Faculty News

January - March 2012

Janet Ainsworth, John D. Eshelman Professor

  • She recently published these items:  "The Construction of Admissions of Fault through American Rules of Evidence: Speech, Silence and Significance in the Legal Creation of Liability," in Anne Wagner and Le Cheng, eds. Exploring Courtroom Discourse: The Language of Power and Control (2011); "Review, Susan Berk-Seligson, Coerced Confessions: The Discourse of Bilingual Police Interrogations," 30 Multilingua 408 (2011); "Review, Roger W. Shuy, The Language of Defamation Cases," 25 International Journal for the Semiotics of Law 317 (2012); "Reflections on my Colleague, Tom Holdych," 35 Seattle U. L. Rev. ii (2012). 
  • She was named to the Editorial Advisory Boards of the "International Journal of Semiotics and Law" and to the "International Journal of Law, Language, and Discourse."

Lorraine Bannai, Professor of Lawyering Skills and Director of the Fred T. Korematsu Center for Law and Equality

  • Her article, "Gordon Hirabayashi: What the College Student, Client, and Professor Taught Us About Seeking Justice," appeared in the March 2012 issue of the Washington State Bar Association Bar News. The article reflects on Gordon Hirabayashi's life and cases, and highlights the work of the Korematsu Center as an example of work that moves his legacy forward. 
  • She testified on Feb. 29 before the Senate Judiciary Committee on the Due Process Guarantee Act, legislation introduced in response to the provisions of the National Defense Authorization Act that could be used to authorize the indefinite military detention of individuals suspected of terrorist activities.  Her testimony focused on the lessons of the Japanese American incarceration and was quoted on NPR's "All Things Considered."

Perry Bechky, Visiting Assistant Professor

  • He was invited to present a paper, "A Fissian View of Investor-State Arbitration," at the biennial conference of the Society of International Economic Law to be held this summer in Singapore.

Steven Bender, Professor

  • His forthcoming article "Gringo Alley" (UC Davis law review) made top 10 SSRN lists for Politics of Immigration, Public Policy, and Labor & Employment Law. 
  • His essay on International Drug Wars was approved for inclusion in the forthcoming "Oxford Encyclopedia of Latinos and Latinas in Contemporary Politics, Law, and Social Movements."
  • He was solicited to supply materials on Latino/a topics for the forthcoming Oxford Bibliographies Online.
  • His article "Faces of Immigration Reform," forthcoming in the Florida International University Law Review immigration symposium, was discussed on ImmigrationProf Blog on Feb. 3 as the Immigration Article of the Day.
  • He submitted an article, "En Paz Descanse: Remembering Keith Aoki's Contributions Toward Latina/o Equality," to the Oregon Law Review's symposium memorializing the late Professor Keith Aoki.

Marilyn Berger, Professor Emeritus, John Mitchell, William C. Oltman Professor of Teaching Excellence, and Ronald Clark, Distinguished Practitioner in Residence

  • They have completed and published the four volume set of advocacy texts comprising their comprehensive advocacy series with Wolters Kluwer (formerly Aspen): "Pretrial Advocacy: Planning Analysis and Strategy" (4th edition to be released spring 2013); "Trial Advocacy: Planning, Analysis, and Strategy" (3rd. ed.); "Trial Advocacy: Assignments and Case Files" (2nd. ed.); and "Evidence: Skills, Strategies, and Assignments for Pretrial and Trial." The final book in the set, "Evidence," has been very well received.

Robert Boruchowitz, Professor from Practice

  • He participated in a focus group on National Indigent Defense Reform hosted by the American Bar Association and the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers for the Justice Department in Washington, D.C. He also served as co-chair of the project that developed the focus group.
  • He helped organize a CLE conference for the Louisville, Kentucky Bar Association, titled "The Right to Counsel:  Why It's Important and How It Serves the Interests of all the Stakeholders in the Criminal Justice System."  He made two presentations:  "Right to Counsel-Everyday Practice and Procedure: The Nature of the Problem in Kentucky," and "Budget Crisis? How to save taxpayer money with misdemeanor diversion programs that safeguard the public, protect the rights of the accused, reduce recidivism and conserve limited resources."  This conference was supported by a grant from the Louisville Bar Foundation and planned with the Jefferson County Public Defender and the Kentucky Public Advocate.
  • He organized and hosted The Defender Initiative's Second Annual Conference on Public Defense, featuring keynote speaker Professor Bryan Stevenson, director of the Equal Justice Initiative. Professor Stevenson praised SU Law and the Korematsu Center and the Initiative for building an identity in fighting for justice. He spoke at the CLE on "Misdemeanor Right to Counsel-When will they ever learn?" The following day the Initiative welcomed a dozen public defense leaders from Washington and Oregon to a CLE featuring Associate Professor John Strait discussing ethical implications of complying with defender standards followed by a brainstorming session on improving public defense.

Mary Bowman, Associate Professor of Lawyering Skills

  • Her article, "Engaging First-Year Law Students Through Pro Bono Collaborations in Legal Writing," was accepted for publication in the Journal of Legal Education. It also made several Top Ten download lists from SSRN, including for the Legal Writing eJournal.
  • She was elected to the Executive Committee for the AALS Section on Legal Writing, Reasoning, and Research.

Mary Bowman, Associate Professor of Lawyering Skills, and Anne Enquist, Professor of Lawyering Skills and Associate Director of the Legal Writing Program

  • They were the Student Services Section luncheon speakers at the AALS National Meeting in Washington, D.C. Their presentation, titled "Gotta Love 'Em:  Our Multitasking, Facebook-Loving, Just-In-Time, Need-It-Now, Feeling Entitled Millennial Law Students," combined Professor Bowman's research on the millennial generation and Professor Enquist's research on multitasking.

Lisa Brodoff, Director, Ronald A. Peterson Law Clinic and Associate Professor

  • She spoke on a panel at the Seattle Public Library on "GLBT and Growing Older: Legal Issues in the Golden Years." This was a free public education program sponsored by QLAW, Legal Voice, Pride Foundation, and Lambda Legal. 
  • She was selected as a manuscript peer reviewer for the Social Service Review, the journal for the School of Social Service Administration at the University of Chicago.

Lisa Brodoff, Director, Ronald A. Peterson Law Clinic and Associate Professor, Mary Bowman, Associate Professor of Lawyering Skills, and Sara Rankin, Assistant Professor of Lawyering Skills

  • They gave the lead presentation, titled "We Have a Dream: The Integrated Future of Legal Writing and Clinical Education," at the AALS Section on Legal Writing, Reasoning, and Research in Washington, D.C.

Patrick Brown, Visiting Assistant Professor

  • He presented his paper, "The Establishment Clause, "the Wall of Separation," and the Dialectic of Secularization," at the Religious Legal Theory conference at Pepperdine University School of Law on February 25.  

Tina Ching, Electronic Services Librarian

  • She co-authored "Protecting Access One Entry At a Time: An Update on the National Inventory of Legal Materials" for VoxPopuLII, published by the Legal Information Institute (LII) at Cornell University Law School.

Tina Ching, Electronic Services Librarian, and Kelly Kunsch, Reference Librarian

  • They published a CALI lesson on Washington Legal Research - Secondary Resources.  

Brooke Coleman, Assistant Professor

  • Her essay "What If?: A Study of Seminal Cases as if Decided in a Twombly/Iqbal Regime" was accepted for publication in the University of Oregon's Symposium Edition honoring Arthur Miller ("Miller's Courts:  Media, Rules, Policy, and the Future of Access to Justice" in April 2012).  The essay will be featured along with other essays by authors including the Honorable Alex Kozinski, the Honorable Diarmuid O'Scannlain, Harvey Saferstein, Ed Cooper, Mary Kay Kane, Elizabeth Cabraser, and Alan Morrison.

Richard Delgado, University Professor

  • He spoke at Columbia Law School on the role of analogy in Thirteenth Amendment scholarship.  His talk was part of a day-long conference sponsored by Columbia Law Review, which plans to publish the papers in a fall 2012 issue.
  • His paper "Transcendence: Conservative Wealth and Intergenerational Succession" made SSRN's Top Ten download lists for Comparative Political Economy and Political Psychology.
  • He published "Recent Writing on Law and Happiness" in the latest issue of Iowa Law Review.
  • He was interviewed by Slate, Huffington Post, and the Tampa Bay Times on book-banning in Arizona or critical race theory as a formative experience for the young Barack Obama. 
  • His article, "Transcendence:  Conservative Wealth and Intergenerational Succession," was listed on SSRN's Top Ten download list for Public Economics: Publicly Provided Goods eJournal.

Richard Delgado, University Professor, and Jean Stefancic, Research Professor

  • They participated by Skype in a graduate-level education class at the University of Texas at Austin discussing critical race theory and book-banning in Arizona. They published essays in Academe.blog (AAUP) and Progressive.com on the bans and how they felt over having one of their books blacklisted by the Tucson School District along with William Shakespeare's "The Tempest;" Howard Zinn's "People's History of the United States;" Paulo Freire's "Pedagogy of the Oppressed;" and Rodolfo Acuna's "Occupied America: A History of Chicanos." Read more about the bans. They were also interviewed for a story on book-banning in Tucson, Arizona that appeared in The Huffington Post.
  • They published an article in an issue of the literary journal, "English Language Notes," devoted to the critique of subjectivity or the self. Their article, "Keeping an Eye on Each Other," examines the possibility of self-effacement in law and legal discourse.
  • They spoke on "Legal Reasoning by Analogy--Two Recent Examples" at a faculty workshop at the University of Victoria (BC) law school. 

Diane Lourdes Dick, Assistant Professor

  • She will serve as an invited participant (non-presenting) at the second annual Junior Faculty Business and Financial Law Workshop at the George Washington University Law School on February 10-11.
  • She was invited to join the Washington State Bar Association Legal Opinions Committee.  The committee, comprised of approximately 15 attorneys from around the state, will draft and publish a manual providing guidance for Washington attorneys delivering legal opinions in business and real estate transactions.

Terry Dworkin, Visiting Professor

  • She organized the 4th International Whistleblowing Research Network Conference, which will be held at the School of Law March 23 and 24. Attendees are coming from around the world, including Australia, Canada, Ireland, Norway, Poland, Russia, and the U.K. Some of the leading whistleblowing scholars and leaders in the U.S. will be presenting.

Eric Eberhard, Distinguished Indian Law Practitioner in Residence

  • He was quoted in the article "A Public Letter From the Cobell Lawyers Prompts Ethics and Harassment Concerns" featured in Indian Country Today.  The agreement reached in Cobell marked the largest class-action settlement in U.S. history and was approved by Congress for past mismanagement of Indian trust property and assets by the government.
  • He was appointed Chair of the Udall Foundation, which was established by Congress in 1992 and is dedicated to "educating a new generation of Americans to preserve and protect their natural heritage through scholarship, fellowship and intern programs focused on environmental and Native American issues." His appointment and his work at the law school were featured on Turtle Talk, the leading blog addressing Native American legal issues.

Anne Enquist, Professor of Lawyering Skills and Associate Director of the Legal Writing Program

  • She spoke on the topic "Multitasking vs. Focus: What is the Essential Legal Skill for Law Students and Lawyers?" at the Global Legal Skills international conference in San Jose, Costa Rica. She also facilitated a roundtable discussion on How to Teach Cultural Preferences in Writing to ESL and EFL Law Students.

Margaret Fisher, Distinguished Scholar in Residence

  • She presented to the federal judiciary on January 26 to inform and recruit them for a collaborative effort between the School of Law and the U.S. District Court of Washington in the Western District.  Together we will host two teacher institutes: a three-day iCivics program for middle school teachers and a two and half day program for high school teachers. 
  • She conducted a webinar on January 27 for law school deans, faculty, pro bono coordinators and law students from around the world on how to implement a Street Law program in law schools.  Two SU law students who had taken Street Law participated in the webinar. 
  • She contributed to the new lawforwa.org website hosted and created by the Council on Public Legal Education.
  • She held the first 5-hour training of the Garfield High School volunteers for the Seattle Youth Traffic Court on Feb. 8. The trainings continue every other Monday until March 26, when the Youth Court hears its first hearings.
  • She presented the iCivics program, Street Law, Youth Courts and the federal teacher institutes to the state legislature's Civic Education Day in Olympia on Feb. 20.
  • She attended the Washington State Council for the Social Studies Leadership Conference in Chelan and presented with Justice Mary Fairhurst a plenary session, including iCivics, to over 200 social studies teachers.
  • She serves as co-coordinator for the Seattle Youth Traffic Court, in which law students mentor Garfield High School students. The Program held its kickoff March 5 at the Seattle Municipal Court and has already received much good press. 

Christian Halliburton, Associate Professor

  • His article "Race, Brain Science, and Critical Decision Making in the Context of Constitutional Criminal Procedure" made the top-ten download list for SSRN's Law, Cognition, and Decisionmaking eJournal.  The article will be published by Gonzaga Law Review as part of its Race and Criminal Justice in the West Symposium issue.

John Kirkwood, Associate Dean for Strategic Planning and Mission and Professor

  • His article "The Predictive Power of Merger Enforcement" was published in "The Antitrust Bulletin" as part of a symposium on prediction in antitrust. 
  • His article "A Prudent Approach to Climate Change" was ranked in SSRN's Top Ten download list for Energy Law and Policy.
  • He spent a day in Los Angeles working with other members of the American Antitrust Institute on a curriculum of law and economics instruction for federal judges.  This project, funded by a cy pres grant to AAI, aims to provide an alternative to the law and economics program offered by George Mason.
  • His article "Buyer Power and Merger Policy" was quoted by the Food Marketing Institute in its letter to the Federal Trade Commission opposing the merger of Express Scripts and Medco, two of the nation's leading pharmacy benefit management services. The Institute, which represents Wal-Mart, Safeway, and many other supermarket chains that operate pharmacies, quoted the article to bolster its case that the proposed merger would create monopoly power, reduce dispensing fees, and cause pharmacies to cut back on services that consumers value.
  • His essay, "The Robinson-Patman Act and Consumer Welfare: Has Volvo Reconciled Them?," was accepted for publication by e-Competitions Bulletin. The essay, a summary of a longer article published in the Seattle University Law Review, will be included in a special issue of the Bulletin devoted to recent Supreme Court antitrust cases.

Kathleen Koch, Assistant Dean for Student Financial Services

  • She was appointed Chair of the Graduate/Professional Issues Committee for the Western Association of Student Financial Aid Association (WASFAA), a regional professional organization representing eight western states that works closely with the state organizations and the national financial aid organization, providing professional development, training and promoting student access to higher education.

Stacy Lara-Kerr, Director of the Center for Professional Development

  • She was appointed to the Equal Justice Works National Advisory Committee.

Tayyab Mahmud, Professor and Director, Center for Global Justice

  • He presented a paper, "Debt, Discipline & the Dispossessed," at the Annual Meeting of Socio-Economists.
  • He presented "From Keynesian Compromise to Neoliberalism: Transformed Context of Civil and Economic Rights" at the AALS Annual Meeting's concurrent session on Race, Gender, Class & Economic Justice. 
  • He was appointed University Seminar Associate at Columbia University and was elected to the Executive Committee of the AALS Section on Law and South Asian Studies.
  • His article, "Debt and Discipline: Neoliberal Political Economy and the Working Classes," was accepted for publication as the lead article in Vol. 43 of the Seton Hall Law Review.  
  • On March 22, he will deliver the keynote address, titled "Wanted Dead and Alive: Universality of Modern Law and the Enduring Colonial Exception," at the "Expanding Critical Spaces in International Law" Conference at Whittier Law School.

Henry McGee, Professor

  • He spoke to the Seattle Breakfast Group on his experience as a National Lawyers Guild attorney during Freedom Summer 1964 in Mississippi defending civil rights demonstrators.

John McKay, Professor from Practice

  • He gave the Commencement Address, "Aspire to be Fired," at an In Person Graduation for the On-line Concord Law School in Los Angeles, California on March 3, 2012.

John Mitchell, William C. Oltman Professor of Teaching Excellence, and Deborah Ahrens, Assistant Professor

  • Their coauthored piece, "Don't Blame Crawford or Bryant; The Confrontation Clause Mess Is All Davis's Fault," was accepted for publication by the Rutgers Law Record.

Douglas Nash, Director of the Center for Indian Law and Policy, and Erica Wolf, Managing Attorney for Indian Estate Planning Projects

  • They were quoted in the article, "The American Indian Probate Reform Act: A Five-Year Review," by Diane K. Lautt, 51 Washburn L. Journal 105 (2011).

Mark Niles, Dean and Professor, Robert Chang, Associate Dean for Research and Faculty Development and Professor, Fe Lopez, Director of Student Life and President of the Latino/a Bar Association, and Judge Mary Yu, Adjunct Professor

  • They were among those who attended the swearing in of Justice Steven Gonzalez, our state's newest Supreme Court Justice. Professor Chang and Justice Gonzalez co-founded the Washington State Race & the Criminal Justice System Task Force.

Laurel Oates, Professor and Director, Legal Writing Program

  • She spent two weeks in Herat, Afghanistan, teaching Afghani law professors and law students. The program she taught in is sponsored by the University of Washington and gives professors and students from seven different Afghani universities the opportunity to spend 8 weeks studying English. She taught three classes a day, providing the professors and students with an introduction to U.S. criminal and commercial law, and helping the professors develop their ability to do academic research and writing.      

Catherine O'Neill, Professor

  • In her capacity as Faculty Fellow of the Center for Indian Law & Policy, she submitted extensive formal comments to the Washington State Department of Ecology on its draft Fish Consumption Rate Technical Support Document. This document will provide the basis for water quality and cleanup standards throughout the state. She also spoke on a panel at an all-day workshop on Ecology's proposal, which was hosted by the University of Washington School of Public Health.

James Puckett, Visiting Assistant Professor

  • He published "Location, Location, Location: Using Cost of Living to Achieve Tax Equity," 63 Ala. L. Rev. 591 (2012).

Becca Rausch, Teaching Fellow

  • She presented her work in progress, "A Feminist Side of Obamacare," at the fifth annual Feminist Legal Theory Conference hosted by the Center on Applied Feminism at the University of Baltimore School of Law. 
  • Her article, "Reframing Roe: Property over Privacy," was published in the Berkeley Journal of Gender, Law and Justice.
  • She published her article, "Reframing Roe: Property over Privacy," in the Berkeley Journal of Gender, Law & Justice.

Christopher Rideout, Professor of Lawyering Skills and Associate Director of the Legal Writing Program

  • He presented the workshop "Writing for Clarity and Cohesion" for the Washington State Office of the Attorney General.
  • He presented a paper, "Voice, Self, and Tonal Cues in Legal Discourse," at the annual convention of the Modern Language Association.  The session was sponsored by the International Society for the Study of Narrative. 

James Rosenfeld, Director of the Education Law Academy

  • In conjunction with the Duke University School of Law, he is presenting a three-day training in Durham, NC, on March 6-8, 2012, on behalf of the National Academy for IDEA Administrative Law Judges and Impartial Hearing Officers. The first two days of the training is being attended by 70 parents, lay advocates, attorneys representing both parents and schools, and special education impartial hearing officers from 12 different states, ranging from the Virgin Islands to Washington State. The third day is for hearing officers only.

Mimi Samuel, Associate Professor of Lawyering Skills

  • She, along with two colleagues from Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law, conducted a week-long training session on skills training and clinical teaching methodology for the faculty of the Kenya School of Law in Nairobi, Kenya.

Julie Shapiro, Professor

  • She contributed an invited commentary to an on-line colloquium centered on Darren Rosenblum's article, "Unsex Mothering:  Towards a New Culture of Parenting."  The colloquium is designed to complement a conference on February 13 that is dedicated to a discussion of the article.  The conference and the colloquium have been organized by the Harvard Journal of Law and Gender, and the colloquium should be available at http://harvardjlg.com/ on the date of the conference. 
  • Her essay in the on-line symposium devoted to Darren Rosenblum's "Unsex Mothering" article is available. Read her essay.

David Skover, Fredric C. Tausend Professor

  • He co-hosted (with Ronald Collins) a symposium and reception for Yale Law School Dean Robert Post on his new book, "Democracy, Expertise, and Academic Freedom."  Skover and Collins will co-author an essay as the lead article in the symposium issue to be published by the University of Washington Law Review.
  • He has been recruited to deliver an April address to the Orcas Crossroads organization. The title of the speech is "The Huxleyan Internet and the Antiquated First Amendment."

Faith Stevelman, Visiting Professor

  • She was interviewed by Alan Greenblatt of NPR on the implications for corporate philanthropic programs of the controversy arising from the Komen Foundation's reversal of its funding of Planned Parenthood.  
  • She met with three UW professors, including the Chairman of their Committee on Diversity, to discuss how issues of social justice and diversity could be highlighted in private law courses where they have traditionally received less attention.
  • She was a speaker at an Aspen Institute program in NYC that focused on the outmoded construct of shareholder primacy as it affects corporate decision making and corporate law. She also laid the groundwork for future collaboration between Aspen's Business and Society programs and future Berle Center colloquia.
  • She made introductory remarks for former Massachusetts Assistant Attorney General Jeff Clement's presentation of his book "Corporations Are Not People" at SU's Albers School Pigott Auditorium. She spoke on the subject of upsurging corporate spending and overall increased corporate power in politics (including the current presidential primaries) in the wake of the Supreme Court's "Citizen United" decision. 

Jane Stoever, Assistant Professor

  • She presented her paper, "Pedagogical Breakthrough: Using the Stages of Change Model to Teach Lawyers to Represent Abuse Survivors," at the Feminist Legal Theory Conference, held in association with the Association of American Law Schools Annual Meeting.
  • Her article, "Stories Absent from the Courtroom: Responding to Domestic Violence in the Context of HIV and AIDS," 87 N.C. L. Rev. 1157 (2009), is excerpted in "Domestic Violence: Legal and Social Reality" (D. Kelly Weisberg ed., 2012).
  • She presented "Freedom from Violence: Using the Stages of Change Model to Understand Abuse Survivors' Legal and Non-Legal Needs" as part of the Battered Women Who Kill Symposium at St. Louis University School of Law.
  • She presented "Complex Supervision Scenarios: When Client Services, Ethics, Morals, and Partnership Dynamics Collide" at the Southwest Junior Clinicians Conference at Arizona State University.

George Van Cleve, Distinguished Scholar in Residence

  • At the request of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court, he served as a trainer for mediators serving as panel members for the Court's new Honorable Thomas T. Glover Memorial Mediation Program. 
  • Soon, he will publish a peer-reviewed article, "Saving the Puget Sound Wild Salmon Fishery," in the Seattle Journal of Environmental.

Clifford Villa, Adjunct Professor

  • He is developing and delivering a series of public presentations to inform citizens of legal authorities for addressing environmental justice concerns. The first presentation, in a workshop format, was held in October 2011 at Heritage University in Toppenish, Wash. The second presentation was delivered as part of a panel discussion on March 3, 2012, at the annual Public Interest Environmental Law Conference at the University of Oregon. The third presentation in this series will be delivered as a public lecture at the Seattle Race Conference hosted by Seattle University on May 12, 2012.

Erica Wolf, Managing Attorney for Indian Estate Planning Projects

  • She presented "Indian Law & Elder Law: Issues Impacting Tribal Members" at the WSBA's Essential Elder Law and Foundational Practices CLE
  • She spoke on a panel, titled "Key Elements of a Successful Law Practice," at the WSBA's Bridging The Gap CLE.

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