Next year's new law students from all over the country are visiting potential law schools this spring and making choices. 

At Arizona Law, we are being visited by admitted students on a near-daily basis. We hope that, for many, the visit will make their choice easy. It's a pleasure to share our strengths with them, including information about our exceptional alumni. 

Speaking with a group of admitted students.

Just one year ago, Garrick Nowak and our other current 1Ls were in this same position. And already they have become an integral part of our Arizona Law community. (You can support our students here.)

Until the footnotes,

Meet Garrick Nowak ('21)

Garrick Nowak grew up in upstate New York and moved to Phoenix in middle
school. He relocated to Tucson for undergraduate studies in Philosophy and Gender and Women's Studies, and began Arizona Law's JD program last fall.
The Gonzales-Villareal Scholarship helps make law school a reality for Garrick, and he shared his story with donors at last month's Scholarship Lunch at the college.
"I love law school, and I am grateful to my donors, the administration, our dean, and all of our donors and supporters for making my dreams and the dreams of this incredible law school community possible."
Garrick explains that his story actually begins with the journey of a frequently bullied young girl, who never wanted to be an attorney. This girl was adopted out of poverty nearly 30 years ago by a loving single mother who was an attorney. 

The girl's singing voice gained her acceptance to Berklee College of Music in Boston but her singing career ended after an extended illness. Around this time, she was the victim of a serious crime, an experience that wound up changing the course of her life.

Surviving this experience ended up being the catalyst for
two significant changes in Garrick's life: transitioning from female to male and deciding to become an attorney.
"In the aftermath [of the crime], I was horrified to experience the inadequacies of law enforcement and our legal system, especially regarding the treatment and rights of victims."
Within three years, he earned an Associates degree, moved to Tucson to complete his double BA, began the process of socially and physically transitioning to male, and applied to law school. For Garrick, transitioning has demanded the courage to overcome obstacles but has also brought great peace. Further:
"I think that anger at violent, inequitable, and inadequate systems is most valuable when it is turned into passion that fuels meaningful action and change. This force compels me to become a lawyer and an empathic thinker with the power to effectuate meaningful impacts on real lives." 
As for his choice of law schools, Garrick says that Arizona Law stood out because its administration seems to really care about students as individuals, beyond mere statistics, and the school does a good job of fostering a genuinely supportive community spirit.
"Overall, my 1L professors have been exceptionally knowledgeable and interested in digging deep into the policy questions that others might brush aside. And I have made connections with classmates that I hope will last a lifetime. I am honored to be a part of this class of intelligent, thoughtful, driven law students."

At Windy Point on Mount Lemmon.

And, Garrick loves Tucson's natural setting, like Gates Pass and Mount Lemmon, offering room to explore and practice mindfulness: "I wouldn't want to study law anywhere other than here in Tucson!"
In his legal career, Garrick sees himself building on his background and experience with bankruptcy cases and also has a great desire to do rights-oriented work such as LGBT, disability, workers rights, or consumer protection cases. Garrick volunteered at the Name and Gender Marker Change Clinic in his first semester and is committed to giving back throughout and beyond his time at the UA.

The next Name and Gender Marker Change Clinic will run Thursday, March 28, and Saturday, March 30.

Around the College
Our annual QuantLaw conference took place on March 14 and 15. The conference combined UA faculty and some out of town guests with expertise in economics, statistics, psychology, and public policy to discuss a wide range of legal issues using empirical methods. 

Professor James Hopkins discusses methods
for identifying orphaned mines at QuantLaw 2019.

This year's workshops explored easy ways to improve the efficiency of courts, whether common law legal systems really are better for developing economies than civil law systems, and whether California and Arizona have unconstitutionally high rates of death penalty eligibility among defendants convicted of first degree murder.

The participants included longtime QuantLaw gurus John Donohue (Stanford), Jeff Fagan (Columbia), Saul Levmore (U Chicago), and Dan Klerman (USC). The Workers' Rights Clinic participated in the conference as well in preparation for an empirical study of Arizona's new paid sick time law.

Health Law Reception
On Tuesday, March 12, Arizona Law hosted a Health Law Networking Reception to celebrate two new fully online Graduate Certificates in Health Law, in collaboration with the College of Pharmacy and the Critical Path Institute. The certificates launched in January 2019, and over 45 students are enrolled in courses from 10-plus faculty members and guest lecturers.

Professor Tara Sklar, Director of Graduate Health
Sciences Programs, 
welcoming reception attendees. 

The reception celebrated the inaugural class and gave faculty and students a chance to meet each other in person for the first time. Associate Dean Chris Robertson, Professor Keith Swisher, Martha Brumfield, CEO of the Critical Path Institute, and I provided a warm welcome.
We were joined by representatives from Ventana Medical Systems, Inc., a member of the Roche Group, Arizona Cancer Care Center, Valor Health, and Arizona's Health information exchange, Health Current. 

Susannah Myerson, Wells Fargo VP for Senior Housing and Tucson Ambassador for Aging2.0 gave the closing remarks, which focused on the growth and need ahead for well-trained professionals in the aging sector. A third Graduate Certificate in Health Law, called Aging Law and Policy, is expected to launch next year, pending approval.
The reception also recognized Professor Roy Spece's leadership as Chair of Health Law Section of the American Association of Law Schools.

Current student, Nedal Taha, in the Graduate Certificate in Regulatory Science and postdoctoral research associate at the UA College of Medicine, said:
"I came to meet my colleagues and professors in person. It was my pleasure to do so. I am loving the courses so much. Thank you for providing this opportunity. I hope there will be more networking events in the future."

Special thanks to the excellent faculty who presented snapshots of their courses:
  • Chris Mathis, Law 579B: Legal and Regulatory Fundamentals for Health Care Business
  • Marco Schito, Law 577A: Development & Innovation: Biologics, Devices, and Diagnostics
  • Laura Howard, Phil 515: Health Care Ethics
  • Tracy Nuckolls ('70), Law 578A: Legal and Regulatory Aspects for Health Care Delivery
  • Gondy Leroy, MIS 506: Health Care Information Systems
  • Elizabeth Hall-Lipsy ('05), Law 695D: Regulatory Science Series and Law 580A: Professional Responsibility and Compliance for Health Professionals
For questions or further information, contact Professor Tara Sklar or visit law.arizona.edu/health.

Open to Practicing Attorneys: "Taking and Defending Depositions" Short Course in April

A short course designed by Professor and Director of Advocacy Barbara Bergman, "Taking and Defending Depositions" will take place April 12-14 and April 19-21, 2019, at the College of Law. 

It is open to all alumni and practicing attorneys.

Professor and Director of Advocacy Barbara Bergman.
This dynamic course was first offered last year and was very well-received. 

Whether you are new to depositions or want to refresh your skills, this two-weekend "learn-by-doing" course will give you the tools you need to succeed. In it, you will learn how to:
  • Effectively prepare your witnesses
  • Defend the deposition
  • Deal with obstreperous counsel
  • Get the answers within time constraints
  • Optimize information from expert witnesses
  • Test theories
  • Close off avenues of escape
The class is limited to seven practicing attorneys and 25 law students, and may be eligible for CLE credit.* The cost for the class is $1,000, and you will find the syllabus here. A payment plan is available. Course sessions take place at the University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law.
*The State Bar of Arizona does not approve or accredit CLE activities for the Mandatory Continuing Legal Education requirement. This course may qualify for up to 31 hours toward your annual CLE requirement for the State Bar of Arizona, including 4.5 hours of professional responsibility.

Upcoming Alumni Events 

Saturday, April 6
Arizona Law Day at the Ball Park

Hi Corbett Field, Tucson
3-6 p.m.

The Arizona Law Alumni & Development Office is hosting a day at the ballpark where our own Arizona Wildcats will face off against the University of Washington Huskies. We will have a special tent reserved for all guests to visit with each other, grab some food, and enjoy some shade. This is a family friendly event. Alumni, friends, students, faculty, and staff are all welcome!

Ticket price includes: cost of admission to the game, access to the tent, food, and non-alcoholic drinks. Additional food and drinks are available for purchase at the game. Everyone needs a ticket to attend. Come out and have some fun!

Monday, April 8
Arizona Law Reception

Quarles & Brady, LLP, Phoenix
5-6:30 p.m.

Join Dean Marc Miller and Arizona Law in Phoenix for drinks, appetizers, and conversation. Connect with fellow alumni, friends of the College of Law, and admitted students to share stories of law school and beyond and learn about the exciting things happening at Arizona Law.

And here are a few more events to put on your calendar, with more details to come!

Tuesday, June 4
Annual Steve Hirsch Gutter Bowl - Scottsdale Bowlmor 

Friday & Saturday, November 1-2
UA Homecoming & Reunions

In the News

Cronkite News, quoting professor Barbara Bergman

JDSUPRA, mentioning professor Jane Bambauer

Payson Roundupquoting professor Jane Bambauer

Free panel discussion aims to find ways to prevent Tucson evictionsAZ Daily Star, quoting professor Stacy Butler

Daily Wildcat, featuring Assistant Dean Nancy Stanley

"University of Arizona Law professor Robert Glennon, one of the nation's leading experts on water policy and law, took his annual trip to the Colorado River with students this past weekend. The trip is part of the Colorado River in American History class, which also includes discussion on the river's uses among states in its present and future use."


You can see that this is a busy time of year for current students, as we build the next JD class, as a scholarly community (such as with QuantLaw), as we regularly engage the bar and bench, and for our diverse and growing programs for non-lawyers, of which the certificates in health law and regulatory science are a perfect illustration.
Every day I am grateful for the buzz of people and ideas that define our college and our community. 





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