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March 29, 2024

Catch up on recent University of Arizona Law faculty accomplishments

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Sklar Named Incoming Chair of AALS Section on Aging & the Law 

Professor Tara Sklar, faculty director of the Health Law & Policy Program, has been named the incoming Chair of the Association of American Law Schools’ Section on Aging & the Law. The Section on Aging & the Law promotes the communication of ideas, interests, and activities among members of the section and makes recommendations on matters concerning issues facing the aging, law relating to aging, and development of legal education programs about aging and the law. 

Atwood Authors Chapter on Family Law Arbitration in Upcoming Book 

Mary Anne Richey Professor Emerita of Law  Barbara Atwood has written a chapter on family law arbitration in the book, “Family Dispute Resolution: Process and Practice,” The book, published by Oxford University Press, is set for publication in May 2024. Chapters in this book address the growth of divorce mediation and other specialized processes including parenting coordination, arbitration, child-inclusive mediation, and online dispute resolution.   

Bublick and Bambauer Article Published in DePaul Law Review  

Dan B. Dobbs Professor of Law, Faculty Fellow and Faculty Director of the Phoenix Program Ellen Bublick and Part-Time Faculty Jane Bambauer’s article, “Tort Liability for Physical Harm to Police Arising from Protest: Common-Law Principles for a Politicized World,” has been published in the Spring 2024 issue of DePaul Law Review. Their article argues that courts would be well advised to start with a list of neutral questions in order for states to protect both police officers’ interest in life and health while also protecting protesters’ rights to of free speech.  

Williams Participates in Anti-Racism Live 2024 

On March 21, Regents Professor, E. Thomas Sullivan Professor of Law and Faculty Co-Chair of the University of Arizona Indigenous Peoples Law and Policy Program Robert A. Williams, Jr. participated in Peace Day’s Anti-Racism Live 2024 event. Anti-Racism Live 2024 brings together international figures, activists, actors, and musicians, for a global digital experience to raise further awareness of the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination.  

Coan Article Named Download of the Week in Legal Theory Blog  

On March 2, Associate Dean for Research and Professor of Law Andrew Coan’s article, “Too Much, Too Quickly?” was selected as Legal Theory Blog’s Download of the Week, saying it was “important, careful, and helpful. Highly recommended. Download it while it's hot!” 

Hu Participates in Panel on Asia and the Changing Global Legal Order 

Associate Professor of Law Xiaoqian Hu spoke on a panel during this year’s AALS Annual Meeting about the challenges to the rule of law and international order due to the invasion of Ukraine by Russia and the growing geopolitical tension between China and the United States. Hu’s research background explores how property law shapes and is shaped by China’s socioeconomic transformation and how state actions and discourses affect class dynamics and government legitimacy. 


Private plaintiffs follow DOJ's Apple antitrust case 
Payments Dive 
March 25, 2024 

A pair of proposed class action lawsuits claim millions of people in the U.S. overpaid to buy an iPhone, and continue to overpay for related services, because Apple monopolizes the smartphone market. The cases come on the heels of a federal antitrust complaint against the technology company. Robert H. Mundheim Professor of Law & Business Barak Orbach weighs in.  

Mining fight on the Okefenokee Swamp's edge may have only just begun 
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution 
March 24, 2024 

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service recently waded into a dispute over a proposed titanium mine in Georgia's Okefenokee Swamp, expressing concerns the project "would not preserve sufficient water" for the nearby national wildlife refuge and reserving federal water rights in the Okefenokee, one of the world's largest blackwater wetlands. University of Arizona Regents Professor Robert Glennon, an expert on water law, points out that while the agency's argument is more common in the drier, Western U.S., the extent the Okefenokee's reserved water rights, established in 1937, has never been determined, so the state will likely need to consider the issue.  

Faculty Director of the Health Law & Policy Program Tara Sklar discusses telehealth and advertisements for weight loss drugs. 

The first cohort of 37 advocates in the University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law's Innovation for Justice program began training last month. The program will train and license the non-lawyer volunteers to provide free, limited-scope representation to tenants facing eviction or other housing-related difficulties. 

Local opinion: Sharing student data poses risks 
Arizona Daily Star 
March 10, 2024 

University of Arizona associate clinical professor of law Diana Newmark, director of the university's Education Advocacy Clinic, writes the Tucson Unified School District and Pima County Juvenile Court should consider the privacy risks of a plan to share information about students involved in the juvenile justice system. 

The Buzz: What can states do at the US-Mexico border? 
Arizona Public Media: The Buzz 
March 1, 2024 

Federal law rules the land when it comes to border enforcement, Director of the Immigration Clinic Lynn Marcus weighs in on whether local governments can help. 

A jury convicted a South Carolina man on federal charges for the 2019 killing of Pebbles LaDime Doe, a Black transgender woman, in the nation's first gender identity-based hate crime trial. Professor of Law Jordan Blair Woods, who researches criminal justice issues affecting LGBTQ+ populations, weighs in.  

An employment ad posted online by Aldi supermarkets drew complaints on social media that it excluded white people. Director of Empirical & Policy Research Christopher Griffin comments on Aldi's nondiscrimination policy. 

How states make money off tribal lands 
High Country News 
Feb. 28, 2024 

State trust lands, which are managed by state agencies, generate millions of dollars for public schools, universities, penitentiaries, hospitals and other state institutions, typically through grazing, logging, mining and fossil fuel production. A new analysis reveals a combined 1.6 million surface and subsurface acres of state trust lands lie within the borders of 83 federal Indian reservations in 10 states.  Regents Professor Robert A. Williams, Jr., a citizen of the Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina, weighs in. 

Training Lawyers to be Practice Ready 
The National Jurist’s preLaw  
Spring 2024 

Director of Externships Shannon Trebbe talks about University of Arizona Law’s externship program, Kristine Huskey, director of clinics and the Veterans’ Advocacy Law Clinic, discusses students' work with veterans and Director of Advocacy Barbara Bergman talks about New Day in Court construction in the article about practical training. University of Arizona Law ranks 20 in The National Jurist’s preLaw magazine’s Spring 2024 issue on practical training.