For the Record: Awards, Research, and Expert Insights on AI, Mail-in Voting, Elder Care and More

Sept. 29, 2023

Catch up on recent University of Arizona Law faculty accomplishments

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Griffin and Laskowski part of UArizona team for Ithaka S+R Making AI Generative for Higher Education Project 

Director of Empirical and Policy Research Christopher Griffin and Technology and Empirical Services Librarian Cas Laskowski are part of the University of Arizona team for Ithaka S+R’s Making AI Generative for Higher Education project. They join University of Arizona’s Deputy Director of Research Cyberinfrastructure Maliaca Oxnam and Director of Data Science Kristina Riemer, and representatives from 19 colleges and universities to focus on developing evidence-based, proactive, institutional decision-making about generative AI in teaching, learning, and research contexts. Learn more about the project here.  

Rodríguez Selected to the Inaugural CFR Ambassador Program for Higher Education 

Foreign, Comparative and International Law Librarian and Professor of Legal Research, Marcelo Rodríguez, was recently selected to be part of the prestigious Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) Education Ambassador program for Higher Education. 

With its first-ever higher education Ambassador program, CFR seeks to expand its network to higher education instructors and administrators who incorporate global affairs into international relations, history, public policy, area studies, economics, law, environmental studies, public health, or other disciplines. CFR chose Rodriguez based on his passion for global affairs and commitment to equipping students with the knowledge, skills, and perspective to navigate today’s connected world. Read more about the award and Rodriguez’ work.  

Daniel F. Cracchiolo Law Library Team Launches University of Arizona Land-Grant Project 

The recently launched University of Arizona Land-Grant Project website, which aims to document the story of the land-grant status and the designation's impact on Indigenous peoples in Arizona, was researched and built by a team from the Daniel F. Cracchiolo Law Library in the James E. Rogers College of Law.  

Teresa Miguel-Stearns, director of the law library and a professor of law, led the research behind the project. Cas Laskowski, the law library's head of research, data and instruction, led the project's map-building efforts. Robert A. Williams Jr., a Regents Professor of Law and faculty chair of the Indigenous Peoples Law and Policy Program, was also involved in the early planning of the project and helped usher the request to Miguel-Stearns and her team.  Read more about the University of Arizona Land-Grant Project here.   

Dysart Co-Authors Innovative Modular Legal Writing, Book Featured on Ninth Circuit Library and Research Services Website  

Assistant Director of Legal Writing and Clinical Professor of Law Tessa Dysart served as a co-author on West Academic’s innovative Modular Legal Research & Writing product, Interactive Legal Research & Writing Lessons: A Modular Approach. This comprehensive product is intended to offer individual modules on varying Legal Research and Writing topics which faculty can use to supplement their legal writing and research courses. 

Additionally, Dysart’s book, A Short & Happy Guide to Judicial Clerkships, was featured on the Ninth Circuit’s library and research services website.   

Whiteman Runs Him Moderates Event Navigating SCOTUS Decisions Impacting Tribes  

On September 13, Associate Clinical Professor and Director of the Tribal Justice Clinic Heather Whiteman Runs Him served as moderator during, Arizona Tribal Sovereignty Forum: Navigating Recent Supreme Court Decisions Impacting Tribes. Tribal leaders and a panel of experts explored where the US Supreme Court has been, developments and impact on tribal sovereignty. 


San Pedro River conservation area finally has federal water rights to protect it 
Arizona Daily Star 
Sep. 23, 2023 

Subscription required. Regents Professor Emeritus Robert Glennon, one of the nation's preeminent experts on water policy and law, is quoted. 

Care Inc.: Private Equity’s Impact on the Nursing Home Industry 
Lex, The Magazine of Drexel University Thomas R. Kline School of Law 
Sep. 2023 

Scholars and advocates who have watched private equity firms squeeze profits out of the nursing home industry fear what will happen as their attention extends further into elder care. Tara Sklar, faculty director of the health law and policy program weighs in.  

AI News Roundup: Salesforce Expands its Einstein AI Offering 
AI Business  
Sep. 15, 2023 

Led by the University of Arizona Law, a group of law schools have started a project to prepare U.S. law libraries for incorporating AI into their operations. Project sponsor and Director of the Daniel F. Cracchiolo Law Library Teresa Miguel-Sterns talks about the work.  

There is only one way to validate a signature on mail-in ballot envelope in Yavapai County 
Sep. 8, 2023 

Mail ballots submitted by voters who meet eligibility and validity requirements are counted in every election. Before they are counted, election officials vigorously verify the validity of every mail ballot submission. Professor Christopher Griffin discusses the judge ruling on signature verification in Yavapai County. 

Aspen Publishing inks deal for Univ of Arizona's alternative law school admission program 
Sep. 8, 2023 

Aspen Publishing has secured an exclusive license to JD-Next, a groundbreaking law school admissions test. JD-Next was developed over the past five years by the University of Arizona Law. Dean Marc Miller is quoted.  

Quotation of the Day: To Make Fries Flawless, Big Farms Leave Some Homes Waterless 
New York Times 
Sep. 6, 2023  

Regents Professor Emeritus Robert Glennon, one of the nation's preeminent experts on water policy and law, is quoted. 

Thousands of U.S. judges who broke laws or oaths remained on the bench 
Aug. 30, 2023 

In the past dozen years, state and local judges have repeatedly escaped public accountability for misdeeds that have victimized thousands. Professor of Legal Ethics Keith Swisher weighs in.