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Former Senator Mark Udall to Deliver 2015 Marks Lecture

Former Senator Mark Udall will deliver the 2015 Marks Lecture, It's 2015:  Why are We Still Debating Torture?, on Tuesday, March 10, 5:30 - 6:30 p.m., in Room 164.

Colorado resident and native westerner, Sen. Udall represented the people of Colorado in the U.S. Senate from 2009 through 2014 and the 2nd Congressional District from 1999 to 2008. Sen. Udall is known for reaching across party lines to solve problems and for his willingness to work with people, including those with whom he has philosophical differences. He championed bipartisan legislation to balance the nation’s budget, protect our public lands and establish a tough, but smart, national security policy.

Sen. Udall, who served on the U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, led the bipartisan effort to rein in the NSA’s dragnet collection of Americans’ personal data. He also has been an unwavering advocate for strong, independent oversight of the CIA. He was one of the leading advocates for releasing the Senate Intelligence Committee’s study of the CIA's detention and interrogation program.

To register for this free lecture, or to find more information about the Marks Lecture Series, see here.

Posted: 02/25/2015

Conversations with Bob Mundheim Start March 9, 2015

Arizona Law’s Business Law Program and the Eller College of Management present Conversations with Bob Mundheim Spring 2015. In a five-part series, Prof. Bob Mundheim will moderate conversations with national leaders in business and law, relating their experiences in, and perspectives about, markets, corporate governance, ethics, and career development. Each conversation will be held from Noon - 1:15 p.m. in Room 237 (Faculty Lounge) at the College of Law.

The Series begins Monday, March 9, 2015, with Wesley W. von Schack, lead director of Bank of New York Mellon Corporation, which has been a target of activist investor Nelson Peltz and Edward Lifesciences Corporation. He also serves on the boards of Teledyne Technologies Inc., and Aegis Managing Agency, Ltd., which manages Syndicate 1225 at Lloyds of London. In addition he serves as chairman of AEGIS Insurance Services Inc. Dr von Schack most recently served for 12 years as chairman, president, and chief executive officer of Energy East Corporation, an energy services company, which he built through a series of mergers and acquisitions. Prior to Energy East, for 11 years he was chairman, president, and CEO of Energy Services Company D based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He is also a former vice chairman of Carnegie Mellon University.

More information about the series, the other speakers, and dates can be found here

Posted: 02/24/2015

Trial Lawyer Patrick McGroder to Deliver 2015 Civil Justice Lecture

Recognized by his peers as one of the finest trial lawyers in the country, Patrick McGroder will present the 2015 Civil Justice Lecture, The Art of Oral Advocacy, at the College of Law on Thursday, February 19, 2015, 4:00 - 5:00 p.m., in Room 168.

A shareholder in the Phoenix-based law firm of Gallagher & Kennedy, Mr. McGroder specializes in high profile, catastrophic injury, and wrongful death litigation. He received his B.A. degree from Notre Dame and his J.D. degree from the James E. Rogers College of Law in 1970. As an architect of social change, Pat has been on the cutting edge of litigation that has led to HMO reform, road design improvement, motor vehicle and aviation safety changes and nursing home regulation. During forty years of trial practice, he has been lead counsel in more than 100 cases in which there has been a verdict or settlement in excess of $1,000,000. He has recovered more than $500 million for his clients during this time.

For more information about this event or to register, see

Posted: 02/19/2015

Law Alumni at Galanda Broadman Honor Their Former Professors by Donating to the Next Generation of Law Students

Attorneys at a prominent Seattle law firm who graduated from the James E. Rogers College of Law have made a $26,500 donation to the college as a way of thanking their former professors and mentors.

Four Arizona Law alumni working at Galanda Broadman, PLLC donated in the firm’s name to “honor and recognize the outstanding education and mentoring we received in the Indigenous Peoples Law and Policy program at the James E. Rogers College of Law,” said Gabriel S. Galanda, a member of the 2000 graduating class.

Galanda was joined by fellow founding partner and law alumni Anthony S. Broadman (’07), as well as R. Joseph Sexton (’06) and Ryan Dreveskracht (’09) in making the gift. The 6-attorney firm represents tribal governments, businesses, and members. The firm focuses on complex multi-party litigation and crisis management, representing tribal governments and businesses advancing tribal legal rights and Indian business interests.

The gift will provide scholarships to incoming Native law students who want to study in the law school’s acclaimed Indigenous Peoples Law and Policy (IPLP) program. Under the direction of Professors S. James Anaya and Robert Williams, the program offers the world’s most advanced legal training and curriculum focused on Indian tribes in the United States and indigenous peoples around the globe. Arizona Law is the only law school offering the S.J.D., LL.M. and J.D. certificate in the field of indigenous peoples law and policy, and boasts more than 100 Native American and indigenous lawyers working worldwide.

“It’s very gratifying when alumni extend a hand to the next generation,” said Robert A. Williams, Jr., E. Thomas Sullivan Professor of Law. “And it demonstrates the dedication of our alumni, first in becoming successful tribal advocates themselves, and then in helping others achieve the same.”

Student scholarships will be distributed through the Huerta Scholarship Fund, named after Lawrence Huerta (Pascua Yaqui), the first Native student to earn a law degree from The University of Arizona. In 2013, Arizona Law recognized Judge Huerta's career as a dedicated public servant by conferring upon him its highest honor - a Lifetime Achievement Award. To celebrate Judge Huerta's distinguished career, Arizona Law launched a campaign to raise scholarship funds to assist Native students.

Posted: 02/12/2015

Grants to Benefit Arizona Law Veterans’ Advocacy Law Clinic

The Veterans’ Advocacy Law Clinic at the College of Law has received two grants to fund its growing capacity to train lawyers and serve veterans of the United States Armed Forces.

In December, a family foundation donated $35,000 anonymously to support the operation of the clinic, which was founded in 2010 and is the only such veterans’ legal clinic in Arizona, joining a growing movement among law schools nationwide to host specialized veterans’ clinics. Initially established with funding from the Arizona Department of Veterans’ Services, the Clinic has the primary mission of representing defendants in the Tucson City Veterans Court and the Pima County Justice Veterans Court.

A second grant, from the Veterans Consortium Pro Bono Program, will provide $10,000 for expenses associated with representing veterans in benefit cases going before the US Federal Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims.

Students work under the supervision of faculty, local attorneys, and alumni volunteers, and collaborate with judges, prosecutors, and local service organizations to improve the quality of life for veterans in Southern Arizona. As a testament to the value of the Clinic’s work, Arizona Governor’s Chief of Operations, former state legislator, and Arizona Law alum, Ted Vogt, has been an instrumental advocate for the Clinic’s important work and its impact on the veteran community since his time as a law student.

“Both grants are key because they are critical to our operation, which provides essential legal services to our veterans.” said Kristine Huskey, a Professor of Practice and Director of the clinic. “Additionally, they demonstrate that others nationwide recognize our commitment to, and accomplishments in, providing these services, as well as legal education to students.”

Posted: 02/04/2015

BLSA Presents Black History Month Panel Series

The Black Law Students Association (BLSA) is holding a Black History Month Panel Series on three Wednesdays in February. All presentations will be held in Ares Auditorium (Room 164), Noon - 1:15.

  • February 11:  To Protect and Serve:  A Police Perspective on the Use of Deadly Force
    Tucson Police Deputy Chief Sharon Allen, Assistant Chief John Leavitt, and Officer Benjamin Frieas discuss the use of deadly force by officers, the policies and procedures which govern it, and the ripple effects that it has on communities.
  • February 18:  Diversity in Higher Education:  The Admissions Process
    Administrators and deans from the College of Law, Medicine, Education, Graduate College, as well as the Diversity Committee speak on the topic of the current state of diversity in higher education, recruitment strategies for attracting diverse applicants, and challenges with the admissions process.
  • February 25:  Side by Side for Social Justice:  Broadening Your View to see the Bigger Picture
    View excerpts from “Swastika to Jim Crow,” a 2000 documentary, and hear Rabbi Bonnie Sharfman, former President of the Phoenix Board of Rabbis, share her knowledge on the history of Jewish Intellectuals teaching at Historically Black Colleges and the impact our allies had on the civil rights movement.

Posted: 02/03/2015

Arizona Law and Project Partners Receive $935,000 Grant to Work on DNA Exoneration Cases

The Arizona DNA Advocacy Project, a collaboration between the University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law’s Wrongful Conviction Clinic, the ASU Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law’s Postconviction Clinic, and the nonprofit Justice Project, has been awarded a significant grant to review cases where DNA evidence might prove the innocence of convicted defendants.

Grant funds were awarded from the Department of Justice, under the National Institute of Justice Postconviction Testing of DNA Evidence to Exonerate the Innocent program. The DNA Advocacy Project will investigate and evaluate potential cases of wrongful conviction in Arizona where DNA testing might show actual innocence, and bring appropriate cases forward for DNA testing. This unique partnership will for the first time provide coverage for most of Arizona.

Under the two-year $935,000 grant, law faculty with expertise in wrongful convictions and post-conviction practice will supervise and lead case reviews at both UA and ASU, working closely with law students to review and investigate cases. The nationally-respected Arizona Justice Project will contribute help in generating case leads as well as managing a certain number of cases.

As of last year, more than 300 people nationwide have been exonerated in the last two decades using DNA evidence, with four of those from Arizona. Given the extreme injustice of incarcerating innocent people, the DNA Advocacy Project will devote serious effort to investigating the cases of those who have a claim of innocence to determine if evidence exists and can be brought forth to establish their innocence.

Posted: 01/27/2015

Senior Judge Bates to Teach Short Course on National Security Surveillance Law

United States District Court for the District of Columbia Senior Judge John D. Bates, considered one of the nation’s top experts in national security law, will teach a short course on National Security Surveillance at Arizona Law January 27 – Feb. 5, 2015. The course will address the evolving law governing surveillance in the national security arena. The focus will be on electronic surveillance in the foreign intelligence and counter-terrorism fields with special emphasis on the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA). The use of national security surveillance in court and constitutional challenges to various aspects of national security surveillance will also be explored. During his two week stay with the College of Law, Judge Bates will be a Rehnquist Center Fellow.

Posted: 01/26/2015

The Mind and the Law Lecture Series Available as Podcasts on iTunes

Last fall’s popular The Mind and the Law 7-part lecture series is now available for free on iTunes here. The series of public lectures at The University of Arizona was 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). Read more about the series and the guest lecturers here.

Posted: 01/22/2015

Environmental Breakfast Club 2014 - 2015 Schedule

The March 6 meeting of the Environmental Breakfast Club with Chris Cokinos will be held in the Dinsmore Room of the College of Architecture, Architecture West.

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 - Chris Cokinos, Associate Professor of English & Director, Creative Writing MFA Program
    Topic:  Re-Civilization:  Six Heresies to Keep a Planet Running NEW; meets in the Dinsmore Room, Architecture West.
  • 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