For the Record: Teacher of the Year, I4J and More

Feb. 19, 2020

University of Arizona Law professors are the core of the college's intellectual life. Below we highlight a few of their recent accomplishments, including awards, new positions and media coverage.  

News & Awards

Four Faculty Members Honored with AALS Law School Teacher of the Year Award 
Congratulations to professors Ellen Bublick, Vanessa Buch, Jason Kreag and Sylvia Lett, honored in the 2018-19 Teacher of the Year listing by the Association of American Law Schools (AALS). The honorees were celebrated at the AALS annual meeting in January.


Simon Wins Global Legal Skills Award for Scholarship on Cross-cultural Legal Education  
Diana Simon, Associate Professor of Legal Writing and an Assistant Clinical Professor, received a Global Legal Skills Award for her research on cross-cultural differences in plagiarism. The award was presented to her during the 14th Global Legal Skills Conference at the Arizona State University Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law. (Photographed above)  

Simon recently published an article in the Duquesne Law Review about the cross-cultural differences in plagiarism and the different attitudes that prevail in the academic and professional worlds. 


Williams Named Editor of the ALWD Guide to Legal Citation 
The Board of the Association of Legal Writing Directors has selected Carolyn Williams, associate professor of legal writing and assistant clinical professor of law, as the new editor of the ALWD Guide to Legal Citation, published by Wolters-Kluwer. Williams was selected through a highly competitive process in which prospective editors submitted proposals describing and illustrating how they would revise the ALWD Guide for its seventh edition.  

The ALWD Guide to Legal Citation explains legal citation formats for various legal documents in a clear, pedagogically sound manner – and is written and vetted by legal writing professors. The ALWD Guide is used by students, professors, practitioners and judges.  


Robert Williams Named to UArizona President's Senior Leadership Team
University of Arizona Law Regents Professor Robert A. Williams, Jr. joined the University of Arizona Senior Leadership Team, an advisory body to President Robert C. Robbins that helps steer university-wide strategy and decision making.  


Puig Helping Shape Human Rights Reform Around the World
Professor Sergio Puig, director of the International Trade and Business Law program, recently served on a committee to draft the Mexican Constitutional Reform on Indigenous Peoples Rights, which intends to expand protection for and empower Indigenous Peoples in Mexico. He was also part of the drafting team of The Hague Rules on Business and Human Rights Arbitration, a set of rules for resolving disputes where businesses are implicated in human rights abuses. Read about Puig's work here. 

In the Media 

Implications for U.S. tech companies as EU eyes AI regulation
Marketplace
Feb. 19, 2020
The European Union released proposed regulations on artificial intelligence that would have big implications for U.S. tech giants, professor Andrew Woods is quoted.

The scorecard of the phase one trade agreement
Blog of the European Journal of International Law
Feb. 14, 2020
Opinion piece from professor Sergio Puig, professor David Gantz and Arizona Law SJD student Joey Zhou on the recently signed phase one trade agreement between the United States and China. 

Training for nonlawyers to provide legal advice will start in Arizona in the fall
ABA Journal
Feb. 6, 2020
University of Arizona Law's Innovation for Justice program has launched a two-year pilot project, Licensed Legal Advocates, which will license nonlawyers to provide legal advice on civil matters stemming from domestic violence. Director of the Innovation for Justice program, Stacy Butler, is quoted. 

Rare talks to avoid lawsuits may pit Fort Huachuca jobs vs. San Pedro water needs
Arizona Daily Star
Feb. 6, 2020
Fort Huachuca and environmentalists are willing to negotiate over groundwater pumping of the San Pedro River, the Southwest's last free-flowing desert river. Professor Robert Glennon, a leading expert on water policy and law, is quoted. 

Ariz. tests nonlawyer advice for domestic violence victims
Law360
Feb. 9, 2020
Innovation for Justice Program's new Licensed Legal Advocates, which will license nonlawyers to provide legal advice on civil matters stemming from domestic violence, hopes to provide affordable help to survivors. Director of the Innovation for Justice program, Stacy Butler, is quoted. 

LawNext Episode 60: Stacy Butler on Innovation for Justice 
LawNext Podcast  
Jan. 21, 2020 
Professor of Practice Stacy Butler was a guest on the LawNext podcast where she spoke about the Arizona Law program and her thoughts on innovation in legal services.  

Prosecutors' Race, Class Bias May Not Drive Criminal Justice Disparities 
UANews 
Jan. 21, 2020 
Professor Christopher Robertson, associate dean for research and innovation, lead a study that found prosecutors' biases toward defendants' race and class may not be the primary cause for disparities in criminal justice. The paper was published in the Journal of Empirical Legal Studies

Politicians are missing the big point on health care 
CNN 
Jan. 17, 2020 
Professor Christopher Robertson writes opinion piece on how political conversations surrounding health care have focused too much on who gets covered and not enough on the quality of coverage and the rising cost of health care.