Greetings,
 
This week we spotlight Professor Teresa Miguel-Stearns, who joins the College of Law as director of the law library. As you'll read, Teresa has already hit the ground running, not only through her leadership of the library but through her service in helping to shape the college's ongoing COVID-19 pandemic response.

Also in this week's edition, we share statements from several more of our student-led organizations who, continuing the national conversation on racial justice that arose following the killing of George Floyd, express their solidarity with the Black Law Students' Association/SBA statement and with Black Lives Matter. (We shared additional statements in our June 3 edition.)

Until the footnotes,
 
Marc
 
Teresa Miguel-Stearns Joins the College as Library Director and Associate Dean
 Photo by Harold Shapiro

The University of Arizona Law welcomes Teresa Miguel-Stearns as director of the Daniel F. Cracchiolo Law Library, associate dean of legal information innovation, and professor of law.
 
Teresa joins University of Arizona Law after 15 years in various positions at the Lillian Goldman Law Library at Yale Law School, culminating in her appointment to director of the law library and professor of law in 2016.
 
Teresa is a national leader, and her innovative and globally minded approach is the perfect match for University of Arizona Law. The law school community eagerly anticipated her arrival, and although COVID-19 forced us to welcome her via Zoom meetings, our diaspora has not kept Teresa from already starting to transform our approach to legal information science, and to expand support for scholarly and policy efforts. The college will benefit from her expertise, intelligence, creativity and energy in the months and years to come. We are thrilled that she is here.
 
Her areas of interest in research and teaching include Latin American law and politics, legal research, foreign and international law, and the history of law librarianship and legal education.


Teresa shares,
 
"I am honored and thrilled to carry on the tradition started by my predecessor and one of my mentors, Mike Chiorazzi, to educate and train the next generation of law librarians. I also want to leverage our BA in Law program, UA School of Information, and UA Global connections to expand the pool of students and influence the profession both in the U.S. and around the world. At the same time, I am excited to innovate within our law library in partnership with our cutting-edge faculty, devoted students and local community."
 
Since joining Arizona Law in April, Teresa has assumed key leadership roles in the college's evolving COVID-19 response and planning. She is co-chair of the college's New Safe Return committee, preparing a college-level plan to ensure a safe return to campus in the fall. Teresa is also part of the college's COVID-19 & Law Coalition, a clearinghouse on law expertise across a broad swath of legal issues related to the pandemic. She says,
 
"Being able to join the Arizona Law community and immediately make a positive impact is important and meaningful to me, especially during this troubling and uncertain time. These opportunities have also allowed me to get to know many members of our college community quickly -- and everyone has been so very welcoming."
 
Teresa is the founder and creator of ALLStAR Benchmarking, a data collection and analysis tool for U.S. academic law libraries. ALLStAR is now the primary method for law libraries to capture, share, compare and analyze data, which allows libraries to benchmark, learn and implement best practices, and more strategically allocate resources. She and ALLStAR were awarded the American Association of Law Libraries' "Innovations in Technology Award" for 2020.
 
Teresa is a leader in creating diversity, equity, and inclusion in law libraries.
 
She led a team of librarians to collaborate with other organizations to create and launch Global Online Access to Legal Information (GOALI) GOALI is the fifth module in the Research4Life platform, a public-private partnership of librarians and publishers that delivers licensed research and scholarship to institutions in developing countries at low or no cost.
 
Teresa founded SELA Bibliotecarios, an annual meeting of Latin American law librarians held concurrently with Yale SELA, with the goal of creating a network of law librarians throughout Latin America and increasing the profile of law librarians and the profession of librarianship throughout the region.
 
She is an alumna of Knowledge River at the University of Arizona and the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) Initiative to Recruit a Diverse Workforce. Miguel-Stearns led Yale University Library's Diversity Counsel and American Association of Law Libraries (AALL) Latino Caucus. She has also participated in AALL's Diversity Committee and sponsored ARL's Symposium on Strategic Leadership in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.
 
Teresa earned her JD from the University of Richmond School of Law and worked as a public defender for close to eight years before earning her M.A. in library and information science from the University of Arizona.
 
  
Around the College

Our community continues to speak about George Floyd, Black Lives Matter, and the profound issues of discrimination, equality and social justice brought into wide discourse in our country. 

Below are additional statements from student lead groups at our College, to add those those we printed and shared in prior weeks.


Arizona Journal of International and Comparative Law Statement of Solidarity

Dear LawCat Community,
 
The Arizona Journal of International and Comparative Law stands in solidarity with the Black Law Student Association (BLSA), the Black community, and with all those seeking justice for the murder of George Floyd at the hands of the Minneapolis police.
 
Mr. Floyd's death was unjustifiable, unnecessary, and senseless. Our hearts go out to Mr. Floyd's family, friends, and loved ones, and to all those who have been directly and indirectly impacted by this tragic event.
 
Police brutality is but one symptom of institutional racism in America. Other LawCat groups have raised their voices to bring awareness to racial inequalities in policing practices, the criminal justice system, and to the disproportionate impact of air pollution and environmental hazards on Black communities. The current pandemic has highlighted inequalities in job security and access to health care and to loaning institutions. As many protestors have reminded us, racism is a pandemic, too. And like the pandemic, healing the racial divide in America will take a unified and systematic effort to see positive results.
 
We join in support of those whose frustration and anger at the needless acts of violence against black lives have led to a peaceful, international movement to seek transformative justice and equality for the Black community. Let us also highlight and amplify BLSA and countless other groups' message that BLACK LIVES MATTER.
 
In solidarity,
 
The Senior Editorial Board of the Arizona Journal of International and Comparative Law

Arizona Law Review Statement of Solidarity

We at Arizona Law Review feel compelled to express our profound solidarity with our colleagues at the Black Law Students Association, Student Bar Association, and various other student organizations at the University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law. We join them-and people across the nation-in stating unequivocally that black lives matter.
 
The deaths of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor weigh heavy on us. They are precious lives lost.
 
Their deaths are also tragic symptoms of a bigger problem of systemic racial inequality that festers in our country. We know they are not the first but rather the most recent in a horrifyingly long line of individuals including the oft-heard names of Michael Brown, Eric Garner, and Philando Castile. This list also includes Bettie Jones, Botham Jean, Ezell Ford, Atatiana Jefferson, Terence Crutcher, and hundreds of others.
 
We stand now at a pivotal moment in history. This moment has been centuries in the making, propelled by the tireless efforts of countless individuals, both revered and unknown, who have put their bodies on the line for a time when everyone is treated as the equal human beings that we all are. We honor their work and thank them for laying the foundation upon which this current movement can flourish. Now is the time.
 
Our goal has and always will be to create a publication of exceptional legal scholarship. We take great pride in this work partly because it serves to open conversations between gifted legal minds about the most pressing issues of law and justice. We will continue to cultivate a platform to amplify crucial discussions that help to educate and engage the legal community. As part of this goal, we want to once again direct your attention to the Joint Statement from the University of Arizona's Black Law Students Association & the Student Bar Association on the Death of George Floyd and the Ongoing Protests. It so poignantly addresses the current moment. To our colleagues, we want to say that we hear you, we stand with you, and we support you.
 
As noted in the statement, "[w]e are the future advocates, future judges, future lawmakers, future innovators, and future leaders of our society." Arizona Law Review is honored by any role we can play in supporting the next generation of lawyers and their efforts to create a better world.
 
Today, speaking at the funeral of George Floyd, Reverend Al Sharpton said, "You changed the world, George." Let us all commit ourselves to making this a reality.
 
Sincerely,

The Senior Board of Arizona Law Review

Asian Pacific American Law Students Association Statement of Solidarity

Dear UArizona Community,
 
The Asian Pacific American Law Students Association (APALSA) stands in solidarity with the African American community and with the Black Law Students Association (BLSA). We stand for the end of racism, systemic injustice, and police brutality. The African American community has suffered a long history of being discriminated against, and their pleas for change have been ignored.
 
Black, Indigenous, and People of Color are often subject to racial discrimination and assault, which has been amplified in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. Systemic racism and racialized violence are happening in the communities we serve on a personal and professional basis. We support the worldwide protests that are a call for positive change. We hope that the protesters' advocacy for equal treatment, and non-violent police conduct will be heard. We will continue to educate ourselves, and will work with any and all groups supporting equality. We would like to create positive change and support Dr. Martin Luther King's pursuit that people should be judged by the content of their character rather than the color of their skin.
 
We send our love, support, and deepest sympathies to the family of George Floyd, the families who have lost a loved one to police violence, and all those who have been affected by police brutality and ongoing racism. "All Men are Created Equal."
 
Black Lives Matter.
 
In Solidarity,

The Asian Pacific American Law Students Association
James E. Rogers College of Law

Christian Legal Society Statement of Solidarity

Dear Law School Community,
 
We, the Christian Legal Society at the University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law, want to express our deep sorrow and sympathy over the intense pain suffered by minority communities across our nation. The death of George Floyd was unconscionable and is a testament to the deep systemic and cultural racism that is daily experienced by members of minority communities across our nation. As Christians, we believe that every human being bears the image of God and deserves equitable treatment within our society. Each time that a fellow human is subjected to cruel and partial treatment because of the color of his or her skin it pains the heart of God and causes incalculable damage to our society. Accordingly, we wish to emphasize our outrage over the murder of George Floyd -- one of many victims of systemic racism in our society -- at the hands of those who had sworn to protect him.
 
As Christians, we believe that society should be structured and ordered so as to best promote the flourishing and common good of all members therein. Any culture that tolerates arbitrary persecution of minorities, and which refuses to meaningfully act to prevent this persecution, is one that must be reformed and transformed. Our criminal justice system is one that, statistically, systemically discriminates against people of color, and as such must be changed. If our society's system of justice is ever to actually change for the better, members of every part of society must speak up and contribute to the call for change. Only with nationwide consensus will meaningful change ever occur within our culture and within our justice system. As a group of Christian law students, we wish to add our voices to this call for change and to affirm our belief that systemic discrimination against all minorities should not and cannot be tolerated in a free and equal society. We stand in solidarity with BLSA and Black Lives Matter.
 
There is unbelievable turmoil right now, and we would like to express our desire to help our community however we can. We will continue to pray for our nation and for safety and justice for minorities [who are] disproportionately suffering. If there are any specific prayer requests you would like to be heard, please don't hesitate to reach out to anyone on the board. Besides prayer requests, we would also like to extend our hearts and our ears to anyone who would like to have a conversation about the current situation, or any other topic.

Environmental Law Society Statement of Solidarity

Dear UArizona Community,
 
The Environmental Law Society (ELS) stands in solidarity with the Black Law Student Association (BLSA) and the entire African American community. We stand for equality and justice for all. Black Lives Matter.
 
Systemic racism and injustice have left Black communities exposed to higher levels of toxic pollution and disproportionately impacted by environmental hazards. Black communities have been fighting environmental racism for decades. The current pandemic has highlighted the disproportionate impact of air pollution on the health of communities of color. The environmental justice movement seeks to improve the well-being and public health of all communities. To that end, we look forward to working with BLSA to educate about environmental racism and what we can do to fight it.
 
We will continue to educate ourselves, raise awareness about racism and racial trauma, actively disrupt racism, and tirelessly work towards eradicating environmental racism and creating environmental justice. We are hopeful that the international protests will catalyze appropriate legal measures to address police brutality and systemic racism. We are hopeful for meaningful change.

We offer our condolences and love to the family of George Floyd and all individuals who have suffered because of racism. ELS stands with BLSA. Black Lives Matter.
 
In solidarity,
 
The Environmental Law Society Executive Board
The University of Arizona, James E. Rogers College of Law

Justice Advocates Coalition Statement of Solidarity

Justice Advocates Coalition (JAC) Stands in Solidarity with the Black Lives Matter Movement and BLSA 

In light of the brutal police killings of Breonna Taylor and George Floyd -- and the protest movement that subsequently swept the nation, calling for systemic transformations in policing and criminal justice -- the Justice Advocates Coalition at the University of Arizona joins with our fellow students from the Black Law Students Association, Student Bar Association, and other groups in unequivocally asserting that BLACK LIVES MATTER.
 
First, JAC stands in solidarity with BLSA and aims to highlight and amplify the powerful sentiments put forth in the Joint BLSA-SBA Statement on the Death of George Floyd & The Ongoing Protests. We know that we are in a pivotal moment in history -- a moment that requires us to partner with our friends and colleagues to amplify voices that condemn a legal system that disproportionately harms and often treats people of color as lesser humans. We need to reassert that BLACK LIVES MATTER. We need to make sure that our voices are so loud that policymakers have no choice but to enact profound changes in areas of the law that have been broken since conception. We are tired of seeing grotesque injustices wrought on our friends and colleagues of color, and we must end systemic racial inequities once and for all.

Second, JAC aims to promote law that serves the public interest and social justice causes -- accordingly, we cannot ignore that our profession is shaped by and far too often reinforces racial inequities. We have a unique ability and obligation to do better. JAC is committed to reexamining how we can better promote more equitable practices within the profession, and we urge our fellow students to consider how they can also further that goal in their everyday work.
 
We are re-attaching the joint BLSA-SBA's statement. Please give it the attention and thought that it so much deserves. If you have read it, read it again, read the proposals for systemic reforms that leaders from affected communities have spent years working towards, and do not let the flame ignited in all of us go out.

Law Women's Association Statement of Solidarity

Dear Arizona Law Community,
 
The Law Women's Association as a collective is outraged by the murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and innumerable other black Americans at the hands of police officers for centuries. George Floyd, his family, his friends, and all other victims of police brutality remain in our thoughts and receive our sincerest condolences. This moment is but one manifestation of the systemic and institutional racism that black, indigenous, and people of color experience every day; a racism that has existed, and indeed enabled our institutions, for centuries. While this represents an incredibly painful time in U.S. history, we hope that this movement inspires all of us to finally seek and bring about the change, the dignity, and the justice black people deserve.
 
We fully support each of our fellow law students, particularly our fellow black students, as we navigate these waters. We stand alongside you to open dialogues, push for tangible reforms, and provide shoulders to lean on during these unsettling times.
 
We echo the wise words of BLSA and SBA:
 
We urge our LawCat community to remain civilly active and informed. As prospective lawyers, who have been granted the privilege of a legal education, we have a sacred burden and a special responsibility in the fight for equal justice. We are the future advocates, future judges, future lawmakers, future innovators, and future leaders of our society. Indeed, in conferring our degrees upon us, our deans and professors are granting us tremendous, unrivaled power to effect positive change on society. As law students, and as future attorneys, we must answer the call of JUSTICE, whenever she rings. We must recognize that WE represent the change that we have been waiting for in society; that WE stand, almighty, in the eyes of history. Only then, can we bring Dr. King's prophecy to fruition and let JUSTICE roll down like waters, and righteousness like a mighty stream.
 
We stand in solidarity with Black Lives Matter and BLSA as we say: Black lives matter.
 
Sincerely,
 
Executive Board, Law Women's Association

In the News

Tucson.com/Arizona Daily Star, quoting professor Toni Massaro
 
Law 360, quoting professor Stacy Butler
 
Conservative group keeps fighting -- even against Trump
Greenwire, quoting professor Justin Pidot
 
MSN, quoting professor Jane Bambauer
 
Harvard Law "Bill of Health" blog, co-authored by Tara Sklar
 
If we seek resilience, we need liberty, not nationalism
The Hill, referencing professor Andrew Keane Woods
 
Arizona Public Media, quoting professor Stacy Butler
 
Online Dispute Resolution's Role in a Post-Pandemic World
LexBlog, referencing professor Stacy Butler
           
The Conversation, co-authored by professor Tara Sklar
 
Tucson.com, featuring professor Shefali Milczarek-Desai


In keeping with the times in which we find ourselves, there is so much to understand, and so much to do. That is true in our homes, schools and communities.
 
Yet there is much to be hopeful for, and even to celebrate.
 
The arrival of Teresa Miguel-Stearns on the faculty and in our community is reason for hope. So is our intensive, collective focus on now, on this moment and the challenges and opportunities around us. 
 
That positive perspective is embodied in our efforts to create a place and a plan that will welcome students, staff and faculty back to the educational, research and policy enterprise that gives us heart.

Warmly,



 

 
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