ASU law school recognizes faculty, student, alumni achievements

July 20, 2015

The ASU Law Case File is a quarterly roundup of students, faculty and alumni from the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University who have been recognized for their work and achievements.

Student Achievements The ASU Law team of (from left) Sebastien Bauge, Josh Offenhartz, Ashley Ring and Christopher Steckbauer won second place at the Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot Competition in Hong Kong. Photo by: ASU Law Download Full Image

Adam Bean and Krystalyn Kinsel were hired as trial attorneys for the United States Department of Justice Honors Program in Natural Resources. They will begin working in the fall of 2015 in Washington, D.C.

Phillip Londen was offered a position as a judicial law clerk to Circuit Judge Andrew D. Hurwitz, United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, for the 2016-2017 term. Prior to this appointment, Londen will be clerking for District Judge David G. Campbell, United States District Court for the District of Arizona, in 2015-2016.

In March 2015, ASU Law students Josh Offenhartz, Christopher Steckbauer, Sebastien Bauge, and Ashley Ring comprised the team that won second place at the Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot Competition in Hong Kong. Competing against 100 teams from around the world, ASU advanced further than all other U.S. teams including Harvard, Yale, NYU, University of Chicago, Georgetown and many others.

Two students with the Indian Legal Program were selected as the 2015 recipients of the Ross-Blakley Law Library Award for Exemplary Student Research. Racheal White Hawk won first place for her paper, “A New Formula for Tribal Internet Gaming.” Glennas'ba Augborne earned second-place honors for “The HEARTH Act: Implementing UN Indigenous Rights Norms to Reconcile the Limitations of Tribal Environmental Sovereignty.”

Faculty Scholarship

Professor Kenneth Abbott co-edited a new book about global governance called, “International Organizations as Orchestrators,” published by Cambridge University Press. The book examines the significance of orchestration across key issue areas such as trade, finance, environment and labor. It also looks at the relationships in global governance among international organizations, non-state actors and states.

Professor Sarah Buel was quoted in a New York Times article discussing same-sex domestic violence and professional sports policies. She was also interviewed on the topic by Eddie Robinson, the host of the Sports Talk Radio Show for Sirius XM Satellite Radio.

Professor Ira Ellman has released two publications on child support. The first, “Child Support and the Custodial Mother's Move or Remarriage,” was published in the journal Psychology, Public Policy, and Law. The article examines how much a father should pay in child support based on factors such as personal income and whether a mother remarries. Additionally, a monograph reported findings based on interviews with a random sample of the British public who were asked to determine the amount of child support fathers should pay based on various conditions. An article featuring work from these two publications was included in the Child and Family Blog. Ellman’s findings were also included in a blog for the National Parents Organization. Professor Ellman also wrote the essay, “Frightening and High: The Frightening Sloppiness of the High Court's Sex Crime Statistics,” which was co-authored with his wife, Tara. It discusses sex offender registries and a U.S. Supreme Court decision that lacked facts on sex offender re-offense rates, thus impacting this particular field of law and subsequent policymaking.

Faculty Associate Dale Furnish delivered a paper at the XIII Seminario de Derecho Internacional Privado at the Universidad Complutense in Madrid, Spain, in May. Furnish was one of 50 invited presenters at the conference. The group included jurists from a number of European countries, as well as Latin America and Asia. Furnish was the only United States scholar on the program.

Professor Zachary Gubler presented his article, “Toward A Unified Theory of Insider Trading Law,” at the Harvard/Stanford/Yale Junior Faculty Forum held at Harvard Law School in June.

Professor Tamara Herrera received the Rocky Mountain Award, which recognizes "contributions beyond measure" to legal writing in the Rocky Mountain area. The award was presented at the 15th annual Rocky Mountain Legal Writing Conference, hosted by the University of New Mexico School of Law in March.

Professor Rhett Larson was interviewed on 91.5 KJZZ about Colorado River water use. He explained how laws that have been in place for more than 90 years result in states wasting water.

Professor Robert Miller gave a keynote speech on Shawnee treaties at an event titled, “Shawnee: Living in Both Worlds.” It was held at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, D.C. Miller also spoke at the event, “From Doctrine to Declaration: A Workshop Rescinding the Christian Doctrine of Discovery and Promoting the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples in the United States,” held in Washington, D.C., in June.

Professor Jonathan Rose presented his paper, “The Judicial Development of the Law of Maintenance,” during the 50th International Congress on Medieval Studies at the University of Western Michigan in Kalamazoo, Michigan.

Victoria K. Trotta, associate dean for the Ross-Blakley Law Library, was selected by the American Association of Law Libraries to be inducted into its Hall of Fame. This honor recognizes members who have contributed significantly to the AALL through dedication and ongoing service.

Regents' Professor of Law Rebecca Tsosie received the 2015 Outstanding Achievement and Contribution Award from the ASU Commission on the Status of Women. She was also appointed as vice provost for Inclusion and Community Engagement, where she will help the ASU community further understand and learn how to address complex issues associated with race, gender, ethnicity, religion and other forms of diversity.

Alumni Notes


David L. Case (JD ’73), a shareholder of Tiffany & Bosco P.A., has received the 2014-2015 Eleanor ter Horst Distinguished Service Award from the State Bar of Arizona’s Probate and Trust Section. The award is given each year to a seasoned lawyer for superior knowledge in probate and trust law and related areas, and for exemplary service to the State Bar, the courts and the public; for participation in related committees and projects in these areas of the law; and for enhancing public awareness of trust and probate law and issues. On July 21, Case will again be chairing and presenting at the Arizona State Bar’s “CLE by the Sea” four-day program at Hotel Del Coronado in San Diego.

Theodore Jarvi (JD ’73) was inducted into the National Organization of Veterans’ Advocates (NOVA) Hall of Honor for his service and leadership on behalf of disabled veterans. He has represented veterans with a variety of VA claims, including PTSD, Agent Orange-related diabetes or blindness, and Total Disability due to Individual Unemployability (TDIU).


Wendi Sorensen (JD ’84) has been named one of 2015’s “Top 25 Women Attorneys in Arizona” by Southwest Super Lawyers. Sorensen is a shareholder at Burch & Cracchiolo P.A., with nearly three decades of litigation experience for both insurance companies and plaintiffs in state and federal court.

Deborah Williams (JD ’85) was selected as the federal public defender for the Southern District of Ohio. She spent the past 27 years with the Federal Public Defender’s Office for the District of Arizona.


Stephanie M. Cerasano (JD ’96) was named the litigation manager at the Jackson Lewis LLP, Phoenix office. With more than 15 years of experience in employment law, Cerasano advises businesses in their employment decisions and represents employers in federal and state court, along with administrative agencies.

Diane Enos (JD ’92) received the Professional Achievement Award as part of the Indian Legal Program’s 2015 Outstanding Alumni Awards. The awards recognize ILP alumni who have demonstrated extraordinary service in the field of Indian Law and have provided significant benefits to Indian Country.

Rob Kort (JD ’95) was elected to the board of directors of Future for Kids. He will provide strategic planning, financial oversight and fundraising efforts as a member of the nonprofit’s board.

Mary W. Shirley (JD ’92) received the Alumni Service Award as part of the Indian Legal Program’s 2015 Outstanding Alumni Awards. The awards recognize ILP alumni who have demonstrated extraordinary service in the field of Indian Law and have provided significant benefits to Indian Country.


Elizabeth (Laa.guen.gei, Kaa Tsáas) Medicine Crow (JD ’05) received the Emerging Leader Award as part of the Indian Legal Program’s 2015 Outstanding Alumni Awards. The awards recognize ILP alumni who have demonstrated extraordinary service in the field of Indian Law and have provided significant benefits to Indian Country.

Director of Communications, Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law


ASU Alumni Association elects board of directors, National Alumni Council members

July 20, 2015

The Arizona State University Alumni Association recently elected its 2015-2016 board of directors and National Alumni Council. Terms for all members of both entities began on July 1.

Board/Council Officers Kathleen Duffy Ybarra Kathleen Duffy Ybarra was recently elected to the position of chair of the ASU Alumni Association’s board of directors. Photo by: ASU Alumni Association Download Full Image

The following persons have been elected to serve as officers of the board of directors and the National Alumni Council.

Chair: Kathleen Duffy Ybarra ’81 B.A.

Kathleen Duffy Ybarra is founder and CEO of Duffy Group Inc., a global research and recruitment firm headquartered in Phoenix. In 2012, Duffy Group was named a Blue Ribbon Small Business Award winner by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Prior to starting her own business, she worked as the director of research for Tirocchi-Wright, Inc., a nationally retained executive search consulting firm.

She is a regular keynote speaker on recruiting and research, and is a founding member of the Arizona Human Resource Executive Forum. She is a member of the ASU President’s Club, a member of the HR advisory board for the Southwest Autism Research and Resource Center, and on the board of directors for the International Management Search Association. Her community service involvement includes a commitment to the local Moon Valley chapter and national organization of the National Charity League, a mother-daughter membership organization.

Chair-Elect: Brian LaCorte ’85 B.S.

Brian LaCorte is an equity partner and trial lawyer at Ballard Spahr LLC, a national law firm where he oversees the intellectual property team in the firm's Phoenix office.  LaCorte has served on Arizona's "Smart Beginnings" task force and the Arizona Coalition to End Homelessness. He completed a long tenure as an executive board member of Crisis Nursery and was past president of Southwest Human Development.  He has been active in the St. Thomas More Society, Valley Leadership (Class XI), and the Valley Citizens League. LaCorte has supported the ASU Leadership Scholarship Program and Devils’ Advocates alumni chapters over the last several years.

Treasurer: Ryan Abbott '01 B.S., '08 M.B.A.

Ryan Abbott leads project development for SUNDT Construction, Inc. in the Southwest.  He began his career at Sundt more than 14 years ago as a field engineer, working his way through every level of project management. He has played a key role on many notable ASU projects, including Lattie F. Coor Hall, the Interdisciplinary Science & Technology Building 4 (ISTB4), the Biodesign Institute, the Downtown Phoenix Sun Devil Fitness Center and Sun Devil Stadium. Prior to serving on the ASU Alumni Association board, Abbott was a member of its Arizona State Young Alumni (ASYA) chapter. 

Past Chair: Bob Boschee '83 B.S., '85 M.B.A.

Bob Boschee is a principal partner with Merrill Lynch’s Ashley & Boschee Group, a team that develops and manages financial strategies for a select group of business and families. Before he joined Merrill Lynch in 1997, he spent 12 years as manager of treasury operations for Arizona Public Service Company and its parent company, Pinnacle West Capital Corp. He is a liaison to the Arizona State University Foundation for A New American University's investment committee.

ASU Alumni Association Board of Directors

The following alumni were elected to their first three-year term on the Alumni Association’s board of directors, effective July 1:

Jason Alberts '97 B.S., '03 J.D. is an attorney within the U.S. Department of Justice in New York. In this position, he focuses on public integrity law and civil rights. Prior to his work for the Justice Department, he was an associate solicitor for the Division of Land and Water Resources at the U.S. Department of the Interior. Alberts has served on the board of directors for the ASU College of Law Alumni Association, and has acted as the organizer for the New York shadow run held in conjunction with Pat's Run in Tempe. He is also on the board of directors for the ASU Alumni Law Group.

Glenn Crawford '78 B.S. is a financial advisor and wealth manager for Taylor Insurance and Finance. He also has worked as executive vice president of sales for the Surrex Solutions Corp., and as a senior account executive and board-level producer for kforce/Source Consulting. Crawford was a member of the 1975 Sun Devil football team that was undefeated (12-0) in the regular season and victorious in the Fiesta Bowl that year. He has served on the board of directors for the W. P. Carey School of Business alumni chapter.

Bret Giles '87 B.S. is president and co-founder of the Tempe-based business Sitewire Marketspace Solutions, LLC. He also is the co-founder of Big Bounce, a business incubator and co-working space, and serves as professor of practice in ASU’s W. P. Carey School of Business. He was named the 2010 Arizona Small Business Person of the Year by the U.S. Small Business Administration. Giles is co-chair of the Phoenix Father’s Day Council and chair-elect of the Downtown Tempe Community Council.

Trish Gulbranson '88 B.S. is founder, president and CEO of Derma Health. Prior to founding her company, she was CEO of the software company NetPro and had begun her career working as an accountant for one of the Big 4 accounting firms. She is currently a member of the ASU President's Club and the board of directors for the Arouet Foundation, and previously has been involved in the Arizona Technology Council, the Arizona Venture Capital Conference, and the Enterprise Networking Executive Board.

Chris Hill '86 B.S. is CEO of St. Luke’s Medical Center and Tempe St. Luke’s Hospital. Prior to that appointment, he served as CEO of Arizona Spine and Joint Hospital in Mesa. He retired from the U.S. Army after 20 years as a Medical Service Corps officer, supervising hospital and medical operations at a number of posts across the United States and abroad. He is a fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives and a member of the ASU Alumni Association's chapter for military veterans.

Fred Reish '67 B.S. is a partner with the law firm Drinker Biddle LLP, where he chairs the Financial Services ERISA Team. His practice focuses on fiduciary issues, prohibited transactions, tax-qualification and retirement income. Reish has written four books and more than 350 articles on fiduciary responsibility. He is a charter fellow for the American College of Employee Benefits Counsel. Reish has been recognized as one of the “legends” in the retirement plan community and has received distinguished service awards from several organizations.

The new board members join Malissia Clinton ’90 B.A., who was elected to her second term on the board, as well as continuing board members Steven Balthazor ’91 B.S.E.; Michelle Bolton ’93 B.A.; Bob Boscamp ’69 B.A.E.; Teresa Clement ’02 B.S.E., ’07 Ph.D.; Dan Mullen ’66 B.S.; Darren Skarecky ’94 B.S.; Anthony Valencia ’91 B.S., ’13 M.B.A.; and Jeff van Raaphorst ’87 B.S., ’97 M.B.A.

ASUAA National Alumni Council

The following persons were elected to their first three-year term on the Alumni Association’s National Alumni Council:

Jeff Daniel ’06 B.S. is a territory manager with Lexipol, a provider of risk management policies and resources for public safety organizations. He has as spent his entire career in sales working for various technology companies. He actively volunteers for charities that include the American Red Cross and the Alzheimer’s Association. A resident of Laguna Hills, Calif., Daniel has represented ASU at many local college fairs and has served on the Alumni Association’s Medallion Scholarship Review Committee for several years. He has been president of the Orange County chapter of the Alumni Association since 2012. Daniel is a member of the Sun Devil Club.

Margaret Dunn ’10 B.A., ’12 M.B.A. is the founder and owner of Dunn Transportation, the company that runs the popular “Ollie the Trolley” service in downtown Scottsdale. Her passion for the transportation industry has its roots in a job she held when first attending ASU during the 1980s. As a community leader, Dunn serves on the boards of directors for the Arizona Transit Association Board, Tempe Tourism, and the Scottsdale Chamber of Commerce. In 2015, she was a recipient of the Sun Devil Select Award, which recognizes innovative business leadership.

Luis Heredia ’98 B.S. is a district director for U.S. Rep. Ruben Gallego. Prior to that, he worked as a senior congressional aide to Congressman Raul Grijalva and as a public affairs director for Union Pacific Railroad's Arizona and New Mexico operations. A first-generation American from a Mexican immigrant farm worker family, Heredia participated in the Leadership Scholarship Program at ASU. He has been a Woodrow Wilson/Public Policy and International Affairs fellow and a 2013 Flinn-Brown fellow for the Arizona Center for Civic Leadership. He worked to establish the ASU Alumni Association’s El Diablito chapter in Yuma and also has served on the board of the association’s Los Diablos chapter.

Jeff Mirasola ’90 B.S. is the state and local government affairs director for CenturyLink, Inc. Prior to that position, he worked as a public relations director for Qwest and worked as a local television anchor/reporter in Phoenix, as well as various locations in Oklahoma and Wisconsin. Outside of work, Mirasola is involved in community organizations such as Silent Witness, Catholic Education Arizona, the board of Mesa United Way, and B'nai B'rith Little League.

Michael Tully ’87 B.S., ’91 M.B.A. is the president and CEO of AAA Arizona. Tully is also the chairman of Club Software Solutions, a wholly owned AAA technology firm. Prior to joining AAA, Tully owned an export finance company and held CFO positions at Fairchild Data Corp. and PJH Brands, Inc. Tully is a lifetime member of the Fiesta Bowl Committee, a member of YPO/WPO, a member of the ASU President’s Club, and has served on the Finance Advisory Board and the Center for Services Leadership for Arizona State University. Tully’s other community affiliations include serving as chair of the board for Make-A-Wish Foundation of Arizona, as a board member for the Boys and Girls Club of America, and as the vice chairman for Financial Executives International.

These new members join Andy Hanshaw ’87 B.S. and Danelle Kelling ’00 B.A., ’04 J.D., who were elected to a second term on the council, as well as continuing council members Yesenia Barraza ’08 B.S.; Eddie DeVall ’93 B.A.; Michelle Gettinger ’90 B.S.; John Gibson ’05 B.S., ’10 M.B.A.; Michael Grosso ’97 B.S.; Kristine Kassel ’91 B.S.; Nick Kieffer ’00 B.A.; Sarah Krahenbuhl ’03 B.A.; Tere LeBarron ’82 B.S., ’92 M.H.S.A.; Caleb Navarro ‘05 B.S., ’08 M.S.; Alberto Pino ’06 B.A.; Guy Roll ’90 B.S.; Graham Rossini ’02 B.S., ’11 M.B.A.; and Travis Snell ’00 M.P.A.