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.

Deborah Ahrens, Associate Professor of Law

  • Along with Andrew Siegel and Anna Roberts, she presented at the Washington Appellate Judges' Spring Program at the Alderbrook Resort. Professors Ahrens and Siegel presented on the evolution of due process. Professor Roberts presented on the history of the peremptory challenge and participated in a panel discussion of jury selection along with Justice González and Jeffrey Robinson.

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.
  • His book chapter, "Social, Economic, and Cultural Rights: The Inter-American Court at a Crossroads," was just published in "35 Years of the Inter-American Court of Human Rights" (Intersentia Press, UK).
  • His article, "A Dark Side of Virtue: The Inter-American Court and Reparations for Indigenous Peoples," was published as the lead article in the Duke Journal of Comparative & International Law.

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.
  • He presented on "The Value of Legal Scholarship in the Austerity Age" to the Nova Southeastern law faculty in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. He also presented on U.S. immigration policy as part of the panel "Human Rights, National Security, and the Rule of Law" at SU Law.

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.

David Boerner, Professor Emeritus

  • He participated as an advisor to the American Law Institute's Model Penal Code: Sentencing Project at its Advisors and Members Consultative Group meeting in Philadelphia. He has been an advisor to the project since 2004.

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.
  • He wrote an article for the King County Bar Bulletin, "SU Study Assesses Costs of Seeking Death Penalty," which was the lead article in the March edition. He organized the Fifth Annual Conference on Public Defense, with keynote speaker Francis Guzman, a lawyer with the National Center for Youth Law, and spoke on national trends and their impact in Washington. Speakers included King County Prosecutor Dan Satterberg, State Office of Public Defense Director Joanne Moore, SU Law Adjunct Professors Travis Stearns and Lisa Daugaard, and SU alum Twyla Carter. Attendees came from all over the state and a number participated by webcast. Dean Annette Clark and Korematsu Center Director Bob Chang gave welcoming remarks.
  • He was the lead researcher and co-author of a report by the Sixth Amendment Center, "Justice Shortchanged—Assigned Counsel Compensation in Wisconsin". The report finds that in paying private assigned counsel either $40 per hour or in some cases a flat fee of approximately $248 per case, Wisconsin violates the ABA Ten Principles’ demand that appointed counsel be paid both a "reasonable fee" and "actual overhead expenses." Professor Deirdre Bowen assisted on the project with statistical analysis and law students Nicole Beges and Phil Chinn provided research assistance.
  • He also spoke at the Washington Defender Association conference on "What's Happening in Misdemeanor Public Defense."
  • He argued a case in the Washington Court of Appeals on the right to counsel in Department of Corrections hearings on revocation of community custody. The case began in his Right to Counsel Clinic a year ago, when they won in Superior Court a writ of mandamus to require DOC to conduct a case-by-case assessment of the need for appointed counsel and to permit pro bono retained counsel to represent the client. They represented the client and won his release to a treatment program. The state appealed and the case is now pending decision.

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.
  • She helped create and is now co-chair of the new Legal Writing Institute Professional Status Committee. The committee is charged with being a coordinating mechanism and a clearinghouse, with its primary first goals being to serve as a resource for Legal Writing Institute members who are facing specific employment or professional development issues and to gather information about status issues and challenges that will help the LWI Board respond appropriately.

Lisa Brodoff, Director, Ronald A. Peterson Law Clinic and Associate Professor

  • She spoke to the faculty at Stetson College of Law on her scholarship and work in developing the Alzheimer's Disease Mental Health Advance Directive, a document that helps clients and their families to plan in advance for the numerous critical health and personal decisions that will come up during the long course of this illness.
  • She spoke at a day-long CLE sponsored by Robert's Fund and Seattle University School of Law on The Art of Listening. She co-presented with Paula Lustbader, Tim Jaasko-Fisher, and Craig Sims.
  • Along with David Ward (Legal Voice) and Kris Hermanns (Pride Foundation), she received the Gender Justice League's Solidarity Award, given for "incredible work on behalf of Trans* people over the last three years to secure health insurance coverage in private insurance, for state employees, and in AppleCare (Medicaid)."

Mark Chinen, Associate Professor of Law

  • His article, "The Standard of Compensation for Takings," will be published in the Minnesota Journal of International Law.

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.
  • She was a panelist for an IP Inn of Court meeting with three federal district court judges for the Western District of Washington (John Coughenour, Robert Lasnik and James Robart) and local IP trial lawyer Jerry Riedinger. The panel addressed the topic of "The Vanishing Civil Trial."
  • She presented "An Economy of Scarcity (of Smart Information)" at the 4th International Intellectual Property Roundtable, hosted by Duke Law School.

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.
  • Her most recent article, "The Efficiency Norm," was accepted for publication in Boston College Law Review.
  • The Florida Law Review Forum published her response to Rafael Pardo's recent Florida Law Review article ("Easy Access to Loans, But What About Access to Justice?").
  • She was selected to present at the AALS annual meeting Teaching Methods Section Program, "The Pedagogy of Procedure," which is co-sponsored by the Civil Procedure Section.

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.
  • She presented her draft article, "U.S. Tax Imperialism in Puerto Rico," to the faculty of the University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law.

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.
  • She will be presenting one plenary and one choice session along with Washington State Supreme Court Justice Susan Owens and two Florida law-related experts at the conference of the National Association of State Judicial Educators and the Washington State Judiciary. The choice session is Judges as Civic Educators and the plenary is Connecting Courts to the Community.
  • She and Washington Supreme Court Justice Mary Fairhurst (who were both executive producers) were nominated for an Emmy for a BJA Public Trust and Confidence video entitled "Myths and Misperceptions of Washington State Courts," produced with TVW.

Elizabeth Ford, Visiting Assistant Professor and Associate Director Externship Program

  • Her article, "Cracking the Nut – Building a Clinical Pedagogy of Externship," has been accepted for publication by The Clinical Law Review for the Fall 2015 issue.
  • She was appointed by the King County Auditor to the Expert Review Panel charged to review the performance of King County's Office of Law Enforcement Oversight.

Charlotte Garden, Assistant Professor of Law

  • Her article, "Faithful Employers & Labor Law," was accepted for publication in the Boston University Law Review.
  • She spoke about First Amendment barriers to legislative responses to income inequality at Stetson University Law Review's symposium, "Inequality, Opportunity, and the Law of the Workplace."
  • She presented her paper, "Towards Politically Stable NLRB Lawmaking: Rulemaking vs. Adjudication at a symposium on The NLRB at 80," hosted at Emory Law School and attended by all five members of the NLRB plus the Board's General Counsel. Her article by the same name will be published in the Emory Law Journal.

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.

Paul Holland, Acting Director of the Law Clinic and Associate Professor of Law

  • He and and John Strait appeared before the King County Council to present the inaugural Annual Report of the King County Public Defense Advisory Board.

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.
  • She accepted an offer from the Cornell Law Review to publish her article, "The Not-So-Merry Wives of Windsor: The Taxation of Women in Same-Sex Marriages."
  • Her book chapter, "Perspectives on the Relationship Between Financial and Tax Accounting," was published in Tax Controversies: A Matter of Perspective (Anthony C. Infanti ed., 2015).
  • She presented her article, "The Not-So-Merry Wives of Windsor: The Taxation of Women in Same-Sex Marriages," at the Northwestern Law School Critical Tax Conference and at the Fordham Law School Faculty Workshop.

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.
  • She gave the keynote address at the Seattle Journal for Environmental Law Annual Banquet and Volume Launch.

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 Margaret 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.
  • He presented his article, "Collusion to Control a Powerful Customer: Amazon, E-Books, and Antitrust Policy," at the University of Connecticut Law School. He also was asked to provide peer reviews for the Yale Law Journal, the Journal of Antitrust Enforcement (published by Oxford University Press), and the Antitrust Bulletin.
  • His symposium, "Healthcare in the 21st Century: The Role of Competition," will be published by the Washington Law Review. The event will include many of the nation's preeminent scholars in healthcare antitrust. To promote the symposium, the Washington Law Review will host an online colloquy and a post-publication event at UW.
  • He serves on the Jerry S. Cohen Award selection committee. Later this month, the committee will announce the winner of the award for the best antitrust scholarship published in 2014.

Connie Krontz, Associate Professor of Lawyering Skills

  • She was the moderator for a panel "Leading Students in Student Services and Organizations" at the 2015 Northwest Regional Legal Writing Conference: Legal Writing and Leadership at the University of Oregon School of Law.

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.
  • She was invited to present at the 2015 ABA National Conference on Professional Responsibility, which will address trends and developments in legal ethics, professional discipline, professionalism and practice issues among leading experts, scholars, and practitioners around the country. She has also been invited to participate in a Specialization Roundtable to speak to a group of executives regarding best practices toward diversity and legal specialty certification programs at the same conference.

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.
  • She joined Environmental Law Society Secretary Morgan Lake to organize and speak at a teach-in at the law school. The teach-in considered Washington's proposed Water Quality Standards (WQS) and their implications for tribes and for other groups who depend on fish for food and for a livelihood. Along with Eric Eberhard, they also assisted Seattle Human Rights Commission Co-Chair Ethel Branch in organizing a public hearing at City Hall on the human rights and social justice dimensions of Washington's proposed WQS.
  • She prepared briefing materials for the Bellingham City Council regarding the proposed WQS. The Keep Our Seafood Clean Coalition also asked her to prepare a two-minute video segment explaining her position on the proposed WQS for their #protectmewa campaign, which included videos by tribal leaders, public health professionals, and others.
  • She published a blog commenting on the U.S. Supreme Court's oral argument in Michigan v. EPA, in which petitioners challenged the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Mercury and Air Toxics Standards (MATS), which regulates mercury and other toxic emissions from coal- and oil-fired power plants.
  • Her 2009 scholarly article was quoted in an amicus brief submitted to the Court by the National Congress of American Indians, several tribes, and inter-tribal fish commissions, which can be found here.
  • She submitted extensive written comments on Washington's proposed Water Quality Standards to the Department of Ecology's public rulemaking docket. Her previous scholarship on the issues was cited in comments submitted by others on the proposed rule, including by the Northwest Indian Fisheries Commission and by the Waterkeepers.

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.
  • The National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty invited her to speak at the National Forum on the Human Right to Housing in Washington, D.C. This conference is intended to set a national agenda for advancing the right to housing and combating laws that criminalize homelessness. Other invitees include a select group of legislators and lawyers around the country.
  • The National Coalition for the Homeless invited her to participate in a historic convening of national experts on homelessness in Denver, Colorado next month. This strategy session will focus on "a national strategy for building a larger movement and defeating criminalization policies."

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.
  • She contributed to an amicus brief in support of the petitioners in the same sex marriage cases pending before the Supreme Court. Submitted in the name of the Experiential Learning Lab at NYU School of Law, the brief relied on the notion that Reconstruction's abandoned blueprint for a multi-racial democracy can show us how to build an inclusive society that is respectful of human dignity.
  • Her article, "Reclaiming the Importance of the Defendant's Testimony," was accepted for publication in The University of Chicago Law Review.

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.

Andrew Siegel, Associate Professor of Law and Associate Dean for Planning and Strategic Initiatives

  • He accepted an offer to publish his article, "Constitutional Theory, Constitutional Culture," in the University of Pennsylvania Journal of Constitutional Law.
  • He participated in a roundtable on the judicial role entitled "Beyond the Facade of the Marble Columns" at the annual conference of the Association for the Study of Law, Culture, and the Humanities.

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.
  • He is invited to present at the 3rd Annual Conference on the Governance of Emerging Technologies, to be held in Scottsdale. His presentation, "Intentionless Speech: Robots and Receivers," will argue that robotic expression should be given First Amendment recognition whether or not the robot is considered a legal person or deemed to speak or act intentionally. His address derives from a more extensive research project (with Ronald Collins) that explores the First Amendment coverage to be accorded to "machine speech."
  • He will deliver the keynote luncheon lecture at the Pierce County Law Library's CLE on The Magna Carta & Contemporary Constitutional Liberties.
  • He signed a contract with Oxford University Press for publication of a new book, coauthored with Ron Collins, "The Judge: 26 Machiavellian Lessons." The work takes seriously the common charge that law is politics, and explores what a jurist mindful of his or her political role might do to maximize individual and institutional power. Publication is slated for early 2017.

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.
  • He presented "The End Game," a chapter from his forthcoming book on the Kenyan Truth Justice and Reconciliation Commission, at Yale 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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