Faculty News

Compiled by: Moriah Blake

March 2008

Janet Ainsworth has had two papers accepted for publication by peer-reviewed linguistics journals. The journal Register and Context will be publishing the article "Linguistic Features of Police Culture and the Coercive Impact of Police Officer Swearing in Police-Citizen Street Interactions." The journal International Journal of Speech, Language, and Law has accepted the article, " 'You Have the Right to Remain Silent. . . But Only If You Ask for It Just So': The Role of Linguistic Ideology in American Police Interrogation Law." She also spoke at Brooklyn Law School on linguistic ideology in law and its impact on criminal procedure caselaw.

Professor Joaquin Avila published “Voting Rights in California: 1982-2006” in 17 USC REV. of L.AW & SOCIAL JUSTICE 131 (2007). This comprehensive report, co-authored by Prof. Avila, Eugene Lee and Terry Ao, was presented before the Western Regional Hearing of the National Commission on the Voting Rights Act.

Lori Bannai and Anne Enquist presented "Cultural Consciousness: Awareness of the Experiences of 'Others' as an Essential Professional Skill" at the 2008 SALT Teaching Conference at the University of California, Berkeley School of Law on March 14. Their presentation included video reactments "starring" Professors Mark Chinen, John Mitchell, and Janet Dickson as appellate judges.

Kerry Fitz-Gerald moderated a panel on harmonizing United States and Canadian gun control legislation at the “Crossing Borders—Issues and Resolutions” conference held at the University of Washington on March 8.

Professor Hank McGee has been nominated by the Diversity Committee at his alma mater, DePaul University College of Law to serve as the inaugural scholar for our "Last Lecture" series. This series' premise is designed to have an established scholar deliver a "last lecture" representing the collective wisdom of one's body of work. The lecture will take place this fall in Chicago.

Jim Rosenfeld was invited to present “The Parental View of Due Process” at a training of special education administrative law judges conducted by the California Office of Administrative Hearings at the University of San Diego Law School. He also outlined a proposed new dispute resolution process at the 10th Anniversary Conference of The Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates, which he founded before joining SU.

Mimi Samuel has had her article Focus on Batson: Let the Cameras Roll accepted for publication by the Brooklyn Law Review.

Gwynne Skinner has accepted a clinical faculty position at the Willamette College of Law beginning this fall to start and run a Human Rights/Refugee Rights Clinic. Professor Skinner is looking forward to continuing collaborative work with the folks here at SU’s clinic, especially in the area of refugee/immigrant rights as human rights.

Ronald Slye gave a talk to law students, faculty, alumni, and administrators at the University of Indonesia on the advantages of clinical legal education. Alumni of the University of Indonesia are interested in establishing a law school clinic that would focus on women and children who are victims of violence. The law clinic would be paired with a series of health clinics being created by Uplift International (on the board of which Professor Slye sits) with a grant from the Ford Foundation.

The weekend of March 6-9, Cliff Villa and a group of SU law students attended the 26th annual Public Interest Environmental Law Conference in Eugene, OR. The conference, held each spring on the campus of the University of Oregon, is the largest of its kind, attracting environmental lawyers, activists, and academics from all over the world. In addition to attending multiple panels on an array of environmental topics, Prof. Villa led a workshop on ethics in environmental law, focusing on the question of "Who is the Client?" for lawyers in government service.

Stephanie Wilson recently assumed the role of Head of Reference Services at the Seattle University Law Library. Stephanie’s new responsibilities include managing our faculty library liaison program, setting policies and service initiatives for faculty, students, and alumni, and facilitating professional development and scholarship opportunities for our librarians. Stephanie will also coordinate library tours and orientations.

Bob Boruchowitz wrote an article called "At 45, Gideon Right to Counsel Remains Elusive" in the March issue of the King County Bar Bulletin.

Seattle University law student teams placed 2nd and 4th in the ABA Regional Mediation Competition. This continues an impressive winning streak, with S.U. having placed 1st or 2d six times in the last six years in the Mediation or Negotiation competitions, as well as winning 2nd in the U.S. last year. Congratulations to the teams and their coach, Professor Melinda Branscomb.

At the request of the State Department and the Seattle World Affairs Council, Professor Thom Fischer hosted a law delegation from South Korea (labor, management and migrant-worker officials). They wanted to know more about the progress of labor movements in Asia in comparison with the labor movements in America and the rest of the world.

Aspen Publishers has just released the second edition of Just Briefs. Laurel Oates and Anne Enquist are pleased to announce that Connie Krontz was added as a third author and helped write the new, and very long, chapter on drafting appellate briefs for the federal courts.

As part of the Latin American Exchange program directed by Hank McGee, Ron Slye will be speaking at the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) on Monday, March 10, on “Amnesty as Justice: The South African Example.”

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