The University of Arizona

Fall 2007 Newsletter
Volume 1, Issue 1

Conference on Federalism and Climate Change
February 11, 2008

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On February 11, 2008, the William H. Rehnquist Center at the University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law will host a one-day conference on the future of the federal-state relationship in addressing climate change. The conference, Federalism and Climate Change: the Role of the States in a Future Federal Regime, will address what the role of state governments should be as the federal government takes action in response to global climate change. Participants will explore the proper allocation of power between states and the national government as the aggressiveness of some states on the climate change issue challenges accepted notions of the scope of state regulatory interest and jurisdiction. This issue – of immense practical importance to policymakers – requires a fresh look at models of federalism in a global context. The conference will bring leading academics on federalism together with appellate court judges, business leaders, and policymakers. The three conference panels will address the role and capacity of states as global actors, and the constitutional and theoretical framework for continued state and federal action on climate change. For more information, contact Sally Rider at 520-626-1637 or

Rehnquist Center Calendar

October 14 - 21, 2007
Visit of Ukrainian delegation through the Open World Rule of Law Exchange
Tucson, Arizona

October 19, 2007
Conference on Judicial Independence
Emory School of Law, Atlanta, Georgia

February 11, 2008
Federalism and Climate Change: the Role of the States in a Future Federal Regime
James E. Rogers College of Law, Tucson, Arizona

February 2009
John G. Roberts, Jr., Chief Justice of the United States, will deliver the annual
William H. Rehnquist Center lecture, Tucson, Arizona

Center Launches Outreach Efforts

The first two regional conferences on judicial independence co-sponsored by the Rehnquist Center and the Sandra Day O'Connor Project on the State of the Judiciary were very successful. The Center co-sponsored conferences in Dallas, at Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law, and in Chicago, at Loyola School of Law. The conferences focused on the process for selecting and retaining judges at the state level, the importance of judicial independence and accountability, and the effect of large judicial campaign contributions on public confidence in the courts. Conference participants discussed improvements to the process as well as how to improve public education about the judiciary. The day-long conferences were attended by more than 200 participants, including judges, attorneys, local educators, business leaders, students, and law school faculty. The next regional conference on judicial independence will take place on October 19, 2007, at Emory University. For more information, call Sally Rider at 520-626-1637or

Rehnquist Center Offices

The University of Arizona is renovating an historic residence located directly across the street from the James E. Rogers College of Law which will serve as the offices for the Rehnquist Center. We are working with architects to maintain the charm of the 1930s house designed by noted Tucson architect Josias Joesler, while providing office space for staff and program participants. The building will host a visiting scholars’ workroom, a conference room, library and offices. Renovations are expected to be completed by winter 2008.

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