Phoenix law firm offers ASU Law grads practical experience, open-door mentoring

A leader in trial and appellate law, Jones, Skelton & Hochuli’s culture of camaraderie is ‘second to none’

October 21, 2020

With half of its attorneys hailing from the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University, Jones, Skelton & Hochuli P.L.C. (JSH) strives to create an environment for up-and-coming legal professionals to build long-lasting careers in roles that deliver client results.

Recognized as highly skilled, aggressive defenders of Arizona’s legal and business community, JSH lawyers — more than 45 of whom are ASU Law grads — have more trial and appellate experience in both state and federal courts than most other law firms in Arizona. woman's portrait Evann M. Waschuk, JSH associate and 2019 ASU Law grad. Download Full Image

Evann M. Waschuk, a JSH associate and 2019 ASU Law grad, said her favorite part of working at the firm is its culture.

“The attorneys I work with are extremely approachable and have open-door policies, which makes it easy to collaborate and ask questions,” Waschuk said. “There is definitely a team mentality and sense of camaraderie, which makes for a very positive work environment.

"Partners care about associates’ career development, and allow associates to gain a lot of practical litigation experience. Additionally, the firm invests in mentorship and training programs to help associates succeed.”

Nicole M. Prefontaine, JSH associate and also a 2019 ASU Law grad, said she too chose JSH because the firm allows new associates to gain a variety of real, practical experience early on.   

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Nicole M. Prefontaine, JSH Associate and 2019 ASU Law grad

“The number and quality of attorneys at the firm is a wealth of resources that has been valuable as I begin my practice,” Prefontaine said.

“JSH invests in their associates from the beginning, and cares about associates’ success and happiness. Most importantly, the firm’s culture of collegiality, camaraderie and support is second to none.”

As one of the firm’s hiring partners and coordinator of JSH’s summer associate and mentor programs, partner Chelsey Golightly, a 2010 ASU Law grad, helped to bring on board seven more ASU Law grads who started at the firm last month.

Golightly’s recent recognitions include being named one of the Best Lawyers in America in the Litigation – Insurance, Personal Injury Litigation – defendants category for 2021, as well as a Southwest Super Lawyers Rising Star from 2016–2020.

Golightly recently caught up with ASU Law to share more about how JSH has become known as the largest and most experienced firm of trial and appellate lawyers in Arizona practicing in the areas of insurance and insurance coverage defense.

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Julie Tenney

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

ASU geological sciences student succeeds remotely during pandemic, with help from donors

October 21, 2020

Paityn Schlosser, a geological sciences major at Arizona State University's School of Earth and Space Exploration, was on spring break in Utah last March when ASU implemented plans to minimize the risk of exposure to COVID-19. Students were asked to leave campus and finish the semester virtually. As an out-of-state student, Schlosser had two choices, return home to Missouri or move in with a friend. She chose the latter.  

“This decision also meant leaving my job as a desk assistant in my dorm,” she said. “I was left scrambling to find another job in Tempe, just as most of the city was shutting down.”  School of Earth and Space Exploration geological sciences major Paityn Schlosser. Photo courtesy Paityn Schlosser Download Full Image

Schlosser went from going to classes on campus and studying in the library to attending lectures from her bedroom. When the Wi-Fi went out, she’d complete assignments on her laptop by tethering to her cell phone’s connection. 

“You don’t appreciate the convenience of in-person studies until it’s no longer an option,” Schlosser said.  

Like Schlosser, many students found themselves upended by the pandemic: classes moved to an online format, plus the loss of income from jobs suddenly gone.

In response, the School of Earth and Space Exploration looked for ways to support students facing urgent needs and created the Student Emergency Fund. Since the school initiated it in spring 2020, more than 40 donors have made a gift to the fund, supporting students who needed help with essential needs like food, shelter and health care. 

“There are many things you plan for as a student, but a pandemic shouldn’t be one of them,” said Meenakshi Wadhwa, director of the School of Earth and Space Exploration. “This is a reminder that we are stronger together, and we are committed to supporting our students through this challenging time.” 

The lockdown from the pandemic also added financial stress to Schlosser with worries of student loans and insurance payments. Initially, she didn’t consider the Student Emergency Fund, thinking someone else would need it more than she would. It didn’t occur to her at first that she could be that “someone.”

Financial assistance from the school’s Student Emergency Fund allowed Schlosser to focus on her health, safety, and ultimately her studies and her future. She says she is thankful for the support and the opportunity to return for her sophomore year at ASU.  

“I’d like to thank the donors who helped me and my fellow Sun Devils through a difficult time, and without their generosity I believe my current situation would be a much different story,” Scholsser said. “Without their support, I may not have been able to continue my studies and attend ASU.” 

Learn more about the ASU School of Earth and Space Exploration Student Emergency Fund.

Alumni and Special Events Coordinator, School of Earth & Space Exploration