For the Record: Faculty Recognized for Work in Health Law, Immigration, Family Law, Antitrust and More

July 14, 2021

Catch up on recent University of Arizona Law faculty accomplishments 


Shefali Milczarek-Desai and Tara Sklar Named Recipients of the Hispanic Serving Institution Faculty Seed Grant Program  

Assistant Clinical Professor of Law and Director of the Workers' Rights Clinic Shefali Milczarek-Desai and Tara Sklarprofessor of Health Law and director of the Health Law and Policy Program, have been named the recipients of the Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) Faculty Seed Grant Program for their research study titled Racial Justice in Long-Term Care: Amplifying the Voices of Immigrant Workers.  

Their research study focuses on the inequities experienced by BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color) workers during the COVID-19 pandemic. Women working as long-term care aides, who overwhelmingly are immigrants, Latinx, and/or BIPOC, disproportionally have been affected by hazardous working conditions serving to increase their existing vulnerabilities. The long-term care direct care workforce is predominately composed of these women, yet their perspectives are missing in the legal literature and national conversation surrounding essential workers’ rights, such as paid sick leave and workplace safety. 

The HSI Faculty Seed Grant Program supports scholarly research and creative work among early-career faculty, advances scholarship that directly impacts Latinx/a/o and BIPOC students and communities, and advances UA’s Purpose and Values around integrity, compassion, exploration, adaptation, inclusion, and determination. 

Albertina Antognini Publishes, is Reviewed in Jotwell 

Professor of Law Albertina Antognini’s latest article, "Nonmarital Contracts," was reviewed in Family Law Jotwell. Antognini’s article, published in Standford Law Review, is a detailed examination of cases involving contracts between nonmarital partners and shows that although courts proclaim a right to contract, they usually decline to enforce them. “In 'Nonmarital Contracts', Antognini provides plenty of food for thought, raising tantalizing questions that beg answers. Scholars of nonmarriage will surely be contending with the issues Antognini has raised for quite some time,” writes reviewer Kaiponanea Matsumura.  

Antognini also wrote a Jotwell post highlighting Yale professor Reva Siegel's article, "The Nineteenth Amendment and the Democratization of the Family," 129 Yale L.J.F. 450 (2020), which provides an account of how the history of the Nineteenth Amendment should inform a more expansive interpretation of it today. In her post, titled, "Bringing the Nineteenth Amendment Home," Antognini writes, "The staying power of the piece, what makes it veritably haunting, is showing exactly how what we exclude, what we fail to see, has the capacity to constrain and truncate discourse in ways that prevent any critical analysis from taking place."

Kristine Huskey Presented with the Copper Sword Award by the Arizona Veterans Hall of Fame Society 
Clinical Professor of Law and Director of the Veterans' Advocacy Law Clinic Kristine Huskey was recently awarded with the 2020 Copper Sword Award, presented by the Arizona Veterans Hall of Fame Society.  

The Arizona Veterans Hall of Fame Society’s Copper Sword Award is presented annually to individuals who did not serve in military forces but have distinguished themselves by their dedication, humanitarianism and support of veteran initiatives.  

David Gantz Presents at Various Trade Symposia in 2021  

Samuel M. Fegtly Professor of Law and Director Emeritus of the International Economic Law and Policy Program David A. Gantz served as a panelist for multiple rounds of the John H. Jackson WTO International Moot Court competition. He has also made presentations about the implementation of the United States-Mexico-Canada Trade Agreement and on the Biden Administration trade priorities at the following conferences and webinars:  

  • The Kansas Journal of Law and Policy (Feb. 12)  

  • CMR University, Bangalore (April 9)  

  • The U.S. Embassy in Mexico, for Mexican business stakeholders and members of congress (April 19 and May 12)  

  • Arizona Law’s program for Mexican diplomats (April 23)  

  • Greater Houston Partnership (June 15)   

  • The Washington College of Law, for its annual trade and investment symposium (June 25) 

Gantz presented at The Society of International Economic Law’s annual meeting on July 9 and at the U.S. Embassy in Mexico for Mexican business stakeholders and members of congress on July 12.  

Robert Woods New Book, "Everyday Law for Actors" to be Released July 15 

Director of the University of Arizona Law Program at Ocean University of China Robert Woods will release a new book, "Everyday Law for Actors" on July 15. The book is intended to be used as a resource and reference book, providing both professional and aspiring actors, with clear, easy-to-read information about the everyday laws they need to know.  

Woods previously taught entertainment law at the Los Angeles Film School, the University of Oklahoma College of Law, and Oklahoma City University School of Law. Before teaching, he was an entertainment lawyer in Beverly Hills, California, a producer of award-winning films for television, and producer/director of more than a dozen theater productions. 

In the Media  

Should Nature Have Rights? 
Climate One Podcast  
June 28, 2021 

Rebecca Tsosie, regents professor of law and faculty co-chair of the Indigenous Peoples Law and Policy Program, discusses legal rights for natural ecosystems.  

An Expert Weighs In: Is Telemedicine Here to Stay After the Pandemic? 
MHA Online 
June 22, 2021 

Professor of Health Law and Director of the Health Law and Policy Program Tara Sklar discusses telemedicine after the pandemic. 

When can a business or institution mandate COVID vaccines? 
Arizona Public Media  
June 18, 2021 

Professor of Health Law and Director of the Health Law and Policy Program Tara Sklar talks about the rights institutions and businesses have when it comes to issuing their own vaccine and mask requirements. 
The Most Underrated Bond Movie on Netflix Reveals a Real-world Crisis 
June 18, 2021 

Regents Professor and Morris K. Udall Professor of Law and Public Policy Robert Glennon talks about the looming water crisis.  

Professor of Health Law and Director of the Health Law and Policy Program Tara Sklar discusses the need for long-term care facilities to think beyond one-off incentives to attract and hire talented staff. 

University of Arizona to boost its advocacy program 
The National Jurist 
June 4, 2021 

Arizona Law Dean Marc Miller talks about “A New Day in Court” fundraising initiative to remodel Arizona Law’s courtroom spaces and create faculty and student endowments. 

Tribal police may detain non-tribal members, Supreme Court rules 
Arizona Republic 
June 2, 2021 

Heather Whiteman Runs Him, director of the Tribal Justice Center at Arizona Law, weighs in on the Supreme Court’s ruling that tribal police may detain non-tribes members.  

University of Arizona alumni lead charge to revamp law college's advocacy program 
Arizona Daily Star 
May 19, 2021 

Arizona Law alumni, who have kick-started the "A New Day in Court" fundraising initiative with significant donations, discuss the importance of raising funds to support the college of law’s advocacy program.  

How America Turns Competitors Into Colleagues 
The Regulatory Review 
May 18, 2021 

Professor of Law Barak Orbach writes how collaboration between pharmaceutical giants and the government puts antitrust law at risk. 

Arizona Law Associate Professor of Law and Psychology Tammi Walker shares her academic journey and how getting out of her comfort zone led to her success. 

The Change Agent: Administrators discuss the evolving role of the  GRE General Test in law school admissions 
US News & World Report 

Assistant Dean for Admissions and Financial Aid Cary Lee Cluck talks about the GRE General Test and Arizona Law trying to expand and diversify the applicant pool. In 2016, Arizona announced its decision to accept GRE test scores and now more than a third of U.S. law schools accept the GRE test scores.