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This past Saturday, Arizona Law graduated 169 students from the Class of 2014.  They are the College's newest alumni, and as graduates become members of the Law College Association.


We are incredibly proud of our graduates and the work they have done during their time at the College. For the next two weeks in Letter of the Law, we'll share some highlights from the graduation season.


Until the footnotes,



Congratulations Class of 2014

We are a small law school, but we are a big family. Nearly a thousand family members, friends, faculty, and students filled Centennial Hall on Saturday evening as we honored this year's graduating class. 


Outgoing LCA President Brad Vynalek welcomed graduates to the alumni ranks, along with videotaped congratulations from the 2014 LCA Award honorees.


It is a proud moment to celebrate the hard work and dedication of these students. The class included 144 JDs (including our Advanced JD grads), 16 LLMs, 4 SJDs, and the first class of 5 MLS students.   


Friends and family came from around the country, and around the world, including family members from China and New Zealand, and a professor from the National University of Mongolia.


3Ls Matt Randle and Robson Hauser gave commencement talks that were engaging, meaningful, and funny.


Matt, an Army veteran, shared with his colleagues, "I come to you all today asking, that no matter what field or practice you find yourself in, you become that torch bearer, the pathfinder, the person who lights the way for all those who come behind you."


Robson noted, "As this is our last time gathered together, I think it's important to talk about what we've done, and where we go from here.  Because no matter who you are: first in the class or last in the class; if you attended all of your classes or none of them, law school has changed us.  And it's changed us for the better."

Judge Andrew Hurwitz of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit gave a commencement address filled with wit and wisdom--and frequent references to music and musicians that had the faculty smiling with memories and the graduates just smiling. Judge Hurwitz said:


"But whether or not your post-graduation plans are clear at this time, don't be afraid to take the path less trodden and appreciate the value of your degree---it's not just powerful, it's portable."   


As a faculty we appreciate the great privilege of seeing these students grow and learn throughout their time here at Arizona Law. And we have learned from them. Now our friendship takes a turn in the river, and as we come around this bend, our relationship will broaden as the graduates become lawyers, alumni, guest speakers, and student mentors-our colleagues.


Arizona Law is a lifetime community. The classes may have ended, but there is a place for alumni every day in the life of the College.


Friday evening we had a celebration for graduates and their families with the gentle music of guitarist Dr. Eduardo Minozzi-Costa in the background. Earlier on Friday we recognized the achievements of members of the graduating class who received awards made possible by the generous support of alumni, firms, and friends of the Law College.


And a new tradition emerged this year at Arizona Law, the 3L Graduation Party. Hosted by the 2Ls through the Student Bar Association and by the Recent Grad alumni group here in Pima County, this graduation celebration offered a casual environment for 3Ls to spend one last evening together before the pomp and circumstance.  










Special thanks to Bradley Hyde, William Pew, Bazinga Chong, and Jessica Ellis for sharing their graduation photos for this week's Letter of the Law.


Coming soon!


Arizona Law Day in LA

Thursday, May 29th  


Lunch with the Dean 

12:00 - 2:00 pm

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher

333 South Grand Ave

54th Floor

RSVP for the lunch here. 


Cocktail Reception in LA

6:00 - 8:00 pm 


7910 West Third Street

Los Angeles, CA 90048

RSVP for the cocktail reception here. 

For more information contact Marissa White at 520-626-8132 or


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Arizona Bar Convention and Dean's Reception

Friday, June 13th

6:00 - 8:00pm

Marc Miller's Home


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SAVE THE DATE - PLAN AHEAD - Centennial Homecoming Weekend

November 7-9, 2014 

For more information, CLICK HERE to visit our Homecoming 2014 website.


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Arizona Law Week in DC

AZ Law will be in DC June 23rd - June 27th    


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Arizona Supreme Court Tour for Summer Clerks and Interns

With AWLA Member and Chief Justice The Honorable Rebecca White Berch


Tuesday, June 17, 2014

10:15 AM

1505 W Washington

Phoenix, AZ  85007


Please register by Wednesday, June 11, 2014 at NOON

At the request of the Supreme Court, only summer clerks and interns are invited to this tour. Sorry no attorneys

Register here.


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We'll stay in touch with those who are moving on, and those who are coming back. And with all of our alumni and friends.


Keep cool. Join us when you can, and help us in celebrating the new lawyers and alumni in our midst.





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Marc L. Miller 
Dean & Ralph W. Bilby Professor of Law 
James E. Rogers College of Law    

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