Today we had the pleasure of hosting Roxanne Song Ong ('78), the former presiding judge of the Phoenix Municipal Court and LCA 2015 Public Service Award recipient, as she visited with students as part of our Leaders in the Law series. 

This week we illustrate how faculty and alumni and students creatively approach the law and work at resolving society's pressing problems.
Until the footnotes,

Conversations on Privacy: What Happens to Your Fitbit Data?
Arizona Law Professor Jane Bambauer has been active in the planning effort for this fall's "Conversations on Privacy" series of public talks exploring privacy issues in the digital age. The series is presented by the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences (SBS) and co-sponsored by Arizona Law.

The series, which runs on five consecutive Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m. from October 19 through November 16, features conversations with national experts from business, government, and privacy advocacy groups. The programs are held at the Fox Theatre in downtown Tucson.
Here is information on the November 9 presentation, featuring Jane and two other speakers:
Your medical tests, mobile health apps, and wearable devices (like Fitbits) produce data that reveal insights into your health and behavior. What happens to that data? This conversation will reveal how new and emerging technologies, such as personal wearable devices that can collect and transfer information on your wellbeing, are changing public health, the practice of medicine, and employment and insurance -- now and in the future. We will highlight the biggest risks to your privacy and meaningful ways to maintain control over your personal information without losing the health benefits of the digital revolution.
Jane Bambauer is an associate professor in the UA James E. Rogers College of Law. Her research assesses the social costs and benefits of data, and shows how many popular privacy laws can inhibit socially beneficial research and innovation in health, education, and law enforcement.
Michelle De Mooy is acting director for the Privacy and Data Project at the Center for Democracy and Technology (CDT). She leads CDT's health privacy work on ethical and privacy-aware internal research and development in wearables; the application of data analytics to health information found on non-traditional platforms, like social media; and the growing market for genetic data.
Shelten Yuen is the director of research and development at Fitbit Inc., where he oversees development in new hardware, sensors, and algorithms in wearable computing. As a founding engineer of Fitbit Inc., Shelten developed the core algorithms in the fitbit trackers. Before that, Shelten was at MIT Lincoln Laboratory and Agilent Technologies.
Tickets to the November 9 program or any of the talks in the series can be secured in advance through Eventbrite.
To learn more about the series generally, go to

Cheryl Buchanan ('00) Helps Give Voice to the Homeless in Boston

Alumna Cheryl Buchanan ('00) is founder of the non-profit organization Writers Without Margins, which brings writing workshops to homeless shelters and other human services organizations in the Boston area. 

After graduating from Arizona Law, Cheryl began her legal career as a media lawyer, working in Las Vegas with James E. Rogers. She was General Counsel for 10 NBC affiliate stations owned by Intermountain West Communications (formerly Sunbelt Communications). 

In 2002 she moved her practice to California. Her advocacy work is:

"grounded in her experience as an attorney in California where she assisted more than 500 survivors of child molestation, helping them to tell their stories as an integral part of personal recovery from trauma" (see full bio here). 

Cheryl began to teach writing at the college level in 2004 and has done so ever since. She has also been the creative director of an international television production company, Handbook Productions, which created content for the Discovery Channel.

In 2015, Cheryl obtained an MFA in writing, literature, and publishing from Emerson College. As part of her coursework, in 2014, she began conducting writing workshops with clients at two local homeless shelters in a project of her own design. The Writers Without Margins organization, formed in June of last year, is an extension of that project.
The Berkeley Beacon, an independent newspaper of Emerson College students, recently featured Cheryl and the organization: 

"As a former attorney ... Buchanan understands the power of storytelling. In a city with one of the largest homeless populations in the country, she dreamt up a non-profit organization that focused on the 'fusion of art and advocacy' through reading and writing workshops."

Writers Without Margins has published print and documentary videos featuring participants in the workshops.

Cheryl described her motivation as follows:

"I went back to school to obtain a stronger background in literature but my reasons for the work haven't really changed. I think many fellow attorneys might agree that there is always an urgency behind our writing and a chorus of voices behind our words. This is just another approach, to amplify individuals and let them speak for themselves, through art."

The commitment Cheryl has shown to giving voice to her clients through her law practice and now in her writing and teaching within marginalized communities evokes the true meaning of the word advocacy.


Volunteer Lawyers Program Student of the Month

Join me in congratulating Arizona Law's Josh Messick ('18), the Outstanding Law Student Volunteer with the Volunteer Lawyers Program (VLP) for the month of October 2016.

Each month the VLP selects a student volunteer to honor law students who commit their time to helping clients in need of civil legal assistance.

Congratulations to Stan Dempsey
On September 24, in Las Vegas, College of Law supporter Stan Dempsey was inducted into the National Mining Hall of Fame. Inductees' contributions have had significant and lasting impacts on the mineral and mining industry and they have been selected for being leaders, innovators, authors, mentors, and philanthropists. 

The organization described Stan as "one of the most multi-faceted individuals in the mining community." Stan has been a major advisor to and supporter of the college's  Global Mining Law Center


Alumni in 10th Bar Leadership Institute Class

Five Arizona Law alumni were part of this year's Arizona State Bar Leadership Institute, now in its 10th year. Our alumni are pictured here at the recent Bar Leadership Institute retreat in Tubac, Arizona.

From left to right are Lori Price ('07), Shar Bahmani ('07), Judith Davila ('14), Sunita Krishna ('08), and Kami Hoskins ('08). Kami is a BLI alum and was a presenter at the retreat. Not pictured are Monica Pertea ('13), who is also in this year's class, and the CEO of the State Bar, John Phelps ('86).

Make your plans to return to campus for Homecoming/Reunion Weekend 2016. The updated schedule of events is located on our Homecoming webpage.

The  College of Law has a block of seats for the Homecoming game between Arizona and Stanford. To purchase yours, please email Marissa White.

Homecoming is just over two weeks away, and we cannot wait to see you at one of our Tucson or Phoenix events! (See the full Homecoming calendar.)

Each week brings new speakers, discussion, and events. You can see the full breadth of activity on the college's master calendar. If you are able to come to campus, we always invite you to stop by and attend an event. 

If you are not able to make it back to campus, you can still stay connected beyond by sharing your experiences with current students and recent alums through the newsletter and by joining the alumni directory.

See you soon!


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