The waiting is over. They are here.

New arrivals -- students, faculty, and staff.

And returnees -- fresh from summer work, wandering the world, and pursuing justice.

We'll say more soon about the new class, which is strong, diverse, high energy, and back up to our more typical modern class size.

This week I am thrilled to introduce you to our newest law school faculty members.

Until the footnotes,
Arizona Law Welcomes Six New Faculty
If our students are the lifeblood of the college, the faculty are its backbone. 

We introduce six new colleagues below. They embody the vision of innovative scholars, committed and effective teachers, and engaged and supportive community members that have defined and distinguished our college for generations.

Justin Pidot joins as a professor of law whose teaching and research relate to public lands, natural resources, environmental law, administrative law, and property. His publications have appeared in the Stanford Law Review, Minnesota Law Review, Harvard Environmental Law Review, and other journals, and he co-authors the casebook "Practicing Environmental Law." 

Previously, Justin taught at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law. He also served as the deputy solicitor for land resources for the U.S. Department of the Interior, a political appointment within the senior executive service, as an appellate lawyer for the Environment and Natural Resources Division of the U.S. Department of Justice, and as a judicial clerk to the Honorable Judith W. Rogers of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. 

Justin received his JD, with distinction, from Stanford Law School and a BA, with high honors, from Wesleyan University.
Xiaoqian Hu joins as an associate professor of law and will teach property law and a seminar titled, "Property Rights, Social Justice, and the Environment." 

Xiaoqian's research examines the connections between property law and societal change and the limits and responsibility of the state in responding to and shaping societal change. 

She received her SJD from Harvard Law School and was awarded the Yong K. Kim '95 Memorial Prize for her work on property struggles in urbanizing China. She received her PhD in comparative law and law and economics from Turin University in Italy, and both a master's degree (in civil jurisprudence) and an LLB from East China University of Political Science and Law in Shanghai. Her previous work explores the mutual opposition and attraction that tie U.S. and Chinese law to each other.
Shalev Roisman joins as an associate professor of law and will teach courses in administrative law, civil procedure, and presidential power. 

Shalev's research and teaching interests include constitutional law, administrative law, national security law, international law, and civil procedure. 

Shalev joins the University of Arizona from Harvard Law School, where he was a Climenko Fellow and Lecturer on Law. Prior to that, he served as an attorney-adviser in the Office of Legal Counsel in the U.S. Department of Justice, an acting assistant professor of lawyering at New York University School of Law, a senior associate in the litigation department of Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP, and as a law clerk to Judge Gerard E. Lynch and Judge Robert D. Sack on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. 

He received his JD, magna cum laude, from Harvard Law School and his BA in history and economics from Cornell University.
Arizona Law alumna Priyanka Sundareshan ('11) is the new director of the Natural Resource Use and Management Clinic. 

Priya was most recently an attorney at the Environmental Defense Fund in Washington, D.C., where she advocated for sustainable federal fisheries management in legal and policy issues. Prior to that, she was an associate at Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman in D.C., and her practice included a broad array of energy and environmental statutes. In that role, Priya worked closely with super alum Jim Glasgow ('69).

A Tucson native, Priya received her JD and an MS in natural resource economics through the University of Arizona's dual degree program in Economics, Law and the Environment. She holds a BS in chemical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

As a point of personal privilege, I remember to this day talking with Priya when she was a prospective law student.
The Indigenous Peoples Law and Policy program welcomes Heather Whiteman Runs Him as the Tribal Justice Clinic's new director. 

Heather joins Arizona Law from the Native American Rights Fund in Boulder Colorado, where she represented tribal clients on water rights and advised clients on claims relating to water, land, and other natural resource issues. Prior to that she was joint lead counsel at the Crow Tribe Office of Executive Counsel and an assistant public defender for New Mexico Public Defenders - Metro Division. 

Heather received her JD from Harvard Law School, her BAFA in studio art and art history from the University of New Mexico, and her AFA in museum studies from the Institute of American Indian Arts.
Diana Newmark has been hired as an assistant clinical professor of law with a joint appointment as an assistant professor of practice and faculty fellow in the College of Education's Education Policy Center. She will be developing a lay clinic at Arizona Law, working with Bachelor of Arts in Law and Master of Legal Studies students. 

Diana joins the University of Arizona from Harvard Law School, where she was a Climenko Fellow and Lecturer on Law. Prior to that, she was a staff attorney at the Children's Law Center in Washington, D.C. She also served as a Skadden Fellow at The Legal Aid Society in the Bronx, New York, where she represented court-involved children in school discipline and special education matters. 

She received her JD, cum laude, from New York University School of Law and BA in philosophy from Columbia University. Before attending law school, Diana taught special education for four years in the Bronx, New York.

Access the original story on our website.

Around the College
Judge Stephen McNamee ('69) Receives Award 

Last Friday, I had the great pleasure of introducing the Honorable Stephen M. McNamee ('69) upon his receipt of the American Lawyer's Alliance Judicial Civic Education Award in San Francisco. Several member's of Judge McNamee's family were also in attendance (below). You can read more about Judge McNamee and the College of Law scholarship established in his name here.

The American Lawyer's Alliance is has been focused on civics education, including educating K-12 students in law, for sixty years. They recognize judges who have been leaders in judicial civics education. In Judge McNamee's case, his longstanding (17-plus year) engagement with mock trial and his reputation as a thoughtful manager in the courtroom led to this special recognition.

At the same event, three high school teachers were recognized: Robert Fenster from Hillsborough High School, NJ, Dennis Brown from Huntley High School, IL, and Christopher Lambert from Franklin High School, MD. The teachers were inspiring; equally impressive, the president of the state bar from all three states attended and spoke at the event.

Congratulations, Judge McNamee.

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

The Washington Times, quoting professor Jane Bambauer 

The National Jurist, referencing the University of Arizona Law 

It has been a great summer of visits with alumni and friends of Arizona Law throughout the West and throughout the world.

Thank you to everyone who attended one of our summer Arizona Law gatherings. 

There are lectures and events throughout the fall at which community members are welcome. One of our next big all-community events is 2019 Homecoming and Reunion, October 27 - November 2. 

Make your plans now to join us, and then to see the Homecoming game against Oregon State! (Keep in mind that so far our team has an unblemished record.)





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