Faculty News

Compiled by: Moriah Blake

Summer 2007

In June, Lori Bannai presented at the AALS Workshop for New Legal Writing Teachers in Washington, DC. There, she conducted the session on designing effective assignments and facilitated a small group discussion on critiquing student papers. At the end of July, she presented on the panel Korematsu: The Man, The Cases, The Context, at the meeting of the Pacific Coast Branch of the American Historical Association at the East-West Center in Honolulu, Hawai'i.

In June, Lori Bannai, Susan McClellan, and Whitney Earles participated in the Color of Justice Program in Anchorage, Alaska, a program jointly sponsored by the Alaska Court System, the University of Alaska at Anchorage, various Alaska Native and youth organizations, and the Seattle University, University of Washington, and Gonzaga Schools of Law to interest Alaskan high school students of color in entering the legal profession. All three served on the planning committee for the program. Lori presented a session on crafting legal arguments, focusing on the arguments surrounding school dress codes. Susan conducted a similar session, having students discuss parody in an intellectual property hypothetical through her Law on the Silver Screen presentation. Whitney conducted a session on preparing for law school in the new program for college students that was held in conjunction with the program.

Bob Boruchowitz spoke at the West Virginia Public Defender annual conference last week on three topics--Coping with Excessive Caseloads and Inadequate Resources, The Importance of Non-attorney Staff in Defender offices, and "Sexually Violent Predator" Commitment Laws.

Bob Boruchowitz was honored to receive yesterday the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers 2006 Champion of Indigent Defense Award in San Francisco. Professor Boruchowitz also spoke on a panel on "The Caseload Crisis", at the NACDL-ACLU State Legislative Conference in San Francisco.

Mary Bowman and Janet Dickson presented on "Teaching 'Generation Me: Understanding our Students So We Can Teach Them Effectively." at the Northwest Regional Legal Writing Conference at Gonzaga University School of Law

Melinda Branscomb has written -- and then in conjunction with the King County Dispute Resolution Center (DRC) has produced -- a CD of a simulated workplace mediation involving an employee with a disability. The mediator in the film is Prof. Branscomb’s former student and SU alumnus, Andrew Kidde. Along with Kidde and the DRC’s Director of Training, Prof. Branscomb used the film in a presentation and demonstration called “Stop Action: What Would You Do?”at the Northwest Dispute Resolution Conference May 5, 2007 held at the University of Washington School of Law.

Eric Chiappinelli has been cited in an important Delaware Chancery decision involving backdated options. Chiappinelli's blog, Business Entities Online, was cited in Desimone v. Barrows for its discussion of directors' duties of care, loyalty, and good faith.

Maggie Chon presented the following talks this summer: Fair Trade, Brand-based Regulation and New Global Governance, panel on Governance by Marking and Branding, Law & Society Annual Meeting (Berlin, July 2007); Intellectual Property’s Quest for Progress, panel on WIPO’s Development Agenda: What Future? ABIFINA II SIPID – Seminário Internacional Patentes, Inovação e Desenvolvimento (Second International Seminar on Intellectual Property and Development) (Rio de Janeiro, July 2007); Innovation and Access Within a Human Development Framework, panel on Working Within the Boundaries of Intellectual Property, New York University School of Law Conference of the Engelberg Center on Law and Innovation Policy (Florence, June 2007).

Anne Enquist was a panelist at the Association for Legal Writing Directors national conference in June. She spoke about the work Laurel Oates, Mimi Samuel, and she did in India as part of a panel on Teaching Legal Writing in Other Countries.

Anne Enquist and Mimi Samuel presented on "Legal Writing: Why India and Why Africa?" at the Northwest Regional Legal Writing Conference at Gonzaga University School of Law.

The Seattle Port Commission has appointed Elizabeth Ford to its expert advisory panel formed to provide the Commission with advice as to how to address the problems at the Port Police made evident by last year’s e-mail scandal. The panel includes Seattle Police Chief Gil Kirlikowski, James Kelly, CEO of the Urban League, Dorry Elias-Garcia, Executive Director of the Minority Executive Directors Coalition and Karen Yoshitomi, Japanese American Citizens League. The panel will meet over the summer and is expected to provide its recommendations in the next several months.

Carmen Gonzalez' article, Genetically Modified Organisms and Justice: The International Environmental Justice Implications of Biotechnology also garnered a Top 10 ranking for "recent hits" -- downloads of articles posted in the last 60 days -- in the environmental law and policy area.

Jack Kirkwood presented "Controlling Above-Cost Predation: An Alternative to Brooke Group and Weyerhaeuser" at the American Antitrust Institute's Invitational Symposium on Buyer Power held on June 20 at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. The papers from this symposium will be published in the Antitrust Bulletin. The next day Professor Kirkwood participated in a panel discussion of buyer power at AAI's annual conference.

In June, Connie Krontz presented at a CLE in Leavenworth put on by the Washington Office of Public Defense for its contract attorneys who represent indigent clients on appeal. I presented eight hours on appellate brief writing.

Visiting Scholar Ronald Krotoszynski wrote an op-ed piece in the July 26 Seattle Times saying there is no reason why Seattle's public-school system could not design a comprehensive diversity program that meets recent Supreme Court requirements.

During the week of October 2, 2006, Professor Carmen Gonzalez gave a series of presentations to faculty and graduate students at the University of the Western Cape in Cape Town, South Africa. The presentations focused on the ecological and socioeconomic implications for developing countries of the World Trade Organization’s recent decision in the EC-Biotech case.

Susan McClellan spoke, with two other externship directors, about “International Externships: Boondoggle or Peak Experience?” at the AALS Workshop on Clinical Legal Education in New Orleans on May 6. I will also presenting, as will Professor Bannai, at the Washington Color of Justice Program on May 16 and at the Alaska Color of Justice Program in mid-June. Those programs encourage minority students and women to study law with the goal of becoming judges.

Hank McGee's has published the lead article in the current issue of The Urban Law Journal, an ABA peer reviewed journal. Entitled Seattle's Central Area 1990 -- 2006: Integration or Displacement?, the article first appeared on the Social Science Network's SSRN Web site for "Law & Society: Private Law - Discrimination Law." and was for some months on the Web sites's "top ten" most down loaded manuscript. Professor McGee also read a version of the article at the International Association of Sociologists' August 24 conference on "Urban Justice and Sustainability" at the Unversity of British Columbia, a suburb of Vancouver.

Rafael Pardo and co-author, Jonathan Nash, presented An Empirical Investigation into Appellate Structure and the Perceived Quality of Appellate Review in May 2007 at the Stanford/Yale Junior Faculty Forum, which was held at Stanford University; and in July 2007 at the Joint Annual Meetings of the Law and Society Association and Research Committee on Sociology of Law, which were held at Humboldt University in Berlin, Germany. The paper was also presented by Professor Nash in June 2007 at the Annual Meeting of the International Society for New Institutional Economics, which was held in Reykjavik, Iceland.

On July 31, 2007, Professor Pardo delivered the keynote address at the National Bankruptcy Administrators Conference in Asheville, North Carolina, which was organized by the Federal Judicial Center and the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts; his presentation was entitled Eliminating the Judicial Function in Consumer Bankruptcy.

Greg Silverman recently accepted an appointment to the Washington State Digital Products Study Committee.

David Skover kept himself rather busy writing this last summer. He and his coauthor, Ron Collins, completed the manuscript for their next book, Mania: The Lives that Launched a Generation (Sourcebooks, 2008). This work is a narrative account of the madcap existence of the Beats from 1949 to 1957 (with a special focus on the interrelationships of William Burroughs, Allen Ginsberg, John Clellon Holmes, and Jack Kerouac), which led to the literary revolution that spawned famous obscenity trials for Howl and Naked Lunch. In addition, he completed two encyclopedia articles: one on Lenny Bruce for the Yale Bibliographical Dictionary of American Law (Yale University Press, 2008) and another on Roth v. U.S. and Alberts v. U.S. for the Encyclopedia of the Supreme Court of the United States (Macmillan, 2008). In his capacity as Co-Editor of the Free Expression in America series published by Rowman & Littlefield, he secured and reviewed the first book to be published in the series: Geoffrey Stone’s Top Secret: When Our Government Keeps Us in the Dark (forthcoming Fall of 2007).

Ron Slye was appointed as an Expert Commentator for the Cambodia Tribunal Monitor, a Web site that has been established by the former Ambassador at Large for War Crimes Issues in the Clinton Administration, and now Director of the Center for International Human Rights at Northwestern University School of Law. Professor Sly was also recently appointed Honorary Professor of Law at the University of the Witwatersrand in South Africa.

Cliff Villa organized and spoke at a CLE program on environmental justice held May 30 and hosted by the Latina/o Bar Association of Washington. The program, entitled "Environmental Justice: Legal Protections for Workers and Communities," outlined federal standards to protect agricultural workers, asbestos handlers, and others, and also reviewed legal remedies available to workers who have been exposed to toxic substances in the work place. Cliff discussed the legal framework for cleanup of toxic sites, focusing on opportunities for community involvement and featuring case studies of recent responses to contamination in Latino communities of Yakima and Seattle.

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