We are happy to welcome all our students, staff, and faculty back to campus this week. Here is a look back at some of the standout Arizona Law news from 2019.

Remember to share your "best of 2019" moments. Send photos to alumni@law.arizona.edu.

Happy new year!

Until the footnotes,
Arizona Law's Year in Review

As we begin the new year, let's take a look back at our most-read news stories from 2019. From student successes to new people, programs, and partnerships, the College of Law continued to advance legal education and the legal profession.
Take a look at the top news stories (with links to the full stories in blue) from 2019:

First row: Justin Pidot, Xiaoqian Hu, and Shalev Roisman.
Second row: Priyanka Sundareshan, 
Heather Whiteman Runs Him, and Diana Newmark.

Arizona Law announced the hire of six new faculty members at the beginning of the 2019-20 academic year. The excitement of the entire community about these new faculty members was reflected in our readership, making this the top news story of 2019.
As part of its ongoing public education effort, the Arizona Supreme Court held arguments at the University of Arizona. The popular annual event, hosted by the William H. Rehnquist Center, gave audience members the opportunity to sit in on two cases identified by the justices.

University of Arizona Law's Indigenous Peoples Law and Policy Program and the Native Nations Institute announced a degree for working professionals seeking training in indigenous governance leadership. The Master of Professional Studies (MPS) in indigenous governance offers classes in person and online, allowing students to finish the degree in one year.

Current 2L and Regents Professor Marvin J. Slepian

Law Student Named Regents Professor
Dr. Marvin J. Slepian, now a second-year JD student at Arizona Law, is a cardiologist, inventor, CEO and entrepreneur, with UArizona faculty appointments in medicine, engineering and business. He was awarded the title of Regents Professor this year, the highest faculty honor awarded at Arizona's three public universities.

Arizona Law Native American Law Students Association, 2018-19
For the second consecutive year, Arizona Law led the nation's top-ranked law schools in enrollment of Native American students. As reported in the winter 2019 issue of National Jurist, University of Arizona Law had the largest percentage of Native American students, at 9 percent of the total JD student body.  
Christina Rinnert's inspiring journey to and through law school was understandably one of Arizona Law's top stories in 2019. Rinnert was part of the class of 2019 and part of Arizona Law's first class to be admitted using the GRE.
Judge Raner C. Collins ('75)

Raner C. Collins ('75), senior United States district judge of the United States District Court for the District of Arizona, delivered the keynote address at Arizona Law's 2019 convocation ceremony.

Ryuu Uchiha (MLS '19)
MLS Class of 2019: Ryuu Uchiha Has "Supreme" Career Goals
MLS class of 2019 graduate Ryuu Uchiha always knew he wanted to work in the legal field, and after earning two degrees from University of Arizona Law, he imagines one day reaching the country's most powerful court.  
Arizona Law launched the Professional Skills and Knowledge Program, an initiative dedicated to students' long-term academic and career success, with emphasis on bar exam preparation and professional competencies.

The Justice Advocates Coalition (JAC), a student-run organization that provides stipends to qualified students who accept unpaid summer positions with nonprofit law organizations, has the dual goals of empowering marginalized communities and supporting Arizona Law students pursuing careers in public interest law.
University of Arizona Law announced its partnership with law schools at the University of San Diego, Duke University and Harvard University to explore new legal solutions, conduct in-depth research and develop community resources and possible policy changes to support human trafficking survivors.

WBUR, Boston's NPR news station, interviewed Dean Marc Miller to discuss what has happened in the three years since the College of Law became the first law school to allow JD candidates the option to apply with either a GRE or an LSAT score, with the goal of diversifying applicants.

Top Social Media Posts from 2019

"A generation of students and now professors and leaders in Indian Law can trace their intellectual foundations to Professor Williams, and his work is echoing throughout Arizona, the United States and the world," said Arizona Law Dean Marc Miller of Rob Williams, who is being inducted as a Regents Professor today.

Arizona Law Dean Marc Miller and Chris Gast, director of the Foreign Diplomat Training Program, met with leaders of (Diplomatic Academy of Mexico) to discuss our continued partnership in training the Mexican Foreign Service on U.S. law.

In the News

The Good Men Project, featuring book by professor Christopher Roberts

Arizona Public Media, featuring commentary by professor Melissa Tatum

Arizona Public Media, featuring commentary by professor Justin Pidot

Arizona Daily Star

Blog of the European Journal on International Law, featuring professors Sergio Puig and David Gantz

I hope this review of the most popular 2019 stories from Wildcat Wednesday -- Letter of the Law whets your appetite for the great stories to come.  
Here is a new years resolution I know I can achieve: I promise you will be intrigued, impressed, moved and proud of what our community does and the people within it.  
And as always, we want you to be an active part of those stories. 




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