Lifetime Achievement Award winners
Arizona Law heroes (L to R) Lowell Rothschild, Isabel Garcia, and J. Michael Hennigan
Last Friday we bestowed our college's highest honor -- the Lifetime Achievement Award -- on six distinguished alumni who have made communities more vibrant and our world better.

Anthony B. Ching ('65), Isabel Garcia ('78), 
J. Michael Hennigan ('70), Wing F. Ong ('43), Lowell Rothschild ('52), and Emory Sekaquaptewa ('70) are heroes whose life's work has served our highest aspirations.

I hope you'll take a moment to read about their remarkable lives and their profound contributions to our profession. Their stories tell us that when people have passion, ability, time, and grit, they can produce real change.

As Mike Hennigan accepted his award, I was struck by his remarks. He shared his "deep gratitude" for this institution, fondly recalling fascinating classroom discussions that spilled into hallways and ignited a love for the law that he said continues to this day. He described his time at Arizona Law as "a pivotal moment in my life that changed me for the better."

With our great faculty and programs -- and in a moment in history when the law is as important as ever -- I know we can have that effect on every graduate. And that gives me confidence that we'll see many more heroes among us for generations to come.

Until next time,

Dean Marc Miller
What Inspires You?

Tucson desert Last week we shared new students' answers to why they chose law. This week we bring you their responses about what inspires them. Consider this your Arizona Law dose of mid-week motivation!

"Excellence in whatever shape it may take"

"The principles that rule this profession and the diverse areas where I could practice."

"Powerful women making a change"

"The Constitution, discovery, knowledge and adventure."

"The idea that hard work and dedication will overcome"

"My friends and those who came before me"

"Communities and people that are the voice for the marginalized"

"Solving complex problems."

"Black Coffee + Heavy Metal"

"My children, they are the reason I am here"
"The power of human cooperation"

"Selflessness and creativity"

"Truth. (And the Catalina Mountains)"

Around the College
See what's exciting about the Online BA in Law.
University of Arizona Law now offers two of its degrees online: the bachelor of arts in law (BA) and the master of legal studies (MLS). A third option, the master of laws (LLM) will be available online in the near future.
Both the BA and MLS degrees are geared toward students who have an interest in professions that benefit from legal knowledge, but do not require a JD. 

"Our online programs provide the best of both worlds -- classes taught by our own faculty who are world-renowned experts in their fields, at a schedule and pace that you choose," says Kathie Barnes, associate dean for programs and innovation.

Keith Swisher and Mark Blair
Keith Swisher                      Mark Blair
Attorney and legal ethics scholar Keith Swisher is the new director of Arizona Law's bachelor of arts in law and master of legal studies programs.

Swisher has taught at Arizona Law since 2015 and says his interest in the new role stemmed from his deep-seated respect for the law school, staff members and students he met in the last 18 months. 

Swisher says he was also drawn to the college's ability to evolve--specifically for the betterment of its students--in response to new changes and opportunities in the legal profession and in legal education.

He is joined by new program coordinator Mark Blair, an Arizona Law alumnus ('07 JD, '08 LLM) and 2015 UA PhD graduate.

Arizona Law in the News
Bloomberg, commentary from Professor David Gantz

Washington Post, guest blog from Professor Jane Bambauer

ABA Journal, commentary from Professor, BA/MLS Director Keith Swisher

Daily Wildcat, coverage of Dean Marc Miller, UA President Dr. Robert Robbins and others in strategic partnership meetings with Mexican officials

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