Faculty News

Winter/Spring 2015

Bryan Adamson, Associate Professor of Law

  • He participated in Seattle University's Office of Multicultural Affairs Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Event, #BlackLivesMatter — a Living Room Conversation.

Janet Ainsworth, John D. Eshelman Professor of Law

  • She published a book chapter, "Lost in Translation? Linguistic Diversity and the Elusive Quest for Plain Meaning in the Law," in the Ashgate Handbook of Legal Translation.
  • She delivered the keynote address at the Third International Conference on Law, Discourse, and Narrative in Wuhan, China. An article based on her address, "The Power to Control Legal Narratives and Procedural Justice," will be published in English and Chinese in Chinese Discourse Studies later this year. She also delivered the keynote address at the International Association of Forensic Linguistics African Regional Conference in Tunisia, on "Language, Power, and Discourse: The Transition from Inquisitorial to Adversarial Models of Justice."

Tom Antkowiak, Associate Professor and Director, Latin America Program

  • He wrote a solicited peer review for an article considered by the Journal of Human Rights and the Environment (Edward Elgar Publishing).
  • He was invited to contribute to the first Commentary on the American Convention on Human Rights in Italian (to be edited by the University of Milan-Bicocca).
  • He was interviewed on the award-winning program "Moving The Center" on WRFG 89.3 FM (Atlanta). He discussed the proposed Nicaraguan Canal and its numerous potential dangers to indigenous rights.

Lorraine Bannai, Professor of Lawyering Skills and Director, Fred T. Korematsu Center for Law and Equality

  • Her book, "Enduring Conviction: Fred Korematsu and His Quest for Justice," was accepted for publication by the University of Washington Press.

Steven Bender, Professor of Law and Associate Dean for Research and Faculty Development

  • His latest book, "Mea Culpa: Lessons on Law and Regret from U.S. History," was released by New York University Press. It was highlighted in The Seattle Times. He also talked about the book on KERA (North Texas public radio), KPFA (Berkeley), and WAMC (New York/New England).

Marilyn Berger, Professor Emeritus

  • The fourth edition of her book with Ron Clark and John Mitchell, "Trial Advocacy: Planning, Analysis, and Strategy," was published by Wolters Kluwer. This new updated edition comes with a new website (www.aspenadvocacybooks.com) for their three books (Pretrial, Evidence, and Trial) that features streaming videos, exemplary forms, case files, actors' guides, teachers' manuals and supplementary materials.

Robert Boruchowitz, Professor from Practice

  • He wrote an article for the January King County Bar Bulletin entitled "Major Public Defense Changes Postponed" about the proposed budget cuts in King County public defense. He also wrote a blog for the National Association for Public Defense about his recent report on the costs of the death penalty.
  • He spoke at the ABA Indigent Defense Summit at Thurgood Marshall Law School in Houston on Lessons Learned from Systemic Litigation in public defense.

Mary Bowman, Associate Professor of Lawyering Skills and Associate Director of the Legal Writing Program

  • She has agreed to review a manuscript and write a preface for an upcoming monograph dealing with police policies and integrity testing of confidential informants. The monograph, written by Jon Shane of the John Jay College of Criminal Justice, is part of an interdisciplinary monograph series on policing and is aimed at both academics and police practitioners.

Margaret Chon, Donald and Lynda Horowitz Professor for the Pursuit of Justice

  • She was a panelist at the annual Art Law Institute, sponsored by the Washington Lawyers for the Arts in December. She also participated in an invitation-only workshop hosted at Berkeley Law School on the future of fair use in copyright.
  • She and our law school co-hosted the Pacific Intellectual Property Scholars Conference with the University of Washington. Eight papers were discussed; two dozen legal scholars from British Columbia, Oregon, and Washington participated.

Annette Clark, Dean and Professor of Law

  • She made remarks during lunch at the Statewide Diversity Conference at the University of Washington.

Brooke Coleman, Associate Professor of Law

  • She presented her new article, "The Efficiency Norm," at the New Mexico Faculty Colloquia.
  • Her article, "Civil-izing Federalism," was published in the Tulane Law Review.

Diane Lourdes Dick, Assistant Professor of Law

  • She presented her forthcoming article, "Grassroots Shareholder Activism in Large Commercial Bankruptcies" at the Emerging Scholars in Commercial and Consumer Law panel at the AALS Annual Meeting.

Margaret Fisher, Distinguished Practitioner in Residence

  • She presents a session on mock trials at the Washington State Council of the Social Studies Conference at the Gates Foundation.

Carmen G. Gonzalez, Professor of Law

  • Her book, "Presumed Incompetent: The Intersections of Race and Class for Women in Academia," was favorably reviewed in the Winter 2015 issue of Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society, one of the leading feminist scholarly journals in the United States.

Lily Kahng, Professor of Law

  • Her article, "The Taxation of Intellectual Capital," was published by the Florida Law Review.
  • She spoke on "Taxation, Inequality and Social Mobility" at the plenary session of the Tax Section at the 2015 AALS Annual Meeting.

Madeline Kass, Visiting Associate Professor of Law

  • She was appointed to the position of chair-elect of the AALS Natural Resources and Energy Section for 2015.

Jack Kirkwood, Professor of Law

  • His article, "Collusion to Control a Powerful Customer: Amazon, E-Books, and Antitrust Policy," was published as the lead article in the University of Miami Law Review.
  • He was asked by the American Antitrust Institute to draft the chapter on buyer power for its next book-length project: a Transition Report on Competition Policy to the 45th President of the United States. He was also asked to speak at the AAI conference in Washington, D.C. in June, which will focus on the transition report.

Tayyab Mahmud, Professor of Law and Director, Center for Global Justice

  • His article, "LatCrit Praxis@ XX: Law, Education and Society," co-authored with Frank Valdes, will be published by Chicago-Kent Law Review.
  • His article, "Precarious Existence and Capitalism: A Permanent State of Exception," will be published as part of ClassCrit VII Symposium by Southwestern Law Review.

Natasha Martin, Associate Professor of Law

  • She served as moderator of the AALS Section on Professional Responsibility's program, "The 21st Century Lawyer's Evolving Ethical Duty of Competence," which explored new competencies that lawyers should have in order to comply with their ethical obligations in the rapidly changing legal marketplace including technological advances and other innovations.
  • She is a member of the Executive Committee and the new chair of the AALS Section on Employment Discrimination Law.
  • She joined the ABA Center for Professional Responsibility Publications Board, which oversees the Center's publication efforts including the peer-reviewed Journal of the Professional Lawyer.
  • She spoke at the Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration sponsored by the Seattle University Office of Multicultural Affairs, offering the introduction to the program.

Catherine O'Neill, Professor of Law

  • She submitted extensive written comments to the public docket for the Idaho Department of Environmental Quality's (IDEQ) water quality standards rulemaking effort. The comments, "Risk, Human Health, and Water Quality Standards," drew on her published scholarship as well as original research conducted for the IDEQ process.

Sara Rankin, Associate Professor of Lawyering Skills

  • She presented on various homeless rights advocacy issues at Antioch University and was a featured panelist for Crosscut Public Media. The Crosscut presentation, which is being edited by journalist Steve Scher, is available as a podcast.
  • With the support of Bob Chang and Lori Bannai, she launched the Homeless Rights Advocacy Project (HRAP) within the Korematsu Center. HRAP engages law students in effective legal and policy research, analysis, and advocacy work to advance the rights of homeless adults, youth, and children. HRAP builds partnerships across a broad range of disciplines with community members, advocates, academic institutions, and other stakeholders to advance the rights of homeless people. HRAP also develops strategic partnerships between SU students and other law school faculty. Sara was interviewed by Alyssa Figueroa of AlterNet media regarding the research and analysis she and her students are doing on the criminalization of homelessness.

Anna Roberts, Assistant Professor of Law

  • Two of her articles were cited in an amicus brief filed in the Supreme Court case, Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs v. The Inclusive Communities Project by Students from the New York University School of Law Seminar on Critical Narratives in Civil Rights. The amicus brief used Roberts's articles to argue that in the jury context, as in interpretations of the Fair Housing Act, disparate impact analysis is a necessary part of efforts to combat racial discrimination.
  • Her forthcoming article, "Asymmetry as Fairness: Reversing a Peremptory Trend," was one of four articles selected from the 2015 SEALS Call for Papers. She and the other awardees will present their articles at the Call for Papers luncheon during the SEALS Annual Meeting in Boca Raton, Florida.

Jim Rosenfeld, Director, Education Law Programs; Distinguished Practitioner in Residence

  • He drafted a report submitted to the Education Committee of the Legislature by the Office of the Education Ombuds on the feasibility of developing a state foreign language education interpreter training program designed to create a pool of trained interpreters for public schools. The report, "Providing Language Access Services for Limited English Proficient Parents in Washington Schools," examines federal and state law concerning language access services in public schools; surveys the current practices of, need for and availability of school interpreters; describes current training programs; and inventories current community services. Three former and current students assisted in research for the study: Olga Owens '13, Justin Abbassi '15, and Martina Wong '14.

Julie Shapiro, Professor of Law

  • She was invited to be a moderator for the Family Law Institute regional conference in Las Vegas, Nevada. She will also be commenting on papers at a conference on "Baby Markets" to be held at Harvard Law School.

George Van Cleve, Research Professor in Law and History

  • He accepted an invitation from the American Historical Review to write a featured review of Edward E. Baptist, "The Half Has Never Been Told: Slavery and the Making of American Capitalism." He also accepted an advance contract from the University of Chicago Press for his book, "Stalemate Government: The Collapse of the Confederation, 1783-1787."

Erica Wolf, Adjunct Professor

  • She presented at the Third Annual Tribal Lands Conference, held at the University of Arizona, on the topic of tribal probate legislation.

Lisa Young, Director, Bar Studies Program

  • She presented "Critical Crossroads: Road-Mapping the Intersection of Academic Support and Doctrinal Courses" at the 2015 AALS Conference.
  • She was elected chair of the AALS Section on Academic Support.

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