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September 15, 2021


Sep 15

Prosecutorial Ethics in Real Life: Justin Oshana

Sep 21

UA DC Center: Diplomats as Legal Liaisons

Sep 22

Constitution Day 2021: A Conversation with Judge David Barron


The College of Law and the University of Arizona are in high gear.

Our 1Ls—like Jordan Young, featured in this edition—and our returning students are deeply involved in their coursework and student groups.

In-person and online events populate the Arizona Law calendar. Be sure to make room in your own calendar to join us for UA in DC, the Prosecutorial Ethics in Real Life speaker series (details below), and Constitution Day—and that’s just this month!

In addition, if you know of someone who would be a good candidate for our Legal Paraprofessional Certificate, please encourage them to attend our virtual information session next week.

Until the footnotes,



Meet New Arizona Law JD Student Jordan Young

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Name: Jordan Young

Hometown: Phoenix, AZ

Year: 1L

Undergraduate/graduate institution: ASU bachelor's in marketing

and master's in secondary education

When and why did you decide to study law?

I decided to study law last fall. I was a math teacher at a Title 1 public high school in Mesa, Arizona, for three years. When the pandemic hit, my school faced challenges it never expected. Instead of trying to determine how students were going to meet state standards, my school was focused on challenges such how to get food to students who relied on schools for meals and how to help students who were being abused at home when they were not attending in-person classes. It became apparent during the pandemic that schools were responsible for much more than a child’s education. As a teacher, there was not much I could do to help my students on a systemic level. I figured the best way to advocate for them was to go to law school.

Why did you choose the UA for law school?

I chose UA for law school because I want to serve my community here in Arizona. I was born and raised in Arizona and have no intention of leaving.

What are you enjoying most about the Arizona Law experience so far?

So far, I have enjoyed getting to know my peers and professors. Everyone has been so welcoming and kind. As I continue on, I am looking forward to joining some of the clubs and organizations the college has. I have been to a few of the informational meetings and now the hard part is deciding which ones to join. They all have so much to offer!

What are your career goals?

I know I want to help people and advocate for my community. I know that I am interested in education policy but am open as to where I end up.

Any scholarships to recognize?

I would like to thank the Dean's Achievement Scholarship. When considering coming to law school, funding was a major concern for me. Attending law school without the scholarship would have been much more difficult.

What else should we know about you?

I have a cat named Little Potato Dumpling and I love board games.


PCLP Series on Prosecutorial Ethics in Real Life

This fall, Arizona Law and our Program in Criminal Law and Policy (PCLP) are hosting the Prosecutorial Ethics in Real Life speaker series, beginning today with Justin Oshana.

Under the leadership of professor of practice and former U.S. Attorney for the District of Arizona Paul Charlton ('88), the series is part of an ongoing effort at Arizona Law to create a national forum for discussion of critical and timely ethical issues in criminal prosecution. 

Justin Oshana, TODAY September 15

Please join us today at 12 noon (Tucson/Arizona time) for a presentation by Justin Oshana. Oshana was the lead Army prosecutor in United States v. Bergdahl, the court-martial of Private Bowe Bergdahl for desertion and misbehavior before the enemy. He also was a defense attorney in United States v. Hasan, the capital court-martial of Major Nidal Hasan for the 2009 Fort Hood shootings. Oshana is currently an Assistant United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania and a Major in the Army Reserves.

This event will be presented in person at the College of Law and also streamed for remote viewing.

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Join Arizona Law and the University of Arizona in DC the Week of September 20-24 

The University of Arizona Washington, DC Center for Outreach and Collaboration is hosting a full week of exciting, in-depth, in-person and online discussions to inaugurate its new space on Pennsylvania Avenue. The DC Center was established to inform and convene leading experts from around the world and extend the impact of University of Arizona research and scholarship. 

  • As one of the investigators on a major research and policy project led by Laura Lopez-Hoffman, a professor in the School of Natural Resources and the Environment, the Udall Center, and affiliated faculty at the law school, I will be part of the session: "Fulfilling NEPA's Vision Through 21st Century Data Science" on Friday, September 24, starting at 8 a.m. (EST).

We particularly invite all DC-area alumni and friends to attend and connect with us. And if you are based outside the DC area, we invite you join us for the livestream of either session online. Simply select the virtual option when registering.

Explore the full week of great University of Arizona DC events on the calendar and find registration links here

Calendar and Registration


Arizona is first state to sue Biden administration over vaccine mandates

KVOA, quoting professor Shefali Milczarek-Desai

Biden's mandate of COVID rules for large employers is legal, Arizona labor attorneys say, with commentary by professor Shefali Milczarek-Desai

Employment law attorneys say Biden vax edict legal

Arizona Capitol Times, quoting professor Shefali Milczarek-Desai

Public Health Doctor: Biden's Vaccine Mandate 'A Step In The Right Direction'

KJZZ, quoting professor Shefali Milczarek-Desai

Superb students like Jordan Young, the active role of our college in the inaugural events for the University of Arizona Washington, DC Center for Outreach and Collaboration, fascinating speakers such as Justin Oshana, and alumni leaders such as Paul Charlton, who is working with us to build a sustained role in education and research around prosecutorial ethics—all shine a light on why Arizona Law is such a thrilling place to be.


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