We are just over two short weeks away from the 9th Annual Gutter Bowl, brought to you by your Law College Association and the Alumni & Development Office. This alumni event came roaring back to life in 2015 with over 100 participants.
I hope you will join me at the Scottsdale Bowlmor on Friday, March 4, to take on the reigning champions and perhaps set your own record for the highest -- or lowest! -- score of the night. Register here.

Until the footnotes,

Gutter Bowl -- We're on a Roll!

Once again, the lanes of the Scottsdale Bowlmor beckon to all Arizona Law alumni and friends for the 9th Annual Arizona Law Gutter Bowl.

One of the most popular events of the year proves that legal acumen, writing ability, and drafting skills take a back seat to perfect aim and a strong arm! Claim your title and rule the lanes with either the highest or lowest score of the night. 

In 2015, Jones, Skelton & Hochuli walked away with the first place trophy. The Snell & Wilmer team earned second place, and alumni Wayne Howard's ragtag team of alums and Arizona Law administrators laughed its way right into third place. Quite proudly,  Fennemore Craig gutter bowled its way to the lowest score of the night. Will they be able to keep their titles?

Join Us and Don't Miss . . .
Steve Hirsch ('80) and Chas Wirken ('75) as your 2016 King Pins
Celebrity Bowlers
Featuring the Judges of the Split 7/10 Circuit
Individual and Team Awards
Arizona Raffle and Door Prizes
Including Wildcat Basketball Tickets, Biosphere 2 Excursion, 
Team-autographed UA Basketball
Friday, March 4, 2016, 6 - 9 p.m.
Bowlmor Scottsdale, 7300 E Thomas Rd.
All participants will enjoy complimentary shoe rental, appetizers, 
pizza, salad, soft drinks, and pitchers.
Individual Bowlers $125
Team of Five $500
Confirm your space today! If you are registering your team or will create a firm team, you do not need to know the names of your bowlers at the time of registration. We will reach out to confirm names as we get closer to the event date.
Judges and court personnel, please share this invitation with law clerks too. We would love to see some chamber teams!
You do not have to be an alumnus to play. All are welcome.
Questions? Need help registering your firm or organization? Seeking top-secret bowling tips?
Contact Chris Gast
Get the latest information at
Thanks go to the outstanding 2016 Gutter Bowl committee -- Jessica Post ('05), Shruti Gurudanti ('15), Thomas Stack ('05), Geoff Balon ('11), Alison Bachus ('05), and Coree Neumeyer ('07).

In the unlikely event that you are not yet convinced to sign up, here are more highlights from last year's Gutter Bowl:

Fender Reception

Last Thursday Arizona Law held a reception for admitted students at the world headquarters of Fender Musical Instruments in Scottsdale. 

We were hosted by Fender Chief Legal Officer (aka General Counsel) and Senior Vice President for Business Development Mark Van Vleet ('91) and joined by U.S. District Court Judge Stephen McNamee ('69), Arizona Law faculty, and local alumni Alison Bachus ('05), Quentin Cushner ('09), Levi Claridge (15), and Jeff Williams ('88). 

Thank you to all who attended and made this a memorable evening. It gave newly admitted students a chance to experience our close-knit Arizona Law community in a terrifically fun setting.

And for those alumni, friends, students, and faculty who will admit to knowing what to do with a guitar in their hands, come hang out at the Fender & '14 Room in a wonderful casita across the street from the College .



A Note on the McCormick Lecture
Due to the death last weekend of Justice Antonin Scalia, Justice Elena Kagan canceled her February 15 visit to Arizona Law to deliver the McCormick Lecture. 

Justice Scalia was her close friend and colleague, a man she had recently characterized as having the "most important impact on how we think and talk about the law in years." Justice Kagan offers sincere regrets at not being able to deliver the McCormick Lecture.

Of note for Tucson residents: KUAT is rebroadcasting our 2009 conversation between Justice Scalia and Justice Stephen Breyer this Friday at 8:30 p.m. or Sunday at 9 a.m.

The original 2009 UA News story on that conversation is available online.

Next Law.Change Speaker, February 19
Law.Change is a regular Friday lecture series about technological changes and business trends in the legal profession.

This Friday, Professor Chris Robertson will give a talk entitled, "How Online Scientific Experiments Can Shape Trial Strategy and Legal Decisions."
Date: Friday, February 19, 2016
Time: 12 - 1:30 p.m.
Location: College of Law, Room 118
Summary: How will jurors respond to an expert witness? Will a lawyer lose credibility if she makes a huge demand for damages? Did a trial court's erroneous admission of evidence actually prejudice the defendant or was it harmless? Will jurors appropriately discount the testimony of a paid witness? These questions are amenable to scientific study, and in the very near future, lawyers and courts will demand evidence. Professor Robertson will discuss his cutting edge research, which uses online crowd-sourcing platforms (such as Amazon Mechanical Turk), to conduct scientific experiments, cheaply and quickly, to inform trial strategy and appellate decision making.

CLE credit may be available*

Read about previous speakers on the Law.Change blog.

On February 5, Law.Change featured a panel of
2014 graduates, from left to right:
Matt Randle, Julia Palfreyman, and Will Pew.

* The State Bar of Arizona does not approve or accredit CLE activities for the Mandatory Continuing Legal Education requirement. This activity may qualify for up to 1 hour toward your annual CLE requirement for the State Bar of Arizona, including 1 hour(s) of professional responsibility.

Online Alumni Directory

Please take the time to join your  online alumni directory. We are creating a shared resource to support our students and our alumni. If you need us to resend your personalized invitation, please email or call (520) 621-8430.
The latest weekly Arizona Law T-shirt drawing winner from among new directory members is Jeffrey Leonard ('75). Congratulations, Jeff, and thanks for joining!  

This is a beautiful time of year in Tucson. 

Some days could be called cold . . . but cold with a smile. The annual Tucson Gem and Mineral Show has just ended. The Tucson Rodeo -- aka La Fiesta De Los Vaqueros, begun in 1925 -- is a few days away. So are the days off for the rodeo in the public schools, a tradition shared by the University of Arizona up until the 1980s.

Near or far, I hope you are getting out and about, and enjoying this special time of year.   

Marc L. Miller  
Dean & Ralph W. Bilby Professor of Law
Shaping the next century of legal education 
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