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Our spotlight shines this week on three members of the Arizona Law community: student Calley Anderson, Prof. Robert Glennon, and alumnus Peter Culp. Enjoy!


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Student News
Calley Anderson (Class of 2014)

Calley Anderson is a 2L at the College of Law. And although she's a Tucson native, she attended Arizona State for her undergraduate degree, and then again for a Master's in Education.


Prior to law school, she was a Teach for America corps member and also taught special education at an Anderson, Calley elementary school in Phoenix. Despite her educational experiences in Phoenix - both in and out of the classroom - when she decided to go to law school, there was only one choice.


"The Arizona Law campus was more than welcoming when I visited, and most of my family lives in Arizona, so I knew I wanted to stay here and practice after graduation," Calley said. "After going to college and working in Phoenix for several years, I wanted to come back to my hometown for law school."


"I thought if I was going to be studying and reading for the next three years," she added, "I might as well do it in such a beautiful city!"


Calley immediately connected with the local legal community. "In the first month of law school, I became involved with UA's National Lawyers Guild and the various legal referral clinics the organization operates around Tucson. The clinics provide practical experience for law students and a chance to escape the classroom and give back to the community in a powerful way."


Since she plans to become a prosecutor, Calley has focused on courses and co-curricular activities offered in the College's strong Program in Criminal Law and Policy, known colloquially as PCLP ("P-clip"). She'll graduate with a certificate from the program, showing that she has completed a required curriculum, a substantial analytical paper, and extensive experience working in the field.


Outside of school, she likes spending as much time as possible outside, and wishes it was a shorter drive to the beach. So she created her own beach here in Tucson. "I joined an intramural sand volleyball team with a few other classmates, and even though we did not have a terribly great season, it was still a fun way to get out of the library for a few hours." You can find more information on Calley on her LinkedIn Profile.


Faculty News
Robert Glennon

Regents' Professor and Morris K. Udall Professor in Law and Public Policy Robert Glennon has been teaching water law and policy at the University of Arizona since 1985. Having achieved international renown, his books are critically acclaimed for being both research-based and highly readable. He's also in demand as a speaker worldwide, and, because of all of this, he's actually shaping the debate on water law.


His 2009 book, "Unquenchable: America's Water Crisis and What To Do About It," was chosen last October as the Cal State Chico University Book in Common for 2012-2013. In early October, CSU Chico hosted Robert for several events culminating in a public address before around 800 people. Robert's 2002 book, "Water Follies: Groundwater Pumping and the Fate of America's Fresh Waters," helped to define an entire area that had been, well, submerged.

Glennon, Robert


In early 2012, he spent three months on sabbatical in Australia and New Zealand - speaking, researching, and enjoying the spectacular landscapes. And while the discussions of Australian water law were interesting, he did not return with a "break-through insight" that could be easily adapted to the United States.


"It turns out that folks in Australia and New Zealand also put their pants on one leg at a time." He does admit, however, that, "A personal high point was snorkeling and scuba diving on the Great Barrier Reef. Magical."


In October 2012, Robert published an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal, coauthored with Arizona Law alumnus Peter Culp ('01) (I talk with Peter in the Alumni News section below).


"Parched in the West but Shipping Water to China, Bale by Bale" highlighted the new market for shipping alfalfa to China. "Because our trade imbalance is so skewed, it actually costs less to ship a ton of alfalfa from Long Beach to Beijing than it does to ship that alfalfa from California's Imperial Valley to California's Central Valley," he said. "California is mired in drought but California farmers are using tens of billions of gallons of water to grow the alfalfa that they ship to China."


This year, Robert has speaking events in New Orleans; Phoenix; Palo Alto; Glendale, Arizona; North Platte, Nebraska; Las Vegas; and Spokane. Two specific keynotes include the ABA's 31st Annual Water Law Conference and the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation's 59th Annual Institute.


You can hear a recent interview by Bill Buckmaster with Robert here. And be sure to listen for him on NPR's Marketplace which is scheduled to air in the next couple of weeks. Here is a link to Robert's Regents' video, In Defense of Water, on the College of Law YouTube channel.

And if you haven't seen Robert go toe-to-toe with Jon Stewart on the Daily Show in 2009, you can do so here. You can stay in touch with Robert through his Faculty Profile or his Personal Website.


Alumni News
Peter Culp ('01)

As a partner in the Phoenix office of Squire Sanders, Peter Culp's practice focuses on water and natural resources law, environmental law, and federal Indian law. He represents a broad spectrum of clients in traditional matters but is also heavily oriented towards the development of state and federal policy in water, natural resources, and public lands, including a great deal of work related to the law of the Colorado River. He has also recently joined the national Board of Visitors for the College.

Culp, Peter


Since 2004, Peter has served the Governor's office on Arizona's Colorado River Advisory Commission. He said, "For the past six years, I've been part of a binational working group under the US Department of State's International Boundary and Water Commission, which works to develop and implement new binational strategies for the management of Colorado River water."


"As part of this work, I've been closely involved in the development, negotiation, and implementation of four new international agreements that have significantly re-shaped the relationship between the US and Mexico with regard to water resources."


In fact, Peter was among those honored with a 2009 Partners in Conservation Award from US Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar for his participation in the negotiation of a new agreement with regard to Colorado River management.


Peter was driven to law school by an interest in working on natural resource issues - particularly the growing challenges associated with scarce resources like water in the West. "As a prominent school in the greater Southwest, I decided that the University of Arizona would be an ideal place to explore this interest, particularly with regard to the management of the Colorado River, which had long been a fascination of mine."


The collegial atmosphere of Arizona Law and its tight-knit community of students appealed to him. "The engaged faculty for whom teaching was a clear priority also matched well with what I wanted out of my law school experience - a chance to learn a new profession, a new way of thinking, and develop a network of contacts in the law community in a collaborative, supportive environment." He added, "And of course, that generous scholarship program made it impossible to resist."


Even today, Peter still relies on his Arizona Law education. "I call on the skills and information that I took away from law school every single day. U of A offered classes in water law, advanced federal Indian law, environmental law, mining and public lands law, and other disciplines that helped me hit the ground running in practice in some complex and nuanced areas of law and policy."


"Also, although my practice is focused on water and natural resource issues, the excellent training I received in constitutional law, civil procedure, mediation and negotiation, tax, insurance, and many other areas has proved invaluable to me time after time."


Peter also worked for a short time as an in-house attorney for the Sonoran Institute, a nonprofit organization that works on land and water policy issues in the intermountain West.


In addition to the recent articles with Robert Glennon, Robert and Peter authored a widely-cited article when Peter was a student at the College of Law, "The Last Green Lagoon: How and why the Bush Administration Should Save the Colorado River Delta" (2002).

Looking back, Peter admits, "The practice of law was not my first career choice. Prior to law school, I managed a nonprofit public health technology enterprise, fought forest fires in the Northern Rockies, and drove long-haul refrigerated freight. While I love my legal career, I still maintain my commercial driver's license. Just in case."
You can connect with Peter via his Attorney Profile. 



The Admissions Process

We have admitted students for next fall's class - the class of 2016. Others continue to apply, and we welcome additional applications. At this stage in the process applicants are assessing their options. The next key deadline is for first deposit, on April 6. Thanks to all of you who are working with the law school to talk with applicants about what it means now to become a lawyer, and why Arizona Law is a good place to learn the law.


If you are interested in getting involved with admissions or other aspects of the College, please contact us.


Spring Visitors Expand Curriculum, Intellectual Diversity

Five distinguished legal scholars and practitioners serve as visiting faculty for the spring semester as part of the ongoing Visiting Faculty Program at the James E. Rogers College of Law. You can read about them here.



Bob Mundheim Conversations

In the current term, Professor Bob Mundheim teaches a course on corporate governance. As part of that class, Bob hosts five lunchtime conversations with general counsel from Fortune 500 corporations, and top lawyers in private practice, many who come to speak at Arizona Law from New York.


The dates and participants in the "Conversations" this year follow. If you are in (or will be in) Tucson for any of these days, and would like to join the conversations, please let us know as seating is limited.

  • Monday, March 18 - Rob Evans, Shearman & Sterling
  • Wednesday, March 27 - Tim Flynn, former CEO of KPMG
  • Wednesday, April 3 - Brandon Becker, General Counsel for TIAA-CREF and formerly Director of Trading and Markets at the SEC
  • Monday, April 8 - John Cannon, Shearman & Sterling
  • Wednesday, April 10 - Gene Sykes, head of Goldman Sachs' mergers and acquisition practice

These are the kind of opportunities that make Arizona Law unique, and connect our students and the larger community to the cutting edge issues in corporate law, governance, finance, and regulation.


Tucson Festival of Books

Join us at this year's Tucson Festival of Books on March 9 and 10 on the UA mall. Professor Rob Williams will be presenting as will several alumni. In fact, alumnus Josh Chetwynd ('06) will have advance copies of his newest book, "The Book of Nice."


LCA Dinner - Get Your Tickets Now! (the price goes up soon)

We hope you already have the 39th Annual Law College Association (LCA) Dinner on your calendar. It will take place on April 27, 2013, at the Westward Look Resort in Tucson.


We look forward to seeing you as we celebrate: Anna Maria Chavez ('94), Catherine Douglass ('76), Prof. Steven Duke ('59), Larry Hecker ('69, '72), Prof. Thomas Mauet, and The Honorable Frank Zapata ('73).


For more information, or to register for the dinner, click here.



Marc Miller

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Dean & Ralph W. Bilby Professor of Law
James E. Rogers College of Law

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