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Measure for Measure

We’ve spent considerable time over the last few years regaling you with news of the many national honors and awards the College of Law has received. Our programs, and the faculty who lead them, attract national and international recognition, and we’re gratified to see this reflected in multiple surveys and performance rankings that are well familiar to all of you. This is all to the good – for our state, our students, and our profession.

In this newsletter, though, I want to tell you about three lesser-known measurement tools that speak even more eloquently of our success as a College: the Sosin Index, the Aguilar Ranking and the Strickland Report.

Jill Sosin enrolled here as a successful police officer, and an accomplished artist. When she walks across the commencement stage in May, she will have argued before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, completed an internship with the U.S. Attorney’s Office, and won a student prize from the American Bankruptcy Law Journal. She is well-positioned to launch her career with a local firm founded by friends of the College, Mick Rusing and Pat Lopez.


Francisco Aguilar came to us as an outstanding student leader. He will leave us having interned with a United States Senator, developed a rich record of service to the College, and completed a joint JD/MBA degree. He will also be the first member of his family to graduate from college, let alone to earn two professional degrees.

Heather Strickland entered law school unsure of what she wanted to do, but found her passion here while involved in the student clinics organized by the Volunteer Lawyers Program and our Community Service Board. You can read more about how she was inspired through our partnership with the legal community in this newsletter.

I believe that Jill, Cisco and Heather, along with their graduating JD and LLM classmates, are the best measures of our value as an educational institution.

You see, traditional surveys and numerical rankings simply cannot capture the myriad ways in which an individual student’s life can be shaped and enhanced by our law school. Yet little matters more to our students, or to us as educators, than that so many lives can – and do – change for the better here. At Arizona, we work consciously to create an outstanding academic environment by deconstructing the student experience and addressing each element of it. We have small class sizes, an enviable student/faculty ratio, a demanding and diverse curriculum, and “Creating UA Law Community” programs because we believe these are the conditions of optimal academic and professional training. A strong professional community begins with a strong law school community. A strong law school community is forged by thoughtful teachers and professional mentors who care about the College and our students’ futures.

Within these pages, you will learn more about student achievements, their institutional underpinnings, and the implications for the welfare of the profession. With your continuing help, we can build an even greater capacity to “seed” student success and thereby fortify our profession.

As for these other external measures of the College’s performance, we happily accept and promote the national accolades and honors that we continue to earn. While doing so, though, let us remember that our most important achievements often elude list makers: they are the personal accomplishments and professional well-being of our students – past, present and future.

Toni Massaro
Dean Toni Massaro


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