Today's edition centers on Professor Jane Bambauer's important efforts to help technology and the law advance together.

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Jane Bambauer -- The Law Professor Who's Helping to Structure the Future of the Internet

The University of Arizona is building the world's first quantum network -- the next generation of internet that has the potential to radically alter nearly every aspect of our lives. And in the middle of it all is a law professor trying to make sure the new technology doesn't create more problems than it solves.
University of Arizona Law Professor Jane Bambauer is the co-deputy director of the UA's new Center for Quantum Networks, established in August 2020 with a $26 million grant from the National Science Foundation. The UA's core partners for the center are Harvard, MIT and Yale. It's a bold, futuristic, interdisciplinary endeavor that will create the first network connecting multiple quantum computers to each other.

Quantum computers are vastly more powerful and efficient than any other existing technology, able to perform in mere minutes a calculation that would take today's most sophisticated supercomputers 10,000 years to complete.
Preparing a Better Lawmaking System

So where does the law fit into this boundary-breaking scientific research? Jane's role with the center is to help ensure that the quantum network and the applications that arise from it are socially responsible. She explains,
"A project like this, where we're creating new foundational technology that will then be a platform for all sorts of different applications, presents a good opportunity to ask, 'Can we prepare the lawmaking system to be better?'"
Jane is working with School of Information Director Catherine Brooks to support social science research on the likely benefits and harms from early applications of quantum networking in order to be able to recommend public policy, educational interventions, and business practices that can help harness the good and minimize the bad.
For example, one quantum network application that scientists at the university's Bio5 Institute are beginning to explore are quantum sensors for bioimaging purposes, like a new MRI machine that is either much smaller or much more precise than the current version. This new technology could help deliver better health care, but it may also create new challenges around privacy and data management, problems we already struggle with today. Current privacy laws and data encryption practices are probably not up to the task of protecting individuals and organizations in the era of quantum computing.
Another possible application Jane points to is regulations around drug development. Quantum computing may be able to help scientists develop highly customizable pharmaceuticals that would require an entirely new regulatory system other than the massive human drug trials that we rely on currently. She shares,
"A lot of our current legal and regulatory practices are in place because we always assumed that it was impossible to do something that it turns out is possible. On the other hand, some problems we have been toiling away on may become moot as the technology advances." The new center is supporting research by Nik Guggenberger, director of the Yale Law School's Information Society Project, that will address these sorts of questions.
Beyond the social science research, Jane hopes to eventually create legal clinics where law students work with engineering and optical science graduate students to help quantum technology startups structure their new companies and manage their intellectual property with ethical and sustainable business models.
Only at the University of Arizona

Thanks to Arizona Law's TechLaw Fellowship program, the nation's only full-tuition scholarship program for law students with science and technology backgrounds, Jane already has access to a strong pool of students who deeply understand both law and technology.
"Our students are going to get a front-row seat to policy discussions as the people inventing the technology start to realize how it's going to change society."
These cutting-edge, interdisciplinary research, development, teaching and learning opportunities can only be found at the University of Arizona, with the new Center for Quantum Networks bringing together the top faculty, facilities and students from the James C. Wyant College of Optical Sciences, the College of Engineering, the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences, and the James E. Rogers College of Law.

Jane says,
"We're the institution that has the parts, personnel, and institutional support necessary to actually make a working test bed for the quantum network. [Center Director] Saikat Guha is the preeminent quantum information theorist, and he is really far ahead of others in terms of theorizing what quantum information could possibly do if the engineering feats are overcome."
That forward-looking approach is a good fit for Jane's cautiously optimistic perspective, and it has her already anticipating the unimaginable.
"I think I'm a good steward for the public conversations and policy debates we're going to have over these technologies because I try to maintain some amount of realism without slipping into the pessimism that can kill a lot of useful technology. I'm sure there is going to be a world-changing application that no one's talking about right now, and I want to be part of seeing it come to life."

Around the College

Grand Closing Argument Competition Results 

Professor and Director of Advocacy Barbara Bergman shares the results of the final round of the 2021 Grand Closing Argument Competition, held via Zoom last week.  

First-place winner Clarissa Todd 
presented her closing argument via Zoom.

Please join us in congratulating all six finalists:
Clarissa Todd (2L) ~ 1st place ($2,500 prize)
Vincent Yesue (2L) ~ 2nd place ($1,500 prize)
Sean Aiken (2L) ~ 3rd place ($500 prize)
Neal Brubaker (2L)Rachel Madore (2L), and Mea Donnelly (2L) ~ 4th place ($250 prize each) 
The final round of closing arguments were judged by previous winners of the competition, Matt Ashton ('18), Heather Goodwin ('15), and Ed Hopkins ('10).

In addition, the following 1L students have been selected to join the Barry Davis Mock Trial Team for the coming academic year: Haley StewartSarah GerstelMax Larnerd, and Roy Wang.
Congratulations to everyone who participated in this year's competition!

Finally, our thanks go to Marcia Grand for her continued support of the competition conceived by and named for her late husband, Richard Grand ('58).

Virtual "Sunday Brunch with Lewis Black" Kicks Off 2021 Class Gift Drive, April 11

Award winning comic, author, playwright and social satirist Lewis Black is helping Arizona Law students kick off their 2021 Class Gift drive, which supports student mental health services.
Join the Student Bar Association (SBA) for its virtual "Sunday Brunch with Lewis Black" this Sunday, April 11, at noon (Tucson/Arizona time). 

This isn't a comedy performance, but an informal and lively conversation with one of the country's comedy greats. Submit questions for Black in advance to

ACS and BLSA Coffee Conversation Features Fred Smith, Jr., on April 12

Please join the college's American Constitution Society (ACS) chapter and Black Law Students Association (BLSA) on April 12 at noon Tucson time as we welcome Emory Law School Professor Fred Smith, Jr., for a conversation about qualified immunity and opportunities for reform. 

BLSA President DeLorean Forbes (3L) shares, 

"This past year has been a watershed period in the struggle for racial and social justice. But what has really been accomplished? How do we move forward on police and prosecutorial accountability? We hope to provide some answers to these questions and more, during our conversation with Professor Smith."

Please direct any questions to DeLorean, at

LawCats Live: "A Conversation on Corporate Governance" with Michele Coleman Mayes and Bob Mundheim, April 13

Join Arizona Law Professor Bob Mundheim and Michele Coleman Mayes who will speak once again this year as part of the popular College of Law Mundheim Speaker Series on Corporate Governance. 

They will offer exceptional insight into corporate governance issues and the larger legal environment in which businesses operate. 

This conversation will focus especially on diversity and inclusion. Dean Marc Miller will introduce the event and share questions from the audience.

When: Tuesday, April 13, 2021, 12:15 p.m. (Tucson/Arizona time)

Where: via Zoom

In the News

As we close in on the end of a challenging semester we are glad that even in a digital space we can host some of our traditional core events such as the Grand Closing Argument Competition.
And we continue to offer an array of exceptional intellectual events including the talk by Emory professor Fred Smith, the conversation with Michele Coleman Mayes and Bob Mundheim, and the SBA's special event with Lewis Black.
As always -- though now online -- join us!


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