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Stacey Dowdell joins Legal Research and Writing Program

September 12, 2008

Stacey Dowdell, a visiting associate clinical professor in the Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law's Legal Research and Writing Program, decided to go into law because she enjoyed writing and it seemed a good career choice.

Practicality and passion steered Dowdell, who received her J.D. magna cum laude from the University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law, into law nearly 15 years ago.

Dowdell clerked for Arizona Supreme Court Justice Thomas A. Zlaket after law school and worked as an associate for the Phoenix law firms of Jennings, Haug & Cunningham, later Jennings, Strouss & Salmon, where she focused on civil litigation, appellate practice, construction and surety, landlord/tenant disputes, employment and education law and other areas. For the past eight years, she was an independent contractor, working for law firms needing bigger writing projects, such as substantial motions and briefs.

Dowdell said she finds teaching more rewarding than practicing law. "Even while practicing, I particularly enjoyed working with newer attorneys to help them develop skills, so it was a natural transition for me to teach," said Dowdell, who will teach Legal Method & Writing this semester and Legal Research & Writing in the spring.

Janie Magruder,
(480) 727-9052
Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law