Kittrie addresses Mexican border violence at ABA conference


May 10, 2010

Professor Orde">http://www.law.asu.edu/Apps/Faculty/Faculty.aspx?individual_id=5347">Orde Kittrie spoke as a panelist at the American Bar Association's national security conference, the 19th Annual Review of the Field of National Security Law, on Nov. 12-13, in Washington, D.C.

Kittrie was on the panel, "Emerging Issues in National Security Law: Narco-Violence along the Border," on Nov. 12. He was joined on the panel by Eric L. Olson, Senior Advisor, Security Initiative, Mexico Institute, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars; Luz Nagle, Professor at the Stetson University School of Law; Alonzo Pena, Deputy Assistant Secretary, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, U.S. Department of Homeland Security, and Tracey A. Bardof of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. Download Full Image

In his speech, Kittrie discussed the status of the battle against narco-trafficking in Mexico, the impact of Mexican narco-trafficking on the United States generally and Arizona in particular, and the response thus far to this challenge by the U.S. federal and Arizona state officials. He also offered several recommendations for next steps in the battle against narco-trafficking in Mexico.

The conference was co-sponsored by the ABA's Standing Committee on Law and National Security, the Center for National Security Law at the University of Virginia School of Law, and the Center on Law, Ethics and National Security at Duke University School of Law.

Kittrie is the Director of the College of Law's Washington, D.C., Legal Externship Program and a Faculty Fellow in the Center for Law, Science & Innovation. His teaching and research focus on international law, especially nonproliferation and sanctions, and criminal law, especially border crime issues. A Mexican-American, Kittrie writes and speaks frequently on legal issues relating to the U.S.-Mexico border and is active in the Latino community. Prior to joining the law faculty, he served for 11 years in the U.S. State Department, including as the Department's Director of International Anti-Crime Programs, overseeing United States policy and technical assistance programs for promoting the rule of law and combating transnational crime worldwide, including corruption, money laundering, intellectual property piracy, cybercrime and alien smuggling.


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College of Law celebrates 40th anniversary


May 10, 2010

Law school tuition was a bargain back in 1967, when the first students at the ASU College of Law paid $175 (in-state; $407.50 out-of-state) per semester to attend classes. The students "weren't much to look at," and they had no building, according to alumnus Michael Gallagher, but they did have "the most gifted and greatest law school faculty in the country in those days."

As emcee of a celebration of the 40th anniversary of the Class of 1970 and of longtime professor Michael">http://www.law.asu.edu/Apps/Faculty/Faculty.aspx?individual_id=17">Michael Berch, on April 9 at the Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law, Gallagher entertained 300 guests with stories of the old days: Download Full Image

Olivia Birchett's official title was admissions officer and registrar, but she more played the "house mother." U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice Earl Warren attended convocation in 1968. People like Jon">http://www.law.asu.edu/Apps/Faculty/Faculty.aspx?individual_id=72">Jon Rose, John Morris, Milt">http://www.law.asu.edu/Apps/Faculty/Faculty.aspx?individual_id=54">Milt Schroeder and Berch joined the faculty.

"Berch used to tell us with regularity, 'Don't set your sights too high. You can't all be heroes. We need someone to sit on the curb and clap when the heroes go by,'" Gallagher said.

All kidding aside, Gallagher described Berch, who turned 75 on April 1, as a "one-of-a-kind" caring, considerate and enthusiastic teacher.

In 1986, Berch and his wife, Arizona Supreme Court Chief Justice Rebecca White Berch established the Rebecca and Michael Berch Scholarship Fund that has awarded $50,000 to students over the years. This year, the couple issued a challenge to alumni that the Berch family would match dollar-for-dollar up to $50,000 in support of the scholarship fund. The alumni answered the call and exceeded the goal.

The celebration was punctuated with remarks by Dean Paul">http://www.law.asu.edu/Apps/Faculty/Faculty.aspx?individual_id=57268">Paul Schiff Berman, Curt Clausen – Berch's son, and Berch himself. A poignant video of Willard H. Pedrick, the founding Dean of the College of Law, was broadcast, as was a touching – and hilarious – tribute to Berch.

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