After a century of buildup -- Homecoming-Centennial Week has arrived!

We are in the midst of activities, awards, and receptions -- all designed to bring together the Arizona Law community as we celebrate our 100th year. Yesterday, students gathered for a Centennial group photo and rally. We share some images of the festivities below.

Everyone is welcome at the all-alumni reception in the Snell & Wilmer Courtyard on Friday evening, beginning at 6:30 p.m. The next day, bring the family and join us for the Red & Blue BBQ from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The football game is scheduled to kick off at 1 p.m.

Even if you cannot make it back to Tucson for this week's events, you can still be a part of the celebration.

For 100 years, the College of Law has offered opportunity for its students. In celebration of the tradition of access and excellence, we have launched a scholarship campaign to expand access to the next generation of Arizona Law scholars.

I invite you to give in favor of dreams realized, opportunities created, and potential unlocked. Help us reach our goal of 20 percent of alumni giving, and give In Favor of Students (read more here).

Until the footnotes,
Homecoming-Centennial Rally
Happy Homecoming Week!

We were excited to kick off the week-long celebration of Arizona Law's Homecoming and Centennial on Tuesday with an all-student photo and Homecoming rally. Students wore their red and blue, and there was food, music, prizes, and activities hosted by the library. This was a great moment and opportunity to bring the student body together. This is the Arizona Law community at its best!


Centennial Snapshot -- Ed Morgan ('45) 
Ed Morgan is being presented with a 2015 Lifetime Achievement Award. The text of his plaque reads:
W. Edward Morgan graduated in 1945 from the University of Arizona College of Law.

A civil liberties and criminal defense lawyer for most of his career, Morgan often represented individuals for free or in exchange for whatever they could spare. In countless federal and state court decisions, Morgan's legal work vindicated constitutional guarantees and addressed injustices experienced by his clients. Always a passionate and brilliant advocate, he did not stop fighting on behalf of his clients until every possible avenue of relief was exhausted. He represented a broad range of people, including criminal defendants, public employees, Selective Service draftees, injured workers, candidates for political office, and many inmates on death row.

Morgan's most well-known victory was the landmark decision in Elfbrandt v. Russell (1966) in which he represented a public school teacher who had refused to sign Arizona's loyalty oath because of her Quaker beliefs. The United States Supreme Court struck down the loyalty oath requirement as overbroad under the First Amendment.

That same year Morgan prevailed in another Supreme Court case, Westbrook v. Arizona (1966), in which a murder conviction was overturned on the ground that the defendant, who had waived his constitutional right to assistance of counsel, had never received a hearing to determine his competence.

Once a member of the Antioch School of Law faculty, Morgan has always encouraged law students and young attorneys to pursue civil rights work, and he has inspired many to do so by his own formidable example. He has been a frequent lecturer at the College of Law and for state and national bar associations, regaling listeners with vivid accounts of justice run amok. He has been honored by many civil rights organizations over the years for his unflagging and fearless devotion to fundamental principles of equality, fairness, and freedom of expression. The world is a more just place because of Morgan's tenacious lawyering.

Morgan will be honored tomorrow at the Lifetime Achievement Award ceremony. Register here. 
Centennial Snapshot -- Burr Udall ('54)
Burr Udall is being presented with a 2015 Lifetime Achievement Award. The text of his plaque reads:
David Burr Udall was born in 1929 in St. Johns, Arizona, to a legendary pioneer family whose members distinguished themselves as jurists, statesmen, public servants, and political leaders. Burr Udall is no exception to this proud tradition, although he achieved success in his own unique way.

After serving in the United States Army from 1946 to 1947, Udall earned a Bachelor of Science degree in 1952 and obtained his LL.B. in 1954, both from the University of Arizona.

Beginning his law practice with McCarty & Chandler in Tucson, Udall went on to specialize in insurance defense work and became a founding partner in Chandler, Tuller & Udall, one of the preeminent trial firms in the Southwest.

He is known for his extraordinary gifts as a trial and appellate lawyer and for his skills in dispute resolution, particularly in the context of mediation and arbitration. In law practice for over 60 years, Udall has built an outstanding reputation for his honesty, absolute integrity, legal acumen, fairness, and irrepressible sense of humor.

While maintaining an exceptionally active law practice, Udall has generously given his time to Bar-related pro bono activities, including membership on the Arizona Commission on Appellate Court Appointments and extensive work for the Volunteer Lawyers Program. He has received numerous awards in testament to his commitment to the highest ideals of the legal profession. A Fellow in the American College of Trial Lawyers, he received the Walter E. Craig Distinguished Service Award from the Arizona Bar Foundation in 1997 and was recognized as the Defense Lawyer of the Year by the Arizona Trial Lawyers Association in 2001. He received the Distinguished Career Award from the Arizona State Bar in 2005.

Over the course of his long and distinguished career, Udall has set the standard for professionalism and has served as a role model for others engaged in the practice of law.
Udall will be honored tomorrow at the Lifetime Achievement Award ceremony.  Register here.

In Memorium

The Arizona Law community was saddened to learn of the recent passing of Ernest "Skip" Skinner ('02). Skip had a long and successful career as a pilot in the United States Air Force, as Vice-Commander at Davis Monthan Air Force Base (1991-1994), and as Vice Commander of the Fifth Air Force in Japan. 

After serving as a law clerk to Judge John Roll and several years at the Pima County Attorney's Office, Skip devoted his time as a volunteer attorney, including as a supervising attorney in our Veterans Advocacy Clinic. Professor Kristine Huskey, Director of the Veterans Advocacy Clinic, wrote that "
Skip was the BEST volunteer attorney with the Vet Clinic, in addition to being a super nice guy -- he loved supervising the students and the students loved working with him."


Tony Caldwell ('15) has joined health-care law firm Hall, Render, Killian, Heath & Lyman  in its Indianapolis office. Tony practices in the area of health care law with a focus on health information technology, general business transactions and services, privacy and security and electronic health records.

Regina Nassen ('92) received the 2015 Distinguished Public Lawyer Award from the State Bar of Arizona Public Lawyers Section. Regina is currently with the Civil Division of the Pima County Attorney's Office.

Homecoming-Centennial Week is Here

Join us in Tucson to connect with other alumni during this year's special Homecoming-Centennial Week! Yet to come this week: 
  • Arizona Law Lifetime Achievement Awards Ceremony and Reception, Thursday, Oct. 22, 4 p.m.
  • Arizona Law Day. Know an undergrad or grad student interested in coming to law school? There's still time to register for Arizona Law Day this Friday. See for details.
  • Indigenous Peoples Law and Policy (IPLP) guest speaker, Carywn Jones, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand-Aoteoroa, "Maori Rights and the Treaty of Waitangi" on Friday, Oct. 23, at noon in the Faculty Lounge
  • UA Alumnus of the Year Ceremony, presentation to Arizona Law alum Chuck Jeannes ('83), UA Student Union, Grand Ballroom South, Friday, Oct. 23, 3 p.m.
  • All-alumni Centennial Reception on the patio, Friday, Oct. 23, 6:30 p.m.
  • All-alumni Red and Blue Barbecue, prior to football game, Saturday, Oct. 24, at 11 a.m.
  • Arizona Law seating at Arizona v. Washington State, Saturday, Oct. 24, 1 p.m. Go Cats!
  • Reunion-year events (Classes of 1965, 1970, 1975, 1980, 1985, 1990, 1995, 2000, 2005, and 2010) -- See below!
Visit to see the full schedule and register!
Reunion Rundown
Class of 1975 (40-Year Reunion)
Friday, Oct. 23, 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.,
Reunion luncheon hosted at the Arizona Inn.
 $45 per person. RSVP here.
Class of 1980 (35-Year Reunion)
Friday, Oct. 23, 6:30 - 8 p.m.,
Reunion reception hosted at the College of Law. RSVP here.
Class of 1985 (30-Year Reunion)
Friday Oct. 23, 5:30 p.m.,
Reunion reception at the home of Art & Jean Gage.
$25 per person. RSVP here.


Class of 1990 (25-Year Reunion)
Friday Oct. 23, 5:30 p.m.,
Reunion reception at the Dusty Monk Pub within La Cocina Restaurant.
$15 per person. RSVP here.
Class of 1995 (20-Year Reunion)
Thursday, Oct. 22, 7 p.m., "Bar Review" at The Shanty (no host).
 RSVP here. 
Friday Oct. 23, 7 p.m.,
 Reunion dinner and dancing at the Hilton Tucson El Conquistador Resort.
$75 per person. RSVP here. 
Class of 2000 (15-Year Reunion)
Friday Oct. 23, 6:30 - 8 p.m.,
Reunion reception hosted at the College of Law. RSVP here.
Class of 2005 (10-Year Reunion)
Friday Oct. 23, 7:30 p.m.,
Reunion dinner at The Shanty.
$35 per person. RSVP here.
Saturday, Oct. 24, 9:30 a.m.,
Family Fun at the Park, Catalina Park on 4th Ave.
RSVP using the same link as for the Friday evening event. 
Class of 2010 (5-Year Reunion)
Friday Oct. 23, 7:30 p.m.,
Reunion reception at Bob Dobbs.
$10 per person. RSVP here.

Thank you to the law firm of Gust Rosenfeld  for giving In Favor of Students. Your gift makes you a Cornerstone Fellow.
All gifts of $1,000 or more and all new endowed scholarships will be acknowledged with a ceramic tile on the Rountree pillars with the name of the donor(s) and a tile with the name of a scholarship student.  

This is a defining moment in legal education, a moment that requires vision, innovation, and participation. Expanding access to the most deserving students through scholarships is a key part of that innovation.

Please join us as we celebrate the Centennial. Even if you cannot be here in person, please consider joining the celebration by making a gift in favor of students

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