In a central rite of passage for JD students, a group of current 3Ls (this is Arizona!) and a few recent graduates sat for the Arizona bar exam last week.
We were able to provide our bar takers with lunch and a mid-day opportunity to recharge once again this year thanks to alumnus Dale Danneman ('74) and firm Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie LLP.
Spring weather has arrived, and we are just two short days away from our annual LCA Awards Celebration honoring three outstanding members of our alumni community. There is still time to join us ( RSVP).
Next month, we look forward to the annual Peter Chase Neumann Lecture on Civil Justice, featuring Karen Korematsu. You can read more below about Karen, who is a compelling speaker, and about the civil rights legacy of her father, Fred Korematsu.

Until the footnotes,
Karen Korematsu to Deliver Neumann Lecture on Civil Justice

The University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law is pleased to invite you to an evening with Karen Korematsu, founder and executive director of the Fred T. Korematsu Institute and the daughter of the late civil rights icon. 

The topic is "The Relevancy of Korematsu v. U.S.: Stop Repeating History."

When: Tuesday, April 7, 
5:30 - 6:30 p.m.

Where : Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie Lobby at the College of Law

About Fred T. Korematsu and Karen Korematsu

Fred T. Korematsu was a national civil rights hero. In 1942, at 23 years old, he refused to go to the United States government's incarceration camps for Japanese Americans. After he was arrested and convicted of defying the government's order, he appealed his case all the way to the Supreme Court. 

In 1944, the Supreme Court ruled against him, arguing that the incarceration was justified due to military necessity. The decision in Korematsu v. United States, 323 U.S. 214 (1944) was widely criticized and has been repudiated by modern courts. 

In a moment that reminds us all that justice -- and the fight for justice -- is timeless, in 1983, Korematsu's conviction was overturned in a federal court in San Francisco. It was a pivotal moment in civil rights history.
Since her father's passing in 2005, Karen has carried on his legacy as a public speaker, educator, and civil rights advocate. She shares her father's passion for social justice and education and in 2009 established the Fred T. Korematsu Institute to advance racial equity, social justice, and human rights for all. 

The Institute's work has expanded from K-12 civic education to promoting public civic engagement and participation. Karen's work extends to advocating civil liberties for all communities and addresses current issues that draw upon lessons of the past. She has signed on to amicus briefs in several cases opposing violations of constitutional rights arising after 9/11, including Odah v. United States, Turkman v. Ashcroft, Hedges v. Obama, and Hassan v. City of New York and recently, Hawaii v. Trump.
In 2015, Karen was inducted as the first non-lawyer member of the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA). She serves on the board of directors of Asian Americans Advancing Justice (AAJC) and NAPABA Law Foundation. She has been interviewed on radio, podcasts, and television. Last year her op-eds appeared in the New York Times and Washington Post

Karen has received numerous awards and honors including the Greater Metro NY Social Studies Conference's 2015 Isidore Starr Award, Muslim Advocates Voice of Freedom Award, the "Key to the City of Dearborn, Michigan," and the ACLU Chief Justice Earl Warren Civil Liberties Award. She recently received the Community Leadership Award from the Asian Pacific American Institute for Congressional Studies in Washington, DC, and her first honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from St. Michael's College in Burlington, Vermont.

About the Neumann Lecture Series
The Peter Chase Neumann Lecture on Civil Justice is a cornerstone of University of Arizona Law's Civil Justice Initiative, which seeks to elevate the American civil justice system and train the next generation of great trial lawyers. This lecture series is generously supported by and named for Arizona Law alumnus Peter Chase Neumann ('64).


Please direct questions to Bernadette Wilkinson at or 520-626-1629.

Around the College

Students Interview with Public Sector Employers at 19th Annual Sonoran Desert Career Fair

In line with Arizona Law's strong tradition of promoting public interest and government employment, the Sonoran Desert Public Sector Career Fair enables Arizona Law students to interview and engage with non-profit public interest organizations and federal, state, and local government agencies. 

The Arizona Law Career Development Office hosts this two-day event every February in partnership with Arizona State University College of Law to maximize employment connections in both Tucson and Phoenix. 

This year, at the 19th annual fair, we were joined in Tucson by more than 50 employers and organizations, who conducted over 350 interviews with students for internships, externships, and post-graduate positions. 

We are grateful to the following employers for participating:

ACLU of Arizona
Arizona Attorney General's Office (Child & Family Protection Division, Appeals Section)
Arizona Attorney General's Office (Child & Family Protection Division/Protective Services Section)
Arizona Attorney General's Office (Civil Litigation Division, Consumer Protection & Advocacy Section)
Arizona Attorney General's Office (Civil Litigation Division, Division of Civil Rights Section)
Arizona Attorney General's Office (Criminal Division, So. Arizona White Collar & Criminal Enterprise Section)
Arizona Attorney General's Office (State Government Division/Natural Resources Section)
Arizona Center for Disability Law
Arizona Center for Law in the Public Interest
Arizona Legal Women and Youth Services (ALWAYS)
Arizona Department of Economic Security, Office of Appeals
Tucson City Prosecutor's Office
City of Tucson Public Defender
Cochise County Attorney's Office
Cochise County Legal Advocate
Cochise County Public Defender's Office
Coconino County Legal Defender's Office
Coconino County Public Defender
Federal Defender's Office
Florence Immigrant & Refugee Rights Project (FIRRP)
Justice Advocates Coalition
La Paz County Public Defender
Maricopa County Attorney's Office
Maricopa County Office of the Public Advocate
Mohave County Indigent Defense Services
Navajo County Attorney's Office
Navajo Nation Department of Justice
New Mexico Administrative Office of District Attorneys
Office of Children's Counsel
Office of the General Counsel, University of Arizona
Pima County Attorney's Office (Civil Division)
Pima County Attorney's Office (Criminal Division)
Pima County Bar Association
Pima County Legal Defender
Pima County Public Defender's Office
Pima County Public Defense Services, Public Defender Dependency & Juvenile Defender
Pio Decimo Center, an agency of Catholic Community Services
Riverside County District Attorney's Office
Volunteer Lawyers Program
Step Up to Justice
Town of Marana
Town of Sahuarita
U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Immigration & Customs Enforcement (ICE)
U.S. Department of the Interior, Office of the Solicitor
U.S. Immigration Court, Tucson
U.S. Navy JAG
United States Attorney's Office, District of Arizona (Tucson)
University of Arizona Athletics Compliance Office
University of Arizona Innovation for Justice Program
United States Marine Corps
Yuma County Legal Defender
Yuma County Public Defender's Office

For more information about the Sonoran Desert Public Sector Career Fair, please contact Assistant Director of Employer Engagement Shannon Walker at

National Environmental Law Moot Court Team  

Please join me in congratulating 3L  Yuzhuo Li, 2L  Katrina Wilkinson, and 2L  Zeke Peterson (above, l-r), members of the Arizona Law team for the Jeffrey G. Miller National Environmental Law Moot Court Competition (NELMCC), who did an outstanding job of representing our school at Pace Law School last month. 

The team was one of nine teams, out of 54, that advanced to the semi-finals held on February 22. 

To qualify for the semi-finals, the team had to argue on behalf of three different parties during the preliminary round, and then, along with 27 other teams, compete in a fourth argument in the quarterfinals held on February 21. 

Professor Joy Herr-Cardillo ('84) says that at each stage of the competition, the Arizona Law team members expertly handled very tough questioning on four very complex environmental issues. This year's problem involved both riparian water law and the Endangered Species Act. Throughout the competition, the team demonstrated an impressive command of the legal issues and composure under enormous pressure.
Before heading to White Plains, the team enjoyed excellent preparation and advice from several Arizona law faculty members, including Justin Pidot, Robert Glennon, and Priya Sundareshan ('11). The team also received support from Michael LeBlanc of Pima County who volunteered as practice judge and provided invaluable feedback.
The NELMCC is one of the most prestigious interscholastic specialty-skills competitions in the country. The teams receive the problem, which is notoriously complex and often unconventional, in early October, submit their briefs shortly after Thanksgiving, and practice for the oral argument rounds in January and February.

The Law College Association, in partnership with the UA Alumni Association, will recognize three outstanding alumni at the annual LCA Awards Celebration.
Friday, March 6, 2020
5 - 7:30 p.m. 
At the  College of Law

This year's honorees are:  Kathy Brody ('07), Hon. Cecilia Castellanos ('72), and Brett Dunkelman ('80).  Read full bios of the honorees here.

Thank you to current event sponsors:  Carmichael & Powell PC, DiMeo Schneider & Associates LLC,  Gammage & Burnham PLC, Hollingsworth Kelly Law Firm, Mitchell Stein Carey Chapman PC, and Snell & Wilmer LLP.

Contact:  Corrina Eklund, 520-621-7409.

Meet Up with Arizona Law at the Pac12 Basketball Tournament

Are you planning to be in Las Vegas for this year's Pac12 Men's Basketball Tournament, March 11-15?  Ariz ona Law would like to connect with you. Let us know you'll be there and we'll be in touch!  Just fill out the form at this link.  Hope to see you there!
University of Arizona alumni are also invited to a reception with President Robert C. Robbins and Athletic Director Dave Heeke on Thursday, March 12, from 4 to 6 p.m. at NoMad, hosted by the University of Arizona Foundation. Find out more here.

Open to Practicing Attorneys: "Taking and Defending Depositions" Short Course Begins March 20

For the third consecutive year, we are delighted to offer a weekend intensive course on "Taking and Defending Depositions" to the legal community. 

The course is organized by Professor and Director of Advocacy Barbara Bergman and delivered in a two-weekend intensive format with law students and practitioners. It is lively and interactive -- and we've received great feedback from practitioners.

March 20-22 and April 3-5
At the College of Law

UPDATED registration link here:

As you know, deposition skills constitute a critical part of successful lawyering, yet attorneys at all stages of practice frequently say they would like more practice and feedback.
Professor and Director of Advocacy Barbara Bergman

In this class you will learn how to:
  • Effectively prepare your witnesses for their depositions;
  • Defend the deposition;
  • Deal with obstreperous counsel;
  • Get the answers within time constraints;
  • Optimize information from expert witnesses;
  • Test theories; and
  • Close off avenues of escape. 
We have reserved eight spaces for attorneys who might be interested in taking the class. The registration fee for attorneys is $1,000, lower than many other programs of its kind.  A flexible payment plan is available to those who need it.
If you know of other attorneys who might be interested in taking the class, please share this information with them. Registration is now open and we're looking forward to another great class.
Please contact Professor Bergman at if you have any questions.

In the News

Yahoo! News, opinion co-authored by professor Christopher Robertson

Digital Trends, quoting professor Jane Bambauer

Above the Law, quoting professor Derek Bambauer

Supreme Court to Review Endangered Species FOIA Case
Bloomberg Law, quoting professor Justin Pidot
Bloomberg News, with comment by professor Barak Orbach

At Arizona Law every day involves deep interactions in courses, clinics, and externships, and deep thinking in the library (yes, there is still a great library) and in chairs, at desks, and on hikes.
But this electric current of ideas comes from and extends to our larger community of alumni, friends, employers, and leaders in the law and in society. Look at just the current few weeks, which include:
Community events like the upcoming Neumann Lecture on Civil Justice, which extends our understanding and our conversation on civil rights past, present, and future;
Students exploring public service careers through our Sonoran Desert Career Fair and testing their skills in environmental litigation through the Pace competition;
Alumni-centered gatherings in Tucson this Friday and Las Vegas next week, which celebrate the accomplishments of fellow Wildcats;

The 2020 Bob Mundheim speaker series with national leaders in business law, which begins on Monday, March 16;

Professional-development opportunities through Arizona Law through the short course on depositions that begins in Tucson on March 20 and the Friday lunchtime series in Phoenix, which continues March 20 and includes four more dates this spring.
And this is only a partial list.
You can see your essential role in this amazing community of learners and lawyers.
Celebrate our community every day, and please join us when you can!





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