Browse Exhibits (6 total)

Rehnquist Memorabilia

This collection contains diplomas conferred upon and awards given to Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist. All items in this collection belong to The William H. Rehnquist Center on the Constitutional Structures of Government, which was established in 2006 at the University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law.


The McCormick Lecture Series: Speaker Photos


The McCormick Lecture Series began at Arizona Law in 1979 with U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit Judge Joseph T. Sneed. The lecture, now in its 31st year, hosted David Cole, the National Legal Director of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and the Hon. George J. Mitchell Professor in Law and Public Policy at Georgetown Law, on September 14th.  

This exhibit sowcases photos of various McCormick Lecture Series speakers beginning with the 2nd annual speaker William H. Rehnquist. Photos of all McCormick speakers are not available digitally or physically. The original photographs in this exhibit reside in the Arizona Law archive. 


Demonstrative Evidence: Establishing the Guilt of Paul Hadley


Paul  Hadley, also known as William Estaver, was convicted of the murder of Anna Johnson in May 1922. At the time of Hadley’s arrest, a .32 automatic pistol, called a Spanish Mauser, was found in Hadley’s possession. The first recorded use of forensic ballistics evidence in trial established the guilt of Hadley. In April 1923, Hadley was executed following an unsuccessful appeal to the Arizona Supreme Court. The only appellate court in the state at the time, it was the first time a state supreme court accepted ballistics as evidence. 

To demonstrate Hadley’s guilt, a former Yuma attorney A.J. Eddy used the Spanish Mauser found on Hadley to conduct ballistics testing. Eddy testified to his findings during two 1922 trials in Tucson, Arizona. In response to being presented with a bullet fired from a Spanish Mauser obtained by Hadley’s defense team, Eddy recalled his testimony in a typed letter. “I remember my answer was, ‘No, this bullet was not fired from the Estaver gun, but was fired from a gun with a similar twist.’” 

In the treatise Wigmore on Evidence, Eddy is given credit for introducing photographs of both the fatal bullet and test bullets as evidence. This online exhibit contains front and back scans of the original photographic exhibits introduced by the State of Arizona against Paul Hadley.

This material was gifted to the College of Law in 1952. 

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Supreme Court Wisdom Series Collection: Matthew J. Moutafis Artist Proofs


The Supreme Court Wisdom Series Collection contains scanned images of original, colored artists proofs created by Matthew J. Moutafis. The prints measure 19” x 24 ½.” According to Moutafis, they were created in the early 1980’s and inspired by a review and study of United States Supreme Court cases. A select group of actual quotations from the legal judgments were chosen by Moutafis to illustrate. The artist was so moved during the process that he wanted to provide a visual voice to the spoken word.

These proofs were gifted to the James E. Rogers College of Law in February 2018. In his donation letter, Moutafis wrote the following: The highest Court of our country is the guardian of our constitution and laws. By word or decree, the equilibrium of our nations legal stability is being checked and expanded upon by present and future Supreme Court judges. My graphic interpretation of their words ring true today as much as they did originally in the 1980’s. I believe this series is actually more important today … now more than ever.

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James T. Bialac Native American Art Collection: Select Works

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Arizona attorney James T. Bialac (UA, Law, class of '59) began collecting Native American art in 1964. Over the next 50 years, he amassed one of the largest private collections of contemporary Indigenous art in the world.

His collection contains approximately 2,500 two-dimensional works of art and more than 2,500 three-dimensional works, including katsinam carvings, textiles, pottery, and jewelry. Works from the Indigenous cultures of the Southwest comprise the majority of the collection, but Indigenous communities from regions across North America are represented, including the Arctic, the Northeast Woodlands, the Southeast, the Plains, and into Mexico. 

Photographs: Selections from the Raul H. Castro Collection 1964-2015


Raul H. Castro, was born June 12, 1916, in Cananea, Sonora, Mexico. Castro was an alumnus of the University of Arizona, having earned a J.D. from the College of Law in 1949. He served as the U.S. Ambassador to El Salvador (1964-1968) and Bolivia (1968-1969), and Argentina (1977-1980). Castro was a judge in Pima County, Arizona, 1955-1964, and elected Governor in 1974, making him the first Mexican-American to hold this office in Arizona. Castro passed in 2015 at the age of 99.

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