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Arizona Law strives to be a forum for the discussion of ideas -- as you may have seen around campus and the state:  "Bigger Questions; Better Answers; Bear Down."


Signature events throughout the year offer a variety of philosophies across diverse areas of law and public policy: the J. Byron McCormick Lecture, the Isaac Marks Memorial Lecture, the Darrow Soll Lecture, the various speakers brought in as part of the Civil Justice Initiative, the new Program in Law and Philosophy, the Program in Criminal Law and Policy, the QuantLaw Program, the Indigenous Peoples Law and Policy Program, and speakers on the changing legal profession. Every lecture contributes to our mission to educate and be a focal point for boundless discourse. Learn more about all of our events here.


This week we share information about the upcoming J. Byron McCormick Lecture, and feature two students who are asking bigger questions and generating better answers.


Until the footnotes,




The J. Byron McCormick Lecture

Rep. Barney Frank


Former US Representative Barney Frank will deliver this year's McCormick lecture.


Representative Frank served as a United States Representative from Massachusetts for more than three decades, starting in 1981. Most prominently known as the Chairman of the House Financial Services Committee, he is credited with the landmark Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act.


Please join us on October 16th at 5:30 pm in the Ares Auditorium (Room 164) for this dynamic lecture and discussion. Register here


The event is free and open to the public, though space is limited. The lecture is presented by the McCormick Society for Law and Public Affairs. The Society was formed to honor the memory of J. Byron McCormick who served the State of Arizona with great distinction as President of the University of Arizona, as Dean of the University's College of Law, and as an advisor to the Arizona Board of Regents. 


McCormick Society members gain priority access to the annual lecture and an invitation to a private gathering with Barney Frank -- and if you are not already a member, you can still join. Membership is open to all interested members of the community. The lifetime membership fee is a one-time $500 contribution to the University of Arizona McCormick Endowment. If you would like to join, please contact Dean Emerita Toni Massaro at


Kate Curl ('15)
Kate exploring the great outdoors!


Life is an adventure for Kate Curl. When she isn't hiking in Sabino Canyon or exploring great forests around the country, she is harnessing the skills she needs to be an advocate in natural resources law and Indian law.


Kate's path to Arizona Law was filled with exciting challenges and varied experiences. In 2007, she entered the Peace Corps and spent two years in Gambia, Africa. She served as a natural resource volunteer, where she learned, among other things, how to keep bees, graft fruit trees, and speak Wolof -- the language of Senegal, Gambia, and Mauritania.


On her return Kate explored different outlets for her talents, ultimately pursuing a graduate degree in geography and development with a certificate in water policy from the U of A. 


During her studies, she had the multifaceted experience of working in the Udall Center for Studies in Public Policy and taking cross-listed law classes like Professor Glennon's Water Law course. She says, "Being an avid Wildcat fan and having the opportunity to take my academic interests to a new level of advocacy, Arizona Law was the natural choice."


This past summer, she spent the entire season exploring the Pacific Northwest while working in Portland for the Department of the Interior's Regional Office of the Solicitor.


"I just fell in love with the whole region. I really enjoyed learning about the differences in environmental issues between the Northwest and Southwest. I also learned a lot about timber and in-stream fishing rights; two issues you don't see a lot of in Arizona. Because of its beauty and promise, I hope to work in the region after graduation."

Kate and Grover


I agree that 'in-stream fishing rights' to the Rillito would be an odd conversation indeed -- at least for a very long time, since the once free-flowing river became an ephemeral waterway.


Kate is also a dedicated student-attorney through the Immigration Law Clinic. She credits the Clinic as a genuine opportunity to help people and strengthen her own Spanish-speaking skills.


On a special note, Kate will be getting married this March in Tucson. Her fiancé, Grover Reitz, is an MBA student at Eller. They met during their time in the Peace Corps. 


When she isn't in the Clinic, working on an environment law project, or working on wedding plans, you can find Kate playing the trumpet, traveling to new and exotic places, and, naturally, exploring the outdoors. Kate hopes to return to Portland to practice and would welcome an opportunity to meet any of our Northwest alumni.


Connect with Kate on LinkedIn.


Ty Bowman ('15)

Ty representing the Padres!

"Take me out to the ballgame" isn't just a line in the 7th inning stretch for Ty Bowman. It is a call to action.


To say that Ty has a demonstrated love of baseball would be an understatement. He began at the UA Eller College of Management in 2007 pursuing his bachelor's degree in business management with an emphasis in sports management.


He secured an internship for the then Tucson Sidewinders -- they are the Reno Aces today -- a triple-A team. The following semester he was picked up as a baseball operations intern for UA Athletics and was soon hired as a student-employee, supporting scheduling, scouting, and recruiting. At the end of his undergraduate studies, he connected with the San Diego Padres, supporting their organization in a variety of positions.


Law school and a passion for a role in the profession of sports go hand in glove. Ty explains the connection in more personal terms, 


"My mother, Clare Abel, a real estate attorney and shareholder at Burch & Cracchiolo, was a big influence, but I was also encouraged by Josh Stein, Assistant General Manager and JD, who hired me at the San Diego Padres. He showed me how it could make a real difference in my career choices. Most importantly, I chose Arizona because I knew Tucson and I enjoyed the campus atmosphere and community feeling much more than the school up north."


The 2014 San Diego Padres 


Ty is very active on campus. He is president of the Sports and Entertainment Law Society, and involved in the Business Law Society and the International Law Students Association. 


He has continued his association with the Padres through law school. He spent this last summer in the Dominican Republic with the Padres leadership where he learned to scout and develop players from Latin America, and assess legal issues associated with acquiring players from other countries.


He plans on working for an MLB team after passing the bar. With his skills and experience gained with the Padres, I know he will hit it out of the ballpark.


One of the special areas of interest for law students continues to be sports law. Perhaps it is the love of sports or fond memories from intramural days, students are eager to engage in the law of competitive sports and entertainment. We now offer many sports law related courses including a short course each spring taught by Fred Yen from Boston College. In that class students are asked to represent a school as teams negotiate to leave and join athletic conferences (the Pac 13, anyone?). The course and Professor Yen have received rave reviews from students. 


Connect with Ty on LinkedIn.




Amanda Pustilnik
Join Us - "The Mind & the Law" Lecture Series: And If Your Friends Jumped Off a Bridge, Would You Do It? Translating Juvenile Developmental Neuroscience into Law

Wednesday, October 1, 2014
7 pm
Ares Auditorium (Room 164)

Professor Amanda Pustilnik of the University of Maryland will explore what contemporary developmental neuroscience is teaching us about the specific, legally relevant differences between adolescents and adults.

No RSVP required.

Future dates in the series: October 22, November 5, November 19, and December 3. Click here to learn more

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SAVE THE DATE - Centennial Homecoming Weekend

November 7-9, 2014
For more information, visit our Homecoming 2014 website.
For assistance with hotels or game tickets,
please contact the alumni office.

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Thank you to all who attended our Fellows and VIP Reception with Greg and Regina Byrne in Phoenix. It was a great event filled with Wildcat pride.


Thank you to our hosts: Brad & Amy Vynalek and Regina & Greg Byrne 



For those of you in Arizona, I hope you are enjoying the gradual drop in temperature. Fall is on its way -- along, soon, with our chance to send friendly weather reports to friends and family throughout the Midwest, Northeast, and beyond. 



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Marc L. Miller

Dean & Ralph W. Bilby Professor of Law
James E. Rogers College of Law

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