Philip A. Robbins ('56), who passed away earlier this year, was a forerunner of our college's deep engagement with international legal education and international law. We look forward to recognizing and remembering him with a 2018 Lifetime Achievement Award on Friday, October 26, during Homecoming Weekend. Fellow awardees are Professor
Barbara Atwood ('76) and Judge
Frank Zapata ('73).
Phil attended the College of Law well before the inception of our current curricula on international trade law, international LLM program, or partnership with Ocean University, which together bring international topics to our hallways on a daily basis. But throughout his long career as a trial attorney, Phil had a great interest and professional engagement with international trade law. He was a longtime board member of the National Law Center for Inter-American Free Trade.
Today, the college's program in
International Trade and Business Law (ITBL)
and International Economic Law
is directed by Professor Sergio Puig, with strong
involvement from the former director, Professor David Gantz. International student
Jingyuan (Joey) Zhao
is one of our graduates of the ITBL program, currently continuing on her path to an SJD here at Arizona Law -- read more about Joey below.
Remembering Philip A. Robbins ('56),
2018 Lifetime Achievement Awardee
Philip Alan Robbins
, Class of 1956, will be recognized posthumously with a 2018 Lifetime Achievement Award from the College of Law at the ceremony on Friday, October 26. RSVP here
The text of the award reads:
Philip Robbins grew up in Tucson and attended the University of Arizona both as an undergraduate and law student.
After receiving his law degree in 1956, he clerked for a United States District Court judge in Los Angeles and then served as an Assistant District Attorney in San Diego. In 1958, he joined the distinguished Phoenix law firm of Moore and Romley. In 1973, he founded, with several colleagues, the firm of Robbins, Green, O'Grady, and Abbuhl, which flourished as a widely respected firm for the next 33 years. Robbins then spent three years as Special Counsel to Jennings, Strouss and Salmon, and then served as Special Counsel to Sandweg and Ager from 2008 until his retirement in 2017.
Robbins held many significant leadership roles in state, national, and international law, business and cross-border organizations. He was Chair of the Board of Directors of the National Law Center for Inter-American Free Trade in Tucson for 24 years, and President of the Arizona Trial Lawyers Association, the U.S.-Mexico Bar Association, the Arizona-Mexico Commission, the Phoenix Sister Cities Commission, the Border Health Foundation and the Arizona Business Alliance. Robbins served as an election observer with President Jimmy Carter in Indonesia and Honduras. He was also a delegate to the White House Conference on Small Business.
He was a trusted advisor to the College, a member of the Executive Committee of the McCormick Society, an avid supporter of international programs at the College, and a long-time member of the Board of Visitors.
Finally, Robbins was a fellow of the prestigious American College of Trial Lawyers and a Diplomate in the American Board of Trial Advocates, from which he received the Professionalism Award.
In recognition of his manifold professional accomplishments, Robbins was inducted into the Maricopa County Bar Association Hall of Fame in 2010.
SJD Student Joey Zhao Building Expertise
in International Trade Law
Jingyuan (Joey) Zhou
relocated to Tucson from China in 2013
to attend Arizona Law. She graduated with her LLM through the International Trade and Business Law program
and her JD in 2016, and is now working toward her SJD.
Joey says that she decided on law as her study and research focus early on, as a freshman in college.
"I majored in law at the China University of Political Science and Law (CUPL), one of the most prestigious law schools in China, for my undergraduate and received an LLM degree from the same University."
She quickly settled on international trade as her primary area of interest, and this fed into her decision to attend Arizona Law, with its international law curricula.
"I was always amazed by international trade and its interaction with intellectual property rights as well as other domestic laws and legal reform. During my study and researching at the CUPL, I attended several high-level international conferences relating to international trade law and eventually developed my research priority in this field."
At Arizona Law, Joey has found many ways to advance her knowledge of international trade law and related skills in intellectual property, both in and out of the classroom. In 2016, she was a member of the college's intellectual property moot court team under the leadership and guidance of Professor
. The team won second place in the southwestern regional final at the 43rd Giles S. Rich IP Moot Court Competition and advanced to the national final in Washington, DC. Only ten law schools made it to the national final.
"I had such a wonderful and fabulous experience in this competition. I won the Best Oralist at the regional final; and together with my teammate
Ryan Wekerle ('17), we won the Best Brief for Appellee."
Joey Zhao and Ryan Wekerle attending
the national final of the Giles S. Rich Moot Court Competition in 2016.
After her 2016 graduation, Joey relocated to Phoenix to practice with a local law firm. She decided to return to Arizona Law for the SJD program, again focused on international trade and business law, with Professor
Sergio Puig as her academic advisor.
Joey says she is open-minded about her future once she completes the SJD. She plans to teach law and says she's also open to going into practice.
The McCormick Lecture to Feature Erwin Chemerinsky
The J. Byron McCormick Society presents:
"How Your Constitutional Rights
A Conversation with Erwin Chemerinsky"
on Thursday, October 18, 2018, 5:30-6:30 p.m. at the James E. Rogers College of Law.
There is no cost to attend the McCormick Lecture, and it is open to the public. A reception will follow.
became Dean of Berkeley Law on July 1, 2017, when he joined the faculty as the Jesse H. Choper Distinguished Professor of Law. Prior to assuming this position, from 2008-2017, he was the founding Dean and Distinguished Professor of Law, and Raymond Pryke Professor of First Amendment Law, at University of California Irvine School of Law. Before that he was a professor at Duke University from 2004-2008, and from 1983-2004 was a professor at the University of Southern California Law School.
He is the author of ten books, including two books published by Yale University Press in 2017 --
Closing the Courthouse Doors: How Your Constitutional Rights Became Unenforceable and
Free Speech on Campus (with Howard Gillman). He frequently argues appellate cases, including before the United States Supreme Court.
In 2016 he was named a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. In January 2017
National Jurist magazine again named Dean Chemerinsky as the most influential person in legal education in the United States.
This lecture is nearly filled. Once registration reaches capacity, the
will close and you should contact
directly to get on a wait list to enter the room. We will have an overflow room available in Room 118 for those wishing to see the event who are unable to get into the room.
Greetings from Ocean University
Our colleagues at Ocean University recently wrote with greetings and a few updates.
Bob Woods, the director or UA Qingdao, shares: "The first year students at UA's Law Program at Ocean University of China visited the Marine Court this Thursday, along with myself and Professors
Michael Sayle, and
Yu Ming. The students had a chance to tour the courthouse and ask questions of the judges."
In addition, he writes, "Friday evening was the first read-through for the English-language production of '12 Angry Jurors,' which I am directing with a student cast, including UA Qingdao law students
Li Wenzhe, and
Jiang Han. UA Qingdao law student
Cheng Zishan is assisting me as stage manager."
Assistant Dean of Admissions Cary Cluck and Global Programs Director Amanda Wolfe visited our students at Ocean University in Qingdao last week to provide counseling to upper-class students on coursework and career planning.
While it is not a quick jaunt from Tucson to Qingdao, the connection runs deep. With our superb faculty and staff in Qingdao and regular support from faculty and staff in Tucson, we are fully supporting our almost 400 students in the dual-degree program. And for those who spend time in Qingdao, they get to enjoy our great students, great Ocean University colleagues, and the wonderful food, geography, and culture of Qingdao.
Los Abogados Awards Cordova Scholarship to Arizona Law Student
The Los Abogados Hispanic Bar Association held its annual gala last weekend, announcing the recipients of the Valdemar A. Cordova ('50) Scholarship. Los Abogados has a long tradition of involvement by Arizona Law alumni.
The Cordova Scholarship is awarded to law students who have demonstrated a commitment to serving the Hispanic community. Third-year Arizona Law
Marliza Rivera is originally from inner city Chicago. She is deeply devoted to serving Arizona's Latino and Native American communities. Her award bio continues, "She is a proud Latina and a member of the Kiowa tribe. She received her Bachelor's degree in psychology from Chicago State University. Through the Indigenous Peoples Law and Policy program at Arizona Law, she is working to increase bar passage rates among diverse students and establish a legal incubator for new attorneys. As an attorney, she will practice immigration and tribal law and continue to devote significant pro bono hours to immigration work."
There's No Place Like Homecoming ...
Arizona Law Homecoming and Reunions 2018
Homecoming Weekend, October 26-27, is a great opportunity to celebrate our College of Law community and the University of Arizona. Join us!
This just in: The Homecoming football game against Oregon has been scheduled for 7:30 p.m., Saturday, October 27.
A Fond Farewell to Marissa White
Last week at the College of Law we celebrated Marissa White (above, center), who -- though she leaves us -- will still be in the UA family as she moves to UA Health Sciences Center as development coordinator. Many of you have gotten to know Marissa well during her 12 years here, and I know you join me in wishing her well in her new position.
This week we have fascinating visitors and the annual
, which this year will feature a conversation with
Next week brings
Homecoming and Reunions
and the associated celebrations. What a cool time of year, in every respect!