Faculty News

Compiled by: Junsen Ohno

October 2006

Natasha Martin presented “The Same-Actor Factor – A Clash of Narratives in the American Workplace” at a Labor and Employment Law Scholarship Colloquium at Marquette University this past weekend – October 27-28.

Maggie Chon served as a panelist at the International Law Weekend (ILW) held at the House of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York. She presented a paper entitled "Substantive Equality in International IP Norm-Setting" which is a forthcoming chapter in a book on International Intellectual Property, Trade and Development. The event, co-sponsored by Seattle University School of Law, took place October 26-28.

Tayyab Mahmud chaired a panel on "Development, Innovation and International legal regimes" at the same ILW event. He also participated on a roundtable discussion on "International Law & Georgraphy: Cross-Cutting Issues of Sovereignty, Identity and Equity.

Sean Pager presented a paper on applying genericness doctrine to certification marks and geographical indicators to the University of Pittsburgh's Work-in-Progress in Intellectual Property Colloquium on October 7. He presented a second paper on a related topic involving fair-use doctrine under trademark law at the University of Louisville on October 21.

Russell Powell gave a presentation on "Islamic Legal Theories: Sunni and Shi`i" for the World Affairs Council on October 29.

Kara Phillips has published the first in a series of columns on digital acquisitions and licensing in the online newsletter LLRX. The column is entitled Deal or No Deal – Licensing and Acquiring Digital Resources.

Maggie Chon will be participating as a panelist at the International Law Weekend (ILW) to be held this weekend in New York. She will be presenting a paper entitled "Substantive Equality in International IP Norm-Setting" which is a forthcoming chapter in a book on International Intellectual Property, Trade and Development.

Tayyab Mahmud will collaborate in a rountable discussion at the same ILW conference.

John Strait recently spoke at a conference and two workshops: Mealey's Ethics Teleconference on "Ethical Pitfalls of the In-House and Outside and Outside Counsel Relationships," The 2006 Offender Unit Retreat society of Counsel on "Ethics of Subpoenas," and the Washington State Council of School Attorneys' Fall Workshop on "Ethics - Ex Parte Communications with School District Personnel."

Laurel Currie Oates presented a four-hour CLE titled "Basics and Beyond" to a full house. The CLE was part of the Law School's program.

Russell Powell’s article, “Catharine MacKinnon May Not Be Enough: Legal Change and Religion,” has been accepted for publication by the Georgetown Journal of Gender and the Law. An earlier version of this article was presented and critiqued at a workshop on Islam, Women and Human Rights at Emory University School of Law in March.

A number of the faculty attended LatCrit XI and the Annual Junior Faculty Development Workshop co-sponsored by LatCrit and the Society of American Law Teachers (SALT) in Las Vegas. Christian Halliburton helped organize the Workshop and participated on a panel on reconciling one's identity and personal life with demands of an academic career. Joaquin Avila was a speaker at the opening plenary of the conference on legal issues affecting working-class immigrants. Maggie Chon moderated a roundtable on race and criminal law. Tayyab Mahmud, a member of the Board of Directors of LatCrit, Inc., made a presentation on the evolution and principles of LatCrit, and moderated a panel on race and political economy. It was announced that Seattle University will host LatCrit XIII in 2008.

Natasha Martin was a part of the Seattle University delegation for the 2006 Western Conversations in Jesuit Higher Education held at Loyola Marymount University in California. Western Conversations is designed to probe some aspect of the mission with colleagues of other Jesuit schools. This year participating institutions included Gonzaga University, University of San Francisco, Santa Clara, Loyola Marymount and Regis. This year’s theme was “Ignatian Pedagogy: Bridging Faith and Culture in a Postmodern World.”

Natasha Martin was also recently appointed to the Washington State Gender and Justice Commission.

Lisa Brodoff was on the Planning Committee at the Northwest Clinical Conference, which took place in Leavenworth, WA on September 29-October 1. During the September 30 session at the conference, Paul Holland gave an hour-long Spotlight presentation on the Seattle University Clinical program.

Lisa Brodoff also spoke at the 9th annual Northwest Clinical Conference last weekend on “Clinics and Technology: Back to Basics.” This talk looked at common teaching issues and problems where there are easy solutions using technology. Recently, she has also been appointed to serve on the Washington State Bar Association’s Legislative Committee. The legislative committee reviews proposals from WSBA sections and committees for state and federal legislation that relates to the improvement of justice and makes recommendations to the Board of Governors. Lisa was chosen to review legislative proposals that particularly impact the elderly.

David Skover and his coauthor Ronald Collins completed a book review essay for Legal Times, a national journal for law-related issues published in Washington DC. Entitled “Howl Against Censorship,” the essay reviews “Howl on Trial,” edited by Bill Morgan, the archivist and biographer for Allen Ginsberg, which celebrates the 50th anniversary of the publication of Ginsberg’s landmark poem “Howl.” The book documents the story of the editing, publishing by Lawrence Ferlinghetti of City Lights Books, and defending of the poem against prosecution for obscenity - all in the battle for free speech represented by People v. Ferlinghetti.

John A. Strait spoke at the Access to Justice Institute’s 2006 CLE on Advocating for Immigrant Victims regarding Ethics on Friday, October 6, 2006.

Gwynne Skinner, Visiting Clinical Professor of Law, presented a paper entitled "Nuremberg's Impact on Human Rights Litigation Under the Alien Tort Statute in U.S. Courts" at the Nuremberg War Crimes Trial and its Policy Consequences Today conference at Bowling Green on October. 7.

Janet Chung has been appointed to serve on the Washington State Bar Association’s Legislative Committee. The legislative committee reviews proposals from WSBA sections and committees for state and federal legislation that relates to the improvement of justice and makes recommendations to the Board of Governors.

Janet Ainsworth participated in the West Coast Roundtable on Law and Linguistics held at Loyola Law School in August. Her presentation was on linguistic issues in the law of search and seizure. She also presented at the Colloquium on Communication and Comprehensibility at the International Association for Forensic Linguistics Language and the Law conference held in Barcelona Spain at the Universitat Pompeu Fabra. Her paper was entitled “Curses, Swearing, and Obscene Language in Police-Citizen Interactions: Why Lawyers and Judges Should Care.”

Henry McGee lectured twice at La Universidad Automoma Metropolitana in Mexico City September 22 and 23, and spoke on “Climate Change and Global Warming” and on “Command and Control in Environmental Protection.”

Kara Phillips recently moderated a panel entitled “Games We Don’t Want to Play: Negotiating Electronic Resource Contracts” at the Western Pacific Chapter of the American Association of Law Libraries Annual Meeting in Las Vegas. She also won $375 at the slot machines!

Kara Phillips recently published an article on LLRX.com, an online journal for legal and information professionals, entitled “Law Librarian One of Top Ten Finalists for Animal Planet Hero of the Year Award” which discusses Law Library Director Kristin Cheney’s non-profit organization, Seniors With Pets Assistance Program.

Margaret Chon will present “Constitutionalizing the WTO: Intellectual Property’s Balance in the Context of Global Social Welfare” in the Spring 2007 Colloquium at the annual Chicago Intellectual Property Colloquium. The colloquium contributes to the growth of new intellectual property scholarship and allows intellectual property scholars to develop their ideas before an informed and engaged group of their academic peers, practitioners, and students.

John A. Strait spoke on “Ex Parte Contacts” under the Code of Judicial Conduct to the Fall Judicial Conference in Spokane on September 25, 2006.

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