16. November 2010 11:30
This is the 100th anniversary of the Arizona Constitution. On December 2nd Retired Justice Sandra Day O'Connor and our own Professor Willrich will speak among others at Steele Indian School Park across the street from Phoenix School of Law. See: http://www.bizjournals.com/phoenix/morning_call/2010/11/constitution-day.html
3. November 2010 10:28
Oral arguments were heard earlier this week by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals on the stay placed upon Arizona's controversial Immigration law SB 1070. Arizona's governor, Jan Brewer, took time away from campaigning on the eve of election day to attend the court proceedings.
The parties in this case are U.S. government and the State of Arizona. The case first appeared before the Federal District Court for the State of Arizona where a partial stay was granted on some of the most controversial portions of the law. The State of Arizona appealed this stay which brought the case to the Ninth Circuit court. The U.S. government argued that SB 1070 was pre-empted by federal statutes. The State of Arizona argued that the provisions in question were consistent with congressional objectives, and not pre-empted by federal law.
View a full video of the oral arguments here.
We also invite members of the Phoenixlaw community to stop by our latest library display focusing on SB 1070 and surrounding immigration issues. The display features the briefs filed in this case, a full transcript of the proceedings, books and magazine articles dealing with immigration law, and immigration law treatises selected from the library’s collection. We also included a few position statements from organizations representing differing views on the matter. Stop by and become informed about this controversial issue that has brought national attention to Arizona. Several states appear poised to enact similar laws of their own and are closely following this case.
29. October 2010 12:13
The Federal Courts produce their own newsletter called The Third Branch. Monthly issues give insights into the workings, struggles, and opportunities within the federal court system. Email and RSS feeds are supported and no registration is required. See The Third Branch web site. http://www.uscourts.gov/News/TheThirdBranch.aspx News feeds and locators are also available, for example the widgets below.
15. October 2010 11:17
Picture source: The New York Times, Copyright 2010 The New York Times Company
Social media is affecting many areas of our lives, as well as changing the definition of media in courtrooms. Journalism is being altered, and no longer is there a delay in providing information to readers and TV viewers.
An article from the New York Times today, discusses how Twitter was used in a recent trial in Connecticut. A journalist interviewed at the trial explained how "with the unlimited capacity of the Internet, she could paint a word picture of every aspect of the trial" through sharing tweets on Twitter. According to this journalist, "it was just a matter of how fast [she] could type." This creates an issue with the immediate decisions these journalists have to make about what to tweet and what is inappropriate. There is no editor there to filter their tweets, which could include disturbing testimony of violence and sexual assault. Besides this issue, there is concern with the "play-by-play" openness of the tweeting and how it shifts the view from "a horrific trial to entertainment."
Below are more articles that discuss the issue of social media in the courtroom, not only pertaining to journalists tweeting but jurors and lawyers using social media as well:
Also, read up on the Rules of the Supreme Court of Arizona that describe Electronic and Photographic Coverage of Public Judicial Proceedings.
Should tweeting be banned in the courtroom? Give us your thoughts in the comments below!
8. October 2010 17:00
The results are in...
Congratulations to all Phoenix School of Law Graduates who have passed the July 2010 Arizona Bar Exam!