This week we share news of an exciting scholarly undertaking. 

The widely cited professional Journal of Appellate Practice and Process is moving to Arizona Law after 20 years at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.

Arizona Law already boasts four student-edited journals -- the Arizona Law Review, the Arizona Journal of International and Comparative Law, the Arizona Journal of Environmental Law and Policy, and the Arizona Law Journal of Emerging Technologies. The Journal of Appellate Practice and Process will join this roster as the first faculty-edited scholarly journal to make its home at the college.

We look forward to extending our intellectual reach and advancing our role in the national conversation on appellate issues through this newest endeavor. Read on!

Until the footnotes,

Established Professional Journal Moving to 
Arizona Law
Professor Tessa Dysart will serve as editor in chief.
After 20 years at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock's William H. Bowen School of Law, The Journal of Appellate Practice and Process is moving to Arizona Law.

The move reflects our broad faculty networks with appellate judges, practitioners, and advocacy, legal writing, and procedure scholars around the country. 
Tessa Dysart, assistant director of legal writing and clinical professor of law at Arizona Law, is the publication's new editor in chief, and members of the college's legal writing faculty will be involved as editors. Tessa says,
"We are excited to welcome The Journal to University of Arizona Law and grateful to the Bowen School of Law for all the work they have invested in it. The Journal will complement our existing strengths in legal writing and advocacy and our faculty's ongoing contributions to the national conversation on appellate practice issues. And we look forward to leveraging University of Arizona Law's global focus and connections to expand The Journal's reach and coverage of appellate practice."

Arizona Law legal writing faculty will be involved as editors.

Since its founding at the Bowen School of Law in 1999, The Journal has published scores of important articles. Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist and Justices John Paul Stevens and Stephen G. Breyer of the United States Supreme Court have written for The Journal, as have numerous prominent federal and state appellate judges and leading legal scholars from across the country.
Courts often refer to The Journal in their opinions, citing it over 100 times in 2019 alone. Bowen Professor J. Thomas Sullivan, who founded The Journal and was its first editor, noted that "The Journal attracted important scholarship right from the start." 

He mentioned as an example an article by Judge Richard S. Arnold of the Eighth Circuit published more than 15 years ago that is still being cited today. Adding that articles like Judge Arnold's "played a major role in establishing The Journal's position as a scholarly, yet pragmatic, publication," Professor Sullivan also credited the appellate bar. He said: 

"Appellate lawyers were happy to see a law journal that addressed their practical concerns while furthering scholarly discussion about the future of the appellate process. The Journal has been pleased to play a part in supporting that dialogue as appellate law and procedure have developed in new ways."
"The University of Arizona is well positioned to shepherd The Journal through the next stage of its development," said Nancy Bellhouse May, who joined The Journal in 2001 and has been its editor since 2004.

Issue 1 of The Journal's volume 21, the first to be published by Arizona Law, will include a comprehensive assessment of the reasonableness standard, a scholarly review of the United States Supreme Court's grant-vacate-and-remand practice, advice on structuring appellate briefs, a plea for shorter appellate opinions, and a look at the ways in which the COVID-19 pandemic has affected appellate courts and appellate practice. That issue and those to follow will be published in electronic form.

We will gladly provide digital subscriptions to The Journal to University of Arizona Law alumni at no cost. Contact or if you would like to receive it.
Submissions and questions regarding The Journal may be sent to

Around the College

3L Nate Goodman Reflects on Bostock Decision
The Supreme Court last week held in Bostock v. Clayton County, Georgia that an employer who fires an individual merely for being gay or transgender violates Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
During his 2L summer, Nate Goodman (now a rising 3L) interned with a DC-based organization called Freedom for All Americans. At the time, Nate's supervisor was coordinating the amicus briefing effort for Title VII cases. 

Nate was charged with researching, analyzing, and drafting memos on analyzing, and drafting memos on how Chief Justice Roberts and Justices Gorsuch and Kavanaugh had approached statutory interpretation in the past. These memos were shared with amicus writers who were seeking to sway these Justices that the term "because of . . . sex" is interpreted to include sexual orientation and gender identity.
Of the recent Supreme Court decision, Nate says,
"It's hard to put to words what this case means to me and the nation as a whole. It's such a heartwarming and powerful message to the LGBTQ+ community saying, 'We see you. You are validated.' One of the most exciting things about it is that it will have positive implications even beyond employment; there are many federal statutes that have the same language. And although it is a huge step in the right direction, the achievement of full equality for the LGBTQ+ community is far from achieved. Regardless, SCOTUS really pulled through and I could not be happier with the outcome."

You're Invited: LawCats Live, July 9

The new LawCats Live series of webinars is open to all alumni, students, employees, and friends of Arizona Law. 

Join us on Thursday, July 9, 2020 at 12:15 p.m. for the first session on:

The Other Front Line: COVID-19, Immigrant Workers, and Public Health.

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.
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.

Congrats, and a Call for Alumni News
Sarah E. Selzer ('07) was recently named as a Commissioner on the Maricopa County Superior Court. Her appointment is set to begin in July. Sarah most recently served as associate counsel with Chicanos Por La Causa. She also clerked for four years with the U.S. District Court of Arizona for the Hon. David K. Duncan and the Hon. Deborah M. Fine. Congrats!

Alumni, send your own 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 this summer.
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

Cronkite News, quoting professor Lynn Marcus

Local Opinion: What AZ schools must consider with police
Arizona Daily Star, op-ed by professor Diana Newmark

See also on our website:

COVID-19 Health Law Resources, including video series

Editing journals and engaging in reform litigation are both ways of shaping the law, and therefore our society.
Strong student-edited law reviews and journals like those published by Arizona Law remain the most familiar and distinctive venues for legal scholarship. Indeed, other disciplines are amazed at the trust the legal profession places in its students to manage formal scholarly discourse, the opportunity for multiple simultaneous submissions and negotiation between authors and editors, and the nature of the student editor/professional author relationship.
Professional journals have had a distinctive and increasingly important role in legal discourse, especially in more specialized disciplines, and often at the more explicit intersection of practice and theory. The Journal of Appellate Practice and Process illustrates this trend. 

We thank the University of Arkansas at Little Rock's Bowen School for developing such a high quality professional journal, and reaching out to explore a transfer. 

And I am deeply grateful to Professor Tessa Dysart and our superb legal writing faculty for their enthusiasm in taking on this important and sustained scholarly project.




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