In this edition, find out how our "Food for Thought" initiative recently brought small groups of students and faculty together to deepen our incr-edible community...over a simple shared meal.

Our college also receives ongoing interaction and support from its expansive community of alumni, friends, and colleagues beyond the college walls. That support fosters our ability to provide innovative, top-notch legal education as well as highly useful mentoring and professional opportunities for our students and recent graduates. 

The college benefits greatly from meeting each year with members of its Board of Visitors. Read about the latest Board of Visitors meeting in this edition.

The Law College Association is integral to our college community, and honors three inspiring alumni at its annual awards celebration coming up on March 6. This year's awardees are Kathy Brody ('07), Judge Cecilia Castellanos ('72), and Brett Dunkelman ('80). Tickets and tables for this event are still available and we would enjoy seeing you there. (RSVP)

Until the footnotes,
Faculty and Students Take Conversation from the Classroom to the Dining Room

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What happens when you trade Torts for tortes?
Late in the fall semester, University of Arizona Law students left campus and scattered across Tucson to share meals with their professors in a weeklong community-building initiative dubbed "Food for Thought." Small groups of students signed up to dine out with a faculty member, with the college picking up the bill. Overall, 23 professors hosted 64 meals with 206 students.
"It allows students to get to know us in a more casual environment and engage on a level beyond just talking about the material covered in class," says Professor Albertina Antognini who dined with students at Anita Street Market, Time Market, and Zemam's.
Professor Antognini chatted with students about a range of subjects, including hometowns, law school experiences, career trajectories, teaching methods and life in Tucson, and says,
"It's a nice way to check in and to interact. It's also a great way to explore Tucson-we had meals at restaurants across the city."
Second-year student Nathaniel Goodman says Food for Thought allowed him to take a break from the academic rigor of law school to get to know students and professors on a more personal level.
"I enjoyed it because it allows students to really get in the minds of their professors, being able to ask them questions they wouldn't normally be able to ask in a classroom setting. It's also great to hear about your professor's experiences-their journey through the legal profession, how they came to where they are today, what really sparks their interests."
1L Maryam Azimi met with her current professors but also signed up to have meals with professors whose courses she is taking in the future. 
"They were very kind and were interested in getting to know us, about our families and what we did before coming to law school. You know about professors while they are teaching, but you don't know their character outside of the classroom. It was very interesting getting to know them." 
Professor of Legal Writing Diana Simon says dining with students enhanced her ability to be an effective mentor.
"I have been doing some research into student mentoring, and the more contact you can have with students outside of the classroom, the better you can mentor them. They can have a stronger relationship with the school and the faculty and feel much more a part of the community." 
Professor Simon kept her meals with students informal and relaxed to help them feel more comfortable. Topics of conversation included what drew her to law, what areas of law the students are interested in, and Tucson activities. She shares,
"With these small groups, I can really focus on each student individually, which I like." 
Ultimately, sharing a meal is about being included and known -- having a seat at the table. That's not always easy in an intense environment like law school, but efforts like Food for Thought can help.

Around the College

The Law College Association, in partnership with the UA Alumni Association, will recognize three outstanding alumni at the annual LCA Awards Celebration.
Friday, March 6, 2020
5 - 7:30 p.m. 
At the College of Law

This year's honorees are: Kathy Brody ('07), Hon. Cecilia Castellanos ('72), and Brett Dunkelman ('80). Read full bios of the honorees here.

Thank you to current event sponsors: Carmichael & Powell PC, DiMeo Schneider & Associates LLC, Hollingsworth Kelly Law Firm, Gammage & Burnham PLC, and Snell & Wilmer LLP.

Contact: Corrina Eklund, 520-621-7409.

Members of the Board of Visitors Convene to Learn and Serve

Judge Maria Elena Cruz (Arizona Court of Appeals, Div. 1; JD '01, BA '98), Justice James Beene (Arizona Supreme Court; JD '91), and Judge Samuel Anderson Thumma (Arizona Court of Appeals, Div. 1) (l-r).

Arizona Law's Board of Visitors recently convened on campus for a thought-provoking day of conversation with the college and service to our students. 

The 54 members in attendance, including 24 new members and 22 judges, heard from college leaders, faculty, and students on a range of Arizona Law innovations in legal education. Board members also shared lunch with first-year law students and conducted mock employment interviews with 59 students.
As Professor of Practice Lisa Marie Queen ('13), assistant director of the college's Career Development Office, shared:
"The Mock Interview Program is a valuable opportunity for students to practice and refine their interviewing skills, receive constructive feedback on their performance and application materials, and engage with members of legal community. We are extremely grateful to the Board of Visitors for donating their time and providing this meaningful experience for our students."
I'd like to recognize the newest members of the board, listed below, and to thank them, as well as as our continuing members, for their engagement and service to the college.
Welcome to our newest board members:

Roxana C. Bacon (ret. Phoenix Municipal Court)
Justice James Beene (Arizona Supreme Court)
Judge Sean E. Brearcliffe (Arizona Court of Appeals, Div. Two)
Bunkye Chi (Pima County Attorney's Office)
Judge Maria Elena Cruz (Arizona Court of Appeals, Div. One)
Gordon Davenport (U.S. Attorney's Office)
Joel F. England (State Bar of Arizona)
Judge Karl C. Eppich (Arizona Court of Appeals, Div. Two)
Judge Philip G. Espinosa (Arizona Court of Appeals, Div. Two)
Kristine Fox (U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit )
Senior Circuit Judge Michael Daly Hawkins (U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit)
Judge Randall M. Howe (Arizona Court of Appeals, Div. One)
Katya M. Lancero (BurnsBarton PLC)
District Judge Dominic W. Lanza (U.S. District Court, District of Arizona)
District Judge Rosemary Márquez (U.S. District Court, District of Arizona)
Michael E. Medina, Jr. (Davis Miles McGuire Gardner)
Justice William Montgomery (Arizona Supreme Court)
Judge Jennifer M. Perkins (Arizona Court of Appeals, Div. One)
Sally Rider (ret., James E. Rogers College of Law)
Nathan Rothschild (Mesch Clark Rothschild)
T.J. Ryan (Frazer Ryan Goldberg & Arnold)
Marissa Sites (Karp & Weiss)
Vice Chief Judge Christopher P. Staring (Arizona Court of Appeals, Div. Two)
Chief Judge Peter B. Swann (Arizona Court of Appeals, Div. One)
Judge Samuel Anderson Thumma (Arizona Court of Appeals, Div. One)
Chief Judge Garye L. Vásquez (Arizona Court of Appeals, Div. Two)
Matthew A. Walker (Tucson City Prosecutor's Office)
Judge Lawrence F. Winthrop (Arizona Court of Appeals, Div. One)
Senior Judge Frank R. Zapata (United States District Court, District of Arizona)

TechLaw Program Hosts Dan Rodriguez and Leslie Oster

Join me in welcoming Dan Rodriguez and Leslie Oster to the college. They are with us in Tucson for the month of February through the TechLaw Program to engage with faculty and students in a number of formal and informal settings around important tech topics.
Dan is Harold Washington Professor of Law and former dean at Northwestern University's Pritzker School of Law and the country's leading voice on law and tech. Throughout the month he will be participating in Arizona Law classes and leading us in discussions of law, regulation, and machine learning.
Leslie is Clinical Associate Professor of Law and directs Northwestern's Masters of Science in Law, which focuses on people with technology backgrounds. It has been a model of what focused legal education for people other than lawyers can do. 

Welcome, Dan and Leslie!

Invitation to Participate in Reading Group 

A reading group session on Artificial Intelligence and the Law with Dan Rodriguez will be held next Monday, February 24, 3:30 - 5:00 p.m. in the Sullivan Room (snacks & beverages provided). All are welcome. Contact Nancy Stanley for the reading list.

Professor Tara Sklar Presents on Role of Telehealth 

On February 11, professor of health law, Tara Sklar, presented to the 2020 Arizona Alliance Community Health Centers and Collaborative Ventures Network Annual Meeting and Conference held at the Phoenix Convention Center. This conference attracts over 250 participants from community health centers, hospitals, health insurers, associate and affiliate members, and partners located across the state of Arizona. Their mission is to improve access to cost-effective, culturally and linguistically appropriate, high quality primary care and enabling services for all Arizonans.
This year marks their 35th anniversary and one of the conference themes is to recognize the growing role of telehealth as an integral part of the healthcare delivery system. They invited Professor Sklar to present her forthcoming paper, co-authored with Professor Christopher Robertson, entitled, "Telehealth for an Aging Population: How Can Law Influence Adoption Among Providers, Payors, and Patients?" which will be published this summer in the American Journal of Law & Medicine. 
This research is a prelude to future online Health Law Graduate Certificates in Aging Law & Policy and Health Information Privacy & Data Security that are planned to launch next year. 

For more information on Health Law at Arizona Law, check out law.arizona.edu/health.

In the News
Law360, with commentary by professor Stacy Butler

Implications for U.S. tech companies as EU eyes AI regulation
Marketplace, with commentary by professor Andrew Woods

Arizona Daily Star, quoting professor Robert Glennon

EJIL (European Journal of International Law) Talk!, opinion authored by professors David A. Gantz, Sergio Puig, and Jingyuan Zhou

Our current students are our reason to exist. Our faculty and staff have that focus every day.
But no great law school (or university) is an island. 
Critical to the success of our students, and our college, are the many communities of the law -- our alumni, current members of the bench and bar, and the many others interested in and committed to the role and rule of law.
Our Board of Visitors reflect the broader legal community. They provide immediate advice to our students. They also illustrate possible career pathways over time. Hearing each member introduce themself to students not just by name and title, but through career lessons, roads, and rivers, was as powerful as anything we do in the classroom and office on a daily basis.





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