Former U.S. Rep. Barney Frank

Former U.S. Rep. Barney Frank

This Thursday, October 16, former U.S. Representative Barney Frank speaks at the University of Arizona Law School, where he delivers the annual McCormick Lecture.

His topic: “Why We Need More Government and How We Can Pay for It

The event is free and open to the public (though seats may be hard to come by; register here).

As the law school reports:

“Barney Frank served as United States Representative from Massachusetts for more than three decades, starting in 1981. An outspoken and deeply respected legislator, noted for his keen sense of humor, Frank has played a key role in some of the most important legislation of our country’s recent history, including the repeal of ‘don’t ask, don’t tell.’”

“As Chair of the House Financial Services Committee from 2007 to 2011, Frank helped craft the compromise bill to slow the tide of home mortgage foreclosures in the wake of the subprime mortgage crisis, as well as the subsequent $550 billion rescue plan, and the landmark Dodd–Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act—the sweeping set of regulatory reforms named partly after Frank and signed into law in July 2010, to prevent the recurrence of the financial crisis.”

Arizona Law logoMore detail is here.

School representatives say that they anticipate a large crowd for the event. Capacity is limited to 300 registrants; the first 100 individuals to register will be seated in the Ares Auditorium, where Frank will deliver his lecture. The additional 200 people will be seated in adjacent overflow rooms to watch the lecture streamed live.


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.