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Arizona State Law Students Show What You Need—and What You Don’t—to Dive into Law and Science [by Erica Winter] Despite what conventional wisdom says, students interested in intellectual property law or other science and technology-based legal fields, do not need advanced degrees in the sciences to get in to law school or to succeed there.

year off. As the 2002 Miss Arizona, she trav-

Law students involved with the Center for

The rapid evolution of technology and the

Study of Law, Science, and Technology at

ability of people to access art of all kinds fire

eled around the state, advocating for greater

the College of Law, Arizona State University

Deneau’s interest in copyright law. Protect-

access to mental health coverage in public

in Tempe, AZ, come from a wide variety of

ing the work of artists while at the same time

heath care. “I was fascinated by the subject,”

academic backgrounds. Some have advanced

allowing them to express themselves without

says Lawless. Upon returning to law school,

science degrees, and some do not.

constantly monitoring possible copyright

she is focusing on mental health law and

infringement “is intriguing to me,” says

public policy in her work towards a health


law certificate.

when she applied to the law school. Now

The work that led Deneau to law school

One current project Lawless has is bringing

pursuing a certificate in intellectual property

had nothing to do with copyrights. While an

in speakers for a conference on neurosci-

law, she says, “You can actually do something

undergraduate, she studied the effect of

ence and criminal responsibility to be held

like this” without an advanced degree in sci-

parents’ divorce on their children. Deneau

April 29 at the science and technology center.

ence or engineering.

was a co-author, with two professors, of a

She is working with Professor Gary March-

Third-year Kindra Deneau had an undergraduate degree in psychology from Arizona State

report showing that divorced men gave more

ant, the center’s Executive Director, to put

Laura Lawless, also in her third year,

money to their children’s college educations

the conference together.

majored in psychopathology at Harvard as

than women did, when incomes were equal-

an undergrad and is working on her heath

ized. The report was considered by legisla-

The conference will feature discussions of

law certificate at Arizona State. Third-year

tors weighing child-support laws in several

immediate and accessible topics, as well as

Amelia Morrow, another Harvard grad, was

states. Seeing her research applied to the

more theoretical questions. One speaker will

a social studies major there and will receive

law sparked her interest in law school, says

discuss how traumatic brain injury affects

her intellectual property certificate upon


establishment of criminal responsibility.

graduation this spring.

Another will look at whether sleepwalkers Morrow’s primary law school interests in

are legally responsible for their actions.

All three women are Center Scholars, a

copyright issues and emerging computer

Also, crime prevention will be examined ethi-

group of 30 law students chosen to advise

technology stem from practical experience

cally through the theoretical idea of a genetic

the science and technology center on its pro-

as well. As an undergraduate, she wrote her

marker showing a predisposition to criminal

grams and who get first choice of research

thesis on the impact of computer technology


assistantships and other opportunities at the

on a Boston community organization. After


graduation, she worked for two years for an

The center allows for “a very applied ap-

Internet start-up. Now, Morrow focuses on

proach to both science and law,” says Law-

Deneau credits the high-caliber faculty at

how the law would need to change along with

less, giving both fields equal respect even

Arizona State Law with enabling students to

advances in technology.

when they are characteristically at odds--as

thrive in the legal-scientific arena. Deneau

evidenced by the tension caused by science’s

says Professors Dennis Karjala, who special-

After counseling victims of domestic abuse

constant progress and the law’s desire to

izes in copyright law, and Professor Michael

for a few years, Lawless trained paralegals

slow progress in the interest of examin-

Saks, who is an expert on evidence issues

and worked in New York law firms before

ing implications of scientific advances, she

and also holds a Ph.D. in Psychology, exem-

applying to law school. After her first year


plify this excellence.

of law school, she won a pageant and took a


continued on back


After law school, Deneau will join the firm of Donald W. Hudspeth, P.C., in Phoenix, working with small business clients. Lawless will become an associate with Greenberg Traurig in Phoenix, doing employment and litigation work. Morrow will clerk for Justice Rebecca White Berch of the Arizona Supreme Court and then join Perkins Coie Brown & Bain’s Phoenix office as a litigation associate.


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