This week we highlight the work of Professor Rob Williams who was named Regents' Professor by the Arizona Board of Regents on April 6. 

Those of you who have taken a class from Professor Williams, heard him speak at college or community events, or perhaps read about him in the Letter of the Law will understand the profound impact his work has produced here over the past thirty years. 

Please join me in congratulating him and learn more below about the significance of his work, and that of the Indigenous Peoples Law and Policy Program.

Until the footnotes,


Prof. Robert Williams Earns Highest Faculty Distinction from Arizona Board of Regents

University of Arizona Law Regents' Professor and co-director of the Indigenous Peoples Law and Policy Program Robert A. Williams Jr. (Photo: Molly Condit, University of Arizona Law)

University of Arizona Law professor and co-director of the Indigenous Peoples Law and Policy (IPLP) Program Robert A. Williams, Jr., has been named a Regents' Professor by the Arizona Board of Regents. The distinction is the highest faculty honor awarded at Arizona's public universities, limited to only three percent of tenured and tenure-track faculty members.

The board cited Professor Williams's influence and reputation in Indian Law and the indigenous student community he has helped build at Arizona Law, which has the largest number of Native American students of any law school in the country. The board also pointed to his contributions to the groundbreaking BA in Law major, the fastest growing major at the University of Arizona.

In response, Professor Williams said:

"I feel incredibly blessed and privileged to be able to work at a place like the U of A that has valued and supported my research and teaching in the field of indigenous peoples law and policy, and the important outreach work we do here at the College of Law with Native communities throughout Arizona, the U.S. and the world."

"I've had the encouragement and support from every president and provost of the university since I came here in 1987 in building IPLP into the leading legal academic program in the world for the study and promotion of indigenous peoples rights. And I'm particularly proud that President Robbins nominated me in his first class of Regents' Professors. I also especially want to honor and thank all the past deans of the law school for their support and friendship over four decades, and in being my mentors and teachers; Paul Marcus, who recruited me here, Kenney Hegland, Tom Sullivan, Joel Seligman, Toni Massaro, Larry Ponoroff, and Marc Miller."

The Indigenous Peoples Law and Policy Program is the leader in the field of American Indian and indigenous peoples law, policy, and human rights. With graduates on six continents, the reach of the program is global in scope, and it is the only program of its kind in the world that offers all three law graduate degrees (JD, LLM, SJD), a master of legal studies, and a master of professional studies.

Professor Williams is author "Savage Anxieties: The Invention of Western Civilization" (2012) and "The American Indian in Western Legal Thought: The Discourses of Conquest" (1990) and the co-author of "Federal Indian Law: Cases and Materials" (6th ed., 2011), among many other publications.

In 2017, he received the Lawrence R. Baca Lifetime Achievement Award of the Federal Bar Association's Indian Law Conference.

As I stated in news coverage of the Board of Regents announcement, Professor Williams is the dominant scholar in his field, a brilliant teacher for both graduate and undergraduate students, and one of the leading innovators within the College of Law in transforming the model of legal education. A generation of students -- and now professors and leaders in Indian Law -- can trace their intellectual foundations to Professor Williams, and his work is echoing throughout Arizona, the United States, and the world.

Around the College

Anna Maria Chávez ('94) is 2018 Arizona Law Convocation Speaker

Anna Maria Chávez ('94), the chief strategy officer and senior vice president of external affairs for the National Council on Aging, will deliver the keynote address at the convocation ceremony for the University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law, May 12, 2018.
Chávez is responsible for advancing the National Council on Aging's mission to improve the health and economic security of 10 million older adults by 2020. It is the nation's oldest advocacy organization dedicated to helping Americans navigate the challenges of aging.
Law students invited Chávez to speak, citing her national leadership, passion for public service and social engagement.
She has been a leader and advocate for helping others across every stage of life, and previously served as chief executive officer of Girl Scouts of the USA. During her time leading the Girl Scouts of the USA, she instilled a focus on teaching girls about technology and social entrepreneurship, adding badges in fields like financial literacy and STEM education. She was the first woman of color to lead the iconic organization.

Jim Burling ('83) Speaks on Water Law, April 24    
The UA Natural Resources Law and Policy Center, a collaboration between the College of Law and College of Agriculture & Life Sciences (CALS), invites you to attend a talk by alumnus and recent LCA Professional Achievement Award recipient, Jim Burling ('83).

Jim Burling is vice president of litigation and principal attorney for property rights at the Pacific Legal Foundation. 

Details are as follows:
Topic: "Waters of the United States (WOTUS) -- Evolution of a Quagmire
and the Supreme Court" 

When: Tuesday, April 24, 2018, 11 am, presentation & discussion, with 

Where: University of Arizona, ENR2 Building (1064 E. Lowell Street), Room S107 

Arizona Law in the News
Arizona Daily Stardocuments Arizona Law's Workers' Rights Clinic.
Five UA Faculty Members Named Regents' Professors
UA Newsrecognition goes to professor Robert A. Williams, Jr.
The Darker Side of Digitalization
University Communicationscommentary by professor Jane Bambauer

Your Turn: 6 innovative water policies that helped Arizona grow during a droughtAZCentral, opinion contributed by professor Robert Glennon

It's always gratifying to see our faculty -- and alumni and students -- recognized for their accomplishments and dedication to the law.

In the case of Rob Williams, we see a true leader in all dimensions of what we do.




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