The new online alumni directory is here!


If you graduated between 2005 and 2015, you should have received an email inviting you to join the directory.  If you are a member of those classes and you did not receive an email, please let us know.  Class years prior to 2005 will receive their invitations over the next few weeks.  


Once you receive your email, please take a moment to click the link, join the directory, and fill out your contact information.  The more information contained in the directory, the more valuable it will be to all College of Law alumni.  


In the footnotes below, we have provided some screen shots and helpful hints to make registration a little easier.  If you have any questions or need assistance, please contact the alumni office at (520) 621-8430 or

This week I introduce you to one of our newest faculty colleagues and a member of the administrative team -- Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Catherine Gage O'Grady.


Until the footnotes,




Cathy Gage O'Grady Joins Arizona Law 


This summer, Catherine Gage O'Grady joined us as a Professor of Law and as our new Associate Dean of Academic Affairs.  She teaches Civil Procedure and Professional Responsibility.   


Cathy's research focuses on behavioral legal ethics, an area of study that draws on empirical research in cognitive and social psychology to explore the many subtle and often unconscious influences on ethical decision making.  


Her current work, titled Behavioral Legal Ethics, Decision Making, and the New Attorney's Unique Perspective, analyzes the psychology of ethical decision making for the new attorney.


Before coming to Tucson, Cathy was a Professor of Law at Arizona State University's Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law, where she also served for three years as Associate Dean of Clinical Affairs and the Profession.  She has appeared as a legal commentator on the public television station KAET in Phoenix, speaking about the U.S. Supreme Court.


Prior to joining the ASU faculty in 1990, she clerked for Judge William Canby on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, and she practiced law with the Phoenix firm of Meyer, Hendricks, Victor, Osborn & Maledon.


Feel free to stop by or drop a note to say hello.


I am thrilled to have Cathy on board and look forward to introducing her to those of you who do not already know her.

Award Established to Honor Professor Jean Braucher   


The American Bankruptcy Institute has established an award in honor of the late Professor Jean Braucher.  James Patrick Shea ('82) shares this announcement:


An author of more than 50 articles, books and book chapters, Professor Braucher was known among academics as a pioneer thinker in the "law in action" tradition.  She was also active in legal reform efforts, serving as a long-standing member in the American Law Institute, the National Conference of Commissioners of Uniform Laws, and most recently as a member of the Administrative Claims Advisory Committee for the ABI Commission to Study the Reform of Chapter 11.  She also served as an active member on the Advisory Board for the Consumer Bankruptcy Fee Study.  An ABI member since 1999, Professor Braucher was inducted into the American College of Bankruptcy in 2013.  She will be remembered not just for her many contributions to consumer bankruptcy law, but also for her generosity, warmth, humor and kindness.


Each year, the recipient of the Jean Braucher Award will be the full-time academic member of ABI or U.S. bankruptcy judge who best embodies Professor Braucher's personal and professional qualities and whose work serves to advance knowledge, thinking and improvements in the consumer bankruptcy system. 


The award, which also includes a cash prize of $7,500, will be presented annually at ABI's Winter Leadership Conference, starting with this year's event on Dec. 3-5 at the Arizona Biltmore Resort and Spa in Phoenix.


Centennial Snapshot -- Dean Lyons


John D. Lyons, a 1932 alumnus of the College of Law, became its third dean in 1947.  As a student, Lyons was president of the student body. 

As its dean, Lyons guided the college through the post- World War II era of enrollments swollen by returning veterans and secured the construction and occupation of a much needed new law building.  In 1966, Dean Lyons returned to full-time teaching.

Dean Charles Ares published a tribute to Dean Lyons in the college's Law Record in 1981 (v.2 n.2)



























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.  

In Memoriam: Thomas O'Hare ('69)

The Arizona Law community mourns
Thomas O'Hare ('69), who passed away in Albuquerque, New Mexico, on July 1, 2015.  Read the obituary in the Albuquerque Journal.





Best wishes to Jeremy Welland ('11) and his wife, Kehler, on their recent marriage in Park City, Utah.  





Bob Smith ('94), Assistant City Prosecutor for the City of Phoenix, was recognized on June 18, 2015, in Tucson at the Arizona Prosecuting Attorney's Advisory Council Annual Conference as one of the 2015 APAAC Prosecutors of the Year for Arizona. 



Matt Randle ('14), a Veterans Advocacy Law Clinic Post-Graduate Fellow, has announced the creation of his own firm in Tucson practicing in criminal, family, and juvenile law.  





Tom Henze ('73) and Janey Henze Cook ('03) have started a new firm in Phoenix:





Homecoming-Centennial Week, October 18-25 


Make plans to return to Tucson and connect with more 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 -- see below.

Visit to learn more and register!


Attention, Classes of 1965, 1970, 1975, 1980, 1985, 1990, 1995, 2000, 2005, and 2010! It's your reunion year!


Things are in full swing for your class reunion at this year's Centennial Homecoming, and we  invite you to be part of the celebration.  If you would like to join in the planning for your reunion reception, please reach out to your class reunion chair, listed below.  We need everyone's help to get the word out and celebrate your milestone as an Arizona Law alum!


For the classes of 1965 (50 year), 1970 (45 year), and 1975 (40 year), keep an eye out for a formal invitation to your reunion luncheon and contact Marissa White with questions or to update your contact information or that of a classmate.



Get ready, get set, go to the Alumni Directory! Here are some tips:


TIP 1  Once you have set your password by clicking on the embedded link in your welcome email, log in to the Directory to update or add your information.  Click on Change Profile underneath the Getting Started menu in the upper right-hand corner of the home page (see the green circle).




TIP 2  Once you have arrived at your profile, click Edit to change your information and update your privacy settings.  Note that, while you can see all of your information, by default, the only items that are visible to others are Degree, Graduation Date, City, State, and Zip Code


TIP 3  Privacy settings appear after each field.  The options available are:  
  • Private (only you can view the information); 
  • Network Only (allows only your Directory connections to see the information); and 
  • System Users Only and Public (both of which make the information visible to all users who are logged in to the system).  

Note that, despite the name, information set to Public, will never be accessible to anyone who is not logged in to the Directory.

TIP 4  To search for friends or classmates, simply click on Directory under the People tab atop any page.





We are two weeks away from orientation for the new class and transfer students.  But the law school world is again buzzing.  


Many current students are involved in interviewing programs in Los Angeles (August 10), Las Vegas (August 11), Denver (August 12), Phoenix (August 14), and Tucson (August 17-28) (email the Career Development Office for more information).   


For returning students -- we look forward to seeing you back on campus!







Marc L. Miller  

Dean & Ralph W. Bilby Professor of Law


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