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Prof. Robertson Next Speaker in The Mind & The Law SeriesPosted: 10/31/2014

Benjamin Franklin performed the first blindfolded experiment to challenge a mysterious healer, who turned out to be a fraud. Since then, blinding has become essential to biomedical science, and elsewhere. Symphonies conduct blind auditions, police blinded lineups. Should fingerprint examiners use blinding too? Are there other applications for expert witnesses in litigation? For prosecutors making charging decisions?

Prof. Robertson will discuss these and other questions when he gives the next lecture in The Mind and the Law series of public lectures, Blinding as a Solution to Bias, on Wednesday, November 5, 2014, 7:00 p.m., Ares Auditorium (Room 164).

IPLP Sponsors Showing of Film about Impact of Oil on an Indigenous Tribe in EcuadorPosted: 10/29/2014

The Indigenous Peoples Law and Policy Program (IPLP) is a co-sponsor, along with the Arizona State Museum and The Loft Cinema of a showing of Oil & Water, on Wednesday, November 12, 2014, at The Loft Cinema. The film is a true story about two boys, a member of the Cofán Tribe in Ecuador and an American, coming of age as they each confront one of the world's worst toxic disasters. Both young men, Hugo Lucitante, Cofán Representative, and David Porittz, environmental activist/co-found of Equitable Origin, will be present at the showing, as will Prof. Anaya. Tickets are $10; $8 for Loft/ASM members, UA students and American Indian community members. The screening is a fundraiser for the Cofán Survival Fund. For more information, see the event flyer here.

Prof. Glennon Shapes Western Water PolicyPosted: 10/29/2014

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 here.

International Student Speaker Series Starts October 27Posted: 10/23/2014

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.

Arizona Supreme Court to Hear Oral Arguments at College of LawPosted: 10/22/2014

As part of its statewide public education effort, the Arizona Supreme Court will hold oral arguments during an upcoming visit to Tucson on Thursday, November 6, 2014, 2:00 - 4:00 p.m., Ares Auditorium (Room 164). This judicial visit is hosted by the William H. Rehnquist Center for the Constitutional Structures of Government at the James E. Rogers College of Law.

Seating is limited and available to those who have preregistered at Others are welcome on a first-come, first-serve basis as remaining space allows.

The Court will hear appellate arguments in two cases:

  • 2:00 - 2:40 p.m., CR-14-0063-PR -  Andy Biggs et al. v. Janice K. Brewer et al.
  • 3:00 - 3:40 p.m., CV-14-0132-PR - State of Arizona vs. Daniel Diaz

Case summaries are available by clicking on the links above. Full case materials are available at

After the end of the second argument until 4:00 p.m., the five Arizona Supreme Court Justices will be available to answer general questions from audience members. While judges are prohibited from answering questions about pending cases, they can discuss Court operations and decision-making processes in general.

Those planning to attend should read the security and dress protocols at

Event questions may be directed to Bernadette Wilkinson via email at, or by phone at 520-626-1629.

Mining Leader Charles Jeannes to Deliver 2014 Lacy LecturePosted: 10/20/2014

Charles Jeannes, President and CEO of Goldcorp, an international gold producer headquartered in Vancouver, British Columbia, and a 1983 UA Law graduate, will address current controversies and issues in the global mining industry when he delivers the upcoming Ninth Annual W.C. Lacy Distinguished Lecture on Friday, November 7, 2014, 5:00 - 6:00 p.m., Ares Auditorium (Room 164). The lecture, sponsored by the UA’s Lowell Institute for Mineral Resources, is entitled Turning Challenges into Opportunities in Today’s Mining Industry.

With broad expertise in mining transactions, public and private financing, permitting, international regulation and corporate leadership, Jeannes became President and CEO of Goldcorp in December 2008 after serving two years as its Executive Vice President of Corporate Development. Before joining Goldcorp he had served as Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary of Glamis Gold, which merged with Goldcorp in 2006. He previously worked at Placer Dome North America, and practiced law as a shareholder and head of the natural resources section at the Reno law firm of Woodburn and Wedge. A BA graduate of the University of Nevada, he earned a JD with honors at the James E. Rogers College of Law in 1983.

Goldcorp is a rapidly growing senior gold producer with operations and development projects throughout the Americas. The company expects to grow its gold production by more than 50% in the next two years.

“The Lacy Lecture provides our students and the Tucson community an opportunity to meet the industry’s leaders and to showcase the outstanding programs we have in mineral resources at the UA,” said Prof. Mary M. Poulton, who directs the J. David Lowell Institute for Mineral Resources in the Department of Mining and Geological Engineering. The Institute is one of the largest comprehensive, interdisciplinary research institutes focused on all aspects of mineral resource discovery, development, and management.

The Lacy Lecture is an annual series founded as a tribute to Dr. Willard C. Lacy, the first head of the Department of Mining and Geographical Engineering. Speakers have included distinguished leaders in the mining industry, representing diverse points of view.

Reservations are not required. Parking is available in adjacent and nearby parking lots north of the law college, located at Speedway and Mountain. A brief reception will follow the lecture.

Memory Expert Elizabeth Loftus Featured as “The Mind & The Law” Series Speaker, October 22Posted: 10/14/2014

Cognitive psychologist Elizabeth Loftus, known as one of the world’s leading experts on human memory, will speak about how memory research is used in legal settings at an upcoming public lecture. Her lecture, The Memory Factor, will be presented Wednesday, October 22, 7:00 p.m., in the Ares Auditorium at the College of Law, 1201 E. Speedway.

Loftus is the Distinguished Professor of Social Ecology and Professor of Law and Cognitive Science at the University of California, Irvine. She is known internationally for groundbreaking work in memory research generally, as well as study and scholarship in the nature of false memories. Loftus’ work has long been cited as being the best scholarship of its kind, as well as having practical applications in legal settings. She has provided expert testimony or served as a consultant in hundreds of court cases. The author of nearly two dozen books, her innovative research has shown how the mind is a ‘memory factory,’ one that can construct a richly detailed and emotionally vivid story, believed sincerely by the speaker although it is entirely false.

Her presentation is part of “The Mind & The Law” Lecture Series sponsored by the UA’s College of Science, the School of Mind, Brain, and Behavior’s Cognitive Science Program, and the James E. Rogers College of Law. More information on the series is available at

Free parking is available in nearby surface parking lots. No advance registration is needed for the free series, though seating is limited. Doors will open at 6:00 pm. These lectures may qualify for continuing legal education credit in Arizona.

New Issue of the Arizona Law Review Has Been PublishedPosted: 10/07/2014

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.

Arizona Law Faculty & Staff Participate in CONAHEC Panel on Global LawPosted: 10/06/2014

Professor Sergio Puig and Cristina Castañeda will be presenting a panel at the 16th North American Higher Education Conference of the Consortium for North American Higher Education Collaboration (CONAHEC), on October 9, 2014. They will be joined on the panel, Globalization of Legal Education, by Jaime Olaiz-Gonzalez, Professor of International Law and American Jurisprudence at Universidad Panamericana Law School (UP Law School), Mexico City, and Paola Cravioto, a 2015 JD candidate at Arizona Law, and a graduate of UP Law School. UP Law School is one of Arizona Law’s dual-degree partners, where exceptional non-U.S. students can earn an undergraduate law degree from their home country and a JD from Arizona Law in two years less than it would take to earn both degrees separately.

The Conference Agenda with the panel description on page 10 is available here. More about the Conference is available here.

2014 North America Regional Forum: Doing Business Within the Region and Collaborating Abroad ConferencePosted: 09/29/2014

The ABA Section of International Law is putting on the 2014 North America Regional Forum:  Doing Business within the Region and Collaborating Abroad Conference on November 17 - 18, 2014 at the Pan Pacific Vancouver Hotel in Vancouver, BC, Canada. As a cooperating entity, Arizona Law students and faculty can take advantage of discounted ABA Section of International Law Member Rates by registering online and selecting the “Cooperating Entity” Rate.

This one and a half day conference will feature two parallel tracks on best practices for international companies doing business in North America and for North American companies working internationally. It will begin with a joint plenary on Cross Border Ethics in the Digital Age and will be followed by a series of panels presented by international legal experts on the latest in key topics such as privacy issues, enforcement of judgments, antitrust, and compliance. This program will also offer a unique forum for international lawyers to explore and expand their networks as well as meet colleagues from all over the world during networking breakfasts, networking breaks, luncheons, and reception, which are included with the registration fee.

Click here to view the full conference brochure including programming and social events. Early Bird rates are available if you register before October 17. Registration rates are further discounted for young lawyers (35 years and under), full time government and NGO employees, and corporate counsel.

Please visit to register and for more information on programming, hotel accommodations, and the latest updates on the conference.

Center for Law & Philosophy Lectures Slated at UAPosted: 09/22/2014

Two upcoming lectures about topics at the intersection of legal and philosophical thought will highlight the inaugural season for the Center for Law and Philosophy at the University of Arizona:

  • The Nature and the Neuroscience of Volitional Excuse, Michael S. Moore, Professor of Law at the University of Illinois College of Law and Director of the Program in Law and Philosophy, Monday, September 29, 3:30 - 5:30 p.m. CANCELLED
  • Kantian Equilibrium:  A Microfoundation for Cooperative Behavior, John Roemer, Elizabeth S. and A. Varick Stout Professor of Political Science and Economics, Yale University, Monday, October 27, 3:30 - 5:30 p.m.

Both lectures will be held in Room 168, at the James E. Rogers College of Law. No advance registration is needed for these public lectures, though seating is limited. Doors will open at 3:00 p.m. These lectures may qualify for continuing legal education credit in Arizona.

The newly launched Center for Law & Philosophy is a joint program of the James E. Rogers College of Law and the Philosophy Department of the University of Arizona. Designed to encourage cross-disciplinary collaboration, the Center for Law & Philosophy launched its inaugural year on September 3.

Law Professor Simone Sepe and Philosophy Professor Thomas Christiano will lead Center activities, including lectures, faculty and student enrichment events, and scholarly projects.

Members of the university community or the public at large who want to know more about the Center for Law & Philosophy should contact Prof. Christiano at or Prof. Sepe at

The Mind and the Law Lecture Series Starts Wednesday, September 10Posted: 09/03/2014

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.

Alumnus Michael Trauscht Commits $500,000 to "Arizona Law Now" Scholarship FundPosted: 08/21/2014

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.”

Environmental Breakfast Club 2014 - 2015 SchedulePosted: 08/13/2014

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

Arizona Now Campaign Aims to Raise $1.5 BillionPosted: 05/30/2014

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

 Faculty News
Wall Street Journal Publishes Op-Ed on Water Markets by Prof. GlennonPosted: 10/24/2014

On October 24, 2014, the Wall Street Journal published an op-ed by Prof. Glennon and Prof. Gary Libecap, The West Needs a Water Market to Fight Drought. The op-ed was published on page A-13 of the paper and is available here.

Prof. Glennon Interviewed by Financial Times Concerning Water Policy in CaliforniaPosted: 10/22/2014

Prof. Glennon was recently interviewed on the topic of water policy in California for an October 21, 2014, article for the Financial Times. He comments on the recent passage of legislation requiring agencies to monitor and manage wells, stating that “You cannot manage what you don’t measure.” Read the article, Water:  Thirst for Life, here.

Prof. Glennon Speaks at Hamilton Project's Forum on Water PolicyPosted: 10/22/2014

On October 20, 2014, Prof. Glennon was a panelist at a forum, New Directions for U.S. Water Policy, sponsored by The Hamilton Project at Brookings and the Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment. Prof. Glennon presented a new paper exploring the potential for market mechanisms to improve our country’s water management systems at his roundtable, Shopping for Water: How the Market Can Mitigate Water Shortages in the American West. Read more about the event here. Download Prof. Glennon’s report here. The report is also available as an ebook at the same page.

UPDATE: Links to video of Prof. Glennon's panel discussion is available here, while audio only is available here. A full transcript of the event is available here.

Prof. Glennon Interviewed on Marketplace Concerning Pentagon's Concerns about Global ChangePosted: 10/22/2014

Prof. Glennon was interviewed for an October 13, 2014, piece on Marketplace, Why the Pentagon is Preparing for Climate Change. He discussed the possible impact of decreasing rain in certain areas of the world and how the availability of water could increase tensions. Listen to the broadcast and read the piece here.

Professors Hegland and Silverman Receive Morris Institute for Justice Lifetime Achievement for Justice AwardPosted: 10/16/2014

Professors Kenney Hegland and Andy Silverman were honored by the William E. Morris Institute for Justice (MIJ) on Wednesday, October 15, 2014 with the MIJ Lifetime Achievement for Justice Award. As the announcement of the award stated, both professors “have inspired generations of students to pursue equal justice for all. Through litigation, writing, film, and other forms of creative advocacy, they have worked to improve the lives of the most vulnerable members of our society.” Former Dean Charles Ares and former students Dev Sethi (‘05) and Iskra Uzunova (‘10) spoke at the event. Read the award announcement here.

Prof. Glennon Comments on Water Pricing in National News ArticlesPosted: 10/16/2014

In recent days, Prof. Glennon has been quoted on the impact of the low cost of water in three national news sources:

Congratulations Prof. Rabin - Recently Named a Faculty Fellow in Agnese Nelms Haury ProgramPosted: 10/04/2014

Prof. Rabin was recently named a faculty fellow in the Agnese Nelms Haury Program in Environment and Social Justice. The two-year appointment recognizes up to six outstanding mid-career faculty at the University of Arizona in the areas of environment, social justice, Southwest peoples and cultures, international cooperation, and human rights. See the entire list of faculty fellows here; more information about the Haury Program is available here.

Prof. Salmon Profiled in Two PublicationsPosted: 10/01/2014

Prof. Salmon was recently profiled in two publications. LWI Lives, a publication of the Legal Writing Institute, wrote an article about her for their October 2014 issue; you can read it here.

Tim Eigo, editor-in-chief of Arizona Attorney, wrote about her and her legal writing column on his blog, AZ Attorney, back in July. The post is available here.

Prof. Derek Bambauer Interviewed Concerning Litigation Against Arizona's "Revenge Porn" LawPosted: 09/29/2014

Prof. Derek Bambauer was recently interviewed on KVOA TV, Channel 4, concerning the recent lawsuit brought by the ACLU on behalf of four Arizona bookstores, alleging that Arizona’s &kdquo;revenge porn” law is unconstitutional. Prof. Bambauer stated that while other states have passed such laws, Arizona’s is “by far the most poorly crafted,” which is why the ACLU has brought the case here. See the interview and read a transcript here. Prof. Bambauer has written elsewhere about the law and the lawsuit here.

Prof. Rabin Quoted in Slate Article on Asylum ClaimsPosted: 09/17/2014

Prof. Rabin discusses the difficulty of proving asylum claims for domestic abuse in a September 12, 2014, article on Slate, “Who Gets to Stay? The courts are finally granting asylum to victims of domestic abuse. Victims of gang violence are still out of luck.” Read the article here.

Prof. Mundheim Honored with Lifetime Achiever Award by The American LawyerPosted: 09/04/2014

Congratulations are in order for Prof. Mundheim, as The American Lawyer has announced he will be one of eight lawyers to be recognized as Lifetime Achievers in 2014. This is the 11th year the magazine has given out these awards.

Prof. Mundheim’s career highlights include service for the government as, among other things, General Counsel of the United States Treasury; and service in academia as a professor and later Dean of the University of Pennsylvania Law School, as well as his current position as Professor of Corporate Law and Finance at the James E. Rogers College of Law. Read more of Prof. Mundheim’s achievements in the announcement here.

Prof. Rabin Co-authors Report on Conditions of Immigrant Working Women in TucsonPosted: 09/03/2014

The Bacon Immigration Law & Policy Program recently published a report, co-authored by the programs Director, Prof. Nina Rabin, and Tiana O’Konek, Bacon Fellow 2011 - 2013, entitled Out of the Shadows:  The Working Conditions of Immigrant Women in Tucson. The report is based on field research conducted between 2012 - 2013, 90 surveys of low-wage immigrant women workers, and interviews with workers, government officials, and community leaders. The Report is available here.

UPDATE 2:  Cronkite News published a story concerning this report on September 29; read the story here.

UPDATE:  A news story about the report is available here. The community forum mentioned in the article has been re-scheduled for Monday, September 15, 6:00 p.m., at the Sam Lena Library.

Dean White Publishes Commentary on Undergraduate Law Degrees in Chronicle of Higher EducationPosted: 08/18/2014

The Chronicle of Higher Education published Dean White’s commentary, The Case for Undergraduate Law Degrees, on August 18, 2014. Read the commentary here.

Prof Christopher Robertson quoted in Physician Risk ManagementPosted: 07/30/2014

Prof. Christopher Robertson discusses the potential use of  reported data resulting from The Physician Payment Sunshine Act to support malpractice claims in the July issue of Physician Risk Management.  

The Physician Payment Sunshine Act requires manufacturers of drugs, devices, and biological and medical supplies to report payments made to physicians. Data reported to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services will be posted on a public website in September 2014.

Physician Risk Management is a monthly subscription newsletter. The article "Sunshine Act Reporting has Implications for Malpractice Litigation" is available on Lexis Advance. 

Prof. Roy Spece a Distinguished Guest of the International Council of Jurists Posted: 07/24/2014

John D. Lyons Professor of Law Roy G. Spece, Jr., was a Distinguished Guest of the International Council of Jurists at its convention in London, U.K., last month.  He presented talks on Separation of Powers and on The Role of Legal Education In Modern Society.  In the first talk, he focused on separation of powers problems presented by the many state laws that purport to legalize medical marijuana.  The talk on legal education focused on our new undergraduate B.A. degree in law. 

More information about the International Council of Jurists and its convention is available at the organization's website.


Prof Robert Glennon comments California Drought on "Marketplace"Posted: 07/22/2014

Prof. Robert Glennon comments on the California drought in American Public Media's Marketplace piece California Farms Pumping Water to Make Up for Drought. The piece aired July 16; the audio is available on the Marketplace website.

Prof Lynn Marcus on the Migrant Children CrisisPosted: 07/22/2014

Prof Lynn Marcus, co-director of the Immigration Clinic at Arizona Law, has provided context for the migrant children crisis in the Southwest for various media in Arizona:

Prof Melissa Tatum and Jill Kappus Shaw (SJD ’12) take readers on a legal journey in new book, "Law, Culture, & Environment"Posted: 07/03/2014

Every day, somewhere in the United States, a battle rages over one of America’s National Parks, Forests, or Monuments. Vacationers seek to camp, climb, and snowmobile. Environmentalists seek to protect critical habitats, and American Indians seek access to their sacred places. The battles spill across the boardroom and the courtroom, as the managers of these federal public lands struggle to balance the competing demands.

Arizona Law Professor and IPLP Director Melissa Tatum and co-author Jill Kappus Shaw (SJD ’12) take readers on a journey through several pivotal disputes providing a fascinating insight into the relationship between negotiation and litigation, and the strategies used by the various stakeholders in their quest for success.

More information about Law, Culture, & Environment is available at the Carolina Academic Press website.

Prof Robert Glennon featured in The New York Times Opinion PagesPosted: 06/30/2014

Prof. Robert Glennon calls for appropriate water pricing in his op-ed How We Should Pay For Water in The New York Times. Professor Glennon's piece is part of the Room for Debate series The Water Crisis in the West.

Prof. James Anaya Makes Final Presentation, in Capacity as Special Rapporteur, to the Permanent ForumPosted: 05/30/2014

On May 20, 2014 Professor James Anaya made his final presentation, in his capacity as Special Rapporteur, to the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues at its annual session in New York. Professor Anaya's full statement is available in English and Spanish at the UNSR website.

 Student News
Student Efforts in Superior Court Receive Arizona Supreme Court AwardPosted: 10/22/2014

On October 21, 2014, the Pima County Superior Court Family Law Bench received the Arizona Supreme Court’s Promoting Access to Justice Award at the Court Leadership Conference luncheon. The court received this award for the Simpla Phi Law project, a collaborative effort involving Arizona Law students, along with UA English students. They worked with the Pima County Superior Court and alumni Dean Christoffel to simplify complex language in instructional packets related to divorce, child custody, and other family law proceedings. The for-credit internship program uses the expertise of both sets of students to make clear, succinct, and accurate revisions to the instructions that accompany family law forms for Pima County Superior Court. The project has resulted in the successful redesign of nearly all of the “Self Service” forms for Family Law cases. Read more about the award here.

Andy Hall (2L) a featured speaker at TEDxTucson May SalonPosted: 05/08/2014

Andy Hall is focusing on anti-trafficking law and policy at Arizona Law. He is a co-founder of Southern Arizona Against Slavery, a small local nonprofit fighting human trafficking. Andy is one of the featured speakers at the TEDxTucson May Salon "Stimulating Ideas" on May 22 at the Loft Cinema. 

Read more about Andy at Letter of the Law when he was the featured law student last July.


Arizona Law Students Take First and Second Place in Tang Writing CompetitionPosted: 03/26/2014

Arizona Law congratulates Katherine E. Gulley, 3L, the first place winner, and Timothy D. Butterfield, 1L, the second place winner in the 2014 Thomas Tang Writing Competition, sponsored by the Arizona State Bar Committee on Minorities and Women in the Law. Ms Gulley will receive $1000 and Mr Butterfield $500 at the Minority Bar Convention in April. Read more about the competition here.

Matt Randle (3L) and Veterans' Advocacy Law Clinic Featured in UANews Article on UA Student VeteransPosted: 11/08/2013

Matt Randle (3L), an Army veteran and Pat Tillman Foundation scholarship recipient, was featured in a UANews article honoring student veterans, published on November 7, 2013. Matt also wrote a tribute to student veteran advocates on the UANews Blog. Read the article here and Matt’s post here.

 Alumni News
Judge Song Ong ('78) Honored with National Award for Contributions to Judicial EducationPosted: 10/29/2014

The Honorable Roxanne Song Ong ('78),  Presiding Judge of the Phoenix Municipal Court, received the 2014 Judge Bob Jones Memorial Award on October 7, 2014, at the annual conference of the American Judges Association (AJA). This award recognizes significant contributions to Judicial Education by a member of AJA. She is the first Asian woman judge in the State of Arizona and the first woman and minority to become Phoenix’s top judge. Read more about Judge Song On and the award here.

Raul H. Castro ('49) Honored by Tucson Hispanic Chamber of CommercePosted: 10/21/2014

On October 18, 2014, former Arizona governor Raul H. Castro ('49) received the Legacy Award from the Tucson Hispanic Chamber of Commerce at their 25th Anniversary Noche de Exitos and Bi-National Awards event. This award goes to iconic individuals who have been strong advocates for the Hispanic community; have increased awareness and understanding among the broader community of the importance and value of our region’s bicultural and bilingual heritage and future; and are recognized community leaders with a long-standing record of community service, volunteerism and generosity on behalf of the southern Arizona Hispanic community. Governor Castro is the only former Arizona governor of Hispanic descent. Read more about the award here and here.

In Memoriam - Senior District Judge Alfredo C. Marquez ('50)Posted: 09/05/2014

Senior District Judge Alfredo C. Marquez ('50) died August 27, 2014, in Tucson. He was 92. The second district judge of Hispanic descent to be appointed in the District of Arizona, he served as an active judge for 11 years, assuming senior status on July 25, 1991. Read more here.

Scott H. Gan ('80) Appointed New Federal Bankruptcy Judge for the District of ArizonaPosted: 09/04/2014

Chief Judge Alex Kozinski of the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals announced on September 3 that Scott H. Gan ('80) had been appointed to serve as a judge of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Arizona. He will be sworn in on September 11, 2014, and assume his new duties on September 20. He is filling the position left by retiring Bankruptcy Judge Eileen C. Howell ('82). Mr Gan has been a shareholder and partner at the firm of Mesch, Clark & Rothschild, P.C. since 1993. Read the announcement of the appointment here and local news coverage here.

Jill Kappus Shaw (SJD ’12) co-authors new book with Prof. TatumPosted: 07/03/2014

Every day, somewhere in the United States, a battle rages over one of America’s National Parks, Forests, or Monuments. Vacationers seek to camp, climb, and snowmobile. Environmentalists seek to protect critical habitats, and American Indians seek access to their sacred places. The battles spill across the boardroom and the courtroom, as the managers of these federal public lands struggle to balance the competing demands.

Arizona Law Professor and IPLP Director Melissa Tatum and co-author Jill Kappus Shaw (SJD ’12) take readers on a journey through several pivotal disputes providing a fascinating insight into the relationship between negotiation and litigation, and the strategies used by the various stakeholders in their quest for success.

More information about Law, Culture, & Environment is available at the Carolina Academic Press website.

Sheila Gholkar ('13) named 2014-2015 Borchard FellowPosted: 06/23/2014

Sheila Gholkar ('13) has been named a 2014-15 Borchard Fellow at Greater Boston Legal Services. As a Borchard Fellow, Sheila will focus on elder abuse issues, one of the missions of  The Borchard Foundation Center on Law & Aging. More information is available at the Borchard Foundation website.

Stefan M. Palys ('06) elected as a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation (ABF)Posted: 06/23/2014

Stefan M. Palys ('06), an attorney in the Phoenix office of Stinson Leonard Street LLP, has been elected as a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation. More information is available at the Stinson Leonard Street website.  

James Patrick Shea ('82) Named American Bankruptcy Institute President-ElectPosted: 06/06/2014

James Patrick Shea ('82), a partner in Armstrong Teasdale's Financial and Real Estate Services practice group, was named American Bankruptcy Institute President-Elect. His one-year term as ABI President will begin at ABI's 2015 Annual Spring Meeting next April.

More information is available from the ABI Newsroom and the Armstrong Teasdale press release


Shijie Feng ('12) Elected to PCBA BoardPosted: 06/06/2014

Shijie Feng ('12) was elected to the board of the Pima County Bar Association starting June 1, 2014. Shijie is an Associate in the Tucson office of DeConcini McDonald Yetwin & Lacy, PC. More information is available at the DMYL website.

Scott Simonson ('09) named Top 50 Pro Bono Attorneys in ArizonaPosted: 05/30/2014

Scott Simonson ('09) is a 2014 recipient of the Top 50 Pro Bono Attorneys in Arizona award from the Arizona Foundation for Legal Services & Education (AZFLSE). The Southern Arizona Legal Aid Volunteer Lawyers Program nominated Scott for the award. Scott is an attorney in the Commercial Litigation Group in the Tucson office of Quarles & Brady LLP and will be recognized at the State Bar of Arizona’s Annual Convention held this year in Tucson June 11-13. More information available at Inside Tucson Business.

Nicole France Stanton ('00) named one of Phoenix Business Journal's 2014 Most Admired Leaders Posted: 05/30/2014

Nicole France Stanton ('00) was named one of the 25 Most Admired Leaders of 2014 by the Phoenix Business Journal. More information available at Phoenix Business Journal.

Congratulations to Rosemary Marquez ('93) on her Confirmation to the US District Court for ArizonaPosted: 05/30/2014

On May 15, 2014, the United States Senate voted to confirm Rosemary Marquez ('93) to the United States District Court for the District of Arizona. Ms. Marquez worked as a county legal defender and federal public defender before entering private practice. The Senate also confirmed these five nominees for the District of Arizona: Diane Humetewa, Steven Paul Logan, John Joseph Tuchi, Douglas L. Rayes, and James Alan Soto. More information is available at the Arizona Daily Star.

Congratulations to Joan Wagener ('87) on Her Appointment to the Pima County Superior CourtPosted: 05/13/2014

On May 13, 2014, Governor Brewer appointed Joan Wagener ('87)  to the Pima County Superior Court to to fill the vacancy created by the retirement of Judge Ted Borek ('72).

“Joan possesses more than 25 years of legal experience in Arizona, including serving for more than a decade as a Court Commissioner,” said Governor Jan Brewer. “Her extensive judicial background, in addition to her years in private practice, will be a valuable asset to the court and the citizens of Pima County.”

The full Press Release is available at Governor Brewer's website and KVOA news.