The Civil Justice Initiative (CJI) is
The CJI went to Hawaii in December, when
Brent White and Chris Robertson spoke to a group of
Hawaii lawyers at the invitation of alumnus L. Richard
Fried ('66), who was featured in the CJI speaker series
in the fall.
Today, also as part of the CJI, we host
alumnus James S. Rogers ('72, below). If you are in
Tucson, there is still time to join us for this talk at
5:30 and reception to follow (RSVP here).
We will have additional exciting news on the CJI
front to announce soon, so watch for it in an upcoming
Until the footnotes,
||Alumni Profile -- L. Richard
Hawaii attorney and alumnus L. Richard ("Rick") Fried ('66)
has a national reputation in the fields of
medical malpractice and aviation law.
Last November Rick delivered a public talk to
the College of Law community as part of the Civil
Justice Initiative speaker series, entitled "How a
Plaintiff's Lawyer Can Improve the Lives of Victims,"
giving examples of litigation with significant
beneficial effects on the safety of objects and
practices in business and industry. These effects
include changes in the way commercial aircraft are
designed and modifications to anesthesiology practices
|Rick Fried ('66)
presents the fall 2015 Civil Justice Initiative
In December Rick convened a meeting in
Honolulu between Arizona Law Associate Deans (and
Professors) Brent White and Christopher Robertson and eight leading
plaintiff's lawyers. Brent and Chris presented on their
jury research and work on how to improve expert
witnesses in litigation (see footnote section,
|Brent White, Rick
Fried, and Christopher Robertson on
Rick has a longstanding and deep knowledge of
Hawaii's legal landscape. He relocated to Hawaii shortly
after graduating from Arizona Law in 1966, serving in
the Air Force at Hickman Air Force Base. He co-founded
the firm of Cronin, Fried, Sekiya, Kekina &
Fairbanks in 1973.
Rick was president of the Hawaii Association
for Justice (formerly the Consumer Lawyers of Hawaii) in
1984 and 2001, and was the recipient of their first
Trial Lawyer of the Year award in 1994. He was appointed
by the Chief Justice of the Hawaii State Supreme Court
to serve on the Judicial Evaluation Committee for the
State of Hawaii and the Chief Judge of the Hawaii
Federal District Court to serve as a delegate to the
federal district judges' conference.
Rick is also playing
a major role in shaping the future of tourism in Hawaii.
In July 2015, he was named as chair of the Hawaii
Tourism Authority, where he has served on the Board of
Directors since 2012. Rick's role is the subject of a
recent interview in the Honolulu Star-Advertiser (login
required), in which he comments on numerous issues that
affect the future of tourism in the state including the
needs of millenials, changes in transportation networks,
and competition from other destinations for tourists
from China and elsewhere.
Sports tourism is of
particular interest to Rick, who has been a top-level
competitive tennis player for decades, and his expertise
in this area is an asset to the tourism authority as it
seeks to bring important competitions to the
Rick's devotion to
the state of Hawaii is strong. Luckily for us, his ties
to Arizona Law are strong as well. The college's Civil
Justice Initiative has been strengthened through his
participation, and continues to spread its wings beyond
the state of Arizona through his efforts.
||TODAY -- Public Talk
by James S. Rogers ('72)|
Alumnus James ("Jimmy")
Rogers ('72), who
has had a successful trial advocacy practice in his
hometown of Seattle for nearly 40 years, is on campus
today as part of the Civil Justice Initiative lecture
series to address students and deliver the fourth CJI
talk of the school year.
At noon, Jimmy will speak with students about his
career and practice in "A Conversation With
This evening, Jimmy will deliver a public talk
titled "Developing a First-tier Personal
Injury/Product Liability Practice from the Ground
February 3, 2015
Time: 5:30 - 6:30 p.m.
(Reception to follow)
Location: College of Law
CLE credit may be
*The State Bar of Arizona does not approve or
accredit CLE activities for the Mandatory Continuing
Legal Education requirement. The activities offered may
qualify for your annual CLE requirement for the State
Bar of Arizona, including the indicated hours of
professional responsibility (ethics), if
||Richard Grand Awards
The Richard Grand
Legal Writing Competition awards ceremony was held last
week at the college. The
four winners, selected from among 31 strong entries,
Jillian Andrews (2L) -
First Place ($2,500 award)
Max Bradley (1L) -
Second Place ($1,500 award)
Julie Pack (1L) -
Third Place ($1,000 award)
Kayla Bernays (1L) -
Honorable Mention ($750 award)
most grateful to Marcia Grand for continuing to inspire
and fund the competition in honor of her late husband
Richard Grand ('58).
Find out more
about this year's competition and question here.
ceremony was a chance to celebrate great legal writing
and a great man. Here are some images from the
From left: Kayla Bernays, Max
Bradley, Jillian Andrews, and Julie
Bernays ('81) was in attendance to celebrate with
his daughter Kayla. It's great to see another
Chris Robertson and Former
Students Shaping Public Debate
Two articles co-authored by Associate Dean Chris Robertson and former students
were recently in the news.
Glennon Comments on Flint Water Crisis
Professor Robert Glennon recently commented on the
water crisis in Flint, Michigan, in a January 13, 2016,
article in the Christian Science Monitor. In
the article, Robert discusses the great need to update
the nation's aging water systems, exacerbated by the
reluctance Americans have to pay more for water. Read
the article, "Flint Crisis: A Cautionary Tale about
America's Water Supply," here.
Arizona Law to Host U.S.
Supreme Court Associate Justice Elena Kagan, February
United States Supreme Court Associate Justice
Elena Kagan will speak on the evening of February 15 at
the University of Arizona for the
37th McCormick Lecture,
sponsored by the James E. Rogers College of Law and the
J. Byron McCormick Society for Law and Public
This event has reached capacity, and
attendance is limited to those who have already
registered. Updates and contact information
are available here.
Gutter Bowl Rolling Your
participants will enjoy complimentary shoe rental,
salad, soft drinks, and pitchers.
Steve Hirsch ('80) and Chas
Wirken ('75) as your 2016 King Pins Celebrity
Individual and Team
Raffle and Door Prizes
Scott Malm ('97), who, along with his
wife Ann, attended last Saturday's basketball game with
me and my son, Owen, wrote to share this photo collage.
It shows Scott and Ann as students at a Wildcat
basketball game in 1988, when the Wildcats reached their
first number one ranking, and at Saturday's game with
their two children.
Scott says of the recent game, "It was great
to celebrate another generation of Wildcats with Lauren
being a junior and TJ soon to become a freshman." He
also says that both are considering Arizona
Please take the time to join your online alumni directory
. We are creating
a shared resource to support our students and our
alumni. If you need us to resend your personalized
invitation, please email
call (520) 621-8430.
The latest weekly drawing winner from among new
directory members is David Penilla ('87).
Congratulations, David, and thanks for
Like most weeks at Arizona Law, this week is full
of talks, workshops, and classes. Any time you are on
campus, we hope you will partake of this intellectual
& Ralph W. Bilby Professor of Law
the next century of legal