Graduating from law school is a huge achievement and a new beginning, maybe more so than finishing high school or college. For most students at the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law, even after they submit their last exams and papers, the ultimate final exam awaits.  And bar prep isn’t just for 3Ls. The courses you take and study skills you learn during law school can help you clear the final hurdle on your way to a legal career.  Whether you’re a rising 2L or 3L or newly minted grad, the Ross-Blakley Law Library is here for you. Our…
Events of recent weeks brought into focus this issue:  How do we cultivate leadership that understands how to gather relevant, vetted evidence and utilize unbiased critical thinking to make decisions in the interest of the greater good.  Politics has gone from a place where people complained you could not tell the difference between the political parties to a point where the aisle between the parties is an ocean that a member of either party swims alone at their peril. In a time when our capacity to concentrate, engage in critical thinking, respectfully disagree, solve complex societal challenges, or even have…
You may have heard the inauguration poet, Amanda Gorman (she’s 22!), speaking on NPR today. She said that there are certain combinations of letters she has trouble pronouncing, and because she often reads her poetry out loud, she has to change her first choices of words to other words so that she can be understood (or, as she put it, to avoid being “unintelligible”). It was such an insightful comment and so reminiscent of the work we do in ADR and the law — having to put aside or rework the way we might express something in order to be…
Ryley Carlock & Applewhite is pleased to welcome Chandler Smith as the firm’s Diversity Legal Writing Program Intern for 2021. The Diversity Legal Writing Program creates opportunities for diverse and minority law students at Arizona State University and the University of Arizona to gain practical writing and research experience while working alongside practicing lawyers at top law firms in the state. “We are thrilled to have Chandler join our firm as part of this scholarship program,” said Shareholder Jason L. Cassidy, who sits on the firm’s Diversity Committee and will mentor Smith throughout her time at the firm. “Chandler’s drive…
The recent insurrection at the U.S. Capitol has resulted in consequences for lawyers connected to the event.  One such person is John Eastman, who was a law professor at Chapman University.  He spoke at the “Save America” rally preceding the riot and assisted in several of the lawsuits challenging the presidential election results.  In the wake of the riot, Eastman retired from Chapman with an agreement that he will pursue no legal action. During the January 6th rally, Mr. Eastman stood next to Rudy Guiliani, as the former New York mayor called for “trial by combat”.  In his own speech,…
Written by Catriona Coffey. The new year has much in store for electronic health information exchange compliance!  Today’s post provides an overview of anticipated changes to the health information regulatory landscape in 2021, including increased interoperability efforts and telehealth expansion due to the coronavirus pandemic. It is not surprising that many of the topics discussed below are a direct result of the interoperability requirements created by the 21st Century Cures Act (“Cures Act”) enacted in December 2016. Information Blocking Section 4004 of the Cures Act prohibits “information blocking,” or any practice by a health IT developer of…
Navigating the legal employment landscape can be challenging. The Law Library’s reference librarians are happy to meetwith job seekers to put you on the road to success. We can help you with the following: Focused advice on researching law firms Resources for interview prep Tools to tailor your resumes and cover letters Material to provide focused advice on landing particular jobs How to build your current awareness toolbox Show you how to find networking opportunities Make an appointment to Meet with a Librarian today.…
If you read the news reports about medical malpractice trials, you would be forgiven for believing that the sky is falling, that the inmates are running the asylum and that juries are going crazy making multi-million dollar awards in every malpractice case that goes to trial.  Notwithstanding the barrage of news stories, nothing could be further from the truth. The news media thrives on sensationalism.  “Man bites dog!!!,” screams the headline.  The media has little interest in trials in which patients are sent home with nothing, which is the case over 85% of the time.  Study after study, many conducted…
You know that Stacie Strong is one of the most prolific authors in the field and that she is now in Australia.  You may not know, however, that she has a great new book giving the results of a huge empirical project, an in-depth analyses across the judicial-arbitral, national-international and common law-civil law divides, using three different research methodologies. Here’s the blurb: Legal Reasoning Across Commercial Disputes:  Comparing Judicial and Arbitral Analyses provides important insights into how judges and arbitrators resolve complex commercial disputes in both national and international settings.  Using the outcomes of a major international survey and series of…
Understanding the marijuana laws in your state may have become more difficult with the large number of legislative changes from state to state. Several different bills legalizing or decriminalizing marijuana have been filed and rejected or passed in Arizona alone over the last few years. It is still just as important to understand and obey the marijuana laws in your state, however, if you wish to avoid serious criminal penalties. 2021 Arizona Marijuana Laws Arizona’s marijuana laws recently underwent a significant change. In November 2020, a proposition passed that affectively legalized the recreational use of cannabis in Arizona. This law…