After the slower pace of life that overtakes Tucson each summer, the University of Arizona campus is now bustling. Following our invigorating orientation week for new students, law classes officially began on Monday. 

As I wrote in last week's edition, each academic year at Arizona Law represents a new beginning. 

For our students, this is a brand new year and a brand new opportunity to soak up all the knowledge and experience they can from law school -- through classes and conversations with faculty and fellow students; by participating in clubs, journals, competitions, and clinics; and by attending extracurricular talks and networking activities, many of which involve you, our dedicated alumni and friends of the college.

Thank you for continuing to play an important part in the Arizona Law community by supporting scholarships, speaking to students, participating in panels, coaching legal skills teams, interviewing Arizona Law job candidates, and attending alumni and law events both on and off campus throughout the year. 

Until the footnotes,


A New Beginning

Last Thursday, as a continuation of orientation week activities, the Daniel F. Cracchiolo Law Library hosted its annual Library Funfest. 

Meanwhile the Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie Lobby was the site of the Arizona Law Student Organization Fair, acquainting students with a range of organizations and clinics as well as services.


On Friday, students had the option of visiting the Pima County Juvenile Court or Pima County Superior Court, Juvenile Division, where they were welcomed by judges who introduced them to the inner workings of the respective courts.
Those who spoke with students at the Pima County Juvenile Court included Court Commissioner Dean Christoffel ('74), Judge Joan Wagener ('87), Judge Scott McDonald ('04), and Juvenile Court Presiding Judge Kathleen Quigley ('86). At Pima County Superior Court, students heard from Judges Charles Harrington, Danelle Liwski ('90), and Greg Sakall ('01).

Speaking with students at the Pima County Juvenile Court were (l-r): Court Commissioner Dean Christoffel ('74), Judge Joan Wagener ('87), Judge Scott McDonald ('04), 
and Juvenile Court Presiding Judge Kathleen Quigley ('86).

The annual Law Women's Association party hosted at the home of Professor Andy Silverman ('69) and Starr Sanders was once again a beautiful and engaging evening. 

Finally, Arizona Law's classrooms have come alive over the past week and a half. New students started the rewarding process of getting to know their small section professors and classmates and regular classes began meeting on Monday of this week.

Professor Christopher Griffin's small section met last week.

Professor Ellen Bublick's small section also met.

New students pored over orientation materials.

Around the College

Arizona Law and BYU Law Join Forces to Tackle Eviction
Photo by Blake Wheeler on Unsplash
Adapted from full article here.

The University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law will join forces with Brigham Young University's LawX Legal Design Lab students for the new Innovation for Justice program to explore solutions to reduce evictions in Arizona, Utah and beyond.
This new project will kick-start Innovation for Justice (I4J) at the UA and build on the initial success of BYU's LawX, which launched in the fall of 2017. Both programs exemplify the schools' shared commitment to addressing pressing legal service issues with innovative products and solutions.
Stacy Butler directs the Innovation for Justice program and is a 
professor of practice.
The UA class will be led by Stacy Butler ('02), director of the UA's Innovation for Justice program. Kimball D. Parker, LawX director and president of Parsons Behle Lab, will lead the LawX initiative. Both classes focus on improving access to justice with the use of design thinking, systems thinking, technology and interdisciplinary collaboration.
To tackle the overwhelming eviction problem, 12 Innovation for Justice students and six LawX students will utilize a design thinking approach throughout the fall semester to understand why tenants disengage with the civil legal system, identify innovative approaches to educating and engaging tenants, and develop strategies for delivering possible solutions into the hands of those who need help most.

Professor Butler said:
"The goals of the Innovation for Justice program are to expose students to the fact that not everyone is able to use the civil legal system as it's designed, and to empower students to close that gap." 


"LawX's focus on reaching people who are not engaging with the civil legal system is critical to making the system work the way it should. I am excited to collaborate with BYU Law and to look across jurisdictions at the problem of eviction and where there's potential for meaningful change. Kimball's experience as a lawyer and legal tech entrepreneur makes him a terrific asset to this collaboration, and having a diverse set of students working together is ideal for teaching legal innovation."

In the News, highlights Arizona Law's Innovation for Justice program

The National Law Review, highlights Arizona Law's Innovation for Justice program

Office of the Governor Doug Ducey, announcing appointment of alumna Nicole Ong Colyer ('08)

In the past I'd say the engine is revving and the tank is full. More in line with our times, the battery is charged and the hybrid (and increasingly electric) motor is ready to move a great community forward.
There are weekly, indeed often daily, opportunities for you to join us! Whether you are in Tucson or just pass through on occasion, we want to see you. If you are at a distance please put homecoming or a conference, lecture, or performance on your calendar.





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