Faculty News

Compiled by: Junsen Ohno

August 2006

Professor Catherine O'Neill just returned from the “International Conference on Mercury as a Global Pollutant,” held in Madison, Wisconsin. She co-chaired a panel with John Persell, of the Leech Lake Band of the Minnesota Chippewa Tribe, entitled “Contamination and Native Peoples - Cultural, Social, Ecological and Human Health.” She spoke on the panel and gave a presentation on "Mercury Contamination and Native Peoples: Law and Policy Issues.”

In June, Professor Henry McGee negotiated proposals for SU Law School in Madrid with the Jesuit Law School, Universidad de Madrid (Comillas), and proposals for Seattle University with the National University for Distance Learning, a nation-wide continuing education institution funded by the Spanish Congress. Later in June, he visited with Professor Zinjaun Zhang of Beijing's Tsinghua University School of Law to discuss exchanges between U.S. environmental law professors with a special interest in International Environmental Law. In May, Professor McGee's published “Litigating Global Warming” in 16 Fordham Environmental Law Review 371. In June, a chapter on civil liability for environmental impacts appeared in a book published in Spain on Civil Liability of Professionals and Business Persons: National and International Aspects. That same month, his article Desafios Legales en la Politica Estadounidense del Cambio Climatico en las Cortes y en la teoria (Legal Challenges to U.S. Climate Change Policy in Courts and in Theory), was published in Mexico City by the Mexican Review of Environmental Law.

Professor Carmen Gonzalez was one of the organizers of the LatCrit South-North Exchange, an international scholarly conference that took place on May 18-20, 2006, in Bogota, Colombia. This annual conference seeks to foster and sustain transnational, interdisciplinary and cross-cultural dialogue on current issues in law, theory and culture. The subject of this conference was "Free Market Fundamentalism: A Critical Review of Dogma and Consequences." It featured over 40 speakers from countries including the United States, Brazil, Argentina, Mexico, Colombia, and South Africa. The disciplines included law, economics, sociology, anthropology, and philosophy. Among the speakers at the conference were law faculty from Universidad de los Andes in Colombia, Universidad de Buenos Aires in Argentina), Universidade Getulio Vargas in Brazil, Georgetown University Law Center, Boston College Law School, Temple University, and University of Florida. In addition to organizing the conference, Professor Gonzalez gave a presentation on the environmental justice implications of the theory of comparative advantage and moderated one of the panels. The conference papers will be published in the Seattle Journal for Social Justice.

Professor Janet Ainsworth gave a presentation in Los Angeles at the West Coast Roundtable on Language and the Law on research in gender, language use, and power in the criminal law. In July, she presented at the 2006 Annual Meeting of the Law and Society Association entitled “Cursing and Other Vulgar Language in Police-Citizen Interactions—A Cultural and Linguistic Approach” in Baltimore. Also in July, she was on a panel that discussed “Courts Across Terrains: Geographic, Psychologic, and Idiographic Investigations.”

In June, Kathleen Koch participated in the Washington State Access to Justice Conference as a panelist for the topic: “Avoiding Debt, Chasing Jobs: Law Schools Role in Developing the Next Generation of Public Interest Lawyers”. She was appointed a two-year role as the Washington Financial Aid Association (WFAA) Vice President of Training and the Chair of the Training Committee. The WFAA Summer Training Workshop was held here at the law school in July. She also volunteered at the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators national annual conference held in Seattle during the first week of July.

The Washington Women Lawyers (WWL) has chosen Ada Shen Jaffee as this year’s recipient of the President’s Award. The other awards/winners are: Hon. Mary Kay Becker, Passing the Torch Award; Hon. Cynthia Imbrogno, Heritage Award; Ada Shen-Jaffee, Presidents Award and Joan Tierney, State Board Member of the Year.

The Law Clinic’s Community Development and Entrepreneurship Clinic was highlighted in the April issue of Seattle Business Monthly magazine. In the feature article Top Business Lawyers, Professor Bryan Adamson discussed the imperative of small businesses, even those of modest means, to seek out legal advice and assistance.

Paul Holland gave a presented “Meet the Parents: Working Effectively with Clients’ Families” at the Los Angeles County Public Defender’s Twenty-Fourth Annual Juvenile Delinquency Law Training Seminar on Friday, April 28.

Dean Kellye Testy has been appointed to the ABA’s Section of Legal Education Curriculum Committee and also named to the Board of Advisors of the educational publication, Dean & Provost.

Joan Tierney, Associate Director of Center for Professional Development has been elected as WWL's new President-Elect. Joan will take over as President of Washington Women Lawyers on October 1, 2006. She is the and has most recently served as one of the Vice President's for Annual Events and on WWL's executive committee. Also, Joan was one of the Co-Chair of the Washington State Bar Association's Third Annual Celebrate Diversity Conference - "The Many Hands of Diversity", and has recently been recognized by the King County Bar Association as their Volunteer of the Month due to her wonderful bar and pro bono activities.

Ada Shen-Jaffe was a presenter at this year’s “2006 Washington State Ethics Conference”, co-sponsored by the Judicial Conduct Commission, Executive Ethics Board, Legislative Ethics Board, Public Disclosure Commission, Seattle Ethics & Elections Commission and King County Board of Ethics. held June 15, 2005 in Olympia, Washington. She served on a panel at a workshop entitled “Ethics and Cross-Cultural Competence: Can They Peacefully Co-Exist?”. Additionally, Ada served on the Planning Committee for this year’s Washington State Access to Justice Conference held jointly with the State Bar Leaders’ Annual Conference, June 8-10, 2006 in Yakima Washington. The Law School sponsored the kick-off plenary session with warmly received welcoming remarks by Dean Testy. SU Law School staff, students and alumni were visible and engaged in events throughout the well-attended and successful conference. ABA President Mike Greco was present throughout the three-day event.

Junsen Ohno joined our staff on Monday, August 21 as Dean Testy's assistant. She previously worked as the Senior Adminstrative Assistant in the Marketing & Communications Office. Please stop by and say hello! Beginning next week, Junsen will send out the weekly Dean’s Spotlight. Please send all of your news items for the Dean's Spotlight to Junsen, ohnoj@seattleu.edu. Additionally, Junsen should be contacted for any items related to Dean Testy’s schedule.

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