ua law logo high res | Link                                                                                  August 20, 2014




In the blink of an eye, summer has come and gone. The law college hallways once again welcome a new class. The dry-erase markers are in place (at least I hope they are dry-erase). The student mailboxes are labelled. Arizona Law is ready for the new members of our community. 


I suspect that for many of you, regardless of the year you graduated, it feels like very little time has passed since you took your first steps onto campus.


I'd like to devote this week's back-to-school edition to the spirit of Arizona Law -- the shared experience that has united generations of graduates for nearly a century. After all, 2015 is our centennial year. At homecoming, we will launch a yearlong celebration of our centennial and all that Arizona Law has been, all that it is, and all that we will be in the future. 


A new school year is also a new opportunity to get involved. Whether you are lifelong participant in Arizona Law activities or looking for a way to reconnect, there are many opportunities to be an active community member.


Until the footnotes,




Then and Now... A Look Back at Arizona Law


Arizona Law has changed a lot over the years. One thing has always remained the same -- our passion for launching lives in the law. Here are some snapshots from our past, and our exciting achievements today.




 College of Law Buildings: 1961 (main campus) [top left], the Speedway building, under construction, in 1978 [top right], and today



Trial Advocacy Class: in 1953 and in early-1990s with Professor Mauet (and computers!) 



Dean Charles Ares (late 1960s), Dean Toni Massaro with students (2000) 



Professor Jane Korn, Professor Barbara Atwood, and

Professors Jamie Ratner, Kenney Hegland and Andy Silverman (all from the late 1980s)


Faculty members Derek and Jane Bambauer (2013)


Learning about the history of great Arizona lawyers from Burr Udall ('54) (2014)



Hon. Thomas A. Zlaket ('65) swearing in the first admittees 

of the Arizona February Bar Program (2014)



An exclusive June 2014 Dean's meeting with Brad Vynalek's ('99) son, Gabe,

at the State Bar convention party for alumni and friends. 
As we look at our past and our present, we always remember to keep an eye on our future, 

and prospective applicants like Gabe -- class of 2035? 


Get Involved!


Throughout the year, we have many different opportunities for alumni, partners, and friends to engage with the college. As you look at your calendar, I encourage all alumni and friends to find a new way to connect with us this year. Show your support for the next generation -- and the next century -- of Arizona Law.


When you actively participate in the success of Arizona Law, we are a stronger, more responsive law school for our students and the state of Arizona. Here are just a few suggestions: 




Join us at Homecoming: November 7th and 8th


Did you know that Arizona Law hosts the annual Red & Blue BBQ as a free event for all alumni every year at Homecoming? Whether you are there to support the Wildcats or simply to reconnect with old friends, save the date and plan to be with us! It's a great time to say hello, pick up an Arizona Law t-shirt from the Student Bar Association, and enjoy a burger. This year we will also have a student showcase, an all-alumni brunch, and CLE offerings.


For more information, visit our Homecoming 2014 website. For assistance with hotels or game tickets, please contact the alumni office.





Take a leadership role in a Reunion Committee


Did you graduate in a year ending in 4 or 9? If so, your class is having a reunion this year. We are looking for alumni to help lead the planning and coordinating efforts. Please email Marissa White, our Alumni Coordinator, to get involved.



Support the Scholarship Fund  


A meaningful and tax-deductible way to support our students is through your support of the Arizona Law Scholarship Fund. A significant majority of students receive merit-based aid through the Fund. Every dollar makes a difference in our efforts to attract and sustain talented students. This is a worthwhile way to ensure students have the same outstanding experience that you had. Support the Scholarship Fund through this link.



Volunteer for a Networking Nosh


You might have noticed our all-call for volunteers in the footnotes from previous weeks. Networking Noshes are held on campus and provide our students an opportunity to meet legal and business professionals, practice their networking skills, and learn about different practice areas. We need interested alums who can join us at the law college for these events. Our first Networking Nosh will be September 11th, and continue on the second Thursday of every month. It is an informal reception and runs from 4:30 to 6 pm. If you are interested in participating, please email us at



Attend a lecture or event


You are always welcome back on campus. In fact, we have lectures throughout the year, many of which qualify for CLE credit, which you can attend at no cost to you. Keep your eye on the Letter of the Law footnotes for RSVP links. Upcoming lectures include:

  • 16th Annual Constitution Day Supreme Court Review. The lecture will feature a renowned group of scholars and practitioners who will review some of the major cases decided by the Supreme Court of the United States during its most recent term. September 15, 1-5 pm
  • Professor Richard Garnett of Notre Dame presenting a lecture on freedoms of speech, association, and religion. September 19, 7 pm.
  • J. Byron McCormick Annual Lecture Series. This year's honored guest is former US Representative Barney Frank. October 14, 5:30 pm.
  • John C. Lacy Lecture. This year's lecture will feature Chuck Jeanness ('83), CEO of Goldcorp, presenting on the developments and opportunities in mining law. November 7, 5 pm.
  • The Mind & the LawThis bi-monthly lecture series will explore the interdisciplinary study of cognitive components involved in legal settings. Examining questions such as: How do eyewitnesses reconstruct their memories? How do juries make sense of brain images? How can appellate judges make decisions about prejudicial evidence, without themselves being prejudiced by the evidence? Beginning September 10, 7 pm



Volunteer for the 2015 NALSA Moot Court Competition


The Native American Law Students Association (NALSA) Moot Court Competition focuses on issues in federal Indian law and/or tribal law and governance. The annual competition is held at a host school every year, and the NALSA Chapter of Arizona Law recently won the bid to host the 2015 national competition next March! We will need volunteers and judges for the competition. We will issue a formal call for volunteers when we get closer to the date, but if you want to get involved now, please email us at



Help build the Thomas Mauet Center for Trial Advocacy


As we noted in previous weeks, we are beginning efforts to create the Thomas Mauet Center for Trial Advocacy, both to honor Tom's work and to bring our various trial advocacy efforts under one nationally recognized umbrella. For more information or to be a part of our efforts, please email Jonelle Vold, Sr. Director for Development. 



Connect with the Career Development Office (CDO)


Whether your organization is in Arizona or across the country recruiting for a summer associate, fellow, intern, part-time law clerk, or any position requiring legal skills, we always appreciate your assistance in sharing opportunities. The Career Development Office can solicit announcements to current students and recent graduates, collect resumes, and even offer interview solutions with their state of the art video conferencing system. To share job announcements and to discuss ways we can build a partnership between your organization and Arizona Law, please email Karen Kowalski, Assistant Dean for Career Development.   



Recent Graduate? Get involved with the Recent Graduate Committee or come out for a happy hour event!


In an effort to support young lawyers graduating within the past five years, Recent Graduate Committees have been established in both Phoenix and Tucson to connect classmates, strengthen professional networks, and provide a little fun in a busy work week. Watch for happy hour announcements in the Letter of the Law or join the committee by emailing:



Plan on attending the Law College Association Dinner 


Our signature alumni event is the annual Law College Association Dinner and Awards Ceremony. In honor of the 100th year of the Arizona Law, this year's dinner will be held in Tucson at the Tanque Verde Ranch next April 25th. Mark your calendar now!



Invite me or one of my colleagues to speak at your firm


One of the great pleasures of being Dean is the chance to speak with firms and organizations about our advances at Arizona Law and the many opportunities we have for mutually beneficial, strategic partnerships. If your firm has a monthly firm-wide meeting in Arizona, I would be happy to come and speak. So would members of the faculty. Please reach out to Nickole Hayward to select a date.     



Sponsor a competition team 


Were you involved in moot court? A trial team? A transactional team? Our competition teams thrive on the ambition of students and support from our community. In the coming year, we will have a new partnership with Pima County that will offer unprecedented access to courtroom facilities for our students to practice and excel in their competitions. Travel and competition fees are just a few of the hefty expenses that our teams face. Your support can make the difference between attending and not attending. If you are interested in sponsoring a team this year and helping us bear down against the competition, please email Jonelle Vold



Not in Arizona? When we come to your area, join us for an alumni reception


We are constantly on the move around the country. Watch for alumni receptions coming to your area. We will provide "save the date" listings in the Letter of the Law and send you an email when we are headed your way.



Stay Connected


Last but certainly not least, one of the best ways to get involved is to stay up to date on the happenings at Arizona Law.

  • And, of course, keep reading Wildcat Wednesday -- Letter of the Law every Wednesday! Please share it with anyone not receiving it, and encourage others, whether they are alumni of Arizona, or of another law school, or not even a lawyer at all -- but someone interested in legal education -- to sign up to receive the Letter of the Law each week.



Coming soon!


Join Us - Arizona Law in Las Vegas

Thursday, September 4, 2014


Cocktail Reception

4:00 - 6:00 pm

Border Grill

Mandalay Bay Casino and Resort

3950 Las Vegas Blvd. South

Las Vegas, NV 89119


RSVP for the reception here.


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We look forward to a thrilling year.


Join us!







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Marc L. Miller 
Dean & Ralph W. Bilby Professor of Law 
James E. Rogers College of Law    

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