Homecoming is fast approaching.  For all alumni who graduated in years ending in 0 or 5 -- from 1920 to 2010 -- it is your reunion year!  In this issue we've included a quick summary of the activities that each of the reunion classes has planned.

As part of Homecoming-Centennial Week, all alumni are invited to a special "Back to the Classroom" presentation on Friday, October 23, at the college from 2 to 3:30 p.m. The event will feature Arizona Law professors David Marcus (Procedure), Jason Kreag (Criminal Law), and Vanessa Buch (Justice Project: Wrongful Conviction Clinic).

And if you have a high school or college student in your household, we are extending the invitation to them as part of Arizona Law Day for budding lawyers, featuring admissions presentations, information on the accelerated law program and the Bachelor of Arts in Law, and a panel of current JD and undergraduate law students. High school and college students can sign up for Arizona Law Day here. Please encourage your children to take part and then bring them to Saturday's BBQ and game.

Next Monday, September 21,  we celebrate Constitution Day with our annual Supreme Court review hosted by the Rehnquist Center.

The 2014 term was filled with interesting topics from the Affordable Care Act to same-sex marriage to property rights and congressional redistricting.  The event will be moderated by Professor Dave Marcus, and a panel of legal experts will provide insight and commentary on the cases.  This is always an interesting and informative event. See details below and plan to join us.

Don't forget that our Career Mixer is tomorrow night, Thursday, September 17, from 5 to 7 p.m. at the college.  All alumni are welcome.

Until the footnotes,

Reunion Rundown 

Class of 1965 (50-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 1970 (45-Year Reunion)
Friday, Oct. 23, 12:30 - 2 p.m., Reunion luncheon hosted at the Arizona Inn.
$45 per person. RSVP here.
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.

And, don't forget to swing by the All-alumni Reception at the College of Law patio on the evening of Friday, October 23, 6:30 - 8 p.m., either before or after your other plans, to catch up with even more Arizona Law friends. 

Constitution Day Program
The Affordable Care Act, same-sex marriage, property rights, and congressional redistricting are some of the high-profile issues from the 2014 Supreme Court term to be reviewed by legal experts during the University of Arizona's 17th annual Constitution Day program.  Read more here.
Date: Monday, Sept. 21, 2015

Time: 1 - 4:30 p.m.

Where: Ares Auditorium (Room 164), James E. Rogers College of Law, 1201 E. Speedway Blvd.

Who may attend: The event is free and open to the public.

Space is limited, and registration is recommended. CLE credit may be available.

Hosted by the William H. Rehnquist Center in the UA James E. Rogers College of Law, the event will feature a panel of legal experts reviewing notable cases decided by the United States Supreme Court during the 2014 term:

The Rehnquist Center is dedicated to encouraging scholarship about, and public understanding of, the separation of powers, the balance of powers between the federal and state governments, and judicial independence.

Centennial Snapshot -- Alumnus Mercer "Woody" Bouldin 

This week we bring you the story of one of our many musical alums.

"Tucson Publicized by Radio Singer, UA Law Graduate Woody Mercer Gives Old Pueblo Many a Plug on Program," The Star 10/09/55. 
Mercer Bouldin graduated from the College of Law in 1950 and quickly established himself as a successful Tucson attorney.  Yet to the countless people he has entertained with his country singing and guitar playing, he is better known as Woody Mercer.

Born in Douglas, Arizona, in 1926, Bouldin attended the UA as an undergraduate, interrupting his studies to serve in the Navy during World War II.

He learned to play the guitar at age 11 and joined his first western band by 16.  Ads and articles in local newspapers from the late 1940s and 1950s show that he played venues throughout the city, including the Open Door Bar on Benson Highway, where every Tuesday night was known as "Woody Mercer Nite."

He continued to entertain throughout college and law school, using the money to help pay his tuition.  In 1953, Woody achieved greater prominence, earning a daily show on Chicago radio station WLS and a regular spot on "National Barn Dance," a country music program broadcast each Saturday night across the country.  Before Woody left for the Windy City, Tucson Mayor Fred Emery appointed him the city's "official cowboy ambassador to the Midwest."

After five years in Chicago, Woody returned to Tucson and to the practice of law. However, he continued to perform locally, and even started a record company, Tucson Records, with his wife in 1960.  In the 1970s, he owned a Tucson restaurant called Woody Mercer's Cowboy Lounge on North First Avenue.  
Do you have photos or memories from your time at Arizona Law? We would love to hear from you. Please contact Emily McGovern, Centennial Coordinator, to share your images and stories.  
Arizona Law Career Mixer

Please join us at the 2015 Arizona Law Career Mixer! The mixer will be held Sept. 17, 2015, from 5 to 7 p.m. at the College of Law in the Lewis Roca Rothgerber Lobby.
Arizona Law's Career Development Office will bring together lawyers, judges, law firms, government agencies, non-profit organizations, alumni, faculty, and students from across the state for an evening of conversation, connections, and camaraderie.  Catered with locally sourced food by Feast and beer from Tucson's own Dragoon Brewery, it will be an evening of great food and even greater company. We'd love to see you!
Public Interest Speaker Series this Fall

Professor Nina Rabin has organized a series of speakers on public interest law this fall. The series kicked off this week with a packed room to hear from a panel on the TUSD Ethnic Studies litigation.

Panelists at this week's discussion. 

The sessions are open to alumni and the public. For more details, please contact Nina Rabin at You can register for any particular session using the links, below.
  • Sept. 28, Holistic Representation - An Interdisciplinary Approach to Legal Services, Facilitator Shayna Kessler, UA, Bacon Fellow and former attorney at the Bronx Defenders. Register here. 
  • Oct. 12, Representing Unpopular Clients I: Guantanamo, Facilitator Kristine Huskey, Director, UA Veterans' Advocacy Clinic and former attorney for Guantanamo detainees. Register here. 
  • Oct. 26, Issues in Indian Education and Tribal Courts, Melody McCoy, Staff Attorney, Native American Rights Fund, co-sponsored with IPLP and NALSA. Register here.
  • Nov. 9, Legal Responses to Genocide, Facilitator Najwa Nabti, Director, Undergraduate Law and Master of Legal Studies Programs and former appeals prosecutor at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia, with guest facilitator Clint Williamson, former U.S. Ambassador for War Crimes (invited). Register here.
  • Nov. 16, Representing Unpopular Clients II, Facilitator Vanessa Buch, Director, UA Wrongful Convictions Clinic, former staff attorney at Southern Center for Human Rights. Register here.
Homecoming-Centennial Week, October 18-25 
Make plans to return to Tucson and connect with other alumni during this year's special Homecoming-Centennial Week! Highlights will include: 
  • McCormick Society Lecture, Tuesday, Oct. 20
  • Gutter Bowl - Homecoming Edition, hosted by Tucson Recent Grad Committee, Wednesday, Oct. 21 
  • Arizona Law Lifetime Achievement Awards Ceremony and Reception, Thursday, Oct. 22, 4 p.m.

  • 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 UA 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 
  • Arizona Law seating at Arizona v. Washington State, Saturday, Oct. 24 
  • All-alumni Brunch with former deans, hosted by Dean Miller, Sunday, Oct. 25, 10 a.m.
  • Reunion-year events (Classes of 1965, 1970, 1975, 1980, 1985, 1990, 1995, 2000, 2005, and 2010)
Visit to see the full schedule and register!
Alumni Directory

Our alumni directory is fully up and running, and all alumni have now been invited to join. This tool is meant to be a resource for all Arizona Law alumni. If you run into classmates or colleagues who do not know about the directory, please help us spread the word. Let us know if you have questions or need assistance.

Some of our alumni have asked about how to reach the directory after their initial visit to set up their password and profile.

The URL is

Feel free to bookmark it. We have also added a direct link to the directory from our website. You will find it in the "Alumni & Giving" dropdown menu, accessible from any page.


The Cats are now 2-0, daytime temperatures are down to around 90, and nighttime temperatures in the mid-60s. We are now well into the semester, with classes and clinics and students settling in to patterns that are the main educational highway to degrees. Every week brings multiple opportunities for lectures and discussions, around the college, and around the university.  

Only a month from now we will enter Homecoming-Centennial Week -- so if you have not done so already, make your plans now. 

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