Last year's Arizona Law orientation.
One week from today we will welcome the newest class of law students to the University of Arizona campus. 
Each new member of the Arizona Law community brings a unique set of talents, life experiences, and aspirations to their studies and, eventually, to their professional path in the law. 

This edition of Letter of the Law highlights a student who began law classes last year and his unique skill set and approach to law and technology -- Dr. Marvin Slepian.

Until the footnotes,
Arizona Law Student Named Regents Professor

Last August, Dr. Marvin J. Slepian began as a first-year JD student at the University of Arizona College of Law with an impressive resume: cardiologist, inventor, CEO, and entrepreneur. 

Dr. Slepian -- Marv to classmates, friends, and faculty -- can now add to his list of titles that of Regents Professor, the highest faculty honor awarded at Arizona's three public universities.

We are proud to have such a distinguished scholar, physician, teacher, and innovator in the law school community. Dr. Slepian's fascinating career has long bridged the gaps between technology, science, medicine, business, and law, and his passion for lifelong learning could not be more evident.
Dr. Slepian is the founder and director of the Arizona Center for Accelerated BioMedical Innovation (ACABI), a university-wide "creativity engine" to drive invention and solution development to a wide range of unmet needs, biomedical and otherwise. He holds faculty appointments in the UA College of Medicine, College of Engineering, and the Eller College of Management. 

Dr. Slepian is a prolific inventor with more than 100 issued and filed patents and founded numerous medical device companies. He has been involved with bringing many new devices through the FDA regulatory process into clinical use, including most notably the total artificial heart.
Dr. Slepian has received multiple awards and recognition for his academic and translational research activities including: the American Heart Association Award for the Most Significant Advance in Cardiovascular Medicine, the AZBio Pioneer Lifetime Achievement Award, election as fellow of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering, and as fellow of the National Academy of Inventors. He was also named the 2019 da Vinci Fellow of the UA College of Engineering and was selected as a Drake Medal Recipient, the highest honor of the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine.
He received his BA in biochemical sciences and science in human affairs from Princeton University and his MD from the University of Cincinnati.
So why enroll in law school at this point in his career?
"With my years of experience in biomedical innovation and technology development, it has become increasingly clear that while you need science, engineering, and medicine to innovate, you really need an inside knowledge of law to truly operate. I hope to add even greater legal thinking, process, and facility as a skill set to drive broader innovation efforts.
I am particularly interested in the dual opportunity of law for and in innovation, as well as the many opportunities to bring innovation and technology to law. I look forward to working closely with faculty and students alike at the College of Law, adding to the knowledge base, while fostering and advancing many collaborative projects."
One such demonstration of Dr. Slepian's interdisciplinary leadership is a recent roundtable conference he hosted in Washington, DC, with the Biomedical Engineering and Materials Application Board of the National Academies of Science, Medicine, and Engineering, of which he is an elected member. The event was organized around the topic of "Law and Medical Devices: The Complex, Interdigitated, Essential, and Evolving World" and brought together experts and thought leaders from private practice, industry, and academia -- including rising 3L Peter McFadden (who has a doctorate in chemistry), Professors Christopher Robertson and Tara Sklar, and me.

Around the College
Update from the Arizona Law Workers' Rights Clinic 
During the 2018-19 school year, Arizona Law students in the Workers' Rights Clinic provided significant legal services to the community while practicing valuable advocacy skills. Under the direction of Shefali Milczarek-Desai ('01), our students represent low-wage immigrant workers who are owed wages under state and federal labor laws.

The clinic employed between 5 and 8 students each semester and over the summer months. These numbers include BA in Law students who serve as linguistic and cultural interpreters when JD students meet with clients.

Dina Aouad (now a rising 3L) presented her client with a settlement check after successfully negotiating a favorable result on his behalf.

The clinic's students directly represented sixteen clients, won settlements totaling over $20,000, and provided valuable assistance to numerous advice-only clients. 

Olympia Torres (JD '19) with her client.
Matt Caylor (JD '19, right) and Llolany Rodriguez (BA Law '19, left) with their client.

They also ran the only workers' hotline in the state, and interacted with a wide-array of community groups in ten different "know-your-rights" presentations made throughout the year.

JD students Matt Caylor ('19) and Karen Donderewicz (now a rising 3L) made a workers' rights presentation to the International Rescue Committee, Catholic Community Services, and Lutheran Social Services.

These students also had the opportunity to meet and work with officials and lawyers at the Mexican Consulate in Tucson, the Industrial Commission of Arizona, and the Arizona Employment Lawyers Association.

Professor Milczarek-Desai, supervises students as they conduct client meetings, engage in case planning, research and write demand letters, and negotiate settlements. She notes:

"I am so proud of our students' commitment to the law and their dedication to serving underrepresented populations. Students get so much out of our clinic, which provides a holistic civil practice experience, because they care deeply for their clients and strive to be the best and most professional advocates they can be."

Join the Bear Down Network

One important way to stay connected with your fellow Arizona Law alumni is to join the University of Arizona's Bear Down Network.

Did you know...
- 47 states and 34 countries are represented on the network
- 135 posts were shared to the feed in July
- 75% of network members are willing to help a Wildcat
Take advantage of all the potential Wildcat connections in your city and around the world. If you haven't already done so, we encourage you to reach out and make a new connection today! For example, send a direct message to a former classmate or someone in your city.

Join to access networking and career development opportunities exclusive to Wildcats. Once you've signed up, you can find classmates by looking for the College of Law group.

In the News

At the August 5 Phoenix summer mixer.

Career networking in Phoenix.

We are grateful to our LA and Phoenix-area alumni and friends, including potential employers, who joined Arizona Law at receptions in their cities over the past week. Special thanks goes to alumna Elizabeth Sperling ('02, profiled here) who helped us arrange our great LA venue.





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