In this Wildcat Wednesday--Letter of the Law we continue our series on summer student employment with a profile of Lindsey Huang ('17).  


This week I am making a swing through the Pacific Northwest to meet with alumni.  Last night we held an alumni reception in Portland at Stoel Rives and tonight we will be in Seattle, hosted by Williams Kastner


Our Portland gathering included Grace Lee ('01, not pictured) and,
from left, Athan Papailiou ('13), Angela Addae ('16), Melissa Healy ('09),
Caylin Barter ('13), Aryn Gruneisen ('12), and Kara Tatman ('09).


It is always a pleasure to connect with alumni throughout the country, and an equal pleasure to welcome alumni back to the College.   


This year, as part of our Centennial Celebration, we want all of our alumni and friends to return for our Centennial Week and Homecoming, spanning the week of October 18-25.  We have football tickets available, a lecture by Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan (10/20), our annual Red & Blue BBQ (10/24), and many more opportunities to reconnect.  Hotels will fill up fast so please make your reservations soon. 

Come back.  Give back.  Reconnect.


Until the Footnotes,



Lindsey Huang ('17)

Lindsey Huang ('17) is working this summer as a 1L Diversity Fellow at the Phoenix office of Perkins Coie in the Commercial Litigation practice group.   


Lindsey was alerted to the opportunity through our Career Development Office.  After seeing the position advertised on CareerCat, Lindsey's writing fellow, recent graduate Cara Wallace ('15), strongly encouraged her to apply.  Lindsey is grateful for the encouragement:


"I'm learning a lot about the practice of law, and also growing more confident in my skill-set.  I've found that I can conduct legal research, and that the memos we prepared in writing class are actually similar to those I turn in at work." 


As a summer associate Lindsey works with several partners on a variety of litigation matters -- trade secrets, environmental law, political law, labor and employment.  She has attended depositions and oral arguments in order to learn more about the different stages of litigation.   


Additionally, as a 1L Diversity Fellow, the firm has matched Lindsey up with a client to learn more about in-house counsel and how businesses utilize their legal departments.  She also attended a firm retreat to discuss initiatives to promote the recruitment and retention of diverse lawyers.


"My favorite part of my summer position is that I enjoy it!  I had no practical legal experience before law school.  Though I enjoyed my classes at school, I wasn't sure how it would translate to the professional setting, and I have absolutely loved working on projects and working with lawyers.  What a relief!"


Lindsey notes that she was attracted to Arizona Law's reputation for having both a collegial atmosphere and challenging curriculum: 


"My previous experience working in law school admissions had taught me that choosing the right environment for your personality has an enormous impact on your law school experience.  Some people may thrive in ultra-competitive situations, but I knew that I would be better suited to a school in which classmates collaborate and support each other.  So far, I've been right!  The friends and support system I have gained in my first year are precious to me, and I know that any successes I may have are because my classmates are friends that cheer me on, rather than ruthless competitors."



With Arizona Law classmates
and intramural teammates on the "Tortfeasors"



Lindsey was also drawn to Arizona Law because she heard that the faculty and administration were very accessible and responsive: 


"To me, this means that I feel that I am valued and have a voice -- a voice that is heard by professors when I'm seeking learning or professional advice, and heard by administrators when it seems like improvements could be made at the school." 


After law school, Lindsey hopes to clerk for a year before joining a firm.  She is not yet sure what practice area would best suit her, but hopes to discover this through summer experiences and by taking a wide variety of classes.  She notes, "I plan to stay in Arizona for the foreseeable future, because I love the sunshine!"




Outside of school, Lindsey enjoys spending time with her future husband, Dave, who works at UAMC as a radiologist.  Dave and Lindsey have a miniature poodle named Duncan, who enjoys hiking with them at Catalina State Park and other local dog-friendly parks.  Lindsey's major hobby is training for marathons (she is running Boston next spring).  Most weekends you'll find her trotting up and down Sabino Canyon on long runs. 

As one of 9 children, most of whom remained in the Midwest, she spends a lot of time keeping in touch on Skype.

Lindsey, we are glad you are part of the Arizona Law family.

Centennial Snapshot -- Our First Dean

Samuel Marks Fegtly was one of three faculty when the Department of Law was founded in 1915. He also taught courses in speech. He became head of the department the following year, and the first dean when the College of Law was formed in 1925.  In total, Fegtly served as Law's lead administrator for 22 years until his retirement in 1938.  He continued to teach for several years in an emeritus capacity. 


Dean Fegtly (center) and other College of Law faculty members in 1930.

Photographs in the College's archive and yearbooks from those decades hint at Fegtly's deep involvement in the department and student activities, even after his retirement.


Fegtly in the early 1920s.


Dean Fegtly advised UA's forensic debate society,
pictured in the 1939 Desert yearbook. 


Dean Emeritus Fegtly "carries on with teaching,"
according to the 1939 Desert yearbook.



























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.  



State Bar of Arizona -- CLE by the Sea, July 19-22



Will you soon find yourself on Coronado Island, soaking up CLE credit at this year's CLE by the Sea?  Arizona Law is a proud law school partner in this year's event.   


We are looking forward to the Watergate III: Breaking Rank keynote presentation by John W. Dean and James David Robenalt, and hope to see many of you there.  Come visit our booth, or even better, please join us for an informal alumni lunch with Dean Willie Jordan-Curtis on Monday, July 20, 1:00pm at Brigantine (1333 Orange Avenue) -- watch your in-boxes for additional information, or contact Marissa White.



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 on the patio, Friday, Oct. 23, 6:00 pm
  • All-alumni Homecoming-Centennial Barbecue, prior to football game, Saturday, Oct. 24 
  • Arizona Law seating at Arizona v. Washington State, Saturday, Oct. 24 
  • All-alumni Brunch with former deans, hosted by Dean Miller, Sunday, Oct. 25
  • Reunions for the Classes of '65, '70, '75, '80, '85, '90, '95, '00, '05, and '10 throughout the week. Contact Marissa White


Patrick McGroder ('70) in the News


Alumnus Patrick McGroder is quoted in the New York Times regarding a recent settlement between his clients, families of twelve of the firefighters killed in the Yarnell Hill Fire, and the State of Arizona: "Arizona Settles Cases With Relatives of 19 Who Died Fighting Wildfire." 



Professor Melissa Tatum to Deliver Humanities Seminar


Professor Melissa Tatum will teach Manifest Destiny: Four U.S. Army Generals and the Modern Face of Native America.  An offering of the Summer 2015 Humanities Seminar Program at The University of Arizona College of Humanities, Professor Tatum's course will explore over four sessions in August the transformative roles played by four generals of the U.S. Army and the relationship between the United States and American Indians.  Register for the course or learn more about the class from Prof. Tatum.




When I arrived in Portland on Monday it was 92 degrees.  So much for the cool Pacific Northwest!  Our NW alumni are very cool, though -- and increasingly connected with each other, within Portland and Seattle, and across the region.  


Washington State is a Uniform Bar Exam (UBE) state, so Washingtonians can spend three years in paradise, and still easily return to Nirvana.  Perhaps Oregon will follow suit.  But whether Oregon follows the UBE path or not, we hope our alumni and friend in the Pacific Northwest continue to encourage bright prospective students to spend a few years in Tucson and keep the doors open for their fellow alumni and the current students who will join their ranks in the years ahead.






Marc L. Miller  

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