Faculty News

Compiled by: Moriah Blake

February 2008

Edwin Abuya, Laurel Oates, and Mimi Samuel sat on the closing plenary for the Global Legal Skills Conference III held at the Facultad Libre de Derecho de Monterrey in Monterrey, Mexico. The panel was entitled "After the Conference: Developing and Maintaining Connections Made at International Conferences."

Bob Boruchowitz wrote a short article called, “Enough is Enough! Defenders Act on Excessive Caseloads”, published in the NLADA Cornerstone January-April 2008 magazine.

Douglas Nash and Cecelia Burke were invited to participate in the U.S. Office of Hearings and Appeals National Judicial Training in Albuquerque, N.M on February 20 - 22, 2008. Mr. Nash spoke on the Institute’s estate planning projects and statistical outcomes in seven states. Ms. Burke presented estate planning drafting templates that comply with federal, tribal and state laws, as well as current U.S. legislative updates.

On February 26, Cecelia Burke was invited and gave a one hour plenary session presentation on the Institute for Indian Estate Planning and Probate’s work and outcomes in reducing fractionation of trust lands at the U.S. Office of Special Trustee, National Fiduciary Trust Officer Conference in Seattle.

Tayyab Mahmud will be part of a live program about the constitutional and political crisis in Pakistan on KUOW Public Radio 94.9 Seattle, on Tuesday, March 4, 2008, 9:00 -10:00 a.m.

Natasha Martin presented a faculty workshop at the William S. Boyd School of Law at the University of Las Vegas. The presentation was organized by Asst Dean for Faculty Development, Tayyab Mahmud, as part of the consortium for scholarly exchange.

Dean Testy and Professor McGee spoke to the Black Chamber of Commerce Conference February 23 on Seattle University's relevance to the development and growth business activity by people of color, and the challenge of gentrification to enterprises traditionally directed at ethnic minorities.

Tina Ching has recently published “Alaska Initiatives and Referenda” and “Arizona Initiatives and Referenda” in Legal Reference Services Quarterly, Vol. 26, No. 3/4 2007. The articles have been co-published simultaneously in Exploring Initiative and Referendum Law: Selected State Research Guides, published by the Haworth Press.

John McKay was a panelist on February 12, 2008, along with Senior Ninth Circuit Judge Stephen Trott at the Federal Bar Association of Los Angeles on the topic, “Politics & Prosecutors: Maintaining the Independence of Federal Prosecutors”. Professor McKay is also scheduled to present his article Train Wreck at the Justice Department: An Eyewitness Account to a consortium of student groups at Stanford Law School on March 12, 2008.

Kathleen Koch is participating as a member of a newly formed national advisory committee on loan forgiveness, chaired by Representative John Sarbanes (D-MD), a member of the House Committee on Education and Labor. He was the key player who obtained passage of the broad version of the loan forgiveness section of the College Cost Reduction and Access Act in the House and in the conference committee. He wants to remain an active player in the development of policy and in the implementation of forgiveness, particularly public service forgiveness. He designed the committee to him keep him directly informed and to give him suggestions as the process moves forward. After the second of three negotiated rulemaking sessions in Washington DC, Kathleen and a small core group of interested parties met with concerned members of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meaghuer & Flom to discuss the tax implications associated with the federal loan forgiveness programs. This committee will continue to research and work together to develop and request statutory or regulatory language to eliminate any tax burden the loan forgiveness may present to borrowers.

Bob Boruchowitz moderated a panel on Case Overload--Ethical and Political Considerations, at the American Bar Association Summit on Indigent Defense Improvement on February 8, in Los Angeles.

Ron Slye will be speaking this Wednesday night, February 13, at the opening night of the Seattle Human Rights Film Festival in connection with the film, New Year Baby, about Cambodia and a family that survived the Khmer Rouge atrocities. The film will be screened at 7 p.m. at Cinerama. More information about the film, and the festival, can be found at .

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