Greetings from Phoenix, 


This week I am at the State Bar of Arizona Convention.  In addition to participating in the many great activities associated with the convention, I am also meeting with alumni in the Phoenix area and preparing for tomorrow night's Centennial Alumni Reception.  


If you are near Phoenix, please join us at the Biltmore from 6:30-8:00 pm for our celebration (RSVP here).  We anticipate a great showing from our alumni and friends.  


For one hundred years the College of Law has enjoyed the support of engaged and dedicated alumni.  You provide the support and connections that allow us to continue to thrive as one of the best and most affordable law schools in the country.


You should have recently received a letter from me -- yes, a real, printed mail.  The letter includes information about College activities during our Homecoming Centennial Week and an alumni luggage tag to use as you travel back to Tucson.  It also includes a request for your gift and participation in our annual fund.  


The College closes its fiscal year on June 30th, and your support at any level will help the College continue to provide the opportunities for current students -- both inside and outside the classroom -- that you enjoyed as a student.  As we collectively mark our one-hundred-year history, I urge you to add to the College's legacy.


Come back.  Give back.  Reconnect.  Let's celebrate!


Until the Footnotes,



David Rosenthal ('16)

Continuing our series on summer employment, this week we feature David Rosenthal ('16). Like Patrick Riell ('16), who we profiled last week, David landed his summer job with the help of a dedicated alum.    


Rob Bujarski ('01) and David


David, who is participating in our accelerated 3-year JD/MBA program, is spending his summer interning in the general counsel's office of Quidel Corporation.  For those of you not familiar with the accelerated 3-year JD/MBA, it allows students to receive both degrees in three years, for most students at the same cost as a JD alone.  It is a challenging program requiring summer coursework and strict adherence to the business curriculum.  For the right student, such as David, it is an exciting option.


David found his position at Quidel through alumnus Rob Bujarski ('01).  Rob, Senior Vice President, General Counsel, and Corporate Secretary at Quidel and a dedicated alum of the College, answered the phone when I called to ask him to advise and to help us place a student in San Diego.  My hope when I called Rob was that he might be able to make a few phone calls and introduce David to a potential employer or two.  Rob, a savvy businessman, recognized David's talent and extended an offer to David himself.


David's summer position at Quidel involves supporting the legal and business development functions of a publicly traded diagnostic healthcare manufacturer.  When I asked him about his experience, he had this to say: 



"I'm really excited about the opportunity because it will give me exposure to a variety of functional areas in the company.  I have projects lined up relating to business strategy (involving contract negotiations with distributors), investor relations (and subsequent SEC filings and other disclosure statements), and marketing (examining new marketing initiatives -- including licensing agreements -- and trends in the biotech field).


My experience at Quidel seems like a combination of all the business law classes I've enjoyed in law school and my favorite MBA class, Healthcare Entrepreneurship.


I also really enjoy the close interaction I'm able to have with our in-house attorneys, learning about litigation strategy and the general role of an in-house legal department."



David decided he wanted to go to law school after participating in a high school mock trial. The next pivotal moment came when David -- who enjoyed quantitative reasoning and wanted to understand how a business operates -- decided to major in finance as an undergraduate at John Hancock.  While an undergraduate, he had the opportunity to participate in an investment compliance co-op that gave him his first glimpse into the intersection of law and business.  In selecting a law school, he was looking for an opportunity to merge his two primary areas of interest, law and business.  Our joint JD/MBA program does exactly that.   


David explained that, "When the UA introduced the accelerated program, which allows me to finish both degrees in the same three years, I jumped at the opportunity." 


After graduation, David hopes to work in corporate law as a dealmaker.  He is most interested in mergers and acquisitions, securities regulation, and corporate governance.


David grew up in San Diego. Indeed, Quidel's office is five minutes from his high school.  He jumped across the country for undergraduate training at Northeastern University in Boston, during which time he also managed to squeeze in a year of study in Hong Kong.  



At Hong Kong's Victoria Peak 


At Bethlehem's Church of the Nativity



David loves to travel and has visited Brazil and Israel with student groups this past year.  One of his favorite activities at the UA is participating in intramurals with his law school classmates.  David's softball team has continued the law school's domination on the intramural fields by winning the intramural softball championship! 


I am very grateful for Rob's efforts in helping David find the perfect summer position.  Thank you, Rob. 
And, thank you to all of our alumni who make time to meet our students, participate in on-campus interviewing, and create connections and pathways to employment.  If you are thinking about hiring, our superb Career Development Office has created some great opportunities that make it easy to connect and fill your needs through our students.


Career Development Office Regional & Local Interviewing Programs -- Hire an Arizona Law Student or Graduate

The Career Development Office (CDO) offers a number of services to connect employers with our students and graduates.  As I write, the CDO is preparing to host its six fall interview program events (formerly referred to as on- and off-campus interviewing).  Through these interview programs, employers can interview 2Ls for summer 2016 positions and 3Ls for post-graduate and post-bar-exam work.  Employers can also interview recent graduates for immediate openings or for placement once July bar-exam results are published in October.  


  • Tucson Interview Program: Mon., Aug. 17 through Fri., Aug. 28 (Arizona Law Library)
  • Phoenix Interview Program: Fri., Aug. 14 (Embassy Suites Phoenix-Biltmore)
  • Denver Interview Program: Wed., Aug. 12 (Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel)
  • Las Vegas Interview Program: Tues., Aug. 11 (UNLV Student Union)
  • Albuquerque Interview Program: Mon., Aug. 10 (Embassy Suites-Albuquerque)
  • Los Angeles Interview Program: Mon., Aug. 10 (Westin Bonaventure)



If you or your firm or agency would like to interview students at any of these events, please register by clicking the "Interviewing" tab in your CareerCAT account and selecting the appropriate interview program from the session pick-list. If you know another employer that is hiring and should take a look at our superb students, please encourage them to sign up. Or, email the CDO at to sign up.  If you would like to discuss your organization's unique hiring needs, contact Assistant Dean Karen Kowalski, at 520-626-6107 or


Centennial Snapshot -- The First Class Reunion

We hope that many of you will make plans to attend Homecoming and reunion activities this Centennial Year.  The College of Law's very first Homecoming reunion was held in 1938, for the class of 1933, at the initiative of one of its graduates, Eli Gorodezky, who was Assistant City Attorney of Phoenix.  As Dean McCormick described in the College's annual report:



"The occasion was so successful and the members of the class who returned for the affair so enthusiastic, that the College of Law proposes to sponsor similar reunions each year at Homecoming and to extend the plan. Each year, in the early fall, law alumni of the classes graduated 5, 10, 15, and 20 years previously will be invited for special reunions. The occasion will be celebrated with a luncheon at noon with the law faculty and attendance in a body at the Homecoming football game in the Stadium at night" (Annual Report of the College of Law for the Year 1938-39, p. 5).



Yearbook photo showing Eli Gorodezky (top row, 3rd from left)
and some of his contemporaries.

Source: UA Special Collections. 


Yearbook photo showing the crowd experience
during a 1938 UA football game.
Source: UA Special Collections. 

In celebration of our Centennial, we are reviving the 1930s tradition of attending the Homecoming football game as a College by reserving a block of seats at this year's Homecoming game.  The first 25 alums to RSVP by emailing Marissa White will receive two free game tickets!

Do you 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 stories.  



Summer Alumni Receptions


We'd love to have you join us at one of our upcoming alumni receptions.  




  • Phoenix -- 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
  • Nogales -- Tuesday, June 30, 12-2 pm, details to come.
  • Sierra Vista -- Tuesday, June 30, 5-7 pm at UA South, 1140 S Colombo. RSVP here
  • Portland, 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
  • Seattle, WA -- NOTE UPDATED DATE Wednesday, July 8, 5-7 pm at Williams Kastner, Two Union Square, 601 Union St., Ste 4100. RSVP here
  • Prescott -- Planned for late summer, details to come.
  • Flagstaff -- Planned for late summer, details to come.
  • Yuma -- Tuesday, August 4, 12-2 pm, details to come.



And, make plans to return to Tucson and connect with more alumni during this year's special Homecoming-Centennial Week, October 18-25!

RSVP for any alumni reception by contacting
Marissa White or following the links above.


Even at the peak of summer, it is always a pleasure to spend time in our other home city of Phoenix.  The convention for the State Bar of Arizona is a wonderful opportunity to get a sense of emerging issues for lawyers throughout the state, and to connect with literally hundreds of friends and supporters of the College, many of whom are not alums, but who have come to appreciate the quality of lawyers we train, the deep value of the knowledge we produce, and the role of the College as a 100 year old part of the Arizona legal profession. 


Even as we have become a national and global institution, we have deepened and celebrate our roots in this great state, and as the University of Arizona. 






Marc L. Miller  

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

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