Last week's tour of the Pacific Northwest was great fun, and Portland and Seattle both boast thoughtful, passionate alumni.


As I travel throughout the state and the country, I routinely speak with alums who ask about classmates, desire to connect to other alums in the area, and want to be a resource for current and prospective students and recent graduates.


We hear you. In an effort to make it easier for alumni to connect, we are preparing to launch an online alumni directory. All Arizona Law graduates are preloaded into the directory. You will receive an email asking you to activate your information. Once you have activated you can choose how much information you would like to share, and you will be able to locate alumni by geographic location or year. Our target date for launching the new directory is August 5th, so stay tuned.


The summer alumni tour and the directory are all part of our effort to fully engage our alumni network. Alumni are a critical resource for all of us at the College, and can be a helpful resource for each other. We need your help in recruiting new students, connecting current students with pathways to practice, and keeping classmates and colleagues connected to the College.

Come back.  Give back.  Reconnect.


Some of our outstanding Seattle alumni
Some of our outstanding Seattle alumni

Until the Footnotes,




Jordan Hartman ('17)


Rising 2L student Jordan Hartman is spending his summer in New York. With New York recently joining Arizona as a Uniform Bar Exam state, we expect to see more students coming from New York to learn the law, and more students from elsewhere following a path to New York.


Jordan is an Arizona native who was raised in Phoenix. While he obtained his undergrad degree in Chicago -- the city from which I am writing and sending this edition of Wildcat Wednesday--Letter of the Law -- Jordan still considers Arizona home. 


When I asked Jordan about why he chose Arizona Law, he mentioned our strong alumni base. "The reputation of Arizona Law in the southwest region is excellent, and its alumni base is strong in many areas. When I came to visit on my recruiting trip, I was happy to find the culture at the U of A was relaxed and easygoing. Simply put, it was a good fit."


Jordan is a summer associate at Meister Seelig & Fein LLP.  In a typical week Jordan works on a variety of projects including a few research assignments, usually some sort of discovery work (privilege log, document review, etc.), and client communication. He has also attended court appearances and depositions.


Jordan feels he is learning a tremendous amount from his summer experience. 


"Legally, each question raises a new issue that resembles a topic covered during 1L year, but has some sort of twist which requires research into new law categories. That said, sometimes I am presented with a legal research question in a field I never even knew existed, which is exciting too." 


In addition to the substantive issues, Jordan is learning about the business side of a law firm and working with attorneys and clients.


Jordan is also using his summer clerkship as an opportunity to explore different areas of law. 


 "I am enjoying the vastly different areas in which I am working. Part of my goal for the summer was to narrow my interests, and working in so many different legal fields has been helpful. Hopefully by summer's end I'll be able to answer the question I get from everyone I know: 'So what kind of law do you want to practice?'"


I understand that in addition to the great position, Jordan has developed a special fondness for a coffee machine at the firm. 


"There is a coffee machine on the 7th floor at my office that makes the best coffee any human being has ever devised. I will be sad to leave knowing it can't come with me.


Jordan -- I am glad you are having a great summer experience.  While it may not be the coffee from the 7th floor, you are welcome to come to my office for a cup anytime.


Outside of the classroom, Jordan stays busy on the intramural fields. He played on a few of the College of Law's teams, including the champion soccer team. He enjoys spending time with his three younger siblings -- with the youngest just about to start college at NAU.


Centennial Snapshot -- Arizona Journal of International and Comparative Law


The student-edited publication Arizona Journal of International and Comparative Law (AJICL) has a 33-year history. It was founded to address questions of international and comparative law with a focus on Mexico, Central America, and South America. 


The inaugural project of the journal was a conference in 1982 on legal issues in trade and investment between the United States and Mexico. The first issue, also in 1982, contained dedications from Governor Bruce Babbitt, Senator Barry Goldwater, Senator Dennis DeConcini, and members of the Arizona-Sonora Commission, among others. The first editor was Martha Hutzelman ('82). College of Law faculty granted formal approval and sponsorship of AJICL in 1984, and the first edition under direct sponsorship of the College of Law was published in 1985.


AJICL board in 1984 (Arizona Advocate v. 19 n. 2)




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 a no-host alumni lunch with Dean Willie Jordan-Curtis on Monday, July 20, 1:00pm at Brigantine (1333 Orange Avenue). Please contact Marissa White for additional information, or RSVP for the lunch here.



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


I've spent the last two and half days at a workshop in Chicago on changes in legal education. Around the country people are taking note of our historic strengths -- our students, alumni, and faculty -- and our innovations. I walk away from such conversations deeply appreciative of the collaborative, optimistic, and innovative spirit of our community.

Let me conclude with a few additional pictures from my visit to Seattle. The Northwest alumni to a person were excited by the opportunity the new online alumni directory will offer. We share their excitement, and look forward to sharing the new tool with all of you.

Omar Vasquez ('14)

Visiting with the proud parent of an alumnus
Visiting with the proud parent of an alumnus

Kara Tatman ('09)
Kara Tatman ('09)






Marc L. Miller  

Dean & Ralph W. Bilby Professor of Law
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