For the Record: Clinic Documentary Wins at Film Festival, Faculty Weigh in on Twitter Hack, Showerheads, and More

Sept. 14, 2020

Catch up on recent University of Arizona Law faculty accomplishments, including awards, new positions and media coverage.  


Roisman Presents Paper on Presidential Law at Administrative Law New Scholarship Roundtable  

Arizona Law associate professor of law Shalev Roisman presented his work in progress, “Presidential Law” (forthcoming Minnesota Law Review 2021) at the Administrative Law New Scholarship Roundtable, hosted at Yale Law School. The paper was selected as part of a competitive process of submissions. 

Roisman’s forthcoming paper focuses on how Administrative Law imposes procedural obligations on executive branch agencies before they can exercise power, but it does not apply to the President. His paper argues that the President is subject to his own body of procedural law—call it presidential law.  It argues that the President has a duty to deliberate before exercising power, explains how such a duty could be enforced, and examines whether it is normatively sufficient to legitimate presidential exercises of power. 

Award-Winning Documentary Based on Asylum Case Originating in the Workers’ Rights Clinic Showing at Film Festivals Nationwide

Soledad, a documentary based on an asylum case originating in the Workers’ Rights Clinic, and created by filmmaker Lisa Molomot, her students, and Arizona Law professor Shefali Milczarek-Desai, has been selected by more than half a dozen film festivals nationwide.  

The first to show the film was the Global Impact Film Festival in Washington D.C, where the film won Best Documentary Film amongst the 56 officially selected films.  

Soledad premiered at Arizona Law’s Innovating Immigration Law and Policy conference in November of 2019 

Marcus Speaks at Arizona Conference of the National Organization of Women  

Professor Lynn Marcusdirector of the Immigration Law Clinic, presented on the current state of immigration law in the United States at the annual Arizona National Organization for Women.  

Marcus focused on immigration and women at the annual conference, which included additional speakers discussing reproductive justice and the equal rights amendment.  

In the Media  

Professor Robert Glennon writes that efforts to relax efficiency standards on showerheads could significantly impact the nation's water use. 

Twitter recently experienced one of the largest hacks in the company's history, with an alleged teen mastermind behind the hack. Arizona Law professor Derek Bambauer weighs in. 

Trading in Native artifacts does real harm 
High County News 
August 3, 2020 

Arizona Law professor emeritus Robert Hershey writes an opinion piece on how federal law fails to protect Indigenous lands from looting. 

Before the most prominent executives in American business testified before Congress, GOP congressmen participating were eager to talk about the tech industry’s supposed bias against conservatives. Arizona Law professor Barak Orbach is quoted.  

As three historic wildfires burned through hundreds of thousands of acres of Arizona in June, the state deployed nearly 200 firefighters to bring the blazes under control. State prison inmates made up two out of three of those firefightersArizona Law professor Kirstin Engel weighs in 

Officials in then Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper’s administration helped a Colorado Springs nonprofit privately lobby a member of the state mining board to kill plans for a granite quarry. Legal experts say it was a potential violation of state law. Professor Justin Pidot, a former deputy solicitor for land resources for U.S. Department of Interior, is quoted.  

UA College of Law hires Teresa Miguel-Stearns 
Inside Tucson Business 
July 3, 2020 

Hiring of Teresa Miguel-Stearns as director of the Daniel F. Cracchiolo Law Library, associate dean of legal information innovation, and professor of law.  

Professor James Hopkins discusses the restoration projects led by Pascua Yaqui Tribe of Arizona and his work with Yaqui pueblos in Mexico. 

A Reuters investigation found that thousands of state and local judges across America were allowed to keep positions of power after violating judicial ethics rules or breaking laws they pledged to uphold. Professor Keith Swisher, who specializes in judicial ethics, is quoted.