The Civil Justice Initiative (CJI) is rolling!
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 newsletter.

Until the footnotes,

Alumni Profile -- L. Richard Fried ('66)

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 during surgery.

Rick Fried ('66) presents the fall 2015 Civil Justice Initiative lecture.

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, below).

Brent White, Rick Fried, and Christopher Robertson on location.

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 state.
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.

Thank you, Rick.

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. 
Visit Details
At noon, Jimmy will speak with students about his career and practice in "A Conversation With Jimmy Rogers."
This evening, Jimmy will deliver a public talk titled "Developing a First-tier Personal Injury/Product Liability Practice from the Ground Up." 
Date:  Wednesday, February 3, 2015
Time: 5:30 - 6:30 p.m. (Reception to follow)
Location: College of Law (Room 168)

CLE credit may be available.*
*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 applicable.

Richard Grand Awards Ceremony

The Richard Grand Legal Writing Competition awards ceremony was held last week at the college. The four winners, selected from among 31 strong entries, were:
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)

We are 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

The ceremony was a chance to celebrate great legal writing and a great man. Here are some images from the event:

From left: Kayla Bernays, Max Bradley, Jillian Andrews, and Julie Pack.

Alumnus Michael Bernays ('81) was in attendance to celebrate with his daughter Kayla. It's great to see another Wildcat family!

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.

Robert Glennon Comments on Flint Water Crisis
Glennon, Robert  
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 15

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 Affairs.

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 Way!

The 9th Annual Gutter Bowl is scheduled for Friday, March 4, 2016, 6 - 9 p.m. at Bowlmor Scottsdale (7300 E Thomas Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 85251). Register as a team or individual today!

Individual bowlers $125 
Team of five $500

All participants will enjoy complimentary shoe rental, appetizers, 
pizza, salad, soft drinks, and pitchers.

Don't miss: 
Steve Hirsch ('80) and Chas Wirken ('75) as your 2016 King Pins Celebrity Bowlers
Individual and Team Awards
Arizona Raffle and Door Prizes
Questions? Contact Chris Gast at 520-626-2400 or

Wildcat Basketball Memories

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 Law!

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 or call (520) 621-8430.
The latest weekly drawing winner from among new directory members is David Penilla ('87). Congratulations, David, and thanks for joining!

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 smorgasbord. 

Marc L. Miller  
Dean & Ralph W. Bilby Professor of Law
Shaping the next century of legal education 
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