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Diane Humetewa Confirmed to Federal Judgeship

Congratulations to ASU’s Diane Humetewa on her historic appointment to the U. S. District Court for  Arizona.  The  U. S.  Senate voted unanimously to confirm her yesterday, Wednesday, May 14th!

National Native American Bar Association statement
Indian Country Media Network article
Statement from the National Congress of American Indians
Senator Heitkamp Statement on Humetewa confirmation vote of 96-0
Today’s Arizona Republic

Library Resources for Bar Exam Prep

For many law graduates, studying for the July bar exam has commenced.  We want to remind you that the Law Library is open to ASU law graduates studying for the bar and that there are a number of bar preparation materials in the Library collection that may be helpful to you in the coming months:

Past Arizona bar exam essay questions and summary of issues (February 1995-July 2011)
Bar prep series – videos recorded by ASU law professors on bar exam subjects
Bar Exam Resource Guide – a guide to information and services for ASU law graduates preparing to take … Continue Reading

Out of Order book reading and signing event with Justice O’Connor

Hopefully you signed up early to attend Thursday’s book-signing event for Justice Sandra Day O’Connor’s book reading and signing event for her new book Out of Order: Stories from the History of the Supreme Court. This event is now sold out; Out of Order is out of tickets!

If you’ll miss the event, you can check out the book from the Law Library’s collection or purchase it from event co-host Changing Hands Bookstore or other retailers. We also found this recent NPR interview with Justice O’Connor about the book (39 min).

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New Books at the Law Library – Manifest Injustice

Manifest Injustice: The True Story of a Convicted Murderer and the Lawyers Who Fought for His Freedom
By Barry Siegel
Law Treatises KF224.M18 S56 2013

Manifest Injustice, by Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Barry Siegel, details the story of Bill Macumber and the efforts of the Arizona Justice Project, led by lawyer Larry Hammond and Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law Professor Bob Bartels, on his behalf.   In 1974 Macumber was convicted for a double homicide that occurred in 1962, despite his assertion of innocence, questionable evidence linking Macumber to the crime, and a confession from a violent … Continue Reading

3Ls Can Now Take Arizona Bar Exam

The Arizona Supreme Court has allowed 3Ls to sit for the Arizona bar exam under a three-year experimental program that goes in to effect on January 1, 2013.  You can read the Court’s order amending Rule 34 of the Rules of the Supreme Court here.

Background information on this change is available in our March 2, 2012 blog post.

Law Library Annual Donation Drive for Pets

Since so many of us at the Law School enjoy the company of our furry friends we thought it might be nice to help animals less fortunate than our own pets with a donation drive for the Arizona Animal Welfare League and SPCA.    

Founded in 1971, the Arizona Animal Welfare League and SPCA is Arizona’s oldest and largest no-kill shelter. Their facilities provide a temporary home for nearly 2,000 dogs and cats every year. Their mission is to provide excellent care, protection and loving compassion for the life of the animals and to take a   leadership … Continue Reading

State v. Federal Law – Medical Marijuana

Eighteen states (including Arizona) and the District of Columbia now allow for medical use of marijuana.  The medical marijuana laws of these states are in direct conflict with federal law, however, as the Controlled Substances Act prohibits the cultivation, distribution, and possession of marijuana.  This has created an incongruous situation in which an individual may be using medical marijuana in compliance with state law but is concurrently violating federal law, and thus exposing him or herself to federal prosecution.  While the U.S. Department of Justice stated in a 2009 Memorandum to U.S. Attorneys that federal prosecutors should generally … Continue Reading

The Legal Response to Hate Speech

This Friday, October 26, the College of Law is hosting an event titled The Legal Response to Hate Speech: Should the U.S. be more like Europe?  The event will consist of a conversation between Jeremy Waldron, University Professor at NYU School of Law and James Weinstein, Amelia Lewis Professor of Constitutional Law at the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law, as well as a book signing and reception after the discussion.  You can get event details and reserve a ticket on the College of Law’s website.

If you are interested in this topic you may want to read Waldron’s … Continue Reading

Register to Vote Today

If you’re planning to vote in this year’s elections, now is the time to make sure you are registered, as tomorrow, October 9, is the last day to register to vote in Arizona.  To register, go to the Voter Registration and Education page from the Arizona Secretary of State, Tom Horne.

Once you have registered check out Arizona’s page at Vote411.org for a list of such information as what ID is necessary for identification at the voting booth, the requirements for time off to vote, upcoming debates and forums, provisions for voters with disabilities, and more.

For those curious about ballot measures, … Continue Reading

Homeowner Rights

 

The ASU Homeowner Advocacy Unit at the College of Law is hosting a free conference on homeowner rights October 19th. The conference will feature Joseph A. Smith, the National Mortgage Settlement Monitor, as well as representatives from the Offices of the Attorneys General of Arizona, California, Nevada, and New Mexico.

Laws concerning homeowner rights can be complicated, so the Law Library has developed research guides related to the subject. The guides include information for homeowners, attorneys representing clients, and students researching this area of the law. They list both primary and secondary sources, with … Continue Reading