THE BULLETIN

THE UNIVERSITY OF ARIZONA
JAMES E. ROGERS COLLEGE OF LAW

Volume No. 7, Issue No. 16
January 14, 2004
The College of Law Bulletin is published at the beginning of each week of the semester. To place an announcement or event in the Bulletin, please e-mail your information to Martha Fenn at fenn@law.arizona.edu or put a note in her box in Rm. 242. The deadline for receipt of information is each Thursday by 11:00 a.m. for inclusion in the following week's Bulletin. This Bulletin can be found on the web at www.law.arizona.edu/news/Bulletins/2003/B16-0304.htm.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Attention All Students:  Please check the law school website for updates on the Spring 2004 schedule.  There have been some room changes and there may be a few more.  You also might want to check the exam schedule and the academic calendar.  Our Website address is http://www.law.arizona.edu/. You can also check Forums for first assignments for your classes.

5TH ANNUAL 1L LUNCHEON - Friday, January 30, 2004, 12:30 - 2:00 p.m., Marriott University Park Hotel.  Guest speaker is the Honorable Deborah Bernini, Pima County Superior Court.  Check your mailboxes for your invitation.  RSVP by Friday, January 23, 2004 to the Development and Alumni Relations Office (Room 120).

Health Insurance Alert!  If you choose to use Student Health Insurance as your health insurance:

The enrollment deadline for Spring Semester coverage is:  January 28, 2004. You can order through Student Link by selecting the "Registration" icon.  If you need more information, you can go to the website at www.health.arizona.edu or call (520) 621-6486.

Interested In Becoming a VLP Advocate?  The Volunteer Lawyers Program of Pima County is looking for student volunteers to work with clients and assist attorneys in the areas of Domestic Relations, Child Support, and Bankruptcy this semester. Training will be provided.  Working with VLP gives you a great opportunity to get pro bono experience and cultivate law-related skills such as meeting with clients, reviewing court documents and client files, helping prepare court documents and speaking with clients about their upcoming court appearances.  If you would like to be a VLP Advocate this semester, please come to a meeting on TUESDAY, JANUARY 20 at 12:15 p.m. in Room 122.   All students are welcome. For more information contact Sheila Schaeffer at sheila.schaeffer@law.arizona.edu or Lindsay St. John at lindsay.stjohn@law.arizona.edu.

ALL FIRST-YEAR STUDENTS:  Every year during the spring term the Arizona Women Lawyers Association awards the Mary Anne Richey Scholarship to a first-year student on the basis of demonstrated commitment to public service.  The award consists of a one-time stipend of $1000.  If you would like to apply for the Scholarship, please pick up an application form from Ms. Rosie Gallegos in the Financial Services Office.   The deadline for submission of applications is Monday, February 2, 2004.  If you have questions about the scholarship, please contact Professor Barbara Atwood at 621-1912 or atwood@law.arizona.edu

Senior Olympics Project.  The COMMUNITY SERVICE BOARD welcomes you back this semester with an opportunity to volunteer at the Opening Day of the Tucson Senior Olympics on Sunday, January 25 at Pima Community College West.  There will be 2 shifts 7 am - 11 am and 11 am - 3 pm.  We are looking for 15 volunteers for both shifts. The morning shift will consist of setting up for the day's events and a continental breakfast for the competitors.  Those choosing the morning will also get to see the torch lighting at 9:00 a.m. to kick off the games.  The second shift will involve organizing the competitors, prepping the courses, recording scores and helping clean up.  Events will include a fun walk, track and field events and novelty events.  Sign-up by e-mailing Martha Fenn at fenn@law.arizona.edu or placing your name on the sign-up sheet in the lobby.  More information including directions will available the week of the event.  We hope to see you out there.

Interested in a job this summer with a government or public interest agency?  IF SO, YOU NEED MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THE SUMMER 2004 FEDERAL WORK STUDY PROGRAM!  To participate in work-study, YOU MUST attend one of the following meetings. Unfortunately, there is no provision for make up, individual counseling is not available, and there will be no additional meetings scheduled.  No exceptions.

Law Student Volunteers Needed for Teens Speak Out! 2004.  Teens Speak Out! is an ABA award-winning program created in Pima County to give teenagers a voice in the world of laws and politics.  The program, co-sponsored locally by the Pima County Bar Association, Pima County Superior Court, the College of Law and Cholla High Magnet School’s law program, allows middle and high school students to identify a topic of concern to them in their community, create suggestions about how to address those concerns by changing the law, and present their ideas to an interactive audience of legislators and attorneys.  On May 6, 2004, at Cholla High Magnet School, students from all over the region will gather to meet with attorney facilitators, legislators, judges and law enforcement personnel, where they will present and share ideas about a wide range of current issues. Law student volunteers are needed to work with teachers and students in their classrooms.  If you have questions or are available to dedicate a few hours each week (determined according to your availability) to helping students prepare for Teens Speak Out!, please contact Paula Nailon (nailon@law.arizona.edu).

Immigration Clinic Students Keep Families Together For the Holidays . . . And Beyond.  Congratulations to SHANA HIGA (3L) and to the team of ERYNNE HOLMSTROM (LLM student) and CHARLES BABBITT (3L) for their successful representation of long term legal permanent residents in removal proceedings on Christmas and Thanksgiving eves, respectively. In Ms. Higa's case, a 25-year old man who has lived most of his life in the U.S. and whose parents, siblings, and U.S. citizen child live here, had been in the custody of the Department of Homeland Security since late April, when he was ordered removed for possessing drugs at age 19.  Ms. Higa worked with the public defender's office in L.A. to vacate the conviction, and helped to draft a motion to reopen and to persuade the DHS to join in signing it. Clinic Director Lynn Marcus secured the client's release on Christmas Eve.  Ms. Holmstrom and Mr. Babbitt succeeded in avoiding the deportation of a Vietnam era veteran who had been a legal permanent resident of the U.S. for the past 43 years!  The Dept of Homeland Security sought to deport the man upon his return to the U.S. after a recent shopping trip to Mexico, when a computer check revealed a 1990 drug conviction.  The students spent long hours interviewing their client and preparing his testimony, as well as gathering evidence regarding his rehabilitation, medical needs, work record, and family ties to the U.S.  For these individuals and their families, the holidays have never been better.


UPCOMING EVENTS

Wednesday, 1/14 First Day of Classes
   
Friday, 1/16 Summer 2004 Work Study Meeting
  11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., Rm. 140
   
Monday, 1/19 Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday (No Classes)
   
Tuesday, 1/20 VLP Advocates Info Meeting
  12:15 p.m., Rm. 122
   
Wednesday, 1/21 Summer 2004 Work Study Meeting
  3:15 - 4:45 p.m., Rm. 139
   
Sunday, 1/25 Community Service Board Senior Olympics Project
  7:00 - 11:00 a.m., 11:00 - 3:00 a.m.
  Pima Community College West
  (Volunteers will meet at the law school and carpool out to PCC.)

 

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