On this Thanksgiving eve, we share Arizona Law's involvement in #GivingTuesday, offer a holiday favorite for your feast, and give thanks for your commitment and contribution to all that the James E. Rogers College of Law is and will be for years to come.  


Until the footnotes,



#GivingTuesday -- First Hour for the First Americans

Giving Tuesday

Join Arizona Law in spreading the word about Giving Tuesday. 


For the first time ever, Arizona Law will participate in #GivingTuesday. If you are unfamiliar with Giving Tuesday, it is a worldwide effort to raise awareness and motivate action for the common good. Giving Tuesday falls on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving -- just after Cyber Monday -- and takes place this year on December 2nd.


It is a day of giving on which organizations across the globe partner through social media for shared human enterprises. At Arizona Law, we are celebrating #GivingTuesday, by asking attorneys across the country to donate the first billable hour of their day or equivalent hourly pay to help fund scholarships for the First Americans through the Huerta Scholars Program


Judge Huerta with the graduates of the 2014 Indigenous Peoples Law and Policy Program.


The "First Hour for the First Americans" scholarship drive will assist future generations of Native American law students so that they can follow in Lawrence Huerta's trailblazing footsteps. Last month, Professor Rob Williams was invited to the White House to discuss ways communities can promote Giving Tuesday


Whether a supporter is a public defender or prosecutor, a partner in a large or small law firm, a solo practitioner, or a government counsel, the donation of one hour of billable work or equivalent hourly pay to the "First Hour for the First Americans" scholarship drive will help bring needed support to a population with few resources and significant legal needs. Law firms and legal offices can urge their lawyers to donate this hour to the Huerta Scholarship Fund and can encourage their teams to give more by creating a donation-matching program.


You can help in two key ways: 

  • Second, please help us spread the word. If you use social media, please help us promote Giving Tuesday and the First Hour for the First Americans program by using the hashtag #FirstHour.


Be a part of #GivingTuesday, #FirstHour, or #HuertaScholars, support the legacy of Judge Huerta, and learn more at

Arizona Law Helping Out In The Kitchen


It is certainly no secret that for everyone, especially at this time of year, life and work are, well, hard to schedule. It is a joyful moment when you can spend time with friends and family during the holiday season. As you prepare for your feast -- or feasts -- I wanted to share something from the Arizona Law family.


I asked around the college for favorite recipes that you can easily put together if you are still planning your meal. The following recipe comes from our Assistant Dean for Communications, Nancy Stanley.


Harvest Casserole (serves 6)

Prep time: 10 minutes

Cooking time: 12 minutes


20-30 Brussels sprouts, halved

2 cups cubed butternut squash

½ to ¾ cup chopped pancetta (can also use 4 - 6 slices of cooked, crumbled bacon, veggie bacon, or chopped cauliflower)

¼  cup broth (vegetable broth or bouillon)

½  cup olive oil (lemon infused is great)

¼ cup grated or shaved asiago cheese (parmesan and romano work fine, too)



1 red onion, chopped and sautéed with the squash

3 tablespoons pepitas or chopped walnuts

4-5 sprigs rosemary or 1 tablespoon chopped rosemary


Brown pancetta in a bit of the olive oil.  Remove from pan and set aside.

Reduce heat.

Add squash and broth, cook over medium heat for 4-5 minutes, stirring occasionally

Increase heat to medium high. Add Brussels sprouts and olive oil, stirring occasionally, and cook for another 3-4 minutes (or to desired tenderness)

Remove to serving platter

Garnish with pepitas and grated cheese


Snap a photo for us -- ideally with the University "A", the colors, or our centennial logo -- if you make this part of your meal. 




Congratulations to Scott D. Landry ('87) on being sworn in as a Juvenile & Domestic Relations District Court Judge for Chesterfield County in Virginia. 






Save the Date: The Arizona Law Gutter Bowl


Back by popular demand, the Gutter Bowl returns in the spring. Mark your calendars and start practicing now. Special Thanks to Alison Bachus, Jessica Post, Tom Stack, Geoff Balon, Coree Neumeyer, and honorary co-chairs Steve Hirsch and Chas Wirken for planning this event.


March 4, 2015

Let it Roll Bowling Alley (8925 N 12th St, Phoenix, AZ 85020).


In Phoenix and on the move! I was able to catch up with Greg Gillis during my most recent visit.
In Phoenix and on the move! I was able to catch up with
Greg Gillis and speak at Nussbaum Gillis & Dinner
 during my most recent visit.


The Mind & the Law Lecture Series: Can the Law Do Anything to Improve Patient Safety?


Wednesday, December 3, 2014

7 pm
Ares Auditorium (Room 164) 


Michael Saks, Regents' Professor of Law and Psychology at Arizona State University, discusses the legal perspective on patient safety. Medical errors remain the leading cause of accidental injuries and deaths in the United States, yet claims for compensation, and recovery of damages, have both been in a long and severe decline. Although waves of state legislation have made successful lawsuits even less likely to succeed, but the healthcare industry has not succeeded in reducing the incidence of injuries. This talk explores innovative suggestions the law might adopt to increase patient safety.

Click here to learn more. 
Michael Saks
Michael Saks

This weekend is the annual Territorial Cup game. 

We are ready to win. Are you? Bear Down!

The Miller bunch: Ruby, Owen, Evelyn, and Wyatt.
The Miller bunch: Ruby, Wyatt, Evelyn, and Owen

From my family to yours, I wish you a relaxing and enjoyable Thanksgiving. 





Marc L. Miller  

Dean & Ralph W. Bilby Professor of Law
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