Ronald A. Peterson Law Clinic Faculty

Bryan AdamsonBryan Adamson

Associate Professor of Law

B.S., Ph.B., Miami University, 1985; M.A., Purdue University, 1987; J.D., Case Western Reserve University, 1990.

Before arriving at Seattle University in 2002, Professor Adamson had been a member of the clinical faculty at Case Western Reserve University School of Law since 1995. During that time, he also served four years as its Assistant Dean for Student Services. Before teaching full time, Professor Adamson served as a litigation associate with Squire, Sanders & Dempsey, LLP, and a prosecutor for Cuyahoga County (Ohio). He is currently Chair-Elect of the AALS Section of Clinical Legal Education. Professor Adamson teaches the Civil Practice Clinic.

Thomas AntkowiakThomas Antkowiak

Assistant Professor of Law

B.A., cum laude, Harvard University, Sheldon Prize Fellowship; J.D., Columbia University, James Kent Scholar

Professor Antkowiak has worked with a number of institutions on human rights matters. Among other positions, he was a senior attorney at the Inter-American Court of Human Rights of the Organization of American States, and served as a special assistant to Oscar Arias, Nobel Peace Laureate and President of Costa Rica. Just prior to his arrival in Seattle, he taught a seminar on human rights law at the George Washington University Law School, as well as directed the Access to Justice Program at the Due Process of Law Foundation.

Professor Antkowiak's teaching and research interests include international law, global and regional human rights systems, remedies, and transitional justice.

Lisa BrodoffLisa Brodoff

Director, Ronald A. Peterson Law Clinic
Associate Professor

B.A., Phi Beta Kappa, University of Vermont, 1977; J.D., Hofstra University School of Law, 1980; Note and comment editor of the Law Review; Admitted to practice in Washington State, the Western District of Washington, and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.

Before joining the faculty in 1997, Professor Brodoff served as chief review judge in the Office of Appeals for the Washington Department of Social and Health Services and was appointed chief administrative law judge for the Office of Administrative Hearings. She has also worked as an attorney for the Puget Sound Legal Assistance Foundation and as legislative staff counsel to the Washington Senate. Professor Brodoff currently teaches the Administrative Law Clinic, Trusts and Estates Clinic, and Elder Law.

Paul HollandPaul Holland

Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Associate Professor of Law

B.A., Harvard University (with honors), J.D., magna cum laude, New York University School of Law, L.L.M. in Advocacy, Georgetown University.

Professor Holland joined the Seattle University faculty in 2004 and was appointed Clinic Director in June 2006. Before coming to Seattle, he taught for seven years at Georgetown – two as a Prettyman Fellow and five as visiting professor and deputy director of the Juvenile Justice Clinic; two years as the director of the ChildLaw Clinic at Loyola University Chicago School of Law; and three years as a clinical assistant professor at the University of Michigan Law School’s Child Advocacy Law Clinic. Professor Holland’s teaching and practice have addressed juvenile justice, child welfare, special education and other school-related matters. In 2005, Governor Gregoire appointed Professor Holland to the Governor’s Juvenile Justice Advisory Committee; Professor Holland was recently named vice-chair of the committee.

Won KidaneWon Kidane

Assistant Professor of Law

LL.B, Addis Ababa University, 1993; LL.M., University of Georgia, 1997; J.D., with honors, University of Illinois College of Law, 2001

Professor Kidane is an Assistant Professor of Law at the Seattle University School of Law. He teaches and writes in the areas of immigration law, administrative law, and international and comparative law. Professor Kidane has published articles in the law journals of Cornell, University of Michigan, Catholic, Hastings, Chicago Kent, and Wisconsin. Before joining the Seattle University Law School, Professor Kidane taught at the Penn State Dickinson School of Law for three years. The courses he taught include immigration law, administrative law, and a clinical course in immigration and refugee law.

Prior to joining the Penn State Dickinson School of Law, Professor Kidane practiced law in Washington D.C. for four years with the Law firm of Piper Rudnick (now DLA-Piper), and later Hunton & Williams. His practice focused on international arbitration and litigation. He continues to consult in these areas with law firms.

Before his practice in Washington, D.C., Professor Kidane worked as a legal officer in association with the African regional office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). His duties included refugee status determination, and the protection of rights of refugees. In that capacity, he travelled to and worked in various refugee camps in East Africa. At about the same period, he also taught criminal procedure and law of evidence as an adjunct in Addis Ababa.

Professor Kidane is a recipient of visiting scholars' awards and fellowships from various institutions including Northwestern University, DePaul University, University of Brussels, and San Ramo Institute of Human Rights and Humanitarian Law.

W.H. (Joe) KnightW.H. (Joe) Knight

Professor of Law

From 2001 to 2007, Joe Knight served as Dean of the University of Washington School of Law. A strong advocate for educational innovation and academic excellence, Knight provided administrative leadership as the Law School built and moved into a new home, William H. Gates Hall (2003) and developed the financial resources to recruit over twenty new faculty members to the school.

Before coming to the UW in 2001, Knight was a professor at the University of Iowa College of Law. He also served as Vice Provost of the University from 1997-2000. An expert in commercial law, Knight has authored three books on the subject and taught courses in banking, contracts and commercial transactions. He has also taught seminars on international banking and critical race theory.

Knight grew up in Winston-Salem, N.C. and earned bachelor degrees in economics, speech, and political science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He earned his juris doctor degree from the Columbia University School of Law. At Columbia, he was a member of the Columbia Human Rights Law Review. Prior to becoming a faculty member, Knight worked in New York City as a labor lawyer and in Connecticut with a bank holding company.

He is an active member in several organizations, including the American Law Institute; the Law School Admissions Council; the Society of American Law Teachers; and both the American and National Bar Associations. He is currently serving a three-year term as a member of the Executive Committee of the Association of American Law Schools. Knight also serves as a member of the board of directors of State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company where he chairs the Legal Affairs Committee of the board. He was recently elected to serve as a trustee of the National University System in La Jolla, California.


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