Greetings, 

That was fast! We are in week two of the semester, but already the College of Law is in full swing.

Below, we share news of another dramatic first for the college -- our dual law degree (LLB/BA) offered at Ocean University of China. Also, recent alumnus Chase Velasquez ('15) provides a first-hand account of the recent climate change talks in Paris.
 
This week also brings the annual Board of Visitors meeting to the college. Each year we discuss the state of legal education and the college, and receive critical feedback and advice. Board of Visitors members also meet with and provide advice to our 1Ls.

Until the footnotes,

Marc
Announcing the First Dual Degree Law Program in China
 
UA and Ocean University officials gathered at the student orientation
for the first class of the dual degree program in fall 2015.

 
The University of Arizona has received accreditation and acquiescence from various Chinese and U.S. authorities to offer a bachelor of arts in law in Qingdao, China, through a dual degree program at Ocean University of China (OUC). 

The UA-OUC dual degree program is the first U.S.-China joint offering in law available fully in residence in China.
 
The UA-OUC program, which allows Chinese students to earn undergraduate law degrees from both universities in four years, entirely in residence in China, launched in fall 2015 with an inaugural class of 77 students and is expected to grow to 400 students at full capacity.
 
"This dual degree partnership responds to the globalization of legal practice and takes the University of Arizona to students who would not otherwise have access to a high-quality U.S. legal education," said Brent White, associate dean for programs and global initiatives and professor of law at the UA James E. Rogers College of Law.
 
Students in the program will earn an LLB (the law degree commonly offered outside the United States) from OUC and a bachelor of arts in law from UA. They will take the same U.S. law courses and receive the same legal training as UA bachelor's in law students in Tucson.
 
In fall 2014, UA became the first U.S. university to offer a bachelor's in law degree domestically. That degree program now has 300 students, all of whom are eligible to spend up to one year studying law at OUC.
 
The bachelor's in law has been a dramatic success, and other universities will soon follow. But the bachelor's in law also opens the world to new innovative international partnerships and opportunities, for individual students and for the College of Law and UA. The dual degree partnership with Ocean is an ideal illustration of such opportunities.

The bachelor's in law is also an illustration of the critical importance of partnerships here at home, as the degree is offered in deep partnership with the UA College of Social and Behavioral Sciences and the UA School of Government and Public Policy.
 
All required law courses for the dual degree will be offered at UA's new location on OUC's campus in Qingdao, China, although students will have the option to complete a portion of their studies in residence at UA's Tucson campus.
 


Students will spend the first two years completing coursework for the Chinese LLB and UA general education requirements, in addition to English language training under the supervision of the UA Center for English as a Second Language (CESL). During the third and fourth years, students will complete their bachelor's in law coursework.
 
"China is the second largest economy in the world and has become the United States' largest trading partner," said UA Provost and senior vice president of academic affairs Andrew Comrie. "Both countries benefit from a better understanding of our economy and our laws. The University of Arizona partnership with Ocean University of China serves a pressing need for bilingual lawyers competent in both legal systems."
 
OUC is a comprehensive research university with 17 colleges and more than 45,000 students, including those at the undergraduate, masters, doctoral, and continuing education levels.

For the web version of this story and additional contact information, click here

Chase Velasquez ('15) Represents IPLP at Climate Talks in Paris

Chase Velasquez ('15, at right) with a
dignitary from the Maya Leaders Alliance of Southern Belize.
Recent Arizona Law graduate and Indigenous Peoples Law and Policy (IPLP) certificate holder Chase Velasquez ('15) is going places. Chase, who is now a post-graduate fellow in the IPLP program, attended the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Paris, held November 30 - December 12, 
alongside representatives of the Maya indigenous peoples of Belize. Professor of practice Seanna Howard also attended.
 
As a student, Chase studied under Professors S. James Anaya and Robert Williams, Jr., and served as President of the law school's Native American Law Students Association (NALSA) and as Vice-President of the National NALSA.
 
He graduated in May of 2015 and was hired by IPLP as a post-graduate fellow in October. In his first three months, Chase has assisted IPLP with indigenous communities on a variety of legal issues, such as securing land rights and protecting sacred sites. One of those communities is the Maya.
 
For over ten years, Professor Anaya and IPLP have assisted the Maya indigenous peoples in securing legal victories in domestic and international legal arenas that recognize their occupancy and customary usage of their land as a property right under the Constitution of Belize.
 
Chase's role in Paris consisted of representing IPLP at the Climate Change Conference as well as accompanying the Maya Leaders Alliance of Southern Belize as they received an important award -- the 2015 Equator Prize.

Dignitaries from the Maya Leaders Alliance of Southern Belize with IPLP staff Chase Velasquez ('15) and Seanna Howard.

 
Chase describes the experience and explains the award as follows:
 
"Recently, IPLP sent me to the United Nations Climate Change Conference where nearly 200 hundred governments gathered in Paris, France, to negotiate a binding international agreement to address climate change.
 
During this conference, more than 1,600 people -- heads-of-states and ministers, ambassadors, global business leaders, celebrities, environmental activists, and indigenous peoples representatives -- came together to celebrate the 21 recipients of the 2015 Equator Prize.
 
The Equator Prize, awarded by the United Nations Development Programme, recognizes and honors outstanding local and indigenous communities for remarkable achievements in tackling climate change using innovative measures to reduce poverty, protect nature and strengthen resilience.
 
From a record-breaking 1,461 nominations around the world, the Maya Leaders Alliance of Southern Belize was selected for their efforts in safeguarding rights to land that Maya indigenous peoples have lived on since time immemorial."
 
About his role, Chase says:
 
"My duty was explaining how the international recognition of the Maya indigenous peoples in securing land rights reflected the objectives of IPLP -- to tirelessly fight for the human rights of indigenous peoples to their land, natural resources, economic development, and cultures and traditions."

Enjoying the excitement of
the awards ceremony.
    
With actor Alec Baldwin,
who served as presenter.

 























Clearly moved by his interactions at the climate talks with the Maya representatives and other indigenous peoples, Chase connects the experience to his own people:
 
"As a member of the White Mountain Apache Tribe, and witnessing the prevalent legal, economic, and social issues that my Apache people have continued to face while growing up on the reservation, it was remarkable to meet other indigenous peoples and hear of their efforts and struggles in protecting their land. What amazed me was many of these indigenous peoples, like the Maya people, have limited financial resources and live in rural areas. Yet, I was inspired by their belief in the cause of their efforts in protecting their land."
 
You can read more about the prize here

Connect with Chase here.

Footnotes
Next IPLP Speaker on January 29

The Indigenous Peoples Law and Policy Program (IPLP) is hosting a series of talks by visiting scholars this spring. The second talk in the series is next week; see the full schedule here
 
Speaker:  Joe Bryan, Assistant Professor of Geography at University of Colorado, Boulder
Date:  Friday, January 29, 2016
Time:  12 - 1:15 p.m.
Location: College of Law, Faculty Lounge (Room 237)


Civil Justice Speaker and "A Conversation With" Jimmy Rogers ('72) 
on February 3
 

Alumnus James ("Jimmy") Rogers will participate in our "Conversation With" series in which he will speak with students about his career and practice. The "Conversation With Jimmy Rogers" will take place on February 3 at noon in Room 272 at the College of Law. 
 
In the evening, Jimmy will deliver a talk as part of the Civil Justice Initiative. His talk, titled "Developing a first-tier personal injury/product liability practice from the ground up" is open to the public. CLE credit may be available.*

Date:  Wednesday, February 3, 2015
Time: 5:30 - 6:30 p.m. (Reception to follow)
Location: College of Law (Room 168)

For more information or to register, contact Chris Gast.

*The State Bar of Arizona does not approve or accredit CLE activities for the Mandatory Continuing Legal Education requirement. The activities offered may qualify for your annual CLE requirement for the State Bar of Arizona, including the indicated hours of professional responsibility (ethics), if applicable.

Arizona Law to Host U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Elena Kagan, February 15

United States Supreme Court Associate Justice Elena Kagan will speak at the University of Arizona for the 37th McCormick Lecture, sponsored by the James E. Rogers College of Law and the J. Byron McCormick Society for Law and Public Affairs.
 
Date:        Monday, February 15, 2016
Time:        5:30 - 6:30 p.m.
Location:   UA School of Music, Crowder Hall

This event has reached capacity, and attendance is limited to those who have already registered. Updates and contact information are available here

Congratulations!

The Arizona Corporate Counsel Award for the In-House Legal Department of the Year was presented to the 56th Fighter Wing JAG office at Luke Air Force Base. The top legal advisor is Lt. Col. Joel England, a 2002 graduate of the College of Law. Read more here. 

Fellowship Opportunity
 
The College of Law is hiring a fellow for its Bacon Immigration Law and Policy Program to begin in the summer of 2016. The position is open to recent law graduates with at least two years of practice experience. The position is for one year, with a potential one-year extension. 

A full description is available here (PDF). 

Students Networking in Phoenix
 
Students attending a recent attorney-law student mixer with the Phoenix Lawyer's chapter of the Federalist Society are pictured here with Judge Edith Jones of the 5th Circuit. The mixer was hosted by alumna Abby Raddatz ('04).



Please take the time to join the online alumni directory. We are creating a shared resource to support our students and our alumni. If you need us to resend your personalized invitation, please email or call (520) 621-8430.
 
The newest weekly drawing winner from among new directory members is Anne Luna-Gordinier ('04). Congratulations, Anne, and thanks for joining!


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From Tucson to Phoenix, from Belize to Paris, and now every day in Qingdao, the College of Law is making a difference, educating students, conducting research, and engaging in legal policy.
   
 
Warmly,
  
  
  
Marc L. Miller  
Dean & Ralph W. Bilby Professor of Law
 
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