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Last Friday the Student Bar Association hosted its annual Welcome Back Picnic in Reid Park. 

Students and their families (and many, many dogs!) joined faculty and staff for an afternoon of good food and relaxation, enjoying the cooler Tucson weather.

Well, cool is relative--but it was a very pleasant, breezy 94 degrees!

There is so much that is special about Arizona Law, the U of A, and Tucson, but nothing is more special than our community--our people.

From our faculty open-door policy, to students rallying together for a cause (like last week's supply drive for hurricane victims), to alumni mentoring recent graduates, it is always moving to see this warm, supportive community in action. 

I encourage you to make time to experience our community in person, whether it's visiting campus for a special event, interviewing our students, or even reconnecting with a classmate over lunch. 

Until next time,

Arizona Law, In Your Own Words 

What does it look like to be part of a law school that, in the words of one recent student, defies all stereotypes

Here is what six members of our community had to say:

Senoqua Brown
Senoqua Brown (2L)
"Everyone is so willing to help you achieve your goals, and the connections you make are for a lifetime. Tucson is very family-oriented and I enjoy being able to have a home away from home." 

Mike Miller
Mike Miller ('09)
"Not only did Arizona Law have a great reputation, small class size and strong alumni base, but it was a great match with my family."

Camilo Rodriguez
Camilo Rodriguez (3L)
"Arizona Law is a great community. We have students from different backgrounds with different interests. We also have students from all around the world trained under different systems of law, which makes classes more interesting by providing different points of view." 
Kate Hollist
Kate Hollist ('16)
"When I missed class because my son was sick, I had class notes waiting in my inbox from three different classmates before I even had a chance to ask! It's a different atmosphere than I expected to find at a top-tier law school." 
Nicole Stanton
Nicole Stanton ('00)
"Because of the size I was able to get to know every single person in my class. It was not what you read about in the book 'One L.' It was collaborative, my classmates were helpful, and we all worked together."
Alonzo Corral
Alonzo Corral (3L)
"I feel like I have made lifelong friends from a variety of aspects of the law school. From my small section, to being a part of the Arizona Journal of International & Comparative Law, the clubs I was involved with, and classmates throughout my academic career."  

Around the College
Travel Ban, Russia Investigation, Supreme Court Cases Reviewed at 19th Annual Constitution Day 

This year's Constitution Day program, moderated by Professor Dave Marcus, included discussions on Trinity Lutheran Church of Columbia, Inc. v. Comer, a case involving state funding and religious organizations; and Ziglar v. Abbasi, a case about the rights of federal detainees to sue government officials. 

This event is always full of lively analysis of fascinating issues, and this year's meeting was no exception.

Panelists included Professor Lisa Manheim from University of Washington School of Law, Professor Ryan Doerfler, University of Pennsylvania Law School, Honorable Murray Snow, Federal Judge for the U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona and Arizona Law's Professor Toni Massaro

The event also included discussion of President Donald Trump's travel ban and the ongoing special counsel investigation into Russian interference with the 2016 presidential election.

The Slants returned to Arizona Law to revisit their highly publicized Supreme Court case. We previously hosted the band in April.
A few months after oral arguments for his U.S. Supreme Court case, Matal v. Tam, Simon Tam received a promising prediction in a fortune cookie: "A judgment will rule in your favor." 

Tam is the front man for the Asian American dance rock band The Slants, who in June won their nearly eight-year battle for the right to trademark their name. Tam and his highly engaging bandmates visited us last week to speak to students about the case and perform a courtyard concert. 

In a discussion moderated by Professor Derek Bambauer, Tam shared how in 2006 The Slants formed to challenge assumptions and stereotypes about Asian Americans. The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office initially rejected their trademark application, claiming the band name was offensive. In June, the Court ruled in favor of Tam. The 8-0 judgment found the disparagement clause unconstitutional because it allowed viewpoint discrimination. 

"In their minds, if people saw these faces [of the band members] and they see the words 'The Slants,' they are going to automatically assume a racial slur, instead of any other possible definition in the dictionary," Tam told students. "That is just a really convoluted way of them saying that anyone can register 'The Slants,' as long as they are not Asian."

Arizona Law in the News
ABA Journal, A survey of law school admissions offices found a sharp increase in those planning to accept GRE scores from applicants
Public Now, Professors and students from the Child and Family Law Clinic participated as amici in Arizona Supreme Court case about the parental rights of same-sex couples
"#TBT of former @uarizonalaw Dean Joel Seligman with former @UofA President Manuel Pacheco in February 1997. Photo: @UALawLib Special Collections"
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