Spring 2012 Newsletter
|2011 Constitution Day Program cases:
The Center's annual Constitution Day Program is held in conjunction with the nationwide commemoration of the day in 1787 that the United States Constitution was approved and signed by thirty-nine of its framers. In 2010, the Center's program also included Judge Wake and Professors Massaro and Marcus on the panel. They were joined by Maureen Mahoney, a member of the Supreme Court and appellate practice in the Washington, D.C., office of Latham & Watkins and a former U.S. Deputy Solicitor General. Among the cases discussed were McDonald v. Chicago and Free Enterprise Fund v. Public Company Accounting Oversight Board.
To view the 2011 Constitution Day Program, click here.
Volunteers Educate Hundreds of Area High School Students Through the John M. Roll Judicial Education InitiativeStudents and teachers at several Tucson high schools are participating in the John M. Roll Judicial Education Initiative. Local attorneys and judges, along with professors and students from the College of Law, volunteer their time to teach students about the role of the judicial branch in our constitutional system of government. The two-hour course focuses on how the judicial branch - and particularly the ideal of judicial independence - contributes to the rule of law.
Judge Roll was killed on January 8, 2011, while attending Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords' Congress on Your Corner event. Recognizing Judge Roll's lifelong dedication to the rule of law and his unwavering commitment to the strength and vitality of the judiciary, the Rehnquist Center named this constitutional literacy program in his honor.
Professor Barbara Atwood and U.S. District Court Judge Frank Zapata brought the program to Tucson High School students recently. The students asked questions ranging from "How does a case get to the Supreme Court?" to "Is the three strikes and you're out law always fair?"
Tucson High Social Studies Department Head Robin Batty hopes that the John M. Roll Program will be presented to all seniors, and plans to continue this program every year at the school. The Rehnquist Center hopes that the program can be brought to other Arizona cities and school districts nationwide. Those interested in volunteering should contact Marlene Cooksey at firstname.lastname@example.org.
|Left to right: Judge Frank Zapata, Professor Barbara Atwood and Tucson High teacher, Mr. David Bachman-Williams||Judge Zapata explains the court system to students in a U.S. Government class at Tucson High|
Rehnquist Center Welcomes
Marlene Cooksey joined the Rehnquist Center in August as the new Program Coordinator. She has been with the University of Arizona for eleven years, most recently in the English Department as the program assistant for the MFA in Creative Writing Program. She has also taught language arts in Tucson area middle schools.
Rehnquist Center Co-Sponsors Symposium - Public Understanding of the Courts in the Age of Media
Gaining a better public understanding of the courts through the use of digital media was the focus of the February 18, 2011, symposium in Phoenix. Four panels, comprised of attorneys, journalists, federal judges and court administrators, discussed how the Internet, social media, and new media outlets affect not only coverage of the courts, but how court proceedings are conducted. Among the panelists were Pete Williams, NBC News Justice Correspondent, and Chief Judge Alex Kozinski, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. Justice Sandra Day O'Connor delivered the keynote address.
Center Brings Arizona Supreme Court to Campus
In September 2011, the Rehnquist Center hosted the Arizona Supreme Court and in March 2012 it hosted a panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit. Each year the Center hosts oral arguments heard by the Arizona Supreme Court, the Arizona Court of Appeals, and the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals.
For each of these court visits, the Ares Auditorium is typically filled to capacity with students, lawyers, and members of the public. The arguments are video streamed into nearby classrooms to accommodate the crowd. After the arguments, the Justices and Judges answer questions from the audience, which usually includes local high school students.
Law Students Lunch With Two Esteemed Guests
Not only did Linda Greenhouse and Ted Cruz serve on the Constitution day Program panel, they also met with students earlier in the day for a brown bag lunch. Ms. Greenhouse, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist who has covered the Supreme Court for the New York Times, and Mr. Cruz, an experienced Supreme Court and Appellate litigator, spent the hour answering questions about their careers and the courts.
The free event was hosted by the Rehnquist Center and co-sponsored by the student chapters of the Federalist Society and the American Constitution Society.
|Left to right: Douglas Newborn, David Potts, Linda Greenhouse, Ted Cruz, Sally Rider, Nate Wade, Nick Verderame|
Sally Rider Inducted into Warren E. Burger Society
The National Center for State Courts recently inducted Sally Rider, Rehnquist Center Director, into the Warren E. Burger Society. Sally was one of eight inductees honored at the Society's Annual Recognition Luncheon in Washington, D.C.