Greetings LawCats!

I'm here as the guest author of today's Letter of the Law to say hello and spotlight a new program designed to help us all stay connected over the summer. 

Introducing LawCats Live! We invite you to gather with us virtually for a series of informative webinars featuring Arizona Law faculty beginning this Thursday, July 9.

Pinto and I eagerly await the first LawCats Live session, coming up on Thursday. 

See the full schedule below, and RSVP to join for as many sessions as you're able to attend. Also, please share the information with friends, classmates, or colleagues you think would be interested. The sessions are open to everyone, not just Arizona Law alumni.
We hope you can join us!

Megan O'Leary
Director of Alumni & Development
Join Us for LawCats Live Events this Summer

Arizona Law presents a summer webinar series exploring hot topics. Our faculty is excited to share their research, scholarship, and expertise and keep you connected with Arizona Law from the convenience and safety of your home, office, or ... home-office! 
No matter where you live, you can join our weekly LawCats Live series. Just register for the topic you would like to attend and you'll receive a Zoom link specific to that date's webinar. 

Sessions include:

The Other Front Line: COVID-19, Immigrant Workers and Public Health Consequences
Thursday, July 9, 2020, 12:15 - 1 p.m. PST

In this interactive webinar you will hear from Arizona Law Professors Shefali Milczarek-Desai ('01) and Tara Sklar in a conversation moderated by Professor Ellie Bublick on the importance of paid sick leave legislation and enforcement, along with other recommendations, to minimize COVID-19 superspreaders, reduce harsh health and economic impacts on essential workers, and safeguard America's older population.

Ellen Bublick Dan B. Dobbs Professor of Law
Shefali Milczarek-Desai Asst. Clinical Professor and Director, Workers' Rights Clinic
Tara Sklar Professor of Health Law and Director, Health Law & Policy Program


How Our Constitutional Rights Might Inform the Planning of "New Safe Returns"
Thursday, July 16, 2020, 12:15 - 1 p.m. PST

As the nation plans "returns" to education, work, and other settings pre-vaccine, tough questions arise for planners. In this conversation moderated by Associate Dean and Law Library Director Teresa Miguel-Stearns, Professor Justin Pidot, and Professor Toni Massaro will discuss areas of agreement derived from constitutional norms and doctrine that might guide planners and -- they hope -- enable all to begin from shared understandings.

This does not resolve tough practical questions, to be sure. But it reminds us an unum runs below the pluribus.
The work-in-progress that will be discussed in the July 16 webinar is available to read here.

Toni Massaro 
Regents Professor, Milton O. Riepe Chair in Constitutional Law, Dean Emerita

Justin Pidot Co-director, Environmental Law Program, Professor of Law

Teresa Miguel-Stearns Associate Dean, Legal Information Innovation, Director, Law Library, and Professor of Law


Technology and Your Privacy Rights in the COVID-19 Response Era
Thursday, July 23, 2020, 12 - 1 p.m. PST

The COVID-19 pandemic has raised the stakes of current technology-law and policy debates. Are we willing to tolerate more surveillance in exchange for better health outcomes? Who should get to make the speech rules for large private platforms? How, if at all, should offline rules apply to our digital worlds? Join Professors Jane Bambauer and
Andrew Keane Woods along with moderator Daisy M. Jenkins ('96) for this discussion. This webinar will take place as part of the UA's Wonder at Home Series.

Jane Bambauer
Professor of Law
Andrew Keane Woods
Professor of Law
Daisy M. Jenkins ('96)
President of Daisy Jenkins & Associates, LLC

Bostock v. Clayton County: Landmark Win for LGBTQ Plaintiffs in SCOTUS Title VII Opinion
Thursday, July 30, 2020, 12:15 - 1 p.m. PST

Who were the plaintiffs and what were their stories? What simple logic did the majority use to conclude that Title VII bars discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and transgender status? Why did three of the Justices dissent? Professors Barbara Atwood ('76) and Albertina Antognini and rising 3L Nate Goodman will address these questions, and more, when they discuss this important decision and its implications.

Barbara Atwood ('76)
Mary Anne Richey Professor Emerita of Law and Co-director, Family & Juvenile Law Certificate Program
Albertina Antognini
Professor of Law

Nate Goodman 
Rising 3L


State of the College
Thursday, August 6, 2020, 12:15 - 1 p.m. PST
Join Dean Marc Miller and leaders of the Arizona Law New Safe Return committee for updates regarding Arizona Law's back-to-school plans.


Questions? Contact Corrina Eklund at

Around the College

Innovation for Justice Lab Invites Online Collaboration
If you're searching for ways to contribute your expertise to problem solving during (and beyond) the COVID-19 outbreak, the Innovation for Justice Program (i4J) wants to connect with you.

An i4J workshop held at Arizona Law last August.

Director of the i4J program Stacy Butler ('02) writes:
"We are a social justice innovation lab that designs, builds and tests disruptive solutions to the justice gap. As one of ten legal innovation labs in the country, we are starting to hear from courts and legal service providers from across the U.S. who want our help. Our legal systems are grappling with the sudden and unexpected fact that they need to operate remotely and online: court forms and processes need to be automated, low-income community members need remote assistance, and creative thinkers and doers are in high demand."
In response, the program formed "Team i4J" for students, faculty, staff, and other colleagues, including Arizona Law alumni, who want to contribute their time and talent now and in the months to come.
If you're new to Slack, learn the basics here.
As the team hears about opportunities for you to volunteer, or receives requests for assistance with special projects, they will post them in the Slack workspace.
Diverse skill sets welcome! Team i4J sees a need for legal research and policy advocacy, document automation, help with collaborative tech onboarding, grab-and-go legal information for community members, community engagement assistance, design help, surveying/interviewing, and more.
Updated UA Policy on Face Covering Usage on Campus

You can continue to find updated communications regarding COVID-19 from the University of Arizona here.

More Ways to Connect With Arizona Law 

Alumni, send your good news -- career, personal, family, or otherwise -- to us at We'll share what we can in a future edition of Letter of the Law.
And remember, you can also connect with fellow alumni through the Bear Down Network!

Download Your Arizona Law Digital Wallpaper 

If you'd like to project a visual reminder of your pride in Arizona Law, you can choose one of our digital wallpapers to use as your Zoom background. There are over a dozen to choose from.

In the News

Business Insider, co-authored by professor Andrew Coan, Marvin Slepian (law student and UA Regents Professor), and James Coan
High Country News, quoting professor James Hopkins
Reuters, quoting professor Keith Swisher
We can't wait to see you at one of our LawCats Live events over the next few weeks. We think these will be popular, and I could see them becoming part of our efforts year-round to keep alumni and friends connected to Arizona Law and our amazing community of scholars and leaders.

Bear Down!



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