Our LawCats Live webinar series is a hit!

Started this summer when we were unable to visit alumni and friends around the country, LawCats Live has helped us connect with even more members of our legal community and bring important current legal topics to life. You can view previous LawCats Live discussions -- and suggest future topics -- here.

Next up in the series is tomorrow's lunchtime webinar, Practice in Place: Law and Justice Go Viral (register).

Get to know one of tomorrow's speakers, Town of Marana Magistrate Judge Laine McDonald ('06), in this edition of Letter of the Law.
In yet another instance of our professional lives being altered by COVID-19, perhaps in ways that will last, a special administration of the bar will occur on October 5 and 6. We wish all of our October bar-takers well. We know you are ready.

Until the footnotes,

Town of Marana Magistrate Laine McDonald ('06)
Magistrate Laine McDonald ('06) began working for the Town of Marana before graduation and has been with the Town through a few bumpy spots, including the 2008 economic downturn and the current COVID-19 pandemic.

Laine was born in California but considers Tucson her home. She has lived in the Tucson area since 1992, with the exception of her 1L year of law school at the University of Connecticut. 

"It didn't take long for me to know I had left my heart in Southern Arizona and I transferred to the University of Arizona for my 2L and 3L years."
Of her time at Arizona Law, Laine particularly recalls how good it felt to be back. She became good friends with the other transfer student who started her 2L year at the same time and enjoyed working on the Arizona Journal of International and Comparative Law.
In the fall of her 3L year, Laine responded to a Town of Marana job posting through the Career Development Office for a position as an attorney. She was hired pending her bar results, and went to work in the legal department part-time for the spring semester. 

After passing the bar, Laine served as the front-line prosecutor for the Town of Marana's municipal court. She was later promoted to supervise the prosecutor's office and began doing civil work for various town departments as well. She was selected as Town Magistrate in 2015.
"The Town of Marana is a fantastic place to work. With a small legal department and a top notch Town Attorney and Deputy Town Attorney there wasn't room for advancement past my role as Senior Assistant Town Attorney, so when the Town Magistrate retired in 2015 I decided to apply for the job."
The most enjoyable aspect for Laine of being Town Magistrate is helping people understand the justice system.
"The majority of people who interact with the courts will do so at the limited jurisdiction court level, most of them without the assistance of counsel. I spend much of my time explaining court procedures to unrepresented defendants. And while that might sound tedious, it is quite rewarding to see a person who comes into court a bit afraid, and definitely confused, relax and leave understanding the process and having their opportunity to be heard in court."
Being the judge in a one-judge court in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic has required a fair amount of grit and creativity. Managing a busy caseload while keeping people safe has been challenging but Laine is proud of what has been accomplished by the Marana Municipal Court. 

"We have not turned anyone away who wants to be seen in court, while at the same time accommodating people who are not comfortable appearing in person through the use of technology, ensuring social distancing both for our court users and our staff, and being flexible with people's financial obligations during this challenging time."
She thinks that courts as a whole have learned how to better use technology because of the pandemic, along with limiting unnecessary court appearances. 

"These are things we plan to continue doing even after COVID-19 is under control in our area."
Laine's top advice for younger professionals and recent Arizona Law graduates to find legal mentors who will help their development as an attorney. 

"The attorneys I practiced with and against, and the judges I appeared in front of, shaped me as an attorney and have impacted my satisfaction with my career choices." 

And, if you can, find a job doing something you truly enjoy with people you enjoy working with. 

"My first job didn't come with a huge paycheck, but the experience I gained and the things I learned from my mentors have paid dividends."
Hear more from Laine in tomorrow's webinar.

LawCats Live Webinar, Oct. 1

Practice in Place: Law and Justice Go Viral
TOMORROW, Thursday, October 1, at 12:15 p.m. (PST)
In a conversation moderated by current Arizona Law 3L Vince Redhouse, join Professor Susie Salmon, Judge Laine McDonald ('06), and attorney Ted Schmidt ('77) as they discuss how the pandemic has affected courts and highlighted existing issues in our legal system, how lawyers have adapted their advocacy to the "new normal" of virtual lawyering, and how the College of Law's legal-writing and advocacy programs are preparing students to navigate the uncharted waters of post-pandemic practice.

The LawCats Live webinar on September 3 featured (clockwise from top left) Professors Tessa Dysart, Barbara Atwood ('76), Rebecca Tsosie, and Melissa Tatum.

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

If you have questions about any LawCats Live event, contact Corrina Eklund, Alumni Engagement Coordinator, at 520-621-7409 or
Around the College
Threats to American Democracy, October 28

Join us on October 28 as Professor Michael Klarman (below, left) of Harvard Law School will discuss threats to American democracy posed by a range of socio-political developments, the role of  the United States Supreme Court in these developments, and how to better protect democracy from these perils.
Professor Klarman will be joined by Pulitzer Prize winning New York Times Supreme Court reporter and Yale Senior Research Scholar Linda Greenhouse (below, center) in a discussion moderated by UCLA Law Professor David Marcus (below, right).

When: Wednesday, October 28, 2020, 12-1:30 p.m. (PST)

Where: Webinar link given upon registration. 

This event is sponsored by the University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law Student Chapter of the American Constitution Society and the University of Arizona College of Law Enrichment Committee. Co-sponsors include the National American Constitution Society, the Arizona Lawyer Chapter of the ACS, and fellow student ACS chapters across the country. 

Please contact Bernadette Wilkinson ( with any questions.

We'll See You in Court: A Conversation with ACLU Director David Cole 

The 2020 McCormick Society Lecture, featuring David Cole, was held on September 14. 

David Cole, National Legal Director of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and Hon. George J. Mitchell Professor in Law and Public Policy at Georgetown Law, shared reflections on civil society responses to Trump Administration actions and policies and reflected on the role of the ACLU and civil society as a bulwark for liberty. 

Cole's visit was brought to the College by the McCormick Society and the William H. Rehnquist Center. You can watch a recording of the event, and learn more about the McCormick Society, here.

LawCats Help UA "Get Out the Vote" 

October 5 is the last day to register to vote in Arizona in the November election.

Arizona Law students Carly Marshall (3L) and Christina Billhartz (3L) are leading a nonpartisan, "next generation" University of Arizona "Get Out the Vote" (GOTV) initiative.  

Every week the GOTV initiative is releasing a video of University of Arizona Law students and faculty discussing why voting is important to them. In gathering these vignettes, Carly and Christina emphasize their nonpartisan focus and the goals of democratic engagement and increasing next generation student voting. 

This week, hear from Professor Barbara Atwood ('76) and 3L Delorean Forbes about why they choose to vote. 

Earlier videos include:

Professor Toni MassaroMiguel Moreno (3L), 
Christina Billhartz (3L) 

Carly Marshall (3L), Professor Christopher Griffin
Reyna Araibi (3L) 

Professor Andrew CoanAmber Morningstar Byars (2L)

Alumni Assume New Judicial Posts

Last week, the United States Senate confirmed John C. Hinderaker ('96) to the U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona in Tucson. He fills the judgeship vacated by Raner C. Collins ('75), also a University of Arizona Law alumnus, in March of 2019 when Collins assumed senior status. (Read more.)
Hon. John C. Hinderaker
Judge Laurie San Angelo

Also last week, Arizona Governor Doug Ducey announced the appointment of Laurie San Angelo ('82) to the Pima County Superior Court. (Read more.)

Hon. Scott H. Rash

She takes the position previously held by Scott H. Rash ('91). Rash was confirmed to the U.S. District Court for the District Court of Arizona earlier this year. (Read more). He filled the position previously held by College of Law alumna Cindy K. Jorgenson ('77), who assumed senior status.

We are honored to have these distinguished alumni as part of the federal and state judiciary.
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

Player FM, interview with former Arizona Law professor Christopher Robertson
Greenwire, quoting professor Justin Pidot
Univ. of Denver IAALS blog, guest blog by professor Keith Swisher
The American Genius, reviews tool from Innovation for Justice Program and partners
LexBlog, cites professor Keith Swisher
Law 360, reports on Innovation for Justice program recommendations, references Innovation for Justice program
Healthline, with commentary by professor Tara Sklar

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

It is wonderful to see our alumni, faculty and students, and our broader legal community, maintain -- albeit virtually -- a high level of engagement with our college.

Indeed, with LawCats Live, and this year as we all navigate the dislocations of COVID-19, the level of engagement has gone up for our premiere lectures and events.

So much of life and work are transformed. Yet for much of life and work we find a way forward, as reflected in the daily practice of Judge McDonald, or the new judicial appointments and work of Judges Hinderaker, Rash, and San Angelo.


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