Greetings,

 

For 100 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. 

 

This 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.

 

This week, we highlight our "Help Us Get To 100" Centennial Campaign and feature post-graduate fellow Dominic Olivetti and career counselor Amanda Jantzi.

 

Warmly,

 

Marc 

Celebrate Our 100th Year by Helping Us Get to 100

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 education.


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 post-graduate fellowships.  


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 Group":

Philip "Flip" May


"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 gladly accepted.


 

We 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 down!"


 

Flip 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 connections.


Together we can celebrate our shared Centennial by working to reach 100% employment for our new Arizona Law graduates. 

Dominic Olivetti ('14)

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 legal services.

 

One of 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. 

 

The 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 Arizona.

 

One 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."

 

Dominic focused 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 the Group.

 

"The 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 financial issues."

 

The 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 counseling. 

 

During 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 to closing.

 

In his 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!

Amanda Jantzi

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.

 

This week we introduce Amanda Jantzi, a career counselor and member of the CDO Team. 

 

Amanda 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.

 

Prior to 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.

 

Her 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 professional development.

 

"This 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."

 

Amanda is originally from Buffalo, and she contends -- and out of respect we believe her -- "I actually do miss the snow!"

Amanda visiting Rome

 

She has 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 fiction.

 

Do you have opportunities for international students? Amanda is always available to talk about how we can connect your needs to our student's talents.   

Centennial Snapshot - Legendary Lockwood


 


 

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 1965.

 

 

FOOTNOTES

We 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 Stephen McNamee. 


Remember, 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 pm

Bowlmor Scottsdale.

7300 East Thomas Road, Scottsdale, AZ 85251.
 

Alumni, faculty, staff, and students are invited to attend.

 

Register now!


 

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 regulation.

 

During 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.  

 

He will present on "The Art of Oral Advocacy." 

 

Thursday, February 19, 2015

4 pm - 5 pm

Ares Auditorium (Room 164)

 

Reception to follow in the Snell & Wilmer Courtyard

 

National NALSA Moot Court Competition

 

March 6th and 7th 

 

NALSA needs lawyers and judges to serve as judges for various shifts during the competition.

If you 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 '95

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.

 

In the 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."

 

More 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.

 

Please stay in touch. Stay involved. Great things are always happening at Arizona Law and we need you to be a part of it.

 

Warmly,

 

Marc

 


 

Marc L. Miller  

Dean & Ralph W. Bilby Professor of Law
 
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