Faculty News

Compiled by: Leann Wagele

March 2006

Dave Boerner appeared on a Panel entitled, "The Future of Law and Ethics", as part of the CLE presented at Seattle University School of Law, "Is Ethically Right Morally Correct?" on Friday, March 31.

Pat Brown presented a paper on Friday, March 24th at a conference on “History and Human Consciousness” at Loyola Marymount University, the Jesuit university in Los Angeles. His paper was titled “Method and ‘the Challenge of History,’”.

On April 1, Professor Carmen Gonzalez conducted an orientation for students admitted to the law school’s summer abroad program in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. 26 Seattle University law students will be participating in the program this summer. The program runs from May 20 through June 18, 2006, and features six classes co-taught by U.S. and Brazilian law professors. Professor Gonzalez will be teaching the International Environmental Law course.

Christian Halliburton was a speaker at the Association for the Study of Law, Culture and Humanities in Syracuse last weekend. He presented a paper entitled, “Claiming Interracial Credit and its Compromise: Tapping the Power of Ambiguous Race Mixing” during the opening session.

On Tuesday, March 28, Paul Holland appeared on a panel at the Tacoma Public Library as part of the 2006 Tacoma Reads program. The panel discussion, Out of the mouth of babies: Truth and consequences in the American justice system, addressed the role of children as witnesses, reflecting the experience of the Wenatchee child-sex-abuse investigation through the book selected for this year’s program, The Crucible, by Arthur Miller. Also on Tuesday, March 28, Paul was quoted in an article in the Seattle Times, Debts often saddle juvenile offenders, in which he spoke about the long-term impact of fines imposed on juvenile offenders. On March 31, he appeared on a Panel entitled, “The Future of Law and Ethics", as part of the CLE presented at Seattle University School of Law, “Is Ethically Right Morally Correct?”

Audrey McFarlane, Visiting Professor of Law, spoke at the Buffalo Seminar on Racial Justice Workshop, "Overcoming Racial Discrimination in Housing, Credit, and Urban Policy." She presented as part of a Panel entitled, "The Priorities of Urban Policy". On the Panel, she discussed "The New Inner City: Class Transformation, Concentrated Afffluence, and the Obligations of the Police Power."

Professor Catherine O'Neill recently co-authored a monograph on the environmental law and policy issues raised by mercury contamination, together with Professor Lisa Heinzerling of Georgetown and Professor Rena Steinzor of University of Maryland. The piece, entitled Mercury, was published by the Center for Progressive Reform.

Dean Kellye Testy presented "Lawyers as Ethical Teachers: The Role of Legal Education" on Friday, March 31 at a CLE held at Seattle University School of Law entitled, "Is Ethically Correct Morally Right? The Trials of Trial Practice".

Ada Shen-Jaffe was a presenter at the ABA/NLADA Equal Justice Conference in Philadelphia at a session titled: “Strategies for Addressing the Equal Justice Needs of Marginalized Client Communities through Leadership, Inclusion, Diversity & Cross-Cultural Competence”; she also served on the Conference Design Team.

Kristin Cheney presented Like Coffee and Seattle: How User and Collection Spaces Work Together at the ABA Bricks, Bytes and Continuous Renovation conference on March 24, 2006. She presented with Penny Hazelton from the University of Washington School of Law Library.

Associate Dean Eric Chiappinelli spoke on "The Faculty Role in Planning New Facilities" at the American Bar Association's Facilities Conference: Bricks, Bytes and Continuous Renovation on March 23, 2006. He chaired the new building committee during the planning and construction of Sullivan Hall, the Law School's current home.

Carmen Gonzalez gave a presentation at Georgetown University Law Center on March 24 at a conference on Economic and Social Inequality: The Role of Race in Law, Markets and Social Structures. The conference was co-sponsored by Harvard Law School and Georgetown University Law Center, and featured presentations from Anita Hill, Devon Carbado, Glenn Loury, and many others. Professor Gonzalez spoke on a panel dealing with economic inequality and the developing world. The conference papers will be published as a book by the Russell Sage Foundation and will feature introductions by Emma Coleman Jordan and Charles Ogletree.

Professor James Kushner served as a judge at the Hispanic National Bar Association's national moot court competition at the Seattle Superior Court on Friday, March 11. His lead article, Car-Free Housing Devlopments: Towards Sustainable Smart Growth and Urban Regeneration Through Car-Free Zoning, Car-Free Redevlopment, Pedestrian Improvement Districts, and New Urbanism, 23 UCLA Journal of Environmental Law and Policy 1 (2005), was published last week.

The Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle has named Julie Shapiro volunteer of the week. Julie earned this honor because of her involvement with the Jewish Federation. Last year, she was a panelist at the launch event of Bashert, the Federation's LGBT initiative. Because of her enthusiasm for the project she soon joined the Bashert Committee and has helped to work on its development. Julie sees her volunteering as a way to feel a part of the community and as a way to contribute to it. Last month Julie gave a most interesting talk hosted by Federation’s Cardozo Society and the Professional Advisory Roundtable. Her topic - Who is a Parent? Old Questions Need New Answers: Parenthood and Assisted Reproductive Technology was thought-provoking and led to much discussion.

David Skover spoke at the Association for the Study of Law, Culture, and Humanities Conference in Syracuse on Saturday, March 18th. Together with his co-author, Ron Collins, David spoke on “The Death of Discourse in Post-9/11 America.” Commentators were Professors Tamara Piety and Robert Jensen (UT-Austin), who had recently appeared as a guest speaker at the law school. Efforts are in progress to bring the same panel discussion to the University of Texas at Austin as an event jointly sponsored by the Communications Department and the Law School.

Ron Slye has been appointed to the Bram Fischer Professorship in International Human Rights at The Mandela Institute at the law school of the University of the Witwatersrand in South Africa. The Bram Fischer Chair was endowed at the University of the Witwatersrand “to attract scholars and practitioners of international repute who will visit the law school for periods of up to one year.” He will be ccupying the position from May 1 to July 31 of this year. He is the first one to be appointed to this position. Foundation Press has agreed to publish a casebook on International Criminal Law, to be written by Professor Slye and Elizabeth van Schaack of Santa Clara Law School. This is their first casebook in this area. Aspen has asked Professor van Schaack and Professor Slye to write a book on International Criminal Law as part of their Essentials Series.

Dean Kellye Testy presented at a Plenary Session at the ABA Bricks, Bytes and Continuous Renovation Conference held in Seattle March 22-25. Her presentation, "The Future of Legal Education" was the Plenary Session held at Seattle University.

Associate Dean Richard Bird presented Building Design: Adapting to Programmatic Changes at the ABA Bricks, Bytes and Continuous Renovation Conference on March 25.

Stephanie Zimmerman presented Sullivan Hall Classroom Technology at the ABA Bricks, Bytes and Continuous Renovation Conference on March 25.

On March 3, 2006, Professor Bryan Adamson presented “Cultural Competence in Client Representation” at a KCBA-sponsored CLE, Ethical and Practical Considerations Of Working with Diverse Clients.

Janet Ainsworth was interviewed for a television news report last week on KIRO-TV on the growing ability by law enforcement to track whereabouts through one’s cellphone. She spoke about the legal and policy implications of this technology and its potential for abuse.

Maggie Chon spoke at a conference on IP and Social Justice on Friday, March 10 at the University of California at Davis Law School. Her paper is entitled Intellectual Property from Below: Copyright and Capability for Education. Commentators are Professors Rochelle Dreyfuss from New York University Law School and Rosemary Coombe, who holds a Canada Research Chair in Law, Communications and Cultural Studies at York University in Toronto. She will be speaking at New York University Law School on Monday, March 20 on development and intellectual property, in Professor Frank Upham’s Law and Development Class, as a guest of the Engelberg Center on Innovation Law and Policy.

Anne Enquist’s article “Fixing the Awk” appeared in the Winter 2006 issue of Perspectives: Teaching Legal Research and Writing.

Carmen Gonzalez was recently named a Fulbright Scholar to teach international environmental law in China. With its burgeoning economy and increasing demand for petroleum and other natural resources, China has attracted widespread attention among environmental law scholars all over the world. Indeed, Professor Gonzalez was recently selected to teach in China through the joint masters program sponsored by the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies and the University of Nanjing. The host university and city of her Fulbright placement are the subject of ongoing negotiations between the Fulbright program and sponsoring universities in China. This is the second Fulbright award received by Professor Gonzalez. In 1998, Professor Gonzalez was a Fulbright Scholar at the Universidad del Salvador in Buenos Aires, Argentina, where she taught at the university's interdisciplinary environmental institute.

Along with eight other law professors, Jack Kirkwood signed a letter to the Supreme Court of Illinois urging it to request the views of the Federal Trade Commission before reaching a final decision in a class action against Phillip Morris. The class action was based on the allegation that it was deceptive for Phillip Morris to market its Marlboro Lights as “light” cigarettes when, according to the plaintiffs, most consumers did not in fact receive less tar and nicotine when they smoked them. The jury awarded the plaintiffs a $10.1 billion judgment, but the Supreme Court reversed it on the ground that the FTC had specifically authorized cigarette manufacturers to describe their products as “light” when the FTC’s tests indicated that the cigarettes had low tar and nicotine. The law professors asked the Court to obtain the FTC’s views on this issue before reaching a final decision.

Henry McGee read a paper on Climate Change and Local and State Government Challenges to Federal Policy in Mexico City at the National University's Insitute for Juridical Research. The lecture was pursuant to the Law School's Latin America-U.S. Program for Academic and Judicial Exchanges. Professor McGee's lecture will be published in May by the Mexican Environmental Law Review.

Dean Kellye Testy made a presentation on Contract Law at UCLA on Thursday, March 16. The presentation was organized by Women's Studies Programs.

Dana Gold conducted a technical session for the Puget Sound chapter of the Institute of Internal Auditors on "Whistleblowers: Critical Tools for Effective Corporate Governance & Compliance," on March 8, 2006. She also published "Linking Corporate Law With Progressive Social Movements: An Introduction," in the Seattle Journal for Social Justice, Vol. 4, Issue 1 (2005), which prefaces the symposium section of SJSJ that contains several articles from Center on Corporations, Law & Society's April 7-9, 2005 "New Strategies for Justice: Linking Corporate Law with Progressive Social Movements" conference held UCLA School of Law with the Equal Justice Society and the UCLA law's Critical Race Studies Concentration.

Margaret Chon will be speaking on Theorizing Reparations, at the upcoming conference, Taking Reparations Seriously, March 17-18 at Thomas Jefferson School of Law. This conference will bring together experts from around the country to discuss the many issues arising from the debate over reparations for slavery. Conference speakers will discuss slavery and reparations as well as other instances of mass injustice, and how these mass offenses relate to broader themes such as justice, causation, group responsibility, moral culpability, racism, and forgiveness.

An expanded version of Jack Kirkwood’s essay, “Did Volvo’s Price Discrimination Harm Consumers?” will be published in the upcoming symposium edition of the Seattle University Law Review. Written for the Spring Meeting of the Antitrust Section of the ABA, Professor Kirkwood’s essay analyzes the Supreme Court’s first Robinson-Patman case in thirteen years. The law review’s symposium edition will contain articles on various antitrust and intellectual property issues, drawing on the conference to be held here on April 7, 2006, entitled, “At the Intersection of Antitrust and Intellectual Property Law: Looking Both Ways to Avoid a Collision.”

James Kushner's book "The Post-Automobile City: Legal Mechanisms to Establish the Pedestrian-Friendly City," published by Carolina Academic Press in 2004 was favorably reviewed at 20 J. Land Use & Environmental Law 523 and a bit less favorably reviewed in 24 Stanford Environmental Law Journal 333. Additionally, his piece, New Urbanism: Urban Development and Ethnic Integration in Europe and the United States, 5 U. Md. L.J. of Race, Religion, Gender & Class 27 (2005) was published last week.

Julie Shapiro was interviewed by KING 5 TV for a story that aired March 1 about the long wait for a decision from the State Supreme Court on a case that could legalize gay marriage.

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