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Celebration of Admission to the Practice of Law in ArizonaPosted: 09/15/2014

Alumni who passed the July 2014 Arizona Bar and guests are invited to a celebration of admission to the practice of law in Arizona on Friday, October 24, 2014, at 4:00 p.m., in the Ares Auditorium (Room 164). Thomas A. Zlaket, Justice, Arizona Supreme Court (Retired), will preside at this celebration.

While this celebration is ceremonial only and applicants will not be admitted to the practice of law in Arizona until all requirements have been completed, it will be an opportunity to congratulate new alumni who are on their way to being officially admitted.


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.


Prominent Legal Scholar to Speak About Religious FreedomPosted: 08/28/2014

University of Notre Dame Professor of Law Richard W. Garnett will discuss current and emerging legal issues involving faith, church-state relations, and the exercise of religion at a free, public lecture sponsored jointly by the Notre Dame Alumni Club of Tucson and the Rehnquist Center at the University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law. The lecture, entitled Law, Religion, and Politics:  Understanding the Separation of Church and State, will be held Friday, September 19, 2014, 7:00 - 8:30 p.m., in Room 168. A reception will follow.

In addition to teaching law, Professor Garnett has a concurrent professorship in political science. His work focuses on constitutional law, education reform, and church-state relations. He was raised in Anchorage, Alaska, and is a graduate of Duke University and Yale Law School. Before joining Notre Dame in 1999, he was a law clerk to Chief Justice William Rehnquist and practiced law in Washington, D.C. He is the founding director of Notre Dame’s program on Church, State, and Society, and serves as a consultant to the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committee on Religious Liberty.

This program is part of the annual Hesburgh Lecture Series, sponsored by Notre Dame in cities across the country to encourage intellectual dialogue.

The Rehnquist Center was established at the James E. Rogers College of Law in 2006 and is dedicated to encouraging scholarship about, and public understanding of, the separation of powers, the balance of powers between the federal and state governments, and judicial independence. Information on the Center is available at www.rehnquistcenter.org.


Barney Frank to Deliver McCormick Lecture at UAPosted: 08/21/2014

Former U.S. Representative Barney Frank will deliver the 36th lecture sponsored by the J. Byron McCormick Society for Law and Public Affairs on Thursday, October 16, 2014, 5:30 - 6:30 p.m., in the Ares Auditorium at the College of Law. He will be speaking on Why We Need More Government and How We Can Pay for It.

Barney Frank served as United States Representative from Massachusetts for more than three decades, starting in 1981. An outspoken and deeply respected legislator noted for his keen sense of humor, Frank has played a key role in some of the most important legislation of our country’s recent history, including the repeal of “don’t ask, don’t tell.”

As Chair of the House Financial Services Committee from 2007 to 2011, Frank helped craft the compromise bill to slow the tide of home mortgage foreclosures in the wake of the subprime mortgage crisis, as well as the subsequent $550 billion rescue plan, and the landmark Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act – the sweeping set of regulatory reforms named partly after Frank and signed into law in July 2010, to prevent the recurrence of the financial crisis.

He also led the passage of the Credit Cardholders’ Bill of Rights Act, a measure lauded by consumer advocates, and fought to preserve affordable rental housing, as well as to reduce military spending in favor of providing for important quality-of-life needs at home.

Frank graduated from Harvard in 1962 and went on to pursue a PhD. He left before completing the degree to take a job as chief assistant to Boston Mayor Kevin White in 1968. Frank won a seat in the Massachusetts State Legislature in 1972, and though still closeted, went on to become a national leader of the LGBT rights movement, introducing the state’s first two gay rights bills in 1973.

The J. Byron McCormick Society for Law and Public Affairs was formed to honor the memory of J. Byron McCormick, who served Arizona with distinction as president of the University of Arizona, as dean of the College of Law, and as an advisor to the Arizona Board of Regents. Members of the McCormick Society foster dialogue about the critical issues of our time through an annual public lecture. Many of these lectures can be viewed here.

The Society actively seeks members who are committed to lifelong learning through the exchange of ideas and perspectives. For membership information, contact McCormick Society President Toni Massaro at massaro@email.arizona.edu.

This event is free and open to the public. Space is limited. Priority seating is available for members of the McCormick Society, invited guests, and law students with confirmed reservations, which can be made here.


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
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:  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.


Prof. Glennon Writes Opinion Recommending Tiered Water RatesPosted: 08/25/2014

On August 24, 2014, The Sacramento Bee published an opinion by Prof. Glennon, Sensible Tiered Water Rates Needed to Curb Use. In the piece, Prof. Glennon recommended California water suppliers institute tiered water rates now to ensure the continued availability of water. Read the piece here.


Prof. Atwood Comments on Indian Child Welfare Act Case Decided in CaliforniaPosted: 08/21/2014

In an August 20, 2014, article in Indian Country Today, Prof. Atwood commented on the impact of Child and Family Services v. J.E., et al., decided by the Second Court of Appeals in California on August 15, 2014. The court unanimously upheld the Indian Child Welfare Act in a case where non-Native foster parents were seeking custody of a Native child. Read the article and her comments here.


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. Glennon Featured in NPR Story about Alfalfa Exports and WaterPosted: 08/13/2014

Prof. Glennon discussed the impact of growing alfalfa in Arizona and shipping it to China on water supplies in Arizona and elsewhere in the southwest in an August 12, 2014, NPR piece. Listen and read a transcript 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
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
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.