Our college community will soon gather to present our 2018 Lifetime Achievement Awards to Professor Barbara Atwood ('76), Judge Frank Zapata ('73), and Philip Alan Robbins ('56). The award reception will take place on Friday, October 26, at 5:30 p.m. (RSVP here).
Beginning in this week's edition of Letter of the Law, we are honored to highlight each of these distinguished alumni in turn. Today we celebrate the contributions of Barbara Atwood and hear from the most recent recipient of the Atwood Scholarship, second-year JD student Kylie Allen.

Last week our campus community was treated to the first-ever TechLaw @ Arizona Law conference -- a great example of our law school at its best: forward-thinking, inclusive, engaged, and exciting!
In case you missed it, or would like start a conversation about the conference's themes with your colleagues, the TechLaw keynote address by Daniel B. Rodriguez
We thank all of the conference participants, sponsors Quarles & Brady and LexisNexis, and Professor Andrew Keane Woods, the conference organizer. Other faculty members who had a leading hand in shaping and guiding the conference included Stacy Butler, Jane Bambauer, and Chris Robertson. We share some great moments from the conference below.

Until the footnotes,


Recognizing Barbara Atwood ('76) with a 2018 College of Law Lifetime Achievement Award 

Professor Barbara Atwood is the Mary Anne Richey Professor of Law Emerita and Co-Director of the Family and Juvenile Law Certificate Program. 

Professor Atwood is well-known to many of you. She is admired by, as best I can tell, pretty much everyone who has been her student or her colleague. Or perhaps the relevant category is our entire alumni community and Arizona's legal community.

We are pleased to celebrate her deep commitment to teaching, to the profession, and to justice by presenting her with a 2018 Lifetime Achievement Award on October 26 at the College of Law (event and RSVP details here).

The text of her award reads as follows:

Barbara Atwood has devoted her professional life to the blended roles of law professor, public servant, and advocate for equal rights.  

She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree with honors in Spanish from Mary Baldwin College in 1969 and then joined VISTA to work with low-income communities in Oklahoma. Returning to Tucson in 1971, she taught English as a second language to adult immigrants through the model cities program. Active in the women's movement, Atwood cofounded Tucson's only feminist bookstore and helped establish the Tucson Women's Center and the first rape crisis center in the city. 

In 1973, Atwood enrolled in the University of Arizona College of Law. As a law student, she was a co-founder of the Law Women's Association. After graduating in 1976 with highest distinction, she clerked for United States District Judge Mary Anne Richey. Following her clerkship, Atwood worked as a trial attorney with the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice in Washington, D.C., focusing on voting rights. In 1980, she began her teaching career, which has lasted almost four decades. 

After teaching at the University of Houston Law Center for five years, she joined the law faculty at the University of Arizona in 1986. She served as Associate Dean of Academic Affairs from 1988-91 and became the Mary Anne Richey Professor of Law in 1998. 

Throughout her career, she has worked for law reform and taken on leadership roles in professional organizations concerned with gender equality and the rights of children and families. 

Atwood has published widely and presented at national and international conferences on topics at the intersection of procedure and family law. Her volunteer activities include service on the Arizona Supreme Court Disciplinary Commission and other court-affiliated groups. 

Atwood was appointed to the National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws in 2006 by then-Governor Janet Napolitano and continues to serve as a Uniform Law Commissioner. She has been Judge Pro-Tem with the Tohono O'odham Nation since 2013. 

In addition to her professional contributions, Atwood is a playwright and award-winning poet.

In addition, Professor Atwood's books include Children, Tribes, and States: Adoption and Custody Conflicts Over American Indian Children (2010) and A Courtroom of Her Own: The Life and Work of Judge Mary Anne Richey (1998).
In 2009, on the occasion of Professor Atwood's retirement from full-time teaching, a group of friends, family, admirers, and colleagues established the Barbara A. Atwood Endowed Scholarship.

Get to Know Kylie Allen (2L), Atwood Scholarship Recipient

JD student
Kylie Allen, currently in her second year at Arizona Law, was the recipient of the Barbara A. Atwood Endowed Scholarship for the 2017-18 academic year.
Originally from Las Vegas, Nevada, Kylie decided to come to law school at the end of her junior year of college in Chicago at DePaul University.
"After getting involved in community organizing, I decided to apply to a JD program so that I could use the degree as a tool to contribute to social and racial justice movements."
As a JD student, Kylie's main areas of interest include LGBT issues, immigration rights, and criminal defense. Her goals reflect these commitments:
"I plan to advocate for people entangled in a legal system that often produces unjust outcomes, while also working to achieve deeper transformations in that system. I also hope to be a part of the implementation of restorative justice models that attempt to address some of the failures and dysfunctions in the current legal system."
Kylie currently volunteers with Casa Alitas, a program of Catholic Community Services in Tucson. On campus, she is on the board of Justice Advocates Coalition and frequently participates in Pride Law and Immigration Law Student Association events. She recently began meeting with the local National Lawyers Guild chapter to observe and plan legal observer trainings.
Receiving the Barbara Atwood Scholarship has lifted most of Kylie's financial pressures as a student and, in the process, alleviated a huge amount of stress.
"This scholarship has made it easier for me to focus on pursuing my goals and to continue developing my identity. On a personal level, Professor Atwood has generously shared her time, guidance, and kindness with me. I am very thankful for this, and I hope to continue to build on her example."

The Barbara A. Atwood Endowed Scholarship

The Barbara A. Atwood Endowed Scholarship is awarded annually to a deserving student who demonstrates high academic achievement, the potential for success in the study of law, and who, insofar as can be ascertained, shares Barbara Atwood's intellectual curiosity and commitment to social justice. Gifts to the Atwood Scholarship Fund are a welcome way to honor Professor Atwood and support Arizona Law students following in her footsteps.

Around the College
Arizona Law Leads the Way at TechLaw Conference 
Panelists discuss "The Future of the Profession" during 
TechLaw @ Arizona Law, September 28.

TechLaw @ Arizona Law's keynote was delivered by Daniel B. Rodriguez, of Northwestern University Law. 

The (very!) full-day conference, held Friday, September 28, at the College of Law, included sessions on: 

"Is California's New Privacy Law Awesome, Awful, or Somewhere In Between?" convened by Arizona Law Professor Jane Bambauer

"Regulating Tech: Are Robots the Problem or Are Humans?" convened by Arizona Law Professor Andrew Woods

"Innovation for Justice: Can Technology Disrupt Elite Law?" convened by Arizona Law Professor Stacy Butler; and 

"The Future of the Profession," convened by Kevin Harrang of MetaJure Inc.

Shawnna Childress, 
Co-leader, Watson Legal, IBM

Andrew Keane Woods, 
Professor, University of Arizona Law
Mike Miller, 
Director/BizTech Leader, Amazon
Sarah Holland, 
Public Policy, Google

Panelists speak on "Innovation for Justice: 
Can Technology Disrupt Elite Law?"

The excitement around our innovative framing of TechLaw issues was reflected in the lineup of panelists from Amazon, Google, IBM Watson, Denton's NextLaw Labs, the ABA Center on Innovation, Quarles & Brady, LexisNexis, MetaJure, the Pew Charitable Trusts, the ACLU, and more.
Following the Friday conference sessions, law faculty and stakeholders met for a full day to discuss how the College of Law can advance its growing reputation as a leader in applied scholarship and practical initiatives dealing with tech and law.

There's No Place Like Homecoming ... 
Arizona Law Homecoming and Reunions 2018

Homecoming weekend is a great opportunity to celebrate our College of Law community and the University of Arizona. Please join us!


UA Alumni Association Homecoming Luncheon
12:30-2 p.m. Student Union North Ballroom, hosted by UA Alumni Association.
Join friends, alumni, faculty, staff and students. RSVP required
Alumni of the Year Ceremony and Champagne Reception
2:30-5 p.m. in the Student Union Grand Ballroom South, hosted by UA Alumni Association, RSVP requested

Celebrate Mary Grier, Arizona Law Class of 1977, the 2018 James E. Rogers College of Law Alumna of the Year, and other university honorees.
Lifetime Achievement Awards and All-Alumni Reception
5:30-7 p.m. in the Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie Lobby and Snell & Wilmer Courtyard, RSVP requested

Please join us for the Lifetime Achievement Awards and All Alumni Reception as we honor Professor Barbara Atwood, Class of 1976, Philip A. Robbins(posthumously), Class of 1956 and Judge Frank Zapata, Class of 1973. Free and open to all alumni, family and students!
Glow: A Young Alumni Party at Homecoming
9-11 p.m. University Boulevard, hosted by UA Alumni Association, 

It's the first young alumni Homecoming party just for UA graduates from the last five years! Food, drinks, games, good people and, of course, great music.

Class of 1968 and Beyond: 50-year Reunion, also celebrating those graduating in prior years
Noon-1:30 p.m. at The Arizona Inn, $25 per person, RSVP required
Class of 1983: 35-Year Reunion
7:30-9 p.m. at El Corral, RSVP required
Class of 1993: 25-Year Reunion
7:30-9:30 p.m. at El Charro Cafe Ventana, $25 per person, RSVP required
Class of 1998: 20-Year Reunion
See you at the All-Alumni Reception! RSVP requested
Class of 2003: 15-Year Reunion
7-9 p.m. at The Shanty on 4th, $25 per person, RSVP required
Class of 2013: 5-Year Reunion
See you at the All Alumni Reception! RSVP requested

Red & Blue BBQ
12-2 p.m. (time subject to change depending on kickoff time of the UA football game) in the Snell & Wilmer Courtyard. RSVP requested

This event is free and open to all Arizona Law alumni, family, and students! Bring the whole family for food, drinks, and conversation at our pre-tailgate BBQ.
Homecoming Football Game UA vs. Oregon
Time TBD. Bear Down and cheer on your Arizona Wildcats to a victory against the Oregon Ducks! The College of Law has a block of seats for our alumni, friends and family. Purchase your tickets to sit with the College of Law for $17 each. 

Tickets are limited. Reserve yours today by contacting Corrina Eklund at (520) 621-8430 or corrinaeklund@email.arizona.edu. General tickets for the game are available at (520) 621-CATS or www.arizonawildcats.com

As for Homecoming, the time is right, the place is great.
Be there! And, of course, as always....

Bear Down!




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