This week we share two very exciting faculty developments:

Professor Justin Pidot has been appointed as General Counsel to the White House Council on Environmental Quality. Justin will be on leave from the faculty.
José Francisco Calí Tzay, the U.N. Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, has joined Arizona Law for the term of his appointment, hosted by our world-renowned IPLP Program.

More excitement: Don't miss tomorrow's McCormick Lecture with journalist Jane Mayer (register here).

Until the footnotes,
White House Taps Professor Justin Pidot for Council on Environmental Quality

College of Law Professor Justin Pidot has been appointed as general counsel to the White House Council on Environmental Quality. 
The Council on Environmental Quality coordinates federal efforts to improve, preserve, and protect America's public health and environment; advises the president; and develops policies on environmental justice, federal sustainability, public lands, oceans, and wildlife conservation, among other areas.
"I am tremendously honored to be joining the team the Biden-Harris administration has assembled to tackle the immense challenges we face. Climate change and environmental justice are among the top priorities of this administration, and I will devote my best efforts to advancing these and other crucial issues."
Justin is co-director of the Environmental Law, Science and Policy Program at Arizona Law, where his scholarship and teaching focus on environmental, natural resources, public lands and administrative law. He will be on leave during his service at the Council on Environmental Quality.
During the Obama-Biden administration, Justin was deputy solicitor for land resources at the U.S. Department of the Interior. He has also served as an appellate litigator at the Environment & Natural Resources Division of the U.S. Department of Justice and clerked for Judge Judith W. Rogers of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.

Justin exemplifies a modern scholar and teacher whose work and interests navigate the space between theory and practice. He will be missed by all of his colleagues and students here at Arizona Law, but we were heartened to hear that he would be joining the new administration, and putting his substantial legal, intellectual, and personal skills to work in pursuit of wise environmental policy and environmental justice.

UN Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Joins Faculty

The Indigenous Peoples Law and Policy Program (IPLP) at Arizona Law is hosting the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples José Francisco "Pancho" Calí Tzay.
The United Nations Human Rights Council appointed Calí Tzay to the position in March 2020, before its 43rd session in Geneva was suspended. 

The post makes him the highest-ranking independent expert appointed by the Human Rights Council with primary responsibility for the promotion and protection of the human rights of Indigenous peoples.
Being hosted at Arizona Law's Indigenous Peoples Law and Policy Program means Calí Tzay's primary office is here at the college and he holds positions on the faculty as lecturer and associate director of the IPLP's human rights clinical programs.
This is the second time Arizona Law has hosted a Special Rapporteur focused on the human rights of Indigenous peoples. S. James Anaya was appointed to the position in 2008 during his time as a College of Law professor and left the U.N. position in 2014.
Seanna Howard, a professor of practice in the college, and clinical law students in her International Human Rights Advocacy Workshop will provide assistance to Calí Tzay.
Robert A. Williams, Jr., Regents Professor and IPLP faculty co-chair, shared,

"We are thrilled and honored to be hosting the Special Rapporteur in carrying out his U.N. mandate with the assistance of the IPLP Program, its legal staff, and students." 
He added that students at Arizona Law will be working with Calí Tzay at the highest levels of the international human rights system.
"They will be involved in the most important issues and human rights crises confronting Indigenous peoples throughout the world. This is an unparalleled opportunity that no other university anywhere can provide to its students who want to work on Indigenous human rights issues."
Calí Tzay is a Mayan Kaqchikel from Guatemala and served for 16 years as a member of the Committee for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, including as the committee's president from 2014 to 2016.
He also served as a member of Guatemala's Presidential Commission Against Racism and Racial Discrimination Against Indigenous Peoples and as president of the National Reparation Program for the Victims of the Internal Conflict in Guatemala. He served as director of human rights at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Guatemala and, prior to this U.N. appointment, as Guatemala's ambassador to Germany.

Calí Tzay said,
"Asking the IPLP Program to support my mandate as the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples was an easy choice given that IPLP had already hosted the very successful mandate of U.N. Special Rapporteur James Anaya when he served in that role from 2008-2014 while on the University of Arizona faculty. 

Since beginning my work with the IPLP clinic students this past fall semester, it is clear to me that no other university in the world does a better job than the University of Arizona in terms of preparing and training its students with the level of knowledge and expertise needed to do this type of human rights advocacy work."
Calí Tzay's responsibilities for the three-year post include reporting to the U.N. about global human rights standards for Indigenous peoples, advising the U.N. and countries about best practices to promote these standards, developing studies and reports related to protecting Indigenous peoples' human rights, and responding to specific allegations involving the abuse of Indigenous peoples' human rights.
Calí Tzay's immediate focus has been the disproportionate impact of COVID-19 on Indigenous communities around the world and the extent to which national governments are respecting Indigenous peoples' rights in their efforts to mitigate the spread of the coronavirus. He delivered a report on the impact of COVID-19 on the rights of Indigenous peoples to the U.N. General Assembly in October.

Funding support to host Calí Tzay has been provided by the UA Agnese Nelms Haury Program in Environment and Social Justice. Other funders include Brooke Levy & the Dreiseszun Family Foundation, the Christensen Fund, the Ford Foundation, and the NDN Collective. The Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights supports the mandate of the Special Rapporteur.

Around the College

BLSA Coffee Conversation Series

Black History Month Special Topic: 
"Reparations -- Theories and Possible Models"
When: Monday, February 22, 12:00 p.m. MST

The Black Law Students Association (BLSA) invites you to attend a special edition of their Coffee Conversation Series. To recognize Black History Month, BLSA is partnering with the Native American Law Students Association and the Arizona Law Review to host a panel to discuss the theory behind reparations, as well as the feasibility and possible forms thereof. 

Prof. Jody David Armour
Prof. Rebecca 
Prof. Katherine 

BLSA is excited to host USC Gould School of Law Professor Jody David Armour, Columbia Law School Professor Katherine Franke, and Arizona Law's own Regents Professor Rebecca Tsosie on the panel, and looks forward to a serious, critical evaluation of reparations for slavery and Native land theft.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

"Black History in 60 Seconds"

The Black Law Students Association (BLSA) continues its "Black History in 60 Seconds" video series featuring students this week with 1L Haley Stewart speaking about Benjamin Banneker.

@uarizonablsa, Instagram

BLSA President DeLorean Forbes (3L) invites your participation:

"BLSA is challenging you all to help spread the knowledge about Black history! Upload a video clip in which you riff about an important person or event relating to Black/African history for 60 seconds with the tag #blackhistoryin60seconds to get involved!"


The last year has been a doozy. From the SolarWinds hack to the great deplatforming, from COVID disinformation to Zoom University ... we have a lot to discuss as we look back on the major techlaw issues of 2020. Joining us for this conversation is one of the most exciting voices working at the intersection of law and technology: Kate Klonick (@Klonick).
Kate Klonick is an Assistant Professor at Law at St. John's University Law School and an Affiliate Fellow at the Information Society Project at Yale Law School. She has a unique perspective on the role of large technology platforms and will help us to contextualize some of the trends that emerged over the last year.
When: Friday, February 26, 2021, 12:00 p.m. MST

Hosted by: Professor Jane Bambauer, Co-Director, TechLaw @ Arizona Law and Professor Andrew Woods, Co-Director, Techlaw @ Arizona Law

This event will feature a conversation and Q&A. This event is free and open to the public.
In the News

Wyoming Tribune Eagle, quoting professor Heather Whiteman Runs Him

Justin Pidot.  José Francisco Calí Tzay.  Jody David Armour.  Katherine Franke.  Rebecca Tsosie.  Kate Klonick.  Jane Bambauer.  Andrew Woods.
These are scholars -- some our colleagues full time (one now on leave), others esteemed visitors to our community -- whose ideas and engagement would be welcome anywhere.
These extraordinary intellectuals -- the work they are doing and conversations they are having -- are illustrative of what makes our college such a special place.


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