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.
  • He presented and moderated a discussion of "Post-Ferguson Conversations Across The Color Lines," at Christ Our Hope Catholic Church.

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.
  • He was invited to speak at the Annual Symposium of Pacific McGeorge’s Global Center. His presentation, "An Inter-American Right to Property," focused on the property rights of indigenous and Afro-Latin communities in the Americas.
  • He presented at UW law school's faculty colloquium. He discussed a chapter from his book in progress on the American Convention on Human 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).
  • He also presented "Mea Culpa" to the faculty of New York Law School.

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.
  • She presented the Scribes Law-Review Award at the Scribes Dinner during the National Conference of Law Reviews meetings in Louisville, Kentucky. She chairs the Scribes committee that honors the best student note or comment.

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.
  • She moderated a panel on traditional knowledge and cultural property at American University Washington College of Law’s 11th IP/Gender conference, on the topic of "Reimagining IP/Gender: The Next Ten Years of Feminist Engagement with Intellectual Property Law."
  • She published an essay, "Notes on a Geography of Global Intellectual Property," which was part of a special issue on intellectual property and geography in The WIPO Journal, a peer-edited journal published under the auspices of the UN World Intellectual Property Organization.
  • She also published a book chapter in the Sage Handbook of Intellectual Property: "Slow Logo: Brand Citizenship in Global Value Networks" and published by Edward Elgar Press.

Annette Clark, Dean and Professor of Law

  • She made remarks during lunch at the Statewide Diversity Conference at the University of Washington.
  • She moderated a breakout session at the ABA Deans Workshop.

Ronald Clark, Distinguished Practitioner in Residence

  • The second edition of his "Cross-Examination Handbook: Persuasion, Strategies and Techniques," co-authored with George R. (Bob) Dekle and William S. Bailey, was published by Wolters Kluwer. The new edition adds, among other topics, visual cross-examination, social media impeachment, and the interplay of discovery and cross.

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.

Jennifer Cooper, Visiting Assistant Professor of Lawyering Skills

  • She presented her working paper, "Illusions of Competence: Using Empirical Research on Undergraduate Study Behaviors to Maximize Law Learning" to the faculty of the University of Missouri School of Law.

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.

Eric Eberhard, Distinguished Indian Law Practitioner in Residence and Senior Fellow, Center for Indian Law and Policy

  • He moderated and participated in a panel presentation on Internet gambling as part of a two-day CLE program on eCommerce in Indian Country sponsored by the Indian Law Program at the Arizona State University Sandra Day O'Connor School of Law. The panel was comprised of internationally recognized gambling law experts and addressed a broad range of legal and regulatory issues involved in Internet gambling in the United States and around the world.

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.
  • She made a presentation on the Dariano case at the spring conference of the Washington State Council on the Social Studies in Lake Chelan.

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.
  • He commented on a paper proposing a new approach to the patent holdup problem in standard setting organizations at the Pacific Intellectual Property Scholars conference (PIPS III) organized by Professors Maggie Chon and Bob Gomulkiewicz (UW).
  • His article, "Reforming the Robinson-Patman Act to Serve Consumers and Control Powerful Buyers," was accepted for publication by the Antitrust Bulletin. The Bulletin is publishing a symposium issue on the Robinson-Patman Act and invited him to contribute an article. In addition, an editor of the "Cambridge Handbook of Antitrust and Intellectual Property," to be published by Cambridge University Press, asked him to write a chapter on online resale price maintenance.

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.
  • He authored a chapter, "Neo-Liberalism, Debt and Discipline," that will be part of "Political Economy and Law: A Handbook of Contemporary Research, Theory and Practice" (John D. Haskell and Ugo Mattei eds.). The book is being published by Edward Elgar Publishing in late 2015.
  • He edited a joint report by the Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) and the International Human Rights Committee (IHRC). "A Beleaguered Community: On the Rising Persecution of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community in Pakistan" is the report of a fact-finding mission to Pakistan.
  • He presents his paper, "Wanted Dead and Alive: Constitutionalism, Human Rights, and the Colonial Exception," at Wisconsin International Law Journal's Annual Symposium, "International Law Walks the Line: Border Disputes and Resolution for the 21st Century."

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.
  • She presented her forthcoming article, "Asymmetry as Fairness: Reversing a Peremptory Trend," at the University of Maryland School of Law's Legal Theory Workshop and at Gonzaga University School of Law.

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.
  • She had five entries accepted for The Sage Encyclopedia of LGBTQ Studies. The entries cover topics relevant to LGBTQ families and will be published in September 2016.

David Skover, Fredric C. Tausend Professor of Law

  • He delivered introductory commentary and moderated an afternoon session at the Food Law Symposium at the law school "Re-Tooling Speech: What Can You Say About Your Food?" which focused on the origins, development, and current use of "ag-gag" and "veggie-libel" statutes, and analyzed the First Amendment issues implicated by such laws and ensuing lawsuits.

Ronald C. Slye, Professor of Law

  • He participated in a panel discussion in Bogota, Colombia on "Challenges of a Truth Commission Emerging from a Peace Process in a Context of Widespread and Diverse Social Demand," as part of the conference, Truth Commissions and Peace Processes: International Experience and Challenges for Colombia, sponsored by the Kofi Annan Foundation and the International Center for Transitional Justice. He and other international experts also participated in a closed door session on truth commissions and accountability with human rights and victims groups in Colombia.
  • He participated in a round table discussion on The Future of Transitional Justice sponsored by the Handa Center for Human Rights and International Justice and the Rule of Law Program at Stanford 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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