Last week at the State Bar of Arizona convention, 130 alumni and friends joined us for our Centennial Reception.   


Anytime an alum rushes on stage to lead the crowd in singing Bear Down, we have achieved great success.  Thanks to Barry Wong ('84) for his school spirit and leadership and to all of our alumni and friends who came to help celebrate.  It was a fitting celebration of the College's great past, present, and future!


Next week, I am off to the Pacific Northwest to meet with alumni in Portland (RSVP) and Seattle (RSVP).  If you are in the area, please join us.


In this week's newsletter, we continue our series on student summer employment.  This week we feature a rising 3L student, Jahna Locke, who has a job at the College in the Veterans' Advocacy Law Clinic.


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Jahna Locke ('16)

Rising 3L student Jahna Locke is spending her summer working as an intern at the Veterans' Advocacy Law Clinic.  She discovered this position through Professor and Clinic Director Kristine Huskey after enrolling in the Veterans' Law Clinic course last fall.  Jahna jumped at the chance to stay in Tucson to work during her 2L summer.


Jahna is working as a Rule 38(d) practicing student attorney.  


"The environment inside and outside of City Court's Veterans' Court is an experience where you jump in and learn how to submit motions, interact with clients, and work with opposing counsel.  My favorite part of this experience is that I am a practicing lawyer -- I just happen to be supervised.  I enjoy learning from my supervising attorneys how to use equal parts intelligence and creativity to represent my clients.  It makes me feel so close to being an advocate contributing to her community."


Jahna found her way to Arizona Law from Seattle, in search of a great school, sunshine, and adventure.  After visiting Arizona Law, she was hooked.  


"During my visit, a student ambassador showed me classrooms, told me about her new firm job, and her life as a law student with poise and confidence.  The James E. Rogers College of Law was and is a strong community with an emphasis on real life experiences through clinic and clerkship opportunities -- exactly what I was looking for in a law school."


Jahna has not settled on her path after law school but she knows she wants to continue in a line of work similar to her summer internship.  She is even considering buying a big truck and RV to explore Alaska and reach out to isolated communities.  


Jahna sees a real need for legal services in such communities and her vision is to create a practice to pair individuals with federal benefits, including those available through the VA system.  She sees other potential advantages of heading to Alaska: "I hear the salmon fishing is ridiculously good out there too."  


Jahna, if you choose Alaska, you will be in good company.  We have 35-plus Arizona Law alumni living and working in Alaska, including one alumna who is the CEO of a fishery.



When I asked Jahna about her hobbies, she had this to say:

"Life is so short, I try to fill it with all of the wonderful things I have around me.  I adore my two dogs, Sampson and Marco -- two parts cute, one part fluffy.  Power yoga is often a regular activity, but I also love rollerblading, practicing archery, arts and crafts, and eating.  Honestly, I'm just so excited to become a lawyer, to have the opportunity to move to new places with my family, to work hard, to learn, and to enjoy the space I am in."

Centennial Reception at Arizona State Bar 

Thanks to all alumni and friends for adding to the celebration!  It was wonderful to see so many old friends reconnecting.


Shar Bahmani ('07),
Senior Director of Development Jonelle Vold ('01),
and John Carter ('07).


Barry Wong ('84) and Paul Julien ('86).

Judge Nikki Chayet ('77),
Judge Karen Nygaard ('82),
and Nancy Yaeli (UA Alumni Association).


The next generation staffing the souvenir table. 


Centennial Snapshot -- Race Judicata

Beginning in 1982 the University of Arizona College of Law intermittently held charity runs known as "Race Judicata," which are also held at other law schools across the country.
The College's law librarians documented the 1983 race -- which benefited the law library -- with these and other candid shots in their famous (or infamous?) scrapbook collection:



Do you recognize anyone? 


Dean Henderson was also part of the fun.



Do you have photos or information about runs or other charity events held in subsequent years at the College of Law?  We would love to hear from you.  Please contact Emily McGovern, Centennial Coordinator, to share your images and stories.  



Summer Alumni Receptions


We'd love to have you join us at one of our upcoming alumni receptions.  


  • Portland, OR -- Tuesday, July 7, 5:30-7:30 pm at Stoel Rives, 900 SW Fifth Ave., Ste 2600. RSVP here
  • Seattle, WA -- Wednesday, July 8, 5-7 pm at Williams Kastner, Two Union Square, 601 Union St., Ste 4100. RSVP here
  • Prescott -- Planned for late summer, details to come.
  • Flagstaff -- Planned for late summer, details to come.
  • Yuma -- Tuesday, August 4, 12-2 pm, details to come.


And, make plans to return to Tucson and connect with more alumni during this year's special Homecoming-Centennial Week, October 18-25!

RSVP for any alumni event by contacting
Marissa White or following the links above.


For those away from Tucson, as we send this Wildcat Wednesday--Letter of the Law, we should report that the monsoon rains have arrived -- even some hail. 

Before 2008, the start of the monsoon was identified by three consecutive days of a daily dew point average of 55 degrees F or higher.  The average Phoenix start date was July 7, but ranged from June 16 (in 1925!) to July 25 (in 1987).  In Tucson, the average start date was July 3 -- so we are early this year.

Perhaps because news stations could not define 'dew point,' since 2008 the official start date of the monsoon is July 15, and the end September 15, regardless of temperature, humidity, or precipitation (learn more about the monsoon here and here).  I remember shortly after moving to Tucson ten years ago telling a good friend who lives in New York and Kansas that the monsoon had arrived, and he responded with laughter, "The monsoon? Really?  I thought you moved to Southern Arizona, not Southeast Asia."

This is a stunning time of year, with dramatic clouds and storms moving across Tucson, and plants that seem to grow before your eyes as they soak up the sporadic but heavy rains. It also reminds us that we have reached the half-way point of summer. We are looking forward to the return of the energy and sounds of a new school year, and the introduction of a new incoming class.

I hope your summer has gone well thus far, and that you will find space to relax in the days and weeks that remain.





Marc L. Miller  

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