At the College of Law temperatures are dropping, finals are winding down, and students and faculty alike are looking forward to some down time. 

The therapy dogs visited us in the lobby again this year to help end the semester on a caring note.


I hope that the winter holidays offer all of you time to gather with family and friends, time to do something to help others, and time to read a good book.

This week we share a feast-worthy recipe from Assistant Dean for Strategic Relations, Nancy Stanley, and a list of noteworthy books -- to read over winter vacation or give as a gift, perhaps -- suggested by current faculty. My hope is that this list of titles provides a glimpse of what others in the Arizona Law community are reading on their own time. My colleagues have found these books inspiring.

We hope that you will be inspired to give In Favor of Students if you have not already. As you know firsthand, our students each year come to Arizona Law with great promise and potential, and they also shoulder great fiscal and family burdens in pursuing their chosen profession. We thank each of you for the many ways that you give back to Arizona Law and stay connected to this community. 

Until the footnotes,

Winter Book List

'Tis the season for a good book, so to celebrate the holidays, winter break, and the upcoming New Year, we asked the faculty to help us compile a recommended reading list for the Arizona Law community. 

What follows is a selection of especially memorable or enlightening law-related books -- loosely defined -- from our faculty's bookshelves. We hope that you will enjoy reading, revisiting, or passing along one of these titles. See the full list here! 

Anatomy of a Murder
Robert Traver (1958)

I recommend the book, although I love the movie too.

--Paul D. Bennett, Clinical Professor of Law; Director of the Child and Family Law Clinic; Director of Clinics

"A gripping tale of deceit, murder, and a sensational trial." (publisher's description)

The Children Act

Ian McEwan (2015)

This is a novel told through the eyes of a children's court judge in London. She has a fascinating and emotionally compelling case load, and the narrative brings out the moral ambiguity floating behind the legal issues. The precarious state of the judge's own marriage plays a major role in the story as well.
--Barbara Atwood, Mary Anne Richey Professor Emerita of Law and Director, Family and Juvenile Certificate Program

Demon Camp: The Strange and Terrible Saga of a Soldier's Return from War
Jen Percy (2014) 

Demon Camp is an excellent non-fiction book about young men returning from war with PTSD.
--Lori Lewis, Veterans' Advocacy Law Clinic Fellow

The Iliad
and The Odyssey Homer

I like Homer's Iliad and Odyssey. Every civilization needs a great founding story, and every story told by Western civilization ever since Homer has been plagiarized, as my old English professor in college used to say. So you may as well start your holiday reading list right at the beginning!

Robert A. Williams, Jr., E. Thomas Sullivan Professor of Law and Faculty Co-chair, Indigenous Peoples Law and Policy Program

In the Shadow of the Banyan: A Novel

Vaddey Ratner (2012)

As part of teaching an undergraduate freshman honors seminar ("Policing After Ferguson"), I read the "common reading" assigned to all honors students and faculty, Vaddey Ratner, In the Shadow of the Banyan: A Novel. It is a brutal story of what happened in Cambodia when the Khmer Rouge came to power, and another lesson in why totalitarian states want to eliminate all law, and all lawyers (who embody, protect and enforce the law). I liked the idea of a "common reading" for the community.

--Marc Miller, Dean & Ralph W. Bilby Professor of Law

Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption
Bryan Stevenson (2014)

This is probably already on your list but I read it recently and enjoyed it a lot.

--Andy Silverman, Joseph M. Livermore Professor of Law and Director of Clinical Program

"Just Mercy is a remarkable amalgam, at once a searing indictment of American criminal justice and a stirring testament to the salvation that fighting for the vulnerable sometimes yields." (reviewer David Cole, The New York Review of Books)

Fadi Azzam (2011)

Given recent events, I would like to propose the novel, Sarmada, which provides insight into Syria's past and present.

--Negar Katirai, Director, Community Law Group; Assistant Clinical Professor

Sisters in Law
Linda Hirshman (2015)

I'd highly recommend Sisters in Law by Linda Hirshman. It's a joint career biography of Justices O'Connor and Ginsburg. It starts to lag a bit once O'Connor leaves the Court -- when it becomes more ideological than biographical -- but I found it both a brisk read and an informative one.

--Susan Salmon, Assistant Director of Legal Writing and Clinical Professor of Law

Supreme Power:
Franklin Roosevelt vs.
The Supreme Court

Jeff Shesol (2010)

I highly recommend Supreme Power: Franklin Roosevelt vs. The Supreme Court, by Jeff Shesol. This is an eminently readable history of the conflict between the Court, full of old guard justices, and FDR over the constitutionality of the New Deal. The history culminates with the famous court-packing plan and its demise. There's a lot of wonderful history about the politics of judicial review.

--David Marcus, 1885 Society Distinguished Scholar; Professor of Law

Unfair: The New Science of Criminal Justice

Adam Benforado (2015)

Benforado pulls together the latest scientific research on the frailties of the criminal justice system, along with some interesting suggestions about how it can be improved.

--Christopher Robertson, Professor of Law; Associate Dean for Research & Innovation

Woman Lawyer:
The Trials of Clara Foltz

Barbara Babcock (2011)

Woman Lawyer uncovers the legal reforms and societal contributions of a woman celebrated in her day, but lost to history until now. It casts new light on the turbulent history and politics of California in a period of phenomenal growth and highlights the interconnection of the suffragists and other movements for civil rights and legal reforms.

--Andrew Coan, Professor of Law; Associate Director, William H. Rehnquist Center on the Constitutional Structures of Government

 See the full list here!

A Holiday Recipe 
Italian Torta Anno Nuovo
Contributed by Nancy Stanley

This recipe works well for New Year's brunch, or any gathering. Ingredients in this dish can be varied greatly, depending on what you have on hand.


2 pie crusts (purchased or homemade)
1 cup any type sausage, cooked and crumbled and/or 1 package sliced pepperoni (6 oz.)
1 jar (4 oz.) artichoke hearts, drained
1 jar red peppers, drained and chopped
1 bunch spinach (about 4 cups packed), julienned or chopped (and dried a bit)
1 chopped red onion
1 can chopped black olives
16 oz. container of ricotta cheese
8-10 oz. shredded mozzarella cheese
(additional shredded cheeses - Parmesan, Romano, etc., if desired)
1/2 cup milk or cream
2 Tbsp. minced garlic
3 eggs


Beat ricotta, 2 eggs, and milk until well blended.

Stir in garlic, mozzarella, and seasoning (e.g., pepper or lemon pepper, salt, parsley).

Roll one pie crust to fit a lightly greased springform pan or deep pie dish. You may need to "borrow" from the second crust in order to have enough to line the bottom and sides of a deep pan. Roll and cut the second crust to fit the top of the pie, with a 1/4 inch overlap.

In the pie dish, layer ricotta mixture, meat, peppers, onion, olives, and spinach, then repeat until ingredients are gone. Make sure to reserve some of the ricotta mixture for the top layer.

Add the top crust, sealing the bottom and top crusts by brushing them with the 3rd slightly beaten egg and "pinching" the crusts together. Brush top of pie with egg as well.

Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes. If top crust is getting too dark, over with foil and resume baking

Let cool slightly. Slice like a quiche. Marinara or Italian red sauce makes a nice "salsa" on the side.

American Mining Hall of Fame

Last week the Global Mining Law Center brought together several leaders from the mining industry. Pictured here (from left to right, front then back) are Stanley Dempsey, J. David Lowell, Edith Lowell, Terry Lacy, Lori McCasky, Bill Poulton, Professor Mary Poulton, John Lacy ('67), Dean Marc Miller, Desmond Kearns ('72), and Kelly Holt enjoying the Mining Foundation of the Southwest's annual American Mining Hall of Fame Awards and Banquet which took place on December 5th. 

Year-end Giving Information

If you would like to make a year-end gift, gifts can be accepted online at anytime by visiting
Here are some helpful tips to ensure your gift is counted in 2015.
Checks: 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 85721-0176  Checks will be processed and receipted according to the postmark date on the envelope. Thus, to receive 2015 tax credit, your check must be postmarked before December 31, 2015.

Credit Card Donations: Per IRS regulations, credit card gifts will be processed and receipted on the date the charge hits the credit card account. This means to receive 2015 tax credit, the charges must be made before December 31, 2015.

Stock transactions: Stock transactions will be processed and receipted on the date the stocks are transferred into our account. To receive 2015 credit, stocks must be transferred by the end of the day Tuesday, December 31. (Please note the bond market closes at noon EST/10:00 MST, the NYSE closes at 4:00 p.m. EST/2:00 p.m./MST.) If you are planning to transfer stock, please call Jonelle Vold at 520-626-1330 so that we can prepare for your gift.
If you have any questions or concerns, please call 520-626-1330 for assistance.

Since it's always better to give than to receive, we hope you will give In Favor of Students before the year's end. 

We also hope you will receive the warmth of friends and family and the gifts of reading and relaxation over the holidays. 
Marc L. Miller  
Dean & Ralph W. Bilby Professor of Law
Shaping the next century of legal education 
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