Fall ‘23 Event Preview at University of Arizona Law

Aug. 25, 2023

The fall event calendar for University of Arizona Law includes three of the college’s signature lectures and a cherished annual homecoming gathering.  

Take a look at a snapshot of upcoming events.     

McCormick Society Lecture 

Event: THE SUPREME COURT: WHAT'S NEXT? A Conversation with Dahlia Lithwick 
When: Thursday, Sept. 14, 2023, 5:30-6:30 p.m. 
Where: The McCormick Lecture will be delivered via Zoom. 


Lawyer, writer, and journalist Dahlia Lithwick will speak at the 2023-24 McCormick Lecture, sponsored by University of Arizona Law and the J. Byron McCormick Society for Law and Public Affairs. The conversation will be moderated by Associate Professor of Law Eunice Lee and Dean Emerita Toni Massaro

Lithwick is a senior editor at Slate, and in that capacity, has been writing their "Supreme Court Dispatches" and "Jurisprudence" columns since 1999. Her work has appeared in the New York Times, Harper's, The New Yorker, The Washington Post, The New Republic, and Commentary, among other places. 

She is host of "Amicus," Slate's award-winning biweekly podcast about the law and the Supreme Court. Her 2022 book, "Lady Justice," was a New York Times bestseller. In 2018, Lithwick won the Hillman Prize for Opinion and Analysis. She was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in October 2018. 

Lithwick has held visiting faculty positions at the University of Georgia Law School, the University of Virginia School of Law, and the Hebrew University Law School in Jerusalem. She was the first online journalist invited to be on the Reporters Committee for the Freedom of the Press. She has testified before Congress about access to justice in the era of the Roberts Court and how #MeToo impacts federal judicial law clerks. She has appeared on CNN, ABC, The Colbert Report, and the Daily Show and is a frequent guest on The Rachel Maddow Show. 

The McCormick Society was formed to honor the memory of J. Byron McCormick, who served Arizona with distinction as president of the University of Arizona, as dean of the College of Law, and as an advisor to the Arizona Board of Regents. Members of the McCormick Society foster dialogue about the critical issues of our time through an annual public lecture. 

Neumann Lecture 

Event: Neumann Lecture featuring attorney and alumnus Jimmy S. Rogers (‘72) 
When: Thursday, Oct. 26, 2023, 12-1:15 p.m.  
Where: The University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law, 1201 E. Speedway Blvd., Room TBD 

James (Jimmy) S. Rogers (‘72) is a principal lawyer in Seattle’s The Law Offices of James S. Rogers. His practice focuses on serious personal injury and product liability litigation. 

Rogers is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, a Fellow of the International Academy of Trial Lawyers, a Fellow of the International Society of Barristers, and a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates. He was selected as Best Lawyers® 2021 Seattle Personal Injury Litigation-Plaintiffs “Lawyer of the Year,” and Best Lawyers® 2015, 2018 and 2020 Seattle Product Liability Litigation-Plaintiffs “Lawyer of the Year.” He has been selected for inclusion in “The Best Lawyers in America” every year since 2003. He was a recipient of the 2023 Law College Association Award.  

The Peter Chase Neumann Lecture on Civil Justice is part of Arizona Law's Civil Justice Initiative, which seeks to elevate the American civil justice system and train the next generation of great trial lawyers.  

The lecture series began in 2013, with past speakers including , Patrick J. McGroder, Richard Fried and Randi McGinn. University of Arizona Law alumnus Peter Chase Neumann (’64) endowed the lecture in 2016. 

Homecoming 2023 

Event: Arizona Law’s Lifetime Achievement Awards 
When: Friday, November 3, 2023. 4:30-6:30 p.m.  
Where: The University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law, 1201 E. Speedway Blvd., Snell & Wilmer Courtyard 

Join us as University of Arizona Law honors distinguished alumni with the 2023 Lifetime Achievement Awards, selected by faculty for their distinguished and exemplary careers, contributions to the legal profession, support for public causes and law reform and commitment to the pursuit of justice.   


Event: Arizona Law's Red & Blue BBQ 
When: Saturday, Nov. 4, 2023, 11 a.m.- 2 p.m.  
Where: The University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law, 1201 E. Speedway Blvd., Snell & Wilmer Courtyard 

Join us this Homecoming to show your LawCat pride and experience the spirit of wonder that fuels our great university. All are invited to the annual Red and Blue BBQ before Arizona Football takes on UCLA. 


Darrow K. Soll Memorial Criminal Law and Justice Lecture   

Event: UCLA School of Law Professor Devon Carbado to deliver Soll Lecture 
When: Wednesday, Nov. 8, 2023, 12-1:30 p.m.  
Where: The University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law, 1201 E. Speedway Blvd., Room 164.     
Devon W. Carbado is the Honorable Harry Pregerson Professor of Law at UCLA School of Law and the former Associate Vice Chancellor of BruinX for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion. He teaches Constitutional Criminal Procedure, Constitutional Law, Critical Race Theory, and Criminal Adjudication.  

Carbado writes in the areas of employment discrimination, criminal procedure, implicit bias, constitutional law, and critical race theory. His scholarship appears in law reviews at UCLA, Berkeley, Harvard, Michigan, Cornell, and Yale, among other venues. He is the author of “Acting White? Rethinking Race in “Post-Racial” America” and the editor of several volumes, including Race Law Stories, The Long Walk to Freedom: Runaway Slave Narratives, and Time on Two Crosses: The Collective Writings of Bayard Rustin. A board member of the African American Policy Forum, Carbado was the Shikes Fellow in Civil Liberties and Visiting Professor of Law at Harvard Law School in 2012. 

The Darrow K. Soll Memorial Criminal Law and Justice Lecture is made possible through the generosity of alumna Jennifer Woods ('99).