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JULY 28, 2021


Aug 16

First Day of Law Classes

Aug 27

Save the Date: LawCats Live

Nov 4-6

Save the Date: Homecoming

Greetings and kudos!

This week we congratulate the five members of the College of Law faculty upon whom we recently bestowed inaugural Faculty Research Awards. These awards recognize outstanding legal scholarship and public service.

You can learn about each of the awardees in this edition. In establishing these new awards, our college shines a light on not only the important contributions of these individual faculty members but on our vibrant intellectual community as a whole.

Until the footnotes,



Announcing Our Inaugural Faculty Research Award Winners


The College of Law has named the first recipients of new Faculty Research Awards, created to highlight the many exceptional and diverse scholarly achievements of Arizona Law faculty. This year’s winners are:  

Distinguished Public Service Scholar: Negar Katirai and Shefali Milczarek-Desai ('01)

Distinguished Early Career Scholar: Albertina Antognini  

Distinguished Legal Scholar: Jane Bambauer 

Faculty Research Fellowship: Simone Sepe 

“This year’s recipients are emblematic of the cutting edge and impactful work taking place across the College of Law,” said Andrew Coan, associate dean for research, professor of law and director of the William H. Rehnquist Center on the Constitutional Structures of Government. “From nonmarital families to immigrant workers to domestic violence to the economics of contract law to the future of the internet, these outstanding scholars are leading conversations that will shape the future of law and legal scholarship in Arizona, the U.S., and the world.” 

Coan along with Professor of Law Cathy O'Grady, Professor Emerita of Law and Co-Director of the Family and Juvenile Law Certificate Program Barbara Atwood ('76), Director of Legal Writing and Clinical Professor of Law Susie Salmon and Regents Professor of Law and Faculty Co-Chair of the Indigenous Peoples Law and Policy Program Rebecca Tsosie were part of the first Faculty Research Awards Committee, tasked with reviewing applications from the Arizona Law community and recommending this year’s award winners.  

“Although all the faculty members awarded do innovative and impactful work and richly deserve the recognition, they represent just a narrow snapshot of the rich diversity of significant research and scholarship taking place at this institution. The committee faced a difficult task selecting the award winners and was impressed by the quality, quantity, and range of the contributions our colleagues make toward identifying and answering vexing questions and creating thoughtful, meaningful change in our laws, our institutions and the legal profession,” said Salmon.  

“They are wonderful examples of the extraordinary intellectual community that makes Arizona Law a special place,” concluded Coan.  

About the Faculty Research Award Recipients


Negar Katirai is Director of the Domestic Violence Law Clinic. She supervises law students in providing legal representation to survivors of intimate partner violence. This includes helping survivors obtain orders of protection against their abusers and advising them on custody, housing, and immigration law issues. Professor Katirai also teaches Family Law and a Domestic Violence Seminar, and often guest lectures in other courses on related topics, including vicarious trauma, trauma-informed legal representation, and diversity and cultural competence. Her scholarship investigates questions that arise in the practice of family and intimate partner violence law, and seeks to promote conversation and collaboration between practitioners and academics

Negar Katirai Receives Fulbright U.S. Scholar Award to Study Domestic Violence Fatality Reviews in Australia

Negar Katirai Honored for a Career Dedicated to Empowering Women and Girls



Shefali Milczarek-Desai is Assistant Clinical Professor of Law, Director of the Workers’ Rights Clinic, and Co-Chair of the Bacon Immigration Law and Policy Program at the University of Arizona’s James E. Rogers College of Law. Professor Desai instructs the next generation of attorneys in client-centered and cross-cultural lawyering through representation of low-wage immigrant and migrant workers throughout Arizona’s borderlands. Under her supervision, law students have worked on cases resulting in published decisions in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and the Arizona District Court upholding the rights of asylum seekers and immigrant workers. Professor Desai writes at the intersection of critical race and feminist theory and employment and immigration law. Her current research focuses on how paid sick time laws and policies influence the legal rights and well-being of immigrant workers, and how migrant workers can reclaim their labor through worker-owned cooperatives. 

Milczarek-Desai Awarded with Sustainable Economies Law Center Fellowship 

Milczarek-Desai Discusses the Flores Agreement



Albertina Antognini is a Professor of Law at the University of Arizona. She teaches Family Law, Property, Trusts & Estates, and a seminar that surveys how different legal fields shape the contemporary American family. Professor Antognini’s research seeks to expose how categories that may appear “natural,” are in fact products of law. Her recent work focuses on nonmarital relationships and considers the relationship they hold to marriage across various legal doctrines. 

Antognini Presents at 2020 Stanford | Harvard | Yale Junior Faculty Forum

Jotwell Review of Antognini's Stanford Law Review article, "Nonmarital Contracts"



Jane Bambauer is a Professor of Law at the University of Arizona. Professor Bambauer's research assesses the social costs and benefits of Big Data, surveillance, and communications technologies. Her articles have appeared in the Stanford Law Review, the Michigan Law Review, the California Law Review, and the Journal of Empirical Legal Studies. Professor Bambauer's own data-driven research explores biased judgment, criminal justice, and gender equity.

For the Record: Bambauer Joins New Journal of Free Speech Law as Executive Editor

The Law Professor Who’s Helping to Structure the Future of the Internet



Simon Sepe is a Professor of Law and Finance. His areas of expertise include business organizations, corporate finance, contract theory, and law and economics. His scholarship focuses on corporate governance, corporate finance, and the theory of institutions. He holds doctoral degrees in both law and economics. Professor Sepe practiced banking and finance law at Clifford Chance, an international law firm based in London, and worked as an investment banker at Fortress Investment Group in London and New York.

"Shareholder Collaboration" Texas Law Review (2020)

"Banking on the Lawyers: Bank Value and the New Risk Managers" (Harvard Center on the Legal Profession, The Practice, 2020)

Read the Full Article on our Website


You Can Help with Arizona Law Student Orientation, August 12

We are preparing to welcome an excellent incoming class and invite you to meet them and participate in some of their first learning here on campus.

As part of New Student Orientation on Thursday, August 12 there will be a Professionalism & Ethics session where practicing attorneys (YOU!) join in discussion with students around real-world ethical scenarios that they may encounter as students and attorneys. We will provide you with all the materials in advance.

You are invited for morning coffee and for an informal grab-and-go box lunch after the session. Tables will be set up if you would like to stay and visit with students, faculty, and staff.

Thanks for considering this invitation. It’ll be a fun way for you to engage with new LawCats.

*This is an in-person event with safety precautions in place, following the University of Arizona COVID guidelines. Masks are strongly encouraged, but not required.*


Welcoming a Baby Wildcat

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Join us in congratulating professors Albertina Antognini and Andrew Woods, who very recently welcomed the newest Wildcat, Maximiliana Woods Antognini (JD Class of 2047?), to their family.


Lawyers and Judges: Mitigating Public Demonization and Division

Daily Journal, commenting on a special issue of the Journal of Appellate Practice and Process edited by professor Tessa Dysart and others.


A message from the University of Arizona Alumni Association:

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Purchase a kit for a Wildcat you know or for a student in the @uafosteringsuccess program. You can also include a gift to @uacampuspantry in your order.

Shop now at the link in our bio!"

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Ours is a highly active, oft-cited, and influential scholarly community. Our new Faculty Research Awards celebrate that fact, even as they create an annual puzzle of choosing from a (digital) bookshelf of powerful works.

It is an honor to be part of a faculty so deeply committed to scholarship and teaching—and part of a community that sees the deep and mutually reinforcing connection between the two.

I know we all have constant competition for time, but your time would be very well spent reading the work of our faculty in areas of your interest, and beyond.


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