Today is the day!  Our incoming 1L students have arrived for orientation, along with new students in the LLM, SJD, and MLS programs.  
I'm sure many of you recall your own law school orientation.  For most it is a time filled with excitement, discovery, and a little anxiety. 

Next week I will share some information about our incoming students, an extraordinarily diverse and talented group.  For now, I can tell you that, having just welcomed more than 165 new students, their excitement and anticipation was electric.


While our new students have a few steps to go until they join the ranks of alumni, they will benefit now as we continue to grow the alumni directory.  This morning, all remaining classes received their invitations to join the directory.  If you have not yet received an invitation, please let us know.
This week, we profile alumnus Peter Chase Neumann ('64), who has already made plans to return to Tucson for Homecoming-Centennial Week in October.  While here, he will guest teach a 1L torts class and speak to our students about his practice as part of our Civil Justice Initiative.
Until the footnotes,

Peter Chase Neumann ('64)  

While Peter Chase Neumann was a UA undergraduate, one of his fraternity brothers, a young man named Jim Rogers (yes, our namesake, James E. Rogers, class of '62), encouraged Peter to attend law school.  According to Peter, Jim made a compelling case. 
Peter graduated from Arizona Law in 1964 and began his practice in Tucson.  After three years he took a one-year assignment with the Pima County Attorney's Office, where he tried approximately 35 jury trial cases in one year.
Peter had plans to open his own practice in Tucson, but a decision to go on an international holiday changed everything.  Having not been on a vacation since he was a child, Peter headed to Austria to learn how to ski (daily rate to rent a room in 1968 Austria: $1).  
Renate and Peter.
In Austria he met Renate Renk, a native German who was living in midtown Manhattan.  Upon returning to the United States, Renate and Peter started "dating by correspondence," ultimately marrying and moving to Reno, Nevada, where he opened a personal injury practice.
Peter retired from the practice of law in 2015, after a very successful 50-year career.  This will leave more time for hobbies such as flying sailplanes and for speaking at the College of Law.

In July, Peter was honored by the State Bar of Nevada with its 2015 Presidential Award (video here).  As luck would have it, I was there to see Peter receive his award.  And, of course, so was Renate!
When notified of his award by the State Bar of Nevada, Peter had this to say:
"I am very honored by this recognition, and it means more to me than any other milestone in my 50-year journey of practicing law (five years in Arizona, plus forty-five more in Nevada).  My old law school professor, Chester Smith, at the University of Arizona, James E. Rogers College of Law, who taught the ethics course there for many years, would be proud of me.  He used to tell his classes that, in his opinion, it should not be necessary to teach a class on 'legal ethics' because he assumed we already knew what was right from what was wrong."

With Renate and Peter.
Peter with Seattle trial lawyer and alum Jimmy Rogers ('72). 
I asked Peter about his advice for law students and recent law school graduates as they begin to craft their own careers. 
"Please remember, always and at every single meeting or phone conversation with your client, that he or she is likely to be as worried about the legal problem for which you are being consulted,  as  any  medical patient would be who has just learned from a physician that he or she has a serious, possibly life-threatening, disease.  Treat your clients accordingly, and you will soon have a reputation for truly caring about your clients, and that can only bring you more clients!  As my old torts law professor, Tommy Hall, liked to say: 'Remember that as a lawyer, you are really a fighting dog for your client.'  And although lawyers get called lots of unkind names, being called a fighting dog for your client is not an unkind name.  It is a badge of respect."
Well said, Peter (and Tommy).

Centennial Snapshot -- Back to School, Way Back When 


What memory stands out from your first days at Arizona Law? 

For many, one of the most enduring memories from that time was meeting the other members of their small section. Here are a few choice images of small sections from the fall of 1983, courtesy of the scrapbooking efforts of the College of Law librarians of that era.

Professor Hegland's Contracts small section, 1983-84. 
Professor and former Dean Livermore's Criminal Procedure
small section, 1983-84. 
Professor Robison's Contracts small section, 1983-84.
Yes, that's Dean Marcus on the right.  
Professor Schuessler's Civil Procedure small section, 1983-84. 
Do you have photos or memories of your time at Arizona Law?  We would love to hear from you.  Please contact Emily McGovern, Centennial Coordinator, to share your images and stories and to participate in the digital time capsule (see below). 


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.  The photos do not have to be work related, but they 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 
Please remember to log on to the alumni directory.  If you have any problems gaining access or have questions about how to use it, our alumni team is standing by to help.  

If this is your first time logging in, your "Account Email" will be the email address where you received your Welcome Email.  Once you have set up your password, feel free to change your account email by going to the "My Account" tab and then to "Account Preferences" on the left-hand side of the page.

In parting, please join me again in welcoming the newest student members of our Arizona Law family! Share the joy!

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


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