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Our faculty members influence scholarly discourse and public policy both nationally and internationally. I've included just a few examples below.

We also feature student Byron Forrester and the judge he worked for this summer, alumna Eileen Hollowell, and her husband and fellow Wildcat Lonnie Hicks.


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Student News
  Byron Forrester in Mexico
Byron Forrester (Class of 2015)


Byron Forrester (BA '12) found his summer job through a combination of off-campus networking and on-campus support from our Career and Professional Development Office.


The Phoenix native, who has a BA in political science from the U of A, was attending a family function as a 1L during winter break when he met Judge Eileen Hollowell ('87) of the US Bankruptcy Court for the District of Arizona.


"She told me there was an opportunity available for a summer externship. I followed up with our Career Office in early spring, interviewed with the judge's law clerk, and got the job."


It's been terrific training, he says. "I gained a lot of experience reading the Bankruptcy Code and learning its intricacies. I read pleadings off of the docket and wrote summaries to help Judge Hollowell prepare for hearings. I also spent a healthy amount of time in court, just observing lawyers."


The experience will be especially useful to Byron in Adjunct Professor Rob Charles' class, Introduction to Business Reorganization in Bankruptcy, and in his work with the Volunteer Lawyers Program's Bankruptcy Court Reaffirmation Clinic.


Byron's not sure whether he'll pursue a career in bankruptcy, but he's clearly getting the skills and mentoring he'll need to make the right decision.

Faculty News

James Anaya, Regents' and James J. Lenoir Professor of Human Rights Law and Policy and the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, recently issued reports on the situations for indigenous peoples in El Salvador, Asia, and Namibia. He also recently completed another report, titled "Extractive Industries and Indigenous Peoples." You can read all of the reports here. Professor Anaya will present these reports, along with his annual report on cases of alleged human rights violations, before the UN Human Rights Council at its meeting in Geneva later this month. 


Professor Jean Braucher, Roger C. Henderson Professor of Law, is the co-editor of a new book on contract law that is the focus of an online symposium. The ContractsProf Blog is currently hosting a virtual symposium celebrating publication of Revisiting the Contracts Scholarship of Stewart Macaulay: On the Empirical and the Lyrical (Hart Publishing, 2013).

Professor Ellen Bublick, Dan B. Dobbs Professor of Law, will give the University Lecture at Western University Law School in Ontario, Canada, in late October. She is the first American to give this distinguished Torts lecture. You can read about the program here.


With several ecologists at the U of A, including law school-affiliated Professor Laura Lopez-Hoffman (and with an ecologist from the US Geological Survey based in New Mexico), I recently published an article titled "Key Landscape Ecology Metrics for Assessing Climate Change Adaptation Options: Rate of Change and Patchiness of Impacts." The article appears in Ecosphere, a journal of the Ecological Society of America. Also recently published: the third edition of a sentencing casebook I co-edit with three scholars (and close friends), Sentencing Law and Policy: Cases, Statutes, and Guidelines.

Under Professor Nina Rabin's supervision, in May 2011 the Bacon Immigration Law & Policy Program published a report on parents' efforts to participate in custody proceedings regarding their US citizen children when the parents are subject to detention by the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). Later in 2011 Nina, the Director of the Bacon Program, published an article on the same topic, "Disappearing Parents: Immigration Enforcement and the Child Welfare System." That article attracted national media attention and was cited in a decision by the US Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit.


The Obama Administration just announced a new policy that directs ICE to exercise discretion in not detaining parents of US citizen children during removal proceedings. This is an example of excellent scholarship--combined with advocacy on behalf of clients in our Immigration Law Clinic--having what appears to be a direct and significant impact on policy.  

Alumni News

Hon. Eileen Hollowell ('82) and Lonnie Hicks ('87)


Eileen Hollowell was born on an Air Force base in the California desert and graduated high school in Virginia. The aspiring social worker earned her BA and MSW from U Mass-Amherst and the University of Michigan, respectively, before deciding that social work was not her calling--but that law might be. When her first husband accepted a job working at the U of A, she enrolled in our law school.

"I planned on practicing constitutional law--never mind that was one of two C's on my transcript--but life happens," she recalls. "I kept falling into bankruptcy work at various law firms and finally surrendered."

"Being a bankruptcy judge is one of the best jobs in the world," Eileen says. "Bankruptcy is an interesting court, with a wide range of issues. One day there may be a hearing about whether a debtor can make a vet return her cat even if she hasn't paid the bill. The next day there will be a hearing about whether a business can continue to operate over the objection of its lender."

Eileen has had more than 10 law clerks, and many of them have been Wildcats. And nearly every semester she's had Arizona Law externs like Byron Forrester (see above). Many have gone on to clerk for bankruptcy, state appellate, and state trial court judges or to do bankruptcy work in law firms.

"The students and clerks from the U of A have been some of the best to work in my chambers," says Eileen, who has also participated in our Attorney Mentor Program.

Eileen has been a spirited counselor to the law school through her work on the Law College Association. She recently stepped down from the LCA after more than 10 years, and she plans to retire from the bench when her term ends in 2014. She looks forward to spending more time with her grandchildren: 3-year-old twins (a boy and girl) in Richmond, Virginia, and her 4-year-old and 15-month-old granddaughters in Los Angeles.

Her husband, double Wildcat Lonnie Hicks ('87, BA '71), was also raised on an Air Force base (in Japan) but graduated from Palo Verde High School in Tucson. He attended law school, he says, "because I didn't think being a caddie on the PGA Tour was a career path." 

Lonnie's first full-time job as a lawyer was at a consumer debtor firm, and he never considered doing anything else. Since closing his practice, Hicks and Associates, in 2008, he still enjoys golf, as well as learning the piano and "attempting to read every great piece of literature ever written."

Eileen and Lonnie feel fortunate to have attended the U of A.


Arizona Journal of Environmental Law & Policy cited in Huffington Post


An article in the Arizona Journal of Environmental Law & Policy (AJELP) on the state regulation of quagga (zebra) mussels is cited in the Huffington Post. Read the journal article here; see all of the great scholarship and commentary in AJELP here. 

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Rehnquist Center Constitution Day Program - Monday, Sept. 16

From 1 to 4:30 pm, Ares Auditorium (Room 164); reception to follow. Reserve a seat here.

Arizona Supreme Court Visit - Tuesday, Oct. 1

The Rehnquist Center hosts the Arizona Supreme Court at 2 pm in Ares Auditorium (Room 164). Contact Bernadette Wilkinson at

Arizona Court of Appeals Visit - Wednesday, Oct. 9

The Rehnquist Center hosts the Arizona Court of Appeals (Division 2) at 2 pm in Ares Auditorium. Contact

"The Data Speaks: A Closer Look at Gun Violence" - Thursday, Oct. 17

Stanford Law School Professor John Donohue III, one of the world's leading empirical legal researchers, will deliver a public lecture to inaugurate our QuantLaw Program from 5-6 pm in Ares Auditorium. Register here. 

As you can see, campus life is in full swing, well beyond the classroom. Join us when you can in person; join us for every event in spirit.

I took my kids and friends up Sabino Canyon over the long weekend--and the water is running!
Dean & Ralph W. Bilby Professor of Law
James E. Rogers College of Law

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