Retired AZ Supreme Court Justice Stanley Feldman at DGT

    March 21, 2016 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
    Dragon's View restaurant
    400 N Bonita Ave
    Tucson, AZ 85745
    $10 Chinese buffet cash, $12 credit/debit, $3.50 drink only
    Retired Arizona Supreme Court Justice Stanley Feldman
    Retired Arizona Supreme Court Justice Stanley Feldman

    Retired Arizona Supreme Court Justice Stanley Feldman will be speaking on Prop. 123 from a legal perspective, at Democrats of Greater Tucson.

    Justice Feldman came to Tucson at age 5, graduated from the UA both as an undergraduate and 
    from the UA Law School, practiced law for many years before being named by then 
    Governor Bruce Babbit to the AZ Supreme Court, where he served for 21 yeas, 5 as Chief Justice.
    > He represented local Japanese-American veteran and businessman Henry "Hank " Oyama 
    to overturn Arizona's miscegenation law, that prevented issuance of marriage licenses 
    Previous articleNucleus Club meeting
    Next article“Selma” civil rights film
    Carolyn Classen
    Carolyn Sugiyama Classen, a life long Democrat, was born & raised in the State of Hawaii, was a Legislative Aide for U.S. Senator Daniel K. Inouye on Capitol Hill, and practiced law for a while. In Tucson she worked as a tribal staff attorney for the Pascua Yaqui Tribe and later was the Interim Executive Director of the now defunct Domestic Violence Commission. In 2008 she became a “My Tucson” guest columnist for the Tucson Citizen newspaper, then continued blogging for for over four and a half years. Her blogsite was entitled “Carolyn’s Community” about community events and some political news, until Gannett Publishing shut down the site on January 31, 2014. She started with Blog for Arizona on Feb. 11, 2014. Part time she has been sitting as a Hearing Officer in Pima County Consolidated Justice Courts Small Claims Division since April, 2005. She is married to University of Arizona Distinguished Professor Albrecht Classen, a native of Germany. They have one son, who lives in Seattle, WA with his wife and daughter. She is also the Editor of the Southern Arizona Japanese Cultural Coalition website, (since Jan. 2013).


    1. Justice Feldman spoke today about the history of the 1910 Arizona Enabling Act which originally set aside $ to support public education, setting aside $11 M for this purpose. Because the Arizona legislature ignored Prop. 301 which would have given such $ to the schools, a lawsuit was filed by several AZ school districts for the $, which was ruled on favorablyby the AZ Supreme Court. However before there was a final order, negotiations were conducted to settle the suit and the Plaintiffs agreed to the Prop. 123 deal with the Governor and legislature. Feldman said that Prop. 123 will likely pass due to $4 B being raised to promote it across Arizona, and supported by the school districts, leadership councils, chambers of commerce. Questions from the audience included about changing # of Supreme Court justices in AZ Constitution, a protest vote against Prop. 123, a possible statewide teacher strike, the economic trigger of Prop. 123, were Plaintiffs unanimous on the settlement deal, what other mechanisms are there to pressure the pay up, separation of powers at state level (judiciary vs. governor vs. legislature), possibility of changing makeup of Arizona legislature. Several people in the audience today.


    Please enter your comment!
    Please enter your name here