• Day 13/90 – Campaigning with Kolby Granville

    Day 13 of the 90 Days of Awesome is in the bank! What made today awesome? I got to collect signatures with Kolby Granville!

    Photo fro KolbyGranville.com. Sorry I was too tired to remember to take a selfie how how we looked after gathering signatures for 2 hours.
    Photo from KolbyGranville.com. Sorry I was too tired to remember to take a selfie how how we looked after gathering signatures for 2 hours.

    Kolby is my friend and he’s on the Tempe City Council. Even though I’m not a resident of Tempe, I really appreciate his dedication to that community – listening to what residents want and focusing on improving the community. He’s up for re-election next March but just to get on the ballot, he has to get a certain number of signatures from registered Tempe voters. This number is based on how many people voted in the last election. The last election had a lot of state-level issues so turnout was higher (yay people are voting!) but the downside for Kolby is he has to get ~2000 signatures just to run. So he will be pounding pavement every Saturday and Sunday until November (when signature sheets are due), knocking on doors, to get the signatures he needs.

    I tagged along with Kolby for a morning of campaigning. Kolby is super organized – breaking the city down into manageable blocks to navigate. It was a toasty walk through this particular neighborhood, but it was fun – I got to see Kolby in action and we got to catch up as we walked between houses. It was cool to see how many people were already familiar with him. If someone was home, they usually signed the signature sheet.

    It was fun to walk a neighborhood of Tempe – seeing what made each house unique. It seemed like most of the time we knocked on a door we were met with the sound of a barking dog or dogs. That made me smile because as one of my law professors Andy Hessick says, “Every good American has a dog.”  I couple of dogs came bounding out at us when the owner opened the door – a few times I was afraid they might not be friendly, but there was one dog, a cavapoo named Penny, who was so sweet. She submissively sniffed around our feet hoping to be petted.

    I’m glad I got to have this experience. I’ve never been involved in any type of campaigning before. I suspect most people have no idea how much work it takes just to get on the ballot at the local level.

    In case you missed it: Day 12 of the 90 Days of Awesome – 26 Blocks!

  • ASU Law Awesome Awards

    I have been lucky to have some amazing professors during my time at the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University.  With graduation approaching, I polled my classmates and asked them which professors deserved awards for their excellence in teaching or dedication to students.  These are the results:

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    Best In-class Quotes: Andy Hessick
    I took a class from him two years ago, and I still remember, “When someone cuts off your face, you don’t get your face back. You get money. It’s a substitute.”

    Best Open Door Policy: Chad Noreuil
    I don’t know how many times I popped by his office hours to vent, get advice, and re-gain some perspective on life.  He always said that he was there for his students, and you knew he meant it.

    Best Comedian: Doug Sylvester
    He explained concepts brilliantly and he always did it in a way that made me laugh.

    Best Heart-to-Heart Talks: Judy Stinson
    She is the best person to talk when you need a conversation about law school or life without the professor-student relationship getting in the way of her awesome advice.

    Best Rants: Michael Berch
    You never knew what he would say next.  Every class was a jaw-dropping performance.

    Best Professor for Showing Students the Big Picture: Bob Clinton
    Taking his classes hurts your head because you have to understand the historical and social issues that correspond to the legal issues in each case.  It makes his classes challenging, but you get more out of them.

    Most Dedicated to the Student Experience: Shelli Soto
    She is devoted to helping students make the best of their experience at law school & celebrates the student perspective.

    Most Knowledgeable: Tom Williams
    The man knows everything about everything from policies to professors.  He’s also the best person to sit next to at an event because he knows Berman’s speeches so he’ll know when they’ll be over.

    Biggest Heart: Charles Calleros
    It only takes one conversation with him to know how dedicated he is to his students.

    Awesome Adjuncts: Larry Cohen, Troy Foster, Andy Halaby, Bill Richards, & Anne Tiffen
    These professors are known for their incredible knowledge base and for providing a valuable real-world element to their courses.

    Most Dedicated to Helping Students Achieve their Dreams: Michael Bossone
    When I was a 1L, his entire job was helping students achieve their dreams.  Even after he left the law school, he was always there when we needed his encouragement or guidance.

    Honorable Mentions: John Becker, Marianne Alcorn, Chuck Dallyn, Amy Langenfeld, & Mary Sigler

    Thank you all for you energy and dedication to the graduating class of 2011!

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