L to R: Roxie Bacon, ASU Law Dean Doug Sylvester, Hon. Patricia Norris

We all learned at law school that an oral promise may rise to the level of a binding contract.

So you’d think UA Law Dean Ponoroff would have paused before agreeing to the challenge leveled at him earlier this week.

If we give you an ASU Law School shirt later this week, will you wear it in public?

He sat at the Board of Governors meeting Tuesday, and a passing parade of civil procedure rule petitions may have blurred his thinking and weakened his resolve (or maybe that was just me). Whatever the case, Dean Ponoroff agreed. “Yes, yes I would,” he intoned to a roomful of people who are trained to never ever ever forget anything.

And so, comes the Law Dean long about a Thursday morning. He enters a Biltmore conference room to participate in the annual Ethics Game Show pitting him and his team against a similar squad from ASU Law School.

You know what’s coming. Yes, he had a 100% cotton shirt in his future, courtesy of Bar Governor Lisa Loo. And ethically (at the game show), the Don had no choice but to don it. Here are a few photos (click them; they get bigger).

Dean Ponoroff and ASU Law School Dean Doug Sylvester helped the crowd laugh and enjoy the morning. Here’s wishing U.S. News had a ranking for that.

Of course, they were only part of a rousing and hilarious panel at the Game Show. Besides a turnabout T-shirt, it also included ASU Law and UA Law teams, in costume. And, just to add to the hilarity, ASU’s mascot Sparky was present to rouse his team—and to do pushups when the ASU team nailed an answer.

If you’re interested in milk-out-the-nose laughs combined with legal education, the Game Show is the ticket.

Panelists were Dan Barr, Kurt Zitzer, Susan Kayler, Keith Swisher, Kim Demarchi, David Sandweiss, Roxie Bacon, Hon. Patricia Norris, State Bar CEO John Phelps, Steve Hirsch, and Deans Ponoroff and Sylvester.

Congratulations to all the speakers, as well as emcees Lynda Shely and Pat Sallen, and moderator Hon. Ruth McGregor, on another successful and laugh-filled program (and ethics credit!).