Greetings from Tucson,

As the monsoons continue to roll through Tucson, including a dramatic, small lightning-caused fire in the foothills, we are preparing to welcome our 100th incoming class.

Via KVOA News; Photo by Photo: Pedro Romano
Via KVOA News; Photo by Pedro Romano
On Monday we welcome our international students and a week from today I will greet all of our students at the start of a three-day orientation. Few moments are as thrilling as when new members of our law school community walk through the door.

Looking ahead to Homecoming, we are still looking for reunion volunteers from the Classes of 1980, 1995, and 2000 -- email Chris Gast to find out how to participate.

This week, we share the remarkable story of alumna and longtime friend of the college Daisy Jenkins.
Until the footnotes,

Daisy Jenkins ('96)  

Daisy Jenkins' path to law school began in the 1960s, when she became intrigued with the legal decisions of the civil rights era. It took another 30 years, a white paper, and support from her employer before Daisy found her way to law school, and that story is best told in her own words:

"I was born in the deep South (Bainbridge, Georgia) in the late '40s and experienced the worst forms of segregation. My family relocated to Sacramento, California, when I was 11 years old, after my father was laid off from his job when the local Air Force Base closed.  My two sisters and I rode the bus for three days traveling from Bainbridge to California.  I was told that California would be the end of the prejudice I faced in the South and I was so excited.  But once I began attending integrated schools with low expectations for black students, I realized that many of those prejudices had traveled with me to California. 

I started at the very bottom of the ladder in corporate America and worked my way to a senior executive level.  At one point, when the concrete ceiling was too overwhelming for me to break through, I encouraged my company, Hughes Aircraft Company, to sponsor me in law school. They were initially opposed to sponsoring a law student when engineers were king, but I was persistent and finally wore them down.  I even wrote a white paper on the merits of sending me to law school with the expected return on that investment.  All would agree that the investment paid off.

I was the first woman of color vice president in Raytheon Company's 70-year history at the time of my promotion in 2000. This ascent was not without its challenges, but I persevered and kept my eyes on the prize of becoming a valued and respected leader.  I can't say enough good about the opportunities and goals achieved at both Hughes Aircraft and Raytheon, as well as Carondelet Health Network."
Though she did not practice conventionally, Daisy says her legal education was central to her professional success.

"I've been very blessed to have accomplished much, which is why I feel compelled to give back. Although I decided against active law practice, I utilized my law degree daily in my leadership roles.  In fact, my law school education helped me transition from emotional, reactive responses to more rational, objective critical thinking, and thus more effective decision-making.  It's also amazing how achieving a law degree validates that you have some degree of intellectual prowess, which was especially important for me as a black female in the predominantly white male defense industry."
Recently retired from the Carondelet Health Network, Daisy is now the president of Daisy Jenkins & Associates, LLC, providing developmental and executive coaching and HR business solutions.  In addition, Daisy is a leadership advisor with the THEO Executive Group out of Irving, Texas, where she advises C-suite healthcare executives in major healthcare organizations across the country.   
When not working, Daisy loves spending time with her family. She and husband Fred are about to celebrate their 49th wedding anniversary. Daisy has two sons and six grandsons whom she enjoys doting over.  
Daisy is also an active writer, having published her first book, Within the Walls, A Journey Through Sexism and Racism in Corporate America, earlier this year. She has completed the research for her second book and, as a Public Voices Fellow with the University of Arizona's OpEd Project, has published articles in the Huffington Post, The Root, and the Arizona Daily Star.
Daisy has a long history of service and activism in the community and state, serving as chair of the board of directors of the United Way of Tucson and Southern Arizona; as chair of the diversity subcommittee of the City of Tucson Human Relations Commission; as a member of the Tucson Airport Authority, the College of Law Board of Visitors, the UA President's African American Community Council, the Tucson Unified School District (TUSD) African American Task Force; and as an education advocate for African American student achievement.

Centennial Snapshot -- An Alum Recalls Dean Lyons


Dean John D. Lyons
Dean John D. Lyons
Last week, we brought you a few words and images marking John D. Lyons' tenure as dean of the College of Law from 1947 to 1966. We received notes from alumni with their own reflections on Dean Lyons. Anthony B. Ching ('65), pictured here as a student, added to the story:

I have the fondest memory of Dean Lyons. Starting UA Law School in 1960 while still working as a geologist at Duval Mining south of Tucson, I was asked to meet with Dean Lyons. He took an interest in my law school pursuits and told me that with a science background, I tended to be too terse in my law school exams. He said the best way to learn legal writing was to read court opinions and follow the format of stating the facts, questions before the court, reasoning and conclusion. I followed his advice and it worked all the way to my winning cases in SCOTUS in 1970-71. I also believe that all the law students in those day knew well his driving his old Plymouth to work.

Anthony Ching (back row, far right) is pictured as a 
student with some of his classmates in the Phi Alpha Delta 
fraternity in the 1965 Desert yearbook.


I also want to point out that I believe that I was the first foreign student at the law school.* I had to wait until my naturalization in 1964 before I could apply for the Arizona state bar's 1965 February bar examination because of a rule requiring citizenship. The irony is that in 1971, I argued and won the case of Graham v. Richardson, 403 U.S. 365 (1971), which held that under the equal protection clause, a state cannot discriminate against resident aliens absent a compelling state interest. Less than two years later, the court decided the case of In re Griffiths, 413 U.S. 717 (1973) holding that Connecticut's bar rule requiring U.S. citizenship for bar admission violated the equal protection clause, citing Graham, 413 U.S. at 721.

Another fact worth mentioning is that I was the second Asian law student at UA law school. The first was Wing Ong from Phoenix, who graduated many years before me, but Professor Barnes remembered him well and often made remarks in the criminal law class comparing me with Mr. Ong.

Anthony B. Ching

We so appreciate this letter from Anthony, and all the letters and emails we receive, which add to our understanding of the Arizona Law legacy.

Do you have photos or memories from your time at Arizona Law?  We would love to hear from you.  Please contact Emily McGovern, Centennial Coordinator, to share your images and stories.

Also see our call for contributions to the Digital Time Capsule, below. 

*We previously reported that we believed Desmond Kearns ('72) was the first international student. It is clear that Anthony Ching ('65) predates Mr. Kearns and may be the first international student. 



Professor Jane Bambauer won the first-ever Stonecipher Award from the Law and Policy division of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC). The award recognizes top scholarship in communication and free speech law. Professor Bambauer received the award for her article "Is Data Speech?" published in 2014 in Stanford Law Review. Read more about the award here

Professor and former Dean Lawrence Ponoroff has been awarded the Editors' Prize from the American Bankruptcy Law Journal for best article of 2014 (Volume 88).  The article, entitled "Constitutional Limitations on State-Enacted Bankruptcy Exemption Legislation and the Long Overdue Case for Uniformity," discusses the division of authority between state and federal law in bankruptcy cases, focusing specifically on application of the Uniformity and Supremacy Clauses of the Constitution on the states' ability to define exemptions that apply only in bankruptcy. Larry will accept the award at the National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges annual meeting in Miami this September. 

Call for Contributions to the Digital Time Capsule
Do you remember your first small section get-together? Your favorite study group? A moot court victory? How about your first throw at the Gutter Bowl? Or even your first professional event as an attorney? We want to show the relationships that come from being an Arizona Law alum.
We are looking for a photo of you with another Arizona Law alum. It could be a photo from law school. It could be a recent snapshot. From the bar convention to the intramural fields, we want your photos. It does not have to be work related, but it can be. 

We will display the photos and collect additional contributions on-site during the Homecoming-Centennial Week celebrations in October, after which we will add these visual memories to the College of Law archive as a digital time capsule.

Check through your albums, scour Facebook, and please email us a copy of your favorite photo. Please include your name, graduation year, and short description of the photo (who's in it and roughly when it was taken) in the email.


Homecoming-Centennial Week, October 18-25 


Make plans to return to Tucson and connect with your fellow alumni during this year's special Homecoming-Centennial Week!  Highlights will include: 
  • McCormick Society Lecture, United States Supreme Court Associate Justice Elena Kagan, Tuesday, Oct. 20, 5:30 pm
  • Arizona Law Lifetime Achievement Awards Ceremony, Thursday, Oct. 22, 4:00 pm
  • All-alumni Centennial Reception in the courtyard, Friday, Oct. 23, 6:00 pm
  • All-alumni Homecoming-Centennial Barbecue, prior to football game, Saturday, Oct. 24 
  • Arizona Law group seating at Arizona v. Washington State, Saturday, Oct. 24 
  • All-alumni Brunch with former deans, hosted by Dean Miller, Sunday, Oct. 25
  • Reunion-year events (Classes of 1965, 1970, 1975, 1980, 1985, 1990, 1995, 2000, 2005, and 2010)

Visit to learn more and register!


Alumni Directory Update 

Last week, we invited the 11 most recent classes of alumni (2005-2015) to join the alumni directory. The response has been excellent. Alums throughout the globe are adding photos, joining groups, and sharing their contact information. Today, we are sending emails to members of the classes of 1990-2004. If you are a member of one of those classes and do not receive an invitation, please let us know.
In continuation of our series of tips from last week, here is another way to make the most of the alumni directory. 

Wondering what to be looking out for in your inbox? Here is a screenshot of the welcome email that is being sent to all alumni. Simply click on the embedded link (the green circle) and you will be taken to the alumni directory to set up your new password.

I hope you take the time to join the alumni directory and help us connect and reconnect the Arizona Law community.

And soon -- just days from now -- we'll have more than 150 new people, and all of their extraordinary knowledge, experience and diversity, to add to and draw upon the relationships that are the lifeblood of what it means to be part of our College.

Marc L. Miller  
Dean & Ralph W. Bilby Professor of Law
Shaping the next century of legal education 


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