Volume No. 6, Issue No. 22
February 24, 2003
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Student Forum with Dean Massaro on Tuition and Fees. Dean Massaro will hold an Open Forum for interested students to ask questions about the upcoming Board of Regents consideration of graduate tuition increases, which, if passed, will increase law school tuition for current law students.  She will also answer questions about the Board's consideration of program fee increases that the College of Law will be recommending for future law students, which, if passed, will increase law school fees for incoming law students.  The forum is scheduled for today, Monday, February 24, from 12:15 to 1:00 p.m. in Room 104, the Trial Courtroom.

Not sure what you think about affirmative action policies? Want to find out more about the case before the Supreme Court challenging the University of Michigan law school admissions policy?  Come to a panel discussion addressing affirmative action policies on Wednesday, February 26th at 3:30 in Room 146.  The panelists include Dean Toni Massaro, Tom Liddy, Chairperson of Maricopa County Republican Party, Professor McDowell, Professor of Africana Studies, Tom McDermott, 3L, and Deylynn Moore, 3L.  The panel is sponsored by the ACLU, La Raza, Black Law Student Association, the Federalist Society, Native American Law Student Association, and the American Constitution Society.  Come to engage in a dialogue about one of the most important issues facing higher education.

The Grand Damages Competition is a closing argument competition in which each contestant makes a closing argument for the plaintiff in an injury cases, limited to the issue of damages.  The preliminary round of the will be held on Thursday and Friday, March 6 and 7.  The final round will be held on Wednesday, March 12 at 12:00 Noon.  Students who are taking, or have taken, Basic Trial Advocacy can sign up for the competition.  If you are interested in entering the competition, please sign up on the form posted on Professor Mauet's office door (Rm. 224).  The deadline for signing up is Friday, February 28.

Class of 2003: This Friday (2/28/03) is the last day for you to submit photos of yourself and your classmates for the Class of 2003 Memories CD.  While we can't promise that every photo you submit will be included in the video, we are working hard to try to make sure that all members of your class are depicted on the Memories CD.  Please help us out by turning in photos with your name on it to Asst. Dean Vicki Fleischer in Room 120.  (There is a box outside of her office where you can place your photos.  All photos will be returned to you before graduation!)  Thank you!

CLASS OF 2004 PICNIC AND SOFTBALL GAME: Friday, March 7, 2003 at Himmel Park.  Food, drink, and a 2L-Faculty softball game (contact Brent Harris to sign up for the 2L softball team).  Tennis and volleyball will also be available.  Please bring any sports equipment you have to the picnic.  Contact Maricela Meza with any comments or suggestions for the picnic.  Invitations will be handed out soon so check your mailbox.  RSVP by Monday, March 3, 2003 to Donna Ream in the Development and Alumni Relations Office, Room 120.

NALSA Annual Fry Bread Sale.  Native American Law Students Association will be selling Navajo Tacos and Fry Bread in the lobby between 11:30 and 1 on Thursday, February 27.  Navajo tacos, fry bread, and soda will be available.

Mexican Real Estate Seminars. The Arizona International Lawyers Group (a consortium of Arizona’s leading international law firms) and the National Law Center for Inter-American Free Trade, Tucson, in conjunction with the Colleges of Law at the University of Arizona and at Arizona State University, will present a series of three seminars on various aspects of Mexican real estate law.  Each session will run at the UA James R. Rogers College of Law from 3:15 p.m. to 6:15 p.m. on the following dates:

The faculty will consist of leading experts from Arizona and Mexico and will be designed for both non-lawyers and lawyers.  Real estate brokers, property owners, developers, and investors will find the courses practical and timely.  There are NO FEES for LAW STUDENT ATTENDEES!  Registration for students is located on the table outside of the Development & Alumni Relations Office (Rm. 120).

Immigration Clinic Grad Wins Cuban Case After Six Years. In the fall of 1996, law student Vicky Dobrin (class of ’98), participating in the (relatively new) Immigration Law Clinic, started a political asylum and humanitarian waiver case for a detained 52-year old long-term legal permanent resident from Cuba.  She grew so attached to the case and had worked so hard to preserve the client’s rights that she kept working on the case after graduation as it wound its up to the Board of Immigration Appeals, to the Ninth Circuit and back (The client was released after an initial victory before the Immigration Judge).   Earlier this month, Ms. Dobrin, now of Dobrin & Han immigration law firm in Seattle, flew to Las Vegas for another round before the judge.  This time, the INS did not oppose the waiver request.  The client was impressed with her dedication and so is her alma mater.  Congratulations to Ms. Dobrin for her hard earned victory!

The Maricopa Chapter of the Arizona Women Lawyers Association is sponsoring a $250 book scholarship for students enrolled in the James E. Rogers College of Law.  To apply for the scholarship, please send a resume and an essay addressing the following question:  "How will you use your law degree and education to help women?"  Applications should be made electronically to Deadline for receipt of applications:  March 8, 2003.

Information on the following is kept in the red scholarship book in Room 118; all University of Arizona and College of Law scholarships are posted on the Financial Aid bulletin board outside the Student Lounge:


Monday, 2/24 Student Forum with Dean Massaro on Tuition and Fees
  12:15-1:00 p.m., Rm. 104 (Trial Courtroom)
  Student Enrichment Forum
  Professor Harris, "What We Can Learn From Listening to Battered Women:  Voices of Survival"
  12:15 p.m., Sullivan Room, (Rm. 202)
  (Space is limited.  Please come only if you have signed up.)
Tuesday, 2/25 LWA Auction
  12:15 p.m., Main Lobby
  "Plaintiff’s Practice: Protecting the Rights of Victims of Environmental & Toxic Torts"
  Partners from Baron & Budd Introduce Their Practice Fields and Their Firm
  2:15 - 4:00 p.m., Room 146
Wednesday, 2/26 Panel Discussion on affirmative action policies
  Sponsored by the ACLU, La Raza, Black Law Student Assoc., the Federalist Society, Native American Law Student Assoc., and the American Constitution Society
  3:30 p.m., Rm. 146
Thursday, 2/27 Community Service Board Meeting
  12:20 p.m., Sullivan Rm.  (Rm. 202)
  NALSA Fry Bread Sale
  11:30 - 1:00 p.m., Main Lobby