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Greetings!

Our (still to be named!) spotlight shines this week on three members of the Arizona Law community: Ian Burrell, Toni Massaro, and Alison Bachus. It is a pleasure for me to bring their stories to you - enjoy!

 

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Student News
Burrell, Ian
Ian, Shaylee, and Courtney Burrell
Ian Burrell (Class of 2013)

If you have had the experience in the past few years of somebody dashing by you in Tucson, that may have been Ian Burrell on his way to logging another 100 miles of weekly running. Ian, a 3L from Colorado, was an All-SEC track and field athlete at the University of Georgia. After graduating in 2008 with a degree in criminal justice, Ian moved to Flagstaff to run professionally and train for international meets.

 

For Ian, Arizona Law was a perfect fit since it enabled him to pursue his passion for law in a climate accommodating to a distance runner who puts in 25-30 hours a week.

 

Looking ahead to graduation, Ian is exploring the possibility of a career with the FBI, though he would also be happy to stay in Tucson as his family is enjoying life in the Southwest. For the past two summers, he has focused on federal law enforcement and completed internships with US Customs and Border Patrol.

 

In his time not spent running or in law school, Ian and his wife, Courtney, stay active keeping up with their 17-month-old daughter, Shaylee. You can find contact information for Ian on his LinkedIn Profile.

 

Faculty News
Massaro, Toni
Toni Massaro

Since 1989, Dean Emerita Toni Massaro has been changing the lives of students at the College. But how did she come to select Arizona Law?

 

"I was attracted by the quality of the faculty and students, by the fact that it was one of the nation's best public schools and had a relatively small student body, and by the location: the West, with its natural beauty, in a real college town, with surrounding mountains and Sonoran desert," she said. "It also mattered that the University was a first class, flagship, research institution."

 

Toni's love for the College is absolute, as is her passion for constitutional law. You can hear that passion whenever she teaches or speaks. And this is a golden age for constitutional scholars. For this message, Toni penned the following lines:

 

"Few areas have been more dynamic in recent years. Last year's decision regarding the Affordable Care Act is just one example, and implicated structural constitutional law issues - especially the nature and limits of federal legislative power. The full implications of the decision are not yet apparent, but the case included plenty of grist for the mill of those who would like to rein in Congress.

 

The current Term may prove to be even more of a game changer, as the Court confronts multiple issues that involve the equality dimension of liberty. The Voting Rights Act, marriage equality, and affirmative action all are on the docket, before a more conservative Court than in decades past. Several lower court cases that address new limits on abortion rights are wending their way to the US Supreme Court. As for the future, privacy/technology issues will become more and more significant, in constitutional law and in other domains."

 

You can observe Toni's passion in two videos of her lectures for Chris Robertson's Law 389 class for undergraduates. In the first, she discusses Griswold v. Connecticut and Eisenstadt v. Baird. In the second, she tackles Roe v. Wade.

 

Toni recently published a paper on political discourse entitled: Freedom of Speech, Liberal Democracy, and Emerging Evidence on Civility and Effective Democratic Engagement. She is also working on a book with former Arizona Law Dean, Tom Sullivan, entitled The Arc of Due Processwhich will be published by Oxford University Press in 2013. You can find more of Toni's papers here.

 
When I asked her to choose which class she enjoys teaching the most, she would not, only saying that she "loves each for different reasons." If you'd like to catch up with Toni, you can always find her contact information on her Faculty Profile.

 

Alumni News
Bachus, Alison
Alison Bachus ('05)

Alison Bachus has been a criminal Assistant US Attorney (AUSA) in Phoenix since 2006. Her workload primarily consists of prosecuting bank and armored car robbery cases, as well as all cases coming out of the federal prisons. Alison also prosecutes violent crimes that occur on Indian reservations, and, as the chief of the Civil Rights Unit, she handles bias crimes and cases against law enforcement officers who use excessive force.

 

Alison chose Arizona Law because of the "community feel." She said that, "It was in contrast to the vibe I got at other institutions; the staff and students were very welcoming."

 

What's her favorite memory from law school? "There are many! I would say fun times on the long couch in the old lobby, just laughing and hanging out. And the mock trial I did in Trial Ad - it was Mauet's product liability case, and my side had to defend the lighter that looked like a bomb. My trial partner planted a juror for us, so we got a hung jury! That trial was a great experience to learn early on that you can be an aggressive litigator without being a jerk to the other side."

 

When I asked her how she began working with the AUSA so soon after graduation, she said, "At the College, I had the pleasure of taking a federal criminal law class taught by then-US Attorney and Arizona Law alum Paul Charlton ('88), which was great. I also had the opportunity to do an externship with Arizona Law alum and then-Chief US District Judge Stephen McNamee ('69). I got a clerkship with Judge McNamee due to my externship, and Paul visited chambers when I was clerking. Through those contacts, I was interviewed and ultimately hired at the US Attorney's Office. I would be remiss if I did not say that the reason I'm doing what I do is because of Arizona Law and the people I met there."

 
At home, Alison and her husband have a daughter who is in kindergarten and is "quite the little litigator/arguer herself." She has enjoyed staying engaged with the College by keeping in touch with some of her classmates, re-connecting with others, and meeting other Arizona Law alums (and soon-to-be alums). "I also serve on various committees and boards with many Arizona Law folks. I hope everyone who reads this is doing well!" You can connect with Alison via her LinkedIn Profile.
 

 

Footnotes

February Bar

As many of you may know, in December the Arizona Supreme Court provisionally approved a proposal to allow qualified 3L students to take the February bar exam starting in February 2014. This is one of the most dramatic responses around the country to the current critiques of legal education.

 

The February bar proposal originated at Arizona Law, and was then developed and submitted to the Court in partnership with ASU and the Phoenix School of Law. The provisional approval of this proposal follows the Court's leadership in making Arizona one of the early adopters of the Uniform Bar Exam (UBE), which allows people who take the Arizona Bar Exam to become members of the bar in 12 states, including Washington State and Colorado (two common destinations for grads who leave Arizona).

 

With the national leadership in legal education enabled by the Court's decision, we are now engaged in building a strong and meaningful curriculum for those who opt to take the February bar. An ad hoc group of judges and lawyers has worked since last spring to create a proposed theory-to-practice residency. Those recommendations emerged from two questions we asked: to recent graduates, "What do you wish you had known when you graduated?" and, to those who hire graduates, "What do you wish the new lawyers you hired had learned during law school?"

 
The February bar and the new educational opportunities it presents are part of Arizona Law's continuing effort, working with the bar, to respond to fundamental changes in the practice of law and to respond creatively to national debates about legal education. This is a landmark decision for students at the College, and we are extremely excited to be at the forefront of this action. You can read more about the decision here, and we welcome additional suggestions (email here).

Arizona Law Pride
I'd like to encourage all of you to send in your pictures showing off your Arizona Law Pride. Below, you can see Mari, the lovely (and quite obviously brilliant) daughter of Akilah Kinnison (LL. M. Candidate, 2013), highlighting her mother's pocket Constitution. According to Akilah, "I don't even know where she found it! Must have been all that time listening to Con Law II in the womb!"
Pocket Constitution  

Upcoming Events - LCA Dinner

The 39th Annual Law College Association (LCA) Dinner is scheduled for April 27, 2013 and will be held at the Westward Look Resort in Tucson. This year, the LCA, with the University of Arizona Alumni Association, will honor six outstanding individuals: Anna Maria Chavez ('94), Catherine Douglas ('76), Prof. Steven Duke ('59), Larry Hecker ('69, '72), Prof. Thomas Mauet, and The Honorable Frank Zapata ('73). For more information, or to register, click here.

 
Finally, we've received enthusiastic responses and feedback from many of you regarding the idea of this weekly email message. Thank you! Please continue sending your ideas our way!
 

 

Warmly,  Marc Miller
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