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The hallways are a little quieter than normal here at the College. Students are busy studying, faculty are busy planning, and the exam season has officially begun. 


This week we are featuring student Bobby Yu, alumnus Chris Ingle, and an upcoming faculty conference focusing on a powerful new book coauthored by Professor Carol Rose. 


Until the footnotes,



Bobby Yu (JD '14)
Bobby Yu grew up in Santa Clara, California and earned his B.A. in History and Economics from UCLA. While there he served as the Vice President of Education for Bruin Toastmasters, the UCLA chapter of Toastmasters International, one of the largest public speaking organizations in the world.
Bobby chose Arizona Law because he was impressed with the tight-knit law school community and the broad expertise of the faculty. His decision was also influenced by alumni, including a sitting judge (whose name he has asked us to withhold), who told him (of course in jest) that the "U of A is the only law school in Arizona."
Bobby is making the most of his time at Arizona Law. During his first year of law school he volunteered with the Volunteer Lawyers Program (Bankruptcy Reaffirmation Clinic) and the National Lawyers Guild (Casa Maria Clinic and Homeless Court Clinic). Bobby's volunteer work led to additional opportunities, and in his second year of law school he directed the National Lawyers Guild's Homeless Court Clinic.
In his first summer Bobby clerked with the Border Crimes Enforcement Section of the Arizona Attorney General's Office. "I found the adversarial nature of criminal litigation exciting, and both the human drama and the high stakes always kept me engaged."
Bobby is interested in both criminal and immigration law, and intends to practice criminal law after graduation. In the spring semester of 2012 he worked with Professor Lynn Marcus in the Immigration Law Clinic. While working on removal cases involving both undocumented immigrants and asylum seekers, he had the chance to interview clients and witnesses every single week. He has continued to work with immigration issues and recently helped to prepare an amicus brief for the California Supreme Court, working with Bacon Immigration Law & Policy Program Director Nina Rabin and the Los Angeles law firm of Girardi & Keese who were representing the California legislative Latino Caucus. "It was a great experience to see how immigration pressures factored into individual state laws."    
This past summer Bobby clerked with the Pinal County Attorney's Office, drafting dozens of motions and memos. He got his first experience arguing motions and conducting trials under the supervision of Pinal County attorneys. Bobby gained attention for his excellent work, and this semester Bobby is interning for the Misdemeanor Unit of the Pima County Attorney's Office where he continues to get extensive courtroom experience. We hope the Pinal County Attorneys Office fully realizes what a wonderful and committed young lawyer they have in Bobby Yu-and that they keep him.
Bobby currently serves as Articles Editor for the Arizona Journal of Environmental Law & Policy (AJELP). Through AJELP, he has been published twice: "Sewers & Suers: The Town of Marana's Fight with Pima County over Municipal Growth" and "The Sinking Nation of Kiribati: The Lonely Stand Against Statelessness and Displacement from Rising Oceans." The Arizona Law Review has chosen his article, "The Case for Experimental Problem-Solving Courts: Rehabilitation Through Behavioral Modification Programs," for publication in the Arizona Law Review Syllabus in Spring 2014.
When he's not busy with school and internships, Bobby enjoys traveling. He's taken trips across California, Arizona, and New Mexico. He also has learned to dance both the rueda salsa and the Argentine tango. His busy schedule of work--and dancing!-- hasn't left much time for cooking, but he has become a knowledgeable patron of the Tucson restaurant scene, having eaten at over a hundred of Tucson's fantastic restaurants.
You can connect with Bobby here.
Saving the Neighborhood (January 31, 2014)


A Major One Day Conference-And *You* Are Invited to Participate!



On Friday, January 31st, Arizona Law will host a free, day-long conference celebrating and exploring the book Saving the Neighborhood: Racially Restrictive Covenants, Law, and Social Norms, by Richard Brooks, the Leighton Homer Surbeck Professor of Law at Yale Law School, and our very own Carol M. Rose, Lohse Professor of Law at the University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law, as well as Gordon Bradford Tweedy Professor Emeritus of Law and Organization at Yale Law School.


Saving the Neighborhood tells the still-controversial story of the rise and fall of racially restrictive covenants in America, providing insight into the ways that legal and social norms can both reinforce and counteract each other, perpetuating intolerance. Such covenants were common in Arizona.                  


The book focuses on the early 1900s, and the unprecedented migration of African-Americans from the rural South to the North and West, as they sought better work and equal citizenship. In reaction, many white communities instituted racially restrictive property agreements designed to limit ownership and residency. At root, the covenants were social signals, reassuring white residents that they shared the same goal while warning would-be minority entrants to "keep out."  

Brooks and Rose demonstrate that loosely knit urban and suburban communities, fearing ethnic mixing, were fair game to a new class of entrepreneurs. These entrepreneurs emerged to cater to their fears and exacerbate the message encoded in these agreements, or covenants.  


The conference will feature a panel of some of the most noted legal scholars in the country, including  

Robert Gordon (Professor of Law, Stanford and Chancellor Kent Professor Emeritus of Law and Legal History and Professor (Adjunct) of Law, Yale Law School),

Risa Goluboff (John Allan Love Professor of Law, Justice Thurgood Marshall Distinguished Professor of Law, and Professor of History at the University of Virginia),

Lani Guinier (Bennett Boskey Professor at Harvard Law School),

Gerald Torres (Bryant Smith Chair in Law at the University of Texas at Austin),

Gabriel "Jack" Chin (Professor of Law at UC Davis School of Law and the former Chester H. Smith Professor of Law, University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law), and

Price V. Fishback, an economist at the (Thomas R. Brown Professor of Economics at the University of Arizona Eller College of Management).
CLE credit will be available, and lunch will be provided.

This will be an incredible day-a celebration of fascinating history and a topic that continues to provide a window into our collective soul, with commentary by a group of scholars, any of whom would be worth a trip to hear.

And this conference is being organized for the whole community, and that emphatically includes you. If you want to be reminded of power of history and ideas, and the role that research universities and scholars play in society, then make the time, and join us. It will be a day extremely well spent.                
Seating is limited. Please register here, and share this information with colleagues and friends (whether they had what we know to be one of the great legal educations in world, or not).


Christopher B. Ingle ('07)

Christopher Ingle got his undergraduate degree from ASU. He soon realized, however, that Arizona Law was the place to get his law degree. "I can only ask my U of A colleagues," Christopher stated, "to recognize that I was young and came to see the error of my ways."


Christopher chose Arizona Law because of a generous scholarship offer, but says that, "Scholarship aside, going to the U of A was the best value for the money. I was able to earn my degree at a Tier 1 law school -- among the best public law schools in the country -- without going into an unmanageable amount of debt."


He got far more than a great legal education; he met his wife, Georgie, during his second year. And he took advantage of being at a great research university--Georgie was a doctoral student in Rhetoric, Composition, and the Teaching of English. After Christopher graduated in 2007 he was offered a job with Gust Rosenfeld PLC, while his wife still had one year left before earning her PhD. "For an entire year either she would drive up to Phoenix or I would drive down to Tucson for the weekend."


At Gust Rosenfeld, Christopher worked in the litigation and bankruptcy practice groups, where he represented a wide range of clients. His practice focused on commercial litigation, construction law, intellectual property, and creditor's rights.


Two and a half years ago, he left Gust Rosenfeld to create his own firm with fellow Arizona Law alum, Logan Elia. Ingle Elia PLLC specializes in commercial litigation, intellectual property, bankruptcy, and "basically a lot of stuff involving the internet." This so-called "internet stuff" has proven to be their fastest-growing and most sought-after area of practice. With individual and corporate clients from around the world, they have developed a niche practice in online copyright and trademark infringement suits, cybersquatting/cyberpiracy cases, and online defamation cases. Christopher has been thrilled to hear about the intellectual property program at Arizona Law.


Christopher is currently working on an important First Amendment case involving some unsettled areas of internet law.  Specifically, the case centers around an Australian man who is upset at what he claimed were false comments posted by his ex-wife a particular website to destroy both his business and personal reputation.   


Christopher explains that  


"despite the fact that the website knows the comments to be false and extremely harmful, it refuses to remove them. Under the Communications Decency Act the website cannot be forced to remove the material, so my client decided to fight back by organizing a high profile boycott of all of the website's customers. Customers and advertisers fled, causing the website to seek emergency injunctive relief for intentional interference with contract.  The defendant admitted that he was intentionally interfering with the website's contracts and absolutely intended to harm the website, but he maintained that his conduct could not be enjoined because everything he said was either true, opinion, or hyperbole.  He pointed out that all he really wanted was for the website to take down the lies his ex-wife published about him.


The court ultimately denied the injunction.  The court recognized that even though the defendant was intentionally causing the website to suffer irreparable harm, his conduct was nonetheless protected by the First Amendment. Christopher comments:


"The decision is important because it helps define the limits of what language a person can use online without crossing the line into some sort of actionable conduct like defamation or wrongful interference.  It also tends to show the need for some sort of legal mechanism to remove false and damaging information from the internet; perhaps something similar to California's new law for so-called "revenge" images.  Not everyone has the time and energy necessary to organize a successful boycott."


"The neat thing about this case is that I had heard about my client two years ago when I read an article about him in the newspaper.  I knew he lived in Australia, so I was somewhat surprised when he contacted me to represent him.  He said he had asked a few people in the online defamation industry for recommendations and several different people had independently recommended my firm.  I never thought we would have clients seeking us out from halfway across the world specifically because of our track record with these internet cases."

The client's story has been featured on 60 Minutes, and there is a person working on a book about the parties attended the hearing. 
Movers and Shakers 

Alumna Christine Thompson ('01) has been named Executive Director of the Arizona State Board of Education. As many of you know, Christine has been involved in public policy for two decades. Before joining the State Board of Education in 2012 as Deputy Director, she served as Associate Vice President for Government Affairs for the Arizona Board of Regents, as Director of Government Relations for the State Bar of Arizona, and as the Assistant Director of Development and Alumni Relations here at Arizona Law. Last month, Christine, a long time member of our Law College Association Board of Directors, and her husband John recently welcomed two gorgeous little boys, Benjamin David and James Lawrence Bosler, into their family (pictured to the right).



Professor Nina Rabin was quoted in a November 19th NPR piece concerning detention centers and the "detention bed mandate," a statutory requirement to detain at least 34,000 immigrants in detention facilities every day. Professor Rabin was also the coauthor of the Amicus brief before the California Supreme Court for the California legislative Latino Caucus.



Recent grad Edward Hannsz being sworn in 





New York City Alumni Reception

Please join Arizona Law Faculty at an Alumni Reception in New York. Faculty members Mike Chiorazzi, James Hopkins, Derek Bambauer, Jane Bambauer, and Susan Salmon will be in attendance. Click here to RSVP by December 20th.  


January 3, 2014

6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

The Modern  

9 West 53rd street

New York, NY 10019





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