We are now in week three of the graduate law term!

Even though we are apart (for now), students and student organizations are building community beyond our classrooms.

And classes and clinics are building steam, akin to the focus and energy that comes every year as we settle into the academic year, and as Tucson temperatures start to cool. (They have started to cool ... .)
Please keep an eye on the Upcoming Events listing above, and further event details below. There are many great opportunities to engage with ideas, issues, and leaders in theory and practice available to our community, including CLE.
Nothing is more exciting than introducing our newest students to our greater community. This week we welcome incoming 1L student CJ Pommier and explore her passion for technology and the law.

Until the footnotes,

Hear from 1L CJ Pommier

New JD student CJ Pommier  -- Dr. Pommier (PhD Chemistry) -- was born in Florida and raised just outside of Wichita, Kansas, attending Pittsburg State University in Pittsburg, Kansas, as an undergraduate. She moved to Tucson for graduate school in analytical chemistry at the University of Arizona. "On my initial visit, I expected the Sahara and was amazed by the saguaro!" 

With her PhD in hand, CJ left Tucson for a job in pharmaceutical research and development in New Jersey. "After 5 years in the cold, I was ready to come back." She's been "back home" working in medical device research & development in Oro Valley since 2008.
CJ began to get involved in science advocacy. She joined the March for Science Southern Arizona team in 2018 to help with the Science Voter's Guide and now serves on their board.
"I was inspired toward a law career when I discovered I enjoyed the time spent learning about policies, regulations, and legislative processes in Arizona."
She thought her experience in the pharmaceutical and medical device industries could be valuable in informing evidence-based policies. CJ reached out to attorneys at her work for mentorship in making a career change.
"They got me in contact with Dean Miller, who was fantastic at putting me in touch with faculty, staff, and students at the university. There were many kind people who spent time on the phone or met in person to help with the decision to study law."
CJ chose Arizona Law for two main reasons. One is the TechLaw program

"I want to leverage my training as a chemist and experience in product development and research to bring unique insights into my future law practice. I look forward to being a part of this exciting program to learn how technology and the law intersect."

In addition, CJ now has roots in Tucson and is excited to stay. 

"Many of my mentors discussed the importance of networking and building a community where you want to practice. Because I love the area so much, I want to take advantage of the opportunity Arizona Law provides to start my future professional network here."

She also enjoys the Tucson food scene. 

"In pre-COVID times, a dozen friends and I made a point of going to eat in a new restaurant once a month for the past few years. We've been all over Tucson and had excellent (and not-so-excellent) cuisines all over Tucson. One of our favorite places was a tiny Beninese restaurant on Swan. If you need recommendations for a place that you might not have considered, I love to talk Tucson food!"
As she begins her first semester at Arizona Law, CJ looks forward to learning about the different fields of law practice and their associated challenges. She is also eager to learn about how policy is made in order to influence policies to incorporate more science and evidence. 

"One of my goals is to start an Arizona program, like California's CCST Science Fellows Program, to embed scientists in the legislature and better inform policy decisions." 

CJ also has a small amount of experience with patents from the scientist's perspective and an interest in intellectual property.
Situations like those surrounding COVID-19 add to CJ's resolve to work toward bringing more science and evidence into decision-making processes. 

"The massive amount of information and disinformation makes it difficult to know what to believe. I believe policies affecting us all should be based on the best available evidence. That's what motivates me to advance the role of science in those decisions. It's unfortunate the science is sometimes portrayed as partisan. The current, hopefully unique, situation underscores how important this issue is for Arizona and for the nation."

Around the College
Next LawCats Live Webinar is Tomorrow, September 3

Tomorrow, Thursday, September 3, beginning at 12:15 p.m. PST

In McGirt v Oklahoma, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that a vast tract of land within Oklahoma was part of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation's reservation, resulting in thousands of Oklahomans discovering that they live in Indian country and not in the state of Oklahoma. 

In this conversation moderated by Professor Tessa Dysart, a registered member of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation, who writes and teaches on appellate advocacy issues, we will hear Professors Rebecca Tsosie, Barbara Atwood ('76), and Melissa Tatum discuss the Court's decisions and its implications for the future.

View Previous LawCats Live Sessions

All LawCats Live recordings are available on the Arizona Law website. If you've missed one of our past sessions, you can catch up here.

Law Parents & Partners Association

The college's Law Parents & Partners Association held its first online gathering of the semester last week, with a great turnout and, as you can see, lots of smiling faces.

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

Digging Deeper: Pandemic Violence
KVOA News, quoting professor Negar Katirai

COVID-related updates

From the UA administration:

Week of August 31 -- UA to Remain in Stage 1 Instruction, extending limited in-person activities through the end of this week
From the College of Law:

College of Law Coronavirus Response Information, including current College of Law Status, as of August 31

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 -- including two more this week

Throughout the year, I speak with prospective students for our JD and all of our programs. This week that included responding to an email from a 14-year-old who asked about the path to studying law -- and to a seat on the Supreme Court. Like this 14-year-old, we plan for the long haul!
CJ Pommier brings her training and experiences to our community -- after a little more than 14 years working in pharmaceutical and medical device development. Despite her unique path, she will find many classmates and faculty and staff who share her interests.
Our TechLaw, Regulatory Science, and IP programs are a ready fit for CJ, but the larger relevant framework is that, as a world-class science-based research university, the UA is the perfect place to undertake the study and advancement of law, science, and society.


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