Following the tragic death of George Floyd and the targeted Atlanta murders in March 2021, the Arizona Law community responded. The gallery directly below is a visual collection of statements condemning those acts written and shared by Arizona Law student groups and Dean Marc Miller. Those statements are also collected in PDF below.
Collected with those statements is a selection of scholarship and opinion produced by Arizona Law faculty exploring the various topics and issues found in this guide. A number of links in the AZ Law Scholarship Section direct users to relevant content on other guide pages. All material was curated from our Faculty Scholarship Database.
Criminal Justice and Police Reform
Please see the Indigenous Rights and Tribal Sovereignty section for further insight to this content area.
Institutional Racism & Implicit Racial Bias
In March 2021, the Diversity Committee in partnership with the American Constitution Society, the Native American Law Students Association, the Black Law Students Association, the Immigration Law Students Association, the Armenian Law Students Association and Pride Law held a college wide dialogue with students, staff, and faculty. The event was created with a hope for an open and honest dialogue between the diverse communities at Arizona Law and those who wished to serve as allies for those communities.
Community and ally representatives from NALSA, BLSA, ILSA, ALLSA, and Pride Law spoke at the event. In conjunction with the event, a number of representatives created a document containing a list of resources on how those in the Arizona Law community could serve as allies to Indigenous Peoples and the diverse communities represented in the event. That document along with a recording of "Conversations on Allyship" are available below.
"After the murder of George Floyd, BLSA, alongside the University of Arizona Student Bar Association (SBA), issued a joint statement in which we called on our law college community to become more active in the fight for racial and social justice. In an effort to practice what we preach, BLSA is undertaking an ambitious plan, in conjunction with multiple other student organizations, to host renowned legal and economic scholars from around the country each month who will deliver virtual lectures about legal issues that Black America faces every day" - Arizona Letter of the Law (Sep. 23, 2020).
Below is a selection of recorded BLSA Coffee Conversations from the 2020/2021 school year.
"At University of Arizona Law, we promote diversity of thought, background, experience and culture—not only because it creates a better community, but because it builds better professionals. Wherever your legal education takes you, open-mindedness, critical thinking, interpersonal skills and a broad foundation of cultural understanding are highly useful and valued. We know that educating students for a global workplace means reflecting the societies they will serve, and we strive to maintain an environment where diversity—in its broadest sense—is celebrated." - law.arizona.edu/diversity
The Indigenous Peoples Law and Policy Program at the James E. Rogers College of Law is hosting the United Nations' Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples José Francisco "Pancho" Calí Tzay.
Rebecca Tsosie, Regents Professor of Law; Faculty Co-Chair, Indigenous Peoples Law and Policy Program, also meets monthly with the Vice Provost of Faculty Affairs as part of the UA Native Faculty with the University's Inclusive Faculty Groups.
Seanna Howard, Director, International Human Rights Advocacy Workshop and Professor of Practice, is currently supervising students that are assisting with the research and drafting of reports written by the UN Special Rapporteur, José Francisco "Pancho" Calí Tzay. This work is part of a collaboration between the Arizona Law IPLP Program and the UA Human Rights Practice at the University of Arizona Law. This collaboration is described in the video, "One Letter Can Save a Life," below.
Yaqui Human Rights Project: James C. Hopkins, an Associate Clinical Professor, Indigenous Peoples Law and Policy Program, is currently representing the Traditional Authorities of the Rio Yaqui Pueblos, the governing body for all eight Rio Yaqui Pueblos in the Rio Yaqui Valley in Sonora, Mexico on a petition before the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR).