Spring break! 


The halls are quiet.  We already miss the daily energy our students bring to the College.


This week, we remember a cherished Arizona Law alumnus -- Dan Frost.   We also share the pure joy of our time in Las Vegas and the booky vibe of the Tucson Festival of Books.


Until the footnotes,




In Memoriam: F. Daniel Frost ('48)


The Arizona Law community mourns the passing of our accomplished alumnus, F. Daniel "Dan" Frost.  A member of the Class of 1948, Mr. Frost rose to become a prominent Southern California lawyer, joining the firm of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher in 1950, becoming a partner in 1956, and the managing partner in 1979.


His distinguished career and remarkable personal life were chronicled in a book authored by Dean Emerita and Regents' Professor Toni M. Massaro (available at: .)   Toni documents the dramatic growth of Gibson, Dunn and the change in the scale and nature of big firm practice under Dan Frost's leadership. 


Active in civic life, particularly in the Los Angeles area, he served on numerous boards of directors, both nonprofit and corporate, providing wise counsel and leadership in community affairs.


Over the years, Mr. Frost was a generous supporter of the College, demonstrating an interest in, and philanthropic commitment to, the education of young people. He was active in creating and supporting the Hispanic Academic Achievement Program in Washington State, and supported students at the San Xavier Mission School on the Tohono O'odham Nation.  

In addition to his wife, Sue, Mr. Frost is survived by their children -- Polly Frost and her spouse Ray Sawhill, Matt Watkins, Raney Enga and her spouse Mark Enga -- as well as grandchildren Jakob Enga and Elisa Daus and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by a son, Daniel Blackburn Frost, brother, Thomas Rickey Frost and sisters, Barbara Harkness and Alice Kennedy.


Arizona Law in Las Vegas


It's March.  If you are a College basketball fan, this is an exciting time of year.  If you are an Arizona alum, or a friend of this College, this is an especially exciting time of year. 


Last week, I had the opportunity to meet with several Arizona Law alumni gathered in Las Vegas to support the awesome men's basketball team in their successful quest for a Pac 12 championship.


Professors Rob Williams and John Lacy joined the alumni reception with nearly fifty alumni and friends from around the country.  A special thank you to the Class of 2000 for a strong class showing and to super alumnus Cisco Aguilar for organizing and hosting the event. 


I love gathering with alumni and friends to celebrate our shared affinity and appreciation of Arizona Law, and all things UofA.  Thank you to all of the alumni who participated in this fun gathering.




















Tucson Festival of Books

Last week, we ran a special commentary from former Assistant Dean Terry Holpert to help participants navigate the Tucson Festival of Books.


I am happy to report that the day brought earth, sun, wind -- and friends.


The team at the Arizona Law booth stayed busy with alumni, friends, and community members.  We had an especially large number of questions about our MLS -- the Masters of Legal Studies for non-lawyers -- and our new, first-in-the-country BA in law.  


Centennial Snapshot -- The First Arizona Law Review

The first issue of the Arizona Law Review was published in the spring of 1959, with articles contributed by Claude H. Brown, Jack J. Rappeport, and Lawrence Davis. 

The first editorial board included Lawrence W. Galligan, Steven B. Duke, Alfred J. Pfister, Teddy F Warner, J. William Moore, Robert W. Finn, Jerry L. Angle, Robert A. Petrie, faculty advisor Assoc. Prof. John J. Irwin Jr. (all pictured), Robert G. Beshears, and John R. Christian (not pictured). 


By 1969, the Review was publishing four issues per year and has been going strong ever since.






















Do you have photos or memories of your time working on the Law Review? We would love to hear from you.  Please contact Emily McGovern, Centennial Coordinator, to share your stories. 





On Tuesday, March 24 University of Virginia Professor Rachel Harmon will deliver the 2015 Darrow K. Soll Memorial Lecture. This lecture was made possible by the generous gift from alumna Jenn Woods ('99) in the memory of her classmate and close friend, Darrow Soll. 


Professor Harmon's talk is titled "Why Arrest?".


Professor Harmon will discuss the political and practical challenges raised by the roughly 13 million arrests that take place each year in the U.S. She will argue that in many instances taking individuals into custody is not essential to our criminal justice ends.  



Professor Harmon is the Sullivan & Cromwell Professor of Law at the University of Virginia Law School, where she teaches criminal law, criminal procedure and civil rights. Her scholarship focuses on the legal regulation of policing. 


Much of her writing emphasizes the significance of non-constitutional law in shaping police conduct, and Professor Harmon works with law enforcement agencies and nonprofit groups to improve policing and increase accountability.  From 1998 to 2006, she served as a prosecutor at the U.S. Department of Justice. 


Register here for the 2015 Soll Lecture. 



For those in Tucson and Phoenix, I hope you enjoy the gentle warming and longer light of the days as we move into Spring. The vernal equinox takes place on March 20. 


Join us on Tuesday the 24th for the Soll Lecture. And starting this Thursday -- enjoy the unique energy of the NCAA tournament. Go Cats!






Marc L. Miller  

Dean & Ralph W. Bilby Professor of Law


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