This week brings exciting news from Tucson and Mexico City. 

We are very pleased to announce a new program to teach American law and policy to Mexican diplomats under a partnership forged between the College of Law and the Mexican Foreign Ministry.

Over the past week, I traveled with a delegation from the University of Arizona and College of Law to participate in a workshop with our partners in Mexico City and celebrate the graduation of the first class. 

Ambassador Jacob Prado and Instituto Matías Romero Director Natalia Saltalamacchia join me on the stage at the graduation ceremony for participants in Mexico City, August 2.

Read about the new program and the delegation's visit to Mexico City -- including our reception with local alumni -- below. 

Until the footnotes,


Arizona Law Partners with Mexican Foreign Ministry 
to Teach U.S. Law

Adapted from original story on our website, here.

In a new program developed jointly by the Mexican Foreign Ministry (Secretaría de Relaciones Exteriores) and the University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law, Mexican diplomats are learning the foundations of American law from a U.S. law school in order to enhance consular services and strengthen binational relations.

UA President Robert C. Robbins and Mexico's Consul General in Tucson, Ambassador Ricardo Pineda, discuss the agreement for the College of Law to teach U.S. law to Mexican diplomats. Photo by Mark Thaler.

More than 75 members of the Mexican diplomatic corps based in cities across the U.S. and in Mexico recently completed a rigorous online program about American law and policy. Courses were designed by University of Arizona Law professors with extensive experience in their fields and with expertise in presenting the administrative and constitutional structures that support the rule of law.
"These courses were designed in the best interest of U.S.-Mexico relations," said University of Arizona Law Dean Marc Miller. "We leveraged our expertise with the needs of their diplomatic mission, and forged a partnership beneficial to both nations."
The idea grew out of conversations between Miller and Tucson Consul General Ricardo Pineda Albarrán, who has long served as a conduit for improving relations between Mexico and the U.S. Early discussions included Brent White, then associate dean of the College of Law, Ambassador Jacob Prado, and Natalia Saltalamacchia, director of the ministry's Diplomatic Academy (Instituto Matías Romero). Together they developed a program that addresses diplomats' most common questions.
Pineda enrolled in the program, taking an overview of the U.S. legal system, immigration law and criminal procedure. "The course as a whole is a very powerful resource of information to any person that, in their everyday work, has to analyze situations related to criminal law or immigration law in the U.S." he said.
Meeting with Ambassador Diego Gómez Pickering, Mexico's Consul General in New York, who participated in the program.
In addition to Pineda, the inaugural cohort includes professionals serving in 24 U.S. states and Puerto Rico, as well as Mexico City and surrounding cities. Participants included the consul generals posted in New York City, Philadelphia, Detroit, and Tucson, and four deputy consul generals from Caléxico, Fresno, Los Angeles, and Miami. The cohort also includes members of the Embassy of Mexico in Washington, D.C., and partner offices throughout the U.S.
Each participant completing the program receives a certificate issued jointly from the UA and the Mexican Foreign Ministry. A ceremony with Mexican officials and representatives from the university was held in Mexico City on August 2.
"The University of Arizona has been a valuable strategic partner for the Diplomatic Academy. The quality of the program offered and its commitment to the training of our officers has been extraordinary," Saltalamacchia said.
UA President Robert C. Robbins sees the law program as a critical part of a broader strategy. "All of us benefit from a strong relationship between the U.S. and Mexico. Collaborative research and industry connect us in agriculture, mining, space, water resources, public health and many other areas," Robbins said. "Legal education programs like this enhance our ability to develop those connections for our countries' mutual benefit."

UA Delegation Visits Partners in Mexico City

Last week's visit included a workshop and the graduation ceremony at Mexico's Diplomatic Academy, Instituto Matías Romero. 

Members of the delegation from the the University of Arizona and College of Law also met with experts in Mexican and international law at the  Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM), the Mexican Bar Association, and other important legal institutions such as the Academia Mexicana de Derecho Internacional Privado y Comparado and the Escuela Libre de Derecho (a top-ranked private law school).

Part of the first cohort of graduates were awarded their certificates at the ceremony.

Program graduate Gamaliel Bustillos Muñoz, who formerly served as
Deputy Consul in Fresno, California. He received an award for special academic distinction at the ceremony.

College of Law Professor Andy Silverman spoke at the workshop 
at the Diplomatic Academy.

Traveling with me from the College of Law were: Associate Dean  Kathie Barnes; Professor  Andy Silverman ('69);  Chris Gast ('13), Director of Special Projects;  Amanda Wolfe, Director of Global Programs;  Amber Owens, Assistant Director of Instructional Design; and  Deborah Sliz ('79), alumna and advisor to the college. 

The UA delegation also included  Brent White, Dean of Global Campuses and Interim Vice Provost for Global Affairs;  Justin Dutram, Senior Director of Mexico Initiatives, Office of the University Secretary; Ricky Hernández, Assistant Vice President of Alumni Operations, UA Alumni Association; and  Madalyn Hemminghaus, Assistant Director, UA Alumni Association. 

Our visit to the Escuela Libre de Derecho, a top-ranked private law school.

Around the College
Mexico City Alumni Gather
Our visit to Mexico City also afforded us an outstanding opportunity to connect in person with many of our area alumni and friends at a reception last Saturday.


In the News
Arizona Public Media, quoting Dean Marc Miller

UA News, quoting Dean Marc Miller

University Business, quoting Dean Marc Miller

The College of Law initiative to provide legal education to Mexican diplomats is one more step in our global efforts to engage the expertise of the college to train professionals and address worldwide issues.
The massive flow of ideas, capital, people, and commerce are hallmarks of our digital and interconnected age, and the demands and opportunities of a global world are being highlighted and expanded in the era of the Fourth Industrial Revolution.
Our highly international student body, our global dual degree and online programs, and now elite executive education in Mexico and elsewhere reflect this reality and embrace this opportunity.





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