A note from the Dean

Douglas Sylvester
We hope you enjoy the winter edition of ASU Law News, including the profile of the amazing Polk family and interesting articles from our different Centers. Please forward it to any of our alumni and friends who may not (yet!) subscribe to this newsletter.

It was great to reconnect with many of you at the recent homecoming and reunion events, including the Michael and Rebecca Berch Scholars event, the Law, Science & Innovation event, and the tailgate party near Old Main. I also enjoyed visiting with alumni and friends earlier this year in Prescott, Washington, D.C. and at dozens of events here in the Valley.

It has been a rewarding and eventful Fall for the College of Law. We are winding down our scholarship matching program—it will end on Dec. 31—and I remain hopeful we will reach the $1-million mark. As many of you may have heard, this year’s entering class was our strongest credentialed in history and represents one of the strongest entering classes in the nation. Indeed, we remain the only law school in the Top 50 that has increased its GPA and LSAT in two successive years and are one of only two to do so this year. The strength of this class is directly related to the support of our alumni so, to those who have been able to give, you have my thanks, and I hope many others can find some ability to help out the next generation of lawyers.

In other news, it is official! The move downtown has been approved and we will soon be underway building the “Arizona Center for Law and Society.” This new, state-of-the-art building will be a new chapter in the history of the College of Law, but we will work hard to create memories and connections to the 50-year history in Armstrong Hall in Tempe. We hope you will all be active participants in the design and construction of the new facility and are as excited as we are about the possibilities this now creates for our students, faculty and alumni to further integrate into the fabric of legal and economic life in Phoenix.

Finally, please mark your calendars for the upcoming alumni luncheon on Feb. 12, which features a keynote by Ambassador Barbara Barrett (Class of 1978), Interim President-Designate of Thunderbird School of Global Management and former U.S. Ambassador to Finland. Watch our homepage, www.law.asu.edu, for other exciting events.
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