Homecoming is here!

We are so excited, we couldn't wait until Wednesday. So, this week only, it is the less alliterative edition of ... " Wildcat Tuesday..."

On Friday and Saturday the University of Arizona campus and the College of Law will welcome alumni, friends, and current students to campus in celebration of all things Wildcat. 

Along with alumni from across all class years, we eagerly look  forward to seeing you at your class reunion or a multi-year reception, the Arizona Law Red & Blue BBQ, the big game, the 2018 Lifetime Achievement Award reception, or the UA Alumni of the Year celebration. 

The latest details and RSVP links are all here.  There is still time to join in -- and bring your family!

In this special edition of Letter of the Law , we spotlight 2018 College of Law Alumna of the Year, Mary Mangotich Grier ('77), who personifies the deep Arizona Law traditions of service and engagement -- with the profession, our communities, and our college.

Until the footnotes,


Mary Grier ('77) is Law Alumna of the Year

Mary at a Law College Association dinner with friends Peggy Houghton ('76), 
Susan Boswell ('76), and Patricia Wendel ('76) (l to r).

Class of 1977 alumna Mary Mangotich Grier  (above, left) has a long history of service to her communities, the University of Arizona, and the College of Law. 

For her exceptional service, the University of Arizona Alumni Association and the college are proud to name her as the College of Law's 2018 Alumna of the Year.
We have a wonderful opportunity to celebrate Mary's many contributions as part of the UA's Homecoming celebrations during the Alumni of the Year award ceremony this Friday, October 26, beginning at 2:30 at the Student Union, Grand Ballroom South.
Mary's career experience includes 17 years in private practice and 20 years in the public sector as an assistant attorney general and an assistant city attorney for the City of Phoenix. 

Mary has served as a board member and officer, as well as committee chair, for various law associations and foundations. She was recognized by the State Bar of Arizona as its Member of the Year in 1999, and received its CLE Award in 2001. She was named by the Arizona Attorney General's Office as Litigator of the Year in 1997 and received its Overall Outstanding Achievement Award in 2000. Mary was active in the Volunteer Lawyers Program and was recognized as the Public Attorney of the Year in 2000. She volunteered as a Court Appointed Special Advocate, a coach and judge for the state bar's Mock Trial program, and as a law reader for the blind and dyslexic.
Mary at a Soroptimist fundraiser in 2017, showing her winning "Trash 2 Fashion" design on her model. Mary says this represents the joys of creative activity and service possible in retirement.

Since retiring in 2014, Mary devotes her time to family projects and volunteer activities. She is involved with Arizona Town Hall and Soroptimist International of Phoenix, serves on the board of the Musician Enrichment Foundation, and has served as a mentor and volunteer with Free Arts for Abused Children of Arizona.
At the UA, Mary received the Outstanding Graduate Award from the Law College in 1987 and served on the Law College Association board from 1996-2011. 

As a trustee of the Agnese Nelms Haury Trust, Mary has helped to establish a $50 million dollar donor-advised fund that supports the Agnese Nelms Haury Program in Environment and Social Justice, as well as other programs across campus.  The fund leverages the human and intellectual resources of the university in partnership with leaders and groups in the community to address significant challenges facing humanity, particularly in the areas of environment, Southwest culture, human rights, and social justice.
Mary attributes many of her successes to her time at the UA. Her graduating law class was one of the first to admit a relatively large number of women. When reflecting on the time period, she says, 

"It was exciting to be at the forefront of a demographic shift that would profoundly change our society."

She has been a champion for a better society, and she has been a champion for our college to train students and conduct research and policy work to help achieve that goal.  Mary has used her engagement in professional and civic groups across the state to help identify opportunities for the college, and has directly supported initiatives like the Law Commons Project and the Our Promise to the Future scholarship campaign. Of her motivations, she says:

"What originally convinced me to support the law college was the argument that alumni are its most direct beneficiaries, and if we don't support it, who will? Today I see a more compelling reason. The rule of law that provides essential infrastructure for our democracy is being eroded. It is more important than ever that we prepare the next generation of lawyers and judges and legal scholars to strengthen and defend it."
Mary continues to support her communities in countless ways, to champion our college, and to set an example of service that all University of Arizona and Arizona Law alumni can take pride in.

Around the College
There's No Place Like Homecoming ... 
Arizona Law Homecoming and Reunions 2018

Homecoming weekend is a great opportunity to celebrate our College of Law community and the University of Arizona. Please join us!


UA Alumni Association Homecoming Luncheon
12:30-2 p.m. Student Union North Ballroom, hosted by UA Alumni Association.
Join friends, alumni, faculty, staff and students.  RSVP required
Alumni of the Year Ceremony and Champagne Reception
2:30-5 p.m. in the Student Union Grand Ballroom South, hosted by UA Alumni Association,  RSVP requested

Celebrate Mary Grier,  Arizona Law Class of 1977, the 2018 James E. Rogers College of Law Alumna of the Year, and other university honorees.
Lifetime Achievement Awards and All-Alumni Reception
5:30-7 p.m. in the Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie Lobby and Snell & Wilmer Courtyard,  RSVP requested

Please join us for the Lifetime Achievement Awards and All Alumni Reception as we honor Professor Barbara Atwood , Class of 1976, Philip Alan Robbins (posthumously) , Class of 1956 and Judge Frank Zapata , Class of 1973. Free and open to all alumni, family and students!
Glow: A Young Alumni Party at Homecoming
9-11 p.m. University Boulevard, hosted by UA Alumni Association, 

It's the first young alumni Homecoming party just for UA graduates from the last five years! Food, drinks, games, good people and, of course, great music.

Class of 1968 and Beyond: 50-Year Reunion, also celebrating those graduating in prior years
Noon-1:30 p.m. at  The Arizona Inn,  $25 per person,  RSVP required
Class of 1978: 40-Year Reunion
Note events Thursday AND Friday
Cocktail reception kick-off on Thursday, October 25, 6-9 p.m., Aunt Chilada's Squaw Peak Mexican Restaurant in Phoenix.  RSVP required
Casual dinner on Friday, October 26, 7:30 p.m.  RSVP required

Class of 1983: 35-Year Reunion
7:30-9 p.m. at El Corral,  RSVP required
Class of 1993: 25-Year Reunion
7:30-9:30 p.m. at El Charro Cafe Ventana,  $25 per person,  RSVP required
Class of 1998: 20-Year Reunion
See you at the All-Alumni Reception!  RSVP requested
Class of 2003: 15-Year Reunion
7-9 p.m. at  The Shanty on 4th,  $15 per person,  RSVP required

Class of 2008: 10-Year Reunion
7:30-9:30 p.m. at  Reilly Craft Pizza and Drink,  101 E. Pennington St. 
Class of 2013: 5-Year Reunion
See you at the All Alumni Reception!  RSVP requested


Red & Blue BBQ
12-2 p.m. in the Snell & Wilmer Courtyard.  RSVP requested

This event is free and open to all Arizona Law alumni, family, and students! Bring the whole family for food, drinks, and conversation at our pre-tailgate BBQ.
Homecoming Football Game UA vs. Oregon
7:30 p.m.  Bear Down and cheer on your Arizona Wildcats to a victory against the Oregon Ducks!  The College of Law has a block of seats for our alumni, friends and family. Purchase your tickets to sit with the College of Law for $17 each. 

Tickets are limited. Reserve yours today by contacting Corrina Eklund at (520) 621-8430 or . General tickets for the game are available at (520) 621-CATS or

In the News

The International Jurist, quoting Amanda Wolfe, director of global programs

We'll be seeing you soon. 

Bear down!




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