The Soll Lectures

About the Annual Soll Lecture

Friends and colleagues of the late Darrow Soll established this lecture as a memorial to his life’s work by creating an endowment at the James E. Rogers College of Law. Through the efforts of Jennifer Simmon Woods and other generous donors, Arizona Law students and members of the larger community will hear from practitioners, scholars, and other distinguished speakers about a variety of criminal justice topics.

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7th Annual Darrow K. Soll Memorial Criminal Law and Justice Lecture


Nancy Gertner

Harvard Law

Topic: "Losers Rules: Judicial Repeal of the Civil Rights Act of 1964"

Date: Friday, November 8, 2013

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The 6th annual Darrow K. Soll Memorial Criminal Law and Justice Lecture


Jeffrey Fagan

Columbia Law School

Topic: "Indignities of Order Maintenance"

Date: Thursday, March 21, 2013

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The fifth annual Darrow K. Soll Memorial Criminal Law and Justice Lecture


Paul Marcus, "Miranda, the Exclusionary Rule, Jurors Talking, Entrapment, and Harsh Sentencing: Why the U.S. Criminal Justice System Has All of Them, But Other Nations Do Not"
Thursday, Feb 2, 2012

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The fourth annual Darrow K. Soll Memorial Criminal Law and Justice


Lecture Barry C. Scheck, "Exoneration Chain Reaction: A Pathway To Criminal Justice Reform"
Tuesday, March 22, 2011

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The third annual Darrow K. Soll Memorial Criminal Law and Justice Lecture

David D. Cole Professor of Law Georgetown Law
Don’t Look Back? Accounting for Torture in the War on Terror
Thursday, March 25, 2010

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The second annual Darrow K. Soll Memorial Criminal Law and Justice


Lecture Bernard E. Harcourt, Julius Kreeger Professor of Law and Professor of Political Science University of Chicago. "Neoliberal Penality: The Birth of Natural Order, the Illusion of Free Markets "
Thursday, February 26, 2009

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The 1st Inaugural Darrow K. Soll Memorial Lecture

Speaker: Stephen B. Bright
Topic: "Judges Avoiding Justice: Indifference to Bad Lawyering and the Zealous Use of Procedural Rules to Avoid Issues of Life and Liberty. "
Thursday, February 21, 2008


Darrow K. Soll 1966-2005     Named after the legendary lawyer Clarence Darrow, Darrow K. Soll was passionately committed to securing justice for the accused.  He was born and raised in Glendale, Arizona, in a large and active family.  He served his country in the U.S. Army Ranger Battalion of the 82nd Airborne Division, earning numerous military awards for his courage and achievements.


He earned a B.A. degree in Russian from Arizona State University and attended the Norwich University School of Russian Language, where he received the A.S. Pushkin Award for Highest Academic Achievement.


Darrow graduated with honors from Arizona Law in 1992, having served as the Articles Editor and writer for the Arizona Law Review, and was an active member of the law school community.


Over the course of his career, Darrow pursued justice with the law firm of O’Connor Cavanagh, the Arizona Attorney General’s Office, the Pima County Public Defender’s Office, the Maricopa County Public Defender’s Office, and Quarles & Brady LLP. His practice was diverse and included corporations, public officials, law enforcement, professional athletes, and celebrities, in addition to the many “ordinary people” whose  causes he took up as his own.


He was an inquisitive learner and a gifted teacher at the James E. Rogers College of Law where he was a member of the adjunct faculty and shared his talents and skills with countless others as an instructor for continuing legal education and professional development workshops. He wrote numerous newspaper articles and was frequently featured as a legal consultant on MSNBC and CNN.


His life in the law continues to be a source of inspiration and pride for those who were fortunate enough to be his friends and colleagues.

Updated: 03/11/2015