ASLS students visiting with Mexico City law firm Gonzalez Calvillo
Phoenix-based Arizona Summit Law School (ASLS) is growing its Mexico City study abroad program with the assistance of Molera Alvarez and its strategic partner Estrategia Global. The two-week January intersession of the Mexico City program successfully launched ASLS’s Introduction to Mexican Legal Culture course, and coordinated out-of-classroom experiences for the 25 student participants, including a tour of Mexico’s Supreme Court. The Mexico City study abroad program is part of ASLS’s Cross-Border Institute for Legal Studies, designed to promote cross-border legal education and experiential learning.
Molera Alvarez sponsored the seminar “Complying with U.S. Export Controls” on January 26-27, in Scottsdale, Arizona. Firm General Counsel James Ahlers joined more than a hundred export compliance professionals in completing the two-day course, provided by the Bureau of Industry & Security, a division of the U.S. Department of Commerce. Participants were trained on the complex regulations governing U.S. exports, including national security and intellectual property protection matters.
“You think it wouldn’t be as thrilling as the first time, but getting a second Hammer Award is better than ever!” Molera noted. He goes on to say, “…this award is not only prestigious, it makes friends and acquaintances want to buy me drinks at Durants…” (see award description below).
Next Stop, Network TV: Jaime Molera. Jaime Molera is a previous Hammer Award winner for his political prowess. But this year I’m recognizing the respected politico for his work in front of the camera as host of Politics in the Yard on CW6. The show is fast-paced, fun and Jaime’s a great host. C-SPAN it ain’t. I was honored to be the first guest on the show.
Pictured from left to right: former Mayor of LA Antonio Villaraigosa, Mayor Hancock, LLN Chairman Mickey Ibarra and LLN Treasurer and MA Managing Partner Ruben Alvarez
On January 21, 2016, Managing Partner Ruben Alvarez attended the Latino Leaders Network’s Tribute to Mayors dinner during the U.S. Conference of Mayors in Washington, DC. Over 200 people attended the event, including approximately 30 Mayors from throughout the U.S., to honor Mayor Michael Hancock of Denver, who was presented with the Antonio Villaraigosa Leadership Award for his outstanding commitment to addressing the needs of the Latino community.
On January 28th, the Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce held their annual Board of Directors retreat at the ASU Downtown Center. At this meeting, Jaime Molera (Board Member and Chairman of the Public Affairs Committee) interviewed Arizona House Appropriations Chairman, Justin Olson. The topics included tax policy, education funding, and pension reform. Molera stated, “Rep. Olson is well versed on the major issues facing our state, and he impressed the Board of Directors with his thoughtful approach to these complex matters.”
Recently the Second Regular Session of the 52nd Legislature kicked off with Governor Doug Ducey’s State of the State speech. With the passage of the education trust package (Proposition 123) in the fall, it is anticipated that major budget and policies fights will be avoided in the regular session. Molera Alvarez, however, will still have a full plate dealing with K-12 education, health, tourism, universities, corrections, gaming, and tax policy issues. According to MA Partner Jaime Molera, “I am very confident we will have another successful year for our clients. The team we have at the Capitol are the best in business.”
Margie Emmermann, Molera Alvarez Vice President of Strategic Initiatives, was named a Legendary Leader by the Phoenix Business Journal in its 35th Anniversary edition. Among the many other distinguished Legendary Leaders recognized by the Business Journal were Bruce Babbitt, John and Cindy McCain, Lattie Coor, Gabrielle Giffords, and Jerry Colangelo. Molera Alvarez congratulates all of the exemplary leaders who were honored for their noteworthy contributions to our community.
The first two, Politics in the Yard with Jaime Molera, aired on Dec. 6th and 13th with Glenn Hamer (CEO – AZ Chamber of Commerce) and Eileen Sigmund (CEO – AZ Charter Schools Association) respectively. The next new show will kick off in the new year by featuring City of Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton on January 3, 2016. “I am very happy with the first two shows and excited for the one with Mayor Stanton,” said Molera. “We get at issues without the spin and ‘gotcha questions’ that people get tired of.” See the latest show at http://www.yourphx.com/politics-in-the-yard.
The leadership of the prestigious Mexican preparatory school Instituto Tecnologico de Educacion Avanzada (ITEA) of Guadalajara, Jalisco, toured Arizona university facilities this month in a visit arranged by Molera Alvarez and its strategic partner Estrategia Global. ITEA’s leadership met with representatives of Arizona State University, Grand Canyon University, and University of Arizona to discuss the development of study abroad and exchange programs with Arizona universities.
On December 15th, the Arizona-Mexico Commission (AMC) held a reception at the Heard Museum in which Governor Doug Ducey, Chair of the AMC, hosted Sonoran Governor Claudia Pavlovich accompanied by an impressive delegation of government and private sector leaders. Members of the AMC were on hand to welcome the Sonoran delegation to this first official interaction of the two commissions under Governors Ducey and Pavlovich. In her remarks, Governor Pavlovich announced Angel Robison Bours Zaragosa would be assuming the position of Vice President of the Comision-Sonora Arizona (CSA). David Farca, President of the AMC announced that the next Plenary session of the AMC would take place in Arizona in June 2016. Pictured above is Molera Alvarez V.P. Margie Emmermann and Sonoran Governor Claudia Pavlovich.