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Prominent Legal Scholar to Speak About Religious Freedom

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

Posted: 08/28/2014

Undergraduate Students: Find Out More about the BA in Law

The University of Arizona now offers a Bachelor of Arts in Law through a partnership between the School of Government & Public Policy and the James E. Rogers College of Law. Undergraduates can prepare now for law-related careers that do not require a JD, such as corporate compliance, human resources, business management, city planning, patent examination, environmental protection, policy analysis, immigration, or human rights advocacy, among many others. Or, students can choose the accelerated path to a JD, the 3+3 program, which will allow qualified students to complete a Bachelor of Arts in Law and a Juris Doctor in six years of study.

The Fall 2014 deadline for changing majors is September 18. Call 621-7601 or book an appointment online with the Academic Advisor for Law (Nancy Colbert) here. Information sessions will be held Wednesday, September 3, in the Student Union Presidio Room, and Monday, September 8, in the Student Union Agave Room; both sessions will run from 5:00 - 6:30 p.m.

Posted: 08/25/2014

Barney Frank to Deliver McCormick Lecture at UA

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

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.

Posted: 08/21/2014

Alumnus Michael Trauscht Commits $500,000 to "Arizona Law Now" Scholarship Fund

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.”

Posted: 08/21/2014

Panel to Discuss Recent Supreme Court Decisions

The William H. Rehnquist Center will present a review of notable cases decided by the United States Supreme Court at the 16th Annual Constitution Day Supreme Court Review, Monday, September 15, 2014, 1:00 - 4:30 pm (reception to follow), in the Ares Auditorium (Room 164).

A panel will discuss several decisions from the 2013 Term, including:

  • NLRB v. Noel Canning, examining the US President’s power to make recess appointments;
  • Bond v. United States, examining Congress’s power to displace state authority with legislation designed to implement a treaty;
  • Town of Greece v. Galloway, determining whether opening prayers at a town board meeting violate the Establishment Clause;
  • Burwell v. Hobby Lobby, looking at the circumstances under which a closely held corporation can decline to provide certain birth control as required by DHHS regulations under the Religious Freedom Restoration Act.

Panelists are:

Professor David Marcus, also from the James E. Rogers College of Law, will moderate the discussion.

The free presentation will commemorate Constitution Day, an annual event celebrated in schools and communities nationwide, marking the day in 1787 that the United States Constitution was approved by the state delegations to the Constitutional Convention and signed by thirty-nine of its framers. The event is sponsored by the non-partisan Rehnquist Center at the James E. Rogers College of Law. Additional information about how Constitution Day is celebrated nationally is available at

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

There is no cost for this event. CLE credit is available, though space is limited and attendees are encouraged to register here.

Posted: 08/21/2014

Environmental Breakfast Club 2014 - 2015 Schedule

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

Posted: 08/13/2014

Arizona Now Campaign Aims to Raise $1.5 Billion

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

Posted: 05/30/2014