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IPLP Sponsors Showing of Film about Impact of Oil on an Indigenous Tribe in Ecuador

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.

Posted: 10/29/2014

Prof. Glennon Shapes Western Water Policy

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.

Posted: 10/29/2014

International Student Speaker Series Starts October 27

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.

Posted: 10/23/2014

Arizona Supreme Court to Hear Oral Arguments at College of Law

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.

Posted: 10/22/2014

Mining Leader Charles Jeannes to Deliver 2014 Lacy Lecture

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.

Posted: 10/20/2014

Memory Expert Elizabeth Loftus Featured as “The Mind & The Law” Series Speaker, October 22

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.

Posted: 10/14/2014

New Issue of the Arizona Law Review Has Been Published

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.

Posted: 10/07/2014

Arizona Law Faculty & Staff Participate in CONAHEC Panel on Global Law

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.

Posted: 10/06/2014

2014 North America Regional Forum: Doing Business Within the Region and Collaborating Abroad Conference

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.

Posted: 09/29/2014

Center for Law & Philosophy Lectures Slated at UA

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

Posted: 09/22/2014

The Mind and the Law Lecture Series Starts Wednesday, September 10

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.

Posted: 09/03/2014

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

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