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2015 Richard Grand Legal Writing Competition Awards

On January 22, 2015, this year’s Richard Grand Legal Writing Competition awards were presented. Arizona Law is delighted to announce the four finalists in the final award order:

  • Kate Hollist (2L) - 1st Place ($2500);
  • John Hilton (1L) - 2nd Place ($1500);
  • Amanda Weaver (1L) - 3rd Place ($1000);
  • Tim Butterfield (2L) - Honorable Mention ($750).

These finalists were selected from 31 entries. Four outside judges determined the final order of the awards; we thank them for their service:

  • The Hon. Rebecca White Berch, Justice, Arizona Supreme Court;
  • The Hon. Thomas J. Berning, Tucson City Court;
  • Gilbert Rosales, attorney at law (soon to be sworn in as a Pima County Court Commissioner); and,
  • Timothy Eigo, editor, Arizona Attorney magazine.

Arizona Law is grateful to Marcia Grand for continuing to inspire and fund this competition in honor of her late husband, attorney Richard Grand.

Posted: 01/23/2015

Elifuraha I. Laltaika (Eli), IPLP S.J.D. Candidate, Invited to Speak at UN Forum

Elifuraha I. Laltaika (Eli), S.J.D. Candidate in the Indigenous Peoples Law and Policy (IPLP) Program, has been invited to participate in the International Expert Group Meeting (EGM) convened by the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous issues, to take place on January 26 - 29, 2015, at the UN headquarters in New York. His paper, part of a “Dialogue on an Optional Protocol to the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples” is entitled “Proposing an Oversight Mechanism to Bolster Implementation of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.”

In addition to pursuing his S.J.D. in the IPLP Program, Eli is Dean and Lecturer in Law at Makumira University in Tanzania and co-founder of Association for Law and Advocacy for Pastoralists (ALAPA) in his home country of Tanzania. He holds his LLB from the University of Dar Es Salaam, and two Masters degrees in Law - one from the University of Kwazulu Natal and one from the University of Oregon. He is fluent in English, Swahili, and Maa.

Other invited experts include UA College of Law Regents’ and James J. Lenoir Professor of Human Rights Law and Policy James Anaya, former UN Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

Posted: 01/20/2015

Student Efforts in Superior Court Receive Arizona Supreme Court Award

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.

Posted: 10/22/2014

Andy Hall (2L) a featured speaker at TEDxTucson May Salon

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.


Posted: 05/08/2014

Arizona Law Students Take First and Second Place in Tang Writing Competition

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.

Posted: 03/26/2014