We are over halfway through this most unusual semester.

The University of Arizona has now entered Stage 2 of its campus reentry plan and the College of Law, responding to overwhelming law student preference, is focusing on increased access to law school facilities for those who want it, including use of our increasing number of outdoor covered spaces for smaller (distanced, masked) meetings. You can find out more on our Coronavirus Response Information webpage.

It has been heartening to see high levels of academic accomplishment, innovative scholarship, alumni involvement, and active community dialogue continue apace in spite of our physical distance from one another. 

This week, we feature a roundup of just a few of the recent notable accomplishments by our University of Arizona Law faculty.

We also offer you a preview of Homecoming 2020, which is just over two weeks away, November 12-14. Next week we will provide a full rundown. A virtual Homecoming is yet another "first" that 2020 is providing.

Until the footnotes,

Catch Up on Faculty News
These items are drawn from the latest For the Record, a summary of recent Arizona Law faculty accomplishments.
Roisman Presents Paper on Presidential Law at Administrative Law New Scholarship Roundtable 
Arizona Law professor Shalev Roisman presented his work in progress, "Presidential Law" (forthcoming Minnesota Law Review 2021) at the Administrative Law New Scholarship Roundtable, hosted at Yale Law School. The paper was selected as part of a competitive process of submissions.
Shalev's forthcoming paper focuses on how Administrative Law imposes procedural obligations on executive branch agencies before they can exercise power, but it does not apply to the President. His paper argues that the President is subject to his own body of procedural law -- call it presidential law. It argues that the President has a duty to deliberate before exercising power, explains how such a duty could be enforced, and examines whether it is normatively sufficient to legitimate presidential exercises of power.
Award-Winning Documentary Based on Asylum Case Originating in the Workers' Rights Clinic Showing at Film Festivals Nationwide
"Soledad," a documentary based on an asylum case originating in the Workers' Rights Clinic, and created by filmmaker Lisa Molomot, her students, and Arizona Law professor Shefali Milczarek-Desai, has been selected by more than half a dozen film festivals nationwide. 
The first to show the film was the Global Impact Film Festival in Washington, DC, where the film won Best Documentary Film amongst the 56 officially selected films. 
"Soledad" premiered at Arizona Law's Innovating Immigration Law and Policy conference in November of 2019. 
Marcus Speaks at Arizona Conference of the National Organization of Women 
Professor Lynn Marcus, director of the Immigration Law Clinic, presented on the current state of immigration law in the United States at the annual Arizona National Organization for Women. 
Lynn focused on immigration and women at the annual conference, which included additional speakers discussing reproductive justice and the equal rights amendment. 
Orbach Article Wins Antitrust Writing Award 
Congratulations to University of Arizona Law professor Barak Orbach, whose article "Interstate Circuit and Conspiracy Theories" has been selected by the 2020 Antitrust Writing Awards Jury as the winning Academic Article in the Procedure category.

Orbach and Sepe Elected as Fellows of American College of Corporate Governance Counsel
Arizona Law professors Barak Orbach (pictured above, right) and Simone Sepe (at right) were recently elected as Fellows of the American College of Corporate Governance Counsel. 

The College is a professional, educational, and honorary association of lawyers widely recognized for their achievements in the field of governance. Through its programs, the College addresses the major issues facing governance practitioners and their clients.
Mundheim Receives ABA Professional Responsibility Award
Congratulations go to Arizona Law professor Robert Mundheim, who on October 1 received the American Bar Association's Michael Franck Professional Responsibility Award.
The award is named in honor of Michael Franck, late director of the State Bar of Michigan and long-time champion of improvements in lawyer regulation in the public interest and is meant to bring attention to "individuals whose career commitments in areas such as legal ethics, disciplinary enforcement and lawyer professionalism demonstrate the best accomplishments of lawyers."
Around the College

Homecoming 2020, Bear Down Everywhere!

#BEARDOWNEVERYWHERE during 2020 Homecoming, November 12-14.

Join the College of Law for our first-ever virtual Homecoming. It will be the pride of YOUR house!
Here's what to expect:
  • Drop in on law school classes. Come back to the classroom and see first-hand how Arizona Law is instructing law students today.
  • Social issue conversations organized by student groups
  • A VERY special invite-only speaker for Arizona Law students, faculty, staff, and alumni. Speaker TBA.
  • Arizona Law Faculty and Dean's Lounge. Drop in to say hello and catch up with some of your favorite Arizona Law faculty and deans at this evening social hour.
  • And more! 

Homecoming 2020 will also include the UA's first-ever campus-wide Day of Giving. The College of Law will be raising funds to support student scholarships. Any gift during the November 12 Day of Giving will come with a limited edition #BEARDOWNEVERYWHERE T-shirt.
Next week's Letter of the Law edition will be fully devoted to Homecoming 2020. Stay tuned for all the details! Also bookmark to see events as they are listed.

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


Seeking Mock Jurors from the Arizona Law Community
Director of Advocacy Barbara Bergman invites alumni to serve as jurors for several mock trials as part of this semester's Basic Trial Advocacy class. 

Eight jury trials will be conducted on the Zoom platform on Saturday, November 21, between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. The students will be trying State v. Rausch, a murder case with a self-defense claim. 

If you are available and interested in participating, please contact Professor Bergman at

Watch Jenckes Team Compete, Nov. 6
The Jenckes Cup

Clarissa Todd (2L) and Rachel
Madore (2L) will represent the
James E. Rogers College of Law in this year's Jenckes Closing Argument Competition against ASU on Friday, November 6, at 4 p.m. 

We invite you to support our team by watching them compete via Zoom:

IPLP January in Tucson Registration is Open

For three weeks each year, the January in Tucson (JIT) intensive education session brings together distinguished faculty in the field of Indigenous governance and Indigenous rights, and gives them the opportunity to teach and hold discussions with Indigenous leaders, practitioners, and community members, as well as other individuals interested in Indigenous affairs.
The result is more than just a series of classes on Indigenous topics. JIT courses not only convey important information backed by research, but they allow space for a crucial dialogue to occur between Indigenous peoples from all over the world. This conversation provides new perspectives to familiar challenges, and helps to make JIT a truly unique educational experience.
Cost of Online Attendance
To help meet the needs of Indigenous communities affected by the COVID-19 Pandemic, JIT 2021 will feature a one-time, COVID-19 Response Rate of $500 per course/credit (regular cost is $750). Courses will be live streamed via Zoom and all course materials will be available on the University of Arizona's online course platform.

Each course accommodates only 30 students, so register early.

It's Wildcat Onesie-Day

Thank you to Elena Kay for sharing this photo of Marlon in his Arizona Law onesie. What a cutie. 

Marlon is Suzanne Rabe's (Class of 1979 and Clinical Professor Emerita) newest grandson. 

Congratulations all around!

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

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

Our faculty are leaders in the legal profession and beyond -- as innovative and productive scholars, as participants in organizations, and as public intellectuals on the critical policy issues of our times. Today's faculty notes in the Letter of the Law are illustrative, but only illustrative, of all that they are doing, all the time.
Join us virtually at Homecoming -- to see faculty, staff, and students, and to connect with classmates and friends. We will, in the future, do that in person. But for now, carpe computer, and remind yourself that Wildcats are everywhere, and you are part of the Wildcat nation, always.


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