Volume No. 12, Issue No. 13
February 23, 2009 Bulletin Archives
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On Monday, February 23, 3:00 p.m., Room 168, Freedom and Responsibility: The Implications of Neuroscience on the Free Will Debate:  a panel of legal, philosophical, and scientific experts will discuss criminal culpability in light of modern perspectives on free will. Personal responsibility for one’s actions is the foundation on which much of our criminal jurisprudence is based. Do recent advances in neuroscience challenge the very notion that we can be blamed for our actions? Specifically, if our behavior is solely determined by physical events in the brain over which we have no control, how can a system of jurisprudence based on personal accountability be justified? Professor Stephen Morse will argue that free will is not a requirement for the application of any legal rule, nor is free will necessary in order to have a legally valid notion of criminal responsibility. Finally he will contend that, even when viewed from a philosophical perspective, determinism and responsibility are not necessarily incompatible concepts. Other panelist will be University of Arizona’s Dr. Lynn Nadel (Neuroscience), Dr. Shaun Nichols (Philosophy), Jack Chin (Law), Marc Miller (Law), and Dr. Reid Fontaine (Psychology and Law). This event is co-hosted by the Program in Criminal Law & Policy (PCLP) and the Federalist Society. Food will be provided from Panda Express.

Arizona Law Review Open House! We welcome all 1L’s and transfer students interested in participating in the Write-on Competition to come mingle with the 2L and 3L writers and editors of the publication on Tuesday, February 24, at 12:15 p.m., in the Law Review office, library Room 133. We hope to see you there!

The LWA Auction will be held on Wednesday, March 4! There will be an all day silent auction and a live auction with free pizza at 12:15 p.m. We will be tabling to collect student donated auction items next week, Monday - Wednesday, from 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m., so please donate anything from tennis lessons to designated driving services. Next week will also be the last week the Study Guide donation boxes will be out, so please take this opportunity to drop off your used study guides. Contact Katherine at with any questions!

Human Rights Colloquium:  On February 24 at 3:00 p.m. in Room 237 of the law school, Debbie Hill, an attorney at Osborn Maledon in Phoenix, will speak about her success in the Maricopa County Jail litigation. The case has been one of the most successful to address prison conditions in the country over the past three decades. Prisoners have long suffered from grossly substandard conditions in the Maricopa County jails. Since 1977, prisoners have been in court against the Maricopa County sheriff trying to have their conditions of confinement raised to meet constitutional requirements. In October 2008, after two decades of litigation, the prisoners, represented in significant measure by Ms. Hill, won a sweeping judgment. Ms. Hill will discuss her experience with the case as part of the law school’s Human Rights Colloquium speaker series. The Human Rights Colloquium is generously sponsored by the Rogers Program on Law and Society.

Attention 3L’s:  Paula Nailon and Mary Birmingham want to get together with you and talk about what they have been seeing in the legal market, hints from employers and recent grads, delays in character and fitness, job searches, your questions and thoughts, etc. INFORMAL, bring your lunch, and talk! Regular chats are planned during the semester to bring everyone up to date, so join us for the first one if you are free! The first one will be TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 24, 12:15 - whenever, Room 156. Bring Your Own Lunch.

The Career Services and Professional Development Office, Quarles & Brady LLP, and the State Bar of Arizona will present a special program on Wednesday, Feb. 25, 3:00 - 5:00 p.m., in Rm 164, on the use of networking strategies for finding jobs and for career success. We would appreciate your encouraging students to attend this program. Ari is a dynamic speaker and will focus on providing very specific examples, tools and suggestions to help students feel more comfortable with the “art of networking.” The event will include a book signing (books will be available for purchase at the door).

You are cordially invited to attend the second annual Darrow K. Soll Memorial Criminal Law and Justice Lecture with Bernard E. Harcourt, Julius Kreeger Professor of Law and Professor of Political Science University of Chicago. He will speak on Neoliberal Penality:  The Birth of Natural Order, the Illusion of Free Markets, Thursday, February 26, 2009, 3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m., Room 164. Please rsvp at


Monday, Feb. 23 Criminal Law Speaker & Panel
  Freedom and Responsibility: The Implications of Neuroscience on the Free Will Debate
  Room 168
  3:00 p.m.
Tuesday, Feb. 24 Write-on Competition Information Session
  Room 133
  12:15 p.m.
  Career Services Get-Together for 3L’s
  Room 156
  Human Rights Colloquium:  Maricopa County Jail litigation
  Room 237
  3:00 p.m.
Wednesday, Feb. 25 Career Services Networking Presentation
  Room 164
  3:00 - 5:00 p.m.
Thursday, Feb. 26 Darrow K. Soll Memorial Criminal Law and Justice Lecture
  Prof. Bernard E. Harcourt:  Neoliberal Penality:  The Birth of Natural Order, the Illusion of Free Markets
  Room 164
  3:00 - 4:00 p.m.


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