For the Record: Facial Recognition Technology, Diversity in Healthcare Leadership, Awards and More

Nov. 29, 2021

Catch up on recent University of Arizona Law faculty accomplishments


Jane Bambauer Authors Essay in Lawfare on Law Enforcement Use of Facial Recognition Technology  

Law Professor Jane Bambauer authored an essay in the Lawfare Institute titled, Facial Recognition as a Less-Bad Option. Bambauer defends the police use of facial recognition technology to identify suspects in crime footage or to locate individuals with outstanding warrants. She writes, “the perils that flow from facial recognition can be mitigated through sensible limits without banning the technology, and that in any case, the risks of facial recognition are less bad than the options police have without its use.” 

Derek Bambauer Writes for TechStream on Consumer Preferences For Human Versus Algorithmic Decisionmakers 

Law Professor Derek Bambauer writes in the Brookings Institute’s TechStream with Michael Risch, vice dean and a professor of law at Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law, about their empirical study of consumer preferences for human vs algorithm decisionmakers. 

The article stems from Bambauer and Risch’s latest paper, Worse than Human? (Arizona Legal Studies Discussion Paper No. 21-22), an empirical study of user preferences for algorithm-driven decision making under varying conditions such as accuracy, speed, and price.  

Stacy Butler Awarded with AALS Deborah L. Rhode Award, Upcoming Conference Speaker  

Director of the Innovation for Justice Program Stacy Butler has been named a recipient of the 2022 Association of American Law Schools Deborah L. Rhode Award, which recognizes a new trailblazer in legal education and the legal profession. Recipients are selected as someone who has potential to make a mark during their career as evidenced by work that brings a novel perspective or call for action in legal education or the legal profession.  

Butler will be speaking on December 7 at an IAALS Conference as part of “Redesigning Legal” series, Redesigning Legal: The Role of Legal Education, Clinics, and Legal Labs | IAALS, and in January she will serve as one of two plenary speakers at this year's Legal Service Corporation Innovations in Technology Conference, which is showcasing work that expands access to justice by promoting technological innovations in legal services delivery and pro se assistance.    

Tara Sklar Presents on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Healthcare Leadership 

On November 16, Director of the Health Law and Policy Program Tara Sklar presented alongside Arizona Law Professor of Practice Brian Santo and alum Jonay Holkins (‘13) about advancing diversity, equity and inclusion in healthcare leadership. The webinar was presented by The Arizona Telemedicine Program.  











The Arizona-Mexico Commission Hosts Presentation on Diplomado Program  

Dean and Ralph W. Bilby Professor of Law Marc Miller and Associate Dean of Legal Information Innovation and Director of Law Library Teresa Miguel-Stearns took part in the Arizona-Mexico Commission’s virtual presentation on the Diplomado Program in Mexican Public Law and Policy, alongside Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México.  








Barak Orbach Joins Panels to Discusses Antitrust Myths and Biden’s Executive Order on Competition 

On November 9, Arizona Law Professor Barak Orbach joined leading academic antitrust scholars in a virtual event presented by USC Gould School of Law to discuss antitrust myths. 

In late October, Orbach also participated in Information the Technology and Innovation Foundations (ITIF) “Dynamic Antitrust Discussion Series,” where he discussed President Biden’s executive order on promoting competition in the American economy. Watch the ITIF event here.  

In the Media 

Arizona Law Director of Legal Writing Susan Salmon discusses declining bar pass rates during the pandemic 

Several efforts are underway to preserve the dwindling supply of water from the Colorado River. Regents Professor Emeritus and Morris K. Udall Professor of Law and Public Policy Robert Glennon, one of the nation's preeminent experts on water policy and law, weighs in.  

'Tomahawk chop' under scrutiny as Atlanta Braves compete in World Series 
ABC News (Good Morning America) 
Nov. 2, 2021 

Heather Whiteman Runs Him, Arizona Law professor and director of the Tribal Justice Clinic, discusses the use of Native American imagery in sports. 

Professor Tessa Dyssart cited in an article about the legal implications of the Biden administration's emergency rule requiring large employers to mandate COVID-19 vaccination or regular testing for workers. 

Every 16 hours somewhere in the US, a woman is fatally shot by a current or former intimate partner. Many times, gun laws at both state and federal levels leave victims unprotected. Negar Katirai, Arizona Law clinical law professor and director of the Domestic Violence Law Clinic, is quoted.  

OSHA to States: Protect Workers from COVID or Forfeit Authority 
Pew Charitable Trusts 
Oct. 22, 2021 

Federal labor officials consider takeover of workplace safety programs in Arizona and two other states that failed to adopt emergency COVID-19 rules. Shefali Milczarek-Desai director of Arizona Law's Workers’ Rights Clinic, weighs in.