Faculty News

March/April 2011

Bryan Adamson, Associate Professor

  • His article, "The Homeowners' Illusory Safety Net: Mortgage Broker Surety Liability," will appear in Volume 47:1 of the Gonzaga Law Review. The Article posits that the one-year statute of limitations for actions against the mortgage surety is procedurally counterintuitive and subverts statute of limitations provisions otherwise available to a wronged consumer.
  • He also was selected as lead presenter at the 6th Worldwide Global Alliance for Justice Conference and the 9th International Journal of Clinical Legal Education Conference being held this summer. His topic is "The Mortgage Lending and Foreclosure Crisis-On The Ground, Around the World: How Are Law Clinics Assisting Home Dwellers Secure Economic Justice?"

Tom Antkowiak, Assistant Professor of Law and Director, Latin America Program

  • His article, "An Emerging Mandate for International Courts: Victim-Centered Remedies and Restorative Justice," will be published this summer by the Stanford Journal of International Law.

Perry Bechky, Visiting Assistant Professor

  • He contributed a chapter ("The Politics of Divestment") to Cambridge University Press' publication, "The Politics of International Economic Law," (Tomer Broude, et al., eds., 2011).
  • His article "Lemkin's Situation:  Toward a Rhetorical Understanding of 'Genocide" will be published in the Brooklyn Law Review in Fall 2011.

David Boerner, Professor Emeritus

  • He presented a paper on "Prosecution Systems in Washington" at the Conference on Comparative Study of Prosecution Systems sponsored by the Institute on Crime and Public Policy of the University of Minnesota Law School. Papers were also presented on prosecution systems in Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Poland, Sweden, and Switzerland as well as Arizona and North Carolina.

Heidi Sacha Bond, Assistant Professor

  • Her article "Many-to-Many Contracts" was accepted by the Tulane Law Review for publication as a lead article in their February 2012 issue.

Bob Boruchowitz, Professor from Practice

  • He organized and moderated the First Annual Defender Initiative Conference on Public Defense at the School of Law. There were more than 100 attendees, including several who participated by video link with the University of Mississippi School of Law. He spoke on “The Shaky Implementation of the Right to Counsel in Misdemeanor Courts and how Diversion Can Help.”
  • He presented “How Alternatives to Incarceration and Re-classification of Misdemeanors Can Save Texas Money” at The 2nd Annual Texas Indigent Defense Summit in Austin, Texas.
  • He spoke on “The Role of Defense Lawyers and the History of the Right to Counsel” at a symposium on “Why Lawyers Matter: Indigent Defense in Crisis” at The University of Illinois College of Law.
  • He wrote an article, “Defenders Spread Thin by Budget Crunch,” for the March 2011 King County Bar Bulletin.
  • He spoke to the Spokane Rotary Club on "Diverting and Reclassifying Misdemeanors Can Save Money and Inform Decisions about New Jails."  
  • He spoke to the Washington Defender Association at Sun Mountain on "Misdemeanor Court Challenges Remain-what we can do about it." 

Deirdre Bowen, Associate Professor of Lawyering Skills

  • Her article, "Meeting Across the River: Why Affirmative Action Needs Race and SES," will be published in the Denver Law Review as part of a themed issue responding to Richard Sander's new article on affirmative action and class. 
  • She also co-wrote a chapter, "Engaging Students in Unexpected Ways: Interdisciplinary, Community-Based, Global, and Activist Models," in the book "Vulnerable Populations and Transformative Law Teaching: A Critical Reader." 
  • Her article "American Skin: Dispensing with Colorblindness and Critical Mass in Affirmative Action" will be published in September in the U. Pittsburgh Law Review.

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

  • She published "Introduction: Civil Legal Representation" in the Seattle Journal for Social Justice, which introduced a cluster of articles focusing on the development of a right to counsel in civil proceedings (Civil Gideon) that came out of the 2010 symposium Civil Legal Representation and Access to Justice:  Breaking Point or Opportunity for Change.

Melinda Branscomb, Associate Professor

  • She was named an "Outstanding Contributor to the Field of Mediation" by the Washington Mediation Association (WMA). The professional organization recognized Prof. Branscomb and her co-producer, the King County Dispute Resolution Center, for their excellence in "Technology Integration" for writing, filming, editing, narrating and publishing "An Interest-based Mediation," a set of audio-visual teaching materials. The award was conferred at the WMA annual meeting and the statewide Dispute Resolution Conference on April 29.

Patrick Brown, Visiting Assistant Professor

  • His article on "Symbolic Meaning and Ulterior Significance in Art" was accepted for publication in The Journal of Macrodynamic Analysis.

Maggie Chon, Associate Dean for Research and Donald and Lynda Horowitz Professor for the Pursuit of Justice

  • Her article, "Intellectual Property From Below: Copyright and Capability for Education," 40 UC Davis Law Review 803 (2007), is extensively excerpted in "Human Rights and Intellectual Property: Mapping the Global Interface," which was just published by Cambridge University Press and edited by Graeme Austin and Laurence Helfer.
  • She will be participating in the Eighth Annual IP/Gender symposium at American University, Washington College of Law on April 1.  The topic is "Gender and Traditional Cultural Expressions."

Annette Clark, Associate Professor

  • She has been named dean at St. Louis University School of Law, effective July 1.

Brooke Coleman, Assistant Professor

  • Her article, "Vanishing Plaintiff," will be published next spring by the Seton Hall Law Review.  
  • She will also be a contributing editor to the recently-launched JOTWELL CourtsLaw section.

Richard Delgado, University Professor 

  • He submitted an essay to Iowa Law Review on recent writing on law and happiness.
  • He submitted an invited essay to University of Nevada Law Journal for a special issue on the worst Supreme Court decisions of all time.

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

  • They submitted an invited essay to  English Language Notes, a literary journal published in Colorado.  Their essay will appear in a special issue, "The Shape of the I," on the disappearing self.  Their contribution, "Keeping an Eye on Each Other," analyzes the relation of author and audience in legal stories in light of cultural norms regarding struggle, plot, and self-effacement. 

Eric Eberhard, Distinguished Indian Law Practitioner in Residence

  • He was quoted in "Carcieri Fix Bills Introduced" (featured in Gambling Compliance), saying: "[a]ll three bills would correct the Supreme Court's erroneous reading of the Indian Reorganization Act, and make it plain that the Secretary of the Interior has the authority to take land into trust for federally recognized tribes without regard to the date on which such tribes were recognized." His comments also ran as the "quote of the day" on the Pechanga.net daily digest web page. He is a former staff director of the Senate Indian Affairs Committee. 
  • He led the law school's first year-long CLE Institute on Tribal Business Law. Topics included structuring tribal enterprises, finance, tax, Sarbanes Oxley, ethics, and more. The program attracted national speakers as well as 45 participants from six different states, and it received rave reviews.

Margaret Fisher, Adjunct Professor

Lily Kahng, Associate Dean for Faculty Development and Associate Professor

  • She presented her work in progress (co-authored with Visiting Professor Mary Louise Fellows), "Costly Mistakes:  Undertaxed Business Owners and Overtaxed Workers," at the Boston College Law School Tax Policy Workshop. She and Fellows also presented their paper at the Critical Tax Conference at Santa Clara Law School.

John Kirkwood, Associate Dean for Faculty Development and Associate Professor, and David Campbell, Adjunct Professor

  • They participated in a panel discussion organized by the Entertainment & Sports Law Association on the antitrust and labor issues raised by the players' suit against the NFL.

W.H. (Joe) Knight, Professor

  • He led a full-day educational program on finance regulation and reform with Albers School of Business and Economics.

Raven Lidman, Clinical Professor

  • She and Martha Davis recently published In Re Marriage of King: Amicus Curiae Brief of International Law Scholars in Support of Appellant, 9 SJSJ 185, (2010).

Paula Lustbader, Professor and Director, Academic Resource Center

  • She chaired a series of workshops on civility for 50 lawyers and judges. Participants created visual messages, drafted civility pledges, and made video-taped public service announcements. Recognizing the importance of the Civility Promise initiative, the WSBA Bar News has dedicated a monthly column to the topic of civility to be directed by Professor Lustbader.

Tayyab Mahmud, Professor and Director of the Center for Global Justice

  • He presented a paper, "An Imperial Tithe?: Neoliberal Financial Regime and The Enigma of U.S. Current Account Deficit," at the Annual Meeting of the Association for the Study of Law, Culture and Humanities at University of Nevada Las Vegas.
  • He presented his paper "Wanted Dead and Alive:  Colonialism and the Limits of Universality" at the Faculty Colloquium of Touro Law School. 
  • He also made a presentation, "The Economic Downturn:  Impact on the Working Classes and the Marginalized, and the Role of Lawyers," at the 13th Annual Trina Grillo Public Interest and Social Justice Law Retreat in San Francisco and participated in a roundtable discussion about the Libyan crisis on Voice of America's International Service.

Hank McGee, Professor

  • He and UW Drama Professor Valerie Curtis-Newton conducted an on-stage dialogue as part of Intiman Theatre's opening of the Arthur Miller play "All My Sons" at Town Hall on Sunday, March 27.
  • The fourth edition of "Housing and Community Development," co-authored by Henry McGee, was published by Carolina Press.

Douglas Nash, Director of the Center for Indian Law and Policy

  • He was selected to present on "Indian Law Resources" at the Washington Library Association (WLA).  The Law Library's Nancy Minton submitted the WLA proposal and played a key role in planning.

Douglas Nash, Director of the Center for Indian Law and Policy, and Erica Wolf, Adjunct Professor 

  • They traveled to Black River Falls, Wisconsin, by invitation of Ho-Chunk Nation Legislators to provide training on Estate Planning and the American Indian Probate Reform Act. During the first day of presentations, the Ho-Chunk Nation requested that the Center provide an Indian Estate Planning Project intern this summer.
  • They and staff member Lupe Ceballos were invited to provide a Landowners Training on Estate Planning and the American Indian Probate Reform Act for Puyallup Tribal members. The Puyallup Tribe of Indians also requested that the Center provide an Indian Estate Planning Project intern this summer.  

Mark Niles, Dean and Professor

  • His article, "Punctuated Equilibrium: A Model for Administrative Evolution," will be published in the John Marshall Law Review this spring.  The article provides an assessment and critique of the dominant public choice theory of administrative regulation arguing that genuine policy innovation can occur within the mostly calcified federal regulatory structure in the wake of dramatic public events that serve to diminish private interest dominance of policy-making.  Specifically, some dramatic events, commonly observed and productive of the right kind of public narrative, serve to alter, if only briefly, the static dynamics which allow for private interest "capture" of legislative and regulatory entities.  The article uses the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire of 1911 and the Mississippi flood of 1927 as examples to elaborate on this dynamic.

Laurel Oates, Professor and Director, Legal Writing Program

  • She made a presentation to NOAA's leadership team, which was having its annual meeting in Seattle, on strategies for working with agency attorneys to help them improve their research, analysis, and writing.

Catherine O'Neill, Professor

  • She spoke on the panel "Clearing the Air" at Yale Law School, which considered "New Directions in Environmental Law: A Climate of Possibility." 
  • She delivered a talk, "Fit to Own:  Land, Knowledge, and Contingent Proprietorship," to the faculty colloquium at Notre Dame Law School.

James Puckett, Visiting Assistant Professor

  • His article, "Location, Location, Location: Using Cost of Living to Achieve Tax Equity," will be published by the Alabama Law Review in early 2012. He will present the article at the Critical Tax Conference at Santa Clara University School of Law.

Sara Rankin, Assistant Professor of Lawyering Skills

  • She served as the primary author of SALT's statement relating to the misuse of the LSAT in admissions. SALT submitted the written statement and made related oral statements at the Standard Review Committee's April 2 meeting.

Darren Rosenblum, Visiting Professor

  • He presented "Corporate Governance, Sex and Quotas: Transnational Perspectives," a comparative corporate governance work on sex quotas, at an advanced corporate governance program at Harvard Law School.
  • He presented his current work on transnational perspectives on parenting at the University of Washington Law School, the University of Connecticut and the NY LGBT Law Faculty Workshop (held at Cardozo Law School), and at Syracuse University.

Jim Rosenfeld, Director of Education Law Academy

  • He organized and presented a 5-day training, on behalf of the California Office of Administrative Hearings, of that State's special education administrative law judges and special education mediators. In addition to 43 of the State's regular and pro tem ALJs, the training was attended by special education hearing officers from Georgia and American Samoa. This is the fourth training conducted for the California OAH by the Academy for IDEA Administrative Law Judges and Hearing Officers.

Mimi Samuel, Associate Professor of Lawyering Skills

  • She taught a 6-week Legal Research and Writing class at the University of Peradeniya in Sri Lanka as part of a Fulbright Specialist grant. This was the first time that a Legal Research and Writing course has been offered at any university in Sri Lanka.
  • She conducted a series of training sessions in Effective Legal Writing in South Africa, including a two-day session for the South African Revenue Services in Pretoria and a half-day session for the National Association of Democratic Lawyers in Durban. In addition, she gave a guest lecture for fourth year students at the University of Pretoria to assist them in writing their theses. Finally, she worked with the Kagiso Trust, an organization dedicated to improving education in the rural areas of South Africa. Under the auspices of the Trust, she conducted training sessions for secondary school teachers in Qwa Qwa in the Free State on developing a writing curriculum and on providing effective feedback to students. She also conducted guest lectures on Writing for Communication to grade 11 and 12 students.

Julie Shapiro, Professor, and Dean Spade, Assistant Professor

  • They delivered papers at The New Illegitimacy conference held at American University on March 25-26. Professor Spade's paper was "Claims to Illegitimacy: Family Law Reform Inside White Supremacy and Settler Colonialism," and Professor Shapiro's paper was "Counting from One: Replacing the Marital Presumption with a Presumption of Sole Parentage." Both papers will be published in the AU Journal of Gender, Social Policy and the Law. 

Ronald Slye, Professor

  • He presented a paper, “Complementarity: The Kenya Way,” in Johannesburg, South Africa. The paper is part of a regional consultation on “Africa and the International Criminal Court” sponsored by the Institute for Justice and Reconciliation. The consultation was attended by representatives of human rights and peace organizations in eastern, western, and southern Africa, as well as representatives of the ICC and African governments.
  • He spoke at the 27th commemoration of the Wagalla Massacre in Wajir, Kenya, which has been described by the United Nations as the worst violation of human rights in Kenya’s history. Over 5,000 people were kept for five days without clothes, food, and water on a gravel air strip in temperatures that reached over 100 degrees. It is estimated that over 3,000 people were killed. The Truth, Justice and Reconciliation Commission, on which he serves, hopes to provide the first official authoritative description of the massacre and the events leading up to it.
  • He was appointed to the Oscar Romero Award Advisory Committee of the Rothko Chapel. The Oscar Romero Award is granted every other year and celebrates the work of an unsung individual or organization in the field of human rights.
  • He published an op-ed piece, “The Real Significance of Wikileaks” in allafrica.com.

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