Morris Dees

It’s only Tuesday, but it’s not too early to note that the end of this week will be all Tucson, all the time (not literally true, of course, but give me a little poetic license).

What the week features are two great events at the University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law.

This Thursday is the J. Byron McCormick Society for Law and Public Affairs Lecture. It will be delivered this year by Morris Dees of the Southern Poverty Law Center.

Registration for the event (from 5:30 to 6:30 pm) is now closed. But the law school says:

“The Ares Auditorium (Room 164) is full and reservations are no longer being taken, but a live videostream of the lecture may be viewed in Room 160. Any seats available in the Auditorium will be filled just prior to the start of the lecture from those in the videostream room on a first-come, first-served basis. Additionally, the lecture will be available on our website at this URL shortly afterwards.”

I had the opportunity to interview Mr. Dees before, and I’m confident it will be a terrific lecture.

After the lecture, there will probably be some chatting and maybe a cheese-and-cracker or two. But is anyone getting dinner afterward? Let me know at I’ll be getting a bite before driving back to Phoenix.

And then, if that wasn’t enough, on Saturday, November 10, the Arizona Journal of Environmental Law & Policy hosts an event titled “Can Arizona Become Solar Powered?” It runs from 8:30-10:30 am (yes, a.m., I guess going along with the sun-comes-up theme), and more information is here.

Not sure what the Journal is? Here’s how they describe themselves:

The Arizona Journal of Environmental Law & Policy (AJELP) is an interdisciplinary online publication that examines environmental issues from legal, scientific, economic, and public policy perspectives. Our student-run journal publishes articles on a rolling basis with the intention of providing timely legal and policy updates of interest to the environmental community. We believe that the form of an article or written work should follow the author’s research, thinking, and style, and our editorial staff strives to help authors refine their work and make it accessible to our broad and growing reader base.”

It’s also worth noting that the Journal recently created a brand-new website. Again, as they describe it:

“Gone are the days of simply grabbing a journal off the shelf or Westlaw. AJELP’s new format allows readers to do more than just read timely legal scholarship. Readers are invited to discuss their thoughts about articles in the comments section, share articles in their favorite social media communities, and engage AJELP members in the blog. Another exciting new feature is the Synthesis section where Associate Editors manage and provide information on topics from climate change to biodiveristy. We are proud to be a truly dynamic law journal!”

Read it—and bookmark it—here. See you on Thursday.


The Arizona Journal of Environmental Law & Policy at the University of Arizona Law School is hosting a Saturday discussion of the complex intersection of two matters of public policy: the way we generate energy and the way we harm the environment as little as possible.

Titled “Energy, Natural Resources, and the Environment: Three Perspectives,” the panel discussion features comments from Dinah Bear, an attorney whose work focuses on matters dealing with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). According to conference organizers, she represents clients opposing the Rosemont mine. Ms. Bear served for almost 25 years as the General Counsel of the President’s Council on Environmental Quality.

Other panelists include UA Law Professor Robert Glennon and Dr. Sheldon Trubatch. (I wrote about Professor Glennon and his great book “Unquenchable” here.)

Here is information on the morning’s topics:

“This forward-looking panel discussion examines the convergences between concerns over energy, natural resources, and the environment. Ms. Bear will begin the discussion with an overview of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and a critique of the slew of environmental legislation pending before Congress, as well as an update on Rosemont mine. Professor Glennon will pick up with an analysis of the natural resource constraints on renewable energies, focusing especially on the vast land and water requirements of solar plants. With these limitations in mind, Mr. Turbatch will turn to the viability of nuclear energy, considering its licensing requirements, natural resource demands and environmental impacts. Whether you are interested in the legal, scientific, or political aspects of these topics, this panel discussion will surely have something for you.”

Saturday, November 5th

10:00 a.m. to Noon

James E. Rogers College of Law

Room 160 (no longer in Room 164)

Register by clicking here.