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In this week's Letter of the Law, we look at the progress we've made towards building our programs in mining and natural resources law, all in the larger context of being at a law school and university with world-class strengths across environmental science, law, and policy.


Tomorrow, I hit the road for our regional interviewing program and to meet with alumni in Las Vegas. If you are going to be in Las Vegas tomorrow evening, please join us for our alumni reception at the Mandalay Bay. We also have lots of alumni participating in the Southwest Bankruptcy Conference at the same location. Our event is right next door. Please take a moment and stop by.  To RSVP, email Marissa White.


Until the footnotes,




Mining Law and Charles Jeannes


Arizona Law has a long history in natural resources law. That is hardly surprising given the extractive natural resource treasures of Arizona and the Southwest, including one of the 5 "C's"...copper. And even as the production of two other C's (citrus and cotton) have declined, and the fourth C (cattle) has held its own, and as climate has become increasingly important (for growth, and as a potential limit on growth), mineral (and especially copper) production remains an important part of the state economy.


A few weeks ago we announced that two of our students received highly competitive scholarships from the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation. Our increased work in mining law and policy echoes the global focus of the College, and a number of our international JD students come with a particular interest in mining and natural resource law. 


Our ability to create a nationally and globally competitive focus on mining law and policy here at Arizona Law comes from our history, our location, and the combination of a top geological sciences program and a leading mining engineering program under the direction of Regents' Professor Mary Poulton.


This year we join with our partners at the College of Engineering in issuing the invitation to their annual Lacy Lecture. The lecture is a tribute to the late Dr. Willard C. Lacy, the first head of the combined Department of Mining and Geological Engineering. The Lacy Lecture brings some of the top leaders in the mining industry to the University of Arizona.


This year's Lacy Lecture will be given by GoldCorp President, Chief Executive Officer, and Arizona Law alum Charles "Chuck" Jeannes ('83). 


The Lecture will be held at the Law College at 5 pm on Friday, November 7 --  in the midst Homecoming, and the launch of the law school's centennial celebrations!


Chuck Jeannes is an international leader in the global mining industry. As the CEO of GoldCorp, he leads one of the world's largest and fastest growing mineral production companies. During his tenure, he has successfully grown the organization with mining operations and development projects located throughout the Americas.


After graduating from Arizona Law, he practiced law for 12 years in the areas of capital markets, public and private transactions, financing, and international regulation. He then moved to positions of corporate leadership at Glamis Gold and Placer Dome.


His Lacy Lecture is entitled, "Turning Challenges to Opportunities in Today's Mining Industry."


This will be one of the signature events this year for the University of Arizona, offering a unique perspective on mining, natural resources policy, and corporate leadership.


Students, faculty, practitioners, local mining professionals, and the public at large will have the opportunity in this public lecture to engage with Chuck Jeannes and learn from his vast experience within the industry. Mark your calendars now for Homecoming and the Lacy Lecture.


Lacy Lecture and John Lacy


The Lacy Lecture was started in 2006 as a tribute to Dr. Willard C. Lacy. Dr. Lacy is the father of our distinguished alumnus and longtime Professor of Practice, John C. Lacy ('67), who practices natural resources law at DeConcini McDonald Yetwin & Lacy here in Tucson.


John has been a crucial part of our efforts at the college to develop and offer a more robust set of mining law courses. John brings tremendous industry knowledge to the table. In fact, a significant amount of his practice is devoted to international mineral transactions, and he assisted in revisions to the mining law of the Republic of Bolivia and the English translation of the mining laws and regulations of Mexico.


John's lifelong focus has brought him stature as an internationally recognized advocate and expert in mining and public land law. He has been involved in projects from beginning to end, developing a wide range of expertise. His experience encompasses transactional and title consideration involving acquisition of mineral rights from private and governmental agencies together with permitting issues and associated water rights. 


For years, students have raved about John's classes and we are thrilled to have him back for yet another year to share his talents. John teaches Public Lands & Mining Law and Oil & Gas Law courses. Moreover, we are grateful to the entire Lacy family for their multi-generational passion about mining and natural resources. 


Wesley Stiner ('17) recognized as Veteran of the Day by US Dept. of Veterans Affairs

"Veteran of the Day is Wesley Stiner. Wesley served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 2007-2014 as an artillery officer. He deployed with the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit in 2009 and trained in Okinawa, the Philippines, Thailand and Australia. He also deployed to Helmand Province, Afghanistan in 2010. He is currently using the Post-9/11 GI Bill at the University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law." (Aug. 26, 2014).

Congratulations to Wesley on his national recognition. It is a privilege to have distinguished veterans like Wesley at Arizona Law. We are proud to be a Yellow Ribbon Institution and a national model for student veteran services on a college campus.  



From the Chambers of the Hon. Brenda Moody Whinery ('85), Judge, US Bankruptcy Court


"With respect to your discussion of the bankruptcy negotiation competition, I would like to note that both Brad Terry and Jeff Coe are currently law clerks at the Bankruptcy Court. Brad Terry is my law clerk and Jeff Coe works with Judge Hollowell. The education they received in the bankruptcy courses at the U of A law school, as well as their involvement on the bankruptcy negotiation team, under the able coaching of Rob Charles, prepared them well for their clerkships."


We thank Judge Whinery for her welcome note. We hear from people after every Wildcat Wednesday -- Letter of the Law... and we love it. 


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Coming soon!


Join Us - Arizona Law in Las Vegas


Thursday, September 4, 2014 

Cocktail Reception

4:00 - 6:00 pm

Border Grill

Mandalay Bay Casino and Resort

3950 Las Vegas Blvd. South

Las Vegas, NV 89119


RSVP for the reception here.


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Join Us - The Mind & the Law Lecture Series: The (Unavoidable) Behavioral Lens within Lawmaking


Wednesday, September 10, 2014

7 pm

Ares Auditorium (Room 164)


This lecture will provide a select survey of evidence-based policy-making, seeking to illustrate the potential for how the behavioral sciences can be harnessed to improve government, while also highlighting some of the limitations and challenges that must be navigated.


No RSVP required.


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Join Us - 16th Annual Constitution Day Supreme Court Review


Monday, September 15, 2014

1:00 pm - 4:00 pm (reception to follow)

Ares Auditorium (Room 164)

The William H. Rehnquist Center's Annual Constitution Day Program will feature a renowned group of scholars and practitioners who will review some of the major cases decided by the Supreme Court of the United States during its most recent term.


RSVP for the event here.


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Join Us - Law, Religion, and Politics: Understanding the Separation of Church and State

Friday, September 19, 2014

7:00 pm - 8:30 pm (reception to follow) 

Ares Auditorium (Room 164)

University of Notre Dame Law Professor Richard W. Garnett will discuss current and emerging legal issues involving faith, church-state relations, and the exercise of religion at a free, public lecture sponsored jointly by the Notre Dame Alumni Club of Tucson and the Rehnquist Center at the University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law.


No RSVP required. 


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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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Forging new friendships: a snapshot of students in the Lewis Roca Rothgerber Lobby! 



Most of the public lectures offered at the college qualify for CLE credit. With just the fabulous events list above, you can reach the state requirement in pleasure, and in style. Join us for one or for all of them -- you are always welcome at Arizona Law.  








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

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