Faculty News

Fall 2009

Associate Professor Bryan Adamson's article, The Muslim Manchurian Candidate: Barack Obama, Rumors, and Quotidian Hermeneutics, has been accepted for publication by St. John's Journal of Legal Commentary. Professor Adamson also made two presentations during the May 2009 AALS Section on Clinical Legal Education Conference, held in Cleveland. He addressed Clinical Directors on "Making the Most of the Carnegie and Best Practices Reports," and, at the New Clinicians Conference, presented "Allowing for Student Learning Through Reflection on Culture." He was also a co-discussant at LatCrit XIV Junior Faculty Development Workshop (co-sponsored by SALT), addressing ways in which professors may become involved in activities outside the classroom and in furtherance of their teaching and scholarship.

Assistant Professor Deborah Ahrens gave a presentation "Thinking Outside the Cell," in a panel on the future of United States drug policy at the Southeastern Association of Law Schools conference (August 2009). Deborah Ahrens' article, Methademic: Drug Panic in an Age of Ambivalence, has been accepted for publication by the Florida State University Law Review.

Professors Deborah Ahrens, Heidi Bond, Brooke Coleman, Jack Kirkwood, Evan Nordby (adjunct professor) and Andrew Siegel conducted a CLE, "What to Watch for at the Supreme Court," on Friday, October 2, 2009. The program offered a preview of the upcoming Supreme Court term, with each participant highlighting important matters pending before the Supreme Court in his or her area of academic expertise. CLE Director Roxanne Mennes reports that 51 registrants were in attendance and that course evaluations were stellar.

John D. Eshelman Professor Janet Ainsworth had two pieces published this June: (1) The Social Meaning of Apology, in Paul Robinson, Stephen Garvey, & Kimberly Ferzan., eds., CRIMINAL LAW CONVERSATIONS, Oxford University Press; and (2) 'We Have Met the Enemy and He is Us': Cognitive Bias and Perceptions of Threat, in Stephen Garvey et al., eds., CRIMINAL LAW CONVERSATIONS, Oxford University Press. Professor Ainsworth expects a third piece, Curtailing Coercion in Police Interrogation: The Failed Promise of Miranda v. Arizona, in Malcolm Coulthard and Alison Johnson, eds., HANDBOOK OF FORENSIC LINGUISTICS, Routledge Press, to be published later this summer. Professor Ainsworth chaired, and was a discussant on, the panel, "Interpretation and the Supreme Court" at the Law and Society Association Annual Meeting, Chair and discussant of panel (Denver, May 2009). In a separate panel, she also presented her paper, Linguistic Ideology versus Linguistic Practice: The Cognitive and Cultural Challenge of Code-Switching to English-Only Rules in the Workplace. Professor Ainsworth presented commentary at a symposium held at Tennessee College of Law (March 2009). The commentary, titled "Making the Impossible Possible or Making Impossibility Palatable and How to Know the Difference," will be published in the Tennessee Journal of Law and Policy in the Winter 2009 issue. She was a signatory on, and assisted in drafting an amicus curiae brief on petition for writ of certiorari to the United States Supreme Court in Padilla v. Kentucky (2009). Professor Ainsworth also assisted in drafting an amicus curiae brief in appeal to the United States Supreme Court in Flores-Figueroa v. United States. Professor Ainsworth's piece, A Lawyer's Perspective: Ethical, Technical, and Practical Considerations Lawyers Face in Using Linguistic Experts, has been accepted for publication by the INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF SPEECH LANGUAGE AND LAW (Vol 16, no. 2, forthcoming 2010). She gave three presentations: (1) a paper, The Cognitive and Cultural Challenge of Code-Switching to English-Only Rules in the American Workplace, at a conference on Linguistic Ideology versus Linguistic Practice (Amsterdam, Vrije Universiteit, July 2009); (2) a plenary address entitled, "Linguistic Ideology in the Law in Action: The Law's Construction of Bilingualism," at the Fourth Conference on Translation, Interpreting and Comparative Legi-Linguistics, (Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznań Poland, July 2009); and (3) a paper, Linguistic Ideology in the Workplace: bvA Comparative Look at EU and US Law, at a conference on Researching Language and the Law: Intercultural Perspectives, sponsored by CERLIS--Centro di Ricerca sui Linguaggi Specialistici (University of Bergamo, June 2009). Professor Ainsworth published a short piece in THE CHILD: AN ENCYCLOPEDIC COMPANION, (ed. Richard Shweder, University of Chicago Press). She also delivered a paper, "Explorations of Courtroom Discourse: Expert Testimony in American Courts," at the 24th World Congress of the International Association for the Philosophy of Law held in Beijing China (September 2009). A synopsis of the paper has been published in the conference proceedings volume. Janet Ainsworth organized and chaired the West Coast Roundtable on Language and Law, held at the Law School on September 25, 2009, at which professors of law and of linguistics from schools including as Georgetown, Duke, Loyola of Los Angeles, and the University of Dusseldorf exchanged data analyses and discussed works in progress. Professor  Ainsworth has been invited to join the Editorial Board of the International Journal of Law and Semiotics.

Distinguished Jurist in Residence Robert Alsdorf has been appointed chair of the ABA's Africa Law Initiative Council for 2009-2010. Judge Alsdorf's article, Judicial Elections -- A Personal View, was accepted for publication in AportesDPLF (Revista de la Fundacion para el Debido Proceso Legal (DPLF), a Spanish language publication of the Due Process of Law Foundation in Washington, D.C. Judge Alsdorf also published a brief piece called "International Judicial Affairs" in the International Lawyer, Vol. 43, No. 2.

Assistant Professor Tom Antkowiak and two of his clinic students presented oral arguments before the Inter-American Court of Human Rights on July 3.  Clinical Professor Raven Lidman helped prepare the team members and accompanied them to Costa Rica. Subsequently, Professor Antkowiak negotiated an agreement with the Court's President that, among other things, establishes internship opportunities for SU law students. Professor Antkowiak also had a conference presentation, entitled Un modelo innovador en materia de reparaciones: El esquema de la Corte Interamericana de Derechos Humanos ("An Innovative Reparations Model: The Scheme of the Inter-American Court of Human Rights"), which was published in El Derecho, the legal journal of the Catholic University of Argentina. El Derecho is available in print and online at www.elderecho.com.ar.

Assistant Professor Tom Antkowiak and Associate Professor Russ Powell, along with Fr. Frank Case, formed the Law School contingent at the Western Conversations conference, held at Seattle University and sponsored by the Office of Mission and Ministry. They were joined by five other Seattle University representatives. The conference is an annual event dedicated to the discussion of themes relevant to the mission of the six Jesuit universities in the western United States - Regis University (Denver), Loyola Marymount University (Los Angeles), Santa Clara University, the University of San Francisco, Gonzaga University, and Seattle University. This year's theme was the relation between the mission theme of faith doing justice and dialog with culture. (October 16 - 18, 2009)

Professor Joaquin Avila, Executive Director of the National Voting Rights Advocacy Initiative and Distinguished Practitioner in Residence, attended a conference, Fair Redistricting 2010: Planning for a Community Census and Redistricting Institute, in Atlanta, Georgia. Professor Avila is a member of a planning group that is seeking, among other activities, to establish an organizational resource to assist in the training of political scientists who can conduct statistical analyses of elections to determine whether they are characterized by racially polarized voting. At the conference, he provided information regarding the Law School's voting rights initiative and participated in various discussions related to upcoming issues affecting redistricting of congressional, state legislative and local government election districts. Professor Avila was also recently profiled in Hispanic Link Weekly Report, one of the most widely circulated Latino news oriented publications in the country. The article describes the establishment of the Initiative at the law school. In addition, Hispanic Link published a column written by Professor Avila, titled "Joaquin Avila Fast-Forwards to 2012, Redistricting Decisions Influence Latino Power." Hispanic Link Weekly Report (August 3, 2009).

At the Northwest Regional Legal Writing Conference, co-sponsored by Lewis & Clark Law School and the University of Oregon Law School (August 2009): Professors Lori Bannai and Mimi Samuel gave a presentation, "Positive Critiquing: A Contradiction in Terms?" Professor Connie Krontz gave a presentation, "Teaching Students to Transition from Fact-Based to Principle-Based Analogies."

Professor from Practice Bob Boruchowitz's report on misdemeanor crimes, "Minor Crimes, Massive Waste," was featured in an article in the Seattle Times (April 2009). Professor Boruchowitz also participated in the first American Bar Association Criminal Justice Congress in Washington, D.C. He attended the Soros Justice Fellowships Conference in Chicago, and made a presentation on No Minor Injustice--Representation in Misdemeanor Cases. He also attended a meeting in D.C. of the American Council of Chief Defenders with Attorney General Eric Holder and several of his top staff on issues relating to public defense improvement. Professor Boruchowitz moderated a panel on September 10, 2009, at the Washington State Bar Criminal Justice Institute on the topic, "Can Criminal Justice Still be Served with Lessening Financial Support?" He also wrote an article for the King County Bar Bulletin about the 40th anniversary of The Defender Association. Most noteably, he helped organize the first Criminal Justice Summit meeting of this fall, held at the Law School on October 1, 2009. Dean Clark welcomed about two dozen criminal justice system professionals, government representatives, professors, and students to a discussion of needed reforms in the context of major budget challenges. Professor Boruchowitz also spoke at The Defender Association's 40th Anniversary Gala on October 21, 2009; at the Interaction Transition meeting on October 22, 2009, on "Hope Beyond Prison--Long-term Confinement, Clemency, and Offender Reentry"; and on the Dave Ross Show on KIRO Radio on October 22, 2009, on the insanity defense.

Associate Professor of Lawyering Skills Deirdre Bowen contributed a chapter, titled The Evolution of Affirmative Action in the United States, to AFFIRMATIVE ACTION: A LEGAL ANALYSIS, which will be published in November in Brazil. The book contains chapters from major legal contributors in Brazil on the issue of affirmative action. Professor Bowen presented her forthcoming article, Brilliant Disguise: A Social Experiment Banning Affirmative Action, at the Seminario Internacional Directos Humanos, Politicas Publicas e Relatcoes Raciais: Brasil & EUA. Also, her article, Learning from Others: Preparing for the Aftermath of Post-Affirmative Action will be published in the August issue of Nebraska Lawyer. Professor Bowen presented another of her papers, Operating on the Margins: Three Parent Families Inside and Outside of the Law, at the LatCrit Conference in Washington, D.C., on October 2, 2009. Professor Bowen also presented her article, Brilliant Disguise: An Empirical Analysis of a Social Experiment Banning Affirmative Action, at the National Institute of Health in Bethesda, Maryland, on October 2, 2009.

Associate Professor of Lawyering Skills Mary Bowman's article, Truth or Consequences: Self-Incriminating Statements and Informant Veracity, has been accepted for publication in the winter issue of the New Mexico Law Review. Professo Bowman also gave a presentation, titled "Energizing Students (and Faculty) Via Social Justice Collaborations," at the Central States Legal Writing Conference, hosted by Marquette Law School (October 10, 2009).

Ronald A. Peterson Law Clinic Director and Clinical Professor Lisa Brodoff's forthcoming article, Planning for Alzheimer's Disease with Mental Health Advance Directives was among the top ten Elder Law Studies papers downloaded on SSRN.

Distinguished Scholar in Residence Patrick Brown gave a presentation, "History, Law, and Functional Collaboration," at a conference on Functional Collaboration in Halifax, Nova Scotia the week of July 6th.

Reference Librarian Tina Ching gave a presentation at the American Association of Law Libraries Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C. The program, "Making Your ILS Web 2.0 Happy," included panelists from across the country. She discussed how the library utilized web 2.0 strategies to enhance the law library website and catalog.

Margaret Chon, Associate Dean for Research and Centers and the Donald and Linda Horowitz Professor for the Pursuit of Justice, presented her article, Marks of Rectitude, at the first annual workshop of the International Society for the History and Theory of Intellectual Property at the Universita Bocconi (Milan, June 2009). She also concluded a two week course on International Copyright Law with the Munich Intellectual Property Law Center, a consortium of the Max Planck Institute for Intellectual Property, Competition and Tax Law, the University of Augsburg, the Technische Universität München, and the George Washington University Law School in Washington, D.C. Professor Chon was a panelist on Security-Based Ethnic Profiling as part of a series sponsored by the Center for the Study of Ethics & Human Values at Washington University in St. Louis, on October 8, 2009. She also gave a talk on certification marks and fair trade to the Intellectual Property Law Society at Washington University Law School the following day. Professor Chon attended the inaugural meeting of the Seattle Intellectual Property American Inn of Court as a Master of the Bar, at the invitation of Judge James Donoghue of the U.S. District Court of the Western District of Washington, as well as three other founding members. Professor Chon, along with her four co-authors, received a $25,000 grant from the California Civil Liberties Public Education Program (CCLPEP), to complete the second edition of their textbook, RACE, RIGHTS AND REPARATION: LAW AND THE JAPANESE AMERICAN INTERNMENT, (Wolters Kluwer Law and Business/Aspen Publishers).

Interim Dean and Associate Professor Annette Clark spoke at the United States Military Academy at West Point as part of West Point's National Conference on Ethics in America. The title of her remarks was "Bioethics for the Twenty-First Century," and the audience members were military cadets and undergraduates from colleges across the country. (October 20, 2009)

Professors Ronald Collins and David Skover have signed a contract with the Cambrige University Press for the future publication of Dissent.

University Professor Richard Delgado's article, The Law of the Noose, A History of Latino Lynching, was published in Harvard Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review. The Harvard Latino Law Review published a symposium issue on Richard Delgado's new casebook, LATINOS AND THE LAW: CASES AND MATERIAL, co-authored with Juan Perea and Research Professor Jean Stefancic. Featuring articles by Michael Olivas, Rodolfo Acuna, Gerald Lopez, Kevin Johnson and Keith Aoki, Cristina Rodriguez, and Leticia Saucedo, the issue discusses trends in legal scholarship affecting Latinos, and casebooks in particular. The Boulder (CO) Daily Camera published Professor Delgado's op-ed article, Immunity and the Ward Churchill Case (July 14, 2009). The Chronicle of Higher Education quoted Professor Delgado in an article by Peter Schmidt entitled Beyond Henry Louis Gates: Many Scholars Find Inspiration in Discrimination (August 4, 2009). Diverse Issues in Higher Education quoted Professor Delgado in an article by Karen Branch-Brioso (April 16, 2009) titled Expanding the Conversation: Hispanic Law Reviews Provide an Outlet to Address Latino Issues Overlooked by Other Law Reviews. The National Review, in an article by John Derbyshire titled The Husks of Dead Theories (April 24, 2009) cited Professor Delgado's book THE COMING RACE WAR: AND OTHER APOCALYPTIC TALES OF AMERICA AFTER AFFIRMATIVE ACTION AND WELFARE (NYU Press) as an example of the socially pernicious work liberals have been producing. Richard Delgado's article, Liberal McCarthyism and the Origins of Critical Race Theory, has been published in the Iowa Law Review. In the article, Professor Delgado applies interest convergence and revisionist history to explain why critical race theory developed when it did. His essay, Rodrigo's Portent: California and the Coming Neocolonial Order has been accepted for publication by the Washington University (St. Louis) Law Review. The essay analyzes recent developments in California, and concludes that race and class competition do not fully explain the unrest taking place there. Rather, the efforts of a shrinking population of powerful and wealthy whites to hold the line against growing numbers of minorities and immigrants evoke colonial empires of former years. Professor Delgado published a book review, Rodrigo's Homily: Storytelling, Elite Self-Interest, and Legal Change, in the Oregon Law Review. He also published The New Nativism: Proposition 187 and the Debate over Immigration, in Aztlan: A Journal of Chicano Studies.

Associate Professor Sid Delong gave a presentation on the use of contract penalty clauses to regulate behavior in intimate relationships at the Law and Society Association Annual Meeting, (Denver, May 2009).

As advisor to the undergraduate group, Global Law Brigades, Associate Professor of Lawyering Skills Janet Dickson, led a group of eight students from Seattle University and the University of Washington to the Canal Zone of Panama. The group lived in the jungle with an indigenous tribe, the Emberá Drua, while working with a Panamanian attorney to help the tribe establish NGO status. The group also worked with the tribal youth to encourage them to accept leadership responsibilities within the community. Global Law Brigades is the 2009 winner of the Seattle University, Living Mission Award.

Distinguished Practitioner in Residence Eric Eberhard was selected for Best Lawyers in America, and was also rated as "outstanding" and in the top band of Indian gaming attorneys by Chambers USA.

Professor of Lawyering Skills and Associate Director of the Legal Writing Program Anne Enquist was a plenary speaker at the AALS Beginning Legal Writing Teachers Workshop in Washington, D.C. Her talk "Finding Your Voice in the Legal Academy" focused in writing and publishing legal scholarship. Two of Anne Enquists's previously published articles, Critiquing and Evaluating Law Students' Writing: Advice from Thirty-Five Experts and Critiquing Law Students' Writing: What the Students Say Is Effective have been included in The Art of Critiquing Written Work, the inaugural volume of a new monograph series published by the Legal Writing Institute. The monograph series will be available electronically on the Legal Writing Institute website at http://www.lwionline.org/monograph.html.

Professors Anne Enquist, Laurel Oates, and Mimi Samuel made a presentation, "Outsourcing of Legal Research and Writing: Practicing in a Global Legal Community," at the Global Legal Skills conference hosted by Georgetown Law School. They have continued the dialog about legal outsourcing begun at the Georgetown conference on the SeattleUlawfaculty blog, Cases and Controversies.

Professor Jeffrey Ferriell (visiting from Capital Law School) published the second edition of UNDERSTANDING CONTRACTS (LexisNexis 2009).

Senior Faculty Fellow with the Center for Global Justice Thomas Fischer's new book, What's Wrong with "Globalization"!?, was published by the Carolina Academic Press.

Associate Professor Carmen Gonzalez gave a presentation at the LatCrit conference titled, "Squatters, Pirates, and Entrepreneurs: Is Informality the Solution to the Urban Housing Crisis?" Professor Gonzalez presented a critique of the work of Hernando de Soto using Bogota, Colombia as a case study.

Associate Professor Christian Halliburton gave a CLE presentation, "Tinker, Student Speech, and Technology," on September 1 at the invitation of the Washington ACLU, and in coordination with the ACLU Student Chapter at the Law School.

Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Associate Professor Paul Holland's work in progress, Developing Reflective Practitioners in Problem-Solving Courts, has been selected for publication by the Washington University Journal of Law and Policy. It will be published in a special issue containing articles presented at a roundtable to be held this November, titled "New Directions in ADR and Clinical Education Theory, Teaching, and Practice."

Associate Dean for Faculty Development and Associate Professor Lily Kahng's article, One Is the Loneliest Number: The Single Taxpayer in a Joint Return World, has been accepted for publication by the Hastings Law Journal. The article was profiled on TaxProf Blog (May 2009). An excerpt of Professor Kahng's article, Innocent Spouses: A Critique of the New Laws Governing Joint and Several Tax Liability, has been published in Critical TAX THEORY: AN INTRODUCTION (Anthony C. Infanti & Bridget J. Crawford, eds.) (Cambridge University Press 2009). Along with presenting her paper, Investment Income Withholding in the United States and Germany, at an International Tax Symposium held at the University of Florida Law School (September 11, 2009), the paper has also been accepted for publication by the Florida Tax Review. Professor Kahng presented commentary on USC Law School Professor Ed Kleinbard's paper, An American Dual Income Tax, at the Loyola (LA) Tax Colloquium (October 12, 2009).

Assistant Professor Won Kidane's article, The Terrorism Bar to Asylum in the US, UK, Canada and Australia has been accepted for publication by the Fordham International Law Journal. Professor Kidane's article, The Alienage Spectrum Disorder, has been accepted for publication in the spring issue of the Berkeley La Raza Law Journal.

LAW AND ECONOMICS: TOWARD SOCIAL JUSTICE, Volume 24 of the book series edited by Richard Zerbe of UW and Associate Dean for Faculty Development and Associate Professor Jack Kirkwood, Research in Law and Economics, has been published. The volume includes papers presented at a 2006 symposium held by the Center on Corporations, Law & Society, and was edited by Dana Gold, former director of the center. It contains articles on a wide range of legal and economic issues by a distinguished group of contributors. including William Bratton, Devon Carbado & Mitu Gulati, June Carbone & Naomi Cahn, Claire Moore Dickerson, Thomas Joo, Kent Greenfield, Daniel Greenwood, David Millon, Robin Malloy, and Cheryl Wade. Professor Kirkwood prepared a detailed outline for and spoke at the 2009 Sports Law CLE, "The Business of Sports," which was offered to benefit The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. His presentation was titled "Antitrust and Sports: When Does Collusion Benefit Sports Fans?" Professor Kirkwood also joined an amicus brief of antitrust law and economics professors in support of the Google books settlement. Written by Einer Elhauge of Harvard Law School and signed by 31 other professors, the brief argued that the settlement was procompetitive. He has been invited to contribute an article to a symposium issue of the Antitrust Bulletin. The issue, titled "Antitrust Analysis of Resale Price Maintenance After Leegin," will contain articles by several of the leading legal and economic authorities on vertical restraints. The invitation grew out of Professor Kirkwood's work on comments submitted to the European Commission on behalf of the American Antitrust Institute (see below). He  submitted comments to the European Commission on behalf of the American Antitrust Institute. The comments focus on resale price maintenance (which manufacturers can use to prevent retailers from discounting their products) and endorse the Commission's view that the practice is presumptively illegal.

Tayyab Mahmud, Professor and Director of the Center for Global Justice, accepted an invitation to contribute a review article on the topic, "Pakistani Supreme Court in Crisis," to Volume 7 of the Annual Review of Law and Social Science, to be published in December 2011. Professor Mahmud has also been appointed to the International Activities Committee of the Law & Society Association. This Committee develops programs that focus on non-U.S. members of the Association and promote greater awareness of comparative and transnational scholarship. The Committee also explores creative ways in which the Association can work to attract, serve, and learn from non-US scholars. Professor Mahmud will be one of the speakers in the keynote address at Seattle University's New Student Academic Convocation on Monday, September 21, 2009. The theme of the address is "What Unique Contributions Can Religion Offer to Make a More Just and Humane World?" He moderated a panel on "International and Comparative Perspectives: Race, Sex, Trade & Terror" at the LatCrit conference in Washington, D.C. Professor Mahmud also made a presentation about the roles of Associate Deans for Research and Directors of Centers at SALT-LatCrit Junior Faculty Development Workshop. Professor Mahmud presented a paper, Exception as the Rule: Legal and Political Challenges Posed by Extra-Constitutional Regimes, at the 38th Annual Conference on South Asia at the University of Wisconsin. (October 23, 2009)

Associate Professor Natasha Martin's article, Pretext in Peril, has been accepted for publication by the Missouri (Columbia) Law Review. The article will be the centerpiece of a colloquium that will include responses and commentary by several prominent employment discrimination scholars. Professor Martin chaired the 2009 Lutie A. Lytle Black Women Law Faculty Writing Workshop, held at the Law School on June 25 - 28. She organized the entire program, which included scholarly presentations by approximately 40 attendees, and also presented her work in progress, Caricature, Race and the Myth of Post-Racialism in America. Professor Martin also gave a presentation at the conference, Equity in the Workplace: 25 Years After the Abella Report, held at the University of Western Ontario, Faculty of Law. The conference celebrated the Royal Commission Report that resulted in affirmative action in employment in Canada. In her presentation, "Affirmative Action in America: The Diversity Defense Meets Post-Racialism," Professor Martin provided a comparative perspective on the state of equity in employment in the United States. Her panel also included Michael Stein of Harvard Law School and Harish Jain of McMaster University. (October 30-31, 2009). Professor Martin gave a lecture at Michigan Law School, titled "OMG, You Look GR8!: Textual Harassment and Employer Responsibility under Title VII." Her lecture focused on the evolving nature of workplace discrimination through the use of text messaging, social networking, and other related forms of cyberstalking. (October 29, 2009)

Professor Hank McGee was the keynote speaker at the day-long Seattle 2009 Race Conference, sponsored by the City of Seattle Office for Civil Rights. His address was entitled "From Central City to Inner-Suburbs: Portland, San Francisco and Seattle and their Exiled African American Communities." Some four hundred persons were in attendance. (October 23, 2009)

Professor John Mitchell's text (with Rick Barron) EVIDENCE, LEXISNEXIS SKILLS AND VALUES SERIES (2009) has been released. The book contains a series of advocacy situations correlated to seventeen particular issues in substantive evidence. Professor Mitchell's book, UNDERSTANDING ASSISTED SUICIDE (2007) was reviewed by Reggie Duling, 301 (18) Journal of the American Medical Association 1937 (2009): "Understanding Assisted Suicide will be appreciated by readers not familiar with many of the intricacies of this issue as well as by those who have given the issue years of serious thought.... [The book] is a concise, well-written, captivating, thought-provoking guide to this important issue-I highly recommend it."

Professors Laural Oates and Mimi Samuel organized and hosted the Conference on Promoting the Teaching of Legal Writing in Southern Africa at the University of Pretoria. The conference, which was the first legal writing conference to be held in South Africa, was attended by 65 South African academics, attorneys, and magistrates, and 20 U.S. participants representing 18 law schools. Professor Samuel presented a plenary session on Models for Teaching Legal Writing and a workshop on Writing Concisely; Professor Oates presented sessions on Writing Persuasively and Writing to Learn.

Associate Professor Catherine O'Neill was interviewed for an article on mercury in West Virginia's waters, published in the Charleston Gazette and aired on West Virginia Public Broadcasting (June 2009). Professor O'Neill was featured as an expert on the hazards (mercury, dioxins and PCBs) of local fishing for food in tough economic times in Michigan, on The Michigan Talk Network show, Michael Patrick Shiels in the Morning, on Friday, July 31, and in New York, on WNYC's, The Leonard Lopate Show, on Wednesday, July 29. The Michigan segment can be heard at http://www.michigantalknetwork.com/mps/new/podcasts.html. The second edition of the coursebook, ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE: LAW, POLICY & REGULATION, authored by Professor O'Neill together with Clifford Rechtschaffen and Eileen Gauna, has been published.

Associate Professor Rafael Pardo has been selected to serve as one of the two Academic Members on the Editorial Advisory Board of the American Bankruptcy Law Journal (ABLJ), for a three-year term commencing January 1, 2010. The ABLJ is a peer-reviewed journal that is published by the National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges. As an Editorial Advisory Board Member, Professor Pardo will provide advice with respect to editorial matters and provide peer review of manuscripts that have been submitted for publication. Professor Pardo presented his paper, Reconceptualizing Present-Value Analysis in Consumer Bankruptcy, at the Emory Law School Faculty Colloquium on September 9, 2009. He made a separate presentation of the paper to the student members of the Emory Bankruptcy Developments Journal. The paper has also been selected for presentation at the Annual Meeting of the Midwestern Law and Economics Association, which will be held on October 9-10, 2009, at the Notre Dame Law School. Professor Pardo has also filed an amicus brief in United Student Aid Funds, Inc. v. Espinosa (No. 08-1134), a case currently pending before the U.S. Supreme Court that involves the discharge of student loans in bankruptcy (September 3, 2009). He has been invited by the U.S. House Judiciary Committee's Subcommittee on Commercial and Administrative Law to testify on September 23, 2009, at its hearing on "Undue Hardship? Discharging Educational Debt in Bankruptcy." Professor Pardo's testimony before the U.S. House Judiciary Committee's Subcommittee on Commercial and Administrative Law was featured in Inside Higher Education, "Rethinking Bankruptcy and Student Loans" (Sept. 24, 2009). His testimony can be viewed at: http://judiciary.house.gov/hearings/hear_090923_1.html beginning at 1:16.49.

Kara Phillips, Associate Director/Collection Development Librarian, participated in the China-United States Conference on Legal Information and Law Libraries in Beijing, China in May. The Conference provided a venue for Chinese and American participants to exchange information regarding legal research, legal information management, information access, professional development and formation of professional associations. Ms. Phillips is a member of the Conference Planning Steering Committee and Co-Chair of the Translation and Publication Committee. Ms. Phillips has also been appointed a member of the American Executive Board (AEB) of the Chinese - American Forum on Legal Information and Law Libraries (CAFLL). CAFLL was established to develop a mutual and long-term relationship between legal information institutions of the People's Republic of China (PRC) and the United States of America (USA) and to promote, plan and coordinate legal information and law library exchange activities between the two countries. Kara Phillips and Barbara Swatt Engstrom moderated a presentation, "Cancellation: Stories from the Chopping Block," at the Western Pacific Chapter of the American Association of Law Libraries Conference in Victoria, Canada. The program covered best practices for library cancellation projects in light of institutional budget cuts.

Associate Professor Russ Powell delivered two public lectures on September 17, 2009, at Loyola University Chicago as part of the "Catholic Minds, Catholic Matters Lecture Series." The first, at the law and business schools and titled "Zakat: Drawing Insights for Catholic Legal Thinking From Islamic Jurisprudence on Tax Theory and Economic Policy" was based on his forthcoming article in the Pittsburgh Tax Review. The second, titled "Paths to Muslim-Christian Dialogue: The Role of Forgiveness in Islamic Jurisprudence" was delivered on the main university campus. Russ Powell gave a public lecture in Seattle, titled "Models for Economic Justice in Islamic Jurisprudence," at the invitation of the Acacia Foundation (October 8, 2009).

Chris Rideout, Professor of Lawyering Skills and Associate Director of the Legal Writing Program, presented a paper at the Applied Legal Storytelling Conference titled Aristotle Meets Sherlock Holmes: Truth, Probability, and Narrative Coherence, in July 2009. Professor Rideout was a mentor for the Legal Writing Institute's Writer's Workshop, a scholarly writing workshop that the Institute sponsors each year (July 2009). His article Voice, Self, and Persona in Legal Writing, was published in Legal Writing: The Journal of the Legal Writing Institute (2009).

Associate Professor of Lawyering Skills Mimi Samuel gave a presentation, "Conducting Training Sessions for Legal Educators in Afghanistan," at the Central States Legal Writing Conference, hosted by Marquette Law School. She conducted a session on Effective Legal Writing as part of the Washington State Paralegal Association's CLE program.

Professor Julie Shapiro's book review, Surveying the Legal Landscape for Queer Parents in the United States (reviewing Professor Kim Richman's COURTING CHANGE: QUEER PARENTS, JUDGES, AND THE TRANSFORMATION OF AMERICAN LAW) will be published by GLQ: A Journal of Gay and Lesbian Studies.

David Skover, the Fred C. Tausend Professor, and his co-author, Ron Collins, recently signed a contract with Cambridge University Press for the publication of their next book project, DISSENT. They intend to interview distinguished American public intellectuals on the phenomenon of dissent and to write the full manuscript for the book during Professor Skover's upcoming sabbatical.

Professor Ron Slye published a piece in the online version of Foreign Policy magazine concerning the nomination of Harold Koh to be Legal Adviser to the US Department of State. He was also a featured speaker at a CLE called "Truth or Consequences: The Bush Administration and the Rule of Law," with Professor David Boerner and Justice Richard Sanders. Professor Slye was formally appointed by the President of Kenya as one of nine Commissioners for the Kenyan Truth, Justice, and Reconciliation Commission. He joins eight other Commissioners, six from Kenya and two other foreigners. The other two foreigners are a High Court judge from Zambia and a diplomat from Ethiopia, making Professor Slye the only non-African Commissioner. A recent Kenyan news article on the Commission can be found at: http://www.nation.co.ke/News/-/1056/628256/-/ul1oo3/-/index.html. Professor Slye also served as a moot court judge for the final round in Kigali, Rwanda, of the International Criminal Law moot court competition sponsored by the Kigali Bar Association and the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (September 2009).

Assistant Professor Dean Spade has been invited to deliver the James A. Thurber Lecture at Yale Law School next year. The lectureship was established in honor of Dean James A. Thomas '64, to provide for a lecture by a scholar whose work addresses the concerns of communities or groups currently marginalized within the legal academy or society at large. Professor Spade and his collaborator, Tyrone Boucher, are featured in the Utne Reader's annual "visionaries" issue for their blog about the personal politics of wealth redistribution, Enough (enoughenough.org). Professor Spade also spoke on two panels at the annual Lavender Law Conference on September 12, 2009, in New York City. One featured recipients of the Dukeminier Award, UCLA Law School's award for the best sexual orientation and gender identity law review articles, which Professor Spade won for his article, Documenting Gender, 59 Hastings L.J. 731 (2008). The second panel focused on Pedagogy in Sexuality and Gender Identity and Law Courses. On September 9, 2009, Professor Spade gave a talk at CUNY Law School titled "Trans Politics on a Neoliberal Landscape. He delivered the 7th Annual Matthew Shepard Lecture at Whitman College (Sept. 28, 2009)and also spoke on a panel about transgender imprisonment at the National Lawyer's Guild Conference (October 17, 2009). Professor Spade gave a keynote address, "Trans Politics: Beyond Law and Order," at the University of Alberta (Edmonton) Law Centre's Institute for Sexual Minorities Studies and Services. (October 23, 2009)

Assistant Professor Jane Stoever's article, Stories Absent from the Courtroom: Responding to Domestic Violence in the Context of HIV and AIDS, was published in the North Carolina Law Review. This article was also among the top ten Family Law (Sexuality) papers downloaded on SSRN during the two month period ending October 18. Professor Stoever gave a presentation, "Legal and Advocacy Responses to HIV-Related Domestic Violence," to members of the King County Coalition Against Domestic Violence (October 16, 2009).

Associate Professor John Strait made numerous ethics presentations in recent months including: Labor and Employment Lawyers Association (August 13, 2009); Washington State Bar Corporate Counsels Summer Annual CLE for Ethics; Washington State Bar Criminal Justice Institute (September 10, 2009); Society of Counsel for Retained Attorneys Annual Juvenile Lawyers Retreat (October 9, 2009).

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