years, this law school has provided the
foundation for graduates to apply their skills and
talents in professional endeavors. We produce graduates
who are prepared to work with clients, assist judges,
advance the mission of non-profits, or support the
duties of a public agencies.
year, as part of our celebration of the Centennial, we
are making our longstanding internal goal public to the
Arizona Law community -- 100% employment for our new
graduates. This means working closely with alumni to
identify positions, seeking out grant opportunities for
post-graduate practice groups, and supporting our strong
and innovative Career Development Office (CDO) to put
our students' talents to work.
week, we highlight our "Help Us Get To 100" Centennial
Campaign and feature post-graduate fellow Dominic
Olivetti and career counselor Amanda Jantzi.
100th Year by Helping Us Get to
As the 100th year of the College
of Law, 2015 will be filled with many Centennial related
events. Our Centennial efforts go beyond events
celebrating our history. We see the Centennial as
a challenge to reaffirm and articulate our commitment to
produce lawyers as wise as those who have come before,
and to shape the next century of legal
The momentum of the Centennial
Year is permeating all of our efforts. It can
be seen in the CDO office as our superb new career
development team, working in the beautiful new Robert
Carroll Stubbs Career Development Suite and making use
of new tools, embraces our Centennial
goal: to achieve 100% employment for our new
Arizona Law graduates.
We state this goal with full
recognition that the legal market has changed and that
finding those first positions, and especially positions
that provide high-quality mentoring and pathways to
success, can be a challenge.
Even with a great CDO team,
Getting to 100 is a goal that will require a larger
team. We are building new partnerships -- such as
with the Attorney General's Office that you will read
about below. We are creating new initiatives --
such as the February Bar Exam. With outside
support we are creating several intensive new
Now, we need you.
Our goal of Getting
to 100 can best be articulated by Philip "Flip" May ('84), founding
shareholder of May, Potenza, Baran, & Gillespie, P.C.,
and chair of our "Getting to 100 Alumni Work
"Being a member of the Arizona
Law community means supporting the college, its
students, and graduates. While the
College does an excellent job of preparing aspiring
attorneys for a career in law, it needs the active
engagement of its alumni and friends to help its
graduates secure that critical first professional
opportunity. When I was asked to lead the 'Getting
to 100' workgroup for the Law College Association, I
all have enjoyed the benefits of our education at
the law college and have been enriched by the
friends we made during law school. Now it's time to give
back. We need to create an active network committed to
finding employment opportunities for those who are soon
to join us as proud alums.
When you hear of an employment
opportunity for a summer clerkship, judicial clerkship
or young associate contact Arizona Law's Career Development
Office. Working together we ensure that every
graduate from our law school who is seeking employment
in the legal field finds a job. Simply stated, together
we can reach 100% employment. Join in. Bear
epitomizes the kind of personal commitment we will need
from many alumni and friends to achieve this goal, in
our Centennial year and beyond.
If you know of a high-quality
legal employment opportunity let us know. If you have
been thinking about hiring, consider making this the
year to take the plunge. If a student reaches out,
please open your Rolodex (or whatever digital equivalent
you have) and help our students make
Together we can celebrate our
shared Centennial by working to reach 100% employment
for our new Arizona Law
We are working hard to create
opportunities for our students to receive that
critical first employment job. Our efforts have centered
on creating opportunities that provide high-quality
mentoring and the chance to give back through pro-bono
these new opportunities is our new Mortgage and Consumer Finance
Group. Established under a grant from the
Arizona Attorney General's Office, the Mortgage and
Consumer Finance Group will aid Arizona consumers faced
with mortgage and finance challenges.
Mortgage and Consumer Finance Group is led
by Director Joanna Medrano and offers four recent
graduates the opportunity to serve as fellows. In
this role, they will hone valuable practice
skills while advancing the quality and
quantity of legal services in the State of
the first fellows of the Group is recent graduate, Dominic Olivetti. A native of Michigan,
he came to Arizona Law "to escape the cold and snow for
the warm weather and beautiful scenery in Arizona."
on gaining practice skills while he was in law
school. He participated in the Workers' Rights Clinic, the Immigration Clinic, and a criminal
defense project. Dominic credits these valuable
experiences as the strong motivation for his work within
Mortgage and Consumer Finance Group aligned well with
what I have done previously and my dedication to lower
income populations. Additionally, I earned my degree in
finance and studied bankruptcy throughout my law school
career, so I am comfortable dealing with mortgages and
Group will conduct outreach to clients across the state,
providing legal services including loan modifications,
civil litigation to resolve mortgage delinquencies and
allow borrowers to save their homes, efforts to
stop loss of income due to wage garnishment, and
pre-purchase and pre-borrowing legal
law school Dominic focused on practical skill
development, including attention to advocacy skills.
Both summers he clerked at a public defender's office,
and he volunteered as a clerk at the Pima County Public
Defender during his third year of law school. He was
able to participate in several felony trials --
including leading a felony trial from voir dire
free time, Dominic enjoys Michigan State and U of A
athletics, the Detroit Tigers and Lions, cats, fussing
with craft beers, lamenting macro beer, the growing
downtown Tucson scene, and playing catch with his
girlfriend, Valerie. He has become so rooted in Tucson
that his parents have hinted they may follow his
footsteps from Michigan. He wouldn't be the first
student (and now alum!) whose parents have followed the
path to Tucson!
The Career Development Office
(CDO) is the central tool for students and alumni to
connect with employers and
employment opportunities in Arizona and throughout the
world. Our ability to serve students begins with
outstanding staff members.
week we introduce Amanda Jantzi, a career counselor and
member of the CDO Team.
attended Cornell Law School in Ithaca, New York, and
completed her undergraduate studies at Hobart and
William Smith Colleges, where she majored in political
science and women's studies. She came to Arizona Law
after completing her Master's in Higher Education
Administration at the University at Buffalo where she
worked as a career counselor at the law school.
receiving her master's degree, Amanda worked at Freshfields Bruckhaus Derringer in
London as a capital markets associate with a focus on
foreign-exempt debt and equity offerings, primarily in
Russia and the former Russian Republics.
global experience prepared her well to counsel Arizona
Law's international J.D. students, who all have law
degrees from their home countries. She works with them
on developing a job search strategy, including
everything from writing cover letters to networking, as
well as advising how to manage cultural differences and
group of students is incredibly diverse, so it's been
great to work with them. I also counsel all students
interested in pursuing opportunities abroad and work
with the rest of our amazing team to plan career fairs
and recruiting events, develop programming, and work on
employer development and relationships."
is originally from Buffalo, and she contends -- and out
of respect we believe her -- "I actually do miss the
traveled throughout Europe, including studying abroad in
Denmark. But when she came out to Tucson for her
interview it was the furthest west she had ever been.
Amanda has a five-year-old mini dachshund named BooBoo
who goes -- reluctantly -- on hiking trips. She also
enjoys swimming, being a hockey fan, reading and writing
have opportunities for international students? Amanda is
always available to talk about how we can connect your
needs to our student's talents.
Snapshot - Legendary
The School of Law became the
College of Law in 1925, and Lorna Lockwood became the
College's first woman graduate that same year. During
her student career, Lockwood served on the Law Student
Body, first as Secretary in 1924 and then as President
in 1925. She later became the first woman in the nation
to serve as a state Supreme Court justice when she was
elected Chief Justice of the Arizona Supreme Court in
are only two weeks from Gutter Bowl? Have you registered
your team yet? The evening will
include bowling, pizza, and beverages with
celebrity bowlers Chief Judge Dan Collins, Vice Chief
Justice John Pelander, and U.S. District Court Judge
lowest score wins! Are you able to beat your managing
partner and get the lowest
score? How about a victory over your
old classmate? Honorary co-chairs Steve Hirsch and Chas
Wirken will guarantee
an amusing evening for all as teams compete for the
coveted Gutter Bowl Pin! Join us for an night of fun,
food, and good ol' fashioned competition. Arizona
Law is exceedingly grateful to event committee chairs
Alison Bachus, Jessica Post, and Tom Stack, as well as
committee members Geoff Balon and Coree Neumeyer. This
committee worked diligently to bring back the legendary
Phoenix alumni event.
March 4, 2015
6 pm - 9
East Thomas Road, Scottsdale, AZ 85251.
faculty, staff, and students are invited to
The 2nd Annual Civil
Justice Lecture Featuring Patrick McGroder ('70)
Patrick McGroder, a shareholder in the
Phoenix-based law firm of Gallagher & Kennedy, specializes in
high profile, catastrophic injury, and wrongful death
litigation. As an architect of social change, Pat has
been on the cutting edge of litigation that has led to
HMO reform, road design improvement, motor vehicle and
aviation safety changes, and nursing home
forty years of trial practice, McGroder has been
lead counsel in more than 100 cases in which there has
been a verdict or settlement in excess of $1,000,000. He
has recovered more than $500 million for his
clients during this time.
present on "The Art of Oral Advocacy."
February 19, 2015
4 pm - 5
Auditorium (Room 164)
Reception to follow in the Snell
& Wilmer Courtyard
NALSA Moot Court Competition
6th and 7th
needs lawyers and judges to serve as judges for various
shifts during the competition.
would like to volunteer, please contact student
organizer Chase Velasquez.
|SJD student Moshe "Jeff"
Admon enjoying himself giving a tour of main
campus to alumnus Mitch Danzig
Tomorrow, Arizona Law will once
again host the annual Naturalization Ceremony for those
men and women who have worked tirelessly to become
citizens of the United States. The often difficult and
usually long paths to citizenship are a moving reminder
of the power of hard work and perseverance. If you
dream it, you can do it.
coming weeks, we are dreaming big and staying busy.
We are hosting the National NALSA annual moot
court competition, hosting the Western Regional
Transactional Law Meet, and opening a new student
lounge, the "Fender and '14 Room."
than forty of our 3L are preparing to sit for the
Bar Exam taking place next Tuesday and Wednesday.
We send them our thoughts and moral support. We
know they will do well.
stay in touch. Stay involved. Great things are always
happening at Arizona Law and we need you to be a part of
Marc L. Miller
Dean & Ralph W. Bilby Professor of Law
the next century of legal