ways it is a virtual age, but anyone who lives in (or
visits) Arizona knows that place matters. The University
of Arizona is a global leader in environmental science
and policy, and Arizona Law has long been recognized as
a hub for study and scholarship in the fields of
environmental, natural resource, and water law.
week we offer a salute to three individuals making a
difference in environmental and natural resources law:
Professor Robert Glennon, USDOJ Attorney Alison
McGregor, and 3L Allison Rothgeb.
huge congratulations to the Arizona Law Jenckes Team! On
Friday they brought home the Jenckes Cup -- now five
years in a row! We have returned the Jenckes trophy to
its home in the Daniel F. Cracchiolo Law Library.
We are all incredibly proud of 3Ls Heather Goodwin and
Sean Kelly -- and their legendary coach Professor Tom
Mauet -- for their dedication and well-deserved win!
law is synonymous with Arizona Law because of Professor Robert Glennon. Leading the
field of academic research in water pricing and water
crisis management, Robert is widely known beyond the
realm of legal academics for his critically acclaimed
books, Unquenchable and Water Follies.
His ideas have had great resonance and impact from
classrooms to boardrooms to an unforgettable appearance
on the Daily Show with Jon Stewart.
throughout the West has moved from the inside pages to
the front page to the lead story, and Robert has taken
center stage as policymakers grapple with the
October, Robert presented at the Hamilton
Project/Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment
forum on New Directions for U.S.
Water Policy. Other speakers at the forum
included Sheryl Sandberg, COO of Facebook, Robert Rubin,
former Secretary of the Treasury, and California
Governor Jerry Brown. Robert's presentation centered on
a report he co-authored with Peter Culp ('01)
and economist (and former UA professor) Gary
Libecap titled, Shopping for Water: How the Market Can
Mitigate Water Shortages in the American West.
They urge the consideration of market measures to combat
flows decline, Robert's ideas are on the rise. The New York Times and Washington Post, among others, have
featured the report and his ideas on using price signals
to encourage water conservation and market forces to
reallocate water. He also published an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal with Gary Libecap
arguing that outdated laws are wasting the West's
scarcest resource and that water should be tradable so
it finds its most urgent uses.
water crisis will be with us for years; Robert's talents
will be needed to navigate complex changes in the years
to come. Arizona Law is stronger and more capable of
training the next generation of water law practitioners
and scholars because of him.
learn more and download his report, Shopping for
Water, for free on Amazon Kindle.
Ali and her
heart of federal efforts to preserve and protect the
nation's natural resources, Alison
McGregor -- known more commonly as Ali
-- serves at the US Department of Justice in the Environment and Natural Resources
think I always wanted to be a lawyer. When I was growing
up, my best friend's dad was a litigator and used to
take us to watch some of his trials. I was
fascinated with the drama and excitement of it
and thought at a young age that I would like to be
a lawyer too."
law came naturally to Ali. During all three years at
Arizona Law, she was a member of the Environmental Law Society including
serving as the organization's president during her third
year. She also served as an Ares Fellow, studied abroad
in Barcelona, and clerked at a boutique water-law
firm in Aspen, Colorado.
law school, she spent three years at the Maricopa County
Attorney's Office. Ali then transitioned to Squire Sanders (now Squire Patton
Boggs), where she commanded an impressive portfolio in
the areas of hazardous substances, hazardous waste,
state and federal water quality, water rights, and
environmental permitting matters. She moved to the
Washington, DC, office for a short time, and then went
to work for the DOJ.
current position reflects her passion and expertise.
section of DOJ is essentially responsible for enforcing
the major federal environmental laws, such as the Clean
Air Act, Clean Water Act, CERCLA, RCRA, etc., on behalf
of our client agencies, such as US EPA. Client
agencies refer cases to us, and we either negotiate a
settlement or litigate the case on behalf of our
clients. It's a fun, challenging, rewarding job. I
she resides in suburbs of the District with her husband,
Steve Shermer, who is an attorney at EES, and her
two boys, Eli (2 years old) and Zac (8 weeks old). Even
though she has a little less free time with two kids
scampering (or soon to be scampering) around the
house, she is lifelong runner. In fact,
she ran her first two marathons during law school,
both at the Tucson Marathon.
Rothgeb, who also goes by Ali, has committed her
academic and professional talents to environmental law.
She has done so both by working directly in the field
and making an impact at the college.
flair for the environment and natural resources began at
the University of Georgia where she double majored in
economics and geography with a focus on meteorology and
climatology. This led her to the University of Delaware
where she earned her MS in geography focusing on
glaciers and alpine environments in the Cascades.
took a few classes on water and natural resource
management and planning during grad school. Those
courses, as well as my research on snowpack and
glaciers, which are a major source of water in the West,
led to my interest in western water law and policy.
Arizona Law has numerous outlets to engage with water
and natural resources law during law school, so this
program seemed like a natural fit for my interests and
such a good fit she is now known around the college as a
dedicated and spirited environmental student. She has
been named the Sol Resnick Fellow in Water and Natural
Resources Law -- working as a research assistant to
Professor Glennon. She is also the Senior Articles
Editor for the Arizona Journal of
Environmental Law and Policy and the Vice President
of the Environmental Law Society.
field, she was a legal intern at the Arizona Department
of Water Resources. She also clerked for the Pima County
Attorney's Office and Judge Paul Tang on the Pima County
Superior Court. She is currently working at the United
States Attorney's Office in Tucson.
the embodiment of "when you want something, go for it!"
Her passion and determination will take her far in the
profession and the practice of environmental law.
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34 members of the American College of Trial Lawyers heard
and judged the 2014 Jenckes
Competition. A quick glance at this
distinguished group reminds us that great trial lawyers
remain resilient and committed to the development of
future advocates like Heather and Sean.
proud to hold onto the Jenckes Cup for another year --
after all the Cup has a perfect spot in the Daniel F.
Cracchiolo Law Library.
great trial practice courses and experiential
opportunities, the established Program in Criminal Law and Policy, and
our new Civil Justice Initiative -- and of
course Tom Mauet -- work to ensure that
Arizona Law will continue to produce great litigators.
And even as there are fewer trials in US legal systems,
we see dramatic expansion and demand for advocacy
knowledge and skills in countries such as Mexico and
throughout the world.
Jenckes Cup Champions Heather Goodwin
('15) and Sean Kelly
Sean presenting to the jurors during the
Schmidt ('10) of Kinerk, Schmidt
& Sethi, who has been named to Tucson's 2014 "40
Under 40" presented by the Tucson Hispanic Chamber of
Commerce, the Arizona Daily Star, and Snell &
Wilmer. Matt and his father Ted
Schimdt ('77) are constant contributors to the
College. In fact, they both spoke at two different
events for students last week. We are very grateful to
Matt, Ted, and all of the alumni who make the time to
come back and talk to students.
The Mind &
the Law Lecture Series: Our Perfect Supreme
Court? "From the crooked timber of humanity no
straight thing was ever made."
November 19, 2014
Ares Auditorium (Room 164)
Charles Fried of Harvard Law School -- formerly a
member of the Supreme Judicial Court of
Massachusetts and Solicitor General of the
United States -- discusses judicial wisdom
and how jurists decide cases. Judges have long
sought, and sometimes vainly pretended to have,
a foolproof method for adjudicating
constitutional cases. Professor Fried argues
ultimately these theories of perfection --
including versions of original intent,
original meaning, and several types of
textualism -- all fall short. Nonetheless it
is possible to describe examples of wise, if
not flawless and uncontroversial, judging. We can
draw instruction if
not prescription from them.
Final date in the
series: December 3.
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With Thanksgiving just around
the corner, I hope you will find time to enjoy the
holiday with friends and family. We are grateful for the
opportunity to stay in touch with you every Wednesday.
Please let us
know when you change jobs, welcome a new member of
your family, or reach a new life or professional
achievement. Arizona Law is a family and we want to know
-- and share -- the events in the lives of its
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