Faculty Profiles

Stephanie M. Nichols

B.B.A., University of Notre Dame, cum laude
J.D. Seattle University School of Law, cum laude

Stephanie M. Nichols

As Executive Director of Seattle University's Alaska Programs, Stephanie brings a lifetime of experiences from Alaska to the Law School.  Alaska is the only state in the country without a law school, and it presents an array of keen issues of interest to this law school's mission.   The Law School's current and well-established summer program in Alaska has been in existence for well over a decade, and Stephanie continues to build and expand our relations in Alaska from its legal communities to our alumni and law students from across the country. 

In addition to directing the Law School's presence in Alaska, Stephanie also teaches courses in Alaska Native Law, on the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act, Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act, and on Alaska's Legal History. She has also taught the Indian Trust and Estates clinic in Seattle University's Ronald A. Peterson Law Clinic.

Stephanie received a degree in Accountancy cum laude from the University of Notre Dame and her J.D. cum laude from Seattle University.   Prior to her work at the Law School, Stephanie was in-house counsel for an Indian tribe near Olympia, Washington.  She has also been a speaker at several national conferences.  During law school Stephanie was a First Place winner of the Fredric C. Tausend Appellate Oral Argument Competition.  She was born and raised in Fairbanks, Alaska, and has traveled extensively throughout Alaska, the country, and the world.

Madeline Kass

B.S., Tufts University, magna cum laude
J.D., University of California, Berkeley
M.E.S., Yale University

Prior to joining the Thomas Jefferson School of Law faculty in the fall of 2003, Professor Kass practiced law for close to a decade in the Seattle offices of Preston Gates & Ellis (now K&L Gates) and Heller Ehrman White & McAuliffe LLP. Her practice focused primarily in the areas of land use and environmental compliance and litigation. Prior to entering private practice, she conducted immunology research at Harvard Medical School, served as the Research Editor of the Berkeley Women's Law Journal and clerked for the Massachusetts State Superior Court.

She currently serves on the Executive Committee of the AALS Natural Resources Section, on the Editorial Board of the ABA's Natural Resources & Environment magazine, as a Vice-Chair of the ABA Endangered Species Committee, on the Law Committee of the Puget Soundkeepers Alliance, and as a faculty advisor for the TJSL Environmental Law Society and Outlaw student organizations. She has also served on the Editorial Board of the Washington State Bar Association Environmental and Land Use Law Newsletter, as Chair of the Public Interest Grant Selection Committee of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Bar Association of Washington (QLaw), and as a Visiting Professor at the University of Seattle School of Law. Her primary areas of teaching and scholarship are environmental and natural resources law.

Sam Kalen

B.A., Clark University (1980), cum laude and High Honors in History
J.D., Washington University School of Law (1984)

In 2009, Professor Sam Kalen was appointed to the University of Wyoming College of Law faculty as an assistant professor of law. Prof. Kalen comes to UW from the Washington, D.C., law firm of Van Ness Feldman and various teaching positions at the University of Baltimore, Florida State University, Washington & Lee University, and Penn State University. Van Ness Feldman is one of the nation's leading energy, environmental and natural resources law firms. Before joining Van Ness Feldman, Prof. Kalen began his career as a law clerk for Justice Warren D. Welliver of the Missouri Supreme Court.

With his experience in our nation's capital, Prof. Kalen hopes to bring not just a D.C. lawyer's perspective, but the experiences of someone who has practiced law in a variety of areas for many years. In addition to working in private practice, he also has served in the Office of the Solicitor of the U.S. Department of Interior.

Teaching:
Climate Change, EENR Practicum, Energy & Climate Policy, Environmental Law, Indian Law, and Legislation