Greetings, 

From the Arizona Law family, happy new year!
 
To the many of you who so generously gave of your financial resources and your time in 2015, the entire College of Law cannot thank you enough.


 
The spring term will be filled with events, week in and week out. And many great lectures, conferences, and workshops take place every week around the UA, with many of those being of broad interest. We look forward to seeing you at some of these great events.

Until the footnotes,

Marc
Spring Event Preview

This spring brings with it the promise of new challenges and shared learning -- ideas and conversations that we hope to share with you.

Major events at the college this spring will include the J. Byron McCormick Society for Law and Public Affairs Lecture on February 15, with the speaker to be announced soon. The Civil Justice Initiative Lecture (date yet to be announced) will feature renowned California attorney Mark Geragos. Read more about the origins of these and other signature Arizona Law lecture series here.


Former U.S. Representative Barney Frank presented
the 2014 McCormick Society Lecture.


Alumnus Rick Fried ('66) delivered the
2015 Civil Justice Initiative Lecture.


Faculty are planning significant gatherings, including a workshop on free speech organized by Professor Jane Bambauer February 25-26. On February 25, at noon in the Ares Auditorium, the public is invited to attend a panel discussion on whether it is wise to have the protections we do for commercial speech, corporate campaign donations, and racist or offensive speech.  On April 22,  the  Global Mining Law Center  will host a mining law conference at the college, also open to the public.
 
The popular new lunchtime Law.Change speaker series will continue to further conversations about cutting-edge legal practice. Past speakers in this series have included Alex Lane ('99), Raval Pankaj ('09), and Brian Chase ('11). The series has so far sparked regular participation by members of the bar. Contact Sarah Gotschall or Jonelle Vold or watch this space for information on upcoming Law.Change events.


Alex Lane delivering a Law.Change talk to a full house.
Alex Lane ('99) delivering a Law.Change talk to a full house.


The Program on Criminal Law and Policy (PCLP) will continue its Wednesday speaker series,  hosting Debra Milkie with attorneys Lori Voepel and Mike Kemerer (Feb. 24), death row exoneree Damon Thibodeaux and attorney Steve Kaplan (Mar. 2), San Francisco Public Defender Jeff Adachi (Mar. 9), and Pima County Attorney Barbara LaWall ('76) and members of her Victim's Services Team (Apr. 13).  Watch for more details in the PCLP newsletter  or contact Professor Jason Kreag .


pclp
Participants in a 2015 PCLP panel discussion.


And our semester would not be complete without a number of visits from alumni speakers. We are fortunate to have "A Conversation With ..." visits, geared toward our student audience, scheduled with Burt Kinerk ('62), Jimmy Rogers ('72), and George Rountree ('60).  We also have "A Conversation With ..." scheduled for a fascinating non-alum, Bob Woodruff.


A past _Conversation With_ Deb Sliz __xx_.
A past "Conversation With" Deb Sliz ('79).


For more information on upcoming events, see the Arizona Law Calendar or contact us at  alumni@law.arizona.edu.


Footnotes
Prof. Huskey Pens Opinion Piece for U.S. News & World Report
 
U.S. News & World Report recently published an opinion piece by Professor Kristine Huskey, titled "A Dishonorable Discharge Process." The piece criticizes the Army's policy of discharging soldiers with less than honorable discharges when they exhibited signs of or had been diagnosed with PTSD, resulting in denial of benefits. In addition to directing the college's Veterans' Advocacy Law Clinic, Kristine is a University of Arizona 2015-2016 Public Voices Fellow in the OpEd Project.

Reminder: Opportunity to Help 
Detained Immigrant Survivors of Domestic Violence

We have updated information on the pro bono opportunity organized by the UA Bacon Immigration Law & Policy Program and the Florence Immigrant and Refugee Rights Project. These two groups are jointly launching an effort to ensure high-quality representation for immigrant women detained in Arizona with strong claims for asylum based on severe domestic violence. 

If you are looking for a pro bono opportunity that will develop a diverse set of legal skills, including brief-writing and oral advocacy, give you the opportunity to work closely with a survivor of domestic violence, gain expertise in asylum law, and be a part of a social justice campaign, please consider joining this effort.  Learn more here (PDF).

If you are interested or have any questions, please contact 
Professor Nina Rabin
 at (520) 621-9206 or  rabin@email.arizona.edu  or Charles Vernon at (520) 300-4397 or  cvernon@firrp.org . We hope to hear from you!

Please take the time to join the online alumni directory. We are trying to create a shared resource to support our students and our alumni. The directory is only valuable if alumni participate. If you need your personalized invitation, please contact us by email or call (520) 621-8430.
 
We have three weekly drawing winners to report from among new directory members: Fred Reish ('69), Damon Boyd ('98), and Kristina Jonek ('98). Congratulations to all, and thanks for joining!

In this Wildcat Wednesday -- Letter of the Law, we have noted only a few of the talks and events at the college this spring. 

In addition to public talks, conferences, and workshops, we have alumni and other speakers joining our classes all the time. Many of these opportunities to learn and engage are not listed on the college calendar -- but they are always available to you. 

Whenever you visit the college, if you have time, we'd like to have you back in the middle of the exciting intellectual environment that you continue to make a reality. Our door is always open.
   
 
Warmly,
  
  
  
Marc L. Miller  
Dean & Ralph W. Bilby Professor of Law
 
Shaping the next century of legal education 
 
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