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Following in the paths of Mr. Smith, Morris Udall, Dennis DeConcini, John Kyl -- and around 150 current alumni -- Arizona Law went to Washington. Our AZ Law in DC Week provided an opportunity to reconnect with area alumni and current students working this summer in DC, engage with admitted and prospective students in our JD and Global Programs, and meet with potential employers in both the public and private sectors. Allow me to share some of the highlights below.


Until the footnotes,




AZ Law in DC Week
Shannon O'Loughlin ('01) outside her office.

Our week in DC was a direct response to the suggestion of a group of DC alumni that the College of Law spend more time in the summer connecting with and building the Arizona Law capital community.

Our outreach events throughout the co
untry would not be possible without alumni support. Indeed, there are very few things we will not try when a group of alumni propose a thoughtful innovation, and we were glad to make DC Week happen.


I would like recognize some of the alumni who made this week possible.

  • Deborah Sliz ('79) for her constant dedication, and for providing her office for the alumni breakfast this past week, as she has done before.  
  • Jon Teitel ('01) for being our "boots on the ground" and always willing to lend a hand.
  • Jim Glasgow ('69) and Priya Sundareshan ('12) for their support of our admissions efforts and offering event space. 


At our largest event, I joined Jonelle Vold ('01), who leads our alumni and development efforts, at an alumni reception in Dupont Circle. We connected with alumni from every corner of the District. The professional paths taken by our alumni reflect the dominant role of the federal government and the distinctive nature of DC practice. We have alums on the hill, throughout various executive and independent agencies, representing trade organizations, and in private practice and corporations. Over the course of their careers, many move across these boundaries.  


Current students who were working in DC, or passing through, joined us as well, and it was an equal pleasure to introduce our great current students to our extraordinary alums.  


It is impossible to overstate the importance of this extended community through which we can continually

build and deepen our connections and friendships and support for each other. 


I had the opportunity to talk with alums in a quieter setting at our Friday breakfast. We discussed how the law school is responding to changing times, and discussed in some detail issues raised by the regulatory framework in which law schools operate.  


We know that many alums have come from the East, been educated in the Southwest, and returned to the East. We know that it is possible to be trained in Tucson, and practice in the nation's capital. But we also know this message is not always perceived by prospective students in the East, and we hope that by spending more time in DC and highlighting our alums and the available opportunities in DC, we can shift the needle.


Our Assistant Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid, Bianca Mack, orchestrated three events on behalf of the college: our presence at the Law School Admissions Council DC Forum, a Meet the Dean reception, and an admissions luncheon.


Building Partnerships at the Canadian Embassy


Our new Director of Global Programs, Cristina Castaneda (LLM '07), was also in the Beltway to connect with interested students, international professionals, and foreign embassy leaders about the global programs we offer at the college, including the Advanced JD, LLM programs in international trade and business law and indigenous peoples law and policy, SJD, Master of Legal Studies, and Master of Professional Studies in Indigenous Governance.


On the employer front, I joined Karen Kowalski, our Assistant Dean for Career Development, in meetings all around town including the U.S. Senate, U.S. Attorneys' Office, U.S. Department of Transportation, and the DC office of a major national firm. 


Arizona Law has continuously maintained a steadfast dedication to public service and national leadership in our curriculum and extracurricular opportunities. In addition to externship and employment opportunities, we hope to tackle one of the challenges mentioned by both current students and employers: summer and semester housing.


Let me reiterate my pledge and the commitment of our admissions, career and alumni offices, to go where the opportunities are.  I am in Phoenix almost every week.  I am happy to travel to DC, LA, Denver, Las Vegas, New York, Seattle, Dallas, Houston, or anywhere else when our dedicated alumni and friends recommend people we should meet with, or identify promising markets for our current students.    


A Very Special Congratulations to Katrina and Isaac Crum

On June 27th at 1:57am, Katrina ('07) and Isaac ('08) Crum welcomed their baby boy (and future Arizona Law alum), Henry Tyler Crum, into the world.  He was 9lbs, 6oz and 21in long with a full head of hair!  And by our calculations, he'll be somewhere around the JD class of 2029. Both mom and baby are doing great. We wish them all of the health and happiness in this new phase of life.




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Coming soon!


SAVE THE DATE - Arizona Law in Denver

August 11, 2014


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SAVE THE DATE - Arizona Law in Albuquerque

August 12, 2014


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SAVE THE DATE - Arizona Law in Las Vegas

September 5, 2014


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SAVE THE DATE - PLAN AHEAD - Centennial Homecoming Weekend

November 7-9, 2014 

For more information, CLICK HERE to visit our Homecoming 2014 website.


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The Fourth of July is always a great time in Arizona -- the fireworks, the watermelon, the long warm days.


We have a lot to celebrate at Arizona Law as well. Our incoming class looks fantastic -- strong, interesting, and diverse. Our admissions team has worked diligently to admit a spirited and wide-ranging class that will continue to make Arizona Law one of the great public law schools, and a national and global beacon of success.


I wish you all a relaxing and safe weekend -- perhaps one with little less email and a little more time with family and friends.


Let the fireworks begin,





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Marc L. Miller 
Dean & Ralph W. Bilby Professor of Law 
James E. Rogers College of Law    

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