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Arizona State University’s Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law is at the forefront of changing how we think about legal education and an institution earning great respect around the country according to lawyer, diplomat and educator Anne-Marie Slaughter. “ASU has become a national symbol of innovation,” Slaughter said during her convocation address at ASU Law Wednesday. “You’ve been innovative in...
Editor's note: This is part of a series of profiles for spring 2016 commencement. See the rest here . Racheal White Hawk is on her way to fulfilling her dream of using her law degree to work on behalf of tribal communities. A 2015 Gold ’n Gavel Scholar, White Hawk thrived at ASU’s Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law. She...
The five judges of the 2016 Miss Indian World pageant didn’t stand a chance. Once ASU law student Danielle Ta’Sheena Finn stood before them last Saturday night in front of a capacity crowd at the 33rd annual Gathering of Nations at the University of New Mexico arena in Albuquerque, they might as well have raised the white flag. It helped...
The ASU Law Case File looks at the accomplishments of students, faculty and alumni of the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law and Arizona State University. Student Laila Ikram-Alkahlout traveled to Jordan to interview Syrian refugees, professors Rhett Larson and Erik Luna were named Fulbright Scholars, and the moving story of U.S. Rep. Kyrsten Sinema’s journey from homelessness to Capitol...
Former Ambassador on War Crimes Issues Clint Williamson, now a professor of practice at the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University, explains the challenges in bringing Syria’s Assad regime to justice but also that there is hope for international courts’ ability to prosecute war criminals in the future. Question: There is clear evidence of war crimes...
Ballard Spahr’s Phoenix office is celebrating its 10th anniversary with a $125,000 gift to the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University. The first scholarship from the Ballard Spahr Diversity Scholarship — $25,000 for one year of tuition — will be awarded for the 2016-2017 academic year, and the recipient will be known as the Ballard Spahr...
For the first time in its history, the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University is among the top 25 law schools in the nation. According to U.S. News & World Report’s annual survey of graduate schools, ASU Law is No. 25, up one spot from last year. For the seventh consecutive year, ASU Law is the...
Arizona State University’s education and public affairs graduate programs broke into the top 15 and joined the university’s law school and fine arts program in jumping to higher spots in the latest rankings by U.S. News & World Report, which were released Tuesday. All four of those graduate schools ranked within the top 25 in the nation and were the...
Justice is a continuing struggle, and constant vigilance is required to maintain it. This is especially true for indigenous people living on American Indian reservations. That’s the viewpoint of Patty Ferguson-Bohnee, faculty director of the Indian Legal Program in Arizona State University’s Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law, who knows firsthand about the struggles of indigenous people. Her family grew...
Last year Steven G. Lisa had to suffer through seeing his father battle brain cancer. But the patent attorney and Arizona State University law alum (JD ’84) was so impressed by the care his father received at the Barrow Neurological Institute that Lisa was compelled to unite the worlds of the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at ASU and...
ASU’s Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law has just launched the nation’s first Rule of Law and Governance program. So, what exactly does that mean? Think of it as a Peace Corps for lawyers — a way for attorneys to show the benefits of our legal system to others, assist countries in transition to adopt policies that will improve basic...
The world is facing complex and interlinked security, environmental and economic challenges. Without a stronger rule of law in countries around the globe, not only will citizens in repressive countries continue to see their basic human rights violated, but also we will not be able to achieve greater global stability and security. The new Rule of Law & Governance Program...
Antonin Scalia, who died Saturday at the age of 79, is being remembered as a brilliant legal scholar who reinvigorated and redefined the conservative wing of the federal judiciary from his perch as an associate justice on the U.S. Supreme Court. Erik Luna, a Foundation Professor of Law in the Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law at Arizona State University,...
The Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation has created a $1.2 million endowment to benefit the Indian Legal Program (ILP) at the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University. The Tribal Council established the Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation Endowment to support scholarships, grants or other programs for current and prospective Native American ASU Law students. “This endowment reflects Fort...
The man who called the shots for Major League Baseball for more than two decades is joining the rotation at ASU’s Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law. Former MLB Commissioner Allan H. (Bud) Selig has been named the O’Connor Distinguished Professor of Sports in America and will join the Sports Law and Business program, where he will teach and serve...
The Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University has highlighted the achievements of its students, faculty and alumni over the past three months, including providing assistance to tribes, being named among the brightest law graduates of 2016, and being asked to speak on climate change, solar energy, Islamic State funding and the concussion epidemic . Students Simon...
Arizona State University is establishing a dual master’s degree program in which students can earn degrees in both journalism and law within two years. The Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication and the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law are partnering to offer an accelerated path to a Master of Mass Communication (MMC) and a Master of Legal...
On Tuesday, Jan. 4, President Barack Obama described his executive action on new gun-control measures, focusing on background checks and tracking weapons sales. News organizations began counting down to the Thursday night town hall on the measures almost immediately. The issue is a hot topic, and divisive in American politics: How much control is too much? Erik Luna, professor of...
Since its release last month, the Netflix documentary series "Making a Murderer" has inspired a host of social media debates, many soaked in outrage aimed at an alleged injustice. The series follows the murder case against Steven Avery in Manitowoc County, Wisconsin, and the accusation that the county's law enforcement conspired to frame him. Although Avery's innocence is in question,...
The Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University has received a $100,000 gift from Los Abogados, Arizona’s Hispanic Bar Association, which will be used to fund scholarships. “This gives us an opportunity to increase how we are able to help out individual students that are coming to ASU Law,” said Ed Maldonado (JD ’00), president of Los...
One of the nation’s top sports law educators and past president of the Sports Lawyers Association (SLA) has joined the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University. Glenn Wong will serve as Distinguished Professor of Practice Sports Law in the school’s Sports Law & Business program starting in January 2016. Prior to joining ASU Law, Wong was...
With all due respect to the people who guide us through the legal system, everybody knows a good lawyer joke. Like this one: Santa Claus, the Tooth Fairy, an honest lawyer and an old drunk were walking along when they simultaneously spotted a hundred-dollar bill in the street. Who gets it? The old drunk, of course — the other three...
Students who want to earn a law degree but cannot attend classes full time during the day may now take advantage of a new, part-time evening option being offered by the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University. This is the first time ASU Law has offered a part-time evening option as part of its Juris Doctor...
ASU’s Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law is once again No. 1 in Arizona for bar passage. Its graduates also placed first and tied for second on the latest bar exam. Results of the July 2015 Arizona bar exam show ASU Law first-time test takers with an 83.7 percent passage rate. This is well above the state’s overall first-time taker...
Generous donors have recently given more than $4 million combined to support scholarships and programs at the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University. The gifts were made by former Arizona Attorney General Grant Woods; retired ASU Law Professor Michael Berch and his wife, retired Arizona Supreme Court Justice Rebecca White Berch; and the Steele Foundation in...
The Sandra Day O’Connor Institute has announced that it will be relocating to the new Arizona Center for Law and Society in 2016. The O’Connor Institute will be joining the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law in this state-of-the-art building at Arizona State University’s Downtown Phoenix campus. The 280,000-square-foot building now under construction will feature a public law library and...
Sun Devil quarterback Mike Bercovici is leading the list of talented Sandra Day O'Connor law school members making lasting imprints across the country.
After years of closed-door negotiations and growing uncertainty, the United States and 11 other Pacific Rim nations have reached agreement on the Trans-Pacific Partnership. ASU expert Michael Bennett doubts that it will be a great boon to American workers.
The future of war will look like magic: Enemies will find out their opponents somehow know what they're going to do even before they do. And the first step in this direction has been taken by an artificial intelligence algorithm created by an ASU researcher.
The Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law at Arizona State University welcomed the largest entering class in its history this fall.

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