For the Record: Awards, Advisory Board Appointment and Faculty in the Media

Oct. 28, 2020

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


Orbach Wins 2020 Antitrust Writing Award 

Professor Barak Orbach’s article “Interstate Circuit and Conspiracy Theories" was selected as the winning Academic Article, in the Procedure category for the 2020 Antitrust Writing Awards. 

The article refines four antitrust concepts whose origins stem from Interstate Circuit v. United States (1939), one of the most well-known Supreme Court antitrust opinions. The article argues that the Interstate Circuit myth demonstrates that erroneous myths may be long lasting and influence polices. 

Orbach’s article was selected as the result of a five-month process involving 51 international antitrust experts and reviewing more than 600 articles.  

Mundheim Named Recipient of ABA’s 2020 Michael Franck Award   

Professor Robert Mundheim has been named as the recipient of the 2020 Michael Franck Professional Responsibility Award from the ABA Center for Professional Responsibility.  

The Michael Franck Professional Responsibility Award honors an individual whose contributions in the professional responsibility field evidence the highest level of dedication to legal professionalism. It recognizes career commitments in areas such as legal ethics, disciplinary enforcement and lawyer professionalism.  

Sklar Appointed to Scientific Advisory Board 

University of Arizona professor and director of the Health Law Program, Tara Sklar, was appointed to the International Society for Cardiovascular Research’s Scientific Advisory Board. 

The board is part of The International Society for Cardiovascular Translational Research, a non-profit organization with a goal to expedite scientific discovery to clinical application. 

In the Media 

Clarence Thomas drags SCOTUS into Section 230 fight 
National Journal  
Oct. 15, 2020 

All three branches of government are now embroiled in the debate over Silicon Valley’s legal shield, giving reformers yet another avenue to alter Section 230. Professor Derek Bambauer discusses Section 230.  

Is Banking on Lawyers a Formula for Success? 
ABA Banking Journal  
Oct. 5, 2020 

Lawyers now occupy seats on three-quarters of U.S. bank boards, and new evidence from the paper, “Banking on Lawyers,” suggests their rapid rise is linked to improved risk management and increases in bank valuation. Professor Simone M. Sepe was one of the writers of the paper.  

US Supreme Court nomination carries high stakes 
Arizona Public Media 
Oct. 1, 2020  

U. S. Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett continues through the confirmation process in Washington. professor Shalev Roisman says the politically charged debate over Barrett's nomination puts the court's reputation on the line, especially in controversial cases. 

Professor Tara Sklar discusses President Trump's executive order that claims to help protect Americans with preexisting conditions. 

Professor Keith Swisher, a legal ethics expert, discussed the gift of judicial independence with Lex Blog.