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This week, we are excited to welcome our newest Arizona Law students, each bringing their own story ... their own academic pathway, work and life experiences, and skills.  
The incoming class is also unique in that its members will start their law school journey under the remarkable conditions imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic. 
Already we have seen qualities of resourcefulness, adaptability, passion, optimism, and resilience -- all before logging into their first law class.
Our faculty and staff are ready. Our returning students are ready, with the Student Bar Association and other student groups devising opportunities to connect and engage outside of class. 

Our New Safe Return

For all of our new and returning Wildcats, the University of Arizona and the College of Law have put enormous effort into devising safe and effective ways of delivering education. 

We are committed to serving and supporting students no matter where they are -- here in Tucson, up the road in Phoenix, in San Diego, in Seattle, and in Shanghai.
In our recent "State of the College" webinar we had the opportunity to answer questions from our community about what the new semester will look like.

At the start of the semester, law courses will be held fully online. Many of our students have made arrangements to be physically present in Tucson and intend to transition to in-person learning once that becomes possible. 

Other students will participate online for the entirety of the semester. Students will be fully integrated into their law coursework this semester whether they are participating live online, asynchronously, or in person.
Echoing UA main campus planning measures, the College of Law has been laser-focused on creating its New Safe Return plan based on broad participation, ground-up analysis, and scientific principles and data. 

Throughout this ongoing and constantly evolving process, we have dedicated ourselves to being dynamic, planning for multiple scenarios, and incorporating the latest science on COVID -- and to adjusting whenever necessary. 

The Arizona Law community

Our college's capacity for innovation and caring will serve our Arizona Law community well and ensure the success of the coming academic year. 

While this year is unique, our commitment is unchanged. We are excited to educate and inspire the next cohort of advocates and leaders across the full spectrum of our profession.
You -- our alumni and friends -- are a critical part of supporting law students and programs in this unprecedented time through your giving to scholarships and the student financial hardship fund, your mentorship of students, and your continued engagement with the college.

Bear Down and join us in welcoming the Class of 2023!

Around the College

Law Students in UA "Get Out the Vote" Effort
The University of Arizona is a great public university, and is committed to becoming even stronger as the world faces unprecedented challenges. 

Core to the UA's identity and to its public mission is its commitment to democratic engagement, to a robust marketplace of ideas, and to civic leadership. 

As a public university, the UA also knows that healthy constitutional structures require active citizen participation. Indeed, Policy 2-210 of the Arizona Board of Regents (ABOR) states that General Education "should prepare graduates to ... participate fully as informed citizens in a robust constitutional democracy."

The democratic principle of "We the People" only works if we all are engaged -- i.e., that we express our voices and vote.
Two of Arizona Law's civic-minded students are stepping up to help make this happen. Carly Marshall (3L) and Christina Billhartz (3L) are leading a nonpartisan, "next generation" University of Arizona Get Out the Vote (GOTV) effort.
The UA is about fortifying all of its students to meet the many challenges of today and beyond, and showing them what leadership means. Here is a powerful way to advance that shared mission.
Join in Carly and Christina's effort on behalf of the UA by registering now, at vote.gov.

Download Your Arizona Law Digital Wallpaper 

If you'd like to project a visual reminder of your pride in Arizona Law, you can select one of our digital wallpapers to use as your Zoom background. There are over a dozen to choose from.

LawCats Live "State of the College" Webinar


In case you missed it... 

The "State of the College" LawCats Live webinar was held on August 6. I joined Associate Dean of Academic Affairs Jason Kreag and Associate Dean and Law Library Director Teresa Miguel-Stearns to discuss Arizona Law's New Safe Return plan, with updates regarding back-to-school plans and the State of the College. The session was moderated by Director of Development Megan O'Leary.

You can replay past sessions of other LawCats Live webinars here.

For the Record -- Faculty News and Awards 

These items are drawn from the latest For the Record, a summary of Arizona Law faculty accomplishments. 

Professor Silverman Recognized with Award for Public Service 
Professor Andy Silverman ('69) was recognized by the Arizona Bar Association with the Walter E. Craig Distinguished Services Award for his outstanding public service to the community. 
Award winners are selected based on nominations from peers and colleagues.

Sklar Presents Paper at Conference Recognizing the Growing Role of Telehealth 
Professor of Health Law Tara Sklar presented to the Arizona Alliance Community Health Centers and Collaborative Ventures Network Annual Meeting and Conference in February. The conference brings together hundreds of members from community health centers, hospitals, health insurers, associate and affiliate members, and partners located across the state of Arizona. Sklar presented her co-authored paper, "Telehealth for an Aging Population: How Can Law Influence Adoption Among Providers, Payors, and Patients?" which will be published this summer in the American Journal of Law & Medicine.  

Alumnus Randall Nice Receives the Burton Award for Arizona Law Review Article
Arizona Law alumnus Randall Nice ('19) has been awarded with Law360 Distinguished Legal Writing Award from the Burton Awards for his article, "Reviving the Lost Tort of Defamation: A Proposal to Stem the Flow of Fake News," published in the Arizona Law Review.
The Burton Awards are a national 501(c)(3) non-profit program, held in association with the Library of Congress, presented by lead sponsor Law360, and co-sponsored by the American Bar Association.
William Burton, founder and chair of the awards program, said "The winners are outstanding, highly skilled, and effective writers. The Law360 Writing Awards winners have now taught a new and even higher standard of excellence."

In the News

Arizona Daily Star, referencing Innovation for Justice project
Greenwire, quoting professor Justin Pidot
Bloomberg, quoting professor Barak Orbach
MSN.com, featuring project of professor Jane Bambauer, with others

See also on our website:

COVID-19 Health Law Resources, including video series

New Wildcats -- Welcome! 
You will soon see through a mix of human and digital interaction, in a variety of spaces, that you have joined one of the warmest (don't worry -- it's still August!), most collaborative, and most intellectually engaged legal and academic communities on the planet.    

Bear Down,

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