For the Record: Robophobia, Fake News, Conference Presentations, Awards and More

May 2, 2022

Catch up on recent University of Arizona Law faculty accomplishments.

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Tammi Walker Receives University of Arizona Faculty Awards 

Associate Professor Tammi Walker was named one of University of Arizona’s 2022 Faculty Award winners. She is one of 22 university faculty members recognized with the highest faculty honors that the University bestows.  

Walker is the recipient of the Early Career Scholar Award, which recognizes outstanding early career faculty who are at the forefront of their disciplines and make highly valued contributions to the teaching, creative activity, and service priorities set out in the University’s Strategic Plan. 

Derek and Jane Bambauer Publish Article on Fake News in UC Hastings Law Journal  

Professors of Law Derek Bambauer and Jane Bambauer, along with UCLA Law Institute for Technology, Law and Policy Research Fellow Mark Verstraete’s new article, "Identifying and Countering Fake News," has published in the UC Hastings Law Journal.  

The article develops a taxonomy for fake news based on motivation and intent to deceive, then offers suggestions for reforms that can reduce the harmful effects of fake news while protecting interests such as free expression, open debate, and cultural creativity. 

Andrew Keane Woods Publishes Robophobia in University of Colorado Law Review 

Professor of Law Andrew Keane Woods article titled, “Robophobia,” has been published in the University of Colorado Law Review. Keane Woods questions holding robots to higher standards than humans. His article catalogs the many different forms of antirobot bias and suggests some reforms to curtail the harmful effects of that bias. 

Faculty Research on the ‘Lived Experience of Immigrant Workers in Long-Term Care’ Featured at National Conference on Aging 

Professor of Health Law and Director of the Health Law and Policy Program Tara Sklar and Shefali Milczarek-Desai, director of the Workers’ Rights Clinic, presented their co-authored, qualitative research study, ‘Racial Justice in Long-Term Care: Amplifying Voices of Immigrant Workers,’ at On Aging, American Society on Aging 2022 Conference in New Orleans, Louisiana on April 12, 2022.  

Their collaboration highlights the inextricable link between immigrant workers’ rights and care for older adults and addresses a critical issue as demand for long-term care continues to climb, yet available labor declines. 

Their work is supported by a grant from the UA Hispanic Serving Institution, which makes interpreter and transcribing services possible to document the realities of a vulnerable, hard-to-reach population.  

Sklar and Milczarek-Desai also presented their work on April 14 at the UA Hispanic Serving Institution Webinar Series and will present on June 2 at the Annual Health Law Professors Conference with the American Society for Law, Medicine, & Ethics. 

Law Library Celebrates Recipients of 2022 AALL Award Recipient 

Cas Laskowski, head of research, data and instruction at the Daniel F. Cracchiolo Law Library, has been awarded  the Joseph L. Andrews Legal Literature Award by the American Association of Law Libraries (AALL), for her work on Introduction to Law Librarianship a comprehensive textbook for students of law library science. The award recognizes a significant textual contribution to legal literature.  

In addition, former director of the Cracchiolo Law Library, Michael Chiorazzi, currently associate dean for Information Services and librarian professor at University of Miami Law School, is the recipient of the Marian Gould Gallagher Distinguished Service Award. The award, AALL’s highest honor, recognizes extended and sustained service to law librarianship and contributions to the professional literature. 

Jaime Valenzuela Named Rare Book School Mellon Cultural Heritage Fellow 

Jaime Valenzuela, archivist at the Daniel F. Cracchiolo Law Library, has been selected as a fellow by the Rare Book School (RBS) at the University of Virginia to join the Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship for Diversity, Inclusion & Cultural Heritage. 

Valenzuela is one of 15 fellows who will participate in a three-year program which includes an orientation, Rare Book School coursework, community symposia, and other activities relating to multicultural collections and trainings. 

Carolyn Williams Elected as Legal Writing Institute Board Member 

Associate Professor of Legal Writing and Assistant Clinical Professor of Law Carolyn Williams has been elected as a board member for the Legal Writing Institute, a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving legal communication. Williams will serve on the board for a four-year term. 

In the Media 

The Snoqualmie Indian Tribe, a federally recognized tribe in King County, has received support from a diverse nationwide coalition of experts and authorities as it seeks to protect hunting and gathering rights that were challenged by the Washington state government. A large coalition of legal scholars led by University of Arizona Law Professor Robert A. Williams, the co-chair of the Indigenous Peoples Law and Policy Program, filed an amicus curiae brief in support of the Snoqualmie. It was also signed by associate clinical professor Heather Whiteman Runs Him. 

Keith Swisher, a legal ethics expert at University of Arizona Law weighs in on Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich's recent embrace of false claims about fraud in the 2020 presidential election as well as calls by many attorneys for Brnovich to face professional discipline for unethical behavior. 

Our phones carry information about who we are and where we've been, and police are finding that crucial in certain investigations. But is law enforcement entitled to that info? Arizona Law Professor Jane Bambauer discusses.  

Alphabet Inc.'s location tracking data is a tempting way for law enforcement to seek out suspects in the vicinity of a crime, but a first-of-its-kind legal ruling could put a stop to police efforts to use it. Law professor Jane Bambauer, who studies the social costs and benefits of big data, weighs in.  

Director of the Workers’ Rights Clinic Shefali Milczarek-Desai says Judge Jackson becoming Supreme Court Justice may inspire others to pursue law not just because she is a woman of color, but also because she rose to the court from a modest middle-class background 

Director of the Workers’ Rights Clinic Shefali Milczarek-Desai weighs in on Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson’s historic confirmation.  

PODCAST: Law Teaching Strategies for a New Era 
Touro Law Review Blog 
April 3, 2022 

Professor Tessa L. Dysart and Professor Tracy Norton discuss the first comprehensive book on online law teaching titled, “Law Teaching Strategies for a New Era: Beyond the Physical Classroom.” The podcast offers insight into how to take law school beyond the traditional, in-person experience. 

Accessing, Documenting and Preserving Information on Ukraine 
Slaw: Canada’s Online Legal Magazine  
March 30, 2022 

Marcelo Rodríguez, Foreign, Comparative and International Law Librarian at, writes about accessing, documenting and preserving information on Ukraine.