Mayes discusses Arizona Solar Summit on PBS

March 14, 2012

Kris Mayes, faculty director of the Program on Law and Sustainability, appeared on Channel 8’s Horizon, March 13, to discuss the College of Law’s upcoming Arizona Solar Summit.

“The conference is designed to look at what we’re doing now on a policy level and what we need to be doing going forward,” Mayes said. Download Full Image

It will be held at the Arizona Biltmore on March 26-27. For details and to register, visit

Mayes said that “most Arizonans think we ought to be a leader in solar energy given the amount of sun we get.” Opinion polls show 80 to 85 percent of people believe that the state should pursue it, she said.

Opposition comes from a small subset of Republicans in the legislature who are opposed to mandates, Mayes said, but the vast majority of their constituents think they’re wrong.

She said utility companies are supporters and are “advocating as loudly as anybody for solar energy in the state.”

“Companies like Arizona Public Service and Tucson Electric have become leaders in this area in the last five years,” Mayes said.

Mayes hopes that in the future, Arizona will be seen as a regional hub for utility-scale solar and a place where the independent spirit of Arizona results in 75 percent of all homes being solarized. Mayes wants Arizona to be a leader of solar energy in the region and across the globe.

To watch the video, click here.

Mayes, who has a Masters of Public Policy from Columbia University and a J.D. from the College of Law, served on the Arizona Corporation Commission from 2003 to 2010.

Law professor's book to be featured at Phoenix conference

March 14, 2012

Professor David Kader’s book, Poetry of the Law, will be discussed at the Maricopa County Bar Association’s conference, Literature & the Law. It will be held from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., March 30, at the ASU Mercado Building in Phoenix.

The conference will address the practical application of literature to the law, and participants will discuss authors such as Leo Tolstoy, William Shakespeare, CS Lewis, William Faulkner, Beowulf, Franz Kafka, Thomas Hardy, Fyodor Dostoevsky, Geoffrey Chaucer and other great literary minds who have discussed themes relevant to the law. Download Full Image

The topics that will be discussed include advocacy, client interviews, negotiations, problem solving, ethics and other areas of practical application of literature to the practice of law.

Early-bird registration is open through  March 23, and tickets are $195 for attorneys and $75 for the general public. Regular registration starts after March 23, when tickets will be $250 for attorneys and $100 for the general public. Tickets are $20 for students with valid IDs. The program will qualify for 7 CLE ethic hours.

Kader teaches in the areas of criminal procedure, torts, state constitutional law and religion and the Constitution. He recently taught a summer course on Religion & Government at the Center for Interdisciplinary Postgraduate Studies at Sarajevo University in Bosnia/Herzogovina, as well as visiting Turkey as part of an Arizona delegation under the auspices of the Foundation for Inter-Cultural Dialogue. He is a faculty affiliate in the ASU Center for the Study of Religion and Conflict.