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Winter Commencement, December 18, 2004.

Former Students Raise $500K to Honor Retiring Law Professor

When longtime Law Professor Arthur Andrews retired from full-time teaching at the Rogers College of Law on Friday, December 12th, some of his former students waited in the wings with a surprise announcement of their own – a half-million dollar endowment in his name. A trio of Andrews’ former tax students from the early 1970’s started a campaign to establish the Arthur W. Andrews Professorship more than a year ago. Gerald (’72) and Phyllis Hawley, Steve (‘71) and Jenny Phillips, and Larry (’72) and Claire Wilson ‘worked’ alumni lists, wrote letters and personally solicited other alumni who had taken Andrews’ popular classes in income taxation, administrative law and criminal procedure. Just last month, donations surpassed the $500,000 dollar threshold necessary to endow a permanent professorship. The Professorship was announced by Dean Toni M. Massaro on Friday at a reception honoring Andrews’ service and the achievements of seven other faculty and staff colleagues. In a brief presentation, organizers described Andrews as a “law school icon.” Professor Andrews has been a member of the law faculty for 36 years, during which time he has been active in guiding the law school curriculum and institutional direction, serving a stint as Associate Dean of the College. Over the course of his career, Andrews received numerous teaching honors. The Student Bar Association twice selected him for its Outstanding Professor Award. He received the Distinguished Mentor and Teacher Award from the College in 1999 and 2000, and the award was later renamed for him. In 2000 - 2001, he was given the University’s Graduate and Professional Education Teaching and Mentoring Award. “This is really stunning,” Andrews said, “not everyone has been as lucky as I’ve been, being able to pursue a profession that I enjoy so thoroughly.” He expressed “heartfelt gratitude for all of the good wishes, which far exceed my worth.” Professor Andrews will continue to teach part-time at the College. For more information, see the press release. Posted Wednesday, December 15, 2004. Updated Thursday, December 16, 2004.

National Group Honors UA Law Professor for Scholarship and Teaching

Professor Jack Chin was recently honored for his leadership in legal education at the National People of Color Legal Scholarship Conference in Washington, DC. Professor Chin received the organization’s "Distinguished Scholar Award" at the October convention, which focused on emerging legal theories and trends as well as increasing diversity within law teaching and scholarship. Professor Chin is the Chester H. Smith Professor of Law at the Rogers College of Law, a Professor of Public Administration and Policy at the University of Arizona's Eller School of Management and the Co-Director, with Professor Roger Hartley, of the University's Law, Criminal Justice and Security Program. Commenting on the award, Boston College Law School Professor Alfred C. Yen said, “Professor Chin's work is genuinely distinguished in its breadth and quality. Very few people have made leading contributions in two areas the way he has in immigration law and criminal law. Additionally, Professor Chin has used his research, particularly on the lingering persistence of Jim Crow laws, to serve the public directly.” More information can be found in the press release. Posted Tuesday, December 7, 2004. Updated Wednesday, December 15, 2004.

Professor Anaya Part of United Nations Effort in Tanzania

Professor S. James Anaya heads to Tanzania this month to lecture in a human rights training course for community and indigenous leaders and advocates from throughout sub-Saharan Africa. Prof. Anaya, the James J. Lenoir Professor of Human Rights Law and Policy and co-chair of the Indigenous Peoples Law and Policy Program, is known internationally for his work on the rights of indigenous peoples in international law. He is participating in the Programme in Peacemaking and Preventive Diplomacy, an initiative established by the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) in 1993. During two days of the week-long training session in Arusha, Tanzania, he will speak about the UN human rights system, relevant legal precedents from outside Africa, and the principle of self-determination. More information about Professor Anaya's scholarship and the Indigenous Peoples Law and Policy Program is available at www.law.arizona.edu/depts/iplp/. More information about UNITAR and its initiatives for indigenous peoples can be found on the UNITAR website:  www.unitar.org/peacemaking/PPD1.htm. More information about Professor Anaya's trip can be found in the press release. Posted Friday, December 10, 2004. Updated Wednesday, December 15, 2004.

Two College of Law Graduates to Receive Honorary Degrees during December Commencement Ceremonies

Former U.S. Ambassador Raul Castro ('49) and Donald Pitt ('55) will receive Honorary Doctorates of Laws on December 18, 2004, during the University of Arizona Commencement ceremonies. Ambassador Castro was the first Mexican American to be elected governor of Arizona. Mr Pitt was a member of the Board of Regents from 1983 - 1994 and helped found the Phoenix Suns. More information about these distinguished alumni and commencement ceremonies can be found in the press release. Posted Wednesday, December 15, 2004.

Student, Administrator Honored for Pro Bono Work

Third year law student Jacqueline Lanni was honored at a November luncheon for her pro bono efforts. The Volunteer Lawyers Program (VLP) named Lanni as the Law Student Volunteer of the Year, noting her hundreds of hours spent in VLP Advocate clinics and related projects over the last two years. Lanni, who worked primarily with domestic relations and bankruptcy clients, said that her pro bono experiences "have been the most valuable activities I have participated in. When law school was at its most challenging, working with VLP and its clients reminds me of why I want to practice law, and assures me that I will succeed." Also recognized was Coordinator of Special Programs Martha Fenn, who facilitates the College's Community Service Board and develops student volunteer opportunities in both law and non-law related activities. Fenn received the 2004 Award of Appreciation for her leadership in coordinating the VLP Advocates Program. Since its inception in 1999, more than 300 law students have volunteered with the VLP. This year alone, 110 student volunteers will touch approximately 1,000 cases, almost one third of the total cases handled by the VLP annually. VLP is a collaboration between The Pima County Bar Association and Southern Arizona Legal Aid. Its programs to assist indigent clients and nonprofit organizations have been recognized nationally. Posted Wednesday, November 24, 2004.

UA Law Grad "Books the Bar Exam"

Mark Hummels, a 2004 graduate of the Rogers College of Law, outperformed hundreds of his colleagues in the July Arizona Bar Examination, earning the top score on the demanding exam. Of 743 test takers, 494 passed, a rate of 66.5%. Hummels graduated from the University of Arizona Rogers College of Law in May 2004 with Summa Cum Laude honors and was selected for membership in the Order of the Coif. He joined the College of Law in the Fall 2001 as a Perry Rogers Scholar, after graduating Summa Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Colorado College in 1993 and after earning a Master of Journalism from the University of California-Berkeley in 1997. Prior to studying law, Hummels worked as a journalist, serving as a Regional Reporter at the Albuquerque Journal and a City Hall Reporter and Statehouse Reporter at the Santa Fe New Mexican. As a law student, he wrote for the Arizona Law Review, was a research assistant to two members of the faculty, and won the Richard Grand Writing Competition, as well as other honors. During the 2004-2005 term, he is serving as a clerk to Arizona Supreme Court Justice Andrew Hurwitz. In September 2005, he plans to join the Phoenix law firm of Osborn Maledon. Hummels says he studied hard for the exam during "every minute I was awake for the month before it," but was still surprised that he took the top position. "After the morning session of essays, I though I had done extremely well, but by the end of the afternoon session I was sure I would be coming back in February." Posted Wednesday, November 24, 2004.

Last day of classes, November 23, 2004.

Rogers Program in Law and Society Offers New Grant Program for Interdisciplinary Work in Law

Thanks to a gift from James E. Rogers, the Rogers Program in Law and Society has expanded its activities to include a small grants program ($3000 each) to support research and writing about law and society. More specific information on applications, requirements, and deadlines can be found at www.law.arizona.edu/Depts/RogersProgram/awards.cfm. Posted Thursday, November 18, 2004.

New Environmental Law, Science and Policy Program Attracts Top Scholars and Enhances Curriculum

In January, the College will welcome Kirsten Engel, who will join the College’s growing cadre of professors whose research and writing explore the intersection between environmental law, science, and policy. Professor Engel comes to the College with extensive experience in practice and academia, and specializes in international environmental law and toxic torts. The College will soon announce two more hires in this area, which will enable the College to be a prominent player in the University of Arizona’s "focused excellence" initiatives in water sustainability and environmental policy. The College’s Environmental Law, Science and Policy initiatives are spearheaded by Professors Adelman and Glennon. Posted Thursday, November 18, 2004.

Megan Nielsen and Lance Broberg Win the Annual Jenckes Competition Against ASU

The Joseph Jenckes Competition is an annual closing arguments competition between law students from the UA and ASU. It has been held every year since 1972. Each school selects two students for the competition. This year, the UA team of Megan Nielsen (3L) and Lance Broberg (3L) represented the defendant, a motocross dirt track owner who was sued when a rider was injured on his track. The issues involve comparative fault, the validity of a release, and the assumption of risk.The judges were members of the American College of Trial Lawyers, an honorary society of trial lawyers limited to 1% of the practicing bar in each state. Posted Thursday, November 18, 2004.

Professor Bublick Admitted to American Law Institute

Professor Ellen Bublick has recently been elected as a member of the American Law Institute (ALI). The ALI works "to promote the clarification and simplification of the law and its better adaptation to social needs, to secure the better administration of justice, and to encourage and carry on scholarly and scientific legal work." Members draft and publish Restatements of the Law, Model Codes, and other proposals for law reform. This is recognition of Professor Bublick's interest in tort reform and is a high honor. Posted Wednesday, October 27, 2004.

Arizona Supreme Court to Hear Oral Arguments at College of Law

The Arizona Supreme Court will hold oral arguments in the Ares Auditorium (Room 146) on Thursday, November 4, 2004, beginning at 1:30 p.m. The Court is hearing two cases:

  • City of Tucson v. Clear Channel Outdoor Inc.
  • Charles Phelps v. Firebird Raceway Inc.

Public admission to the oral arguments is free, and is part of an effort by the Arizona Supreme Court to increase the public's access to the workings of the state's highest court. At the end of the final argument, all five justices of the Arizona Supreme Court will be available to answer general questions from audience members. The Arizona Supreme Court and the College of Law welcomes citizens to take advantage of this unique opportunity to speak directly with the justices on topics of interest, though the justices are prohibited from answering questions about specific cases pending before the Court. Those wishing to attend should note that the Court requires appropriate attire: items such as ball caps and sunglasses will not be permitted. Cell phones and pagers must be turned off while court is in session. To view the Supreme Court’s Guide to Oral Arguments, please visit the Court’s website at http://supreme.state.az.us/azsupreme. Posted Monday, October 4, 2004. Updated Wednesday, October 13, 2004.

Dr. Lisa Streilin Initiates IPLP/NNI Visiting Scholar Lecture Series

Dr. Lisa Strelein, Research Fellow and Manager, Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies’ Native Title Research Unit, will initiate the new Indigenous Peoples Law & Policy/Native Nations Institute (IPLP/NNI) Visiting Scholar Lecture Series, Wednesday, November 3, 2004, at 1:30 p.m., in Rountree Hall, North Seminar Room (Room 204). Dr Strelein has written and lectured extensively on Native Title and indigenous sovereignty issues. She directs the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies’ Native Title Research Unit, which conducts major research projects in partnership with native groups and claimants involved in land claims litigation under Australia’s Native Title Act. Dr Strelein is also the convener of the annual national Native Title Conference in Australia. The title of her presentation is “Symbolism and Function: From Native Title to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Self-Government.” Posted Wednesday, October 27, 2004.

Jenckes Competition

Megan Nielsen and Lance Broberg will represent the College of Law at the annual Jenckes Closing Argument Competition, Wednesday, November 17, 2004, at the College of Law, Room 104. Posted Thursday, October 14, 2004.

Richard Grand Legal Writing Competition

The fourth annual Richard Grand Legal Writing Competition will begin October 22 and run through November 1. Mr. Grand, a 1958 graduate of the College of Law and a distinguished litigator, conceived the idea of a writing competition that would emphasize persuasive skills and effective communication. All students at the Rogers College of Law are eligible to enter. Using a legal problem prepared by the faculty at the Rogers College of Law, students will prepare a written legal argument. The form and content of the problem will change from year to year. The students’ writing will be judged for accuracy, brevity, clarity, and persuasiveness. The top five students will receive cash prizes. For more information, visit www.law.arizona.edu/Events/Grand/grand.cfm. Posted Monday, October 11, 2004.

College of Law Participating in MIS 30th Anniversary Conference

Several College of Law faculty members will speak or moderate sessions in the Focus on Information Technology and the Law Track, of the Eller College of Management's MIS 30th Anniversary Conference: Shaping the Future of IT, on Wednesday, November 3. The program, scheduled to run from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., will include Professor John A. Swain, speaking on Internet & Tax Policies, Professor Jean Braucher, speaking on Contract Management in Outsourcing, Professor Bill Boyd, moderating a panel on Choosing between Open and Closed Source Software Distribution, and Professor Graeme Austin, moderating a panel sponsored by Quarles & Brady Streich Lang on Cross-Border Issues. The law track, held on the first day of the three-day conference, will meet at Marriott University Park. One-day registration is $150 and includes conference meals. For more information on the full conference, including detailed schedules, visit www.eller.arizona.edu/~mis30. Posted Friday, October 8, 2004.

"Back to the Classroom" CLE at Homecoming

This year's "Back to the Classroom" CLE topic is "Inherit the Wind" - Celebrating Academic Freedom and the 75th Anniversary of the Scopes Trial. Registration begins at 8:00 a.m., Saturday, October 30. The program starts at 8:30 a.m. with a showing of the class movie, "Inherit the Wind." Following the movie, there will be a panel discussion on Academic Freedom. The program is structured for both those with only general knowledge of the issues and those praciting in the area. Panelists will briefly review the Scopes trial and the principles of basic First Amendment law. They will also discuss how issues involving the Religion Clause (including scientific creationism) and academic freedom are likely to arise in today's schools and universities. The Ethical ramifications of Arizona's rule stating that lawyers have a responsibility to represent unpopular cases will also be explored. Panelists include Paul D. Bennett, Clinical Professor and Director of the Child Advocacy Clinic; Randy Bezanson, Charles E. Floete Professor, University of Iowa College of Law and 2004 - 2005 Distinguished Visiting Professor; John Richardson and Lisa Anne Smith, DeConcini McDonald Yetwin & Lacy PC, and Gary Stuart, President, Arizona Board of Regents. 3.8 CLE credit hours, including 1 Ethics credit, will be available for attending this presentation. There will be a BBQ following the conclusion of the CLE; tours of the newly complete 2d and 3d floors of the Rountree Building and the College of Law will also be offered. For more information, contact Donna Ream, 520.626.2400 or go to www.law.arizona.edu/frontpage/events/2004homecoming.cfm. Posted Wednesday, September 29, 2004. Updated Tuesday, October 5, 2004.

Class of 1954 50-Year Golden Anniversary, Rogers College of Law, Noon - 2:00 p.m. at Homecoming BBQ, October 30, 2004.

LCA Board of Directors Meeting, Rogers College of Law, 9:00 a.m. - Noon, October 30, 2004.

Class of 1994 10-Year Reunion, El Corral, 6:00 - 10:00 p.m., October 29, 2004.

Class of 1964 40-Year Reunion, Hacienda del Sol, 6:00 - 10:00 p.m., October 29, 2004.

Class of 1959 45-Year Reunion, Mountain Oyster Club, 6:00 - 10:00 p.m., October 29, 2004.

Class of 1974 30-Year Reunion, The Shanty, 5:30 - 10:00 p.m., October 29, 2004.

College of Law Open House for prospective law students, October 27, 2004, 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. Registration begins in the Lobby at 5:30. More information is available here and here.

Class of 1984 20-Year Reunion, Golf Tournament Tubac Golf Resort, 1:00 p.m.; Reunion Happy Hour, Old Tubac Saloon, 5:00 p.m., October 15, 2004; Class of 1984 20-Year Reunion Dinner, Viscount Suites, 6:00 - 10:00 p.m., October 16, 2004.

2004 Marks Lecture Set

Mark your calendars now for this special public event! United States Senator Edward M. Kennedy will present the 2004 Isaac Marks Memorial Lecture on October 12, 2004, at the University Park Marriott, at 7:00 p.m. Doors open at 6:00 because a large crowd is expected. He will be speaking on "A Senator's Perspective:  American Higher Education in a Global Economy." Updated Thursday, September 16, 2004. Updated Tuesday, September 21, 2004.

Class of 1979 25-Year Reunion, Hacienda del Sol, October 9, 2004, 6:00 - 10:00 p.m.

Sixth Annual Supreme Court Highlights CLE

Faculty and distinguished jurists will discuss high profile issues from the U.S.Supreme Court's 2003 - 2004 term on Wednesday, October 6, 2004, 3:00 - 5:30 p.m., in the Ares Auditorium. Cases and issues to be discussed include the Guantanamo cases (habeas corpus availability, extent and oversight of presidential war powers); Blakely v. Washington (sentencing statutes, sentencing by jury rather than by judge); Cheney v. U.S. Dist. Ct. for D.C. (discovery of information and presidential privilege); and First Amendment developments. Participants include Former Arizona Supreme Court Justice Stanley Feldman; the Honorable Michael Daly Hawkins, from the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals; the Honorable Neil V. Wake, U.S. District Court, Phoenix; Professors Barbara A. Atwood and G. "Jack" Chin, and Dean Toni Massaro. A reception sponsored by the American Constitution Society Student Organization will follow in the College's Snell & Wilmer Courtyard. 2.5 hours of CLE credit are available. For more information or to register, please call Donna Ream at 520.626.2400 or go to www.law.arizona.edu/frontpage/Events/cle2004.cfm. Posted Monday, September 27, 2004. Updated Monday, October 4, 2004.

College of Law Lauded by Hispanic Business Magazine

The James E. Rogers College of Law has again been recognized as one of the country’s top ten law schools for Hispanic students. In Hispanic Business Magazine’s 2004 annual ranking of graduate schools, the College ranked seventh. “We’re gratified whenever our efforts to make a quality legal education accessible and affordable to students are recognized, and the Hispanic Business rankings increase national attention to the work we do,” said Dean Toni M. Massaro. The Rogers College of Law was the only Arizona law school included on the list. More information can be found in the press release. Full details on the law school rankings are available at www.hispanicbusiness.com/news/newsbyid.asp?id=17784. Posted Wednesday, September 22, 2004.

Dean Toni Massaro speaks on "Affirmative Action: Where Do We Go From Here?", 12:05 - 12:50 p.m., September 22, 2004, South Ballroom, Student Union, as part of the University of Arizona Faculty Fellows Speaker Series.

Dean Massaro's Fall 2004 Newsletter

Dean Massaro's Fall 2004 Newsletter is available online at www.law.arizona.edu/news/FromTheDean/fall2004/. The Newsletter contains faculty accomplishments, an events calendar, and college and alumni news. Posted Thursday, September 16, 2004.

2004 Lifetime Achievement Awards Luncheon

The 2004 Lifetime Achievement Awards Luncheon will be held on Friday, September 17, 2004, at noon, at Hacienda del Sol. The College of Law faculty created these awards to recognize outstanding graduates. The honorees this year are Senator Dennis W. DeConcini, the Honorable Stanley G. Feldman, Martin Gentry, Senator Jon Kyl, Selma Skora Paul Marks, and Rose S. Silver. The cost for the luncheon is $25.00. Please contact Donna Ream, at 626-2400, by September 7, to make a reservation. Posted Friday, August 13, 2004.

Rogers Program in Law and Society Lecture

The University of Arizona Rogers College of Law and the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences are sponsoring a free public lecture offering a firsthand look into the high-profile trial of Seattle serial killer Gary Ridgway on Friday, September 10, from 12:15 - 1:45 p.m, in Ares Auditorium (Room 146). Entitled, "The State of Washington v. Gary Ridgeway (A Behind-the-Scenes Look at the Defense of the "Green River Killer"), this lecture, will feature Mark Prothero and Todd Gruenhagen, Ridgway's defense counsels as speakers, and Professors G. Jack Chin and Roger Hartley as panelists. Professor Judith Becker, from the University of Arizona Department of Psychology, will moderate. CLE credit will be available. Please contact Donna Ream, at 626-2400, by September 3, to RSVP. More information can be found in the press release. Posted Friday, August 13, 2004. Updated Thursday, August 19, 2004.

Arizona Law Graduates Shaping National Law and Policy Event

Former United States Ambassador to Uruguay and longtime public servant Thomas Aranda, Jr. will talk about his career as an Ambassador and in international law at a free public lecture, Thursday, September 23, 2004, 4:00 - 5:00 p.m., Ares Auditorium (room 146). A brief reception in the courtyard will follow. Aranda’s career in, and commitment to, public service spans more than 3 decades. In 1981, he was appointed as U.S. Ambassador to Uruguay, a position he held until 1985. Other international positions include past service as President of the Arizona-Mexico Commission and the Diplomatic Advisory Council for the Presidential Inaugural. Aranda’s presentation is part of a continuing series, “University of Arizona Graduates Shaping Law & Policy.” More information concerning Ambassador Aranda's career can be found in the press release. Posted Tuesday, August 10, 2004. Updated Thursday, August 12, 2004. Speech Cancelled. Wednesday, August 18, 2004.

First Day of School, August 16, 2004.

First Year Student Orientation, Aug. 11 - 13, 2004.

Outstanding Field of Jurists and Professors Visit College of Law During 2004 - 2005

The following distinguished jurists and professors will join the Arizona faculty next academic year, greatly enriching the curriculum and intellectual life of the College.

Posted Wednesday, April 14, 2004. Updated Tuesday, May 4, 2004.


Content updated 24 May 2005 by Leah Sandwell-Weiss .


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