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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


University of Arizona to Offer Nation’s First Bachelor of Arts in Law Posted: 05/05/2014

Starting in the fall of 2014, the University of Arizona will be the first major research university to offer a Bachelor of Arts in Law.

The new degree is the product of a partnership between the James E. Rogers College of Law and the School of Government and Public Policy in the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences.

“A Juris Doctor is a highly valuable degree and there are roles that only lawyers can serve. But training a broader range of students will serve society, open careers in areas of substantial regulation, respond to changes in technology and the forces of globalization, and invite opportunities for the delivery of new and more accessible legal services” says James E. Rogers College of Law Dean Marc Miller.

After completing core courses at the UA School of Government and Public Policy, students in the interdisciplinary program will be required to take core law courses.  These courses will provide an understanding of subjects such as property, contracts and torts, constitutional law, administrative law, and civil and criminal procedure. These courses will be taught by full-time faculty at the law school and will be designed to train students to “think like a lawyer.”

Beyond the required core law courses, students will complete an additional 15 units of law courses and will have the opportunity to specialize in areas such as international law, family law, environmental law, immigration law and business law, among others.

According to John Paul Jones III, dean of the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences, the new B.A. in Law will also present an opportunity for unique double majors.

“A degree in law can be combined with degrees in fields focusing on the environment, health, technology, social justice, business, science, culture and economic development, to name just a few,” said Jones. “In addition to adding value to existing degrees, undergraduates interested in the legal professions will be well served by augmenting their law degrees with study in other fields. The long term success for students will be found in the overlaps between areas of study.”

A 3+3 program will also be offered and allow academically talented students to complete their Bachelor of Arts in Law, and a Juris Doctor, in as little as six years of study. The 3+3 program will be open to UA law majors with a minimum 3.8 GPA. Students will apply for the program their junior year and, if accepted, take 30 graduate law credits their senior year, as first year law students. They will spend their fifth and six years completing the remaining 58 J.D. units. 

"The new undergraduate law degree, and the expedited path to the J.D. provided by the 3+3, are examples of how law schools can collaborate with other departments to deliver a rich liberal arts education and make legal education accessible to a broader array of individuals," says College of Law Associate Dean Brent White.

“The B.A. in Law will prepare undergraduates for numerous law-related careers for which legal education is beneficial, but for which a J.D. is not required,” added White. “It also responds to structural changes we are seeing in the legal profession where some legal work is now being performed by non-lawyers.”

Possible careers open to graduates of the program include corporate compliance, city planning, water resources management, tax advising, business management, trade, banking and finance, conflict resolution, healthcare administration, contracts, government, human resources, policy analysis, and legal technology consulting.

“The B.A. in Law fits squarely within the new public affairs education model of the School of Government and Public Policy in the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences,” adds Chad Westerland, associate director of the School of Government and Public Policy. “By combining a rigorous social science education with legal training, graduates from the program will have a unique skill set that will allow them to be highly competent professionals and fully engaged citizens.”

Further information on the B.A. in Law is available at: http://sgpp.arizona.edu/bachelor-law


Arizona Law Career Development Starts Interview Program in PhoenixPosted: 03/14/2014

Expanding law firm opportunities to connect with Arizona Law students, the Career Development Office (CDO) will host interview sessions with Phoenix firms of all sizes on August 15, 2014. The Phoenix Interview Program augments an active On-Campus Interview Program, as well as regional interview programs in Denver, Las Vegas, and Albuquerque and national interview events in Chicago, Houston, New York, DC, Atlanta, and Miami.

“Arizona Law students are having solid successes in securing employment,” said Assistant Dean for Career Development Karen Kowalski, “and this program is another way to facilitate their job searches, as well as to help firms meet their needs for talented new lawyers. We’re committed to opening more doors for our students, both nationally and here in Arizona.”

The Phoenix Interview Program will be coordinated through CDO’s Phoenix office. Firms interested in interviewing should contact CDO’s Phoenix Director Leah Won at leahwon@email.arizona.edu for more information.


 Faculty News
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
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.


Arizona Daily Star Publishes Opinion Piece Written by First-Year Student Abraham HamadehPosted: 09/25/2013

Abraham Hamadeh, a first-year last student, wrote the opinion piece on Syria. Published in the Arizona Daily Star on September 13, 2013, it can be read here.


 Alumni News
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. 

 


Five Arizona Law Alums Leading Efforts to Legally Prosecute Non-IndiansPosted: 04/22/2014

Fred Urbina ('08), Pascua Yaqui chief prosecutor; Mercedes Garcia ('11; LLM '12), assistant prosecutor; Fred Lomayesva ('90), assistant prosecutor; Johanna Shortbull ('09), juvenile justice advocate; and Wenona Benally Baldenegro (LLM '11), assistant attorney general, are leading efforts in a pilot project to prosecute non-Indians facing charges of domestic violence against Native American women of the Pascua Yaqui tribe. Read more about their work here.