The 2015-16 school year has officially begun! Classes kicked off this week on Monday.
Last Wednesday, 172 new graduate students joined the Arizona Law community. This includes 130 JD students, 17 new LLM students, 6 new SJD students, 14 new MLS students, and 5 transfer students who will now also obtain their degrees from Arizona. There are also currently 286 undergraduates who are pursuing the BA in law.
Our new students bring incredible energy and new perspectives. I look forward to a great 2015-16 school year, and I hope each of you will join me in welcoming the newest members of Arizona Law.

Orientation begins with the welcome address to all incoming students. 
On Thursday, September 17, our Career Development Office will host a career mixer on campus. All alumni and friends are invited. The details and RSVP link are in the footnotes, below.
And, of course, Homecoming-Centennial Week will be here before you know it. If you plan to return for Homecoming, and I hope that you will, please make your travel plans as soon as possible -- we hear that hotel rooms are going fast! We still have a few football tickets for group seating at the Arizona Wildcats v. Washington State Cougars game, and you can reserve your tickets here
Until the footnotes,


The 2015 Incoming Class 


Our 172 new students come to us from 25 countries, 27 U.S. states, and 5 indigenous nations or groups.
Among us are new students from: 

South Carolina
South Dakota
South Korea
New Mexico
New York
United Kingdom
New Zealand
North Carolina
Saudi Arabia
Combined with the additional 8 countries and 10 additional U.S. states represented by current graduate students, this diversity makes Arizona Law one of the most global schools -- ever.

Brent White, Associate Dean for Programs and Global Initiatives, speaks with new students.

Our incoming students have earned degrees at more than 100 undergraduate institutions, and many came to us having already obtained graduate degrees, including six PhDs. Many of our U.S. students are Arizona residents, including 11 students with long-standing ties to Tucson.

Many of our entering students have spent considerable time studying and working after their undergraduate and graduate studies. A fair number are first-generation Americans. Some are the first generation in their families 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. Many came with spouses, partners, and children.
Our student body includes new members with significant military and public service -- three are veterans and three are alums of Teach for America and AmeriCorps. We have several college athletes, including a mixed martial artist -- actually, not our first mixed martial artist in recent years! Our new community members are musicians and journalists. One was a finalist in the Miss Arizona pageant. There are several cancer survivors.
We are truly local. And truly global.
Each student arrives with life experiences, relationships, geographies, politics, religions, and perspectives, all of which add to a community that is today greater, richer, broader, and deeper than it was before last week.

These images capture a small slice of the excitement during orientation:  

A visit from the therapy dog provides a break between orientation sessions.

A student panel discusses "Tips for Surviving and Thriving."

The annual organizations fair in full swing.
Former Arizona Supreme Court Chief Justice Thomas Zlaket ('65) addresses students during a panel on ethics, civility, and professionalism in the legal profession.

Centennial Snapshot -- A Welcome LWA Tradition 


What memory stands out from your first days at Arizona Law?
One longstanding beginning-of-the-year tradition is the Law Women's Association (LWA) Welcome Dinner. According to Professor Barbara Atwood:
The LWA itself was begun during the academic year of 1974-75. At that time, the only women's organization at the law school was a group known as the Barristers' Biddies. These women were mostly the wives and girlfriends of law students -- and they appeared like angels during exam time with sandwiches and cookies. We appreciated them, but we felt that a different sort of women's group was needed. We held the first LWA Wine and Cheese gathering (the precursor to the dinners now held at Andy Silverman's house) in the 1975-76 school year. It was held at the home of Professor Joel Finer. Joel, a single man at that point, was happy to host, since we agreed to hang his pictures and arrange his furniture as a quid pro quo. Even though he had been living in the house for over a year, he had barely unpacked. His home looked much better after we were done.

As far as we knew, the wine and cheese gathering was one of the first casual social events (unconnected to graduation or some academic lecture) at the law school in which faculty and students mingled. It became a nice tradition -- and over time morphed into a welcome dinner for new 1Ls during orientation. When all of us in the LWA graduated, we felt the immediate need to organize a women lawyers association -- and thus the Arizona Women Lawyers Association (AWLA) was born. The late Judge Lillian Fisher -- already on the bench at that point -- was quite instrumental in getting the AWLA underway.  
The College of Law library's scrapbooks have preserved some snapshots from the 1978 welcome dinner:

The dinner has been held at the home of Professor Andy Silverman and Starr Sanders for over 20 years, as it was this year:

Lorena Hutton, the current LWA president, has this to say about the most recent dinner: 

This year's LWA Welcome Dinner was a great success! The Welcome Dinner is a long-standing University of Arizona Law tradition and a wonderful way to welcome the 1L students to Tucson. It gives students a chance to relax after a long few days of orientation and get to know their fellow classmates.
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.  

Arizona Law Career Mixer

Please join us at the 2015 Arizona Law Career Mixer! The Arizona Law Career Mixer will be held on the campus of the University of Arizona, James E. Rogers College of Law, on Thursday, September 17, 2015, from 5 to 7 p.m.

Arizona Law's Career Development Office will bring together Arizona's finest lawyers, judges, law firms, government agencies, non-profit organizations, alumni, faculty, and students into one evening of conversation, connections, and camaraderie. The event will be catered with locally sourced food by Feast and beer from Tucson's own Dragoon Brewery. We invite you to join us for great food and even greater company. RSVP here.

Alumni Happy Hour in Las Vegas

Join Arizona Law and fellow Wildcats at an Arizona Law Alumni Happy Hour in Las Vegas. Learn about what's new at the college and catch up with other alumni in the "Law Vegas" area. Register here
When:  Friday, September 4, 2015
Time:  4 - 6 p.m.
Where:  Yard House in Time Square, 6593 Las Vegas Blvd S., Las Vegas, NV 89119

Tucson Recent Grad Committee

Hats off to the Tucson Recent Grad Committee for another outstanding happy hour event last week! Special thanks to Fleming & Curti for sponsoring the event.

Homecoming-Centennial Week, October 18-25 
Make plans to return to Tucson and connect with other 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 p.m.
  • Arizona Law Lifetime Achievement Awards Ceremony and reception, Thursday, Oct. 22, 4 p.m.
  • All-alumni Centennial Reception on the patio, Friday, Oct. 23, 6:30 p.m.
  • All-alumni Red and Blue Barbecue, prior to football game, Saturday, Oct. 24 
  • Arizona Law 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)
Alumni Directory

Our alumni directory is fully up and running. This tool is meant to be a resource for all Arizona Law alumni. If you run into classmates or colleagues who do not know about the directory, please help us spread the word.
All alumni have now been invited to join the directory. If you did not receive an invite or if you have had any trouble logging in, please let us know. 

Did you know that you can link your Facebook and LinkedIn accounts to your alumni directory profile? Simply click on the "Connect with Facebook" and "Connect with LinkedIn" buttons on the homepage of the directory. Once connected, your entry will populate with employment information from your LinkedIn account. A "View LinkedIn Profile" button will also appear on your directory page, so users can visit your LinkedIn page directly from your directory entry. 


We live to teach, and so at the start of the new school year we turn on the teaching engine, and hear it and feel it echoing throughout our halls. We look forward to bringing our scholarship into the classroom and into our relationships with students as they engage as lawyers and scholars.  
With the wonderful new members of our community, the many returning students across our programs, and passionate staff, faculty, professors of practice, and the many, many deeply committed alumni and friends of the college, we are off to a great start.
Marc L. Miller  
Dean & Ralph W. Bilby Professor of Law
Shaping the next century of legal education 
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