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Judge Hawkins to speak at alumni luncheon

January 28, 2011

Judge Michael Daly Hawkins (Class of 1970) will address attendees of this year’s annual alumni luncheon on Thursday, Feb. 3. Hawkins currently serves as a senior judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, which is based in San Francisco. 

The lunch will be held at 11:30 a.m. at the Arizona Biltmore Resort and Spa, 2400 E. Missouri Ave in Phoenix.

Hawkins said he will discuss, “What 14 lawyers were doing 100 years ago.” The speech will examine the 1910 Arizona Constitutional Convention and highlight some of the convention’s key delegates, Hawkins said. The speech comes as the 100-year anniversary of the Constitution’s signing was celebrated in December.

After graduating from ASU, Hawkins entered the U.S. Marine Corps, serving as a special courts martial military judge until 1976. From 1977-1980, he served as the United States Attorney for Arizona. Hawkins was also a Special Prosecutor for the Navajo Nation from 1985-1989. Former President Bill Clinton nominated Hawkins to his seat on the Appeals Court in July 1994.

The lunch will also honor Rebecca Tsosie, who will receive the 2011 Outstanding Faculty Award from the Alumni Association.

“I am very, very honored by the Alumni Association award, Executive Director of the Indian Law Program,” Tsosie said. “It means a lot to me because students come first, and they always have for me. I think the world of our ASU students and alums. I can’t imagine a better opportunity to celebrate them and to be a part of this awards ceremony.”

Tsosie teaches Indian law, property, bioethics and critical race theory, as well as seminars in international indigenous rights and in the College’s Tribal Policy, Law, and Government Master of Laws program. Her current research deals with Native rights to genetic resources.

Additionally, the Alumni Association will award a number of scholarships to students during the luncheon.

“The Alumni Association is proud to announce that David Jackson is the recipient of this year’s tuition scholarship,” said Bianca Stoll of the Alumni Association.

The lunch also serves as a rare chance for all alum to reunite, Stoll said.

“In light of recent events affecting our legal community, the annual alumni luncheon provides a unique opportunity for our community to reconnect, and we hope to see alumni from recent, and not so recent classes, in attendance,” Stoll said.

Janie Magruder,
Office of Communications, College of Law