I am pleased to introduce you to one of our new 1L students, Paige Scalf. Paige self-identifies as a non-traditional student -- she is a former University of Arizona professor of psychology. Find out what else makes her unique and what drew her to Arizona Law to pursue her second career.

The Rehnquist Center hosts a review of recent Supreme Court decisions each year at the College of Law in recognition of Constitution Day.
In this edition, we also preview the 20th annual Constitution Day event hosted at the College of Law by the Rehnquist Center. 

The program, free and open to the public, is held in conjunction with the nationwide commemoration of the September 17 signing of the US Constitution in 1787. 

Until the footnotes,


Meet 1L Paige Scalf
New JD student Paige Scalf grew up in Minneapolis, and earned a Bachelor's degree in music and a PhD in cognitive neuroscience, both at the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana.
Paige has been well-acquainted with Tucson since 2011, when she was hired in a tenure-track position in the University of Arizona's Department of Psychology. In the spring of 2014, she decided to make a lateral move to Durham University in the UK, where she was an assistant professor in the Department of Psychology and the director of the Durham University Neuroimaging Centre.
"Between accepting that position and actually moving there, I met my husband, who practices law in Tucson. We split our time between Tucson and Durham from 2014 to 2018, and we have a three-year-old daughter. We really loved our time in England, but living on two continents with a child was pretty challenging."
Paige says that being married to an attorney was a great way to discover how fascinating the practice of law is!
"The University of Arizona has a great law program, and that was an important factor in the decisions we made about the steps our family should take so that we could live together in one place."

As she begins the study of law, Paige is interested in a number of areas. She sees intellectual property as a good fit for someone with her science background and has a personal interest in immigration law based in her time living in the UK.
"I have ... been an immigrant ... and experienced some challenges with the home office over my infant daughter's visa. This has given me a strong personal interest in immigration law and the havoc that immigration officials can wreck when they fail to properly apply it."
In her first few weeks of law school, Paige says that her small sections in contract law and legal writing have been a great way to get to know her classmates.
"I am so impressed by their energy and initiative! It is amazing how much many of them have accomplished at such a young age."
And, as a non-traditional student, she values the diversity of her class:
"It enriches our experience to have people from so many different cultures and different stages of life. It is particularly interesting to have individuals in our class who have practiced law in their country of origin, because it deepens the framework from which we understand American law. And of course, it is much easier to be a non-traditional student in a class full of non-traditional students!"
Finally, Paige is extremely appreciative of the help and support of the College of Law admissions team. She is likewise honored to have received a Dean's Achievement Award and is grateful for that funding support.
Welcome, Paige.

Around the College

20th Annual Constitution Day Supreme Court Review
Photo credit: CC image "Supreme Court" via angela n./Flickr

Legal experts will assemble for the University of Arizona's 20th annual Constitution Day program to explore three of the most significant cases from the 2017 Supreme Court term.
The event is hosted by the William H. Rehnquist Center at the UA James E. Rogers College of Law. 

When: Monday, Sept. 17, 2018, 1-4 p.m., with a reception to follow. Each panel is followed by a short break, and guests may come and go as needed.

Where: Ares Auditorium (Room 164), James E. Rogers College of Law, 1201 E. Speedway Boulevard

Who may attend: The event is free and open to the public. Space is limited, and registration is recommended. Continuing Legal Education (CLE) credit may be available.

Massaro, Toni
Professor Toni Massaro is one of three panelists at Arizona Law's Constitution Day 

Also in Phoenix
Professor Massaro will also participate in a Supreme Court Review hosted by the American Constitution Society in downtown Phoenix, Friday, September 14. Read more.

Professor Andrew Coan is associate director of the Rehnquist Center. He will moderate Arizona Law's Constitution Day panel.

Professor Franita Tolson, USC Gould School of Law

Judge Peter Eckerstrom, Chief Judge, Arizona Court of Appeals, Division II

Professor Toni Massaro, University of Arizona College of Law


Professor Andrew Coan, University of Arizona College of Law

Cases to be Discussed

1:05-1:45 p.m. - Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission, examining the constitutionality of a Colorado civil rights law punishing a cakeshop owner for refusing to bake a cake for a same-sex wedding

1:50-2:30 p.m. - Gill v. Whitford, examining the constitutionality of alleged partisan gerrymandering in Wisconsin

2:40-3:20 p.m. - Trump v. Hawaii, examining the constitutionality of President Trump's "travel ban"

3:25-4:05 p.m. - The Legacy of Anthony Kennedy

The Rehnquist Center is dedicated to encouraging scholarship about, and public understanding of, the separation of powers, the balance of powers between the federal and state governments, and judicial independence.

Visit the Constitution Day event page for registration and further details.

In the News

AZPM, interview with professor David Gantz

Tucson.com, highlights the work of the Veterans' Advocacy Law Clinic

Senator John McCain delivered our commencement address in 1999, and his words are particularly meaningful today: 

"I feel a longing for what is past and cannot be restored. But if the happy pursuits of youth prove ephemeral, something better can endure, and endure until our last moment on earth. And that is the honor we earn and the love we give when we sacrifice with others for a cause greater than self-interest."
@University of Arizona Law

This month presents our College of Law in a typical light -- active and intellectual, theoretical and practical, and always on the cutting edge.
That is true of our regular and celebrated Constitution Day discussion, hosted each year by the William H. Rehnquist Center on the Constitutional Structures of Government.
It is equally true of our TechLaw @ Arizona conference on September 28.
These major events are bolstered by the discussions, talks, and workshops taking place every week -- indeed every day. For those in the building the challenge is choosing among the daily options -- but be sure to get the big events on your calendars, and join us!





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