City of champions, law school of champions
Seattle is a city of champions, and Seattle University School of Law produces champions. Students, faculty, and alumni are committed to creating a more just and humane world and are successful in all areas of the law. (And yes, they also love the Seahawks -- 2014 Super Bowl champions and 2015 NFC champions!)
Champions of justice
We are committed to social justice, and you'll find evidence of that throughout our programs and people. People like Professor Tom Antkowiak, whose International Human Rights Clinic has fought tirelessly for the release of client Nestora Salgado, illegally imprisoned in Mexico. There's also Professor Bob Chang, executive director of the Fred T. Korematsu Center for Law and Equality, who appeared in Ninth Circuit court to help defend ethnic studies in Arizona. It was the culmination of many years of work by faculty and students in the Civil Rights Amicus and Advocacy Clinic.
Champions of access
Beloved Professor Paula Lustbader '88, a passionate advocate for opening law school to members of underrepresented groups and diversifying the legal profession, received the Academic Support Award from the Association of American Law Schools. Lustbader is a nationally recognized leader, scholar, and speaker on law school academic support programs, learning theory, teaching methods, and diversity. Seattle University School of Law has one of the few true remaining academic support programs in the country.
Champions of excellence
Seattle University School of Law has had the top-ranked legal writing program in the country for the last six years in a row. A model nationwide, our program is known for our innovative, practice-oriented legal writing curriculum and small, interactive classrooms. In an elegant ceremony at the Library of Congress, Professor Anne Enquist, director of the program, received the prestigious 2014 Burton Award for legal writing education. Our clinic program has also been ranked in the top 20, and our Incarcerated Parents Advocacy Clinic was recently named one of the most innovative law school clinics in the country by The National Jurist.
Champions of community
Our alumni make a difference in the lives of their clients and their communities in every state and around the world. They are public defenders and prosecutors, in-house counsel at nonprofits and corporations, managing partners, jurists and lawmakers, innovators and educators. Joanna Plichta Boisen '06 won a 2014 Light a Fire award from Seattle Metropolitan magazine for her dedication to pro bono work on behalf of domestic violence victims.
Champions of diversity
Seattle University School of Law is the most diverse law school in the Northwest. Students of color make up 38 percent of the 2014 entering class, and the Princeton Review ranked the law school in the Top 10 in the nation for faculty diversity. We are proud of champions like Fe Lopez '06, who received the 2013 Washington State Bar Association Excellence in Diversity Award. She now works for greater police accountability as director of the Seattle Community Police Commission.
Champion of food safety
Our 1987 grad Bill Marler is one of the top food safety lawyers in the country, using private litigation not only to help victims but also identify weakness in regulations. A profile in The New Yorker magazine said "many people who work in food safety believe that Marler is one of the few functioning pieces in a broken system."
Champions of human rights
The School of Law and student Yasmin Christopher '14 received Human Rights Awards from the City of Seattle. Christopher is a survivor of human trafficking who has put the issue in the spotlight by sharing her story. And in 2014, the law school won a Take Action Award from the King County Coalition Against Domestic Violence.