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This week, we recognize the achievement of two students who work in the area of natural resources law, and share an innovative course on the federal judiciary. 


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RMMLF Scholarships

Rebekah Elliott hiking Mt. Lemmon 

RMMLF may sound like a tongue-twister, but it is the acronym for the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation


RMMLF is the leading collaborative center on the law and study of mining, oil and gas, water, public lands, energy and environmental protection. The trustees of RMMLF are representatives from 30 law schools -- including Professor Robert Glennon from Arizona Law -- 13 bar associations, and 18 mining and oil and gas associations. The College of Law has been a member for many years.


I am pleased to share the news that two Arizona Law students recently received scholarships from RMMLF. These highly competitive scholarships are presented to students with high academic accomplishments and a demonstrated commitment to natural resources law. 


Recipients were selected on their academic ability, leadership, financial need, and their potential contributions to the field of natural resources law overall.


Araceli Rodriguez and Rebekah Elliott, both rising 3Ls, will receive significant scholarships and access to Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation resources. Both of these students stood out as top candidates in the scholarship program because of their investment in the coursework and activities available in our strong environmental and natural resources law program.

Araceli Rodriguez

Araceli grew up in Yuma and has explored a special interest in water law and policy while at Arizona Law. She is spending a split summer in Phoenix. She is currently externing for Judge Susan Bolton of the United States District Court for the District of Arizona through the American Bar Association's Judicial Intern Opportunity Program. For the second half of her summer, she will intern in the Phoenix field office of the Department of the Interior's Office of the Solicitor. Connect with Araceli on LinkedIn.


Rebekah, from Madisonville, Kentucky, is a former special education teacher from the Teach for America program. At Arizona Law, she serves as an articles editor for the Arizona Law Review and is active in the Law Women's Association. She is spending a second summer at the Phoenix office of Snell & Wilmer. She plans to pursue a career in natural resources and energy law after graduation. Connect with Rebekah on LinkedIn.


Araceli and Rebekah's developing expertise in natural resources law continues a long-standing tradition among Arizona Law alumni, including Desmond Kearns ('72), John Lacy ('67), Chuck Jeanness ('83), Luke Narducci ('86), Margaret LaBianca ('98), and many others. This strength is reflected in our ongoing efforts to build a new program in Mining and Natural Resources Law and Policy. We congratulate Araceli and Rebekah on their outstanding achievements.


Federal Judicial Literacy Course 

Spencer Scharff 


In an era of dramatically changing legal practice, innovation must become the hallmark of legal education.


In downtown Phoenix, Spencer Scharff ('10) and his co-clerk Alex Samuels (a Harvard Law graduate who does not -- yet -- have a degree from the U of A) approached us with an idea to better prepare students to work within the federal judiciary. The two are currently clerking for Judge Andrew Hurwitz on the US Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit.


Their idea was straightforward and direct: create a summer class in which students learn about court and judicial operations in an intimate educational environment. By delivering the class in Phoenix, students completing summer internships or clerkships, or otherwise working in the Valley, would also be able to hone the skills that are useful in judicial employment settings.


We were thrilled with the idea, and collaborated with them to implement the class this summer.


Alex Samuels  

Students who take the class should be well prepared for the federal clerkship application process, if they wish to pursue that path. They will be more adept at complex federal process and procedure. Students will also gain access to federal staff and judges to ask open and direct questions in a welcoming setting.


The course is available to students for credit or as a participation opportunity. Students from any law school are able to enroll. Students are coming from Osborn Maledon, Perkins Coie, Fennemore Craig, Snell & Wilmer, the ACLU, the Arizona Supreme Court, and federal judicial clerkships.


We are proud of Spencer and Alex's effort. In time, we are hopeful that this course will grow and open new pathways in the federal judiciary for our students.



New Book:  Law, Culture, & Environment


IPLP Director and Professor of Law Melissa Tatum and co-author Jill Kappus Shaw (SJD '12) have published a new book, Law, Culture, & Environment. Their work explores the conflict between environmentalists seeking to protect critical habitats, American Indians seeking access to their sacred places, and public lands managers struggling to balance competing demands. 


Coming soon!


SAVE THE DATE - Arizona Law in Denver

August 11, 2014


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SAVE THE DATE - Arizona Law in Albuquerque

August 12, 2014


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SAVE THE DATE - Arizona Law in Las Vegas

September 5, 2014


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SAVE THE DATE - PLAN AHEAD - Centennial Homecoming Weekend

November 7-9, 2014 

For more information, CLICK HERE to visit our Homecoming 2014 website.


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For those of you no longer in Tucson -- the monsoon has arrived, and in dramatic fashion. And it's just in time for a streetcar named...whatever Tucsonans will ultimately call the new light rail, which starts on July 25.  







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Marc L. Miller 
Dean & Ralph W. Bilby Professor of Law 
James E. Rogers College of Law    

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