from Washington, DC,
continue the summer road trip to connect with alumni and
celebrate the College's Centennial. This week I
have had the opportunity to meet with alumni in DC,
including a Centennial reception at the office of alumna
Deborah Sliz ('79, far right in the photo below).
are pictures from ... well ... right at this
moment! Deborah, thank you for hosting a great
event and providing a terrific location.
be sure to take a look at the footnotes for the full
schedule of alumni receptions. Of course, if you
are planning to attend the Arizona State Bar Convention,
please stop by the Biltmore to see us on Thursday
evening, the 25th, from 6:30 to 8:00 (RSVP
This week begins
what will be a summer long series on our students and
their summer work. Our first featured student is rising
3L Patrick Riell.
Until the Footnotes,
Patrick Riell ('16)
came to law school to pursue a position in sports
law. An Ohio native, he completed his
undergraduate studies at Ohio State, and during his 1L
summer he returned to work in the Ohio State athletics
department doing compliance work.
the last two years, Patrick has had the opportunity to
get to know alumnus Mark Van Vleet ('91), Chief Legal
Officer and Senior Vice President of Business
Development at Fender Musical Instruments
was a 1L when Mark returned to campus to participate in
our "Conversation With" series and they first
spoke. They connected again this spring when Mark
was back on campus to speak to students in the Business
Law Society and to cut the ribbon on our new
music-focused student lounge, the Fender
|Fender Room grand
opening -- The Gotes ... |
with lead singer
Professor Susie Salmon and
a good networker, built a strong relationship with Mark,
not knowing where the connection might lead.
Patrick's persistence paid off when he landed a summer
gig at Fender Musical Instruments working in Mark's
office -- in a role that was nonexistent before this
headquarters rock! |
to Patrick, the transition from sports to music is an
easy one with both subjects involving a lot of contract
work. He reports that his early days have been a
blast, with work on everything from drafting a
cease-and-desist letter, to preparing for arbitration,
to marketing. His early days have also been shaped
by the arrival of a new CEO at Fender.
Patrick, the son of a concert pianist, has taken
it all in stride and even found time to enjoy a special
Fender employee concert by the band Calico.
||Centennial Snapshot -- Judge
Valdemar Cordova ('50)|
Law alum Valdemar Cordova ('50) was born in Phoenix in
1922. He served in the Air Force from 1940 to
1945. As a law student, he was elected president
of the Student Bar Association (right). He passed the
bar in 1950, placing second on the exam.
1965, he became the first Mexican-American Superior
Court Judge for Maricopa County. And in 1979,
President Jimmy Carter appointed Judge Cordova to the
U.S. District Court of Arizona, making him the first
Mexican-American federal judge.
Cordova was featured in an Arizona Attorney Magazine
profile by another of our alums, Arizona Superior
Court Judge James P. Beene ('91), who was a recipient of
the Cordova Scholarship.
wrote that Judge Cordova's legacy inspired
Cordova left a legacy of values strongly held and
actively lived. The financial help I received in
his name years ago meant a great deal to me at the time.
However, I now consider his example even more
valuable. His is an example of the kind of public
servants, attorneys, judges and leaders that our
more about Judge Cordova from the Arizona Supreme
Court's Legends of the Judiciary page.
have photos or memories of your time at Arizona
Law? We would love to hear from you. Please
contact Emily McGovern, Centennial
Coordinator, to share your images and
Summer Alumni Receptions
love to have you join us at one of our upcoming alumni
-- all-alumni reception at Arizona State Bar
Convention, Thursday, June 25, 6:30-8:00 pm,
Arizona Biltmore, Salon F of the Frank Lloyd Wright
Ballroom, 2400 E. Missouri Ave. RSVP here
-- Tuesday, June 30, 12-2 pm, details to come.
Vista -- Tuesday, June 30, 5-7 pm at UA
South, 1140 S Colombo. RSVP here
OR -- NOTE UPDATED DATE AND TIME
Tuesday, July 7, 5:30-7:30 pm at Stoel Rives, 900 SW
Fifth Ave., Ste 2600. RSVP here
WA -- NOTE UPDATED DATE Wednesday,
July 8, 5-7 pm at Williams Kastner, Two Union Square,
601 Union St., Ste 4100. RSVP here
-- Planned for late summer, details to
-- Planned for late summer, details to
-- Tuesday, August 4, 12-2 pm, details to
make plans to return to Tucson and connect with more
alumni during this year's special
Homecoming-Centennial Week, October
for any alumni reception by contacting Marissa
White or following the links
have a wonderful group of alums in DC, many of whom work
in "DC" practices, either in long-time government jobs,
or representing national organizations, or moving in and
out of government over the course of their careers, or
representing business and other clients before agencies
and on the Hill.
|Visiting with Dr.
|With Kathleen Hale
('02) at 1776 workspace, and trying out a Rebel
would encourage all of our current students to think
seriously about getting a dose of the DC experience at
some point. I did when I worked at the Department
of Justice in the mid-1980s. So did alums such as
Associate Dean Sally Rider, who had a long career at the
Department of State, and then at the US Supreme
thing that comes through loud and clear as I meet with
alums, whatever their career path, is that -- while
there are a lot of lawyers in DC -- here, as everywhere,
our alumni stand out.
Marc L. Miller
Dean & Ralph W. Bilby Professor of Law
the next century of legal