Arizona State University responds to concerns about change.org


February 3, 2012

Arizona State University blocked access to the website change.org after it was used to spam thousands of university email accounts in early December 2011. Since spam emails are frequently used to distribute viruses and other malware that is installed on client machines without the recipient’s notice, the university routinely blocks both inbound and outbound access to sites that distribute spam to stop the propagation of malware and the associated compromise of an individual’s personal information or the security of university accounts and information. The university blocks spam emails regardless of their content.
 


ASU strongly supports the First Amendment and an individual’s or group’s right to free speech. The university also strongly supports privacy and an individual’s right not to be subjected to the receipt of spam or the associated security risks that can come with such email. As most internet users know, many sites systematically collect email addresses of visitors to the website in order to use them to later solicit those users to further engage the site, to increase overall traffic on the site and to enhance revenue that may be earned by the site from advertising or transactions conducted on the site.
 
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The university acknowledges and understands the expression of concern from some members of the community who desire access to change.org from university computing resources. In order to seek a balance between those concerns and protecting the university computing environment, the university has removed the restriction against site access from university computing resources.



Sharon Keeler

associate director, Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering

480-727-5618

Law professor to receive top faculty award from Alumni Association


February 3, 2012

The College of Law Alumni Association has selected Judy Stinson, associate dean for academic affairs and clinical professor, as the recipient of the 2012 Outstanding Faculty Member Award.

“She is truly a talented professional who has led the way to the writing program achieving the honors and recognition it so deserves,” said K Royal, a 2004 College of Law alumna and board member of the Alumni Association. “And she just never stops. It is clear her passions lie with the legal profession and doing her part – and then some – to contribute to the quality of those who choose to serve in the profession.” Download Full Image

The Association will recognize Stinson at its Annual Alumni Luncheon, which will be held at the Hyatt Regency Phoenix, 122 N. 2nd St., on Feb. 23. Former mayor of Phoenix and College of Law alumnus Phil Gordon will deliver the keynote address. For tickets, go to www.law.asu.edu.

Each year, the Association seeks to award a faculty member for their contributions to the College of Law and its alumni. Stinson was recognized particularly for her contributions to the legal writing program, which is nationally ranked in the top 10 by U.S. News & World Report.

“I am very honored – I take my teaching and mentoring students seriously, and am fortunate to have been able to maintain a lot of friendships with former students,” Stinson said.  “ASU has a tremendous alumni base, and I am incredibly grateful for this award.”

Stinson’s research and teaching focuses on Legal Method and Writing, Appellate Advocacy, and Sexual Orientation and the Law. Stinson published the advanced text, "The Tao of Legal Writing," and co-authored "Examples & Explanations: Legal Writing" (due this summer).  She has given numerous presentations in the legal-writing arena in addition to speaking about the legal education more generally and issues related to same-sex relationships. She is the advisor for the Women Law Students’ Association and OUTLaw. Stinson is a past-president of the Association of Legal Writing Directors and a member of the Legal Writing Institute, and she is active in State Bar of Arizona committees.