For many University of Arizona Law JD students, their first class on their first day of their first year began with Robert Glennon. No doubt this was a momentous occasion for the students, but it was equally significant to Glennon, who retired this year after a 36-year career at Arizona Law.
Asked what he’ll miss most, he points to teaching Constitutional Law I to first-year students.
“I vividly recall one student who would come up to me after virtually every class to ask questions, and she often met me during office hours because she was really struggling,” Glennon says. “She persevered. She got an ‘A.’ I was overjoyed.”
For Glennon, whose legacy includes pathbreaking scholarly contributions and building a first-rate environmental law program, teaching and student success were always at the core of his work.
Peter Culp (’01) took Water Law and Law of the Colorado River with Glennon and says those classes and Glennon’s mentorship were instrumental in launching his career.
“As they were for so many of my fellow students, those classes were foundational in the development of my understanding of western water law and policy,” says Culp, managing partner at Culp & Kelly, LLP, which specializes in water, environmental, and natural resource law and policy.
“A law review article about the Colorado River Delta—which he generously agreed to co-author with me while I was still a law student—helped to define the course of my future career and started me on my path as a successful water lawyer. Over the years, Robert has been my teacher, mentor, counselor, collaborator and a close friend. I will be forever grateful to him.”