| Link                                                                                  October 8, 2014




So many of the people who come to the James E. Rogers College of Law are new to Tucson and the University of Arizona; they come for a new and profound and lifelong relationship. But after 128 years as a University and 100 years as a law school, we also have roots that go back years and generations. This week we focus on some of those deep roots.


Until the footnotes,




Creighton Dixon ('16)

Creighton Dixon


Creighton Dixon is a fifth generation Arizonan, and it is fair to say that his lineage has produced many symbols of tradition, excellence, and justice in the State of Arizona. His great-great-grandfather was James M. Creighton -- the architect of the University of Arizona's Old Main and many of Arizona's original courthouses, most notably Pinal County and Florence.


Creighton's family line connects him to the spirit of the UA. His personal calling to the law came from observing his mother's career as a court reporter for over 35 years in Maricopa County. He knew law was his path. And he knew Arizona Law was the place.


"Choosing Arizona Law was a no-brainer. Between its phenomenal reputation and large alumni base, I knew that there would be plenty of support in my job search. Additionally, I was born into a UA family so there was never much thought about going to the school in Tempe."


Creighton came to Arizona Law immediately after completing his undergraduate studies at Boston College, where he majored in political science and communications with a minor in history.


Though open to new experiences and interests, Creighton is keen on litigation, and hopes to join a firm in Phoenix after graduation. For now, he is engaged in the wide array of experiences typical for Arizona Law students.  He is a second year writer on the Arizona Law Review, and this past summer externed with Judge Stephen McNamee ('69) at the US District Court in Phoenix.


Creighton represents some of UA's history, and so it is appropriate that he is a major history buff with a special passion for Theodore Roosevelt and Arizona history. Creighton has also spent a significant amount time studying his great-great-grandfather and the iconic Old Main -- a point of pride for his family, the University, and the State:


"Old Main represents the beginning of higher education in Arizona, as it was the first building constructed for the then territory's first university. It signaled an important transition for the territory, as Arizonans were beginning to take the responsibility to educate their own and train Arizona's next generation. Old Main was Arizona's first significant investment for educating itself, and I am thrilled that UA has decided to maintain an important part of its and the State's past."


Old Main (1897)
Old Main (Today)


In his spare time, you can find Creighton reading, grilling, or watching the Phoenix Suns and Arizona Wildcats.


Connect with Creighton on LinkedIn.


On a special note, today, the University unveiled the recently renovated Old Main and offered tours. Learn more about the renovation here


Dr. Willie Jordan-Curtis
Dean JC


Thousands of students have stepped across our threshold, and, at one time or another, many have had a heart-to-heart with Assistant Dean of Student Affairs Dr. Willie Jordan-Curtis -- affectionately known around the halls as Dean JC.


Dean JC has been with Arizona Law for over two decades, serving as a foundation of support and a motivator of individual student success. Alums often ask about their small section professor -- and Dean JC.


As the head of student affairs, she coordinates the student experience at Arizona Law. She is responsible for organizing first-year orientation, working one-on-one with students to shape the best learning environment for each person, connecting students to course and bar study materials, coordinating the implementation of final exams, planning graduation, and so much more.


One of Willie's passions is developing advocates in the 9th Circuit Appellate Representation Clinic. She serves as the clinical director and attorney of record for student-lawyers arguing cases before the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. Under a special rule in the Circuit to encourage volunteer service, pro-bono cases are guaranteed an oral argument. Dean JC's mentoring and teaching has allowed numerous students to argue before the Court and train as appellate advocates in this intensive clinic.


Dean JC obtained her PhD in Counseling from the University of Arizona and her JD from the University of California Berkeley.


You can usually find her with her door open and ready to help at a moment's notice.


Farhan Naqvi ('03)

Farhan Naqvi

History isn't just about where you have been; it is also about where you are going. Farhan Naqvi came to Arizona Law in 2000 at the dawn of a new legal age. He came knowing he would access every tool the college had to prepare him as a litigator. Today, he is the proprietor of his own firm and has become one of the top personal injury attorneys in the State of Nevada.


During law school, he was very active in clubs and organizations, including serving as the student representative to the college's Executive Committee. Like Creighton Dixon, he also was to extern with Judge McNamee at the US District Court, an experience that inevitably shapes a student's lifelong perception of the justice system.


After graduation, Farhan worked as an insurance defense attorney. "I soon realized that my true passion was representing the actual victims of someone else's carelessness." He then joined Nevada's largest personal injury law firm and fine-tuned his advocacy skills.


In 2008, he decided it was time to become his own boss.  He opened Naqvi Injury Law, and has never looked back (though he'll happily represent people injured when someone else looks back in the wrong way or at the wrong time).


His practices includes vehicle accidents, wrongful death, drug and product liability, and a range of cases in which he believes that unjust harm has occurred. His commitment to clients has earned him recognition including Vegas Inc.'s Top Lawyers, Avvo Top Rated Lawyers, Vegas Inc.'s 40 under 40, the Million Dollar Advocates Forum, and The National Trial Lawyers' Top 40 under 40.


When asked what advice he would give to those entering the profession, he said, "Read these three books, set goals, and never give up."

The Naqvi Injury Law Firm


  1. Rules of the Road: A Plaintiff Lawyer's Guide to Proving Liability by Rick Friedman and Patrick Malone.
  2. Damages 3 by David Ball
  3. Reptile: The 2009 Manual of the Plaintiff's Revolution by David Ball and Don Keenan


Farhan is a determined example of where skill, character, and passion can take you in the profession. His spirit of advocacy is exactly the type of dedication we endeavor to instill in students through our Civil Justice Initiative. By enlisting supporters like Farhan, we are able to connect students to resources and training opportunities to produce the next generation of trial advocates.  



You're Invited! - Join Us for the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony and Unveiling of the Robert Carroll Stubbs Career Development Suite
Bob Stubbs

Arizona Law proudly presents the unveiling of our newest resource to help students and alumni go further in their career exploration and professional development. Thanks to the incredible generosity of Mary Ann Stubbs, our new Career Development Suite, named after her late husband Bob Stubbs, will follow his spirit and determination to empower students for generations to come. Please join us for our ribbon cutting ceremony and reception to follow. 

Thursday, October 23, 2014
5:30 pm 

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Join Us - 2014 J. Byron McCormick Lecture: Former U.S. Representative Barney Frank 
Barney Frank

Thursday, October 16, 2016
5:30 pm
Ares Auditorium (Room 164)

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Join Us - "The Mind & the Law" Lecture Series: Memory Factory
Elisabeth Loftus

Wednesday, October 22, 2014
7 pm
Ares Auditorium (Room 164)

Professor Elisabeth Loftus of UC Irvine explores some of the many ways that memory research is important in legal settings.

No RSVP required.

Future dates in the series: November 5, November 19, and December 3. Click here to learn more

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SAVE THE DATE - Centennial Homecoming Weekend

November 7-9, 2014
For more information, visit our Homecoming 2014 website.
For assistance with hotels or game tickets,
please contact the alumni office.

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It was great to see alumna 
Nomindari Otgonbayar ('14) in Ulan Baatar.

While in Ulan Baatar, I was also able to see Nomin Dashnyam ('14). 


Сайн байна уу найзууд ! ("Hello friends!") -- Greetings from Mongolia! Associate Dean for Programs and Global Initiatives Brent White and I are on the road -- or planes, trains, ferries, buses and cars -- to build on existing and successful partnerships and open new study and employment opportunities for Arizona Law students.  Our partner institutions throughout Asia, Mexico, and other parts of the world have been critical to enhancing Arizona Law's global presence. 

Today I am flying to China where Brent and I will meet with some of our closest partner institutions. China has been our single largest source of international JD students and, as widely as China's economic, social, historical and geopolitical importance have been recognized, we are exploring the variety of opportunities for the College of Law to continue to innovate in the area of global legal education. 


Marc Signature

Marc L. Miller

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

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