ASU Law recognizes Professor Bob Dauber for years of service


November 23, 2020

Bob Dauber, clinical professor of law and Brewer Professor of Trial Advocacy for the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University, is retiring after 30 years with ASU Law.

Dauber devoted most of his career to instructing and supervising students representing clients of ASU Law’s Civil Litigation Clinic. He also regularly taught courses in civil procedure, evidence, professionalism and dispute-resolution processes. Dauber helped establish the Lodestar Mediation Clinic, a course that offers students intensive skills training and practical experience in the mediation process. Dauber is a former director of the Mediation Clinic and the college’s Trial Advocacy Program. He also served as the interim director of the college’s Clinical Program. Before joining the clinical faculty in 1990, he practiced for seven years as a trial attorney with the Phoenix office of Winston & Strawn. photo of Bob Dauber Bob Dauber, clinical professor of law and Brewer Professor of Trial Advocacy, is retiring after 30 years of teaching at ASU Law. Download Full Image

“Bob’s expertise in civil litigation and dispute resolution, combined with his many years of dedication to our students, have made a big impact for ASU Law,” Dean Douglas Sylvester said. “We will miss him at the law school and wish him wonderful days ahead in his retirement.”

Dauber has served on the boards of directors for Community Legal Services, the Arizona Dispute Resolution Association, the Homeless Legal Assistance Project and the Capital Representation Project, and on the ADR (Alternative Dispute Resolution) advisory board to the Supreme Court of Arizona. His research interests include court-connected mediation and other forms of dispute resolution, as well as the future of litigation.

In an earlier ASU Law article, Dauber’s provided some advice to students: “Enjoying life is more important than getting a good grade. Keep things in perspective. Your reputation and the relationships you build are so much more important than what your GPA was in law school.”

His teaching has made a lasting impact with many of his students and continues to resonate with alumni, including Ben Herbert, a 2010 ASU Law JD grad and an Intellectual Property Group partner with Kirkland & Ellis LLP. Herbert was recently part of the Kirkland & Ellis team that won a significant trade secret and copyright infringement case.

Herbert, who was a student of Dauber’s civil procedure and Civil Litigation Clinic coursework, wrote to Dauber after winning the case: “When good things happen, it is always important to reach out and let the people who helped you in the very beginning know that you have not forgotten. My 1L year was a long time ago, but I’ll never forget your class and the civil justice clinic two years later. I owe you a lot.”

Students interested in applying for ASU Law’s clinical programs can find out more here.

Julie Tenney

Director of Communications, Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law

ASU Law fall grad overcomes early obstacles to achieve success

Wayne Unger looks to help other students do the same in the future as ASU Law professor


November 23, 2020

Editor's note: This story is part of a series of profiles of notable fall 2020 graduates.

“Given life’s challenges, while the road in front of you may look daunting, overcoming the challenges before you is often made possible by the community you surround yourself with, and ASU is a phenomenal community.” Wayne Unger Wayne Unger, ASU Law fall 2020 JD candidate. Download Full Image

So said Wayne Unger, a fall 2020 JD candidate at the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University, when asked about his ASU Law experience. After starting law school in fall 2018 at the University of California Hastings College of Law in San Francisco, Unger experienced the unexpected loss of his mother in his hometown of Chandler, Arizona, leading to an emergency transfer request to ASU Law.

“Dean (Douglas) Sylvester, Dr. Christine Wilkinson, and many others moved mountains to make the transfer as easy as possible during this challenging time,” said Unger, who commuted from San Francisco to Phoenix while his mother was ill. He completed his first 1L semester with a top GPA and began his second semester at ASU Law a few weeks after his mother passed away.

In the short 2 1/2 years since, Unger helped to open the Greek Leadership Village on ASU’s Tempe campus; worked on the in-house legal team at Microchip Technology in Chandler; participated in the ASU Global Security Initiative’s Disinformation Working Group; researched data privacy, security and disinformation for ASU’s Luminosity Lab; and wrote two published law journal articles. He will graduate one semester early this December. While TEDxASU 2020 was canceled due to the pandemic, Unger was also selected as one of the speakers for the prestigious event.

Unger, also an ASU undergrad alum, is pursuing his JD with a focus in data privacy and constitutional law. His ASU Law honors include being named a Pedrick Scholar and a recipient of the Brett Aspey Memorial Scholarship, preceded by his undergraduate recognition in the Leadership Scholarship Program, founded by Wilkinson, and the Larry R. Ludden Leadership in Business Scholarship.

Unger also taught Privacy Torts and Defamation for ASU Law Professor Michael Selmi’s fall 2020 torts course and has forthcoming articles in the following publications:

  • "Katz & COVID-19: How a Pandemic Changed the Reasonable Expectation of Privacy," Hastings Science and Technology Law Journal (forthcoming 2020).
  • "Reclaiming Our Right to Privacy by Holding Tech Companies Accountable," Richmond Journal of Law and Technology (forthcoming 2020).
  • "How Disinformation Campaigns Exploit the Poor Data Privacy Regime to Erode Democracy," (unpublished, forthcoming 2020).

Question: What was your “aha” moment when you realized you wanted to study law?

Answer: My “aha” moment when I realized that I wanted to study data privacy and constitutional law, specifically, in law school came after a meeting with Professor Gary Marchant of ASU Law. At the time, I was enrolled in his Law, Science and Technology course. In lieu of the final exam, I opted to write a research paper. When I met with Professor Marchant to discuss research topics, he proposed I research the private right of action with respect to data privacy and security lawsuits. I ran with the topic, and data privacy and security and its intersection with constitutional law has become my specialization. My research paper for Professor Marchant’s class is set for publication in the Richmond Journal of Law & Technology.

Q: What’s something you learned while at ASU — in the classroom or otherwise — that surprised you or changed your perspective?

A: In law school, I quickly realized that it is normal to feel dumb on a daily basis. Many of us have a blind Achilles heel in the “I don’t know what I don’t know.” Law school changed my perspective by helping me understand that there is a lot of information, history and knowledge that falls into the “I don’t know what I don’t know.” And that’s the excitement in learning — discovering information that challenges or adds to your knowledge, beliefs and values.

Q: Why did you choose ASU?

A: ASU is my home. Growing up in Arizona, ASU was in my backyard. I completed my undergraduate studies with the W. P. Carey School of Business. After working in Silicon Valley for five years, I returned to Arizona unexpectedly for family reasons, and I am very grateful to ASU for welcoming me back for law school.

Q: Which professor taught you the most important lesson while at ASU?

A: While I never had Professor Diana Bowman for a class, after a networking event, Professor Bowman and I developed a strong mentor/mentee relationship. She taught me to “always write like the writing will be published.” This simple advice improved the quality of my scholarship tenfold.

Q: What’s the best piece of advice you’d give to those still in school?

A: It takes time to discover what you will enjoy doing professionally. Be patient.

Q: What was your favorite spot on campus, whether for studying, meeting friends or just thinking about life?

A: For my undergraduate tenure, the Secret Garden on the Tempe campus. For law school, the law library and the law school’s reading room.

Q: What are your plans after graduation?

A: While I have no set plans besides taking the Arizona bar exam, my aspiration is to return to ASU as a law professor.

Q: If someone gave you $40 million to solve one problem on our planet, what would you tackle?

A: Comprehensive data privacy and security policy reform.

Julie Tenney

Director of Communications, Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law