As Wildcats come roaring back to campus and into the new school year, I want to extend a hearty thank you to the seven alumni and students who took over the Letter of the Law during the summer -- Jillian Andrews ('17), Mike King ('79), Kate LaFosse ('14), Dev Sethi ('97), Leah Lussier Sixkiller ('10), Jonelle Vold ('01), and Barry Wong ('84).
Last week the Arizona Law community welcomed our newest Wildcat JD, LLM, MLS, and SJD students to campus. I'm excited to share some fun facts about this dynamic group and invite you to get to know them well in the coming years at our alumni and career networking events and other opportunities both on and off campus. They're an impressive group.

Until the footnotes,

Welcome Our Newest Wildcats

Today, we can boast of 125 new JD students, 17 new LLM students, 6 new SJD students, and 23 new MLS students. This is a larger group of new graduate law students than joined the college last year.
There are also now more than 430 BA in law majors across campus and 170 more BA students in Qingdao, China, at Ocean University.

Our new graduate degree students come from 25 states, 26 countries, and 12 indigenous nations or groups from North America and around the world. I read the names of each of these states, countries, and nations in one alphabetical list to the new students at orientation.

The Aymara
Cherokee Nation
Chickaloon Native Village
Costa Rica
Delaware Tribe of Indians
Honágháahnii (Diné)
Isleta Pueblo
Navajo Nation
Nebraska Omaha Tribe
New Jersey
New Mexico
New York
North Dakota
Saudi Arabia
Sac and Fox Nation
South Carolina
South Korea
Standing Rock Sioux
Tohono O'odham Nation
West Virginia
Wiradjuri Nation

Our new students join a student body that is already an international learning lab. They join upper-division students from 13 additional states and 13 additional countries, bringing our totals to 38 US states and 39 countries across the current student body. That is a good percentage of all US states (and we have alumni working in all of those states); a fair percentage of all nations; and a tiny fraction of the 5,000 or so indigenous groups in the world.

Our new graduate students have been educated at more than 70 undergraduate institutions. The majority of our JD students who were educated in the US come from outside of Arizona.
The class includes first-generation Americans and several who are the first in their family to go to law or graduate school. Some are the first in their families to have attended college. A significant number are older than 30, and many came with spouses, partners, and kids.

These new students already have a passion for the law and for service to others. More than a dozen participated in mock trial or were leaders in an undergraduate pre-law fraternity. Ten have already worked in law firms. Two have served in Americorps. Seven have served our country in the Armed Forces, in positions from corporal to captain, and one is still considered active military. Most in the group have had deep experiences serving as volunteers or through membership in an NGO. One founded an organization to help people out of homelessness.
They are also singers, dancers, writers, journalists, scientists, rock climbers, hikers, chess-players, and competitive athletes (NCAA included).
The Arizona Law community is much richer with the addition of our newest Wildcats. Please join me in extending a warm Arizona Law welcome to these great students, who have chosen us as much as we have chosen them. In a very short amount of time, these 171 new students will join all of you as members of our Arizona Law alumni community.

New Mexico Alumni Reception

Last Friday, the College of Law hosted a reception for its New Mexico alumni in conjunction with the New Mexico State Bar Convention. The gathering took place at Buffalo Thunder Resort & Casino. 

Thank you to everyone who joined us!

Pre-Game Happy Hour in Glendale, Sept. 3

Alumni, friends, and family are invited to our happy hour prior to the BYU vs. Arizona game on Saturday, September 3. Here are the details:

Happy hour from 4:30 - 7:00 p.m. (The game starts at 7:30.)
McFadden's Restaurant & Saloon -- walking distance to the stadium
Westgate Entertainment District
9425 W Coyotes Blvd
Glendale, AZ 85305

Mining Law Summit, Sept. 16
The 2016 Mining Law Summit will be held at the College of Law on Friday, September 16. The summit is sponsored and hosted by the college's Global Mining Law Program and the Lowell Institute for Mineral Resources. The theme is "Exploring Collaborative Solutions for Mined Land Remediation" and the keynote speaker is Arizona Law alumnus Ryan Flynn ('06).
The summit will explore questions such as: How do we manage the liability of developing existing mined lands? What public policies encourage productive remediation and development? What are the legal and technical issues we need to address together?

Make your plans to return to campus for Homecoming/Reunion weekend 2016. The updated schedule of events is located on our 2016 Homecoming webpage.

Please join us as we honor Dean Emeritus Charles Ares for his lifelong dedication to legal education and the University of Arizona. 

A mentor, friend, and educator to the thousands who have walked the halls of Arizona Law, Dean Ares is a pillar of our community, and we hope you will take part in this momentous occasion to celebrate his legacy. 

Friday, October 28, 2016
5:30 p.m.
Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie Lobby
James E. Rogers College of Law

One of the great moments of each year comes when we welcome the new members of our community. In the few days of orientation the distinctive character of the new class is starting to show through -- highly engaged, friendly, with a good sense of humor. 
We look forward to getting to know them deeply, as we have the generations of students who have come before -- and to having them reach out to our alumni and friends for advice as their law school and legal careers unfold. 


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