Ronald A. Peterson Law Clinic Faculty
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.
B.A., academic honors, Beloit College, 1975; J.D., University of Notre Dame Law School, 1988; Executive Editor, Journal of College and University Law
Ms. Andrews is a member of Gottlieb, Fisher & Andrews, PLLC, in Seattle. Her practice focuses on public finance, nonprofit corporation law and municipal law. Ms. Andrews has worked as bond counsel on a variety of general obligation, special assessment and revenue bond issues for general purpose governments and other municipal entities in Washington. She has also worked as bond counsel and underwriter’s counsel on special fund revenue bond and nonrecourse revenue bond financings with a particular focus on complex securities and disclosure issues. Many of these bond issues have involved nonprofit, 501(c)(3) organizations.
She has also worked with many nonprofit organizations on a variety of legal issues including the formation and incorporation of nonprofit organizations, determination of tax-exempt status, organizational structure and roles of board and staff, merger and affiliation issues, and federal tax-exemption issues. While chairing the Community Involvement Committee of the King County Bar Association Young Lawyers’ Division, she spearheaded the writing, editing and publishing of the handbook “How to Form a Non-Profit Corporation in Washington State.” Before becoming a lawyer, Judy worked in nonprofit organizations, most recently as Executive Director of the Northwest Women’s Law Center in Seattle, Washington. She is currently President of the Board of Directors of Washington Attorneys Assisting Community Organizations and chairs the Nonprofit Corporations Committee of the Business Law Section of the Washington State Bar Association.
Associate Professor of Law
B.A., Harvard University, Sheldon Prize Fellowship; J.D., Columbia University, James Kent Scholar
Professor Antkowiak teaches international human rights law and public international law. His research focuses upon the Inter-American human rights system, reparations for rights violations, indigenous rights, and transitional justice.
Antkowiak has also directed our International Human Rights Clinic since 2008. In that capacity, he and his students have handled matters before the Inter-American Commission and Court of Human Rights, the African Commission and Court of Human and Peoples' Rights, UN human rights institutions, and foreign jurisdictions. Through direct representation and other forms of advocacy, the Clinic has worked for persons around the globe. These individuals and groups have suffered torture, wrongful conviction, arbitrary detention, discrimination, and illegal intrusion into ancestral lands.
Prior to his arrival in Seattle, Antkowiak held a variety of positions in the field of human rights: senior attorney at the Inter-American Court of Human Rights of the Organization of American States; special assistant to Oscar Arias, Nobel Peace Laureate and President of Costa Rica; and director of the Access to Justice Program at the Due Process of Law Foundation, among others.
Director, Ronald A. Peterson Law Clinic
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.
Visiting Assistant Professor and Associate Director Externship Program
B.A., Mount Holyoke College, 1986; J.D., Northeastern University School of Law, 1992
Professor Ford is the Associate Director of the Externship Program and comes to the position with years of practice and deep experience in legal education. She practiced labor and employment law for 15 years, first as a partner at Schwerin Campbell Barnard and then as Chief Counsel for the Washington State Nurses Association. Beginning in 2002, while still in practice, Professor Ford began as an adjunct professor at Seattle University School of Law teaching Dispute Resolution and Labor Law. In 2005, she joined the faculty full time as Visiting Legal Writing Professor. She continued as a Visiting Clinical Professor, establishing and teaching the law school's first Mediation Clinic. After leaving SU to serve as the Director of Labor Relations for King County, Professor Ford returned to continue directing the Mediation Clinic and to develop a pilot legal skills course that incorporated dispute resolution into the second-year legal writing curriculum. Professor Ford was invited to join the University of Washington School of Law in 2010 as Assistant Dean and, while in that role, expanded further her experiential teaching portfolio including courses in Labor Law, Legal Writing, Collective Bargaining and Negotiation.
Professor Ford serves frequently as a mediator and arbitrator primarily in labor and employment disputes. She is a member of the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service and Public Employment Relations Commission's panel of arbitrators and sits regularly as arbitrator in labor and employment disputes.
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.
Associate 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.
B.A., University of Colorado; Phi Beta Kappa; J.D., University of Washington School of Law
Dee Knapp is founder and president of Accord & Collaboration Dispute Resolution Services (ACDRS), a firm that provides workplace mediation, facilitation, conflict coaching and training. She has over twenty five years of experience as both a litigating employment attorney and a conflict resolution expert.
In addition to serving her public and private clients, Ms. Knapp serves on the following mediation panels: U.S. District Court of Western Washington (Rule 39.1), Interlocal Conflict Resolution Group of King County, Seattle Federal Executive Board ADR Consortium, EEO Commission, Department of Commerce Foreclosure Mediation, Dispute Resolution Center of King County, Sound Options Special Education Mediation and U.S. Postal Service REDRESS.
Prior to forming her current firm, Ms. Knapp served for 17 years as a general attorney for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) specializing in environmental law, aviation enforcement, employment law and alternate dispute resolution. As lead attorney, she successfully defended the FAA in a whistleblower case spanning 10 years involving thousands of documents and dozens of witnesses. She defended the agency in countless other cases, many of which were tried before the EEOC, MSPB and in Federal District Court for the District of Washington and others which were resolved in either settlement negotiations or mediation. Her advice to managers often helped agency managers avoid the necessity for later legal involvement. She resolved dozens of cases as a mediation advocate in mediation and served as a mediator in a neutrals sharing program for other federal agencies. Ms. Knapp has experience on both sides of employment law having spent time as a plaintiff's lawyer in private practice prior to joining the federal government. She also served as a public defender for the Society of Counsel Representing Accused Persons (SCRAP).
Ms. Knapp is a member of the Washington State Bar Association, the Washington Mediation Association, and the Association of Conflict Resolution.
W.H. (Joe) Knight
Distinguished Academic in Residence
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.
Associate Professor of Law
B.A., New York University, 2001; J.D., Columbia University School of Law, 2006
Prior to joining Seattle University, Ms. Knowles worked as a public defender for The Defender Association (TDA), representing individuals in criminal matters as well as in involuntary commitment proceedings and in child-welfare proceedings. As an appellate attorney at TDA, Ms. Knowles argued cases in front of the Superior Court and the Washington Court of Appeals. Before joining TDA, she clerked for the Supreme Court of New Jersey, working exclusively on death penalty cases.
Ms. Knowles is a graduate of Columbia Law School, where she was named a Kent scholar and awarded the Charles Evans Hughes Human Rights fellowship. While at Columbia, she served as an editor on the Human Rights Law Review and as a staffmember of the Journal of Gender and Law. Ms. Knowles has published articles in the Human Rights Law Review and the National Housing Law Project's Housing Law Bulletin.
Visiting Assistant Professor of Law
B.A., Hampshire College, 1991; M.A., New York University, 1995; J.D., Fordham University School of Law, 1998
Karena Rahall joined the faculty in 2012 to teach the Youth Advocacy Clinic and Trial Advocacy. For ten years she served as a staff attorney for the Legal Aid Society in Brooklyn's Criminal Defense Division. She also ran the New York office of the International Legal Foundation, an NGO that institutes criminal defense services in post-conflict countries including Afghanistan and Nepal. Most recently, she ran her own private practice, focusing on criminal defense and family law, and litigating in both federal and state court in New York City.
Professor Rahall received a B.A. from Hampshire College, an M.A. in Performance Studies from NYU and a J.D. from Fordham Law School. She directed several theatre productions in New York City before beginning her legal career.
Professor Rahall's scholarship focuses on private sector influences on policing. Recent work includes "The Siren Is Calling: Economic and Ideological Trends Toward Privatization of Public Police Forces," 68 U. Miami L. Rev. 633 (2014), and "The Green to Blue Pipeline: Defense Contractors and the Police Industrial Complex," 36 Cardozo L. Rev. (forthcoming June 2015).