Faculty News

Spring 2014

Bryan Adamson, Associate Professor of Law

  • He spoke before Seattle-Tacoma U.S. Attorneys regarding race and gender issues in mortgage lending.
  • He was invited to make two presentations at the AALS Mid-Year meetings: "Does Marriage Equality Matter Equally? Discussions With African-Americans On The Impact Of The Supreme Court's Gay Rights Decisions" at the Workshop on Sexual Orientation and Identity Issues, and "Consumer Protection Clinics as a Site for Blurring Boundaries," at the Workshop On Blurring Boundaries In Financial And Corporate Law.

Deborah Ahrens, Associate Professor of Law

  • She accepted a publication offer for her article, "Incarcerated Child Birth and 'Broader Birth Control': Autonomy, Regulation, and the State," from the Missouri Law Review.
  • She and Andrew Siegel presented "Highlights of the 2013-2014 United States Supreme Court Term" at the 2014 Appellate Judges' Spring Program for Washington State's Supreme Court justices and Court of Appeals judges.

Sara Ainsworth, Visiting Assistant Professor

  • She presented at the Converge! Re-imagining the Movement to End Gender Violence Conference at the University of Miami School of Law. She co-presented with panelists on the topic, "Beyond the Rape Exception: Using Law and Movement Building to Ensure Reproductive Health and Justice for All Gender Violence Survivors."
  • She presented a faculty colloquium to the University of Oregon School of Law on the topic of sterilization of incarcerated women, which is the subject of a paper she is writing with her colleague Rachel Roth.
  • She discussed reproductive rights and human rights with the Global Health course at the UW School of Medicine.
  • She participated in a panel on Global Reproductive Health at the Western Regional International Health Conference at the University of Washington.

Tom Antkowiak, Associate Professor and Director, Latin America Program

  • His new article, "Rights, Resources, and Rhetoric: Indigenous Peoples and the Inter-American Court," was featured in International Justice in the News, a monthly publication by the International Center for Ethics, Justice and Public Life of Brandeis University. The article will be reprinted in an upcoming book on indigenous rights in international law (Lapland University Press, Finland).
  • He presented "Using International Mechanisms to Assist the Wrongfully Convicted" at the Innocence Network National Conference, this year held in Portland.

Steve Bender, Professor of Law

  • He spoke in Spokane as an invited panelist on immigration reform at the Gonzaga Journal of International Law 2014 Symposium/CLE.

Bob Boruchowitz, Professor from Practice

  • He argued a motion for discretionary review in the Court of Appeals Division II, asking the Court to take review of a Clallam County superior court order that all detained children who appear in juvenile court must have their legs and ankles chained during the court hearings. He filed an amicus brief in the trial court opposing this shackling and is representing the child on appeal. This is a Defender Initiative project and his research assistants Nicole Beges and Philip Chinn helped with the research and briefing.
  • His motion for discretionary review in the juvenile shackling case out of Clallam County has been accepted by the Court of Appeals Division II. He and his Right to Counsel Clinic students obtained a reversal of a Department of Corrections revocation and a remand for a new hearing for their client from the DOC hearings and violations administrator.

Deirdre Bowen, Associate Professor of Law

  • She accepted an offer to publish her article, "This Is Your Sword: Does Plaintiff Prior Conviction Evidence Affect Civil Trial Outcomes?" (co-authored with Professor Kathryn Stanchi), with the Washington Law Review.

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

  • She was invited to contribute to a book about bringing actual legal work into the first year of law school. She will contribute to chapters on integrating practice experiences in legal writing courses and the way in which these projects impact students, clients, and faculty.
  • She will present at the Legal Writing Institute Biennial Conference in Philadephia this summer. Her topic is Words Matter: Using Prosecutorial Misconduct Issues to Teach Precision, Professionalism, and Persuasion.
  • She was was elected to the Board of Directors of the Legal Writing Institute, which is the second largest organization of law professors in the United States (after AALS), with over 2,800 members from 37 countries besides the United States.
  • She presented the 2014 Scribes Law-Review award, recognizing the best student note or comment, at the National Conference of Law Reviews Scribes dinner in Los Angeles.
  • She has accepted an offer from the Georgia Law Review to publish her article, "Mitigating Foul Blows."

Robert Chang, Executive Director of the Korematsu Center and Professor of Law

  • He was a panelist at the Law and Social Justice: From Theory to Practice Conference at Santa Clara Law School.
  • He also participated, with his co-editors Rose Cuison Villazor and Neil Gotanda, in a day-long roundtable at UC Berkeley School of Law with scholars invited to comment on their book manuscript under contract with NYU Press on Asian Americans and the Law.

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

Ron Clark, Distinguished Practitioner in Residence

  • He taught trial advocacy in Pristina, Kosovo. The U.S. DOJ offered this trial advocacy course as part of Kosovo's effort to implement the rule of law. Kosovo is the world's newest nation, having declared its independence in 2008.

Brooke Coleman, Associate Professor of Law

  • She wrote a guest blog for PatentlyO about the proposed abrogation of Civil Rule 84.
  • She wrote a JOTWELL review of Alex Reinert's Screening Out Innovation: The Merits of Meritless Litigation, 89 Ind. L. J. (2014).

Diane Lourdes Dick, Assistant Professor of Law

  • She has accepted an offer to publish her article, "Grassroots Shareholder Activism in Large Commercial Bankruptcies," in the Journal of Corporation Law.
  • She presented that same article at a faculty workshop at Gonzaga University School of Law.
  • She received an invitation to blog about her recent article, "Bankruptcy's Corporate Tax Loophole, 82 Fordham L. Rev. 2273 (2014)," on the CLS Blue Sky Blog, Columbia Law School's Blog on Corporations and the Capital Markets.

Gillian Dutton, Externship Program Director and Associate Professor of Lawyering Skills

  • She and and Elizabeth Ford presented at the Externship Conference held at the University of Denver Sturm School of Law on the topic of "Learning Outcomes Assessment, Student Counseling and Seminar Innovations."
  • She and and Elizabeth Ford spoke on student assessment and evaluation, along with King County Superior Court Judge John J. Erlick, during his CLE presentation about meeting externship supervisory responsibilities.
  • She presented "The Affordable Care Act: An Opportunity to Move Language Access for Patient Care One Step Forward" at the 2014 Medical Legal Partnership Summit: MLP in the Era of Health Reform held in Seattle.

Anne Enquist, Professor of Lawyering Skills and Director of the Legal Writing Program

  • She and Lori Bannai, Janet Dickson, Connie Krontz, Chris Rideout, and Mimi Samuel presented an all-day CLE "Moving Your Legal Writing Forward 3.0." Bannai spoke on "(Un)Conscious Assumptions and (Un)Intended Messages: Recognizing Bias in Legal Writing, Analysis, and Argument." Dickson presented "The Tools of Persuasion." Enquist discussed "How Multitasking Affects Writing Productivity." Krontz presented "Principle-Based Case Descriptions: Responding to Adverse Authority." Rideout spoke about "Plain Language Issues for Lawyers." And Samuel presented "Back to the Basics: Organization."

Margaret Fisher, Distinguished Practitioner in Residence

  • She and Oregon Judge Justice David Brewer will select the final elementary school winners in the National Council of State Courts' essay contest on civics.

Elizabeth Ford, Visiting Assistant Professor and Associate Director Externship Program

  • She presented on the subject of Wage Theft and Collective Bargaining as part of a panel of lawyers, activists and academics, convened by the University of Washington Evans School of Public Policy.

Charlotte Garden, Assistant Professor of Law

  • She spoke at a symposium, Taking Stock of Citizens United: How the Law Has (and Has Not) Changed Four Years Later, held at Stetson University College of Law. Her talk was "Citizens United and the First Amendment of Labor Law."
  • Her article, "Meta Rights," was accepted for publication in the Fordham Law Review.

Carmen Gonzalez, Professor of Law

  • Her co-edited book, "Presumed Incompetent: The Intersections of Race and Class for Women in Academia," was selected as a finalist for the International Latino Book Awards. Professor Gonzalez and her co-editors also were interviewed on Make It Plain on SiriusXM Satellite radio about their book.
  • She conducted a workshop for women of color in academia at the 2014 Faculty Women of Color in the Academy Conference at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Lily Kahng, Professor of Law

  • She has accepted an offer from the Florida Law Review to publish her article, "The Taxation of Intellectual Capital."
  • She presented that same article at the University of Florida Tax Policy Colloquium.
  • She also presented it at the Critical Tax Conference at Baltimore Law School.

John B. Kirkwood, Associate Dean for Strategic Planning and Mission and Professor of Law

  • He will be a commenter at this year's Loyola Antitrust Colloquium, a national conference for junior and senior scholars hosted by the antitrust center at Loyola Chicago.
  • He was also invited by the Antitrust Bulletin to write an article for a symposium on the Robinson-Patman Act. His most recent article, "Collusion to Control a Powerful Customer," was featured in the Economic Insights section of a recent issue of Competition Policy International.
  • His article, "Collusion to Control a Powerful Customer: Amazon, E-Books, and Antitrust Policy," was accepted for publication by the University of Miami Law Review. It will also be the focus of an online symposium to be published by the journal.

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

  • He was a member of the ABA Site Visit Team for the University of Iowa College of Law. He also participated in a live broadcast by Voice of America International Service about elections in Afghanistan and India. He now has an affiliated appointment as Professor of Global African Studies at Seattle University.

Natasha Martin, Associate Dean for Research and Faculty Development and Associate Professor of Law

  • She presented "Echoes of Jim Crow in the Contemporary Workplace" as a retrospective on the contribution of the seminal civil rights legislation and the law’s remaining challenges in facilitating workplace inclusion at the Title VII at 50 Symposium in New York.
  • She was named to the Lawyers of Color's 50 Under 50 List of minority law professors making an impact in legal education in the 2014 Law School Diversity Issue.

Laurel Oates, Professor of Law

  • She and Anne Enquist have just published the sixth edition of their book, The Legal Writing Handbook. Published by Aspen, the book provides students with an introduction to the U.S. Legal System, the process of researching and writing traditional memos, e-memos, opinion letters, and motion and appellate briefs, and an in-depth explanation of how to write clearly and concisely. Finally, the book contains a section designed for students for whom English is not their native language, and a 1,000-page supplement that shows students how to research different types of issues using free sources, LexisAdvance, WestlawNext, Lexis.com, and Westlaw Classic.

John McKay, Visiting Professor of Law

  • Currently on leave directing a rule of law program in Palestine, he recently delivered the lecture "Terrorism and Military Law: Guantanamo, Ireland and Palestine" at Gonzaga-in-Florence.

Catherine O'Neill, Professor of Law

  • Her blog post, "Washington State's Weakened Water Quality Standards Will Keep Fish Off the Table, Undermine Tribal Health," was published by the Center for Progressive Reform. The post weighs in on an issue currently being debated by the Washington State Department of Ecology and the larger public. Ecology has stated that it expects to propose a water quality standards rule for Washington by the end of the month.
  • She co-presented at the New England Tribal Leaders Summit, sponsored by EPA's Region 1, in Boston, MA (via web conference). She joined tribal staff members Barbara Harper, Jamie Donatuto, and Scott Fields to present "Tribal Perspectives on Selecting a Rights-Based/Heritage Fish Consumption Rate in the Columbia River Basin for Water Quality Standards."

Sara Rankin, Associate Professor of Lawyering Skills

  • She presented "Beyond Cost: A Qualitative Examination of Energy Industry Tax Subsidies," at the Public Interest Environmental Law Conference held at the University of Oregon. She also presented "Tax Subsidies: Fossil Fuels vs. Renewables" at the Our Money Our Voice Academic Forum on Divestment at Seattle University.
  • She is one of four co-editors of a new Legislation Law Profs Blog. The blog focuses on legislative drafting, legislative analysis, and/or legislative advocacy or policymaking
  • She has been asked to be a contributing author and editor for a book concerning the use of real clients in the first year of law school. Other confirmed authors include Erwin Chemerinsky (UC Irvine), Michael Wishnie (Yale), Michael Millemann (Maryland), Stephen Schwinn (JMLS), Nantiya Ruan (Denver), as well as our own Lisa Brodoff and Mary Bowman.
  • She has been invited by the Washington Low Income Housing Alliance to present at the Conference on Ending Homelessness in Yakima. Sara will present to a national audience of legislators, activists, lawyers, and others on a homeless bills of rights.
  • She accepted an offer of publication from Seton Hall Law Review to publish her new article, "A Homeless Bill of Rights (Revolution)."
  • She was asked by the National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty in D.C. to conduct a webinar on a homeless bills of rights on the day of the release of the report she and the center produced: "From Wrongs to Rights: The Case for Homeless Bills of Rights Legislation." She has also been invited to speak on a homeless bills of rights at the Statewide Conference, End to Homelessness, at the Yakima Convention Center.

Anna Roberts, Assistant Professor of Law

  • She accepted an offer to publish her article, "Asymmetry as Fairness: Reversing a Peremptory Trend," with the Washington University Law Review.
  • She met with the judges of King County Superior Court to discuss her research into implicit juror bias and the possibility of including information on implicit bias in juror orientation.

Tracey Roberts, Visiting Assistant Professor

  • She presented "Beyond Cost: A Qualitative Examination of Energy Industry Tax Subsidies," at the Public Interest Environmental Law Conference held at the University of Oregon. She also presented "Tax Subsidies: Fossil Fuels vs. Renewables" at the Our Money Our Voice Academic Forum on Divestment at Seattle University.

Bill Sherman, Visiting Assistant Professor

  • He was invited to present his paper, "The Deliberation Paradox and Administrative Law," at the Junior Scholars Workshop on Administrative and Natural Resources Law at Lewis and Clark Law School.
  • He accepted an offer to publish that article in BYU Law Review.

Julie Shapiro, Professor of Law

  • She was invited to write an article on surrogacy as part of a symposium hosted by the University of Washington. The article will be published in the December 2014 issue of the law review.

David Skover, Fredric C. Tausend Professor of Law

  • He presented a lecture to the Seattle University Board of Trustees and members of the Seattle University administration — "McCutcheon, Federal Campaign Laws, and the First Amendment," based on his forthcoming book with Ronald Collins, "When Money Speaks."
  • His co-authored book, "Mania: The Outraged and Outrageous Lives that Launched a Cultural Revolution," has been selected by a panel of booksellers and librarians as one of eight finalists for the Book of the Year Award in History.
  • His most recent co-authored book, "When Money Speaks: The McCutcheon Case, Election Campaign Laws, and the First Amendment," was published as an e-book just 36 hours after the Supreme Court handed down its decision in McCutcheon v. FEC, which invalidated aggregate contribution limitations for political candidates, committees, and parties. It is the first in the new imprint of SCOTUS Books-in-Brief.

Ron Slye, Professor of Law

  • He delivered a lecture, "Accountability by Truth Commission: Lessons from Kenya and South Africa," to the Olympia World Affairs Council.

Denis Stearns, Professor from Practice

  • He presented at an all-day conference April 11 at UCLA School of Law and sponsored by its Resnick Program for Food Law and Policy. The title of his presentation was "Liability for the Misrepresentation of Safety: Legal Claims Against Third-Party Auditors and a Possible Solution under the Food Safety Modernization Act." He has also accepted an invitation to author a compendium-essay for the conference, which is slated to be published in the peer-reviewed Food and Drug Law Journal.
  • He accepted an offer from the Nevada Law Journal to publish his most recent article, "Prosser's Bait-and-Switch: How Food Safety Was Sacrificed in the Battle for Tort's Empire."

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