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December 16, 2021

“Smart” or “connected” cities and the related phenomenon of “smart” policing and technical surveillance tools, including facial recognition, present a constellation of complex and evolving technological, social, political and legal issues.

“Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world.”– Harriet Tubman

 Black Friday. Small Business Saturday. Cyber Monday. All three are primarily about buying. But one day, Giving Tuesday, is all about giving.

“Cultivate the habit of being grateful for every good thing that comes to you….” Ralph Waldo Emerson

As Thanksgiving approaches, 

I’m thankful for the exceptional perseverance, resilience, and adaptability of our law students, faculty, staff, alumni, and friends this past year.

"Take the first step in faith. You don't have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step." - Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

“It’s a new dawn, it’s a new day, it’s a new life for me, and I’m feeling good.” - Nina Simone, 'Feeling Good'

Congratulations to our 2021 graduates who were sworn in as new attorneys last week. For them, it’s a new dawn, a new day, a new chapter.

Non-traditional students, a group that includes part-time students working through school, "second-career" students, older students, parenting students and first-generation law students, face all the same obligations of traditional law students as well as additional sets of burdens and challenges that come with the responsibilities of life outside of law school.

Professor Karin Mika, Senior Legal Writing Professor, has been awarded the 2022 AALS Section Award by the Section on Legal Writing, Reasoning, and Research. This prestigious award recognizes professors who have made significant lifetime contributions to the field of legal research and writing.

The Awards Committee noted the following about Professor Mika’s exceptional career achievements:

Professor Brian Ray will lead a research project to design and pilot a training program and student clinic to conduct data privacy and equity impact assessments for surveillance technologies that was recently selected for a $90,000 grant by the New America Foundation. Ray is partnering on the project with Drs.

“As much as talent counts, effort counts twice.” ― Angela Duckworth  

“ Great works are performed not by strength but by perseverance.” -Samuel Johnson

“Let me tell you the secret that has led to my goal. My strength lies solely in my tenacity.” - Louis Pasteur