October arrives tomorrow. That means Homecoming and our Centennial Week festivities are only a few weeks away. We are excited about all of the upcoming events but we need your help. If you plan to join us for any of our Centennial Week events (including Gutter Bowl in Tucson, class-year reunions, all-alumni receptions, the BBQ and game, and much more), please register as soon as possible so that we may plan accordingly. 

This week, we share with you Centennial Snapshots on two alumni who are this year receiving the Lifetime Achievement Award. It is our highest honor, reserved for our alumni who have had distinguished and exemplary careers in the practice of law, public service, or higher education. In selecting the honorees, the Arizona Law faculty considers, among other factors, the candidate's contribution to the legal profession, support for public causes and law reform, and commitment to the pursuit of justice. Nine new awards, from award years 2013, 2014, and 2015, will be presented on October 22, 2015, as part of our Centennial events.

The next time you visit the college, stop by and see the gallery of Lifetime Achievement Awards on display in the Jennings Strauss & Salmon Lobby. Our Lifetime Achievement winners are an impressive group with extraordinary achievements, and they are a continual inspiration to our students and alumni -- and to me.

Until the footnotes,

Centennial Snapshot -- Lawrence Huerta ('53)  

Judge Huerta, who recently turned 91 years old and lives in Tucson, is being presented with a 2013 Lifetime Achievement Award. The text of his plaque reads:

Lawrence Huerta, an enrolled member of the Pascua Yaqui Tribe of Arizona, was the first Native American to graduate from the University of Arizona College of Law, and he went on to become the first Native American to be licensed to practice law in Arizona. His role in improving tribal legal systems is among his most enduring professional achievements. 

Huerta earned a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Arizona in 1947. After graduation, he worked as a miner, clerk typist, insurance salesman, and real estate broker, but his lifelong ambition was to be a lawyer. He graduated from the College of Law in 1953 and earned the third highest score on the Arizona bar examination that same year. 

He served as an Assistant Attorney General in Arizona and for five years was a Legal Advisor to the Navajo Nation. As Legal Advisor, Huerta contributed to the development of the Navajo Nation's judiciary, today one of the leading tribal judicial systems in the world. He also played a pivotal role in drafting the Pascua Yaqui Tribal Constitution and in obtaining trust lands and federal benefits for the Pascua Yaqui Tribe.

Huerta was the first Native American to be appointed to the Arizona Industrial Commission, where he served for six years. In 1967, he was appointed to the Maricopa County Superior Court and fulfilled his judicial responsibilities with distinction. A strong proponent of increased access to education, he also served as Chancellor of the newly created Navajo Community College (now Diné College).

Throughout his life, Huerta has been a champion of Native American legal rights and equal educational opportunity. Coming from humble roots, he succeeded in the highest echelons of the legal profession. By his own example, Huerta has shown the value of hard work, fierce determination, generosity of spirit, and absolute integrity.   

Judge Huerta will be honored at the College of Law on October 22, 2015, at the Lifetime Achievement Award ceremony. Register here.
Centennial Snapshot -- Thomas A. Zlaket ('65)
Judge Zlaket, who resides in Tucson and remains actively engaged with the college, is being presented with a 2013 Lifetime Achievement Award. The text of his plaque reads:

Thomas A. Zlaket, a distinguished trial attorney and Arizona Supreme Court justice, has had an enduring commitment to civility and decency in the practice of law.

Zlaket graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 1962 and earned his LL.B. in 1965 from the University of Arizona College of Law. He and his brother, Eugene, began a successful private practice together, focusing on personal injury and criminal defense.

Zlaket was appointed to the Arizona Supreme Court in 1992 by Governor Fife Symington. His ten years on the Court, including five as Chief Justice, were marked by his commitment to improving the fair administration of justice and to enhancing the public's understanding of the role of law in society. One of his most influential innovations was discovery reform - known as the "Zlaket rules" -designed to encourage full disclosure and cooperation among trial lawyers and to reduce the cost of litigation.

When Zlaket retired from the bench in 2002, he resumed an active civil practice and continued with his extraordinary public service. In 2003, friends and colleagues created the Thomas A. Zlaket Professionalism in Teaching Endowment, to recognize his outstanding professional contributions and to support College programs on professionalism. Zlaket was the Inaugural Zlaket Professor and has been a popular Adjunct Professor of Law at the College for decades.

Zlaket has received many awards for his judicial work and public service contributions, including the Chief Justice Richard W. Holmes Award of Merit from the American Judges' Association, the State Bar of Arizona James A. Walsh Outstanding Jurist Award, and the Paul C. Reardon Award from the National Center for State Courts. Always a devoted public servant, he was President of the State Bar of Arizona and founding Fellow of the Arizona Bar Foundation, among other activities.

As lawyer, jurist, and tireless public citizen, Zlaket has had a profound impact on the public's access to justice.
Judge Zlaket will be honored at the College of Law on October 22, 2015, at the Lifetime Achievement Award ceremony. Register here.


Congratulations to Ashley Zimmerman ('13) and Michael Marsh (JD/MBA '14) on their recent engagement. The two met a week before orientation in August 2010, and were in Professor White's small section together. Ashley practices civil litigation at Tiffany & Bosco, PA, and Michael is a commercial real estate broker with Lee & Associates in Phoenix.

Welcome Professor Don S. De Amicis

Please join us at a welcome cocktail reception in honor of Professor Don S. De Amicis, the newly appointed Executive Director at National Law Center for Inter-American Free Trade and Professor of Practice at Arizona Law. RSVP here.

Date: Oct. 8, 2015
Time: 5-7 p.m., with welcoming remarks at 6 p.m.
Where: National Law Center, 440 N. Bonita Ave., Tucson AZ
Homecoming-Centennial Week, October 19-25

Make plans to join us in Tucson to connect with other alumni during this year's special Homecoming-Centennial Week! Highlights will include:  
  • "What to Do About Goldilocks" video and presentation by Professor Kenney Hegland, Monday, Oct. 19, 3 p.m.
  • McCormick Society Lecture, RESCHEDULED
  • Gutter Bowl -- Homecoming Edition, hosted by Tucson Recent Grad Committee, Wednesday, Oct. 21, 6 p.m.
  • Arizona Law Lifetime Achievement Awards Ceremony and Reception, Thursday, Oct. 22, 4 p.m.
  • 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 noon
  • 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) -- See below!
Visit to see the full schedule and register!
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.

Alumni Directory

Our alumni directory is fully up and running, and all class years 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.

With Homecoming-Centennial Week upon us, we think you'll find the alumni directory more useful than ever. Connect with your classmates and friends in advance by using the directory's "Search" feature to locate their contact information. The directory can also serve as a great planning tool for the week. Use the "Events" tab to check out all of the reunion, Homecoming, and Centennial activities that we have planned. Click on the individual events for more information. 

Please reach out to your classmates to join the new alumni directory. We will soon recognize those classes with the highest participation.

We have told the current students that they can begin to use the new alumni directory starting next semester. We've made student-to-alumni contacts for years, but now they can find you directly.

So far, every single alum (Keep it 100!) who has signed up has welcomed contacts from current students.  This ... is ... the ... U ... of ... A.  I love it.
Marc L. Miller  
Dean & Ralph W. Bilby Professor of Law
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