November 2019 Newsletter


Kevin Stombaugh has been honored with the Marvin D. "Swede" Johnson Award for volunteer service to students

Kevin Stombaugh earned a bachelor’s in finance and accounting from the Eller College in 1991. After nearly 30 successful years in the public finance industry, he launched Public Finance Partners in 2019. Throughout his career, Kevin has remained a loyal Wildcat, regularly donating to the Eller College and giving his time to support its students. The Marvin D. “Swede” Johnson Award for Volunteer Service to Students is given to an inpidual whose personal involvement with students has enhanced the quality of student life at the UA.

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Judge Stephen M. McNamee, Beta Phi '69, receives UA Law School Alumni Lifetime Achievement Award.

University of Arizona Law Lifetime Achievement Award recipients are selected by Arizona Law faculty for their distinguished and exemplary careers, contributions to the legal profession, support for public causes and law reform, and commitment to the pursuit of justice.   

Lifetime Achievement Awards Reception
Date: Friday, Nov. 1, 2019 / Time: 5:30 - 8 p.m. 
Where: James E. Rogers College of Law, Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie Lobby
Who may attend: This event and free and open to all alumni, family and students. RSVP is requested.

Judge Stephen McNamee, Class of 1969 

United States District Judge Stephen M. McNamee has had a prolonged and exemplary career as a federal prosecutor, federal district judge, and dedicated mentor for those entering the legal profession. After receiving a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Cincinnati and a Master of Arts degree in history from the University of Arizona, he earned his Juris Doctor in 1969 from the University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law. 

Following a brief career in the private sector, he was appointed in 1971 as Assistant United States Attorney for the District of Arizona. Judge McNamee became Chief Assistant United States Attorney in 1981 and was appointed as U.S. Attorney for the District of Arizona in 1985 by President Ronald Reagan. 

During his tenure as U.S. Attorney, he helped develop a model program to assist victims and witnesses of federal crimes and prosecuting violent crimes against Native American children was a priority. He was a member of the Attorney General’s Advisory Committee and was honored in 1989 with the Attorney General’s National Crime Victims Award for this work. Judge McNamee was a leader in fostering binational collaboration of federal prosecutors and judges and their Mexican counterparts.  

President George H.W. Bush appointed Judge McNamee to the U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona in 1990. He served as Chief Judge for the District of Arizona from 1999 to 2006, taking senior status in 2007. During his judicial tenure, Judge McNamee served on numerous national, circuit, and district committees, including the Ninth Circuit Judicial Council.  

He was awarded the Mark Santana Law-Related Education Award in 2016 from the Arizona Foundation for Legal Services & Education and the Judicial Civic Education Award in 2019 from the American Lawyers Alliance and the American Bar Association for his involvement since 1999 in the Arizona High School Mock Trial Program. Judge McNamee received the James A. Walsh Outstanding Jurist Award in 2006 from the Arizona State Bar, the Judge John M. Roll Award for Distinguished Service to the District of Arizona in 2016 from the U.S. District Court, and the Distinguished Citizen Award in 2009 from the University of Arizona Alumni Association. He was recognized in 2003 as a Distinguished Alumni of the McMicken College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Cincinnati.  

His activity with University of Arizona Law and his particular support of the judicial clerkship program at the College of Law has endured throughout his career. Judge McNamee takes great pride in mentoring students and offers them the benefits of his lifetime of extraordinary public service with genuine warmth and uncommon generosity. As a fitting tribute, the Stephen McNamee Scholarship Endowment for students at the College of Law was established in 2017.

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