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A super-quick post today to mention a few events that are coming soon at the University of Arizona College of Law.

First up, two events that give the secret services a moment in the sun.

Ex-FBI agent Terry Hake speaks at UA Law School on January 20, 2015.

Terry Hake

On Tuesday, Jan. 20, at noon (in UA Law Room 160), former FBI Agent Terry Hake will speak on “Going Undercover as an Attorney: Inside Operation Greylord.”

“In April 1980, after serving four years as a prosecutor, Terry Hake agreed to assist the FBI and the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Chicago in an investigation of the Cook County Court System. For three and one-half years, he worked undercover posing as a corrupt prosecutor and accepting bribes from attorneys and later as an attorney in private practice making payoffs to judges and court personnel for the dismissal of cases. The investigation, known as ‘Greylord,’ resulted in convictions of 18 judges, 57 lawyers, 10 law enforcement offices, and other court personnel. It remains one of the FBI’s most successful undercover investigations.”

Pizza lunch provided (not to undermine the drama of the preceding paragraph).

Online here are links to some case readings that Hake will touch upon.

Ex-CIA officer Michael Hurley speaks at UA Law on Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015.

Ex-CIA officer Michael Hurley will speak at UA Law on Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015.

Next, on Wednesday, Jan. 28, from 4:30-6:00 pm, ex-CIA officer Michael Hurley speaks on “Terrorism in America: What are the current threats, and is the U.S. government doing enough to defend us?”

Register here.

Finally, if you’ve never seen Ninth Circuit oral arguments, you really should get up to San Francisco occasionally. Or, you could simply head down to UA Law on Thursday, Jan. 29 (9:30 am – 11:30 am, Room 164, Ares Auditorium). That’s when the Circuit judges visit the law school “as part of its ongoing public education effort.”

9th_circuit_seal1This judicial visit is hosted by the William H. Rehnquist Center on the Constitutional Structures of Government at the UA James E. Rogers College of Law.

Arguments will be heard in three cases:

  • Adobe Systems v. Joshua Christenson, 9:30-10:00 a.m.
  • Arizona Libertarian Party v. Ken Bennett, 10:00-10:30 a.m.
  • Mauricio Margain v. Elsa Ruiz-Bours, 10:30-11:00 a.m.

Q&A session from 11:00-11:30 a.m. More information and case materials are here.

“Seating is available first to those who have registered. Others are welcome to observe on a first-come, first-served basis as space is available.”

Read the security protocol and conduct guidelines” (no kidding) in their entirety here.

Soon, I will mention another UA event, this one in February honoring the anniversary of the prestigious Rehnquist Center.

We’ve all become accustomed to sifting through nearly incomprehensible news stories about complex financial crimes. They usually involve hedge funds, offshore accounts and other economic tomfoolery that most of us can only marvel at.

But every now and then, a good old-fashioned crime story comes along that we can all sink our teeth into. And one of those happened yesterday.

It was reported that James “Whitey” Bulger was arrested in Santa Monica, Calif. His crimes were of the decidedly non-yawn-inducing variety: He was sought in connection with up to 21 murders in the 1970s and 1980s.

Read the story here.

So rip-roaring was this criminal’s (excuse me, suspect’s) yarn that when acclaimed filmmaker Martin Scorcese looked around for a compelling story, Bulger’s came to the fore. Out of his own brand of domestic terrorism, we got the admirable movie “The Departed.”

James J. Bulger in 1959, Alcatraz

Adding to the intrigue was the fact that the FBI, which will get attaboys for catching someone who has been on the lam for a decade, also was harshly criticized for their own cozy relationship with the accused murderer. In fact, it was a former Boston FBI agent who tipped off Bulger back in 1995 that he was about to be indicted that caused him to amscray; and that agent was later convicted of second-degree murder for other tipoffs he gave Bulger that led to killings. Ludlum and Turow couldn’t do much better than that.

Not enough to draw you in? Try this: His younger brother is William M. Bulger, a former President of the Massachusetts State Senate and the University of Massachusetts.

A sidebar to this tale comes from the Los Angeles Times, which asks, “Is ‘Whitey’ Bulger OC’s elderly bandit?”

The 2005 story was one of a string of possible Bulger sightings; time and evidence will tell whether he robbed Orange County banks. Clearly, the economy has forced many retirees to continue to toil at their lifelong profession.

Having lived in Orange County and enjoyed the L.A. area, I chuckle a bit at the specter of an old mobster living out his golden years amidst the sun, surf and celebrity. Finally, it appears, his relaxation plans have been put on hold. Congratulations to the FBI.