Faculty News

Compiled by: Moriah Blake

April 2007

Seattle University Law School's Institute for Indian Estate Planning & Probate and the Center for the Study of Justice in Society co-sponsored a luncheon on Tuesday, April 17 with Dr. Coll Thrush, professor of history at the University of British Columbia and author of Native Seattle: histories from the crossing-over place (University of Washington Press, 2007). Native Seattle has been praised as a "tour de force" and "the best book, by far...about Indians and cities." This was a unique opportunity to engage Dr. Thrush in informal conversation before his 1:30 p.m. talk that same day in Pigott Auditorium.

Lisa Brodoff’s article entitled, Lifting Burdens: Proof, Social Justice, and Public Assistance Administrative Hearings has been accepted for publication in the NYU Review of Law and Social Change. It is scheduled for publication in the Winter 07-08 book. Lisa also spoke in April at the Corporate Trustees Association’s annual Northwest Trust Conference on Legal Issues Surrounding Long Term Care Financing. Finally, Lisa will be speaking in May at the 4th International Administrative Law Conference “Administrative Justice Without Borders” in Vancouver B.C. Her talk is on Administrative Tribunals for Diverse Users, and will focus on accommodating persons with disabilities in the hearing process.

Sean Pager presented Patents On a Shoestring: Making Patent Protection Work for the Developing World as part of UW Law School's IP Innovations Colloquium. The paper will be published in a forthcoming symposium issue of the Georgia State Univ. L. Rev.

Rafael Pardo and co-author Jonathan Nash of Tulane Law School have been invited to present their paper entitled, “An Empirical Investigation into Appellate Structure and the Perceived Quality of Appellate Review,” at the Stanford/Yale Junior Faculty Forum, to be hosted by Stanford Law School on May 18 and 19, as well as at the Joint Annual Meetings of the Law and Society Association and Research Committee on Sociology of Law, to be hosted by Humboldt University in Berlin from July 25 to 28.

Gwynne Skinner’s article, “The Nuremberg Trials’ Impact on Human Rights Litigation in U.S. Courts under the Alien Tort Statute: The Legacy Continues” has been accepted for publication by the Albany Law Review, and will appear in the December 2007 issue.

Laurel Oates and Mimi Samuel have spent the last week in Durban, South Africa, conducting training sessions on Effective Legal Writing for magistrates, judges, attorneys, and law students. On Friday night, they were the guests of honor at a dinner held at the home of the consul general. They then spent the weekend conducting a two-day workshop for judges and magistrates sponsored by the South Africa Chapter of the International Association of Women Judges. (The workshop was the first training session in South Africa in which both High Court judges and magistrates participated.) During the week, they conducted four additional full-day workshops: one for post-graduate students at the Law Education and Development Program; one for members of the KwaZulu-Natal Center for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration Commissioners; one for members of the KwaZulu Natal Law Society; and one for the South African Society for Labor Law. And yes, they are tired.

Please join us in welcoming the newest member of the Dean’s Office staff, Amy Weis. Amy will be serving as the Assistant to Dean Testy. Welcome Amy!

Pat Brown delivered a paper on April 13 at a conference hosted by the philosophy department at Loyola Marymount University, the Jesuit University in Los Angeles. The paper was titled: “The Need for ‘Aiming Excessively High and Far’: Catholic Social Thought and the Question of Method.”

Professor Thom Fischer has been elected Chairman of the Bainbridge Island Planning Commission.

Jack Kirkwood presented Reforming Entry Analysis in Merger Cases at the Loyola Antitrust Colloquium in Chicago. He also participated in the Georgetown Conference on Conservative Economic Influence on U.S. Antitrust Policy. His paper on the goals of the antitrust laws, co-authored with Bob Lande, will appear in the conference volume published by Oxford University Press.

Douglas Nash presented legislative updates and federal regulation implementing the American Indian Probate Reform Acts and Cecelia Burke presented an overview of the Act and its application to Montana tribal governments and trust landowners on April 12-13, 2007 at the Montana State University Indian Land Symposium in Bozeman, Montana.

Sean Pager's article entitled Antisubordination of Whom? What India’s Answer Tells Us About the Meaning of Equality in Affirmative Action has been accepted for publication by the U.C. Davis Law Review. It is scheduled to appear in the November issue of the review.

Mimi Samuel and Laurel Oates have spent the last week conducting training sessions on effective legal writing for magistrates and attorneys in Pretoria and Johannesburg, South Africa. In addition, they met with faculty members from the University of Pretoria and from the Law Education and Development post-graduate program to discuss incorporating the teaching of legal writing into their curricula. Finally, they spoke at the Conference on Judicial Leadership and Mentoring for Women Magistrates. (Last Thursday they arrived in Durban, which is gray and rainy and reminds them very much of Seattle.)

Kathleen Koch is the new state President Elect for the Washington Financial Aid Association (WFAA). WFAA is a professional membership organization of over 500 individuals whose aim is to promote higher education through the availability, support and administration of student financial assistance programs. It is a three year term comprised of one year as President Elect, one year as President of WFAA and one year as Past President. She currently serves as WFAA Vice President of Training and Chair of the Training Committe.

Dean Kellye Testy will be honored for her commitment to justice at the Washington State Trial Lawyers Association Law Day Dinner May 1. Dean Testy will receive the Public Justice Award, which recognizes an individual or organization whose efforts, courage, litigation or innovative work results in the creation of a more just society. The dinner and awards features Sen. John Edwards as the keynote speaker.

Sean Pager appeared on a panel on IP, Human Rights, International Trade as part of a symposium on International Intellectual Property Law sponsored by the Georgia State Law Review. His presention was based on his forthcoming article to appear in the law review's symposium edition, entitled Patents On a Shoestring: Making Patent Protection Work for Developing Countries.

David Skover has become co-editor, together with his co-author Ronald Collins, of a new book series to be issued by Rowman & Littlefield Publishers. Entitled Free Speech in America, the series will feature one to two scholarly books per year, written by prominent First Amendment scholars and practitioners on pressing current free-speech issues. In selecting future publications, Skover and Collins will be working with an eleven-member Advisory Board, including academics (among them, Laurence Tribe, Charles Fried, Kathleen Sullivan, and Geoffrey Stone), practitioners (among them, Floyd Abrams of Cahill Gordon), and members of the press (among them, former NYT reporter Anthony Lewis). The first book in the series will be a study of the constitutional and statutory issues arising from the application of the 1917 Espionage Act and the 1918 Sedition Act to the press for publication of matters of “national security” concern during the current “war on terrorism.”

Anne Enquist and Laurel Oates's article "You've Sent Mail: Ten Tips to Take with You to Practice" appeared in the Winter 2007 issue of Perspectives.

A follow-up to her October WESTPAC presentation, Games We Don’t Want to Play: Negotiating Electronic Resources Contracts, Kara Phillip's article, Crafting Licensing Provisions, was published in the December 2006/January 2007 issue of Against the Grain. (Available online at www.against-the-grain.com/ATGIssues.php3?&volsearch=18&issuesearch=6.)

Susan D. Rozelle presented What Do You Expect? Race, Gender, and Cuckolds Who Kill at the Intersections of Race and Gender Conference at Seattle University School of Law on April 12.

Bob Boruchowitz was on a panel at a conference of the American Council of Chief Defenders, discussing Indigent Defense Services in Michigan, on April 13, 2007 in Dearborn, Michigan.

Bob Boruchowitz received the Paul Robeson Peace and Justice Award yesterday from Mothers for Police Accountability. Professor Boruchowitz also spoke at the Honesty CLE at Seattle University School of Law and was on the CLE faculty for an Anti Bias Training for Public Defenders presented by the Racial Disparity Project.

Paul Holland appeared on a panel at the University of Michigan Law School’s recent conference, Looking Ahead to the Next 30 Years of Child Advocacy. Professor Holland’s panel addressed The Role of Interdisciplinary Education in Child Advocacy. Professor Holland also moderated a panel, Kids and Confinement: The Use of Detention for Children in Dependency and Status Offender Proceedings at the WSBA Youth at Risk Summit, which the Law School hosted on Wednesday, April 4.

The United States Human Rights Fund has awarded $75,000 to a collaboration between the Seattle University School of Law’s International Human Rights Clinic and Hate Free Zone, a local non-profit advocacy organization dedicated to advancing the concerns of immigrants in the Greater Seattle area. The project, which will be based out of Hate Free Zone, will develop advocacy strategies based on applying the international human rights framework to the lives of immigrants residing in the US and specifically in the Northwest.

Laurel Oates and Mimi Samuel presented guest lectures in three classes at Moi University Faculty of Law in Eldoret, Kenya. In addition to the guest lectures, Professor Oates and Professor Samuel conducted a 2-day workshop on effective teaching for the faculty of the Law Development Centre in Kampala, Uganda.

Maggie Chon’s article, “Intellectual Property ‘from Below’: Copyright and Capability for Education,” was published by the UC Davis Law Review as part of a symposium issue on Intellectual Property and Social Justice. The full issue and individual articles can be downloaded from: http://lawreview.law.ucdavis.edu/articles/Vol40/vol40_no3.html and the article can also be downloaded from SSRN at http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=971294.

Susan D. Rozelle presented her article, The Principled Executioner: Capital Juries' Bias and the Benefits of True Bifurcation, 38 Arizona State Law Journal 769 (2006), at the Law, Culture and Humanities Conference at Georgetown University Law Center on March 23, as part of an interdisciplinary panel she organized and chaired. She also helped write a pro bono amicus brief for the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers on behalf of Cal Brown in Uttecht v. Brown, No. 06-413, being argued before the U.S. Supreme Court in April, involving the constitutional limits of death qualification. She will be visiting at the University of Oregon for the 2007-2008 academic year.

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