Class Notes

H. Bartow Farr III

H. Bartow Farr III (Class of 1973), a partner at Farr & Taranto in Washington, D.C., was invited by the U.S. Supreme Court to brief and argue an important point of law in the 2012 hearings on the Affordable Care Act. Farr argued that the minimum care provision of the Act is severable from the rest of the statute. Farr graduated summa cum laude and was editor-in-chief of the Arizona Law Journal. He clerked for U.S. Supreme Court Justice William H. Rehnquist and worked in the U.S. Office of the Solicitor General from 1976-78.

Ruth Carter

Ruth Carter (Class of 2011), owner of Carter Law Firm, and an expert in flash-mob law, is one of 10 people across the country  selected as a 2012 Legal Rebel by the American Bar Association and featured n the September issue of the ABA Journal. The Journal defines rebels as, “mavericks (who) are finding new ways to practice law, represent their clients, adjudicate cases and train the next generation of lawyers. Most are leveraging the power of the Internet to help them work better, faster and different.”

Rebecca White Berch

Rebecca White Berch (Class of 1979), Chief Justice of the Arizona Supreme Court, received the 2012 Award from the Arizona Women Lawyers Association for her superior contributions to women in the field of law at the State Bar of Arizona convention in June. Justice Berch began her career as associate and partner with the firm of McGroder, Tryon, Heller, Rayes & Berch from 1979 to 1985. She directed the Legal Writing Program at the College of Law from 1986 to 1995. She was Solicitor General and worked in the Arizona Attorney General’s office, before being appointed to the Arizona Court of Appeals, Division One in 1998. In March of 2002, she was appointed to the Arizona Supreme Court, and became Chief Justice in July of 2009.

 Jay Heiler

Jay Heiler (Class of 1986), a political and media consultant, was appointed to the Arizona Board of Regents in February of 2012. He is the former chief of staff to Gov. Fife Symington, and founder and president of the board for the Phoenix-based charter school management organization, Great Hearts Academies, a network of charter schools in the Valley.


Marisol Diaz (Class of 2009) was chosen one of the 2012 40 Hispanic Leaders Under 40. Honorees were selected based on their contributions to the communities they serve and by virtue of their strong commitment to the issues they champion, their hardworking nature, and their excellent leadership skills. 

Ian Neale (Class of 1977), a shareholder with Burch & Cracchiolo, was featured in the June 2012 issue of Arizona Attorney, for his volunteer work with the Center for International Legal Studies’ Senior Lawyer Program. The Center selects and trains highly experienced attorneys and places them as visiting professors at institutions in Eastern Europe and the former republics of the Soviet Union. Neale has taught advocacy skills to students in Latvia, Mongolia, Serbia and Estonia. His practice focuses on personal injury, wrongful death, product liability, premises liability and general commercial litigation.

Lorena C. Van Assche (Class of 2007), an attorney with Engelman Berger, P.C., was appointed to a two-year term on the Arizona Advisory Committee for the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights in 2012. In 2010, she was awarded the Hal Israel Community Service Award by the State Bar of Arizona, and is involved in efforts to bring essentials to the impoverished community of Mexicali, Baja California, Mexico.

Alastair Gamble (Class of 2007) returned to Phoenix in 2012 to join Lewis and Roca as an associate, focusing on labor and employment. He has appeared as an advocate on legal and political issues with Paula Zahn, Wolf Blitzer and Keith Olbermann productions, and has written for legal journals and trade magazines.

Richard M. Romley (Class of 1983) served four elected terms as the Maricopa County Attorney (1989-2004) and was appointed interim Maricopa County Attorney in 2011. He administered one of the largest prosecuting attorney’s offices in the nation and was responsible for the civil representation of all of county government. Romley practices with his own firm, Richard M. Romley, PLLC, specializing in strategic consulting, issues resolution and legal representation for select clients.

David Nach (Class of 1992) has been a teacher of economics and criminal justice at Mountain Pointe High School in Ahwatukee since 1994. Earlier in his career he interned for Arizona Gov. Bruce Babbitt. Nach is known for the teen court portion of his criminal justice class in partnership with the Maricopa County Juvenile Court. The program allows children ages 8-17 to plead guilty to misdemeanors like shoplifting or graffiti and be sentenced by a jury of their peers. In 2010, Nach received the John J. Ross Memorial Award for Excellence in Law-Related Education from the Arizona Foundation for Legal Services and Education.

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