Faculty News

Compiled by: Leann Wagele

February 2006

David Boerner is among those named to a blue-ribbon committee charged with reviewing department policies of the King County Sheriff’s Department. The committee was created to assess the department's officer disciplinary and internal investigations systems.

Maggie Chon will be presenting “Development rhetoric and development potential of Free Trade Agreements” at a workshop on IPs, FTAs and Sustainable Development co-sponsored by the American University Washington College of Law and the Center for International Environmental Law in Washington D.C. The workshop will be attended by developing country negotiators and representatives from non-governmental organizations who are interested in preserving and maximizing the intellectual property policy space in free trade agreements.

Annette Clarks' article entitled “The Right to Die: The Broken Road from Quinlan to Schiavo” was just published in the Winter 2006 issue of the Loyola University Chicago Law Journal.

Carmen Gonzalez' review of Global Agricultural Trade and Developing Countries (World Bank 2004) has been selected for inclusion in the July edition of World Trade Review, a publication of Cambridge University Press. The book review was selected for publication from among hundreds of book reviews previously published on-line through New York University School of Law's European and Global Law Book Review project.

James Kushner presented a lecture and slide show, on February 24, 2006, entitled "New Urbanism in Europe" at Seattle University in a program sponsored by Futurewise and the Environmental Law Society of the law school. He will present a lecture and slideshow on German Social Housing in the courtroom for the German Department of Seattle University, Wednesday, March 1, 2006.

Julie Shapiro will be presenting at a CLE on February 28, 2006, sponsored by The Cardozo Society and Professional Advisory Roundtable of the Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle. The event is entitled, "Who is a Parent? Old Questions Need New Answers: Parenthood and Assisted Reproductive Technology". She will be looking at the way Assisted Reproductive Therapy raises new questions about parentage and some of the possible ways of answering them. She will discuss the reproductive technologies of today, the statutory influences on determining parentage and some puzzling cases in recent times.

Ada Shen-Jaffe was a presenter, on February 15, 2006, at the Wenatchee investiture of Judge Teresa Kulik. Judge Kulik is the first woman ever to be appointed to the Washington State Court of Appeals Division III in Spokane. She served as a civil legal aid lawyer early in her career, and then as a member of the Statewide Board of Directors of Evergreen Legal Services and Columbia Legal Services for over 2 decades. Judge Kulik was sworn in by State Supreme Court Justice Mary Fairhurst. Governor Chris Gregoire delivered the keynote speech.

Maggie Chon will be contributing a chapter tentatively entitled “Substantive Equality in TRIPS Implementation” to a book published by Oxford University Press on Strategies to Optimize Economic Development in a TRIPS-Plus Era, edited by Daniel Gervais. International intellectual property and trade scholars will respond to a fast-growing need in many countries, in particular in the developing world, (a) to better understand the linkages between intellectual property, trade rules & economic and social development and (b) to find new ways of implementing intellectual property rules and optimizing their effects.

David Skover will be speaking at the Annual Conference of the Association for the Study of Law, Culture, and the Humanities to be held in early March at Syracuse University. He and his co-author, Ron Collins, are the main speakers at a panel dedicated to discussion of the new edition of their book, The Death of Discourse, recently released by Carolina Academic Press. The topic of David's presentation is: "Our Huxleyan Dilemma: The Death of Discourse in Post-9/11 America."

James Kushner delivered a lecture and slide show, on Friday, February 3, entitled "Brownfield Redevelopment in the United States and Some Lessons from Europe," at the conference entitled "What Kind of Metropolitan Areas Do We Want: Challenges, Promises and Pitfalls in Redevelopment," sponsored by Georgia State Law School.

Audrey McFarlane presented a paper on "who fits the profile? Thoughts on Race and Class in Redevelopment: at the conference "What Kind of Metropolitan Areas Do We Want: Challenges, Promises and Pitfalls in Redevelopment," sponsored by Georgia State Law School.

Catherine O'Neill just published an article, The Perils of Risk Avoidance, in the winter 2006 volume of the journal Natural Resources and Environment.

Russ Powell will be speaking at a conference entitled, "All in the Family? Islam, Women, and Human Rights" at Emory Law School March 3rd and 4th. His presentation is entitled, "Caliph and Pope: A Proposal for Intercultural Dialogue on Sexual Equality and Social Justice".

Julie Shapiro was interviewed for the article, "Recognizing Permissible Prejudices" which is featured in the February 2006 issue of Women in HIgher Education.

David Skover recently spoke at Seattle University to colleagues from the undergraduate and graduate departments on "The Art of Good Lecturing."

Jan Ainsworth spoke at a CLE entitled “Ethics and the Fact-finding Trial” sponsored by the Washington Defender Association on Dec. 16, 2005. At AALS, she was elected to the Law and Anthropology Section’s executive committee, and continues her appointment to the Criminal Justice Section executive committee. Her article, “On Academic Discrimination,” was just published by the Cardozo Women’s Law Journal in their symposium “Innate Differences: Responses to the Remarks by Lawrence H. Summers.” She has finished an article, “Linguistics as a Knowledge Domain in the Law,” which will appear in the symposium on “Law and Science” to be published by the Drake Law Review and sponsored by the American Judicature Society. Professor Ainsworth also finished a book chapter, “Children and Criminal Procedure,” to appear in the Chicago Companion to the Child, edited by Richard Shweder and to be published by the University of Chicago Press.

Maggie Chon will be presenting at a conference on Free trade agreements, IP and Development, which will be held at American University WCL later this month.

Carmen Gonzalez has been invited to serve as a Visiting Professor in Nanjing, China, at the Hopkins-Nanjing Center for Chinese and American Studies – a joint program administered by Nanjing University and the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies. Prof. Gonzalez will be teaching International Environmental Law and Torts to Chinese graduate students. She will be in China during Spring 2007. During Fall 2006, Prof. Gonzalez will be a visiting fellow at Cambridge University in the U.K.

Jack Kirkwood will speak at a conference in Washington, D.C. on the Antitrust Modernization Commission, the commission President Bush created to recommend changes in the antitrust laws. The conference, sponsored by the Antitrust Section of the ABA, will be held at the Georgetown University Law Center on June 8 and 9 and is currently titled: “The Antitrust Modernization Commission at Mid-Course: Is There Common Ground on Whether and How the Antitrust Laws Should be ‘Modernized’?” Professor Kirkwood, who chaired the American Antitrust Institute Working Group on the Robinson-Patman Act and who drafted its comments to the Modernization Commission, will participate in the panel devoted to the Robinson-Patman Act.

Mark Reutlinger is one of the editors-in-chief of the Washington Estate Planning Deskbook and the Washington Probate Deskbook, published by the State Bar. The other editors-in-chief are John Price, Professor Emeritus at the University of Washington School of Law, and Tom Andrews, Professor of Law at UW.

Julie Shapiro was quoted in the following article that ran in the Seattle Times, Upcoming gay-marriage ruling now takes center stage in state, on January 28. A full version of the article can be found on the Seattle Times Web site.

David Skover was a panelist on “The New Supreme Court” at the Federal Practice conference in December of 2005. His speech was entitled “The Future Is Not the Present: The New Supreme Court Doctrines.” Moreover, Professor Skover recently completed an article (co-authored with Ronald Collins), “Curious Concurrence: Justice Brandeis’ Vote in Whitney v. California,” has been accepted for publication by The Supreme Court Review, to be issued in mid-May of 2006.

Ron Slye and Christian Halliburton will be speaking on a panel, “Detentions, Torture, and the Law” at the ACLU of Washington’s Annual Membership Conference on Saturday, February 11th, at the University of Washington’s Kane Hall.

Ron Slye's recent publications include “Refugee Jurisprudence, Crimes Against Humanity, and Customary International Law” was published in Anne Bayefsky, ed., Human Rights and Refugees, Internally Displaced Persons and Migrant Workers: Essays in Memory of Joan Fitzpatrick and Arthur Helton (Martinus Nijhoff Publishers, 2006); “The Cambodian Amnesties: Beneficiaries and the Temporal Reach of Amnesties for Gross Violations of Human Rights,” in Jaya Ramji and Beth van Schaack, Bringing the Khmer Rouge to Justice: Prosecuting Mass Violence before the Cambodian Courts (The Edwin Mellen Press, 2005).

Ahoua Kone has been appointed by our governor to the Commission on African American Affairs. Her term begins January 16, 2006 and will expire November 20, 2007.

Joan Tierney co-authored the article “Addressing Self-Assessment Issues Before Beginning the Job Search,” in the January NALP Bulletin. As a member of the Career Path for Lawyers Committee, Joan will present a program “Helping Students and Alumni Choose a Career Path” at NALP’s Annual Education Conference in April along with Amine Seifert, Wake Forest University School of Law and Beth Hansen, BYU Law School.

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