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Today kicks off the first day of classes of the spring semester, and the halls are alive with energy: it is great to have students back in the building. This promises to be an exciting and busy semester, with terrific opportunities to help our students and connect with other alumni.


Today also marks the first anniversary of Wildcat Wednesday-Letter of the Law. We appreciate the many supportive comments from Arizona Law alumni, friends, and community members, including the questions and suggestions we receive every week. And we thank alum Steve Hirsch ('80) who came up with the idea of a casual weekly email focused on community members and events.  


This week we profile 2L student Michelle Moore, alumna Selma Marks, and one of our upcoming public events the Isaac Marks Memorial Lecture.


Until the footnotes,




Michelle Moore (JD '15)

When 2L student Michelle Moore chose to attend Arizona Law, it was truly a family decision. Michelle, a single mother with five children, wanted to pursue her lifelong dream of becoming a lawyer in 2011, but, she says, "I did not make this decision lightly. I understood this decision would be a huge commitment for my entire family. I knew it was something that I had to do not only for me, but for my children and their futures."    


Michelle visited the campus and was impressed. "I attended the open house events at Arizona Law and saw the benefits of the smaller class sizes and the tight-knit community. I knew then that I wanted to be a part of Arizona Law."


A self-proclaimed adventure seeker, Michelle describes the experience of attending law school while single parenting as her biggest adventure to date.  Michelle says her children share her law school experiences - the classes, the professors, and even the exam schedule. She describes her juggling routine as attending her classes during the day and rushing home each afternoon to begin the evening activities with her kids. It is a busy schedule, but one she enjoys.


Before starting law school, Michelle served in the Air Force for five years, and continues to find meaningful ways to serve. At Arizona Law, she has connected with several other Arizona Law veterans through her work with the Veterans Law Advocacy Clinic. Read more about the clinic here.  


When Michelle is not busy with her studies, Nicholas-- freshman in college, Delaney-- 8th grade, Emily-- 7th grade, Zoe-- 5th grade, and Annie-- 4th grade keep her on her toes. She still finds time to enjoy hiking and other outdoor activities in our beautiful Tucson community.


Michelle plans to remain in Tucson after graduation and is currently exploring career opportunities in criminal defense.

Selma Marks ('56)

Selma Skora Paul Marks, the only woman graduate of Arizona Law Class of 1956, had the courage and determination to enter a profession in an era that was all but foreclosed to women. She did it at a time when thousands of World War II veterans were returning to civilian life and seeking a legal career.  


Selma attended law school full-time while also being a mother to three children.   


After graduation, Selma worked for Legal Aid and then for the Pima County Attorney's Office, for many years as a prosecutor.


In addition to her practice of law, Selma, a Tucson native, has been a passionate supporter of higher education.  She served as president and was a longtime member of the Board of Directors of the Law College Association, and was one of the transformative leaders who helped the LCA become a vital bridge between the College and its alumni and friends.


Selma also served for many years on the College of Law's Board of Visitors, the Advisory Board for the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences, and the National Board of the UA Alumni Association.


Selma has also been a tireless leader in numerous civic organizations, including the Arizona Opera Board of Directors and the Marks Fund at Tucson Medical Center, which assists employees in financial need. Throughout her life she has shown an enduring commitment to family, education and public service.


In 1979, Selma and her late husband, Judge Jack Marks, established the Isaac Marks Memorial Lectures at the College, a program that enriches our intellectual life by bringing eminent legal scholars and other distinguished national figures to deliver the annual lecture at the College. Throughout the years this series has had many notable speakers, including Justice Sandra Day O' Connor, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and the late Senator Edward M. Kennedy.  Below we describe this year's Isaac Marks Memorial Lecture by California Supreme Court Justice Goodwin Liu.


I am grateful to Selma for her passion, grace and counsel to me. We are all grateful to Selma for many things, among them her trailblazing spirit, commitment to community, and her continued guidance and support of Arizona Law.

The Isaac Marks Memorial Lecture

On Thursday, January 23rd, California Supreme Court Justice Goodwin Liu will present the 34th Annual Isaac Marks Memorial Lecture, "Justice and the Distribution of Educational Opportunity". The lecture, which is open to the public and free, will begin at 5:30 p.m. in room 164, The Ares Auditorium at the College of Law. To RSVP, click here.


Justice Liu is an Associate Justice of the California Supreme Court. He was confirmed following his appointment by Governor Jerry Brown in 2011. Before joining the state's highest court, Justice Liu was Professor of Law at the UC Berkeley School of Law. He has published widely in constitutional law, education law and policy, and about the U.S. Supreme Court. His 2006 article, "Education, Equality, and National Citizenship," won the Steven S. Goldberg Award for Distinguished Scholarship in Education Law, from the Education Law Association.


He is also a popular and acclaimed teacher. In 2009, he received UC Berkeley's Distinguished Teaching Award, the university's most prestigious honor for individual excellence in teaching. He earned tenure in 2008 and took on the responsibility as Associate Dean.


Justice Liu serves on the Board of Trustees of Stanford University. He has previously served on the Board of Directors of the Alliance for Excellent Education, the American Constitution Society, the National Women's Law Center, and the Public Welfare Foundation. In 2008, he was elected to the American Law Institute. He has also served as a faculty advisor to the California College Prep Academy, a public charter school co-founded by UC Berkeley and Aspire Public Schools.


Justice Liu graduated from Yale Law School in 1998, becoming the first in his family to earn a law degree. He clerked for Judge David Tatel on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit and then worked as Special Assistant to the Deputy Secretary of the U.S. Department of Education, where he developed and coordinated K-12 education policy. He clerked at the U.S. Supreme Court for Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg during the October 2000 Term. In 2001, he joined the appellate litigation practice of O'Melveny & Myers in Washington, D.C., and worked on an array of antitrust, white collar, insurance, product liability, and pro bono matters.


The son of Taiwanese immigrants, Justice Liu grew up in Sacramento where he attended public schools. He earned a bachelor's degree in biology in 1991 from Stanford University, and a masters degree in philosophy and physiology from Oxford University, where he was a Rhodes Scholar. Upon returning to the U.S, he went to Washington D.C. to help launch the AmeriCorps national service program and worked for two years as a senior program officer at the Corporation for National Service.


I hope you will join me on Thursday, January 23rd for the Marks Lecture. Justice Liu's success in the classroom extends to his public lectures--this will be a great talk.





This Friday, January 17th, Arizona Attorneys for Criminal Justice will honor Professor Andy Silverman with the Vanguard Leadership Award, one of AACJ's highest awards, for his outstanding contributions to generations of Arizona Law students and for his leadership in the Arizona Justice Project.


Coming soon!


"Saving the Neighborhood"-Full Day Conference.  Friday, January 31st 9a.m.-4:30p.m. 

  • Join us at the law school as we celebrate the book by our colleague Carol Rose and Columbia Law School professor Richard Brooks, exploring the history and continuing implications of racially restrictive housing covenants.

Panelists include:

  • Robert Gordon (Professor of Law, Stanford and Chancellor Kent Professor Emeritus of Law and Legal History (Yale Law School),
  • Risa Goluboff (John Allan Love Professor of Law, Justice Thurgood Marshall Distinguished Professor of Law, and Professor of History at the University of Virginia),
  • Lani Guinier (Bennett Boskey Professor at Harvard Law School),
  • Gerald Torres (Bryant Smith Chair in Law at the University of Texas at Austin),
  • Gabriel "Jack" Chin (Professor of Law at UC Davis School of Law and the former Chester H. Smith Professor of Law, University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law), and
  • Price V. Fishback (Thomas R. Brown Professor of Economics at the University of Arizona Eller College of Management).


Thomas Girardi to deliver the inaugural Civil Justice lecture, "Jurors No Longer Decide Fact - They Decide Philosophies" on Thursday, February 6, 5-6:15 p.m.

  • Legendary California trial attorney Thomas V. Girardi will give the Inaugural Lecture for the Arizona Law Civil Justice Initiative.  Thursday, February 6, 5-6:15 p.m.  Ares Auditorium.  Reception to follow.    
  • Thomas V. Girardi is known as one of the great trial lawyers in the United States.  He has been involved in many major individual and class action cases, including the case against Pacific Gas & Electric that was portrayed in the movie Erin Brokovich, and the major settlement with the major pharmaceutical company Merck for injuries caused by the drug Vioxx.  Mr. Girardi is a member of the Board of Directors and former President of the International Academy of Trial Lawyers.   Mr. Girardi and his Los Angeles firm, Girardi Keese, represent many former players and their families in the case against the National Football League for concussions and brain injuries that resulted in a $765 million settlement. 


Networking Noshes at Arizona Law  

to be held in the Lewis Roca Rothgerber Lobby 


February 27 4:30-6:00p.m.


March 27 4:30-6:00p.m.


Connections between alumni and students are important part of the Arizona Law community.  To help facilitate those connections, we are launching a new networking series. If you are an alum willing to return to campus to spend time with and advise students, please sign up by emailing Marissa White.



Arizona Law Needs Your Support  


Are you looking for a way to show your support of Arizona Law?

Donations of $1,000 or more qualify you as an Arizona Law Fellow.    

Fellows receive invitations to special events, prominent recognition at the College, and Dean Miller's profound thanks. 




It is an exciting time here at Arizona Law.   In addition to the first day of classes, we welcome eight new MLS students and 2 new AJD students to our community. Plus, we are actively recruiting next year's 1L class.


We have a robust line up public events planned are working on several new exciting curricular and programmatic changes which I will announce as the details are determined.


I hope many of you will take me up on last week's invitation of returning to campus.   Whether you return to attend a lecture, participate in our new Networking Nosh, or just come for a tour-we enjoy having alumni on campus.   Many of you speak fondly of the tight-knit community you experienced while a student at Arizona Law. That community still exists and you are integral part of it.






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James E. Rogers College of Law    

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