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Arizona Law partners with #GivingTuesday to Benefit Native American Law Students

The micro-philanthropy movement #GivingTuesday joins with Arizona Law for ‘First Hour for the First Americans’ on Tuesday, December 2.

For #GivingTuesday 2014, lawyers across the country will be asked to donate the first billable hour of their day to help fund scholarships for the First Americans. The Huerta Scholars Program at Arizona Law has been established in honor of Judge Lawrence Huerta, its first Native American graduate (Class of ’53.)

The “First Hour for the First Americans” scholarship drive on #Giving Tuesday 2014 will assist future generations of Native American law students to follow in this trailblazing first American’s footsteps at the University of Arizona with law school scholarships from the Huerta Scholars Program. Arizona Law is focusing attention on #GivingTuesday 2014 to kick off a donation-matching fundraising drive for the Huerta Scholars Program.

Whether a supporter is a public defender, partner in a large or small law firm, or a prosecutor, the donation of one hour of billable work to the “First Hour for the First Americans” scholarship drive will help bring needed support to a population with few resources and significant legal needs. Law firms and legal offices can urge their lawyers to donate this hour to the Huerta Scholarship Fund and can encourage their teams to give more by creating a donation-matching program.

“This tribute to the first Americans is a compelling way to raise awareness and support for the legal needs of historically underserved Native American communities on a nationally celebrated day,” said Robert A. Williams Jr., E. Thomas Sullivan Professor of Law and Faculty Co-Chair of the Indigenous Peoples Law and Policy (IPLP) Program at the University of Arizona. IPLP is coordinating the #Giving Tuesday 2014 campaign.

“These scholarship dollars for Native American law students to attend Arizona Law is newsworthy because it is a program by, for and about lawyers, with Native American attorneys and IPLP alumnae like Fred Urbina, Attorney General of his own tribe, the Pascua Yaqui Tribe, which has donated $25,000 as the first major gift to the program, and Gabriel Galanda of the Round Valley Indian Tribes, Managing Partner at Galanda Broadman in Seattle, engaged in this unique 24-hour fundraising initiative,” Williams added.

Arizona Law is committed to a broad-based program of legal education focused on the unique needs of Indian tribes in the United States and indigenous peoples around the world, a commitment exemplified by its internationally recognized IPLP Program, which has graduated more than 100 Native American and indigenous lawyers over the past two decades. It is the only law school in the world that offers all three law degrees (JD, LLM, SJD) with a concentration in Federal Indian Law and Indigenous Peoples Human Rights. It also offers multiple degree and certificate options for lawyers and non-lawyers who work at the intersection of Indigenous law, policy and governance through its close campus partnership with The University of Arizona Native Nations Institute.

#GivingTuesday is a movement to celebrate and provide incentives to give. The second annual #GivingTuesday took place on Dec. 3, 2013, with more than 10,000 partner organizations in 50 states and over 15 countries, including Singapore, Jordan, Mexico, Israel and Latin America. The 2013 campaign earned a staggering total of 1,215,963,628 media impressions.

Since #GivingTuesday harnesses the collective power of a unique blend of partners—charities, families, businesses and individuals—to transform how people think about, talk about and participate in the giving season, it is an ideal partner for the “First Hour for the First Americans” initiative. The movement counts high-profile individuals and organizations among its supporters, including the White House, Bill and Melinda Gates and a who’s who of celebrity activists, from Mary J. Blige to Chelsea Clinton, as well as endorsements from mayors in dozens of cities around the country.

Posted: 11/26/2014

Prof. Glennon Shapes Western Water Policy

Prof. Glennon’s work on water policy has recently received major media attention:

  • He was featured in an October 13, 2014, piece on NPR’s Marketplace
  • He was quoted and helped background a New York Times story on water pricing on October 14;
  • The Washington Post reported a story about his work on October 15;
  • Business Week had a story – the same day – with Prof. Glennon’s work at the center;
  • The Financial Times interviewed him on the topic of water policy in California for an October 21 article called Water:  Thirst for Life;
  • On October 24 the Wall Street Journal published an op-ed that he authored with Gary Libecap, The West Needs a Water Market to Fight Drought.

Finally, Prof. Glennon was active in launching the prestigious Hamilton Project/Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment forum on New Directions for U.S. Water Policy, attended by high level policymakers including speaker Gov. Jerry Brown. His report, Shopping for Water:  How the Market Can Mitigate Water Shortages in the American West, co-authored with Gary Libecap & Peter Culp, is available on the Hamilton Project at the Brookings Institution website here. Island Press has released it as an ebook, available right now as a free download on Amazon.com here.

Posted: 10/29/2014

International Student Speaker Series Starts October 27

The College of Law Diversity Committee is sponsoring a Student Speaker Series during lunchtime on the following four Mondays – October 27, November 3, November 10, & November 17. At each lunchtime event, several of our international students and scholars will speak on some aspect of the legal system in their home countries. These presentations promise to be entertaining, educational, and quite interesting. There will also be food tastings from the various countries. All series events take place in the Faculty Lounge, 12:15 - 1:15 p.m. The schedule is as follows:

  • Monday, October 27 - “Crossing the River by Feeling the Stones”:  A Selfie of Chinese Law before the Deep Water Zone.
  • Monday, November 3 - Breach of Contract in Argentina and Norway:  A Practical Overview.
  • Monday, November 10 - Meet Brazil’s Judiciary.
  • Monday, November 17 - Customary Law in New Zealand and Nigeria.

Posted: 10/23/2014

New Issue of the Arizona Law Review Has Been Published

The Editor-in-Chief of the Arizona Law Review, Cara Wallace, has announced the publication of Issue 56:3. The Issue contains articles on Family-Driven Justice, the Massachusetts state crime lab scandal, and a note on the Uniform Act on Prevention of and Remedies for Human Trafficking, among others. The whole issue is available here.

Posted: 10/07/2014

The Mind and the Law Lecture Series Starts Wednesday, September 10

The Mind and the Law, a series of public lectures at University of Arizona sponsored by the College of Science and the James E. Rogers College of Law (Prof. Christopher Robertson) and the Cognitive Science Program in the School of Mind, Brain and Behavior (Prof. Massimo Piattelli-Palmarini), will be held on select Wednesdays at 7:00 p.m., in Ares Auditorium.

These lectures will address the remarkable development of interdisciplinary studies exploring the cognitive components, for the most part unconscious, involved in legal settings. How do eyewitnesses reconstruct their memories? How do juries make sense of brain images? How can appellate judges make decisions about prejudicial evidence, without themselves being prejudiced by the evidence? Are disclosure mandates an effective way to prevent biases in healthcare due to conflicting interests? How do emotional appeals impact jury decision making? These public lectures will offer a unique panorama of this field, drawing on leading scholars from around the country, from across Arizona, and from across four colleges here at the University of Arizona.

The schedule is as follows:

  • September 10, The (Unavoidable) Behavioral Lens within Lawmaking, David Yokum (Department of Psychology, University of Arizona. Fellow with the U.S. Social and Behavioral Sciences Team in Washington, D.C.);
  • September 17, Through the Partisan Looking Glass:  The Psychology of Political Polarization, Peter H. Ditto (Department of Psychology & Social Behavior, School of Social Ecology, University of California, Irvine);
  • October 1, And If Your Friends Jumped Off a Bridge, Would You Do It? Translating Juvenile Developmental Neuroscience into Law, Amanda Pustilnik (University of Maryland Frances King Carey School of Law; and at Petrie-Flom Center for Health Law, Biotechnology, and Bioethics, Harvard Law School);
  • October 22, The Memory Factory, Elisabeth Loftus (University of California, Irvine);
  • November 5, Blinding as a Solution to Bias, Christopher T. Robertson (James E. Rogers College of Law, University of Arizona);
  • November 19, Our Perfect Supreme Court? "From the crooked timber of humanity no straight thing was ever made." Charles Fried (Harvard Law School; formerly Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts and Solicitor General of the United States);
  • December 3, Can the Law Do Anything to Improve Patient Safety? Michael Saks (Regents' Professor of Law and Psychology, Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law, Arizona State University).

For more information, see this page.

Posted: 09/03/2014

Alumnus Michael Trauscht Commits $500,000 to "Arizona Law Now" Scholarship Fund

Students at the College of Law will find their debt load a little lighter, thanks to the generosity of alumnus Michael E. Trauscht (‘73).

A longtime supporter of the law college, Trauscht has made a new gift commitment of $500,000 to be used for student scholarships.

In making the gift, Trauscht said he wanted to honor “three individuals who have been critical influences in my life, and who have been a constant source of inspiration and wise counsel.” The first is Professor Emeritus Art Andrews, who was one of Trauscht’s law school teachers. The second is Dean Emerita and Regents’ Professor Toni M. Massaro, who worked closely with Trauscht and a colleague on previous fundraising projects. Maria Baier (‘92) was honored as well, for her “steadfast friendship and professional accomplishments.”

Trauscht’s gift launches the College of Law’s participation in the University of Arizona’s “Arizona Now” campaign, a five-year effort to benefit students and programs.

Dean Miller said he was “delighted that Michael Trauscht understands the critical need to keep law school tuition affordable – and make a great public school legal education accessible to all students. We have worked very hard to reduce tuition in each of the last two years, but we need alumni support to realize our ultimate goal. We’re delighted that Mike is taking the lead.”

Posted: 08/21/2014

Environmental Breakfast Club 2014 - 2015 Schedule

The Environmental Breakfast Club, a diverse group of faculty from various departments, programs and colleges on the campus who meet monthly at Arizona Law to discuss works in progress on the environment and natural resources, has released their schedule for the coming year. All presentations will be on the first Friday of each month (except January), from 8:30 - 9:45 a.m., in the Law College Faculty Lounge (Room 237).

  • September 5, 2014 - Karl Flessa, Professor of Geosciences
    Topic:  Science and Policy of the 2014 Pulse Flow to the Colorado River Delta.
  • October 3, 2014 - Gautam Gowrisankaran, Professor of Economics
    Topic:  Information Feedback and Long-Term Electricity Conservation:  Evidence from the Tapestry Building, with Shahzeen Attari, Troy Simpson and Sabine Marx
  • November 7, 2014 - Vic Baker, Regents’ Professor of Hydrology & Water Resources
    Topic:  The 2011 Tohoku Tsunami and the Fukushima Nuclear Plant Disaster
  • December 5, 2014 - Eric Lutz, Assistant Professor, Community, Environment & Policy Division, College of Public Health
    Topic:  Comparison of Diesel and Alternative Fuel Emission Exposures in Underground Mining
  • February 6, 2015 - George Frisvold, Professor and Extension Specialist, Agricultural-Resource Economics
    Topic:  Climate Policy as Water Policy:  Co-Benefits for Water Conservation and Quality
  • March 6, 2015 - Eve Edelstein, Associate Professor, College of Architecture
    Topic:  T.B.D.
  • April 3, 2015 - Mona Hymel, Arthur W. Andrews Professor of Law
    Topic:  Using U.S. Tax Policy to Address Climate Adaptation Problems

Posted: 08/13/2014

Arizona Now Campaign Aims to Raise $1.5 Billion

The University of Arizona's largest fundraising campaign in history, Arizona Now, officially launched in April. Arizona Now aims to raise $1.5 Billion over the next several years for the UA. Arizona Law's fundraising effort is $18 million. More information about Arizona Now is available at UA News

Posted: 05/30/2014