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This week we shine the spotlight on senior BA in Law student Lauren Easter

This week, Lauren will be presented with a Centennial Achievement Award from the UA Office of the President. Each academic year, two undergraduates, two Master's degree students, and two Doctoral students are chosen for the award in recognition of outstanding personal growth, integrity, persistence in the pursuit of education, and contributions to their family and community. Congratulations, Lauren!
A quick reminder: be sure to send your "best of 2019" photos of memorable moments, promotions, and celebrations to alumni@law.arizona.edu so that we can share them in a future edition of Wildcat Wednesday -- Letter of the Law.

Until the footnotes,
Senior BA in Law Student Lauren Easter Receives Centennial Achievement Award

University of Arizona President Robert C. Robbins will present Lauren Easter with a Centennial Achievement Award at a luncheon on Thursday, December 12. 

Lauren is a senior undergraduate with a double major in law and philosophy. She is also in the University of Arizona Honors College and enrolled in the accelerated Master of Legal Studies program.
Born and raised in the Midwest, Lauren moved to Phoenix in 2009 and then to Tucson in 2016 to attend the UA. She is the single mother of a son who is autistic and she is a survivor of domestic violence and sexual assault.
"After escaping my relationship, I ended up broke and homeless, but I was finally free. Since then I have dedicated my time to my son -- my first priority -- and my education, as well as advocacy work for helping individuals affected by domestic violence and sexual assault."
Lauren recently began volunteering with Emerge! Center Against Domestic Abuse and is looking forward to helping her local community. For the last two years, Lauren worked full-time as a supervising paralegal. She recently reduced her hours to part-time to have more availability for her son, her studies, and her advocacy. She serves on the Tucson Paralegal Association board of directors and the Pima Community College Paralegal advisory board. She also loves cooking, reading -- including LSAT study books! -- and classical music.
Lauren chose to pursue the BA in Law to build her legal knowledge and help her prepare for law school, with her underlying mission being to reduce domestic violence. She says that her favorite course so far has been Introduction to Human Rights, taught by Professor of Practice Luis Bergolla ('15). The course inspired her to learn more about the United Nations (UN), UN Women, and learn about what it takes to be an international human rights lawyer. And she says she appreciates how knowledgeable, motivating, and caring the professors at the College of Law have been, including her Honors thesis advisor Professor Simone Sepe and Professor of Practice John Alexander Erwin ('18).
She is currently working with Professor Sepe on her Honors College thesis exploring Germany's corporate governance structure, known as co-determination, and how their public policy provides women with an equal voice in the corporate world. She says that working with Professor Sepe has been a great experience.
After graduating with her BA in Law in the spring, Lauren is looking ahead toward completing the MLS, pursuing a dual JD/MBA, and possibly an LLM and Ph.D. later in life. She wants to become an advocate attorney, conducting pro-bono work for victims and survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault. 

Eventually, she envisions working as a barrister for the United Nations, "bringing international awareness to domestic violence while representing individuals from all over the world to help them gain justice and get a second chance, just like I did." 

Lauren is thinking big, and long term: she aspires to one day form a national scholarship foundation for survivors and begin a nonprofit to continue her advocacy work for ending violence against women.
"With what I have learned here as a Wildcat, I hope to redefine the expectations that society holds for any woman who has been abused -- in any way -- and to help blaze a trail forward for single moms everywhere; especially women of color. I know that I can make a positive impact."
Lauren is grateful for being chosen for the Centennial Achievement Award and thankful to the BA in Law faculty and staff who supported her candidacy. The award also signals to her that the barriers and adversities she faced in the pursuit of her education have been recognized.
"I spent years of my life being told that I would be nothing and couldn't do anything without my abuser. Being a survivor has given me the power to push my limits. As a woman of color and a single mother, I have been told that the odds are against me. However, those who have said this have underestimated my will to succeed, my drive to make a difference, and the inspiration that I derive every single day from my son."
She also emphasizes her desire to "pay it forward":
"I am full of gratitude knowing that the university accepts both me and my story, and I hope that by receiving this award I will inspire more individuals like myself to chase their dreams. I want to encourage them to use their voices and their strengths ... and to utilize these unique qualities to overcome their own challenges and adversities."

Lauren, thank you for sharing your story and your inspiring vision for the future.

Around the College

New Book by Andrew Coan the Subject of Two Recent Symposia

Professor Andrew Coan has published a new book, Rationing the Constitution, through Harvard University Press (read more here). The publisher's description begins,

"In this groundbreaking analysis of Supreme Court decision-making, Andrew Coan explains how judicial caseload shapes the course of American constitutional law and the role of the Court in American society."
And reviewers said:

"Remarkable ... a revelatory account ... that will transform constitutional law scholarship. ... The work of a master." 
--David Marcus, UCLA Law School
"The kind of brilliant thesis that becomes obvious the moment of its utterance."
--Maggie Blackhawk, University of Pennsylvania Law School

The book was the subject of two recent symposia, sponsored by the Wisconsin Law Review and "Balkinization," the leading legal academic blog on constitutional law, run by Professor Jack Balkin (Yale Law).
You can view Professor Coan's keynote address at the Wisconsin Law Review event here.

UA/UNAM Partnership Offering Courses in Mexican Constitutional Law

The University of Arizona has an exciting new partnership with the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM) to offer courses in Mexican constitutional law, federalism, and electoral systems. Lawyers, business leaders, judges and other professionals who engage with issues within Mexican law and policy have unprecedented access through this new program.
  • Enhance your understanding of Mexican Public Law.
  • Earn a specialized credential from a world-renowned university.
  • Gain access to the leading Mexican constitutional law scholars, including a sitting justice of the Supreme Court of Mexico.
  • Participate in a program available nowhere else in the United States.

Participants can join in-person in Tucson, Ariz., live-stream and take part in the course from anywhere in the world, or view content on their schedule.
The program consists of four 7.5-week courses. Participants may take one course, a couple of courses, or complete all four to receive a Diplomado (certificate). Classes will be taught in Spanish with assistance from a bilingual teaching assistant.


Mexican Constitutionalism (Jan.-Feb.)


Public Powers and Mexico's Electoral System (Mar.-Apr.)


Human Rights, Constitutional Defense Mechanisms and the Inter-American Human Rights System (Sep.-Oct.)


Specials Topics on Mexican Constitutionalism (Oct.-Nov.) 


Learn more and register at law.arizona.edu/mexlaw.

Questions? Email mexlaw@email.arizona.edu.

Defending Depositions Course Among Spring 2019 Offerings
Each semester, University of Arizona Law offers roughly 100 courses for students to choose from. Amid the core legal subjects you would expect to find at any law school, here you will also find unique electives that offer specialized training, access to industry leaders, and real-world projects not happening anywhere else. 

One of our Spring courses that will be of particular interest to alumni is Taking and Defending Depositions (LAW 645E), which is open to both law students and practicing attorneys. 

The class prepares students to take and defend clients and opponents in depositions, develop and prepare for depositions and understand the basic techniques lawyers employ in depositions. Students in Professor Barbara Bergman's course will learn how to use evidentiary documentation, obtain admissions and use depositions in the trial phase.
Part of Arizona Law's trial advocacy curriculum, Taking and Defending Depositions is infused with practical training and emphasizes "learning by doing" in a simulated deposition setting with constructive faculty critique.
The course has a dozen workshops simulating the preparation, taking and defending of depositions for both lay and expert witnesses, using a breach of contract case file. Shawnee Melnick ('19), who took the course during his third year at Arizona Law says,
"Professor Bergman brought in a wide range of trial attorneys to coach our class, and the vastly different takes on how to take and defend a deposition were powerful and effective tools. If any law student or new practitioner wants to hone their deposition skills, this is the class for them. I gained confidence in my ability to represent my clients in a deposition and still carry the tools of this class with me today."
Brian Chase ('11) wishes such a course, open to practitioners, had been available years ago.
"I had taken and defended numerous depositions before attending this course. This course taught me there was so much more I didn't know about depositions. I learned great strategies for getting the most out of a deposition, and how to effectively prepare my clients and witnesses to have their deposition taken. The benefit from being able to immediately apply the strategies and get feedback by some of the best trial lawyers around was invaluable. I highly recommend this course to any law student or new trial lawyer."
In addition, the program will contain some lectures and demonstrations concerning deposition skills and the issues of professional responsibility and professionalism attendant to the taking and defending of depositions.

End-of-Year Giving to Arizona Law
As the end of the year approaches, please consider making a gift to the Law College Association of the University of Arizona in support of our students and innovative programs.
Gifts can be accepted online at any time by visiting: 

Here are some helpful tips to ensure your gift is counted in 2019:
A previous year's luncheon to thank our scholarship donors.
All checks should be made payable to the Law College Association and mailed to The University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law, 1201 E. Speedway, Tucson, AZ 85721. Checks will be processed and receipted according to the postmark date on the envelope. To receive tax credit in 2019, your check must be postmarked before December 31, 2019.
Credit Card Donations
Per IRS regulations, credit card gifts will be receipted on the date the charge posts to the credit card account. This means to receive 2019 tax credit, the charges must be made before December 31, 2019.
Stock transactions
Stock transactions will be processed and receipted on the date the stocks are transferred into our account. To receive 2019 credit, stocks must be transferred by the end of the day Friday, December 28, 2019. If you are planning a stock transfer please call 520-621-8430 by December 20 so that we can prepare for your gift. 
The Development Office will be closed for the holidays from December 23 through January 1, reopening on January 2. If you need assistance making your gift, please call while someone is still in the office to help you.
Thank you for your year-end gift to Arizona Law!

In the News

Navajo Nation creates law scholarships for tribal members at UA
Arizona Public Media

Senate bill could roll back tribal authority in domestic violence cases
Arizona Public Media, with commentary by professor Melissa Tatum
Time for vote on U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement
Seattle Times, quoting professor David Gantz
Warren Is Drafting U.S. Legislation to Reverse 'Mega Mergers'
Bloomberg, quoting professor Barak Orbach

Every time we describe the work of our colleagues, I am proud of how Arizona Law is changing the world with ideas and through our teaching and mentorship -- including our mentorship in the scholarly work of our students.
Every time we describe our students, such as Lauren Easter, I stop and remember why great universities exist, the role of law in our social and political order, and the hope that heads, not headlines, and heart, not hatred, will sketch the path to our future.




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