The gift will help fund the reconstruction of student courtrooms.
The Tucson-based Mac Ban Law Offices has made a $50,000 donation to the University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law in support of the college’s $6 million “A New Day in Court” initiative. The campaign, which launched last year, seeks to significantly reconstruct the two practice courtrooms inside the College of Law building and expand the college’s advocacy program offerings.
“A New Day in Court” will update University of Arizona Law’s current courtrooms, which were built in the late 1970s, creating fully functional, state-of-the-art spaces that give students proper courtroom settings in which to learn and practice. The college’s advocacy program will also be renamed the Thomas Mauet Advocacy Program, in honor of Arizona Law Professor Emeritus and renowned trial expert Thomas Mauet.
When construction is completed, arguments will be heard from the Laura & Barry Mac Ban, Mac Ban Law Offices Judge's Bench, an upgraded space in one of the college’s two new courtrooms.
Mac Ban Law Offices specializes in professional liability, healthcare liability, elder abuse, personal injury, complex tort litigation, wrongful death, and product liability. All combined, the firm’s attorneys have more than 100 years of litigation experience and Mac Ban Law Offices has been rated one of the “10 Best Law Firms in Arizona” by the American Institute of Personal Injury Attorneys, in addition to being named one of the Best Law Firms in Arizona by U.S. News & World Report.
Founding partner Laura Mac Ban is a 1988 University of Arizona Law graduate. She is rated AV/5.0 “Preeminent”® by her peers in Martindale Hubbell and has more than 34 years of extensive experience in all facets of litigating medical malpractice, professional liability and complex tort cases, including serving as lead counsel in jury trials, arbitrations, hospital administrative due process hearings and mediations. She was selected as one of the 10 Best Female Personal Injury Attorneys for Exceptional and Outstanding Client Service in the State of Arizona. She was also selected for the Leading Plaintiff Consumer Lawyers Hall of Fame by Lawdragon, among Arizona’s Finest Lawyers since 2011, and as part of America’s Top 100 High Stakes Litigators, Civil Defense Litigators, Personal Injury Attorneys and Medical Malpractice Litigators.
“University of Arizona Law made a tremendous impact on my life, and I am grateful for the opportunity to support aspiring lawyers through this campaign,” explained Mac Ban. “The advocacy program does an exceptional job of training highly competent, prepared litigators. Through the ‘A New Day in Court’ initiative, we can expect to see more outstanding lawyers enter the field ready to effectively advocate for their clients.”
Fellow founding partner Barry A. Mac Ban has been rated AV/5.0 “Preeminent”® by his peers in Martindale Hubbell for over 40 years and Best Lawyers in America for over 15 years. During the last 50 years of practice, Barry has tried more than 300 jury trials in every county within Arizona, encompassing a wide range of medical malpractice, professional liability, product liability and other complex tort litigation cases. He is a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, a member of the International Academy of Trial Lawyers, a founding fellow of the Arizona Bar Foundation and a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates.
“It is a joy to see fellow alumni and local partners uniting around this project,” said Ted Schmidt (’77), a member of the “A New Day in Court” steering committee. “University of Arizona Law already has one of the country's top advocacy programs, but this initiative will ensure that our future students and professors will have the resources to match the quality of the program.”
This generous gift brings the total amount raised for “A New Day in Court” up to $2.25 million. For more information on the effort, including fundraising goals and how to donate, visit law.arizona.edu/court or contact Senior Director of Development Megan O’Leary.