Volume 10, Issue 1, Fall/Winter 2011
Bryan Adamson, B.S./Ph.B., Miami University, 1985; M.A., Purdue University, 1987; J.D., Case Western Reserve University School of Law, 1990.
Professor Adamson joined Seattle University School of Law as the Director of its Ronald A. Peterson Law Clinic. During his tenure from 2002-2006, he established a Predatory Lending Clinic, and a Community Development and Entrepreneurship Clinic. He teaches the Predatory Lending Clinic, and Mass Media Law and Policy.
Before joining Seattle University School of Law, Professor Adamson was a faculty member with the law clinic at Case School of Law. In addition to his teaching, Professor Adamson served as assistant dean for student services for four years, and he directed the law school’s academic enrichment program. Professor Adamson has practiced as a litigation attorney for Squire, Sanders & Dempsey, Cleveland, and as an assistant prosecutor with the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor’s Office.
As a member of the Seattle University faculty, Professor Adamson has been active in the local community, as a Board Member of the Washington State Minority and Justice, and educating community members on unfair lending practices. He has presented several continuing legal education seminars on predatory lending, cultural competence and professional responsibility, and civil procedure. On the national level, Professor Adamson has had significant involvement in clinical legal education. He recently served on the AALS Committee on Clinical Legal Education. In 2002-03, he was Chair of the AALS Section on Clinical Legal Education, and co-chaired the Section’s Taskforce on the Future of Clinical Legal Education. Professor Adamson is a Board member of the Society of American Law Teachers, and a member of the Clinical Legal Education Association.
Professor Adamson’s scholarship has focused on public education, race, and civil rights. His writings have also addressed civil appellate procedure and judicial decision making. Professor Adamson is a frequent lecturer on his scholarly topics, as well as clinical education, teaching cross-cultural communication, and other teaching methods.
Eben Allen is a 2012 JD candidate at Seattle University School of Law where he serves as a Staff Editor for the Seattle Journal for Social Justice. He received his BS in Mechanical Engineering, cum laude, in 2007 from the University of Portland in Portland, Oregon. With his technical background, he plans to pursue a career in intellectual property, specifically in patent law. During law school, he served a year as the Intellectual Property Law Society Technology Officer, and he was the 2011 recipient of the Seed IP Group Founders Scholarship.
A variety of Eben’s life experiences influenced the writing of his article. While at the University of Portland, Eben visited New Orleans and worked alongside volunteers from Habitat for Humanity and AmeriCorps in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. His enthusiasm for social justice arises from his Christian faith and stems from the biblical admonition, “Do not withhold good from those who deserve it, when it is in your power to act” (Proverbs 3:27). These life experiences provided the basis for a fundamental concept of Eben’s article: connecting patent law with social justice and non-profit organizations.
Jennifer S. Bard is the Alvin R. Allison Professor of Law and the Associate Dean for Faculty Research and Development. She also directs the law school’s Health Law and JD/MD program. She is an Associate Professor (adjunct) in the Department of Psychiatry, TTU School of Medicine. In 2009 Professor Bard was elected as a member of the American Law Institute and was also awarded the Texas Tech University President’s Excellence in Teaching Award. In 2008 she received the award for the Best First Year Teacher from the Phi Alpha Delta Law School Honors Fraternity. She is the incoming chair of the American Association of Law School’s section on Law, Medicine, and Health Care. She is also the Book Review editor of the Journal of Legal Medicine.
Professor Bard graduated from Yale Law School in 1987 after studying law and philosophy at Oxford University. She was awarded a master’s degree in public health from the University of Connecticut in 1997. Following a clerkship with the Honorable Frank H. Freedman, Chief Federal District Court Judge, District of Massachusetts, Professor Bard was a litigation associate with Shearman & Sterling in New York for six years where she worked on complex commercial litigation in the fields of Antitrust, Securities Law, International Law and Art Law. In 1995, she moved to the AIDS Action Council of the Government Affairs Department as a health policy analyst in Washington, DC.
She has been an Assistant Attorney General in the Connecticut Attorney General’s Office where she investigated Medicaid Fraud and Whistle Blower complaints. Before joining the TTU Law Faculty she taught graduate and medical students as an Assistant Professor, Department of Preventive Medicine and Community Health and Research Director for the Program on Legal and Ethical Issues in Correctional Health for the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston.
Other appointments include a position as scientist for Sealy Center for Vaccine Development; Adjunct Professor for the University of Houston Law Center; and Associate Member, Health Law and Policy Institute at the University of Houston. Professor Bard has joint appointments at the Law School and at the Medical School. She is a member of the TTUHSC Institutional Review Board. Professor Bard writes and lectures in the areas of bioethics, public health law, medical malpractice, the insanity defense and correctional health.
She is admitted to practice in New York, Connecticut, Massachusetts, the District of Columbia and before the U.S. Supreme Court, Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, Military Court of Appeals, Southern District of New York, Eastern District of New York, and the District of Connecticut.
She is assistant director for international human subject testing of the Center for Biodefense, Law & Policy. In connection with the Center she is currently a consultant to the Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Services The Law, Policy, and Ethics Core (LPEC) which provides support for the Western Regional Center of Excellence for Biodefense and Emerging Infectious Diseases Research (WRCE) through research, study, and analysis of policy, laws, and regulations which impact research and scientists in biodefense.
Marilyn Berger founded the Films for Justice Institute at the Seattle University School of Law in 1995. As a Professor at the Law School, she produces, writes and directs educational documentaries with social justice themes. She is the co-director, writer, and executive producer of Out of the Ashes: 9/11, www.outoftheashes911.com.
She directed the three-film series Lessons from Woburn, a documentary chronicling the Anderson v. W.R. Grace lawsuit, which inspired the book and film A Civil Action. She is the co-author of four advocacy textbooks published by Wolters Kluwer—Trial Advocacy: Planning, Analysis and Strategy, 3d ed.; Pretrial Advocacy: Planning, Analysis and Strategy, 3d. ed.; Trial Advocacy: Assignments and Case Files, 2d ed.; and Evidence: Skills, Strategies, and Assignments for Pretrial and Trial, www.aspenadvocacybooks.com. Three films on DVD accompany the advocacy books supplementing the texts.
Professor Berger has a B.S. from Cornell University and a J.D. from the University of California at Berkeley.
Lisa Brodoff is an associate professor of law and Director of the Clinical Program at Seattle University School of Law, where she teaches courses and clinics in Elder Law, Administrative Law, and Trusts and Estates. Prior to her teaching position, she was the Chief Administrative Law Judge for the Washington State Office of Administrative Hearings, Chief Review Judge for the Department of Social and Health Services, and a Staff Attorney at Puget Sound Legal Assistance Foundation (now Columbia Legal Services) for 13 years, practicing in the areas of Elder Law and Public Benefits. Professor Brodoff is also a Tribal Court Judge for the Northwest Intertribal Court System. During her off hours, she sings, plays bass, and writes music for the alternative feminist band, The Righteous Mothers, and sings back up for the lawyer soul/funk band, Func Pro Tunc.
Wendy Call is a Seattle-based writer, editor, educator and translator. She has served as Writer in Residence at more than a dozen institutions including Harborview Medical Center, Richard Hugo House, and Seattle University. She co-editedTelling True Stories: A Nonfiction Writers’ Guide (Penguin, 2007). Her narrative nonfiction book No Word for Welcome: The Mexican Village Faces the Global Economy (Nebraska, 2011) won Grub Street’s National Book Prize for Nonfiction.
Oscar came to Seattle from Yakima, Washington. He is an alumnus of the University of Washington and was one of the undergraduate researchers for the Seattle Civil Rights & Labor History Project. He has also contributed and served as an editor for HistoryLink.org, the Online Encyclopedia of Washington State History. Presently, he is based in Seattle and the Communications Director for El Comite Pro-Reforma Migratoria Y Justicia Social.
Marjorie Cohn is a professor at Thomas Jefferson School of Law, immediate past president of the National Lawyers Guild, and a long-time criminal defense attorney. She is on the Bureau of the International Association of Democratic Lawyers, is the U.S. representative to the executive council of the American Association of Jurists, and serves on the Advisory Board of the U.S. Human Rights Network, and the Board of Governors of the Society of American Law Teachers. She is editor of The United States and Torture: Interrogation, Incarceration, and Abuse (NYU Press 2011). Her other books include Cameras in the Courtroom: Television and the Pursuit of Justice; Cowboy Republic: Six Ways the Bush Gang Has Defied the Law; and Rules of Disengagement: The Politics and Honor of Military Dissent. Professor Cohn testified in 2008 about Bush administration torture policy before the House Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Civil Liberties. The winner of the 2008 Peace Scholar of the Year Award, Professor Cohn writes extensively for the academic and popular press, and provides media commentary about U.S. foreign policy and human rights. Her website is www.marjoriecohn.com.
Professor Kirsten A. Dauphinais is the Law School Builders of the Profession Professor of Law, the Director of Lawyering Skills, and an Associate Professor of Law at the University of North Dakota School of Law. In addition to teaching in and directing the lawyering skills program, Professor Dauphinais teaches appellate advocacy and First Amendment, and is the advisor to both the external moot court and academic success programs. She lectures and publishes in the fields of legal pedagogy, the legal profession, and law and psychology, and has presented her research in Thailand, Kenya, Mexico, Great Britain, Canada, and Turkey. She currently serves on the board of directors for the Association of Legal Writing Directors and was the UND School of Law’s 2011 recipient of the UND Foundation’s North Dakota Spirit Award for significant contributions in teaching, research, and service.
Prior to joining the UND faculty in 2005, Professor Dauphinais taught for four years at the Howard University School of Law. She also served as a law clerk to Judge Michael Farrell of the District of Columbia Court of Appeals and was an Attorney-Advisor to the United States Department of Commerce, where she specialized in ethics law. She is a 1996 graduate of the Columbia University School of Law.
Anne DeVoe is a 2012 JD candidate at Seattle University School of Law where she serves as an Article Editor of the Seattle Journal for Social Justice. Originally from the mountains of Colorado, she received a BA in cultural anthropology from Western Washington University. Her anthropological undergraduate studies in war and human rights inspired her to attend law school and also drew her to this article on the current problem of modern warfare’s use of civilians as targets. Prior to law school, she was a health care associate for Planned Parenthood, a two-time Peace Corp volunteer, a wrangler, a waitress, a ski instructor, and an intern at the Special Court for Sierra Leone in the outreach section. While in law school, Ms. DeVoe represented indigent clients for the Northwest Justice Project, investigated governmental malfeasance in Botswana, served as a research assistant for Professor Tom Antkowiak, and worked in the International Human Rights legal clinic. She serves as the President of the Public Interest Law Foundation and as an Executive Editor of the American Indian Law Journal.
Anne Enquist has been a member of the legal writing faculty and the Writing Advisor at Seattle University School of Law since 1980. She also serves as the Associate Director of Seattle University’s nationally ranked legal writing program. As the Writing Advisor, she works one-on-one with law students on their legal writing. She has a B.A. and B.S. (both magna cum laude) from New Mexico State University and a M.A.T. from University of Washington. She has served on the national Board of Directors of the Legal Writing Institute and the Editorial Board for the journal Legal Writing. In 2007, she received the American Association of Law School’s Legal Writing Section award. She is the co-author of five books and numerous articles. Her research and scholarly interests concern all areas of legal writing, particularly diagnosing student writing ability, critiquing law students’ writing, and writing issues that affect ESL law students.
Davida Finger teaches the Community Justice section of the Law Clinic at Loyola University New Orleans College of Law. She has also taught the Law & Poverty course and Social Justice Lawyering seminar. She joined Loyola in 2006 to work with what was formerly the Katrina clinic. In collaboration with community organizations, she has worked extensively on disaster-related litigation and policy matters focusing on government accountability in rebuilding and on civil rights and human rights issues. Davida was the founding Editor in Chief of the Seattle Journal for Social Justice.
Elisia Gatmen is a 2012 JD candidate at the Seattle University School of Law. In 2009, Ms. Gatmen graduated with a BA in Psychology and a minor in Philosophy from the University of Hawai’i at Manoa. Born and raised on Guam, Ms. Gatmen participated in many community service projects assisting the underserved communities in northern Philippines, which sparked her interest in studying the law. She is an avid college volleyball and football fan and wakes up early on Saturday mornings to watch ESPN’s “College GameDay.”
At the Seattle University School of Law, she served as a Research and Technical Editor of the Seattle Journal for Social Justice and a student fellow for the Fred T. Korematsu Center for Law and Equality. In her final year of law school, Ms. Gatmen was an extern with the Municipality of Anchorage Prosecutor’s Office. Because she has an interest in elder law and criminal law, she plans on focusing her career on elder abuse prosecution. Additionally, she would like to focus her efforts on instituting forensic centers to tackle elder abuse in Alaska, Hawaii, and Guam.
Laila Hlass is a staff attorney in the Immigration Clinic at Loyola University New Orleans, College of Law, where she also serves as the Interim Director of the Office of Law Skills and Experiential Learning. Ms. Hlass also teaches a seminar in refugee and asylum law. Prior to joining Loyola, Ms. Hlass was a Staff Attorney/Chadbourne & Parke Fellow at The Door Legal Services, where she provided holistic, legal services to immigrant youth in the New York City metropolitan area. Ms. Hlass received her J.D. from Columbia Law School, and her Bachelor of Arts from Rice University. Some areas in which she presents include disaster law and immigration law, particularly working with vulnerable populations including children, asylum-seekers, and survivors of serious crimes and trafficking.
Professor Hornsby joined the Law School as Director of the Civil Law Clinic and Assistant Professor of Clinical Instruction in 2006. In 2009, Professor Hornsby was appointed as Acting Assistant Dean for Clinical Programs, and is now the Associate Dean for that area. She received her undergraduate and M.B.A. degrees from the University of Alabama. Before attending law school, she worked in publishing for two national magazines and then in student affairs administration. In law school at the University of Alabama, she served as Editor In Chief of the Alabama Law Review. After graduation, she clerked for the Honorable Myron Thompson, U.S. District Judge for the Middle District of Alabama, and then joined the litigation firm of Lightfoot, Franklin & White in Birmingham, where she became a partner in 2004. The clinical programs now consist of seven clinics in various subject areas, and all students at UA Law are guaranteed a clinical experience before graduation.
Kathryn A. Kuhlenberg is a 2012 J.D. candidate at Seattle University School of Law where she serves as the Managing Editor of the Seattle Journal for Social Justice. She received her BA from Ohio Wesleyan University where she majored in psychology and a self-designed major: Legal Aspects of Education Policy: Navigating the Public School System. While in law school she worked as an intern for Disability Rights Washington, the U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights, and the Korematsu Center for Law and Equality. She also participated in appellate oral advocacy competitions and advanced to two well-known regional competitions: the Thomas Tang Moot Court Competition and the Phillip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition.
Before attending law school, Ms. Kuhlenberg worked as both a regular and special education preschool teacher. She worked in private and in public school systems. Her work in these settings was the inspiration for her article as she was able to see firsthand the tough choices that parents have to make and the lack of guidance that the applicable laws provide. These experiences and others also inspired her to continue to work in education law and policy. After law school she will return to Colorado to work with and on behalf preschool students and their families.
Susan Kuo is an Associate Professor at the University of South Carolina School of Law. Her current research focuses on social justice issues in disaster law and policy, and she has particular expertise concerning riots and mob violence. She has also written about criminal law and procedure, privacy, and legal education. She teaches or has taught a variety of courses, including Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure, Federal Courts, Conflict of Laws, Civil Procedure, Law and Social Justice, and Race and the Law. In 2008 and 2010, Professor Kuo was voted Outstanding Faculty Member by the student body. Most recently, she was selected for inclusion in a study of “Best Law Teachers” along with 24 other law professors nationwide. The results of this study will appear in a book, What the Best Law Teachers Do, accepted for publication by the Harvard University Press.
Professor Kuo is currently serving as a Visiting Associate Professor at the University of Alabama School of Law. During the 2010-2011 academic year, she served as a Visiting Associate Professor at the University of Iowa College of Law (Spring Semester). Professor Kuo served previously as an Associate Professor at Northern Illinois University College of Law and as a Visiting Assistant Professor at the University of Toledo College of Law. In 2000, 2002, 2005, and 2006 she was voted Professor of the Year by the Northern Illinois graduating class. Prior to entering into teaching, she was a Special Assistant United States Attorney with the United States Attorney’s Office in Atlanta, Georgia. She also completed two federal judicial clerkships, one with Judge Eugene E. Siler, Jr. of the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit and the other with Judge Robert H. Hall of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia.
Professor Paula Lustbader is a nationally recognized scholar and speaker on law school academic support programs, learning theory, teaching methods and diversity. In 2006, Professor Lustbader was the co-recipient of the Washington State Bar Association Award for Excellence in Diversity. In 2010 she was awarded the Loren Miller Bar Association Presidents Award for her service in increasing the diversity of the profession.
In addition to being the past chair of both the Teaching Methods and Academic Support Sections of the Association of American Law Schools (AALS), she has been a frequent program organizer and presenter at conferences sponsored by the AALS, the Law School Admission Council Institutes for Academic Support, the Institute for Law School Teaching, the Society of American Law Teachers, the Legal Writing Institute, the Teaching Professor and the Academy for Creative Teaching. She has made presentations on teaching in England, Switzerland, and Spain. Her work on faculty development focuses on teaching and thus is useful beyond the law school arena. Professor Lustbader taught at the AALS New Faculty Institute from 1999-2005; served on the planning committee and as a facilitator for the New Faculty Institute at Seattle University from 2001-2007; served on the committee to establish a Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning at Seattle University; and served as a faculty consultant to that center.
Professor Lustbader is the president of Robert’s Fund (www.robertsfund.org), a small family foundation that was created to foster care and respect. She developed the Raising the Bar: The Promise of Civility in Our Profession, a monthly series in the WSBA Bar News. She is the co-creator of the Civility Promise Continuing Legal Education Series co-sponsored by Seattle University School of Law and Robert’s Fund, that offers CLEs in Seattle and Tuscany, Italy.
Raised in the Midwest, Professor Mitchell moved to the West Coast to attend Stanford Law School, where he was a member of the Moot Court Board and Editor of the Law Review. He earned his JD at Stanford in 1970.
Professor Mitchell’s wide-ranging career has included private practice in his own law firm in San Francisco, where he specialized in criminal litigation (1970-75); consultant to public and private defense attorneys concerning trial, motion, and appellate strategies (1973-81); and Director of Training for a large Seattle law firm (1988-1990). Professor Mitchell is co-author of three textbooks on trial advocacy, as well as several trial advocacy and evidence workbooks, and has written extensively for professional journals.
Over the past three decades, Professor Mitchell has taught courses in Evidence, Expert Witnesses, Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure, and Advocacy. He was also a member of the Law Practice Clinic for six years, the last two as Director.
Star Angelina Murray is a mother, activist, writer and masters student at the University of Washington Tacoma. In addition to her volunteerism with Centro Latino, CISPES, Hate Free Zone, and the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project, she has organized for immigrant rights with El Comité Pro-Reforma Migratoria, Communidad a Communidad, and the Student Labor Action Project. She is passionate about the human experience, particularly on ways survivors struggle to challenge institutional barriers created due to immigration policy. Her thesis looks at legal status and community organizing from the perspectives of immigrants and refugees in the Puget Sound region.
Sara Rankin is an Assistant Professor of Lawyering Skills at the Seattle University School of Law. She teaches applied legal analysis; legal research and writing, including objective memoranda, as well as trial and appellate briefs; and general principles of trial and appellate procedure and advocacy. Prior to her legal career, Professor Rankin received her M.Ed. from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, where she studied under internationally-known psychologist and education expert, Howard Gardner. After graduating from New York University School of Law, Professor Rankin spent nearly a decade in private practice at major law firms such as Kirkland & Ellis, LLP and Sidley Austin, LLP, where she specialized in complex litigation. As a practicing lawyer, Professor Rankin also devoted significant time to pro bono work for indigent populations, with a special focus on immigrant women and children. Currently, Professor Rankin continues to support social justice initiatives as a member of the Board of Governors for the Society of American Law Teachers (SALT) and as a member of various committees at the Seattle University School of Law. Professor Rankin’s research interests include the social and political aspects of legal education reform, human rights, and persuasive advocacy.
Rachel Ray earned her Juris Doctor from the University of California, Davis Martin Luther King Jr. School of Law. She graduated Magna cum laude from Whitman College with a BA in Art History and a minor in Spanish. After working in education, politics, non-profit program management, and immigration and adoption law, Rachel’s passion for public interest work and social change led her to law school. Since entering law school, Rachel has worked on deportation defense cases with the UC Davis Immigration Law Clinic, federal death penalty cases with a criminal defense attorney, and policy advocacy with the ACLU’s Racial Justice Project. She is pursuing a public interest practice in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Born to be rebellious of oppressive systems y una muxer sin fronteras, María Luisa embraces her Xueer Muxerista identity. As a visual painter, poeta, storyteller, critical thinker, Anzalduista; María Luisa always utilizes arte, writes and plants seeds of resistance to heal, organize, and build community. In 1986, María Luisa was born in her ancestral homeland in Zihuatanejo, Guerrero and economically displaced in the PNW in the early 90s after the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) devastated her community’s local economy. Through arte, writing, and organizing, María Luisa shares and exchanges personal and community narratives of displacement, indigenous autonomy/ solidarity, decolonization, food/environmental sovereignty, Xueer Xicana/Indigenous/Muxerista Feminism (s), healing, and ending violence to build a better future for the next generations. She currently resides on occupied Duwamish land (Seattle) and graduated in 2010 from the University of Washington-Seattle.
Rachel A. Van Cleave is a Professor of Law and the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at Golden Gate University School of Law. In addition to the Katrina and Disaster Law seminar, she teaches Property, Wills and Trusts, Comparative Criminal Justice and Gender and the Law. She also teaches in Paris each summer as part of Golden Gate’s Comparative Law Summer Program. Before joining the faculty at Golden Gate, Professor Van Cleave was the J. Hadley Edgar Professor of Law at Texas Tech University School of Law where she taught for ten years.
Professor Van Cleave earned her JD from UC Hastings College of Law and JSM from Stanford Law School. After law school she clerked for the Honorable Sam Johnson at the US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, which sparked her interest in and love for New Orleans since she traveled there for oral arguments. She typically writes in the area of Italian criminal justice, after studying in Italy on a Fulbright Scholar research grant.
A native from Veracruz, Mexico, Maria de Lourdes Victoria is an international award-winning, bilingual author. Her second novel, Beyond Justice (Más Allá de la Justicia), took third place in Barcelona at the Planeta Book Award (2010). Her first novel, I leave you the sea (Les Dejo el Mar) was a finalist for the Mariposa Book Award (2006). Maria’s short stories have been published in Spain, Argentina, and México, and also in the United States, in prestigious literary journals. Maria resides in Seattle, Washington and she is currently writing her third novel, Children of the clouds (Los Hijos de las Nubes). Information about the author and her work may be found at www.mariadelourdesvictoria.com.