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January 5, 2022


Although we officially start the spring semester on Monday, there is already activity at the college, with students studying for the February Bar, preparing for their internships and externships, working on student publications and planning student organization activities.

Each semester, there are dozens of speakers and programs that constitute a rich co-curriculum for students and lifelong learners. It is my hope that in 2022 you'll resolve to join us at some of these in-person and virtual events, from speaker series to signature lectures to special one-time programs.

Today, we highlight the popular Pitt Family Foundation Speaker Series, and ask you to help us spread the word to others who might be interested in hearing from some of the nation's most prominent public voices.

Until the footnotes,



Pitt Speaker Series Features Spring Speakers “Of The Moment”

At a time when the normal tension that drives democracies has given way to partisan divide, the University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law will host three of the nation’s most influential voices to discuss polarization and its effect on democracy in the Spring 2022 continuation of the Pitt Family Foundation Speaker Series.      

The Pitt Family Foundation Speaker Series is part of the Participatory Democracy Initiative at the University of Arizona, headed by former Tucson mayor and current Professor of Practice Jonathan Rothschild. Rothschild credits alumnus Donald Pitt ('55) for the series' early success, noting that, "Don shares our belief that hearing different perspectives is a critical part of informed citizenship, and his generosity has allowed us to create a forum for it."

With many thanks to Donald Pitt and the Pitt Family Foundation, here is the Spring 2022 schedule with speaker and RSVP information.

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Lilliana Mason

Thursday, Jan. 27, 5:30 PM via Zoom

Lilliana Mason is assistant professor of government and politics at the University of Maryland, College Park, and author of Uncivil Agreement: How Politics Became Our Identity. Her research on partisan identity, partisan bias, social sorting, and American social polarization has been published in journals such as American Political Science Review, and the American Journal of Political Science, and featured in media outlets including The New York Times, the Washington Post, CNN, and National Public RadioRegister for Liliana Mason 

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Thomas Mann

Wednesday, Feb. 23, 5:30 PM via Zoom 

Thomas Mann is a Senior Fellow in Governance Studies at the Brookings Institution and Resident Scholar at the Institute of Governmental Studies at the University of California, Berkeley. Mann is the co-author of The Broken Branch: How Congress is Failing America and How to Get It Back on Track, among several other best-selling works. Register for Thomas Mann.

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Jan-Werner Müller

Thursday, Mar. 31, 5:30 PM via Zoom

Müller's previous books include What is Populism? and Contesting Democracy: Political Ideas in Twentieth-Century Europe. In his latest book, Democracy Rules, Professor Müller posits that we need to re-invigorate the intermediary institutions that have been deemed essential for democracy’s success ever since the nineteenth century: political parties and free media. Register for Jan-Werner Muller.  


Professors of Practice Enrich Student Experience

Each year, dozens of practitioners and jurists – many of them Arizona Law alumni – return to the classroom to share their knowledge and skills. Their investment of time and energy significantly broadens our curriculum, offering students the chance to delve more deeply into their areas of interest, with instructors at the top of their respective fields. During pandemic times, our professors of practice (informally called “POPS”) have been especially committed to delivering exceptional instruction in light of many challenges. We’re very grateful.


Many thanks to our Fall 2021 JD Professors of Practice for their service toand care ofour outstanding students.


Steven Bosse (’79), ERISA & Employee Benefits Law

Stacey Brady (’10) , Mediation

Amanda Bynum (’09), Basic Trial Advocacy Workshop

Christina Cabanillas (’90), Advanced Legal Writing

Paul Charlton (’88), Prosecutorial Ethics & Decision Making

Robert Charles (’82), Bankruptcy & Related Issues

Brian Chase (’11), Trial Competition

Joel Chorny, Basic Trial Advocacy Workshop

Robert Fleming (’76), Trusts & Estates

Tory Fodder (’10), Native American Natural Resources

Janis Gallego (’05), Interviewing, Counseling & Negotiating

Joe Garagiola, Jr, Sports Law

Richard Gordon (’92), Pretrial Litigation

Ross Hamlin, Land Use Regulation

Charles Harrington, Pretrial Litigation

Kaitlin Hollywood, Intro to United States Legal Skills

Mark Hotchkiss, Intensive Criminal Prosecution Clinic

Lisa Howell (’04), Judicial Externship

Clay Kamm (’08), Basic Trial Advocacy Workshop

Sarah Kostick, Criminal Defense Clinic

Nick Klingerman (’10), Attorney General Clinic

Jordan Malka, Crimmigration

Eric Markovich, Professional Responsibility

Travis McGivern, Trial Competition

Mac McCallum (’05), Advanced Legal Writing

Laura McGinley, Interviewing, Counseling & Negotiating

Jacquelyne Mingle (’12), Trusts & Estates

Steven Plitt (’82), Insurance Law

Clark Proffitt, Contract Drafting

Jay Sagar (’05), Federal Border Crimes: Law, Practice & Policy

Shirley Spira, Jessup Moot Court

Lindsay St. John (’06), Attorney General Clinic

Don Tringali, Contract Drafting

Angela Woolridge (’02), Advanced Criminal Procedure


Each new semester invites us to recommit to leadership and excellence in legal education. We do so enthusiastically, hoping that you will join us in that effort as mentors, employers, teachers, supporters and participants in the intellectual life of our community.

I hope to see many of you in the year ahead.


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