For the Record: Faculty Awards, Presentations and Expert Insight on Abortion Laws, Medical Debt, HIPAA and More

July 22, 2022

Catch up on recent University of Arizona Law faculty accomplishments

News 

Simon New Chair of UArizona Ombuds Committee 

Diana Simon, assistant clinical professor of law has been named the new Chair of the Ombuds Committee for the University of Arizona. Simon will lead the committee, which provides a safe, confidential, and neutral space for any student, staff, or faculty member to share concerns that they have. Ombuds provide confidential, impartial, and informal assistance in resolving conflicts or addressing issues and concerns. The Ombuds Office serves all levels of University of Arizona employees and students, in all units and colleges, as well as other individuals who have a university-related concern.  


Silverman Awarded Outstanding Volunteer by Association of Fundraising Professionals 

Joseph M. Livermore Professor Emeritus of Law and Director of the Civil Rights Restoration clinic Andy Silverman was announced as an honoree of this year’s Association of Fundraising Professionals National Philanthropy Day. Silverman was named the Outstanding Volunteer Fundraiser winner, for his philanthropic contributions and dedicated volunteerism to improve the quality of life in our community. 


Bublick Named Co-Editor in Chief of the Journal of Tort Law 

Dan B. Dobbs Professor of Law Ellen Bublick has been named co-editor in chief of the Journal of Tort Law. Bublick will share the role with University of Southern California Professor Greg Keating. The Journal of Tort Law aims to be the premier publisher of original articles about tort law.  


Rose Presents at Various Symposia  

On June 2, Lohse Chair in Water and Natural Resources and Professor Emerita of Law Carol Rose presented remotely at The Property Clauses in Context, a symposium on Chile’s draft constitution. Rose participated on a panel titled, “Economic Rights in Context, Canadian Council for the Americas,” in collaboration with the Universidad de Diego Portales, Santiago. 

In April, Rose presented Property as a Human Right for Yale/NYU Center for the Study of Private Law. She also presented at Property Law and (In)equality: the case of Racially Restrictive Covenants, a symposium on property and equity at Northwestern University Law School on November 16, 2021.  


Sklar Joins Center for Telehealth and eHealth Law 2022 Digital Health Summit at US Senate  

Tara Sklar, professor of health law and director of the health law and policy program, joined the Center for Telehealth and eHealth Law 2022 Digital Health Summit on June 9th at the US Senate as a panelist on Looking at the Research: Is Telehealth Substitutive or Additive? The Summit was created in response to calls from Fortune 500 companies and telehealth industry practitioners wanting a forum composed of leading thinkers and innovators in the legal and medical communities, including lawyers, executives, doctors, researchers, and operators, to grapple with the issues surrounding the use of emerging technologies that hold potential to improve the delivery of safe and quality medical care. 


In the Media 

The fight over abortion rights in Arizona heads to court. Planned Parenthood will take on Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich over an abortion ban that dates back to 1864 and was codified in the Arizona Constitution 1901. University of Arizona Law Director of Empirical & Policy Research Chris Griffin weighs in.  

Medical debt is disproportionately affecting people of color in Kansas and Missouri. A study from Innovation for Justice found weak consumer protections for people facing medical bills. Gabriela Elizondo-Craig, a postgraduate fellow at the University of Arizona Law weighs in.  

Interview with the Authors: Identifying and Countering Fake News 
Hastings Law Journal Podcast 
July 18, 2022 

University of Arizona Law Professor Jane Bambauer and Derek Bambauer discuss their article Identifying and Countering Fake News. 

North Carolina lawmakers consider laws to ease patient medical debt 
Becker Hospital Review 
July 18, 2022 

North Carolina lawmakers are weighing options that could potentially position the state as a national leader in addressing medical debt. Currently, North Carolina ranks 28th on a national scorecard of medical debt policies developed by Innovation for Justice. If North Carolina’s legislature passes both bills, the state would jump to second. Gabriela Elizondo-Craig, a postgraduate fellow at University of Arizona Law and a lead investigator on the scorecard project discusses. 

Professor Emerita Barbara Atwood says anti-abortion groups are creating model legislation to assist state lawmakers across the country that see civil suits as a way to enforce abortion bans. 

Health Law Director Tara Sklar talks about the current state of aging in this country.  

North Carolina lawmakers are weighing options that could potentially position the state as a national leader in addressing medical debt. Gabriela Elizondo-Craig, a postgraduate fellow at University of Arizona Law and a lead investigator on the national scorecard of medical debt policies project, developed by Innovation for Justice says the state would jump to second if both bills were passed.  

Following the Indiana doctor who shared 10-year-old's abortion story, Professor of Practice in Law and the Director of the HIPAA Privacy Program at the University of Arizona Office of Research, Innovation, and Impact John Howard discusses HIPAA compliance in general terms about the law and not this specific instance.  

Arizona is trying to bring back a 1901 law to ban abortions 
The Washington Post 
July 15, 2022 

Arizona is one of several Republican-controlled states that is pointing to a century-old law as the rationale to roll back access to abortions. Arizona's 121-year-old statute calls for a total ban on abortion from conception, except to save the life of the mother. Professor Emerita Barbara Atwood discusses.  

Regents Professor Emeritus Robert Glennon discusses groundwater supply and compares it to a giant milkshake. "What Arizona permits, in large chunks of the state, is a limitless number of straws in a single glass," Glennon said. 

Water's future depends in innovation, not alfalfa 
Santa Fe New Mexican 
July 9, 2022 

Regents Professor Emeritus Robert Glennon was the keynote speaker at the recent Next Generation Water Summit in Santa Fe, New Mexico. He said that agriculture is the "elephant in the room" when it comes to water consumption in the arid Southwest. 

Reproductive Rights in Arizona  
KGUN 
July 8, 2022 

Director of Empirical and Policy Research and Research Professor Chris Griffin discusses reproductive rights in Arizona following President Biden's executive order on abortion access. 

With the overturning of Roe v. Wade many people are now questioning if same sex marriage could be taken away. University of Arizona Law Professor Emerita Barbara Atwood discusses. 

Arizona has multiple abortion bans. Which law will take effect is confusing. Director of Empirical and Policy Research and Research Professor Chris Griffin weighs in. 

A divided Supreme Court ruled that states can prosecute non-Natives for crimes against Native people on tribal lands, a ruling that critics called a "disaster" for tribal sovereignty and an "act of conquest." The court’s 5-4 ruling reverses "200 years of well-settled law" during which only tribal and federal courts had authority to prosecute crimes committed against Indigenous people on tribal lands. Regents Professor Rebecca Tsosie weighs in.   

Roe’s reversal leaves ‘crazy patchwork’ of abortion laws in U.S. states 
Financial Times  
June 30, 2022 

The Supreme Court's decision to overturn Roe v. Wade has set off several lawsuits in states across the country as abortion providers try to stay open. Director of Empirical & Policy Research and Research Professor Chris Griffin provides commentary.  

University of Arizona Law Professor Emerita Barbara Atwood discusses abortion laws in the state of Arizona.  

Long-Term Care After COVID-19 
The Regulatory Review 
June 25 

Tara Sklar provides local, state, and federal recommendations to reduce COVID-19 exposure in long-term care facilities. 

When an employer provides a mental health app, how much data do they have access to? Arizona Law Health Law Director Tara Sklar weighs in. 

Science Friday 
June 24, 2022 

What does HIPAA do? University of Arizona Health Law Director Tara Sklar talks to Science Friday and explains how HIPAA applies to our private health information and what it does not protect. 

Following the Supreme Court's ruling on Rode v. Wade, Barbara Atwood, professor of law emerita, discusses what that means for Arizona.  

Arizona after Roe v. Wade 
Arizona Public Media 
June 24, 2022 

Barbara Atwood, professor of law emerita, spoke about the past and future of the state's abortion laws. 

Title IX, the landmark legislation designed to eliminate sex discrimination in education, marks its 50th anniversary this year. Associate Professor of Law Tammi Walker spoke about the creation, evolution and impact of Title IX.   
 
Lake Mead nears dead pool status as water levels hit another historic low 
NBC News 
June 22, 2022 

Lake Mead nears dead pool status as water levels hit another historic low. Arizona Law Regents Professor Emeritus Robert Glennon weighs in. 

More U.S. law schools plan to begin offering undergraduate degrees. In 2014, University of Arizona Law became the first to offer a undergraduate degree in law. Dean Marc Miller tells Reuters the program currently has 1,600 students. 

Professor of Law Jane Bambauer discusses the American innovation & Choice Online Act on the series TECH& from SIIA.  

Turning Childhood Trauma Into Advocacy for Older Adults 
UArizona Health Sciences  
May 31, 2022 

Health Law Director Tara Sklar’s childhood experiences have directly influenced her work on Health Sciences’ Innovations in Healthy Aging initiative.  

Native tribes are reliant on their local water sources, which have been continuously exploited and contaminated by the U.S. government and non-Native people. Indigenous groups are finding new ways to demand justice. Rebecca Tsosie, a law professor at the University of Arizona, has written that tribal sovereignty – the trust doctrine the U.S. government holds with tribes – is "an important legal tool to protect tribal rights to natural resources ... and embodies a clear duty to protect tribal lands."