Faculty News

Compiled by: Junsen Ohno

December 2006

John Strait will give three presentations: Wednesday, December 13, he will present a commentary on the comments at the 4th Annual WSBA Conference on the Law of Lawyering; on Friday, December 15, he will present Ethics and Strategies at the 18th Annual Advanced Conference on Commercial Real Estate Leases at the Washington State Convention and Trade Center; on Monday, December 18, he will present Ethics of Dissolution Trial Practice for the WSBA Family Law CLE titled “Handling Your First (or Next) Dissolution Trial with Confidence,” also at the Washington State Convention and Trade Center.

Lisa Brodoff co-chaired and spoke at a CLE on campus titled, "Access to the Courts for People with Disabilities." This was the most extensive training ever put on in this state on how to properly accommodate people with visual, hearing, mobility, and cognitive disabilities in our courts and administrative hearing system. Lisa spoke on the legal basis for requiring an attorney as a reasonable accommodation when a person's disability prevents them from understanding the proceedings or putting on a case or defense. The CLE was co-sponsored by the Washington Protection and Advocacy Service.

Lisa Brodoff also spoke on December 5 at a WSBA CLE on new developments in the drafting of Mental Health Advance Directives, including its potential as a planning tool for people with Alzheimer's Disease.

Catherine O'Neill gave a presentation to the Washington State Attorney General's Office, Ecology Division, on Monday, December 4. Her talk was entitled "Environmental Justice in Washington State: Obligations and Opportunities.

Julie Shapiro made a presentation to the New England Fertility Society on December 5. It was entitled “Gay Men, Lesbians and Assisted Reproductive Technology: Old Questions, New Questions, No Answers.” The NEFS quarterly meeting was held in Boston, MA.

Elizabeth Townsend Gard’s law review article, "Unpublished Works in the Public Domain: The Opening of a New Frontier" was accepted for publication by the Journal for the Copyright Society of the U.S.A., and will appear in their Winter 2007 edition. She has also had her first piece in the unpublished public domain trilogy, "January 1, 2003: The Birth of the Unpublished Public Domain, and Its International Implications," published in November 2006 by Cardozo Arts and Entertainment Law Journal. A co-authored piece with Colette Vogele, "Podcasts in Corporations and Universities: Look Before You Leap," appeared in the Journal of Internet Law in October 2006. As well, Elizabeth appeared on David Levine's "Hearsay Culture," a radio program out of Stanford University, as an hour-long guest in October. A podcast of the program can be found at iTunes. Elizabeth has also recently been notified that she will be giving a paper at Michigan's State's "What if..." conference in the Spring, where she will present a paper on "What If the "teacher exception" had been incorporated into the 1976 Copyright Act." Finally, Elizabeth was recently awarded a Justice Faculty Fellowship at the Center for the Study of Justice in Society at Seattle University to pursue research and be part of a group looking Global Bioethics as an Instrument of Social Justice with Annette Clark. She will focus on the "Doha Declaration," looking specifically at the intersection of patents, trade law, and health.

Laurel Oates and Anne Enquist recently published the second edition of their book, “Just Memos.” The new edition has new chapters, including an opening chapter designed to assist students in their transition from other forms of writing to legal writing. The second edition also has a more international emphasis so that it can be used by readers in other countries as well as the U.S. “Just Memos” is the fourth in the “Just” series that Oates and Enquist have co-authored. The other three are “Just Writing, Just Briefs, and Just Research.”

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