not have been able to pursue my dream of obtaining a law degree to serve tribal communities.”

Mario Vasta, 2016 JD Candidate

“Scholarship support has allowed me to capitalize on ASU Law opportunities and be happily employed at a Phoenix firm. I couldn’t have done it otherwise!”

2015 Auctioneer

Michael L. Gallagher

A co-founding partner of Gallagher & Kennedy, Mike practices in a wide variety of litigation matters. Since 1995, he has been consecutively recognized as a Best Lawyer by Best Lawyers of America. Most recently, he was awarded the “2013 Phoenix Sports Law Lawyer of the Year” by Best Lawyers. Mike has been recognized as a Southwest Super Lawyer from 2007-2013.

Link to full biography