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January, 16 2013 

Greetings!

Welcome to the first in a series of weekly emails developed to strengthen connections between Arizona Law and our valued friends. In each message, I will shine the spotlight on a current student, a faculty member, and an alumnus at Arizona Law. I will also give you my perspective on matters at the College and in the law. This week, I sat down with Jonay Foster, Chris Robertson, and Brad Vynalek - I think you'll enjoy what they have to say.

 

Name This Weekly Email

The model suggested to us for these weekly messages is the celebrated Wildcat Wednesdays that keep those of us who follow Arizona athletics in the know. While it is tempting to title our message Wildcat Wednesdays - and the intellectual property faculty tells me titles are not subject to copyright - we think good university relationships and decency require that we find our own name.

 

We need your help in finding a permanent name for these emails. Our goal is to find a name that is memorable, lets you know that it is from UA, and from the law school.

 

Please email your suggestions. I have confidence that this will not only be fun, but hard, as our creative alumni are likely to have a lot of great ideas to make this a difficult decision.

 

Until the footnotes,

 

Marc


Student News
Foster, JonayJonay Foster (Class of 2013)

Jonay Foster is a 3L from Chicago, IL who earned her bachelor's degree in Public Health Studies from Johns Hopkins University in 2009. Jonay plans to pursue a career working for the public interest, and she may head to Washington and follow her passions for politics and the law. Internships with Gabrielle Giffords and at the White House confirm that she is on the fast track to achieving her goals.

 

Although Jonay feels like she does "too many internships," she understands the value of all the experiential learning. In her most recent internship, for example, she appreciated the access to the president's top advisers that was afforded to her.

 
In her time away from academics and enjoying the company of her friends, Jonay is an avid athlete who has recently taken up tennis. To connect with Jonay, or just to wish her well, you can contact her from her LinkedIn Profile.

 

Faculty News
Robertson, Chris
Chris Robertson

Associate Professor Chris Robertson is in his third year of teaching Torts and Health Law at the College of Law. After earning his Ph.D. from Washington University in St. Louis in 2003 and his J.D. from Harvard in 2007, Chris served for two years as an Academic Fellow and Lecturer on Law, Petrie-Flom Center for Health Law Policy, Biotechnology and Bioethics at Harvard Law School. His subsequent national job search landed Chris and his family in Tucson. "We decided that the College and Tucson would be the perfect place for us. I was attracted to the collegiality of the faculty and the excellent students, as well as the chance to be part of a world-class research university, where I could work with leading social scientists and health scientists."

 

His research focuses on how non-lawyers (such as physicians and jurors) and lawyers make decisions in legal and healthcare contexts, and how to optimize those decisions to avoid various biases. Chris said that he is "seeing a wave of litigation, legislation, and regulation focusing on biases caused by conflicts of interest." He works with people throughout the university on issues of inter-professional education. For the past several years he has served as mock legal counsel in a large multi-site pandemic flu exercise. Chris publishes in multi-disciplinary settings, and you might be interested to read: A Randomized Study of How Physicians Interpret Research Funding Disclosures, 369 New Eng. J. Med. 1119 (2012) (co-author, with Aaron S. Kesselheim et al.). You can find titles and links to his other articles through his Faculty Profile.

 

Chris is married to Jamie Cox Robertson, an author (jamiecoxrobertson.com), and they have a six year old daughter, Sophia. Chris enjoys teaching first-year Torts. "I focus on developing the fundamental analytic skills that will hopefully serve the students throughout law school and their careers - even if they someday forget the details of res ipsa loquitur."

 
In the spring term, Chris also teaches a fascinating new course called Sex, Race, Drugs, & Power in the Supreme Court. He developed and organized the class to give undergraduates a feel for the law, and potentially to interest them in law school. His class looks at 13 landmark Supreme Court cases, with each case being dissected and put in its legal, social, and historical context by a member of the Arizona Law faculty. Additionally, 20 top students from the College of Law lead discussion sections for the undergraduates. Alumni are welcome - the class is taught Monday afternoons from 5:00 to 6:30, and began this past Monday, January 14. If you would like to attend a lecture, please email Chris. If you would like to see Chris give a brief introduction to his course, click here, or if you'd like to see the entire first lecture (a 45-minute discussion on Marbury v. Madison), click here
  

 

Alumni News
Vynalek, Brad
Brad Vynalek ('99)

Brad Vynalek is President of the Law College Association (LCA). Brad and the rest of the 34-member LCA Board of Directors work closely with the administrative team at the College. The LCA serves as the alumni association, as an advisory resource, and as the leading Ambassadors for the College. The LCA holds an Annual Alumni Awards Dinner, sponsors alumni events, and works with current law students in making the transition to practice. Every Arizona Law alumnus is an automatic member of the LCA. If you are interested in getting involved in the LCA on a committee or learning more about its work, please contact Brad. (brad.vynalek@quarles.com, 602-229-5261, Brad's Attorney Profile)

 

Brad and his wife, Amy, have three beautiful children: Hazel (5), Gabe (3), and Mabel (6 months). They live in an historic neighborhood in downtown Phoenix. I am told all five Vynaleks are diehard Wildcat fans - though Mabel is still deciding whether to say "mom" or "cat" first. Given that Brad grew up in central Tucson near main campus and used the campus as his backyard for BMX and skateboarding exploits with his friends, 'Red and Blue' might truly be in his blood. When Brad was in law school, he interned for Senator McCain and hosted the 1997 Men's Basketball National Champions' visit to the US Supreme Court to meet Justice Sandra Day O'Connor.

 
In addition to his work with the LCA and his busy family life, Brad is a partner at Quarles & Brady, LLP, specializing in commercial litigation and business dispute resolution. In addition to his practice, Brad routinely presents at legal and business leadership programs across the country, as well as advocates on behalf of the legal profession before Congress. He also serves as the Vice Chair for the Make-A-Wish of Arizona Board, a charity dedicated to granting wishes to children with life-threatening illnesses. For fun, Brad forces his family to take vacations at beach and mountain spots so that the whole gang can participate in water and snow sports. (Maybe Mabel's second word will be "surf.")
 

 

Footnotes

And now, for matters at the College. We are in full swing here at the College. Students are back, classes have started, and we are enjoying a rare taste of winter weather in Tucson. We have an impressive line-up of speakers and events planned for the spring semester, and I encourage you to come back to campus and reacquaint yourself with the energy of Arizona Law. Here are two events that I think you will find of interest:

 

Acclaimed author, philosopher, and professor Martha Nussbaum will deliver the 33rd Annual Marks Memorial Lecture here on January 28. In her timely lecture, "The New Religious Intolerance," Prof. Nussbaum explores the politics of fear in an anxious age, calling for a renewed commitment to civility, understanding, and tolerance. Register here. This program is only one of dozens slated on the spring calendar, from 'pure-fun' alumni gatherings to intellectual inspiration. You can keep up with our packed schedule by bookmarking the Arizona Law Calendar, and we'd love to welcome you back to campus.

 

Second, for all fans of UA Basketball, we'll be having a game watch party for the contest against ASU this Saturday, January 19. The event will be held in Phoenix at Zipps (on Bethany Home). The game starts at 12:30pm, so be sure to get there early to secure a seat and support the Wildcats and UA Law! We'll have UA giveaways at halftime - we hope to see many of you there.

 

Finally, as with any endeavor's first effort, we plan to improve this communication as we move forward. We've heard that alumni and friends want to share in the daily and weekly energy and ideas and wonderful people who are the heart and soul of the College of Law.

 

To that end, I would welcome any feedback and suggestions you have in an effort to provide information that will be fun, easy to digest, and helpful to you.

 

Warmly,  Marc Miller
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Dean & Ralph W. Bilby Professor of Law
James E. Rogers College of Law

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