December 5, 2008

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Ryley Carlock Pledges $50,000 To Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law at ASU

Contribution Will Benefit the Mike Brophy Scholarship -- Beginning in 2009

Background on the Mike Brophy Scholarship:

The Mike Brophy Scholarship is a living tribute to distinguished lawyer, family man and friend. The Mike Brophy Scholarship was established at the Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law at Arizona State University with a matching grant from Phelps Dodge Corporation. The scholarship honors Mike Brophy, a member of the Class of 1977, who spent his entire legal career at Ryley Carlock & Applewhite. Mike was a man of few words who valued honesty, courage and loyalty above all other traits. During his career, Mike became nationally recognized as a water lawyer. He served as the Arizona Representative to the Western States Water Council from 1991-2002 and served as Chairman of the Council from 2000-2002. Mike was also the Chairman of the Water Policy Committee for the Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce. Mike was perhaps most proud of his work negotiating and securing the enactment of legislation by the United States Congress involving water rights and settlements with the Gila River, Salt River Pima-Maricopa, Fort McDowell, and Ak-Chin Indian communities, and the San Carlos Apache Tribe.

Mike built the firm's natural resources practice and served as the group's practice leader. He served as the firm's managing partner from 2003 to 2004. In addition to his leadership at the firm, Mike was recognized for his water law expertise by several organizations, including the Chambers USA America's Leading Lawyers for Business: The Clients Guide, The Best Lawyers in America, and the Who's Who Legal USA: Environmental.

Mike's retirement goal, personally unattainable because of his untimely passing, was to work to further the goals of non-profit organizations. By contributing to the Mike Brophy Scholarship, you are helping to fulfill Mike's vision. The proceeds of the scholarship are awarded to students who share Mike's vision and who could not otherwise afford a legal education. If you would like to join the effort to honor Mike and assist a student in fulfilling his or her dream of obtaining a legal education, contribute online at .