This week brings news from our high-achieving Legal Writing Program and  the results of the Grand Closing Argument Competition.
And, for more to cheer about, remember to sign up for the Steve Hirsch Gutter Bowl, coming up quickly on April 10. 
Until the footnotes,


Legal Writing Program Makes Great Strides, Recognized Nationally

Director of Legal Writing Susan Salmon, Joy Herr-Cardillo, Diana Simon, Tessa Dysart, Carolyn Williams, and Sylvia Lett (l-r). Photo: Molly Condit/University of Arizona Law.

Built on powerful, longstanding foundations, Arizona Law's Legal Writing Program continues to grow and innovate -- and to gain well-deserved recognition. 

US News's latest rankings issue names the University of Arizona College of Law as having one of the top 25 legal writing programs in the country.

We also note that the College of Law this year climbed seven spots in the US News ranking of the nation's law schools to position it at number 41 (out of just over 200 accredited law schools).
Professor Susie Salmon, director of the Legal Writing Program since 2017, says that her vision for the program involves ensuring that each first-year law student learns legal analysis and writing from someone dedicated full-time to that endeavor. She led the hiring of five new faculty members last fall (pictured above). 
She says, 

"Having a core team of faculty who are totally invested in the subject matter and the program allows us to be nimble, collaborative, and creative in ways that can only benefit our students and the profession." 
The expanded program has kept class sizes small and increased the diversity of course offerings, with instruction grounded in the real-world practice experiences of its faculty. The team's teaching techniques include peer editing, live drafting, and realistic simulations.
The program also supports classroom Writing Fellows and the Arizona Law Writing Center, begun in 2017 in cooperation with the University of Arizona ThinkTank Writing Center, and oversees aspects of the College of Law's moot-court activities.

Professor Sylvia Lett presents at the Rocky Mountain 
Legal Writing Conference.

Faculty from the Legal Writing Program presented on many of their best practices just last week at the Eighteenth Annual Rocky Mountain Regional Legal Writing Conference, held this year at the University of Denver, Sturm College of Law. The conference theme was enhancing student and faculty wellness, and it drew legal-writing professors from across the country and as far away as Qatar.

Assistant director Tessa Dysart says, 

"The conference was an excellent opportunity to connect with our national and international colleagues and share innovative teaching techniques and ideas for training successful, happy lawyers. Each of the six members of our Arizona Law team contributed to the discussion through presentations on plagiarism, technology, student happiness, imposter syndrome, gender issues, and extracurricular enrichment activities."
Congratulations to the entire Arizona Law Legal Writing Program team on their continued successes.

Around the College

2018 Richard Grand Closing Argument Competition Results 
Finalists Nicolas Hurtado, Matt Ashton, Will Vitkus, 
J.P. Barnard, and Hanees Haniffa (l-r)

The final round of the 2018 Richard Grand Closing Argument Competition was held on Monday, March 26. The results are as follows:

1st place ($2,500 prize) ~ Hanees Haniffa (2L)
2nd place ($1,000 prize each) ~ Matt Ashton (3L) and Nicolas Hurtado (LLM)
4th place ($250 prize each) ~ J.P. Barnard (3L) and Will Vitkus (2L)

Please congratulate all the finalists!

Student-Initiated "All Roads Lead to Chaco Canyon" Conference

The first-ever "All Roads Lead to Chaco Canyon: Revitalizing Trade Between Native Nations" conference was held on March 23-24 in Tucson. 
The conference was the brain-child of Arizona Law graduate students in the Indigenous Peoples Law and Policy (IPLP) Program, Joe Austin (SJD) and Adam Crepelle (LLM). It was designed to bring together Indigenous leaders, entrepreneurs, attorneys, and academics from various disciplines to explore one question: "How can Native Nations use a global trade approach to develop domestic and international trade networks?"

Conference panelists included (l-r): Robert Miller (ASU Law), Rebecca Tsosie (UA Law), 
Antonio Solórzano (White Earth attorney)
, Adam Crepelle (UA LLM student), 
Bruce Duthu (Dartmouth), Joseph Austin (UA SJD student), Francisco Olea (UA 3L student), Lance Morgan (Ho-Chunk, Inc.), and Melissa Tatum (UA Law).

The two-day conference was an exciting, energizing, and productive exchange of ideas, melding theory and practice. Conference speakers and attendees came from across the United States. It was also a wonderful showcase of the work being done by our alumni and students.
Student volunteers Darrah Blackwater (1L), Duane Cardenas (3L), Zachary Foreman (2L), Summer Aubrey (1L), and Matthew Ramirez (2L) helped make the event a success.

Learn more about the conference's themes and participants here

Thanks also go to the many conference sponsors. A complete list of sponsors, which included tribes, businesses, law firms, and units from across the UA, is here.

Join Us for Gutter Bowl, April 10

Tuesday, April 10, 2018, 6-9 p.m.

Scottsdale Bowlmor, 7300 E. Thomas Rd., Scottsdale, AZ 85251

Now in its 11th year, the Gutter Bowl beckons your team to the Scottsdale Bowlmor, where we will take over the entire alley on Tuesday, April 10, to battle for the coveted trophy -- the lowest score of the night. Don't worry, there are awards for high achievers as well.
All proceeds from the Hirsch Bowl will go to the Steven A. Hirsch Scholarship Fund
Sign up to bowl
Sign up as a team or come as an individual bowler and we will connect with you with a team.
As always, teams and bowlers compete for the highest team score, highest individual score, and the coveted Gutter Bowl award (lowest team score).
Individual bowler: $60
Team of six: $500
Attendee (not bowling): $30
If you have questions or need help signing up your team, contact Chris Gast, cgast@email.arizona.edu or 520-626-2400.
To make your mark on this legendary event as a sponsor or participant, or to give directly to the Steven A. Hirsch Scholarship Fund, please contact Chris Gast at cgast@email.arizona.edu or 520-626-2400.

Thank you to our sponsors!

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Arizona Law in the News
Daily Wildcat, interview with BA in Law student Natalynn Masters

Vox, commentary from professor David Marcus
Politico, commentary from professor Christopher Robertson
Conference on international trade seeks to mix Native American ways with Western business models
Daily Wildcat, re-cap of All Roads Lead to Chaco Canyon conference 

The three things we hear most often from employers of all kinds in terms of what skills they look for in our law school graduates are, in order: writing, writing, and writing. 

In that spirit, it is wonderful to see the recognition for our newly expanded Legal Writing Program, and to honor the great team now focused full-time on producing superb writers from our college.




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