UPCOMING EVENTS
 

 
Greetings,
 
It's always a pleasure to cross paths with our Wildcats at the State Bar of Arizona Convention.
The theme of this year's State Bar of Arizona Convention, coming up on June 26-28, is "The Power of Inclusion." 

Bar president Jeff Willis, in his introductory note to this year's program, says the theme "arises from the 100th anniversary of the Nineteenth Amendment guaranteeing women the right to vote." 

Inclusion -- along with ideas of access, concepts of justice, and a belief in the power of innovation -- are all central elements in the Arizona Law Innovation for Justice Program, in which Jeff Willis co-taught this spring, along with Judge Karen Adam. Find out more about the course in this edition.
 
I hope our College of Law team will see you at the bar convention and at the Arizona Law reception on the evening of June 27. RSVP for the Arizona Law bar convention reception here.
 
Also in this edition, say hello to Hawaii-based alumna Lorinda Riley ('10 SJD, '06 JD). 

I'm currently at 36,000 feet over the Pacific on my way to Honolulu where we look forward to greeting many of our Hawaii alums and friends of the college at tomorrow evening's reception. There is still time to join us! RSVP for our Honolulu reception here.

Until the footnotes,
 
Marc 
 
State Bar President and Retired Judge Teach in Innovation for Justice Program
 
The College of Law's Innovation for Justice (i4J) Program is designed to expose University of Arizona law students and other graduate and undergraduate students to the justice gap, engage students in thinking critically about the power of technology and innovation to close that gap, and challenge students to be disruptive problem-solvers in the changing world of legal services. 

I4J students work across disciplines and with government, private and community partners. They learn to apply design thinking and systems thinking to create new models of legal empowerment.
 
The program began offering course work in Fall 2018. This spring we offered a combined graduate/undergraduate course, "Innovating Legal Services," co-taught by i4J director Stacy Butler ('02), Arizona State Bar President and Snell & Wilmer partner Jeffrey Willis and retired Pima County Superior Court Judge Karen Adam ('76).



The course engaged over 50 community members in designing a new tier of civil legal professional for survivors of domestic abuse in partnership with Emerge! Center Against Domestic Abuse. 

Working in teams, students created a new training program for Emerge! lay legal advocates, drafted proposed ethical rules, wrote educational materials for the bench, bar, and public, estimated the costs associated with a pilot program, and created an evaluation plan -- the Licensed Legal Advocate pilot program. The students created a report and video about the plan, which was presented to the Arizona Supreme Court's Task Force on Delivery of Legal Services in May.
 
Professor Butler says that Jeff Willis brought a wealth of knowledge to the project. His legal experience and leadership within the profession made him an invaluable resource for students working to understand the ethical risks of creating a new tier of civil legal professional. 

Jeff committed hours to the course each week and closely mentored teams of students working on the challenge. Students enjoyed having a chance to work with such an approachable and thoughtful leader. Co-teaching the class while serving as State Bar President made a powerful impression about Jeff's commitment to thinking in new ways about access to justice.
 
Judge Karen Adam was also an incredible presence in the classroom during the project. She shared with students her perspectives from the family law bench, where she witnessed first-hand the challenges that self-represented domestic abuse survivors experience in family law matters. Judge Adam also worked with teams of students, inspiring them to take action. Students were motivated by Judge Adam's positive energy and can-do mentorship.
 
The Innovating Legal Services course explores the societal implications of a legal system in which the majority of Americans can't afford to hire counsel when confronted with a civil legal need. 

Each semester, the course focuses on a particular avenue of legal service, to explore what's working and what's not, with the goal of generating creative solutions. The community-engaged model includes inviting guest participants like Jeff Willis and Judge Karen Adam to work with students in problem identification and solution building.
 
We are honored to have pillars of the Arizona legal community join us in analyzing and confronting issues in access to justice. Thank you Jeff and Karen.
 

 


Say Hello to Lorinda Riley ('10 SJD, '06 JD)
 
Since graduating from Arizona Law in 2010, Lorinda Riley's work with indigenous peoples, law, and policy has taken her from Tucson to DC and back home to Hawaii. 

Each step along the way has been firmly grounded in the preparation she received at Arizona Law.

Lorinda is of Native Hawaiian and Cherokee ancestry. She earned her BA from UCLA and then came to the University of Arizona for three degrees -- completing the JD as well as an MA in American Indian Studies in 2006 and the SJD in the college's IPLP program in 2010.
 
Of her time at Arizona Law, Lorinda recalls the excitement of learning new things and a great sense of possibility.

"It was also one of those rare periods in my life where I had time to reflect -- reflect on the ways that these cases, that we all read, impact our daily lives, shape the way that we understand the world around us, and influence how we engage with each other."
 
Lorinda's law school experience also included summer clerkships with Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate and DNA People's Legal Services at the Navajo Nation. And during her 3L year she was able to work at the U.S. Senate Committee on Indian Affairs chaired by Senator John McCain.

As a student and afterward, Lorinda says that Professor Rob Williams has been a consistent mentor. He suggested that she consider pursuing an SJD after the JD -- a path she had not previously considered.
 
"In a way, Professor Williams saw potential in me that I had not yet seen for myself. He, along with other faculty and staff, such as Melissa Tatum, and Robert Hershey ('72), have always been steadfast supporters. But perhaps the most valuable thing that they have taught me is how to see and nurture that special light in others."
 
After finishing her course work for the SJD, Lorinda moved to Washington, DC, where she worked in a boutique Indian law firm before taking several positions, including a tribal liaison position, in the federal government. Arizona Law connections proved especially important in DC, where, she says, she met several alums who quickly became friends and helped expand her professional network.

Lorinda and her family had the opportunity to move back to Hawaii in 2012: "It has been a blessing to be able to live and work in the community that made me who I am."
 
She says that what brought her back to her home state was the focus on ohana (family) and community that she remembers from her childhood. "I wanted those same things for my children." She also admires the Native Hawaiian community's resilience, and her work has been deeply affected by the indigenous community:

"Having worked here now for several years ... I deeply appreciate the importance placed on using an indigenous methodology whenever conducting research on, with, or for the indigenous community. I have always considered myself a community engaged scholar, but working in Hawai'i has really opened my eyes to just how beautiful and valuable our scholarship can be when we approach it from a pono (righteous) place."
 
Lorinda now teaches Justice Administration at the University of Hawaii, West O'ahu, a baccalaureate institution serving a high number of Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander students. Her focus is on ensuring that indigenous issues are incorporated into justice and public administration courses so that the next generation of civil servants will have a solid foundation on the importance of indigenous issues and how best to work with indigenous people. Lorinda also introduced nation building concepts into courses such as Indigenous Governance, Federal Indian Law, and Constitutional Law. She says, "All of this stems from my time at Arizona Law."
 
Thank you for sharing your unique Arizona Law story, Lorinda.

 
Around the College
The Bear Down Network is now over 3,100 Wildcats strong!

 
 
The Arizona Law online alumni network will be phasing out after June 30. But you can stay connected with Arizona Law students and alumni on the University of Arizona's new Bear Down Network! 

Join to access networking and career development opportunities exclusive to Wildcats. http://beardownnetwork.com/ 

Once you've signed up, you can find classmates by looking for the College of Law Group.
 
In the News
 
Fox News, quoting professor Andrew Silverman



I'm confident that no state bar president in Arizona or any other U.S. state has co-taught a class on innovation for and access to justice while serving in that role. In making the time and emphasizing this priority Jeff Willis demonstrated for me and my colleagues, for our students, and for our legal community what it means to be a leader.
 
We are equally grateful to Judge Adam, who has long been a mentor and teacher to our students and friend to Arizona Law.
 
I'm also grateful for the opportunity to speak with so many of our alumni and supporters during the course of my travels this summer. Thanks for sharing your stories and your time. 

I look forward to my next, brief stop -- Honolulu.

Warmly,

Marc

 

 

 
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