Classes are in full swing, football season is underway, and Arizona Law is a busy place.
In the past seven days, we hosted alumna Denise Jackson ('90) in our Leaders in the Law speaker series, presented the first workshop on mining law from our new Global Mining Law Program (recap below), and held our annual Constitution Day event.

Denise Jackson ('90, at center) spoke with students
as part of Leaders in the Law series.

In today's issue, we feature Cindy DeLancey, the executive director of our newly established Natural Resource Users Law and Policy Center.
Until the footnotes,

Welcome Cindy DeLancey  to Helm of 
New  Natural Resource Law and Policy Center

Cindy with her son, Beau.
Raegen in competition.
Beau (right) and a friend.
For the past eighteen months, the College of Law has been working closely with the
College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS) and Cooperative Extension to create a first-of-its-kind Natural Resource Users Law and Policy Center. 
The Natural Resource Users Law and Policy Center will bring together natural resource users, law students, CALS students, and lawyers to provide practical and realistic perspectives on law and policy matters impacting natural resource users in Arizona and across the West. 
Cindy DeLancey has been hired as the center's inaugural executive director. 

Before coming to the University of Arizona, Cindy served as the director of government and public affairs for BP America's Lower 48 business in Wyoming. Cindy brings a wealth of relevant experience to the position including serving as the elected county and prosecuting attorney of Carbon County, Wyoming, the executive director of the Wyoming County Commissioners Association, and an assistant attorney general and special assistant United States Attorney.
Cindy grew up as a "coaster," spending her childhood and early adult years in Port Jefferson, New York. As a kid, her family would often travel cross-country in the family station wagon. Those trips made a lasting impression on Cindy as she fell in love with the West. 

After finishing her undergraduate degree, she made the life-changing decision to move across the country to Laramie, Wyoming, to pursue a JD at the Wyoming College of Law, focusing on agriculture law. The West stuck, and Cindy never looked back East.
Over time, the center will add a law clinic, allowing law students to work on natural resource cases and CALS students to receive training on regulatory frameworks. Cindy is putting together a course that will be offered next spring that provides a survey of the natural resource landscape in Arizona county by county. The course will be co-taught with a professor from CALS and cross-listed in the School of Natural Resources and the Environment
Cindy and her husband Dave have two children, Raegen (13) and Beau (11). The couple enjoys watching their children participate in rodeo events across the West, rescuing shelter dogs, and raising and training horses.
Welcome Cindy and family!

Mining Law Summit Held at College of Law

Last Friday, more than 55 mining industry leaders, public policy makers, and UA students gathered at the College of Law for the 2016 Mining Law Summit. 

The Summit's focus was "Exploring Collaborative Solutions for Mined Land Remediation" to address questions of how to manage the liability of developing existing mined lands and to explore public policy changes that might be needed to encourage new legal and technical solutions. 
John Lacy, the director of the Global Mining Law program welcomed the participants and noted that the conference included the full partnership of the Lowell Institute for Mineral Development and particularly thanked its director, Dr. Mary Poulton.

Ryan Flynn ('06) delivering keynote.
Panelists James Hopkins, Steve Moyer, 
and Kirsten Engel (l-r).

In my welcoming remarks I noted that the conference was taking place 50 years after a similar effort of the law school with the College of Mines and quoted from the 1966 conference proceedings that disparate opinions expressed 

"in meetings such as this, there is the hope that wisdom and understanding will come to those who are to set the course and that the course taken truly will be for the most good for the most people for all time."
The keynote address titled "Can Mineral Development and Environmental Sensitivity Live in Harmony?" was delivered by alumnus Ryan Flynn ('06), the former Secretary of Environment of the State of New Mexico.

Panelists Cassie Boggs, Allen Reilly, and Carolyn McIntosh (l-r).
A conversation with Ryan Flynn ('06).

Gail Heath.

The day was filled with thoughtful discussion and productive dialogue aimed toward workable solutions led by diverse speakers representing multiple perspectives including from private legal practice, technical consultants, non-governmental organizations, congressional staff and historic preservation.
The Summit was a part of the ongoing programming of our Global Mining Law program, which works to foster productive dialogue, research, and training in global mining and natural resource law and development. 

If you are interested in learning more about this program or being a part of future events, please contact John Lacy, director.

18th Annual Constitution Day Hosted by Rehnquist Center

Panelists Justice Clint Bolick, Robert Yablon, Greg Garre, and Lisa Manheim (l-r).
Professor Dave Marcus moderates.

The University of Arizona's 18th annual Constitution Day program was hosted by the William H. Rehnquist Center at the College of Law on Monday. 

The program, moderated by our own Professor Dave Marcus, included Arizona Supreme Court Justice Clint Bolick and three former Supreme Court law clerks -- Greg Garre, Lisa Manheim, and Robert Yablon. 
Mr. Garre also served as Solicitor General of the United States, and argued one of the cases discussed -- Fisher v. University of Texas Austin -- twice in the U.S. Supreme Court. 
In addition to Fisher, the panel discussed the procedural and substantive merits of Whole Woman's Health v. Hellerstedt, involving Texas restrictions on abortion clinics, and United States v. Texas, involving a challenge to the President's authority to direct immigration prosecution resources so that parents who are in the U.S. illegally, but have children who are U.S. citizens or lawful residents, could in some circumstances obtain deferred action on deportation. 
Professor Marcus's case summaries and insightful questions to the extremely knowledgeable panelists made for a lively, substantive, and informative discussion. 
The program ended with the panelists discussing the jurisprudence and legacy of Justice Antonin Scalia.


Leaders in the Law, Sept. 26
On Monday, September 26, Paul Eckstein, partner with Perkins Coie in Phoenix, will join us to talk about his practice, which is focused on civil litigation (including appellate matters) involving commercial, legal malpractice, constitutional, Indian law and political law issues. Paul also frequently serves as a mediator and arbitrator.
Leaders in the Law is a lunchtime speaker series that invites some of the most prominent professionals in longstanding and emerging fields to the College of Law. It is designed to illustrate the many career paths available to our students. We provide lunch and limit the number of attendees to 20 students, giving them a unique opportunity to engage in an open discussion in a close environment.   

If you are interested in being a speaker, please contact Jonelle Vold.

Make your plans to return to campus for Homecoming/Reunion Weekend 2016. The updated schedule of events is located on our 2016 Homecoming webpage.

NEW: A block of rooms has just been made available to UA alumni at the Westin La Paloma for a discounted rate during Homecoming. For reservations, click here.

The  College of Law has a block of seats for the Homecoming game between Arizona and Stanford. To purchase yours, please email Marissa White.

Annual events like our Constitution Day panel; special workshops like the mining conference; roundtable discussions between students and leaders in the law like alumna Denise Jackson and Paul Eckstein.
And soon the cool setting inside the College will be echoed by cooler days in Tucson.  Join us!


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