March 2007

Compiled by: Moriah Blake

March 2007

Kathryn Kim and Tyler Fox will be presenting, "Maximizing the Power of PowerPoint." The presentation, sponsored by the Teaching Workshop, will cover the following three areas: (i) why and when to use PowerPoint, including principles of good visual design; (ii) examples from Legal Writing I and II; and (iii) how to use the bells and whistles of PowerPoint. The workshop is scheduled for Wednesday, April 4th, from 11:30-1:00 in Room 109. Box lunches will be served.

Mimi Samuel and Laurel Oates conducted a 5-day seminar on Clear and Effective Legal Writing for the International Law Institute’s African Centre for Legal Excellence in Kampala, Uganda. Attending the seminar were attorneys in private practice, academics, and government agencies from Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, and Zambia.

Pat Brown was invited to give one of three keynote papers for a conference on “Self-Autonomous Communities in the 21st Century” at Sogang University, the Jesuit University in Seoul, South Korea. The conference was co-sponsored by the Korean Academy of Self-Agency Studies. Pat delivered a paper on March 28 titled “The Question of Self-Autonomy in Community, Society, and History” to an audience of government officials, academics, and graduate students. In addition, Pat gave a presentation and ran a seminar on the philosophy of history for faculty and graduate students at Sogang University

Stephanie Wilson presented Research using the Internet: Sources for Statistics, News, and Washington Legislative History at the Washington State Office of Public Defense CLE for appellate attorneys. She has been invited to repeat her presentation at the CLE for the Washington Appellate Lawyers Association in April.

Lisa Brodoff taught two seminars to management and employees of REI on March 19. The seminars covered the topic of how to plan for possible future incapacity or death with durable powers of attorney, living wills, wills, disposition of remains documents, and mental health advance directives. Her talks were sponsored by REI’s Human Resources Department.

On March 23, 2007, Professor John Strait presented “Ethical Considerations” at Seattle University for the South Asian Law Student Association.Professor John Strait will present “Terminating the Contingency Representation; Contingency Fees vs. Quantum Meruit” for WSTLA Legal Educational Seminars & New Member Committee’s Ethics Fee Disputes CLE on March 28, 2007 at the Pyramid Alehouse, Seattle WA. He will also present “Honesty and Collaborative Law: Pushing Honesty to Its Limits?” at Seattle University’s Honesty and the Law: Honesty as Advocacy CLE on Friday, March 30, 2007.

Janet Dickson traveled to Nairobi, Kenya for the Conference on the Pedagogy of Legal Writing for Academics in Africa where she presented on Teaching Students to Write Precisely and Concisely. In addition, Janet assisted in planning pre-conference activities for the U.S. participants.

Professor Ron Slye delivered a paper, “Apology as a Judicial Mechanism,” at the annual meeting of the International Studies Association. He also moderated a panel on transitional justice at the same conference. Professor Slye also presented a talk, “Teaching Poverty Law from an International Perspective,” at the Fordham University School of Law. The conference was sponsored by the Fordham Urban Law Journal, which will be publishing the proceedings of the conference.

Catherine O’Neill’s article, No Mud Pies: Risk Avoidance as Risk Regulation, was published in the Winter 2007 volume of the Vermont Law Review.

Lori Bannai spoke at the University of Michigan School of Law about the World War II Japanese American internment cases, government power during times of crisis, and the Korematsu coram nobis litigations on March 12.

An article on Bob Boruchowitz, written by Eric de Place and entitled “The Defense Rests,” is in the Spring issue of the Law & Politics Magazine.

Maggie Chon presented a paper at the Center for Intellectual Property Law & Information Technology Seventh Annual Symposium on the subject of Patents and Progress: Reflections on the Midst of Change, at DePaul University College of Law. Her topic was “The Trade Constitution and Patent Law’s Quest for Progress,” based on an article forthcoming in the Michigan State Law Review symposium on the International Intellectual Property Regime Complex.

Christian Halliburton spoke at the UC Davis Law School’s Symposium “Katz v. United States Forty Years Later: From Warrantless Wiretaps to the War on Terror,” held in Davis, California on March 9. At the symposium he presented his most recent article,”Letting Katz Out of the Bag: Cognitive Freedom and Fourth Amendment Fidelity,” which will then be published in the upcoming issue of the UC Davis Law Review.

Laurel Oates and Mimi Samuel organized the Conference on the Pedagogy of Legal Writing for Academics in Africa, which was held on March 15-17, 2007, in Nairobi, Kenya. 30 African participants from seven countries, representing 11 academic institutions, several Legal Aid Clinics, and two Bar Societies, attended. In addition, 20 participants from U.S. law schools traveled to Nairobi for the conference. Keynote speakers included Camille DeJorna, Associate Consultant for the ABA’s Section on Legal Education, and Okech Owiti, the Dean of the University of Nairobi Faculty of Law. Professor Oates co-presented with a Kenyan colleague on Teaching Legal Research, and Professor Samuel co-presented with a Ugandan colleague on Teaching Students to Write Effective Letters to Clients. S.U. alum Anita Koyier-Mwamba ’06 acted as the conference coordinator and, in addition to assisting in the organization of the conference itself, facilitated “field trips” for the U.S. participants to the Kenyan courts and academic institutions. Finally, at the close of the conference, the participants voted to create a new organization dedicated to the advancement of the teaching of legal writing in Africa and to the continued exchange of ideas among U.S. and African academics.

Catherine O'Neill was invited to speak at Lewis & Clark College of Law as part of its Distinguished Environmental Justice Speaker Series, "Toward Critical Environmental Justice Studies: Emerging Issues" in Portland, Oregon, on March 7, 2007. Her talk was entitled “Environmental Justice and Oregon’s Water Quality Standards: Protecting Tribes’ Rights to Catch and Consume Fish.”

Kara Phillips' article, "How to Set Up a Law Library: Solutions for Solos and Small Firms" appeared in the January/February 2007 issue of the ABA's Law Practice Management magazine.

Cliff Villa, over the first weekend in March, presented on two panels at the 25th annual Public Interest Environmental Law Conference at the University of Oregon School of Law. Prof. Villa discussed the Rails-To-Trails program as the product of federal railroad regulation, recreational trails development, and state property law. Prof. Villa also spoke on "Public Participation in the Superfund Process," the topic of his forthcoming essay in the SU Environmental Law Society publication, “Environmental Perspectives.” Participants on the Superfund panel also included Craig Christian, an SU 3L student as well as environmental consultant.

Heidi Mair co-presented at AACRAO (American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers) in Boston. Her session was entitled “Having Your Supervisor Work with You.” The hour-long session was designed to help educate supervisors to be supportive in decision-making and keep staff in the pipeline when decisions are made that change policies, curriculum, etc.

Thom Fischer and Ron Slye, at the request of the U.S. State Department, working through the World Affairs Council and Access to Justice Institute, conducted a symposium for four Spanish judges interested in the U.S. response to the Hague Convention on International Child Abduction. The presentation was a follow-up on a two-part symposium that Justice Barbara Madsen asked Professor Fischer to conduct for Washington State jurists at their annual meeting last Fall in Spokane. The first half of the morning long symposium dealt with domestic child abduction in the United States and the second part with the Hague Convention. Fredric Tausend also participated in the symposium.

Madeline Kass judged a round of the National Environmental Law Moot Court Competition at Pace University School of Law in New York in late February.

Mimi Samuel and Laurel Oates have spent the last three weeks training approximately 75 of Uganda’s 100 Grade 1 Magistrates on how to draft effective judgments. They conducted training sessions Kampala, the capital of Uganda; Mbarara, which Is in the southwest part of Uganda ; and Soroti, which is in the northeast. All three sessions were sponsored by Uganda’s Judicial Studies Institute. (During the course of the three weeks, they experienced a small earthquake, getting stranded by the side of the road during a major storm, and power outages, including one during a PowerPoint presentation, which reminded them of why there is power in PowerPoint.

Jack Kirkwood and Dick Zerbe of UW, edited the latest volume of Research in Law and Economics: A Journal of Policy which has just been published. This volume contains eight articles, including five on antitrust law. One of them, an extensive study of the effects of price fixing by John Connor, perhaps the country’s leading authority on cartels, has been submitted for a national prize.

Catherine O’Neill was invited to speak at the Cardozo Law School’s Symposium on Poverty and Family Health: Environmental Dangers and Progressive Solutions, held in New York City on February 27. Professor O’Neill’s presentation was entitled Regulating Mercury, Perpetuating Injustice.

Ada Shen-Jaffe served as a trainer on “Working Across Differences” at the Leadership Institute of the New England Legal Aid Consortium February 7-9, 2007 in Wachusetts, Massachusetts; the Leadership Institute is a project of the Center for Legal Aid Education (formerly LAU).

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