Each year, the Soll Lecture illuminates an important topic in criminal law and justice. I hope you'll join us at noon today for the 2020 Soll Lecture, featuring Laura Conover ('05), the presumptive Pima County Attorney elect (register here). Our program in Criminal Law and Policy is a vibrant part of our college.

In turn, our Tech Law program, propels us forward in another key area, keeping the college engaged in important conversations at the intersection of technology and law.

TechLaw faculty members including Andrew Keane Woods, Jane Bambauer, Derek Bambauer, Gavin Milczarek-Desai ('00) and others are leading the way alongside a group of talented TechLaw Fellows

And the program is fueled through engagement with alumni and other tech law and privacy professionals. 

This week, the TechLaw program hosts alumnus Scott Hodes ('95), Associate General Counsel and Director for Privacy at Twitter. Students and alumni are invited to hear about Scott's career in privacy law (join us). Read our profile of Scott and see event details below.

The inaugural class of Arizona Law's TechLaw Fellows with faculty.

Prof. Andrew Keane Woods
Prof. Jane Bambauer
Prof. Derek Bambauer
Prof. Gavin Milczarek-Desai

There are a number of other recent TechLaw program developments to share.
  • In July, Professors Andrew Keane Woods and Jane Bambauer were featured in the University of Arizona's "Wonder at Home" series in a discussion of technology and privacy issues during the COVID-19 pandemic response (view a replay). The webinar was moderated by Arizona Law alumna Daisy Jenkins ('96).
  • In September, the TechLaw program partnered with UCLA to host a lively discussion with futurist and science fiction author David Brin on dominant and alternative business models for Internet news and opinion (view a replay of the webinar).
  • The Intellectual Property Clinic continues to thrive under the leadership of Professor Gavin Milczarek-Desai. The clinic provides students with the opportunity to work on a wide range of patent and trademark issues.
This is just a glimpse of our dynamic TechLaw program, with many more rich conversations to come. 

Until the footnotes,

Scott Hodes ('95) Adds to the TechLaw Conversation
Since graduating from Arizona Law in 1995, alumnus
Scott Hodes has built an exciting career in privacy law. Scott was PayPal's first privacy lawyer and is now Associate General Counsel and Director for Privacy at Twitter. 

In his career, Scott particularly appreciates the many opportunities he has to engage with new technologies that are ahead of the law and the challenge of giving legal advice where it's not very clear what to do. 

"I enjoy working with product managers and software engineers who are creating new innovations and educating them on the legal risks on how they collect and use data and how to mitigate them while still innovating. Also, since privacy law is still evolving, I get to work with public policy teams and organizations to help shape future legislation."
Today's tech industry and the attorneys who practice within it face some important legal issues at the intersection of privacy and technology. Top among these:
"With the increase of privacy regulation and enforcement as well as the current scrutiny on things like content moderation, tech companies are on the road to becoming a regulated industry like financial services. The tech industry will need more privacy and tech attorneys to navigate this more challenging regulatory landscape, which creates opportunities for lawyers in this space."
Scott will share his insights with Arizona Law students through the TechLaw program this week (see details below). We asked him to look back on his path to Arizona Law and his current practice. 
Scott grew up in New Jersey and, before law school, had never been west of the Mississippi. He thought that coming out west to the University of Arizona would give him a chance to not only get a good legal education but also to see another part of the country and "meet new people who didn't sound like they were from Jersey."
During his time as a law student, Scott observed the beginnings of law and technology coming together as the Internet was coming to life and recalls working with Professor Winton Woods on the Courtroom of the Future project and grappling with how tech might change the practice of law. 

He also feels lucky to have had the experience of Chief Justice Rehnquist teaching a few of his Constitutional Law classes, and says he enjoyed learning from the experienced adjunct professors who taught entertainment law and advanced environmental law. 

"They brought a practical view to legal education and made the coursework feel very real."
After law school, Scott earned a computer science degree and that put him solidly on the path to a career in tech law. His first job after that was doing tech support and development work for the legal department of a large financial services company in New York City. They needed an attorney with a tech background to deal with Y2K and some other tech law issues, so Scott moved from legal tech to tech law. A few years later, Scott began to do compliance work with the US's new financial privacy law (GLBA), and that really got him started in privacy. 

Seeking to move into more cutting-edge areas, Scott moved to Silicon Valley and that's when he became PayPal's first privacy lawyer. Since then, Scott has had a variety of in-house privacy and product counseling roles in the San Francisco Bay Area, which led him to his current role at Twitter. 
We asked Scott for his advice for younger professionals and recent Arizona Law graduates.
"Be proficient in technology. This is probably less of an issue than it was when I graduated 25 years ago, but since so much happens online today you need to be comfortable with technology to understand your client's issues and how best to advise them. Too many lawyers and policymakers at senior levels today don't understand tech as well as they should. We need more people who have a deep understanding of both the legal and technology worlds and recent grads can significantly help their career prospects by gaining that."
Thank you to Scott and thank you to our TechLaw program for hosting this Friday's discussion.

University of Arizona Law TechLaw Program presents: A Career in Privacy Law

In this conversation hosted by Professors Jane Bambauer and Andrew Keane Woods, Arizona Law alumnus Scott Hodes ('95) will discuss his career at the intersection of law and technology and the current and future state of privacy law in the US and abroad.

Around the College
Professor Sklar Joins International Scientific Advisory Board
Professor Tara Sklar was recently appointed to the International Society for Cardiovascular Research Scientific Advisory Board

Tara notes that, "This is a phenomenal opportunity for Arizona Law's Health Law and Policy Program and Regulatory Science Certificate to collaborate with leaders from around the world in the development of medical devices."

Next BLSA Coffee Conversation on Oct. 22

The University of Arizona Black Law Student Association (BLSA) invites you to their October Coffee Conversation with Professor Emerita Carol Rose on Thursday, October 22, at noon (Arizona/MST). 

Professor Rose will discuss the history of racially restrictive covenants and redlining, as well as the detrimental effects that these policies had on Black wealth, which endure to the present day.

Environmental Law Program to Tour UA's Virtual Mirror Lab, Oct. 23 

What: Virtual Mirror Lab Tour with Dr. Roger Angel

When: Friday, Oct. 23, 2020, 10-11 a.m. (Arizona/MST) via Zoom

The University of Arizona Environmental Law Program is sponsoring a virtual tour of the University of Arizona's world renown Mirror Lab with Dr. Roger Angel. The tour has been organized for students and faculty and alumni are also welcome to attend. 

Dr. Angel will talk about what he and his team have learned at the Mirror Lab and how it can be applied to extend the reach of solar renewable energy, on Earth and even on the Moon. 

Last year the Environmental Law Program hosted a tour of Biosphere 2.

Homecoming 2020, Bear Down Everywhere!

Your Arizona Law alumni team has put together a lineup of virtual events that will allow you to #BearDownEverywhere during 2020 Homecoming, November 12-14. 

Save the date and join us for on-demand lectures, a special edition of LawCats Live, student-organized conversations, and a virtual Faculty and Dean's Lounge where you can catch up with a few of your favorites, who helped make your time at Arizona Law memorable. In the coming weeks, we will provide more details and other opportunities to virtually visit campus.

Contact Corrina Eklund for more information about 2020 Arizona Law Homecoming events.

In addition to all of these events, the University of Arizona will be hosting its first ever campus-wide day of giving on November 12th! Stay tuned for more details on how you can make a difference.

Download Your Arizona Law Digital Wallpaper 

If you'd like to project a visual reminder of your pride in Arizona Law, you can select one of our digital wallpapers to use as your Zoom background. There are over a dozen to choose from.

In the News

Arizona Public Media, discussion with professor Negar Katirai

KOLD News 13, featuring comments by professor Shalev Roisman

COVID-related updates

From UA administration:

From the College of Law:

College of Law Coronavirus Response Information, including current College of Law status.

COVID-19 and Law Coalition, mobilizing University of Arizona Law expertise in response to the pandemic
COVID-19 Health Law Resources, with new video resources added frequently

This week's Wildcat Wednesday -- Letter of the Law paints a good picture of what an active and exciting time it is at our College of Law, pandemic or no.
Our calendar is filled with major lectures and in-depth conversations -- with distinguished alumni, including Laura Conover and Scott Hodes, and distinguished faculty such as Carol Rose.
And the foundation for these intellectual and professional treats is a faculty, student body, and community thriving on cutting-edge programs like TechLaw, and committed to addressing the most important and difficult issues of our day.


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